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-Microwave-induced pyrolysis is driving the advancement of chemical recycling

Greenback Recycling Technologies partnership provides solution for processing low-density plastic packaging waste

Greenback Recycling Technologies is on a mission to solve the global plastic waste crisis. The UK based company specializes in implementing scalable and distributed advanced collection and recycling solutions that offer brand owners and the plastics value chain fully traceable recyclate. Using blockchain-based evidence to trace and authenticate the provenance and composition of materials, it enables waste plastic to more efficiently be used as a feedstock for food-grade commercial packaging applications, at predictable prices and in dependable quantities.

“We are building a decentralised network of collection and recycling plants near sources of post-consumer plastic waste around the world,” explains Philippe von Stauffenberg, Greenback CEO. “Through the use of smart contracts, we ensure a fair distribution of value to all actors in the supply chain, including the informal waste collection sector.”

Recently, the company incorporated microwave-induced pyrolysis technology into its lineup of solutions for managing plastic and packaging waste. The process, developed by the UK-based chemical recycling technology specialist, Enval, is a proprietary solution for processing low-density plastic packaging waste, enabling thermochemical decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures, in the absence of oxygen. According to von Stauffenberg, it has fantastic potential for recycling mixed plastic waste that cannot otherwise be economically physically separated and classed.

What is microwave-induced pyrolysis?

Enval’s microwave-induced pyrolysis technology used by Greenback has been developed specifically for the recovery of complex plastic packaging, and can handle a wide range of materials, including multi-layer (foil/film) laminates. Von Stauffenberg explains that when carbon is exposed to a microwave field, it can reach temperatures of up to 1,000°C in just a few minutes. If shredded plastic waste is then mixed with the carbon, the energy absorbed from the microwaves is transferred to the plastic by conduction in a quick and efficient manner. As the packaging travels through the oven, the plastic, glue and ink layers degrade via the pyrolysis process to form a mixture of hydrocarbons, ranging from C3 to C20.

“This mixture, which is a gas inside the oven, exits and is then cooled down and separated into two fractions: gas and oil – referred to as Py-Oil,” continues von Stauffenberg. “The gas is used to generate the electricity required to power the process, and the condensed oils can be used as the feedstock to produce new plastic.” He adds that a single microwave-induced pyrolysis module can process 2.5kt per annum of hard-to-recycle plastic waste, and can scale in 2.5kt increments, to fit the size of the waste stream available.

Microwave-induced pyrolysis is driving the advancement of chemical recycling

-Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics | Knowledge Hub for Green Technologies

n the first place. But how to do this? What policy options exist and have proven effective to prevent single-use plastics? What are experiences of practitioners that are subject to those policies, and how do they implement them in their operations?

Disposable, single-use packaging is convenient from the perspective of consumers, e.g. take-away food packaging. However, the high amounts of plastic consumed entail various negative impacts. In the dilemma between ecological perspectives on single-use plastic and the convenience that biobased and biodegradable plastic packaging offers, this type of plastics has been discussed as an alternative to fossil-based plastics for quite some time. Environmental benefits are often attributed to biobased and biodegradable plastics due to the fact that “bio” is understood to mean “environmentally friendly”. They are perceived as suitable substitutes for the conventional plastics whose environmental impacts have been widely researched. However, this supposed solution implies various consequences and problems. A one-to-one substitution of conventional plastic with biodegradable or biobased plastic does neither lead to any changes in waste volumes nor to a reduction of the associated environmental impacts in the long run.

This episode of the dialogue series provides science-based background knowledge on biobased and biodegradable plastic. The speakers’ input shall enable the partners to avoid regrettable substitution, aims to raise awareness for the need to consider the trade-offs and anticipate consequences of material decisions, in terms of environmental impacts and end-of-life treatment.

The dialogue series is part of the project “Collaborative Action to Reduce Single-Use Plastic in South-East Asia (CAP SEA)”, which is part of a global project “Export Initiative for Green Technologies” commissioned by the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU).

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-Pet prices leap higher in Europe

This week, PET resin bottle grade prices bolstered higher in Europe. Prices spiked, as product availability continued to remain tight in the region.

Reports of persistent stronger regional buying sentiments further contributed to the price rise.Biodegradable Plastics Polylactic Acid

In the contract markets, bottle grade PET prices were assessed at the Euro 1560-1565/mt FD North West Europe levels, a week on week spike of Euro (+50/mt).

In the spot markets, FD North West Europe PET prices were assessed at the Euro 1580-1590/mt, a surge of Euro (+65/mt) from last week.

Upstream MEG spot prices were assessed at the Euro 940-945/mt FD North West Europe levels, unchanged from the previous week.

Meanwhile, in Asia, PET prices were assessed at the USD 1080-1130/mt FOB North East Asia levels, a sharp week on week decline of USD (-40/mt).

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-PE track the movements of feedstock

Recently, polyethylene market keeps in range-bound, the overall trend is relatively weak and one of the main factors affecting the market is the fluctuation of upstream raw material prices. As the feedstock coal and crude oil have seen large declines in a short period of time, the PE market, which is greatly affected by fluctuations in the cost, has also fallen. Biodegradable Plastics Polylactic Acid

From the perspective of coal, with the gradual implementation of the national coal control policy, the price of thermal coal continues to decline, and the cost of coal-based polyethylene shows a downward trend. The profits of coal-based PE has rebounded significantly compared with the previous low. In the near future, coal price is in narrow range-bound, and the cost of coal-based polyethylene has temporarily entered a relatively stable stage. In the late period, traders are still suggested to pay attention to whether there is still a further downward trend in coal.

From the perspective of crude oil, as OPEC+ and IEA predict that the supply of crude oil continues to recover, crude oil may turn into a surplus pattern as soon as the end of 2021. In addition, the United States and some other countries have planned to release strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) and put it on the agenda. Moreover, the Federal Reserve’s Taper has led to the strengthening of the US dollar. Therefore, international oil prices have fallen sharply. Recently, US has announced to sell crude oil from strategic petroleum reserve and the overall release scale is far less than market expectations, and thus oil price moves higher slightly. However, the overall upward space for oil prices is not large, and oil price may maintain in consolidation in the short term, waiting for the response of the OPEC+. Therefore, in the short term, with the supply and demand side of polyethylene remaining stable, oil and coal prices have a considerable impact on polyethylene market, especially when oil prices enter the point of time when they turn from strong to weak, it is particularly important to pay attention to the changes of the raw material end.

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-Simulation Shows Recycled Polyamides Can Sustain Future Mobility

Extensive simulation-ready material performance datasets boost confidence in sustainable grades.

Domo Chemicals has introduced new material cards to fast-track the adoption of its line of eco-friendly polyamides (PAs), Techyl 4Earth. This new feature in Domo’s advanced predictive simulation platform, MMI Techyl Design will help manufacturers to develop lighter, more cost-effective parts using peak-performing recycled polyamides. Biodegradable Plastics Polylactic Acid

With many industries eager to reduce their environmental footprint, demand for recycled plastics is growing exponentially. Until recently, however, the often-inconsistent performance of recycled plastics hindered their adoption in the most rigorous applications. Techyl 4Earth has opened the door to a suite of new applications, providing breakthrough performance comparable to traditional PA 66. With Techyl 4Earth, Domo’s goal is to accelerate the use of sustainable plastics and broaden the scope of target applications by providing top-performing grades to meet the most demanding technical requirements.

If automakers are to adopt eco-friendly metal-replacement PAs, however, engineers need to have confidence in their material performance. With Domo’s MMI (Multi-scale modelling, Mechanical simulation, and Injection molding) Techyl Design tools, manufacturers can understand how these new materials will behave in real-life situations before putting new parts into production.

MMI Techyl Design is an advanced predictive platform that harnesses Domo’s extensive database of key material property measurements to help engineering teams develop lighter, more cost-effective parts using its Techyl polyamide materials. This solution is powered by Digimat, a material modeling software developed and supported by Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) experts from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. It simulates a wide range of in-use conditions to accurately predict the performance of injection-molded parts using Domo-validated digital material cards.

Simulation Shows Recycled Polyamides Can Sustain Future Mobility

-Conference focuses on plastic recycling in Asia

January China & Asia Circular Plastics Summit 2022 event looks at plastic recycling opportunities in the approaching years.

The two-day China & Asia Circular Plastics Summit 2022, taking place Jan. 12-13, will focus on plastic recycling market trends in that part of the world, according to conference organizer Apex International.

Presentations at the event will offer forecasts through 2024, including a forecast for plastic scrap’s market share; plastic packaging design and innovations intended to reduce the cost of recycling; and “building a circular value chain for [the] chemical recycling of plastics.” Biodegradable Plastics Polylactic Acid

Other topics addressed include advances in injection molding tied to plastic recycling, potential circular economy systems in health care plastics and other aspects of the closed loop plastics supply chain.

“Addressing the [recycling] challenge requires engaging the entire plastics value chain, from polymer manufacturers to brands to waste haulers, in order to create truly systemic solutions,” states Apex in its conference background description.

Sponsors of the event include petrochemical firms Dow and Total and Finland-based scrap-to-fuels company Neste. Presenters are drawn from a wide variety of companies, including IHS Markit, Danone, Tupperware and the China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association (CPRRA).

The conference is taking place at the Parkline Century Park Hotel in Shanghai. However, overseas attendees currently face a 21-day quarantine to enter the People’s Republic of China. Thus, Apex says it is offering a “hybrid” that also allows those registering to attend in an online format.

More information on the two-day conference can be found on this web page.

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-Hot sales of polyester yarn will not last long

PSF futures surged on Nov 24 and the sales of direct-spun PSF improved much with sales ratio averaging over 500%. On the next day, direct-spun PSF price moved up, but the sales ratio still reached 110%. Why is it sold better when the price moves up, different from PFY’s better sales when price is lowered?

With the doubt, let’s starting recent market performance. After National Day holiday (Oct 1-7), direct-spun PSF and polyester yarn both moved into the valley. Their prices and trading volumes kept shrinking in over a month. Amid the bearish sentiment, buying interest was thin. Downstream spinners and traders only procured for their rigid demand. After a month’s digestion of raw materials, no matter traders or spinners all have demand for replenishment, but they are just seeking an opportunity for proper price.

The turning point came when crude oil rocketed on Nov 23. Previously, with concerns that US would release strategic oil reserves with India, Japan and South Korea, WTI crude oil declined to $75/b. However the specific volume released was not as much as expected, which also stimulated OPEC+ to consider suspension of production increase, and thereby crude oil was pulled up to $78-79/b. Then overnight PSF futures soared. Meeting replenishment demand, the sales ratio of direct-spun PSF rushed up. The average inventory of direct-spun PSF plants also dropped to about one day, easing the pressure.Biodegradable Plastics Polylactic Acid

But, does polyester yarn sales turn so hot? Does the restocking point also come?

First, the sales are not as expected with raw materials moving up. Take Fujian, major consumption area of direct-spun PSF 1.4D, as an example. The sales ratio of polyester yarn in Fujian averaged at 200-300% on Nov 24, and about 150% on Nov 25. That seemed to be improved much from a month ago, but still fell far behind direct-spun PSF, and this improvement was based on the rise of raw materials, so once the favorable factor diminishes, the demand will disappear immediately. On the other hand, except Fujian and the variety, other products like polyester sewing thread, polyester/cotton yarn and vortex-spun polyester yarn in other markets keep dull. The export orders are also plain as usual.

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-UK carpet maker Victoria to buy rugs division of Belgium’s Balta

Flooring products maker Victoria Plc said on Monday it would buy the rugs division along with UK polypropylene carpet and non-woven carpet businesses of Belgium’s Balta Group NV for 138 million euros ($155.50 million).

Victoria, the largest carpet maker in the UK, said it would fund the deal entirely from its existing financial resources and the acquisition would be immediately earnings accretive.Biodegradable Plastics Polylactic Acid

UK carpet maker Victoria

Established in 1895 and listed since 1963 (on AIM since 2013), Victoria PLC is an international manufacturer and distributor of innovative flooring products.  The Group designs, manufactures and distributes a range of carpet, ceramic and porcelain tiles, underlay, LVT (luxury vinyl tile), artificial grass and flooring accessories, aimed at the middle-to-upper segment of the market.  It is the largest manufacturer of carpet in the UK and the second largest in Australia, as well as the largest manufacturer of underlay in both countries.  Victoria Carpets was awarded the Queen’s Royal Warrant in 2013.

Balta carpet

Balta carpets develops carpet tiles for residential use, as well as tufted, woven and non-woven broadloom carpets for residential, commercial and event applications. Our colours, styling and features always meet the needs of each project and customer: we deliver any volume of state-of-the-art carpets across a broad range of entry to premium solutions. In Europe, Balta carpets is the clear market leader for tufted and woven wall-to-wall carpet.

UK carpet maker Victoria to buy rugs division of Belgium's Balta

-Car parts group Faurecia cuts 2021 guidance for second time

  • Cuts 2021 sales outlook to 15-15.5 bln euros
  • Issues big cut to net cash flow target

French auto supplier Faurecia (EPED.PA) cut its full-year guidance for a second time on Monday, citing a drop in European car production, the impact of supply bottlenecks and COVID restrictions on operations and one-off costs in the United States.

Shares in Faurecia were down 6.6% at 0907 GMT after the outlook revision.

The downgrade was made after research institute IHS Markit, on which Faurecia bases its own sales projection, said this month that worldwide car demand in the second half of 2021 would shrink by 13% to 6.8 million produced vehicles, down its previous forecast of 7.8 million vehicles.

Faurecia also took into account an increased risk of COVID-19-related production declines as Europe faces a new wave of infections and a new variant of the virus was detected.

“We had a positive trend in November,” Chief Financial Officer Michel Favre said in a conference call shortly after the statement, “but on the other hand (…) we have no clue that we won’t have some early closures in the first week of December.”

Favre said that new COVID-19-related risks added to an already strained situation due to component inflation, mainly affecting semiconductors and continued operating problems at a plant in Michigan, the United States, which had forced the company to slow down production currently to 80% of capacity.

Car parts group Faurecia cuts 2021 guidance for second time

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-Zoltek Expands Carbon-Fiber Production in Mexico

New installation tracks growth in demand for industrial-grade carbon fiber in energy and transportation.

Zoltek Companies Inc., a global leader in industrial-grade carbon fiber, is expanding its carbon-fiber production capacity at its facility located in Guadalajara, Mexico. Production at the new 6,000-tonnes/year expansion will start up in early 2023 and will add to another 6,000-tonnes/year expansion recently completed in 2021.

Through its Mexican expansion, Zoltek will increase its North American carbon-fiber capacity to 20,000 tonnes/year. Zoltek’s global carbon-fiber production capacity will thereby increase to 35,000 tonnes/year, making it the largest carbon-fiber supplier in the world. RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

“Demand for our industrial-grade carbon fiber in energy and transportation applications continues to grow at a rapid pace,” notes David Purcell, Executive Vice President.

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-INEOS Styrolution confirms its investment decision for Europe’s first polystyrene advanced recycling pilot plant

  • Joint collaboration with Recycling Technologies, UK
  • Europe’s first advanced chemical polystyrene recycling facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022

Frankfurt, November 25, 2021 – INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has today confirmed its decision to invest into a pilot plant for advanced recycling of polystyrene. The site will be set up in collaboration with Recycling Technologies in Swindon, UK. It is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022.

The decision announced today is a significant step forward launching polystyrene recycling through depolymerisation technology. Depolymerisation is an advanced recycling technology that converts polystyrene waste feedstock back into its main building block, Styrene which can then be used to manufacture new polystyrene with identical properties to the virgin material. The unique properties of polystyrene allow this efficient monomer recycling process to be harnessed avoiding the need to downcycle polystyrene. An additional benefit of depolymerisation is a significant decrease of greenhouse gas emissions when compared with the production of virgin polystyrene from naphtha.

The Swindon pilot plant will be based on Recycling Technologies’ fluidised bed reactor technology, which offers excellent scalability making it the technology of choice for future even larger recycling plants.

Dr. Alexander Glück, President EMEA at INEOS Styrolution comments, “I am excited to see this project move ahead. With Recycling Technologies, we have found a partner, who is not only offering a very attractive technology, but who is also sharing our own vision to avoid polystyrene ending up in landfills or being incinerated. We are on the right path to make polystyrene a circular material.” RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

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-SCHUTZEN Chemical group announces Ravago Chemicals as an exclusive distributor Textile & Coatings chemicals in Turkey

Ravago Chemicals will exclusively distribute, SCHUTZEN Chemical Group’s BioBased patented Polymer Chemistries for the Textile, Paint & Coating market in Turkey.

Ravago Chemicals will exclusively represent & distribute in Turkey SCHUTZEN Chemical Group’s BioBased Bio-Focus products & patented Polymer Chemistries for the Textile Specialty chemical market, Paint & Coatings market in Turkey.The cooperation allows Ravago Chemicals to increase its innovation and sustainability focus in the Turkish market.

Some of the many important Bio-solutions already being offered which will be distributed in Turkey by Ravago Chemicals Turkey. On the one hand the Biobased Textile Specialty Chemicals: 100% Bio-Resin for Wrinkle Free Finishing; Bio-Denim Process Pigment & Reactive Wash Down Effect; and Energy Efficient 100% Bio-Soaping Agent for Post Reactive Washing. RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

On the other hand Biobased & Sustainable Additives for the Paint & Coating industry: Sustainable Biobased rheological Additives for water-based paints; and Sustainable Biobased Additive for Construction Chemicals.

Raj Tanna, Founder & Managing Director of Schützen Chemical Group said, “Bio-Based Economy is the future. The future is now and we are ready”. He further added, “The recent developments at COP26, will inevitably enforce Carbon tax on unsustainable markets & industries. SCHUTZEN Chemical Group & Ravago Chemicals Turkey together are taking a big leap forward to be more sustainable.”

Commenting on the association, Mrs. Duygu Icingir of RAVAGO Chemicals Turkey said, “Innovation and sustainability is in our DNA. We always look for green solutions to promote for better environment, reduce carbon footprint in all our production facilities and have regular internal trainings on this subject.

SCHUTZEN Chemical group announces Ravago Chemicals as an exclusive distributor Textile & Coatings chemicals in Turkey

-Montello will invest 400 million in recycling
The projects also include a chemical recycling plant for plastic waste and the production of hydrogen, in addition to the energy recovery of residues.
Montello has announced an investment plan of 400 million euros for projects aimed at the circular economy, such as the enhancement of recycling activities, an innovative plant for the molecular disintegration of plastic waste, the production of hydrogen, energy self-sufficiency and district heating.
“Resources that can be spent entirely by 2025 if the Lombardy Region will support us with authorizations issued within the minimum time frame foreseen by the regulations”, said CEO Roberto Sancinelli during the 2nd Regional Forum for Sustainable Development.
Over 1 million tons of waste from the separate collection of post-consumer and organic wet plastic packaging (FORSU) are disposed of at the recycling plants of Montello, in the locality of the same name in Bergamo every year. 80% of what is delivered is regenerated in new products such as plastics, biomethane, carbon dioxide for carbonation in beverages and compost. This – Sancinelli emphasizes – is a yield that is well over 65% set for 2030 by the European Union.
The next step is the closing of the circle, through the energetic enhancement of the residues of the recycling activities, reused within the Bergamo site to replace the energy produced by fossil natural gas.
“In particular – Sancinelli clarifies – I refer to the production of steam for the washing processes of plastic, an essential operation for their recycling, and to the thermophilic process of anaerobic digestion which guarantees the sanitation of the fertilizer digestate. A district heating system will also be created with the residual heat to serve the industrial and public areas of the neighboring municipalities “.
Still in the field of renewable energy, a 4.5 MW photovoltaic system will be installed on the roofs of the warehouses. RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

Montello will invest 400 million in recycling

-BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

With its broad portfolio and strong capabilities in research and development, BASF offers high-value products and solutions for various applications and constantly works on increasing the sustainability of its products. For example, our plastic materials are used in health, automotive, construction and consumer industries contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions through light-weighting (i.e., less fuel consumption) and insulation (i.e., less heating) or extended life of packed goods (i.e., less food waste). Examples include high-performance fossil, bio-based, biomass-balanced and certified compostable products helping to address diverse societal needs and sustainability goals.

Plastics is an important material class providing many benefits for our society and should be part of the future if we want to reduce our climate footprint. For many applications, plastics help to increase efficiency by saving resources in production and use phases. Over the life of a product, plastics used in buildings, vehicles, packaging or electrical appliances save far more resources than were needed to produce them in the first place.

Plastics are easy to process which is one of the secrets of their success. Even complicated integrated components can be manufactured in only a few steps. At the same time, they offer an enormous variety of unique properties in the different applications. At the end of their lifetime, there can and should be recycled – mechanically, chemically or organically. When the entire product lifecycle is considered, plastics are usually the best option – both economically and environmentally.

BASF is working on innovative technologies that promote the recycling of plastics. This includes also research and development on new materials and compositions that facilitate recycling processes as well as processes to create value out of plastic waste. Within BASF’s  ChemCyclingTM project, chemically recycled plastic waste is used as feedstock for production. By using plastic waste as a resource, BASF wants to make a significant contribution in reducing the amount of plastic waste. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is not currently recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. In this way, BASF wants to create value for the environment, society and the economy. RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

BASF’s engagement for the responsible use of plastics

-U.S. researchers are developing battery-free smart fabrics

Engineers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have integrated advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to create a system that allows battery-free communication between fabric and nearby devices. Researchers have used passive magnetic metamaterials based on etched foils of copper and aluminum to extend signal reach to more than four feet.

“If you put your smartphone or charge card close to the reader and pay for the purchase, we use near-field signaling technology.

Our fabric works on the same principle, but has significantly expanded its scope.” Said the co-author. Peter Tseng, Associate Professor of UCI Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.. “This means that you may be able to keep your cell phone in your pocket. You can simply hit your body against other textiles or readers to transfer power and information to and from your device. “

“With this invention, the wearer can digitally interact with nearby electronics and make secure payments with a single touch or swipe of the sleeve.” Lead Author Amirhossein Hajiaghajani, UCI PhD Student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science..

Engineers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have integrated advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to create a system that allows battery-free communication between fabric and nearby devices.

Researchers have used passive magnetic metamaterials based on etched foils of copper and aluminum to extend signal reach to more than four feet.

“Our fabric allows electronic devices to establish a signal as soon as you hold your garment over a wireless reader, allowing you to share information with a simple high five or handshake. Manually using a key or another wireless device.

It eliminates the need to unlock the car and is a badge for opening the gates of the facility, “said Hajiaghajani. RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

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-US’ imports of polyester textured yarn to drop in coming months

The US’ imports of polyester textured yarn of HS code 540233 are expected to drop in the coming months as the country’s government has imposed an anti-dumping duty (ADD) on the same.RPET Bottle Petrochemicals Recycling

According to the US Department of Commerce, polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam is distributed in the US at lower than fair value. The Commerce Department has already calculated the ADD cash deposit rates which range between 2.58 per cent and 56 per cent. The US importers must post duty deposits at these ADD rates on the day the final determinations are published in the Federal Register.

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) will announce the final determination on November 30, 2021.

The monthly average of overall US imports of polyester textured yarn was $12.27 million in the last quarter of 2020. It dropped by 13.73 per cent to $10.59 million between January 2021 and August 2021, according to Fibre2Fashion’s market analysis tool TexPro.  It is estimated to rise by 6.66 per cent to a monthly average of $11.29 million between September 2021 and November 2021.

Between December 2021 and March 2022, the monthly average is expected to drop by 4.28 per cent to $10.81 million.

The collective monthly average of US imports of polyester textured yarn from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia was $3.85 million in the last quarter of 2020. It dropped by 5.70 per cent to a monthly average of $3.63 million between January 2021 and August 2021.

US' imports of polyester textured yarn to drop in coming months

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-Lummus and Phigenesis to Develop Chemical Recycling Plant

Lummus Technology, through its green circle subsidiary has announced that it has finalised a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Phigenesis, a UK-based company established to deliver ISCC+ certified renewable chemical feedstock for use in existing petrochemical plants to manufacture virgin grade plastics, suitable for all grades of application.

Phigenesis will deploy the Lummus new hope plastics pyrolyisis technology for a new chemical recycling facility with a capacity of 150,000 tons per year. This will be the first license of the proven chemical recycling technology in Europe, and at this scale, the first project will significantly increase the current European chemical recycling capacity.

“Lummus has tremendous focus on providing innovative solutions to the marketplace that promote the global energy transition. Our technology for advanced chemical recycling of plastic waste is just one of the many pathways we are deploying to support this global effort,” says Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology. He adds, “We are extremely proud to support Phigenesis’ overall plan to deliver these units to the European market and thus to make a significant contribution to eliminate plastic waste.”

“Phigenesis is committed to delivering meaningful volume contributions to the circular and low emission economy, using significant quantities of otherwise unrecycled and incinerated waste plastics to produce feedstock for petrochemical facilities to make plastics, displacing virgin materials” says Chris Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Phigenesis.

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-Alpla issues sustainability report

Packaging company makes note of its high-volume plastic recycling investments.

Austria-based packaging producer and recycler Alpla has issued its fourth sustainability report, which indicates the company’s own recycling plants around the world (some of them joint ventures) take in nearly 300,000 metric tons of plastic scrap annually.

In its section on circular economy efforts, Alpla says championing closed loops and greater awareness of plastic as a recyclable material have “been an important part of Alpla’s sustainability strategy for many years.”

The firm says polyethylene terephthalate (PET) regrind material from its plants in Austria and Poland causes up to 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with using virgin material. “With input of around 206,000 metric tons of PET and approximately 88,000 metric tons of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Alpla’s own recycling plants and joint ventures around the world are, in total, contributing significantly to the use of recycled plastics in production,” states the company.

Alpla also says it is using “cutting-edge technologies” to increase the proportion of electricity from renewable sources it uses. “Globally speaking, we were already covering 28 percent of our electrical energy consumption with electricity from renewable sources in 2020, compared with 18 percent in 2019,” says Martin Stark, Alpla’s director of corporate plant engineering.

Alpla CEO Philipp Lehner says, “I believe that Alpla as a company has a responsibility towards society to guarantee secure, affordable and sustainable supplies for the global population in the future, too. At the same time, with a carbon footprint which is usually lower than that of alternative packaging solutions, plastic makes an important contribution to climate protection.”

The company has been active on the recycling front beyond Europe, having recently invested in Mexico and South Africa.

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Chemical Recycling Sustainability BOPE Film Bioplastics Plastic Waste Pyrolysis Nitric Acid Pigment

-Jindal installs additional BOPE line in Italy

Jindal Films Europe has added a new BOPE production line at the Brindisi plant to expand its production capacity by a further 50,000 MT and focus on sustainable and recyclable packaging as part of its Horizon project.

This additionally produced volume will be mainly dedicated to Jindal’s new innovative BOPE specialty film grades, including matt, sealable, coated, metalized, and Alox films. The new film developments will be focusing on fully sustainable and recyclable packaging and strongly support the circular economy.

Moreover, this high-efficiency program will also include solar power and an expansion of the current trigeneration energy systems. This will further improve the C02 footprint of the Brindisi operations.

On top of that, all these initiatives will also benefit from the close cooperation with Apulia Region Universities and the Italian Research Center based in Brindisi.

According to Jindal, the Brindisi site, with a new total capacity of 130,000 MT, will become the biggest plant in Europe for BOPE and BOPP films manufacturing.

‘We are fully committed to supporting all our customers in meeting their sustainability and recyclability objectives for packaging materials.

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Jindal installs additional BOPE line in Italy

-New report suggests ‘upward trajectory’ for bioplastics and chemical recycling innovation

Intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees has released this year’s ‘Inside Green Innovation: Progress Report 2021’, which, based on the analysis of patent activity worldwide, appears to show a renewed interest in the development of bioplastics and chemical recycling technologies.

Appleyard Lees says that it chose the topics of the report – including bioplastics, which the report counts as biodegradable polymers – based on relevance to global conversations relating to sustainability, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Green Innovation Database.

The report methodology involves patent filing analytics, industry assessments, and Appleyard Lees’ experience as patent attorneys. Focusing particularly on ‘green’ innovation, the analysis attempts to exclude patents filed for other or additional reasons, such as country-specific tax benefits, and instead emphasises trends and points of interest.. Chemical Recycling Sustainability BOPE Film Bioplastics Plastic Waste Pyrolysis Nitric Acid Pigment

For global patent activity in the field of bioplastics development, innovation appeared to peak in 2003, followed by a relative decline in activity. However, more recent data on patent filings supports a renewed focus on bioplastics and, while Appleyard Lees notes that a complete dataset for 2020 will not be available until mid-2022, the number of to-date patent applications in 2020 supports this growth in activity.

Between 1989 and 2003, patent activity in Japan was the highest in the world, placing the country as the centre of innovation in bioplastics technology. The number of patent filings in Japan has since dropped “significantly”, with previously leading companies like Toray Industries and Unitika Corporation falling behind in the last twenty years.

On this note, Japan – along with Europe and South Korea – seems to be driving the current trend of rising patent filing activity. BASF, a German-based company, and Korea’s LG Chemical currently lead in patent activity outside of Japan. The European Patent Office’s recent report on plastic recycling and bioplastics similarly suggests that patent activity is focused in Europe, as well as the US.

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-Nuclear fusion startup test fires plastic waste-powered rocket

A UK company with lofty aspirations around sustainable space travel has test-fired a rocket engine powered in part by plastic waste. Pulsar Fusion’s hybrid rocket engine is part of an ambitious journey that also involves the development of nuclear fusion technology for high-speed propulsion, which could cut travel times to Mars in half.

The idea of incorporating recycled plastic waste into hybrid rocket fuels is something we have seen explored before. Virgin Galactic flirted with the idea back in 2014 through the use of a rocket powered by a fuel based on a class of thermoset plastics, though this was swiftly abandoned after a failed test flight. Scottish company Skyrora is another outfit working on such a technology, having successfully tested out its Ecosene fuel made from converted plastic waste.

Pulsar Fusion is throwing its hat in the ring with a “green” rocket that uses a hybrid fuel consisting of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and nitrous oxide oxidizer, which is fed into the combustion chamber under regulated pressure through a control valve. HDPE is used in a range of plastic products including bottles, piping and cutting boards, enabling plenty of opportunities to source and recycle this key ingredient of the fuel.

At the UK’s Ministry of Defence military base in Salisbury last week, Pulsar Fusion completed the first static tests of its hybrid rocket engine. According to the company, this generated the type of supersonic shock diamonds you’d see in a high temperature, high mass flow rate rocket exhaust, and resulted in dramatic, fiery plume. It plans to follow this up with a demonstration for potential clients this week.

“We are delighted with the UK test firings at COTEC. It is a hugely significant moment and we are proud this rocket is built in the UK,” says Pulsar Fusion CEO Richard Dinan. “To have a British rocket test on UK soil is novel. Pulsar is among a very few companies around the world to have built and tested these technologies. We have a team of fantastic scientists with a wealth of experience to thank for these milestones.”

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-Clariant launches major climate campaign: Free N2O-removal catalyst for nitric acid producers worldwide

  • Nitrous oxide (N2O), a by-product of nitric acid production, is around 300 times more harmful to the climate than CO2
  • Up to 95% of N2O can be effectively removed using Clariant’s EnviCat® N2O-S catalyst
  • By offering the catalyst for free to 10 producers worldwide, Clariant aims to help avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to several million tons of CO2

Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today launched a major global campaign to reduce the climate change impact of nitrous oxide (N2O). Drawing on decades of catalyst research expertise, the company has developed the EnviCat N2O-S catalyst, which is proven to remove up to 95% of N2O generated as a by-product of nitric acid production*[1]. Clariant is now offering a free fill of EnviCat N2O-S to 10 nitric acid producers who do not have N2O off-gas treatment in place. Through the campaign, the company intends to help avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to several million tons of CO2 every year.

Of the approximately 500 nitric acid plants operating globally, more than half run without N2O abatement, mostly in regions without applicable emission control regulations*[2]. Clariant now aims to tip the balance towards more sustainable production processes. The company is offering a free first fill of EnviCat N2O-S catalyst to up to 10 nitric acid producers who currently do not use an N2O abatement catalyst.

Hans Bohnen, Chief Operating Officer at Clariant, commented, “Sustainability is no longer an afterthought of business; it is central to what we do and requires action now. That’s why we announced new ambitious science-based climate targets for Clariant. But as a specialty chemicals company we can do more: I am therefore particularly proud to announce that we have committed a substantial investment to help nitric acid producers worldwide virtually eliminate their N2O off-gas emissions. This benefits the climate, while also helping the nitric acid manufacturers to minimize their carbon footprint and progress on their sustainability journey.”

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Clariant launches major climate campaign: Free N2O-removal catalyst for nitric acid producers worldwide

-Meghmani Organics planning to build new pigment facility

Meghmani Organics has announced that it will enter into a new variant of White Pigment Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). The company is about to set up a 33,000 metric tons production facility at Dahej, the chemical hub of Gujarat.

Titanium Dioxide has application as a bright white pigment in various industries including Paint, Coating, Plastic, Ink and Dyes.

The project is expected to be commissioned by Q1 FY24. According to the company, India’s annual demand for TiO2 is pegged at 2,50,000 MTPA growing at 4.2% CAGR. India imports 80% of the TiO2 demand. India’s Titanium TiO2 production capacity stands at 81,000 MTPA. Chemical Recycling Sustainability BOPE Film Bioplastics Plastic Waste Pyrolysis Nitric Acid Pigment

“Sustainable growth”

Commenting on Meghmani Organics entry into TiO2, Ankit Patel, Chief Executive Officer, Meghmani Organics said, “The Company has strengthened its value added proposition of its Pigments Division with its entry into White Pigment TiO2. Meghmani Organics foray into TiO2 is in line with the Company’s endeavour of creating sustainable growth in Pigment Division beyond Phthalocyanine Pigment Blue and Green.”

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-Shell to build pyrolysis oil unit in Singapore to convert plastic waste to chemicals

Royal Dutch Shell plans to build a pyrolysis oil upgrader to turn plastic waste into chemical feedstock at its petrochemical complex in Singapore, part of its shift from oil and gas to renewables and low-carbon energy, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The company is also considering building a CCS regional hub and a 550,000 tpy biofuels plant at its 60-year-old Pulau Bukom manufacturing site, one of five remaining energy and chemical parks owned by Shell globally. The projects form part of Shell Singapore’s plans to cut emissions from its own operations by half by 2030, from 2016 levels on a net basis, Shell Downstream Director Huibert Vigeveno said.

“This year, we have already halved our crude processing capacity, which is in line with Shell’s global targets to reduce emissions,” he said at a ceremony to break ground for the pyrolysis oil upgrader project. Energy companies are facing increasing pressure from investors, activists and governments to shift away from fossil fuels and rapidly ramp up investment in renewables.

Shell has pledged to halve emissions from its global operations by 2030, as well as reduce its net carbon footprint by 45% by 2035. The Singapore pyrolysis oil upgrader will produce 50,000 tpy of treated pyrolysis oil in 2023, the company said. The unit is Shell’s first globally. It did not give an investment figure for the Singapore project.

Pyrolysis melts plastic waste into products such as pyrolysis oil, which can be upgraded as raw material for plastics and chemicals, although the process isn’t commercially proven and consumes a lot of energy. Shell also plans to build two chemical conversion units in Asia to convert waste plastics into pyrolysis oil for the Shell Energy and Chemical Park Singapore at Bukom and Jurong Island, similar to units in the Netherlands with joint venture partner BlueAlp which will be operational in 2023.

Other projects being planned in Singapore include a CCS hub to reduce emissions. To meet Shell’s global ambition to make around 2 MM tons of sustainable aviation fuel a year by 2025, the company is looking at investing in a facility to produce 550,000 tons of biofuels a year from waste and vegetable oils, Vigeveno said. Shell has previously announced it will trial the use of hydrogen fuel cells for ships in Singapore and is exploring developing a solar farm in a landfill near Bukom.

As per MRC, Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s petrochemical major, has restarted its cracker in Pulau Bukom, Singapore after resolving technical issue. Thus, this cracker with an annual output of 960,000 tons/year of ethylene and 550,000 tons/year of propylene came back on-line on 5 November, 2021. It was shut on 1 November, after a flare occurred at the plant. The company was earlier rumored to have reduced the ethylene and propylene allocations to its downstream buyers at the adjacent locations following the incident, however, with the prompt restart, the impact might be smaller than initially expected.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

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Shell to build pyrolysis oil unit in Singapore to convert plastic waste to chemicals

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-LANXESS to expand high-tech plastics production in China

  • Investment of EUR 30 million on strong market demand
  • Capacity expansion by 30,000 metric tons
  • Further strengthening footprint in Greater China

LANXESS will expand its production network in China: The specialty chemicals company will build a second compounding line for Durethan- and Pocan-branded high-tech engineering plastics at its manufacturing site in Changzhou. An important investment of around EUR 30 million will increase the capacity in Changzhou by 30,000 metric tons per year. Together with existing facilities in Changzhou and Wuxi, this will bring the company’s total compounding capacity in China to 110,000 metric tons per year. The new line is planned to go on stream in the first quarter of 2023. “This expansion caters to the strong demand we experience from the growing Chinese automotive industry. As e-mobility is booming, it is driving new requirements for lightweight applications and continuously increases the share of electronic components used in cars”, says Hubert Fink, Member of the Board of the Management of LANXESS. “The new production line marks another vital step in enlarging our footprint in Greater China.”

Solutions for e-mobility

LANXESS sees e-mobility as a major field of application for its polyamide (PA) 6 and PA 66 compounds Durethan, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounds Pocan and the endless fiber-reinforced composites Tepex. The company already offers a wide range of products that meet the most challenging standards and norms of the electrical and electronics industry worldwide in terms of flame retardance, electrical properties and ecological behavior.

Durethan and Pocan high-performance plastics also allow the construction of components that can replace metal parts in motor vehicles and in this way contribute to reducing weight, energy consumption and related emissions. The innovative materials are used, for example, in engine applications, door structures, body reinforcement, pedals, front ends and cross car beams. Depending on the part, the lightweight design contributes to a weight-saving of up to 50 percent.

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-American Chemistry Council supports global agreement to eliminate plastic waste

Secretary Antony Blinken has made remarks in support of a multilateral agreement to end plastic waste in the environment. According to Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council (ACC):

“ACC appreciates the U.S. Department of State’s continued leadership in the United Nation’s Environment Assembly (UNEA) to address many of the major environmental challenges facing the globe today, including plastic waste in the environment. We are supportive of a global agreement among nations that will accelerate a transition to a more circular economy by expanding systems and infrastructure to collect and repurpose plastic resources. Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

“In September, America’s Plastic Makers along with the International Council of Chemical Associations and World Plastics Council announced 5 Principles to eliminate plastic waste, accelerate a circular economy, and serve as the basis for a global agreement. They are:

 

  • Have all nations agree on eliminating plastic waste, while providing flexibility and support to help meet the needs of individual nations.
  • Achieve widespread access to waste collection.
  • Recognize the role plastics play in a lower carbon future.
  • Support innovation in product design and recycling technology.
  • Measure progress.

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-Asahi Kasei to make sustainable rubber for tires in Singapore

Major Japanese chemical firm Asahi Kasei Corp. will buy butadiene derived from plastic waste and biomass from a Singaporean arm of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc to make sustainable synthetic rubber for eco-friendly tires.

Asahi Kasei said Wednesday that it concluded an agreement with Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd. on Tuesday to purchase the butadiene to manufacture and market sustainable solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber, or S-SBR for short, in the city-state.

The Tokyo-based chemical firm said it will start producing S-SBR, used mainly for high-performance and fuel-efficient tires, by March next year, aiming for an annual output of several hundred tons for the time being.

S-SBR is the world’s first synthetic rubber made from butadiene deriving from plastic waste, and Asahi Kasei said it is the first Japanese firm to make S-SBR originating from biomass. Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

Asahi Kasei did not release a contract figure or the amount of butadiene it plans to procure from Shell.

Asahi Kasei to make sustainable rubber for tires in Singapore

-Nusaned investment™ enters deal for new plastic recycling plant in Rabigh to help boost local content and sustainability

Nusaned Investment™ a wholly-owned subsidiary of SABIC that operates as an autonomous investment company, has signed an investment agreement through Nusaned Fund, managed by

Al-Bilad Capital, with Green Kingdom Industries (GKI) and Italian Industrial group (AMUT) to set up a PET recycling plant in Rabigh, as part of its commitment to invest in industrial SMEs and contribute to the successful achievement of Vision 2030.

Under the new partnership, the plant will produce recycled PET flakes for food-grade usage to serve the local and Global markets.

Faisal Al-Bahair, CEO, Nusaned Investment, said: “We are proud of achieving another milestone in our efforts to align strategically with the objectives of Saudi Arabia as well as SABIC to support local content and enhancing the Kingdom’s competiveness globally. It also support SABIC’s commitment to establish a circular economy and meeting its wider sustainability goals.”  Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

Fahad AlNaeem, Chief Investment Officer, Nusaned Investment, commented: “We are sustainable rubberconfident that our investment in the PET recycling plant will bring economic value to Saudi Arabia. We are hopeful of more such investments that help the Kingdom’s transformation into an important export hub.”

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-Cosmo Films launches barrier metalized BOPP Film

Cosmo Films Ltd., a global leader in specialty films for flexible packaging, labeling and lamination applications as well as synthetic paper, has launched Enhanced Barrier Metalized BOPP Film specially designed for packaging applications with very high moisture and good oxygen barrier properties and high metal bond, said the company.

A film specially innovated for applications like flexible packaging for lamination, packaging of biscuits, snacks, bakery products, chocolates and personal care products like shampoo sachets; the film can be used as a sandwich layer in multilayer laminate structures. The BOPP Filmend pack can be used for all food and personal care applications where moisture barrier is of utmost importance.

With a thickness range of 15& 18 ?m, the film is suitable for adhesive lamination, which provides a good heat seal strength and facilitates cold seal adhesive reception on the non-metallic side. Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

Talking about the product launch, Mr. Pankaj Poddar, Group CEO, Cosmo Films Ltd. said, “We carefully evaluate the expectations of our customers, and engineer products which are best suited for them. The Enhanced Metalized BOPP Film is an apt addition to our range of barrier films which not only improve the shelf life of the packaged product, but also help in creating mono material eco-friendly structures.”

Cosmo Films Limited, a Global Leader in Films for Packaging, Labelling, Lamination and Synthetic Paper and an emerging player in Specialty Chemicals, Polymers & Pet care announced expansion by setting up the world’s largest BOPP film production line at Aurangabad with annual rated capacity of 67,000 MT.

As MRC informed earlier, Cosmo Films introduced BOPP based heat resistant (HR) films. The films have been engineered to work as printing layer replacing BOPET film in multi-layer laminates for various packaging applications in both food and non-food segments. The company has also launched a barrier version of the film.

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-Asahi Kasei hydrogen generator to slash costs

Asahi Kasei, the Japanese materials and healthcare conglomerate, plans to market a generator for making green hydrogen at a third of the current cost in 2025, reports the Nikkei.

Hydrogen generators, each capable of producing 10MW, are already being tested. The company is working on linking systems to make 100MW units.

The generators use electrolysis to make hydrogen from an aqueous potassium hydroxide solution. One unit can produce enough hydrogen each day to fill 850 fuel cell vehicles with 5kg tanks. Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

The company aims to lower the per-kilowatt price of the equipment to $430 by 2030, down from the current estimate of $1,730.

This will cut the current Japanese market price of roughly $95  per kg to $2.86.

Asahi Kasei hydrogen generator to slash costs

-Household plastics recycling collections during pandemic reached 41%

Plastics recycling association RECOUP has revealed 584,000 tonnes of plastic packaging was collected for recycling from households in 2020, a 4% increase over the previous year.

RECOUP’s annual Household Plastics Collection Survey, which examines local authority performance, said the overall rate was 41%. It called this a “positive performance” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit.

But it warned that to reach the UK’s target of 70% by 2025, an extra 400,000 tonnes of material would need to be recycled.

The survey revealed PET drinks bottle collection for recycling stood at 75%, with natural HDPE milk bottles reaching 78%.

RECOUP said these rates would need to improve as the materials ‘outperform’ other grades of plastics. Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

The rate for non-drinks bottles stood at 45%, with pots, tubs and trays reaching 36%. Plastic film recycling was just 4%, as relatively few local authorities offer recycling services for that material.

RECOUP said future collection rates would be impacted by the introduction of a plastics packaging tax, deposit return scheme, extended producer responsibility, restrictions on single-use plastics and consistency in council collections.

Steve Morgan, RECOUP head of policy and infrastructure, said: “There are a multitude of varied high impact policies floating around and they’re going to come together at different times and provide different dynamics.

“Like a whirlpool, they’re going to be thrown together, probably at speed, and how they settle will direct the capability of the UK to manage our waste and recycling systems, possibly for a generation.

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-Polypropylene (PP) prices drift lower in Asia

This week PP prices journeyed southward in Asia. The price fall was triggered by bearish regional demand trends and lower import offers from overseas suppliers.

Reports of ample product availability in the region and weaker propylene feedstock values further pressured prices lower across Asia.

In Far East Asia, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1130-1180/mt CFR levels, a week on week drop of USD (-10/-20/mt). PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1150-1190/mt CFR levels, while BOPP prices were also assessed at the USD 1150-1190/mt CFR levels, both down USD (-10/-20/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1160-1200/mt CFR levels, a week on week drop of USD (-10/mt). Plastic Waste Recycling Sustainable Rubber BOPP Film Hydrogen PP

In China, a Middle Eastern producer has offered its PP raffia and PP injection grades at USD 1130/mt CFR levels, for shipment in December 2021. A producer from Saudi Arabia has offered its PP raffia and PP injection grades at the USD 1180/mt CFR levels, for shipment in December 2021.

In Southeast Asia, PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1250-1300/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-20/mt). PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1270-1310/mt CFR levels, while BOPP prices were also assessed at the USD 1270-1310/mt CFR levels, both down USD (-20/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed lower at the USD 1280-1320/mt CFR levels, a week on week drop of USD (-20/mt).

In Vietnam, a South Korean producer has offered its PP raffia and PP injection grades at the USD 1260/mt CFR levels, for shipment in December 2021. A Middle Eastern producer has offered its PP raffia and PP injection grades at the USD 1300/mt CFR levels, for shipment in December 2021. A Thai producer has offered its PP raffia and PP injection grades at the USD 1310/mt CFR levels, for shipment in December 2021.

In India, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1430-1480/mt CFR levels, a tumble of USD (-60/mt) from last week. BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1450-1510/mt CFR levels, while PP film prices were also assessed at the USD 1450-1510/mt CFR levels, both down (-50/mt) from the previous week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1470-1540/mt CFR levels, a week on week plunge of USD (-50/mt).

In India, Middle Eastern producers have offered their PP Homopolymer grades in the range of USD 1450-1500/mt CFR levels, for shipment in December 2021. Demand and pricing trends remained bearish amid sufficient product availability in the open markets of India.

In Pakistan, PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1470-1510/mt levels, a week on week plunge of USD (-70/mt). BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1490-1540/mt CFR levels, while PP film prices were also assessed at the USD 1490-1540/mt CFR levels, a tumble of USD (-70/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1500-1580/mt CFR levels, a steep week on week drop of USD (-70/mt).

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-Dow launches PCR shrink film for bottled water with Lotte

Dow and Lotte Chilsung Co. have collaborated on a new collation shrink film (CSF) for bottled water made from material containing 20% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

In partnership with recycling companies, Dow says that it takes plastic waste and transforms it into PCR resins, which are then incorporated into the core layer of the CSF. The company claims that the PCR CFS film gives a comparable performance to conventional options made with only virgin resins.

Lotte is the latest brand in the Asian Pacific to adopt Dow’s CSF containing PCR resins. According to Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics: “We see momentum gathering as Asia Pacific consumer brands continue to adopt PCR or recyclable packaging options offered by Dow.

“This pushes the change we are trying to drive further down the value chain towards consumer behaviour and actions, while supporting waste collection and recycling infrastructure.”

The CFS will be used as secondary packaging for Lotte’s Icis 8.0 Eco bottled water, which has no additional plastic labels. Instead, Lotte’s brand name is extruded as part of its design, apparently earning the bottle recognition from Korea’s Ministry of Environment for being a “Sustainable Good Package”.

Mr. BH Han, professional researcher for packaging and design at Lotte, comments: “Lotte’s ambitious strategy to reduce our use of plastic is being enabled by materials science partners like Dow, who are helping us to reach our sustainability goals.

“Dow’s PCR collation shrink film helps us to further reduce our plastic use and improves the sustainability profile of our beverage products.”

Other products from Dow, including  TF-BOPE-based solutions for orientated films, a PE-based alternative to BOPP and BOPET, are already commercially available and popular on the Asian Pacific market.

Dow launches PCR shrink film for bottled water with Lotte

-Unifi Reaches Key Sustainability Milestone Ahead of Schedule

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Unifi, Inc. one of the world’s leading innovators in recycled and synthetic yarns, is celebrating a major sustainability milestone. The company has now transformed more than 30 billion post-consumer plastic bottles into its REPREVE recycled performance fibers that are used by hundreds of the world’s leading brands.

“Our brand and mill partners helped us achieve this ambitious goal,” said Unifi CEO Eddie Ingle. “By making the switch to sustainable by choosing to use REPREVE, we’ve been able to keep more than 30 billion plastic bottles out of landfills. We want to thank consumers for choosing to buy products—ranging from apparel to home furnishings to shoes—made with REPREVE. Together, we are working today for the good of tomorrow.”

Unifi began setting recycling goals in 2017 after hitting the 10 billion bottle milestone. The company pledged to transform 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion bottles by 2022. Company leaders are proud to have hit the 30 billion bottle milestone in November 2021.

To put this achievement into perspective:

When Unifi launched REPREVE, it was initially adopted by only two brands; now, more than 1,000 brands worldwide use the recycled performance fibers.

REPREVE Fiber sales are approaching 40% of Unifi’s total sales, with that number expected to continue to grow in the coming year.

30 billion bottles used to create REPREVE fiber, instead of the virgin equivalent, can save enough energy to power nearly 284,000 homes in the United States for one year.

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-Why Thailand is the Perfect Place to Invest in Polylactic Acid (PLA) Plastic

Thailand’s bioplastic manufacturing industry has grown exponentially in recent years, from 26.67 Kilo Tons per Annum (KTA) of bioplastic resin exported in 2007 to an estimated 156 KTA in 2019. This increase reflects increased international demand for bioplastics, which are plastic materials produced from biomass sources such as agricultural by-products.

As one of the most popular kinds of bioplastic, Polylactic acid (PLA) shares many physical characteristics with conventional plastics that are made from fossil-fuel based petrochemicals. The Thai Industry Ministry predicts that the value of PLA exports will increase to 2.7 billion Baht this year, making Thailand the world’s third largest exporter of this type of bioplastic. PCR Film Plastic Recycled Fibers Traceability Polylactic Acid Circular Economy Car

The success of Thailand’s bioplastics industry has already attracted significant international investment. In September 2019, Thailand saw the opening of the second-largest PLA bioplastics plant in the world – a joint venture between TotalEnergies, a French-led leader in oil and gas, and Amsterdam-based Corbion.

Many opportunities remain for market growth in bioplastics like PLA, due in large part to the wide availability of raw materials, as well as the range of government-backed incentives for bioplastic manufacturing. Investors can see excellent returns from this industry, provided they have a proper understanding of the market, and the incentives supporting bioplastics production in Thailand.

Environmental plastic

A highly versatile material, PLA is one of the most widely known types of bioplastics. Through industrial processes, PLA can be created from renewable feedstocks like sugarcane, corn, sugar beet, cassava, and other types of biomass.

While containing many of the physical properties that make petrochemical-based plastics so useful, PLA has the advantage of being biodegradable and being virtually carbon-neutral. PLA is also recyclable, and, unlike its fossil-fuel based counterparts, is much less toxic if burnt or dumped into the environment.

PLA is already recognized as a greener alternative to conventional plastic. Uses include PLA packaging, toys, organic waste bags, and especially 3D printing materials. PLA is also a valuable material for medical implants due to its biocompatibility – meaning that it is non-toxic and can be absorbed by the human body.

Why Thailand is the Perfect Place to Invest in Polylactic Acid (PLA) Plastic

-What is plastics traceability in the recycling process?

In order to reach sustainability goals, plastics need to be traceable throughout the recycling process. For recycled plastics (like rPET) complex infrastructures and processes are required to maximise its potential, and our goal is to make sure not even the tiniest amount escapes. PCR Film Plastic Recycled Fibers Traceability Polylactic Acid Circular Economy Car

These processes have high demands in terms of quality, including demands of traceability. But do you really know what plastics traceability in the recycling process is? Let’s take a quick look at the main concepts.

PLASTIC RECYCLING METHODS AND TRACEABILITY

There are several ways to recycle plastic. Today, these are principally the following:

  • Chemical recycling: This process breaks the plastic back down into molecules (pyrolysis), the smallest part of their structure. The resulting simple structures (monomers) allow us to start from scratch and form new polymers. This method is particularly used with materials that cannot be recycled mechanically, especially PET, polyamide (PA) and PS.
  • Energy recovery: This process is great for types of plastic that cannot be recycled in other ways. They are used to obtain energy and it is estimated they could provide 8% of the energy needed for a country like Spain.
  • Mechanical recycling: This is the most relevant process in terms of plastics traceability in recycling and the one we are going to look at in detail. In the mechanical process, plastic is recycled and processed it so it can be returned to the production chain. This contributes to the circular economy, which is essential for a sustainable production chain.

The circular economy is a way of producing goods that reduces waste to a maximum, sending as much of it as possible to be converted into raw materials. This means we can avoid using virgin plastic and close the circle to ensure materials have many useful lives.

SP Group has been working towards a circular economy that also involves our clients, and it is here where our Tray2Tray project fits in. We are actively involved in managing the packaging waste produced by our clients. The materials we supply are collected and reintroduced into our production process. However, this project would collapse without traceability.

PLASTICS TRACEABILITY IN THE RECYCLING PROCESS. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

By ensuring traceability in the plastics recycling process, we are guaranteeing that the plastic produced in the process has the desired quality. However, this is very difficult when we are handling large amounts of waste that might break down during the process. Nevertheless, technology seems to have found an answer to the problem.

What is plastics traceability in the recycling process?

-Braskem and Cosan create partnership to leverage circular economy and carbon neutrality

Brazilian polyolefins producer Braskem and Cosan, a conglomerate producer of bioethanol, sugar and energy, have created a partnership to carry out initiatives in favor of a more sustainable future for Brazil, as per Braskem’s press release.

The companies assumed a joint commitment to leveraging the circular economy and carbon neutrality – essential for the sustainability of the entire production and consumption cycle – through various actions that effectively contribute to the agenda against climate change PCR Film Plastic Recycled Fibers Traceability Polylactic Acid Circular Economy Car

Braskem and Cosan will work together with its companies Raizen, Compass, Comgas, Moove and Rumo to lead initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, and reduce energy consumption and the use of fossil fuels.

The partnership will leverage Braskem’s green plastic production chain, where it uses sugarcane to make plastic to replace fossil fuels.

One front of the partnership that will start immediately, is to give new meaning to the destination of part of the waste generated in street races sponsored by Cosan. The two companies are carrying out a project to collect, at sporting events, plastic cups that will be recycled and turned into trash cans that will be donated to public schools, generating a positive social impact. The first action has already taken place and 850 kg of polypropylene (PP) cups were collected, a quantity that will be transformed into more than 500 garbage cans.

In the last five years, Cosan group has helped Braskem meet its sustainability goals by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2.4m tonnes through the supply of ethanol from its joint venture, Raizen. Over the next five years, Braskem expects to reduce its emissions an additional 3m tonnes of CO2.

As MRC reported earlier, in April 2021, Cyclyx International, a consortium-based feedstock management company with a mission to increase the recyclability of plastic from 10% to 90%, and Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announced that Braskem had joined Cyclyx as a member.

As a member of the Cyclyx consortium, Braskem will have access to the Cyclyx platform which includes an integrated set of innovations including chemical characterization of plastics and predictive modelling of feedstock sources to product pathways, custom feedstock recipes, and customized supply chains.  These innovations aim to deliver waste plastic feedstock appropriate for all existing and new mechanical and advanced recycling pathways.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

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-Grupo Antolin develops the first car headliner substrate made from plastic waste and used tires

The polyurethane (PU) headliner’s substrate is manufactured with a Wet PU process that involves materials made from urban & post-consumer plastic waste and end of life tires.

Towards more sustainable vehicle overheads, Grupo Antolin focuses on different methods and technologies to recycle interior trim parts.

Grupo Antolin presents the first headliner substrate produced by thermoforming a PU foam with materials made from urban & post-consumer plastic waste and end of life tires. Working with recycled materials is a natural step in the company’s commitment to develop a sustainable business. The aim is to reduce waste and energy consumption during manufacturing and to meet the demand for eco-friendly interiors, something increasingly valued in car buyers’ choices.

The headliner part looks as a standard headliner and performs exactly the same (sustainability surge comes without any reduction in the physical properties of the headliner). This accomplishment has been possible thanks to a material’s manufacturing process developed by the partner BASF (by means of chemical recycling) that Antolin has validated and introduced in a fully electric European premium car that has just been launched to the market. Approximately 50% of the headliner weight is recycled. In this particular project, 100% of the textile, 70% of the core foam, and 70% of the plastic sunroof reinforcement frame have been obtained from residues that couldn’t be recycled in any other way and would have been, ultimately, disposed in landfills or, what is worse, in natural habitats, like oceans.

“This project is a step towards a more sustainable car interior trim and a huge leap for the Wet PU technology. A technology that has demonstrated to be the most competitive in terms of cost and quality, fulfilling at the same time the most demanding specifications from our clients”, says Enrique Fernandez, Advanced Engineering Director, Overhead Systems BU. PCR Film Plastic Recycled Fibers Traceability Polylactic Acid Circular Economy Car

“We are going one step further by deploying the strategy among our clients worldwide. Our next project featuring recycled core PU foam will be unveiled in 2022 and it’ll be manufactured using renewable electricity. Our commitment is to reduce the generation of waste and emissions in all our production processes”, highlights Javier Blanco, Grupo Antolin’s Sustainability Director. These types of solutions are an example of the company’s technological commitment to help its customers to develop more sustainable vehicles by reducing waste, weight and emissions.

This action is part of the Sustainability Master Plan that has been designed with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ 2030 Agenda as a roadmap.

Mechanical recycling

As the leading overhead systems supplier, Grupo Antolin focuses on different methods and technologies to recycle interior trim parts as part of its objective to make a positive contribution to society and reduce carbon print. In this sense, mechanical recycling is another well-known procedure that helps to reintegrate plastic products into the production cycle. This is a mature technology that has founded many applications and it’s well integrated in the industrial processes. This type of recycling is currently being used with thermoplastic structures. With thermoset materials, mechanical recycling is not possible in many cases, though.

Antolin has developed technologies that allow to process a wider quality range of recycled plastic sources that are transformed into automotive parts using a process called Novaform. On the other hand, it has also introduced in serial production in Europe a method to recycle the thermoset run-offs and technical scrap from headliners and transform them into construction boards. These boards are currently being used in Europe, Africa, and South America. The product, branded Coretech, is capable of transforming a composite thermoset product (that couldn’t be recycled in other ways) into a board with outstanding insulation and endurance properties.

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-Bio Based PET Market to Grow at a Strong CAGR of 21.3% By 2030

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The global bio-based pet market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 21.3% during the forecast period of 2022-2030. Bio-based polymers in the last decade have turned out to be a versatile and dynamic field growing from initial stages (research level) to long-term proven products such as nylon or cellulose. Cost, product significance with respect to sustainability, crude oil prices, consumer adoption, federal policies, and new manufacturing technology have contributed in the last decade, to the development of the bio-based polymers market across the globe. The production of bio-based polymers is carried out through biochemical transformation (for example, sugars to succinic acid) or by a chemical reaction process (for example, hydrolysis of lipids into glycerol and fatty acids).

Bio-based PET is categorized under commodity plastics. Bottling and packaging are the major application of bio-based PET in 2020. Bottling application of bio-based PET accounted for over 19.9% of the total market in 2020. Rising beverage consumption in the Asia Pacific and Latin America, government initiatives to drive green packaging, has aided bio-based PET market growth in bottling in the Asia Pacific and Latin America. The growing beverage market is the main factor aiding bio PET bottling segment growth for the forecast period. These bottles are largely used in rigid packaging of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, mineral water packaging by the companies such as Heinz, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Dasani, and others. The rigid packaging market contributes to about 60% of the total packaging market due to the high consumption of bio-based PET bottles. For manufacturing bio PET bottles, PET of grade 30 is utilized in general. PCR Film Plastic Recycled Fibers Traceability Polylactic Acid Circular Economy Car

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-Stora Enso Oyj : Better recycling properties for Stora Enso’s low-carbon Trayforma range for ready meals

Stora Enso continues to develop the Trayforma range further and introduces a new solution for conventionally heated food packaging applications, featuring less than 10% PET plastic. Trayforma is a wood fibre-based material for ready meals packaging, enabling brand owners and retailers to switch from fully fossil-based materials to renewables.

The new Trayforma PET34 material continues to offer core properties such as food protection and heat resistance but has a significantly reduced amount of fossil-based barrier materials. When heating food in conventional oven, board materials need a PET coating to provide heat resistance and protect food. Meeting the threshold of 10% PET plastic will be an important step in producing trays made of Trayforma a better fit for fiber-based packaging recycling streams, and for achieving recyclable labelling in markets such as the UK. PCR Film Plastic Recycled Fibers Traceability Polylactic Acid Circular Economy Car

“We believe Trayforma products will have many future applications because they are low-carbon and help brand owners reduce their carbon footprint and use of fossil-materials, offering these benefits to consumers. Thanks to its renewable origin in wood fiber and its optimised barrier options, Trayforma range offers the right performance and several alternatives for the ready meals category, now also better fit for recycling,” says Tuomas Puonti, VP, Head of Business Line LPB Fresh & FSB from Stora Enso.

Earlier this year, Stora Enso introduced Trayforma PP – a material suitable for heating in microwave ovens — based on material containing up to 95% of wood fibers. For conventional ovens where PET coating is still needed, the reduction to 34gsm is a significant improvement and can still withstand temperatures up to 220 °C.

Trayforma is now also available in 420gsm for producing larger and sturdier microwave and conventional oven trays​. In addition to Trayforma PET, Trayforma Bio and Trayforma PP will also be available in a 420gsm option.

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-SKC, Daesang, LX Int‘l forge JV to produce biodegradable plastic

SK Group’s chemical unit SKC, food company Daesang and trading company LX International have forged a joint venture to develop and distribute a petroleum-based biodegradable plastic called PBAT, the companies said Tuesday.

SKC will contribute 104 billion won ($87.5 million), while Daesang and LX will provide 40 billion won and 36 billion won, respectively, for the joint venture.

Once commercialization starts, the joint venture will become the second-largest manufacturer of the material in the world, it said.

The PBAT set to be produced by the joint venture uses a material extracted from trees to make it higher in density than normal PBAT, they explained.

Daesang will provide the ingredients, SKC will provide the technology and LX International will manage sales and distribution.

A manufacturing plant capable of producing 70,000 tons of the material a year is expected to break ground around October 2023, Daesang said.Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

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-Licella bids to bring chemical recycling to Australia

Conversion technology company says it has the backing of several packaging and polymers producers.

Sydney-based technology provider Licella has produced a report it says highlights the potential for establishing a chemical recycling facility in Australia to focus on difficult to mechanically recycle plastic scrap such as food packaging. Licella says it has backing for the project from global packaging and polymers producers such as Amcor, Coles, iQ Renew, LyondellBasell and Nestlé. Biodegradable Plastic Recycling Textile 

“Advanced recycling allows soft plastic waste, like confectionery wrappers and bread bags, to be turned back into oil, then made into new food-grade packaging in Australia,” says Licella. The company says its study found that putting the oil created from discarded plastic back into the local plastic packaging supply chain “delivers a 64 percent CO2 reduction compared to crude oil.”

The study identified Altona in the Australian state of Victoria as the location best placed for an advanced recycling facility, “given the area’s existing infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities,” according to Licella.

“It is an opportunity to establish Victoria, and Australia, as a leader in this emerging new industry,” states Licella, which has developed a catalytic hydrothermal reactor (Cat-HTR) it calls “the world’s most commercially advanced hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) technology,” with HTL being “the ‘next generation’ of advanced recycling equipment,” according to Licella. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

Licella says creating a circular economy for plastic is essential for Australia to meet its National Waste Policy commitments. Australia’s National Packaging Targets require industry to use an average of 50 percent recycled content in packaging by 2025, meaning “demand for recycled content, especially food-grade plastic, is expected to grow significantly,” says the technology provider.

The advanced recycling facility presents the opportunity to divert up to 120,000 metric tons (or nearly 25 percent) of the plastics sent to landfill every year in Victoria alone, says the firm. If the proposed facility processed 20,000 metric tons per annually, it would produce 17,000 metric tons of oil per year “that could be used in the local plastic supply chain. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles

Licella bids to bring chemical recycling to Australia

-Heat-Stable Orange Dye for Nylons, PC and PPS

Lanxess’ Macrolex Orange HT ideal for high-voltage components in electric vehicles. New dye from LANXESS increases safety under the hood

A new heat-stable soluble organic dye that can be used to permanently color nylons and other high-processing temperature engineering plastics like PC or PPS with the RAL 2003 shade of orange used in high-voltage applications, has been developed by Lanxess. Halogen-free Macrolex Orange HT, which also boasts light fastness, weather resistance and outstanding color strength and brilliance, has been shown to offer consistently high quality and high-precision coloration (dE ≤ 0.7), which is particularly important for orange shades. A color difference of dE<1 cannot usually be perceived by the human eye.

Vehicles with electric drives are naturally exposed to higher voltages and currents than combustion engines. Voltages of up to 400 V DC in the battery circuit and up to 1000 V AC in the engine circuit are possible, with AC voltages exceeding 42 V and DC voltages exceeding 60 V already considered potentially life-threatening.

This is why the live components of an electric drive are colored bright orange so that they can be quickly and easily identified. As a result, Macrolex Orange HT product helps to reduce the risk of accidents during the handling of electric motors. In addition, this colorant can also be used for other high-quality plastic products such as housings for tools and other electronic devices as well as technical plastics for vehicle parts and structural applications. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

Heat-Stable Orange Dye for Nylons, PC and PPS

-EU Waste Shipment regulation falls short, according to BAN

Today the European Commission tabled its long anticipated proposal of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation, with an aim “to ensure that the EU does not export its waste challenges to third countries”. However despite some interesting provisions, current suggestions fail to adequately address the scale and impact of waste trade.

The proposal follows a call for a plastic waste export ban from 36 MEPs and 89 organisations signatory to the BFFP EU Plastic Waste Trade Manifesto, and Commissioner Sinkevicius’ citing the EU’s desire to enact ambitious rules on waste during a Rethink Plastic alliance waste trade event held in September.

Long criticised for its practice regarding waste shipments, notably plastic, the EU has been urged many times to take ambitious action to end this crisis causing significant health, environmental and social harm for receiving countries.

The current proposal is a step above current measures in place. However, the safest, most effective and circular solution, expert NGOs stress, is to mirror the growing movement of receiving countries in prohibiting plastic waste trade, and for the EU to take responsibility for the high levels of waste it generates by banning all extra-EU plastic waste exports.

The choice to only currently restrict certain plastic exports to non-OECD as well as the lack of clarity over certain measures proposed, including the potential for exemptions on plastic waste exports, independent audit requirements and the current resistance of the EU in fully transposing the Basel Convention only further weakens the proposed rules.

“The Basel Convention calls for all countries to be self-sufficient in waste management,” said Jim Puckett, Executive Director of the Basel Action Network. “Certainly, the EU, which is very well resourced compared to the rest of the world, should be among the first group of nations to achieve full waste self-sufficiency and stop playing the global waste trade shell game. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes SortingOil PET Bottles Oil

They must adopt a no-exceptions ban on waste trade period.”

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-Sidel incorporates high-speed PET bottle line in Baghdad

Global provider of packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry Sidel is the first to install a production line for PET bottles in Baghdad as part of a government greenfield project. This initiative by the Iraqi National for Food is a response to the growing demand for bottled water in the country. The line is able to produce 48,000 bottles per hour at 96% line efficiency. It also complies with sustainability standards and showcases right-weight expertise.Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

This particular equipment has the EvoBLOW blower fitted that lowers the required volume of compressed air by 35% with its AirEco2 double air recovery option. In order for the tool to use fewer chemicals and water during external cleaning, the Sidel Matrix Filler is utilised. It enables a smaller filling environment with its SF100 reduced filler enclosure.

“We are very happy that we chose Sidel for our complete water line project, in particular during the pandemic. The Sidel team provided great consultancy and conducted efficient execution so that our product could be launched in a short period of time,” said Mohammed Jasim, Executive Manager at Iraqi National for Food.

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-Bangladesh could capture $1.2b of recycled textile industry

Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey & Company study finds

Bangladesh has the potential to produce $1.2 billion worth of recycled textile and garment items as the country has a big production base for cotton fibre clothing items, according to a recent study by the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and McKinsey & Company.

In total, six major manufacturing countries — Vietnam, Turkey, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh — could tap into a $4.5 billion market in the form of this post-industrial recycling opportunity, as per the analysis.

These are all markets with high viability for such a model, given the economic significance of the textile industry and commitment of local policymakers to supporting the sector.

“There is huge economic potential to scale up this model beyond Bangladesh,” the study said. Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

Less than 1 per cent of materials used to produce clothes is recycled, representing a loss of more than $100 billion in materials each year, it added.

The study — Circular Fashion Partnership (CFP) Scaling Circularity Report — was launched virtually yesterday.

The CFP is a cross-sectoral project to support the development of textile recycling in Bangladesh.

In 2020, the overall uptake of recycled fibres compared to the total fibre production was only around 8.1 per cent, with 7.6 per cent coming from recycled polyester from plastic bottles, not textiles.

Cotton accounted for 24 per cent, or 26.5 million tonnes, of the global fibre market in 2020, while recycled cotton made up less than 1 per cent.

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-Ellesmere Port Recycling Innovator Celebrates Major Tyre Recycling Breakthrough

Ellesmere Port recycling innovator, BIG ATOM, is celebrating a major breakthrough in its attempt to revolutionise the tyre recycling process, after receiving a £350,000 grant from Innovate UK.

The Oil Sites Road based clean-tech recycling company, which already boasts the North West’s second largest tyre recycling plant, has been given the cash injection to develop its patented chemical reactor technology, which will convert old waste tyres into new materials.Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

Company founder, Alexander Guslisty, said that the grant would enable the business to develop the concept of a novel pyrolysis reactor with improved temperature control and efficiencies to create an even more sustainable regeneration process for polymers.

Alex said: “We already recycle tyres and have just processed our one millionth, but this Innovate UK grant will accelerate our tech development and bring us closer to create circular economy for polymers – thus ending the concept of polymer waste.”

“It is a huge breakthrough and will open up new opportunities that will accelerate our IP and pathway to commercialisation. What’s more, the process will be good for the environment and support our ultimate goal of bringing an end to waste materials.”

BIG ATOM will continue to shred and granulate tyres providing the feedstock to the pyrolysis reactor to convert them into oil, gas, and recovered carbon black that can be used again and again.

Alex added: “We will be able to generate higher yields of valuable products compared to existing reactors and ultimately, we’ll be able to produce a more stable and desirable product for refineries to use as their feed.”

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-Sesotec FLAKE SCAN at Polymers Center of Excellence to help determine type and quality of recyclable plastics

Material analysis system now in use in North Carolina is capable of efficiently and accurately analyzing plastic flakes and regrind to determine their material composition and quality  Biodegradable Plastic Chemical Recycling Textile Crude Oil PET Bottles Flakes Sorting

Sesotec GmbH, a global provider of technologies and services for foreign object detection, material sorting and analysis, has provided The Polymers Center of Excellence, a not-for-profit organization established by the State of North Carolina to assist companies in the plastics industry, with a FLAKE SCAN material analyzer.

This system is capable of efficiently and accurately analyzing plastic flakes and regrind to determine their material composition and quality. Within minutes, FLAKE SCAN evaluates the types of plastics present (e.g. PET, PP, HDPE, or mixed plastic flakes), their colours, and whether they are contaminated with metals. The FLAKE SCAN analysis system delivers data that can be immediately leveraged to make decisions about whether plastic flakes and regrind are pure enough for profitable use. Furthermore, the results provide valuable insights into the recycling process and the functionality of the various components in use.

For Sesotec, this collaboration with the Polymers Center of Excellence helps to establish contact with customers who use the facilities to test the latest technologies in search of the best solutions for their processes.

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-Flexible packaging still under pressure
FPE reports in the third quarter costs of raw materials and energy at record levels, with limited availability, in the face of a sustained final demand for packaging.
European producers of flexible packaging FPE (Flexible Packaging Europe) notes a slight slowdown in the inflationary pressure on raw materials in the third quarter of the year, compared to the unprecedented trend of the previous quarter; with prices that in any case remain at very high levels.
The continuous interruptions of supply chains, the association reports, are now aggravated by the increase in the costs of auxiliaries (adhesives, inks and solvents) and, above all, of gas and energy, in the face of a sustained demand for flexible packaging.
According to the ICIS survey, the prices of low and high density polyethylene have increased, respectively, by + 72% (LDPE) and + 49% (HDPE) in comparison with the last three months of 2020 and do not seem destined to decline. in the short term, while demand remains high, due to the recovery after the year of pandemic and lockdown.
The findings of Wood Mackenzie – note FPE – highlight, in the third quarter of this year, similar and unprecedented trends for other substrates used in flexible packaging: compared to the end of 2020, the prices of PET films increased by + 24%, those of 20 micron BOPP by + 63% and the prices of 15 micron BOPA recorded an increase of + 30%. And the same goes for aluminum and paper, with costs increased respectively by + 36% (aluminum foil) and + 10% (paper coated on one side), with delivery times doubled, from one to two months from the order.

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-Oak Hill Capital and CPP Investments Lead the Recapitalization of Berlin Packaging

Oak Hill Capital (“Oak Hill”) and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPP Investments”) have entered into a definitive recapitalization agreement with Berlin Packaging L.L.C. (“Berlin Packaging”) to facilitate the next stage of its growth.

The Berlin Packaging management team, including Global CEO and President, Bill Hayes, will make a significant investment in the company alongside Oak Hill and CPP Investments. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Berlin Packaging is a global supplier of packaging products and services across multiple substrates and end-markets, providing customers of all sizes with solutions to meet their business needs. With annual sales approaching US$2.5 billion, Berlin Packaging is the world’s largest Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures. The company’s unique business model combines the best elements of manufacturers, distributors, and value-added service providers. Berlin Packaging’s range of services includes structural packaging and brand design, sustainability solutions, worldwide sourcing, global warehousing and logistics, and quality and lab testing services.

“We are excited that our relationship with valued investors, Oak Hill and CPP Investments, will continue. We have multiple strategic initiatives underway, including expanding our digital and e-commerce capabilities, increasing our portfolio of sustainable products and solutions, and continuing our track record of accretive acquisitions across the company’s key geographic regions of Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC). This recapitalization will help accelerate all of those important initiatives,” said Bill Hayes. Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging Carbon Footprint

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-Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

We take a look at ways you can help reduce your own carbon footprint which will result in reducing greenhouse gasses and help combat climate change.

The question on everyone’s minds is what actually is ‘carbon footprint’ and how can I reduce it to help protect the environment and help combat global warming. Carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, service, place or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent.

Everyone needs to play their part in helping reduce all the emissions that are being produced. By making a small change in your life you can help reduce emissions. By recycling/reusing 1kg of plastic we can save 1.5kg of CO2.

We take a look at ways you can help reduce your own carbon footprint which will result in reducing greenhouse gasses and help combat climate change.

Always reduce, reuse and recycle

Recycling reduces the need for extracting, refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces the pollution caused by waste. Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging

Avoid single use plastic

Single use plastic is one of the main culprits of polluting the environment. Plastic pollutes our oceans and land, harms our sea and land animals and takes 450 years to decompose. The less single plastic we use the less demand there will become of it meaning that less will be produced. So, make sure to say no to single use plastics like strats, plastic cutlery, cups bags and any other kinds of plastics when you can.

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-Closed Loop studies advanced recycling techniques

Recycling investment fund says chemical, or molecular, recycling methods for plastic can “move the needle” on the material’s recycling rate.

New York-based Closed Loop Partners has released a 171-page report designed to examine the potential role of plastic scrap chemical recycling (also referred to as advanced recycling and molecular recycling) “in a circular and safe future for plastics.”

The report, prepared by Closed Loop’s Center for the Circular Economy and titled “Transitioning to a Circular System for Plastics: Assessing Molecular Recycling Technologies in the United States and Canada,” has as its premise that plastics production in North America is set to triple by 2050. Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging

According to the report, “To move the needle on the 9 percent of plastics currently recycled globally, a suite of solutions must be deployed, first emphasizing reduction and reuse, and also acknowledging the role of recycling in keeping valuable plastics in play for longer and reducing the need for fossil fuel extraction.”

Some producers and users of plastic have increased their investments in mechanical recycling (shredding, washing, extruding and otherwise reprocessing scrap). Some of these same companies also have researched and invested in chemical recycling, which Closed Loop says “refers to a diverse sector, which encompasses dozens of technologies that use solvents, heat, enzymes and even sound waves to purify or transform plastics at the molecular level.”

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-Will we shift from fossil-based to biobased plastic packaging?

Biobased plastic packaging is capturing market share from traditional petroleum-based plastic packaging. With a number of technologies available or under development, biobased plastic packaging could eventually dominate.

There’s no doubt bioplastics is a growth area. “For example, the biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 68.25% until 2019, per…[Technavio’s] report, Global Biobased Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Market 2015-2019,” says Patrick Krieger, assistant director of regulatory and technical affairs at SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Washington, DC.

Some biobased plastics such as polylactic acid and polyhydroxyalkanoate are biodegradable; others such as biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and biobased, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are not. However, these biobased versions of traditional petroleum-based resins result in containers and packaging components that are identical in appearance, function and recyclability. As a result, biobased PET, HDPE and PP packaging resins can serve as drop-in replacements for conventional resins.

Whether biodegradable or not, biobased bioplastics offer numerous environmental benefits, including the reduction of carbon footprint and/or global warming potential. “Biobased feedstocks are appealing to some companies and consumers because they reduce reliance on petroleum, capture carbon dioxide, etc.,” says Krieger.

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, GA, has filled more than 35 billion biobased PET containers worldwide since 2009 and is sharing its technology with other brand owners. Coca-Cola’s patented PlantBottle technology converts natural sugars found in plants such as sugarcane and bagasse into the ingredients for making PET. Initially, PlantBottle containers consisted of up to 30% plant-based material, but a 100% plant-based container was showcased in 2015 at the Milan World Expo. It relies on BioFormPX™ paraxylene from Virent, Madison, WI. Far Eastern New Century, Taipei, Taiwan, worked with Virent and Coca-Cola to convert the BioFormPX to bio-PET resin. Whether 30% or 100% plant-based, the PlantBottle containers are identical to traditional PET containers in appearance, function and recyclability. By 2020, Coca-Cola intends to switch all products in PET bottles to PlantBottle containers. Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging

Another collaborative venture to commercialize 100% biobased PET containers for soft drinks and spirits involves Suntory Holdings Limited, Osaka, Japan, and Anellotech, Pearl River, NY. Suntory currently uses 30% plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands.

Will we shift from fossil-based to biobased plastic packaging?

-Radianza™ Fiber Is Now “bluesign® APPROVED”

Radianza™ fibre, the flagship acrylic fibre brand of Thai Acrylic Fibre Company (Aditya Birla Group), is now “bluesign® APPROVED” – making it the first and only acrylic fibre to get this certification. This bluesign® APPROVED certification is another feather in the cap for Radianza™, which is now the only acrylic fibre which has Higgs MSI scores, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study and digital tracking & tracing facility.

The gel-dyeing technology behind Radianza™ is the key driver for its superior sustainability performance. Water pollution and water consumption are two of the biggest environmental problems facing the fashion industry and conventional dyeing processes contribute immensely towards these two problems. In gel-dyeing, the dye is absorbed in the fibre within 4-5 seconds with close to zero discharge of unused dye and minimum requirement of water. The LCA study as well as the MSI scores show significant reduction of environmental impact while using Radianza™ fibre in place of conventional acrylic fibre and processes. Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging

bluesign® APPROVED articles go through a rigorous certification process by Bluesign Technologies ag – the organization behind the certification – and it certifies that these articles are produced in a resource conserving way with a minimum impact on people and the environment. “We are very proud of getting the bluesign® APPROVED certification for Radianza™ fibre.

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-ECHA report calls for REACH requirements for chemically recycled materials

A recent report commissioned by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has called for further studying of chemical recycling processes for waste rubber and plastics as well as the relevant regulatory issues for each technology to ensure “toxic-free” recycled materials.

In a Nov. 11 statement, the ECHA said the report had found that regulatory issues in chemical recycling are currently not discussed in scientific papers.

The agency stated that the opportunities and challenges posed by REACH and other chemicals, waste and product safety legislation were “specific to each chemical recycling technology.”  Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging

As a result, the report recommended that the regulatory issues are studied on a case-by-case basis, separately for each type of chemical recycling technology.

In addition, the report suggested that investigations should be carried out at chemical recycling plants, as there is little knowledge about the abilities of different processes to eliminate substances of concern.

Noting that chemical recycling technologies differ in their potential, the report suggested that specific technologies should be evaluated case-by-case to avoid “false generalizations.”

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-Techtextil India 2021 Exhibitor Preview: International Technology Group ANDRITZ

International technology group ANDRITZ will present its innovative nonwovens and textile technologies at the booth of its Indian representative PRN Techtex at Techtextil India 2021 in Mumbai, India, from November 25 to 27, 2021 (Hall 7, at DN Associates’ booth A02). A special focus will lie on its technologies for air-through bonding, needlepunch, textile recycling, and processes for biodegradable wipes, like spunlace and Wetlace™.

Andritz air-through-bonding technology – a reliable solution for the hygiene market

Air-through-bonding lines are the preferred choice for producing nonwovens with the best quality of softness and bulk for acquisition distribution layers, top sheets, and back-sheet products. Petrochemicals Biobased Flexible Packaging

With ANDRITZ carding machines and the new flat belt oven, customers benefit from high-performance fabrics from 16 to 80 gsm, produced with bicomponent fibers. Several Chinese customers have already invested in ANDRITZ aXcess carding machines, which provide perfect web uniformity. In addition, the CETI (European Center for Innovative Textiles) in Lille, France, has installed an air-through-bonding oven from ANDRITZ. Customers can compare the technical results obtained from two different options: bonding with the flat belt oven or with the drum (both supplied by ANDRITZ).

Textile recycling technologies by Andritz

Recently, ANDRITZ acquired Laroche SAS, a leading supplier of fiber processing technologies such as opening, blending, dosing, airlay web forming, textile waste recycling, and decortication of bast fibers. The product portfolio further complements and increases the ANDRITZ Nonwoven product range. One focus of this product range lies on complete recycling lines for post-consumer and industrial textile waste to produce fibers for re-spinning and/or nonwoven end uses.

Techtextil India 2021 Exhibitor Preview: International Technology Group ANDRITZ

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-Arkema Accelerates Its Investments in Batteries

In the presence of Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and CEO of the Group, Arkema today inaugurates the Christian Collette Center of Excellence dedicated to batteries at its Pierre-Bénite Research Center. On this occasion the Group will announce a 50% increase in its Kynar® PVDF fluoropolymer production capacities at its Pierre-Bénite site in order to address the fast-growing demand for materials for lithium-ion batteries. Arkema now aims for sales of at least one billion euros in batteries by 2030.

In a context of rapidly accelerating growth in electric mobility around the world, but also for stationary uses, renewable energy storage and electronics, improvements in battery performance, including greater energy density and shorter charging time, greater autonomy and lighter weight of vehicles, today represent key R&D areas to meet the challenge of energy transition. Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

Thanks to its recognized expertise and unique offering of innovative, durable and high-performance materials, Arkema is ideally positioned at the heart of the battery ecosystem to support its customers and partners in the clean mobility revolution. Arkema is thus one of the world’s leading suppliers of high value-added solutions: PVDF for binders and separator coatings, lithium salts to improve cell performance, smart adhesives for cell-to-cell bonding, and bio-based polyamide 11 to cool battery lines.

This Center of Excellence dedicated to batteries for clean mobility is equipped with state-of-the-art design and analysis equipment, including a dry room and an electrode coating line. It draws on the scientific and technical complementarity of the Pierre-Bénite Research Center’s researchers. This Center of Excellence, which will help accelerate the development of advanced materials and processes for future generations of more efficient, safer and more compact batteries, was partly financed by the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Alongside this platform, a pilot line dedicated to the pre-industrialization of the next generations of electrolytes for the batteries of the future is already operational.

This new Center, named the Christian Collette Center of Excellence for Batteries, in honor of the Group’s R&D Vice President who passed away last April, is inaugurated in the presence of numerous customers, partners, and representatives of the State, the Region and the City.

Arkema Accelerates Its Investments in Batteries

-Fast fashion is killing the planet. These chemists are fighting back

Your clothes are mostly plastic. These chemists have figured out how to recycle them.

ur clothes don’t die — or, at least the non-biodegradable textiles that they’re made of don’t usually get a second life.

“Textiles are these complex mixtures of different materials,” says Moby Ahmed, the CTO of Ambercycle, a textile recycling startup. Examples are cotton, polyester, spandex, nylon, and acrylic — so basically, most of the materials that make up the clothes in your closet.

In 2018 alone, 11.3 million tons of those textile mixtures waste ended up in landfills, the EPA says. And the lion’s share of that waste comes from clothing — over a billion garments worth. Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

Fast fashion — a term used to describe an industry that relies on fast manufacturing and styles that quickly go out of vogue — is reliant on these textiles. A June 2021 report by London’s Royal Society for Arts (RSA) found that more than 80% of some offerings on websites contained new plastic in them, and despite recent media attention, clothing companies are still slow to adopt truly recycled garments into their product lines.

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-US R-PET market evolving amid supply tightness

Both recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) flake and pellet prices remain high, on strong demand due to sustainability commitments from major consumer brands.

Amid the market tightness, some suppliers have shifted their sales away from the fibre industry towards packaging.

This move is due to the premium that packaging grade or food grade R-PET commands, as well as the demand stability expected over the next several years as post-consumer recycled (PCR) content commitments and mandates grow.

In 2020, 38% of US and Canada R-PET material was used in the fibre market, down from 47% in 2018, according to statistics from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

The fibre market historically targeted the lower priced curbside based R-PET material as product specifications were more flexible for fibre applications.

Curbside grade is derived from sorting general consumer mixed-recycling collection. These bales typically have higher levels of wastage. This is due to contact with food waste or other plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which act as contaminants. Traditionally, curbside grade prices trail premium grade.

Premium grade constitutes bottles collected from deposit return scheme (DRS) programmes, also termed bottle bill programmes. DRS collection systems typically result in lower contamination, thus resulting in higher recyclate yield.

One West Coast recycler noted curbside bottle bale quality degradation throughout the last year, with useable bottle feedstock yields as low as 50%. Historically, curbside bottle bale yields hovered around 60%. Curbside bale quality is very dependent on sortation technology or method and can require additional capital or production time to improve.

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-An expert view on Coca-Cola’s new 100% plant-based bottle

Is Coca-Cola’s 100% plant-based bottle really better for the environment than PET alternatives? The answer to that question isn’t as simple as you might think, says Mario Grimau, a polymer engineer and materials science specialist at SPRING.

It has been a very long journey for Coca-Cola to reach its first 100% bio-based PlantBottle, since the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC) project was announced in April 2012, originally signed by Coca-Cola and other big four brands. A working group focused on accelerating the development and use of 100% vegetable PET bottles and PET fibers, both based on BioPolyethylene Terephthalate or BioPET.

In fact, Coca-Cola’s journey to sustainability had already begun in 2009, when the original PlantBottle was introduced. Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

This concept was so successful that after a year 2.5 billion bio-based PlantBottle bottles had already been manufactured. However, BioPET bottles at that time were only partially bioplastics, since only one of the monomers to obtain PET, the MEG, was obtained from biomass; which in this case was sugar cane.

PET consists of two molecules: approximately 30% monoethylene glycol (MEG) and 70% terephthalic acid (PTA); of which PET is obtained through a polymerization reaction; therefore, for almost ten years, PlantBottle consisted only 30% by weight of a bio-based precursor, while the remaining 70% corresponding to the PTA was still obtained from conventional petrochemical sources.

The new Coca-Cola prototype announced this October is finally a fully plant-based bottle, made from BioMEG in combination with plant-based PTA. Obtaining this last bio-monomer has been achieved through the new BioFormPX process from Virent (Madison, Wisconsin); in which bio-sourced p-xylene (BioPX) has been converted into terephthalic acid of vegetable origin (BioPTA) by a biochemical process.

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-COEXPAN launch packaging solutions for hyper-extended shelf life

COEXPAN announces a range of packaging solutions that include its COEXSHIELD monomaterial PET or PP trays for fresh food applications, which it claims can expend shelf-life from 7 to 12 days.

Developed by INNOTECH, COEXPAN’s Innovation and Technology Centre, the new range is designerd to replace complex medium and high-barrier laminates with high-barrier monomaterials that include additives suitable for food contact.

The new range is aimed at reducing food waste in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The company says that, depending on the product’s initial hygiene and food safety conditions, it can increase shelf-life to up to 12 days.

The antibacterial features prevent bacteria growing on the outer packaging of fresh food, according to COEXPAN. It is a rigid plastic solution that can be developed in combination with Emsur and its EMFULL barrier lids, which are apparnelty designed to allow complete recyclability of the tray. Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

Included in the range is the COEXSHIELD RAM 0, an antibacterial tray containing a virucidal additive based on copper micro- and nanon-particles, which is effective against COVID Sars II and FDA approved. The COEXSHIELD Infinite contains antibacterial powder that is effective against E. Coli and C. Yeyuni, while the COEXSHIELD Fresher is an anti-odour scavenging tray that eliminates smells and acid-aliphatic-sulfur compound families; both are FDA and EFSA compliant.

COEXPAN launch packaging solutions for hyper-extended shelf life

-Toray to expand carbon-fiber manufacturing capacity in Mexico

Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) announced that U.S. subsidiary Zoltek Companies, Inc. will bolster its large-tow carbon fiber (with more than 40,000 filaments) production capacity in 2023. The upgrade will cost around $130 million (around ¥14 billion). A Zoltek facility in Jalisco, Mexico, will lift its annual capacity around 54%, to more than 20,000 tons, boosting the combined annual capacity of that company’s Mexican and Hungarian operations to about 35,000 metric tons.

Toray expects the market for this fiber to expand over the medium through long terms. That is because of growing deployments of wind power as an eco-friendly source of renewable energy. An associated factor is rising demand for longer and lighter blades to boost generating efficiency, fueling the use of carbon fiber, which is lightweight, strong, and rigid. The capacity increase will stabilize supplies to cater to expanding large tow carbon fiber demand. Zoltek will keep drawing on production facilities in the United States, Hungary, and Mexico to take advantage of increasing global demand, particularly for wind turbine blades. Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

Toray to expand carbon-fiber manufacturing capacity in Mexico

-RGE provides update on US$200 million investment commitment in next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology

RGE group of resources-based companies has released its 2021 progress report on its commitment to invest USD200 million in next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology over a ten-year period which started in 2019.

The annual report provides an update on the activities undertaken by RGE’s business groups (Sateri, APR, APRIL, Bracell) involved in the fashion value chain to advance its ambition towards closed-loop, circular and climate-positive cellulosic fibre.

Bey Soo Khiang, Vice Chairman, RGE said, “Our achievements this year underscore our commitment to continuous improvement in clean production and resource utilisation efficiency. We will continue to pursue manufacturing excellence and invest in best-in-class technologies for all our facilities as part of our commitment towards closed-loop and cleaner production.” Petrochemicals Batteries Carbon Fibers

In 2021, Sateri achieved full compliance with the emission limits set out in the European Union Best Available Techniques Reference Document (EU-BAT BREF) for all of its five viscose mills in China, two years ahead of schedule. Bracell completed construction of the world’s largest and greenest new generation pulp mill in São Paulo which uses cutting-edge technology for fossil fuel-free generation.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to restrict travel and collaboration, RGE persisted in building upon existing partnerships, while entering into new agreements. Sateri strengthened its strategic collaboration with Infinited Fiber Company, participating in the company’s EUR30 million funding round, which attracted new and existing investors such as H&M Group, Adidas, BESTSELLER and Zalando.

New partnerships formed by RGE included a five-year textile recycling research collaboration with Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and a three-year strategic partnership with the Textile and Fashion Federation Singapore which seeks, among others goals, to advance research and innovation in circular economy approaches to fashion waste in Asia.

RGE provides update on US$200 million investment commitment in next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology

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-Sinopec to build 1 mt/year crude-to-olefin plant based on advanced technology

China’s Sinopec Corp said on Wednesday it plans to build a 1-MMtpy crude-to-olefin plant, having completed successful trial processing crude oil directly into olefin at its subsidiary plant in Tianjin, without giving further details, reported Reuters.

Thus, the top Asian refiner is one of the world’s few companies that have applied the technology at an industrial scale. ExxonMobil is another firm equipped with such technology, Sinopec said.

With a yield of close to 50%, the manufacturing process cuts significantly production cost as well as CO2 emissions, compared with the traditional approach of refining crude into intermediate fuels which are further processed into olefin, Sinopec added.

Olefin – mainly ethylene and propylene – is the key building block for making petrochemicals such as plastics and synthetic fibre.

China, the world’s largest emitter of green house gases, is expected to cap its primary crude oil refining capacity at 1 B tons annually by 2025 (20 MMbpd), under a national goal to hit carbon emission peak before 2030. But it remains short of petrochemicals such as plastics and synthetic fibre.

As MRC informed before, in August, 2021, Sinopec, the world’s petrochemical major, launched the first phase of the Gulei refining complex in Zhangzhou city in China’s southeastern Fujian province. The refining complex, a 50:50 joint venture between Sinopec’s Fujian Petrochemical Company Ltd and Taiwan Xuteng Investment Company Ltd, invested 27.8 billion yuan (USD4.28 billion) in the first phase. That will result in an 800,000 tonnes per annum ethylene plant, a 600,000 tonnes per annum styrene unit and seven other downstream petrochemical units, Sinopec said.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

Sinopec to build 1 mt/year crude-to-olefin plant based on advanced technology

-Studies investigate how to improve plastic recycling

Researchers analyze options to increase recycling rates; laboratory study reports using untargeted migrants analysis as a feasible tool to discern recycled from virgin polyethylene (PE); stakeholder analysis finds equal involvement of all relevant actors needed to improve PET plastic recycling  Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

In an article published on October 30, 2021, in the peer-reviewed journal Food Packaging and Shelf Life, Zhi-Feng Chen from the Jinan University, Zhuhai, China, and co-authors reported on a method to differentiate recycled from virgin polyethylene (PE) based on the migration of untargeted substances. The scientists performed migration experiments according to the EU regulation for plastic food contact materials (FCMs) with eight virgin and 14 recycled PE materials, and they analyzed the migrating chemicals by combining untargeted gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer (GC-MS) with multivariate data analysis.

In total, they detected 80 (semi-) volatile compounds of which 70 were tentatively identified including ester, hydrocarbons, alcohols, acids, benzene derivates, ketones, amides, aldehydes, ethers, and piperazine derivatives. Chen et al. also identified differences between virgin and recycled materials such as a higher number of species and average content of hydrocarbons in virgin PE, while additives and contaminants had a greater abundance in the recycled materials. The researchers reported that their principal component analysis model “showed the possibility of evaluating comprehensively the cleaning efficiency of the recovery process.” In addition, 38 markers were selected to develop a classification model to discern between virgin and recycled PE. Apart from one, all markers were found to have a higher presence in the recycled samples. The authors conclude that “the identification of recycled PE and virgin PE based on the migration of untargeted substances is feasible” and that “with the accumulation of samples, the classification model will be more and more stable and accurate.”

The EU Circular Economy Action Plan sets mandatory requirements for recycled content (FPF reported). Concerns have been raised about whether recycling targets can be met (FPF reported), which is making discussion on how recycling can be improved essential (FPF reported).

In an  article published on November 8, 2021, in the journal Sustainable Production and Consumption, Spyridioula Gerassimidou and co-authors from Brunel University London, UK, evaluated the role stakeholders play in increasing plastics recycling rates and circularity in the UK. The researchers used the value chain of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) drink bottles as a case study and analyzed the complex stakeholder interactions by integrating stakeholder theory into the Complex Value Optimization for Resource Recovery (CVORR) system-based approach. CVORR was first  described by Iacovidou et al. 2017 and has previously been applied by Gerassimidou and colleagues to compare the sustainability impacts of fossil carbon-based and bio-based plastics (FPF reported).

In their current study, the authors found that producers and brand owners, i.e., the stakeholders upstream of the PET value chain, have great lobbying power since the PET bottle market is well-established in the UK and financially supported. According to the article, this, in turn, incentivizes production and results in the burden on stakeholders located downstream in the PET value chain, such as the waste management industry.

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-Finnish Neste receives EUR88 mln to develop its green hydrogen and CCS project

The EU Innovation Fund has given a positive grant decision of EUR88 million funding to Neste’s green hydrogen and CO2 capture and storage project, which aims to quickly and efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Porvoo refinery in Finland, according to Hydrocarbon Engineering.Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

The project introduces carbon capture and storage (CCS) and electrolysis solutions that allow decarbonisation of production at the refinery. It is currently in the feasibility phase.

The project will strongly contribute to the reaching of both Finland’s and the EU’s climate targets and has a significant role in Neste’s target of carbon neutral production by 2035.

With this transformation project, a reduction of more than 4 million t of CO2 emissions can be achieved at the Porvoo refinery in the first 10 years of operation.

The company also aims to gather a network of leading European technology suppliers and R&D institutes, laying the foundation for a world-class European hub for renewable hydrogen and CO2 utilisation.

As MRC reported earlier, in July, 2021, Neste and LyondellBasell announced a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock from Neste that has been produced from 100% renewable feedstock from bio-based sources, such as waste and residue oils and fats. This feedstock will be processed through the cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in January-September 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.

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-INEOS Styrolution and University Bayreuth continue successful R&D cooperation

University Bayreuth acquires extruder from INEOS Styrolution to support further research projects

New extruder elevates the University of Bayreuth to a new level in plastics compounding

Frankfurt am Main and Bayreuth, November 18, 2021 – INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, and the University of Bayreuth continue their long-established R&D collaboration preparing for future projects. A new twin screw extruder will allow the university to perform plastics compounding at a new level.

INEOS Styrolution looks back at almost eight years of collaborating with the University of Bayreuth on various R&D projects to unleash the full power of styrenics materials. Initial projects were focused on optimising materials for selected industries and applications. More recently, the focus has shifted to projects addressing sustainable solutions. The research includes various aspects of depolymerisation of polystyrene to convert post-consumer styrenics waste to monomer feedstock.

Dr. Norbert Niessner, Global Innovation Director at INEOS Styrolution comments: “Bayreuth is known in our industry as an internationally renowned location with highly developed skills to progress polymer innovation. With this win-win deal we help to further improve Bayreuth´s development position in polymer compounding. We are happy to contribute strengthening our partner.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Ruckdäschel from the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Bayreuth adds: “We are excited about the capabilities the new twin screw extruder offers. We are looking forward to new projects, with INEOS Styrolution being one of our major partners.” Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

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-Turkish central bank further slashes interest rate19

In sync with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s longstanding opposition to higher interest rates, the Turkish Central Bank has cut its benchmark one-week repo rate by 100 basis points from 16 per cent to 15 per cent. Last month, the monetary authority had lowered the policy rate (one-week repo rate) by 200 basis points from 18 per cent to 16 per cent.

With the latest step, the central bank has reduced the key policy rate by 400 basis points since September this year.

While announcing the decision of the 11th Monetary Policy Committee meeting this year, the bank said that “recent increases in inflation had been driven by supply-side factors such as rising food and import prices, especially in energy, and supply constraints.”

For the month of October 2021, inflation rate rose to a 2.5-year-high of 19.89 per cent year-on-year, according to Turkish Statistical Institute. The central bank has raised its year-end inflation forecast for 2021 to 18.4 per cent from the previous estimate of 14.1 per cent. Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

The lowering of interest rates is a policy adopted by the Turkish government to boost the country’s exports. “This is helping textile exporters earn more money right now. Actually, higher inflation and lower interest rate, and thereby weakening the currency, is the government’s strategy for promoting exports. But it is putting big pressure on people as market prices have gone up like crazy,” according to Suat Idil, who represents Fibre2Fashion in Turkey.

“In the short term, textile exporters might enjoy this, but then when it comes to importing raw materials from abroad it would also affect them in a bad way,” adds Idil.

During January-September 2021, Turkey’s apparel exports increased by 25.72 per cent to $13.364 billion, compared to exports of $10.630 billion during the corresponding period of 2020, according to the data from the Turkish Statistical Institute and the country’s ministry of trade.

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-Novamont in the reindustrialisation of Treofan Terni
The plant and part of the workers could be converted to the production of innovative compostable packaging.
During the crisis table on Treofan Terni, convened by the Ministry of Economic Development and held today by videoconference, the Deputy Minister for Economic Development Alessandra Todde acknowledged the existence of two proposals for the redevelopment of the Terni plant, specialized in production of BOPP films, which the Indian group Jindal has decided to close (read article).
“The liquidator made it clear to the parties that there are two complementary and non-competing re-industrialization projects. Of these, one involves the Umbrian company Novamont with which discussions are underway to evaluate possible support tools “, she said. Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

A source from Novamont confirmed the interest, for now a working hypothesis rather than a defined industrial plan. The most probable hypothesis is that the Novara company, which produces Mater-bi brand bioplastics in the Terni area, could create a consortium that, together with partners active in the transformation of biopolymers, would convert the former Treofan plant into a pole for production of films and flexible packaging in compostable plastic, “with an innovative content and barrier properties”, not in competition with the BOPP films produced on the site until last year.
The operation – says the source – would require investments in equipment and machinery, and could materialize if there is a commitment by the authorities to support the redevelopment of the Terni chemical center. The ultimate goal would be to safeguard the jobs, about 130 those of Treofan Terni at risk of cancellation.

To ensure the time necessary for the reindustrialization process, the MiSE, together with the Umbria Region, will make new social safety nets available, renewing the Wage Supplement in derogation to keep workers in continuity, also in view of the expiry of the current Cig in February next year.

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-Solvay Launches New Amodel® Supreme and Bios Grades to Support Further Sustainable Innovation in E-Mobility

Newly developed PPA solutions designed for high-voltage e-motor and inverter busbars and other demanding components in power electronics

Solvay is accelerating the pace of providing the automotive industry with an entirely new generation of Amodel® polyphthalamide (PPA) materials targeted at higher demands of performance and sustainability for advanced electrical and electronic applications in e-mobility.

In the Supreme range, Amodel® PPA AE 9933 and AE 9950 have been designed for e-motor and inverter busbars operating at 800 volts and higher. They combine best-in-class comparative tracking index (CTI) ratings with high thermal cycle shock resistance from -40 to 150 °C. As a breakthrough vs. conventional PPA technology, they will also retain their CTI over time even after temporary exposure to peak temperatures above 150 °C. Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

New halogen-free flame retarded Amodel® Bios HFFR R1-133 and HFFR R1-145 meet with the growing trend of integrating the e-motor, power electronics and the gearbox into one single consolidated electric drive system. With a CTI of >600 volts, heat resistance of >120 °C and excellent dimensional stability, these grades enable the design of highly compact systems using miniaturized components. Moreover, they provide UL94 V0 flammability ratings without the need for halogenated flame retardants. Besides addressing safety concerns in the event of uncontrolled thermal excursion, the halogen-free formulation also minimizes the risk of electronic corrosion.

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-900 exhibitors from 45 countries register for Techtextil, Texprocess

Around 900 exhibitors from 45 countries, including the organisers of numerous joint stands, have already registered for Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for textiles and nonwovens, and Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials, beginning from June 21, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main.

The registration status is over 85 per cent for Techtextil and over 70 per cent for Texprocess based on the last events in 2019, fair organiser Messe Frankfurt said in a press release. With the delay of the fairs until 2022, both will change their cycle of events and shift permanently to even years. The new dates for the subsequent edition have also been set to April 23 to 26, 2024.

“The sector is in motion again and people have a great need to find out about the latest developments and see innovations live. Over the last one and a half years or more since the outbreak of the pandemic, companies have faced a variety of new challenges. Many of the companies have undergone a complete restructuring and, simultaneously, launched a host of innovations. Now, they want to discuss them with an international audience of trade visitors,“ said Olaf Schmidt, vice president textiles and textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt. Olefin Petrochemicals Green Hydrogen BOPP Film PPA Techtextil

“Techtextil and Texprocess will provide a look ahead in June 2022. The distortions of the industry due to the pandemic and the commitment to sustainability are directing the focus even more toward flexible, digitally automated and sustainable production structures. Among other things, these will also be more regional than before,” said Elgar Straub, managing director, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies. “Adapted technological solutions exist and are increasingly in demand. The high registration numbers show the need for exchange.”

Both trade fairs will be held as hybrid events with many supplementary digital services for exhibitors and visitors in addition to the live exhibition and programme of events.

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-Relief Unlikely in PET and rPET Markets in 2022

The North American PET market can’t catch a break, while high demand from brand owners makes rPET hard to find.

For much of 2021, the ability to source packaging resins has been challenged unlike most years before. Much to the relief of many packagers’ procurement departments, finding polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in North America has become much easier as autumn gets set to transition into winter. Even a few resin sales teams are probably happy with a less stressful end to 2021 on tap, even if that ends up cutting into profit margins a tad thanks to declining PE and PP prices.

Those dealing in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market still need to take their stress balls to the negotiating table, and if they are also talking recycled PET (rPET), they might need to take along their favorite lucky charm as well.

While sustained increased production has bolstered PE and PP supplies, the North American PET market has had a difficult time catching a break and has been beset by sustained robust demand, upstream production issues such as a current force majeure from a Mexico PET producer and one in recent months from a US producer, and then the backbreaker — high logistics costs on imported PET from Asia.

Unlike PE and PP, North America absolutely needs PET from a region such as Asia to meet demand on this continent. Normally that is not an issue, but these are not normal times. Container rates from Asia to the US West Coast are adding upwards of another 50 cents/pound to Asia-sourced PET and leading to overall higher prices in the PET market. That is how you end up with a price graph like the one below that is severely averse to downward trajectories.

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-Adipec 2021: Adnoc and Borealis sign $6.2bn partnership to expand Borouge’s output

Expansion project includes construction of a 1.5-million-tonne ethane cracker, two Borstar polyethylene plants and a cross-linked polyethylene plant

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Austrian chemicals producer Borealis have signed a $6.2 billion partnership agreement for the development of the fourth unit of a polyolefin manufacturing complex in the UAE’s downstream hub of Ruwais.

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office and the executive committee of the board of directors of Adnoc, witnessed the signing of the agreement.

“Adnoc and Borealis’ significant investment in the fourth expansion of Borouge ensures the long-term and sustainable supply of core materials to critical sectors vital to both the UAE and global economy,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Adnot RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable 

“This expansion will see Borouge become the world’s largest single-site polyolefin complex, as it continues to play an integral role in the development of Ta’ziz, enhancing local industrial supply chains and boosting in-country value opportunities,” he added.

Last year, Adnoc and industrial holding company ADQ announced plans to work on projects worth $5bn within the Ruwais Derivatives Park.

The joint venture, Ta’ziz, will look to invest in chemical projects worth $3bn, with $2bn expected to be spent on the development of port and infrastructure facilities in Ruwais.

Adipec 2021: Adnoc and Borealis sign $6.2bn partnership to expand Borouge's output

-On packaging recycling, EU aims to close the loop

Not all recycling is equal. As the European Commission prepares to revise the EU’s packaging waste directive, policymakers want to remove degradation and waste from the process.

As consumers, when we put our recycling bags in the bin or out on the street, that’s the last we hear of them. We trust that the effort we’ve taken to sort and dispose of our waste means that this material will be recycled and used in another product.

But that’s not always how it works.

How effective the recycling is depends on how closed the recycling loop is. With open loop recycling, a product is recycled but has to be mixed with new raw materials in order to become a new product, typically leading to downcycling – where the recycled product is of an inferior quality to the original. RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable 

With closed loop recycling, packaging is collected and recycled into new packaging, or converted back to a raw material, without mixing or downcycling. This loop can be performed indefinitely, without losing its properties during the recycling process.

Closed-loop recycling is obviously preferable from both an efficiency and an environmental standpoint. However, it isn’t always possible. The question confronting policymakers is, how closed can we get the loop with various waste streams?

Last year the European Commission launched a Circular Economy Action Plan as one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal. The wide range of proposals listed in there are set to influence almost every aspect of our lives, by ensuring that products and materials we see everywhere – from home to office, or school and doctors’ clinics – are brought into a circular process of reuse and recycling.

Part of the EU action plan is an upcoming review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) that will aim to ensure that “all packaging on the EU market are recyclable or reusable in an economically viable way by 2030”. It will build on the last revision of the directive that set new recycling targets for packaging, measuring the actual recycling of packaging materials – not just collection rates.

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-Primaloft backing for Plastics Biodegradation Laboratory

Establishing a centre for the validation of new biodegradable fibres and technologies.

UMass Dartmouth has received a $739,936 award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the development of a new research and development laboratory in New Bedford to study biodegradable and ocean-safe plastics.

The new Plastics Biodegradation Laboratory will enable efficient testing of plastic biodegradation, helping address the significant waste caused by traditional plastics used in textiles, packaging and other products that accumulate in the ocean and other water resources.  RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable 

The state grant was awarded by the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant programme, an effort managed by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), and will be paired with $1 million in match funding, more than $450,000 from private industry partners, including leading advanced materials companies such as PrimaLoft.

The Commonwealth’s capital investment will fund new lab equipment which will address material biodegradability and its environmental impact, specialising in the ocean impacts, and advancing the development of new, environmentally-sensitive products.

In addition to PrimaLoft, partners on the project include Radical Plastics of Beverly, Paramount Planet Product, UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Boston-based SeaAhead, and the US Army Soldier Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center.

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-Morrisons to co-own world-leading soft plastic recycling site in UK

Morrisons will become the first supermarket to own its own recycling operations through the acquisition of a significant stake in a new recycling site in Fife. The site will reprocess ‘hard-to-recycle’ soft plastics. Uniquely within the industry, Morrisons already owns 18 of its own food making sites. RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable 

Morrisons has also committed that by 2025, it will recycle and reuse the equivalent amount of plastic it puts on to the market within its own recycling facilities, to develop greater recycling in the UK. It has already announced it will reduce its own brand plastic packaging by 50 per cent by the same year.

The Fife site is the first of its type in the world. It is co-owned and being constructed by recycling plant specialists Yes Recycling. The plant will turn hard-to-recycle flexible food packaging into plastic flakes, pellets and boards. At current capacity, the site will take 15,000 of tonnes of flexible plastic packaging a year*.

The hard-to-recycle soft plastic – including chocolate wrappers, crisp packets, and food film – will be sent to the site from Morrisons distribution sites**, and by Cireco Scotland to process kerbside collection material. In the past this material may have gone to landfill or been incinerated for energy.

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-Upcoming Event Looks into Ongoing Role of Plastics in Automotive Industry

On 17 November 2021 the British Plastics Federation (BPF) is hosting its annual seminar looking at plastics in automotive applications.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Senior Supply Chain Manager Luke Hampton will begin Plastics in Automotive 2021 by providing an overview of the current situation in the automotive sector, exploring current trends and developments.

He will be followed by Ian Ray, head of the BPF’s Automotive Forum and subject matter expert for plastics, injection moulding and process for cockpit CoC cockpit systems at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Ray will explain JLR’s plans for the future and how this relates to the plastics industry. RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable 

Andrew Mills, principal research fellow in composites manufacturing at Cranfield University’s Enhanced Structures and Composites Centre will explore the impact of legislative changes and policies from major players in the automotive sector and how this may impact lightweighting technology.

Birmingham University’s Professor of Business Economics David Bailey will provide insights into the future of automotive trade in the EU. Dan Jarvis, technical business development manager at Plastribution, will then discuss the car interior of the future and what plastics manufacturers should consider planning for.

TH Plastics Managing Director Lee Thomas will explain the merits of an innovative new drying system and how this improves injection moulding efficiency before Paul Mayhew, general manager at MBA Polymers, looks at the current state of the market for recycled content in the automotive industry and what the future may hold.

-SABIC debuts at Automotive Tech Week 2021, colorable, PTFE-free LNP™ LUBRILOY™ N2000 compound to reduce BSR noise

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, launched today at Automotive Tech Week 2021 LNP™ LUBRILOY™ N2000 compound, a new internally lubricated material that helps prevent buzz-squeak-rattle (BSR) noise in automotive interiors. Showcased here at the company’s booth (#330), the new LNP compound is based on an amorphous blend and offers both molded-in color capability and paintability. The proprietary, compatibilized olefinic alloy is free of silicone and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). By replacing standard PC/ABS with this innovative, drop-in material, automotive OEMs and tiers can significantly reduce friction and stick-slip behavior between molded parts to limit or prevent unwanted noise. RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable 

“A quiet, smooth ride is a hallmark of automotive quality and luxury, but cabin sounds can be more noticeable in electric and hybrid vehicles due to the absence of source noise from their powertrains,” said Ed Williams, senior product manager, LNP Compounds, SABIC. “Our new LNP LUBRILOY N2000 compound is highly effective at limiting buzz-squeak-rattle noise and eliminates the need for secondary applications such as felts or tapes. This latest material innovation helps our customers provide a more enjoyable driving experience for consumers.”

Excellent Wear and Friction Performance

SABIC’s proprietary lubricating technology is based on a fully compatibilized olefinic alloy. It enables the LNP LUBRILOY N2000 compound to deliver a low coefficient of friction (COF) and excellent wear performance in plastic parts moving over metal and plastic surfaces.

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-New EPS recycling trial launched

A new initiative from the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) aims to promote and boost the amount of expanded polystyrene that is collected and recycled at its eight reuse and recycling centres – RRCs – across north London.

The result of a partnership between NLWA, the British Plastics Federation BPF, NLWA-owned LondonEnergy Ltd, and Greenbank Recycling Solutions, the initiative saw the launch of a new trial on 8 November 2021, when NLWA added polystyrene to the list of 29 waste streams that get recycled at RRCs. Greenbank has provided the onsite compactors being used in the trial and is also managing the processing of the material.

Each year across the UK over 10,000 tonnes of polystyrene is thrown away. EPS is fully recyclable but because it is 98% air it provides unique challenges when it comes to collecting and reprocessing the material. Although it is light, it is also bulky, so the NLWA is urging north London residents to participate by bringing their unwanted polystyrene to one of the participating RRCs.

Currently in the UK, 54% of the material is recycled. With the implementation of initiatives like this one, it is far more of it will be able to be collected from UK households.

The reprocessed material from the scheme will be made into insulation panels for use in construction. These panels decrease running costs and carbon emissions from buildings, as well as reducing the use of virgin material. At the end of their life the panels can be recycled again, making the process truly circular. The recycled material can also be used to make products like coat hangers, toys and picture frames.

However, up until now, the only solution was to dispose of EPS through energy from waste – in other words, incineration, said Chair of NLWA, Cllr Clyde Loakes, “But this new recycling infrastructure will enable us to manage it efficiently and with less impact to the environment.” RPET Plastic Recycling Automotive Biodegradable

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PET Bottle Nylon RPET Petrochemicals 29-11-2021

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PET Resin PET Preforms

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ITEM 15/11/2021 22/11/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,100 $/ton 1,045 $/ton- -55
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton -100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,755 yuan/ton 4,560 yuan/ton -195
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 725 $/ton 700 $/ton -25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,160 yuan/ton 5,000 yuan/ton -160
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

PET Bottle Nylon RPET Petrochemicals

678 $/ton 658 $/ton -20
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 914 $/ton 866 $/ton -48
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 894 $/ton 846 $/ton -48
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 969 $/ton 921 $/ton -48
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,530 yuan/ton
+30
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 9,180 yuan/ton -20
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,200 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton -50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
PET Bottle Nylon RPET Petrochemicals
7,650 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,020 yuan/ton -30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
-550
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,100 $/ton -50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,470 $/ton 2,340 $/ton -130
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,250 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,500 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 39,200 yuan/ton 39,000 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,850 yuan/ton 17,700 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,500 yuan/ton 20,350 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,700 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 100,500 yuan/ton 99,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market

PET Bottle Nylon RPET Petrochemicals

88,000 yuan/ton 88,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 76,000 yuan/ton 74,500 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,100 yuan/ton -300
Benzene domestic market 6,930 yuan/ton 6,380 yuan/ton -550
Benzene overseas  market 938 $/ton 876 $/ton -62
Ethylene South 1,055 $/ton860 1,045 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,168 $/ton 1,166 $/ton -2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,500 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
9,110 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton -110
Naphtha overseas market  758 $/ton 720 $/ton
-38
Phenol domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton

 

 

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ITEM 15/11/2021 22/11/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton -150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,140 $/ton 1,100 $/ton- -40
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,450 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton -150
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,575 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton -125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,890 yuan/ton 4,755 yuan/ton -135
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Adpic Acid Nylon Petrochemicals
735 $/ton 725 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,260 yuan/ton 5,160 yuan/ton -100
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 690 $/ton 678 $/ton- -12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 923 $/ton 914 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 903 $/ton 894 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Adpic Acid Nylon Petrochemicals

978 $/ton 969 $/ton -9
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton
-250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton -400
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,450 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton -250
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton 8,200 yuan/ton -300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Adpic Acid Nylon Petrochemicals
7,950 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton -300
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,200 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton -150
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,375 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton
-575
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,470 $/ton 2,470 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,550 yuan/ton 15,250 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,900 yuan/ton 15,500 yuan/ton -400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 39,300 yuan/ton 39,200 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Adpic Acid Nylon Petrochemicals

18,150 yuan/ton 17,850 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,750 yuan/ton 20,500 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  19,400 yuan/ton 18,700 yuan/ton -700
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 100,500 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 88,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,000 yuan/ton 76,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,600 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton -200
Benzene domestic market 7,380 yuan/ton 6,930 yuan/ton -450
Benzene overseas  market 961 $/ton 938 $/ton -23
Ethylene South 1,075 $/ton860 1,055 $/ton -20
Ethylene NWE  market 1,183 $/ton 1,168 $/ton -15
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,400 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,500 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
9,280 yuan/ton 9,110 yuan/ton -170
Naphtha overseas market  779 $/ton 758 $/ton
-21
Phenol domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton

Adpic Acid Nylon Petrochemicals

 

Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling PA11 Crude Oil Microwave Chemical Technology 19-11-2021

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Crude Oil Prices Trend  

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-UniteChem expands its portfolio of high-performance light stabilizers

UniteChem Group has recently started full-scale production of advanced high-performance light stabilizers UniteChem LS2020 and LS119 in its newly commissioned production facilities

“UniteChem Group began producing industry-standard light stabilizers such as UniteChem LS944 in 1997 and has been continuously expanding its polymer additives portfolio ever since”, says Junyi Lin, CEO of UniteChem Group. “Today, we are proud to be among the world’s largest-capacity suppliers of light stabilizers and other plastic additives, offering over 40’000 tons of finished products. Our full backward integration with a production capacity of over 80’000 tons of intermediates provides extensive production flexibility, high reliability, and maximum quality control. Current production, located in two state-of-the-art production facilities in Jiangsu province, is now in process of being complimented with two new major production facilities in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces, with completion in 2022/23.”

UniteChem LS2020 is a modern HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) offering excellent anti-aging properties in applications such as cross-linked polyethylene, olefin copolymers and other polymer materials. UniteChem LS119 is especially suited for use in polyethylene greenhouse film applications, polypropylene fibres, TPO automotive parts as well as other polymers such as EVA, EPDM, PA, PET and PMMA. With these product additions, UniteChem Group further enhances its commitment to offer customers the most up-to-date and value-added product portfolio.

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-Amcor technology to help process small plastic bottles often lost in the recycling process

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) has debuted a technological advancement that makes it possible for billions of small bottles to be recycled.

ARP is first applying the technology to 50 mL spirits bottles. These bottles, while made of recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET), are often lost in the recycling process due to their small size. Most people recognize these as the little liquor bottles often served on airplanes. Despite its material being infinitely recyclable, the size of these bottles presents challenges at most U.S. material recycling facilities. The bottles tend to slip out of the sorting process where broken glass is filtered out for disposal.

“We know that many small bottles are falling through screens in our MRFs designed to separate glass, so this is a major development – it allows these bottles to pass this step in the process and have the opportunity to be captured by the appropriate equipment downstream. At a time when the recycling industry is constrained by material supply, every additional pound diverted from waste makes a big difference,” said Curt Cozart of the Association of Plastic Recyclers. Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

With its pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025, Amcor is always innovating to increase the recyclability of its products. Seeing an opportunity for improvement, ARP’s team of engineers examined the issue and began designing a container that collapses in a controlled way to maximize its width. With a collapsed width greater than 5 cm, this design would no longer slip through the cracks at most U.S. recycling facilities.

“This discovery was made by the Amcor team when testing revealed that the bottles collapse in different ways,” said Terry Patcheak, VP of Research & Development and Advanced Engineering at ARP.

Amcor technology to help process small plastic bottles often lost in the recycling process

-Festive season 2021 auto demand worst in decade: FADA

Semiconductor shortages, petrol prices and weakening demand for two-wheelers and entry-level passenger cars impacted sales during the 42-day festive season in 2021, said FADA

Auto dealers await the festive season with bated breath every year with almost double the average sale volumes across segments during the period. However, in 2021, semi-conductor shortages and subdued demand in the entry-level segments ushered in what was described as the “worst festive season in a decade” for dealers this year.

According to the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) while demand was healthy in SUV, Compact-SUV and luxury categories, dealers couldn’t do brisk businesses owing to shortages of vehicles. Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

“On the other hand, entry-level cars saw subdued demand as customers in this category continued to conserve money due to their families healthcare needs,” said FADA President, Vinkesh Gulati in a statement released along with vehicle retail data for October 2021 and 42 days festive period.

During October 2021, vehicle sales declined by 5.33% year on year at 1.36 million as compared to  1.44 million vehicles sold in October 2020 and 1.86 million sales during October 2019, as per FADA data.

Two-wheeler sales continue to remain subdued owing to rural distress due to triple-digit petrol prices and reduced spending capacity as consumers preferred to conserve cash for healthcare emergencies in wake of the pandemic.

Festive season 2021 auto demand worst in decade: FADA

-Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans PP recycling business

Japanese petrochemical producer Mitsui Chemicals plans to establish a recycling business of mixed plastics consisting mainly of polypropylene (PP). It aims to begin verification of the technology within the April 2021-March 2022 fiscal year.

Mitsui Chemicals will work with domestic chemical venture Microwave Chemical to turn mixed plastic waste such as automotive parts and bathtubs into raw monomers. Microwave Chemical’s technology could overcome challenges in recycling mixed plastics, Mitsui Chemicals said. The company aims to reduce CO2 emission by processing waste plastics without turning them into oil first and by using renewable energy for the process.

Fellow petrochemical producer Mitsubishi Chemical also explores

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans PP recycling business

Japanese petrochemical producer Mitsui Chemicals plans to establish a recycling business of mixed plastics consisting mainly of polypropylene (PP). It aims to begin verification of the technology within the April 2021-March 2022 fiscal year.

Mitsui Chemicals will work with domestic chemical venture Microwave Chemical to turn mixed plastic waste such as automotive parts and bathtubs into raw monomers. Microwave Chemical’s technology could overcome challenges in recycling mixed plastics, Mitsui Chemicals said. The company aims to reduce CO2 emission by processing waste plastics without turning them into oil first and by using renewable energy for the process.

Fellow petrochemical producer Mitsubishi Chemical also explores polymethyl methacrylate recycling with Microwave Chemical, aims to begin commercial operation by 2024.  Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans PP recycling business

-Borouge launches seven new high performance polyolefin grades to support sustainability

– Recognised properties of the new grades make them ideal to support the growing demand of circular economy in the packaging and infrastructure industries

– New product launches reinforce Borouge’s commitment to pursue excellence and innovation  Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

Borouge, a leading petrochemical company that provides innovative, value creating plastics solutions to various industries, has launched seven new polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) grades for packaging, agriculture and infrastructure applications at ArabPlast 2021. The new launches contribute to addressing the current market needs, supporting sustainability and circular economy ambitions and adding value to customers.

As a responsible petrochemicals company, Borouge is committed to driving plastics’ circularity for a zero waste environment. Aiming towards achieving its sustainability goals, Borouge focuses on creating innovative solutions that promote designing for recyclability while ensuring material specifications are met, incorporating recyclates in end user applications and driving recycling efforts post-consumer use.

“We are excited to launch our innovative and newly-developed polyolefin solutions that provide our customers in the packaging and infrastructure sectors with unique benefits to improve their production of better end-use products, enhance cost effectiveness, support their sustainability goals and unlock new opportunities and markets for them,” said Khalfan AlMuhairi, Borouge’s Senior Vice President for the MEAE Region.

For the packaging industry, BorPureTM HJ333MO is the next generation high flow 75 Melting Flow Rate (MFR) PP homopolymer that Borouge has developed based on the proprietary Borstar® Nucleation Technology (BNT) combined with unique Borstar® reactor design. BorPureTM HJ333MO is a reactor grade which offers excellent organoleptic properties and efficient processing due to BNT nucleation, high flowability and cycle time benefits. Articles moulded from this product exhibit good dimensional stability and good stiffness / impact – balance and optical appeal as a new star in the BorPure family. BorPureTM HJ333MO also offers a more cost efficient thin wall production process through its high stiffness, better demolding and lower warpage properties that unlock great value when being applied on many packaging solutions such as takeaway food packaging, twin wall packaging, lids, media packaging and trays.

Borouge has developed HD168MO, a new 10 MFR homopolymer PP grade produced using the Borstar® Nucleation Technology (BNT). The new grade promotes a great stiffness / impact balance and provides down gauging potential. Its increased crystallisation temperature allows reduced cycle time and increased output and is designed for applications such as rigid containers, household articles, garden furniture, caps and closures.

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-Toray Industries : Develops Transparent, Heat-Resistant Film for 5G Communications

Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has developed a new film for 5G communications. The film offers excellent transparency, heat-resistance, flame-retardancy, and dielectric performance.

Wide-ranging prospective applications include transparent 5G antennas, transparent flexible printed circuit boards (see Glossary note 1), transparent heater substrate materials, and other electronic components. They would also encompass construction materials that benefit from the film’s transparency and flame retardancy, and process release films requiring chemical and heat resistance to ensure visibility for inspections and positioning. The company has begun providing samples to users, and will keep pushing ahead with R&D to accelerate commercialization.

5G technology offers ultra-fast communications for broadband cellular networks but also requires numerous antennas. That is because it uses higher frequency radio waves with short ranges. This situation propelled efforts to explore transparent antennas with good visibility and design that can be installed in all sorts of locations. Existing transparent circuit boards employ polyethylene terephthalate film and transparent polyimide film because they are light and unbreakable. However, their dielectric loss tangent (see Glossary note 2) are high, causing large signal losses in 5G communications.

On the other hand, the Toray-developed Torelina®, is ideal for 5G circuit boards because of its outstanding heat resistance, flame retardancy, electrical insulation, and consistently low dielectric loss tangent in varying temperature and humidity conditions.

Torelina® is the world’s only bi-axially oriented polyphenylene sulfide film (see Glossary note 3). However, the film is opaque, with the typically yellow tinge of heat-resistant polymers. That is because tiny voids inside the film scatter light and result in low transparency. Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

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-Unitika Debuts CNF-reinforced Polyamide, but It’s the Other CNF

A polyamide 6 grade from Japan’s Unitika is reinforced with CNFs, in this case cellulose nanofibers rather than carbon nanofibers. The sustainable solution based on plant-derived fibers is reportedly readily recyclable, and targets application in automobile parts, home appliances, and outdoor goods. Unitika also reports three recycling cycles are achievable with no apparent degradation in properties.

Key to development of the new composite materials is dispersion of the CNFs at high loading without having to modify the fibers. Unitika has been able to replicate or even better the physical properties of 30% glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide 6 with its CNF-reinforced grade. Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

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-Arkema Introduces Medical-Grade ‘Bio-Circular’ PA 11

The easy-to-process polymer is sufficiently stiff to replace metal parts in surgical devices and has a much lower climate-change impact than comparable, fossil-based plastics.

A new polyamide (PA) 11 developed for medical applications combines performance and lightweight properties with sustainability credentials. Part of Arkema’s Advanced Bio-Circular materials portfolio, Rilsan MED PA 11 is based on the company’s flagship amino 11 chemistry, which is derived from castor bean oil, and can help medical device OEMs achieve corporate sustainability goals. Light Stabilizers Plastic Recycling 

Rilsan MED PA 11 is formulated with 65% glass fibers, resulting in a tensile modulus of 18.5 GPa. This property makes the material a suitable candidate to replace metal in surgical tools, according to Arkema. Processability features, including low mold temperatures and injection pressures, helped early adopters to easily switch materials and decrease cycle times while maintaining component integrity, said Arkema.

Rilsan MED PA 11 withstands repeated gamma, steam, E-beam, and EtO sterilization cycles and exposure to harsh chemicals. Biocompatibility has been assessed according to USP Class VI and ISO 10993-4, -5, and -10 standards.

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Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals 18-11-2021

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-Polyplastics Unveils New RENATUS (R) PET Grades with Superior Weatherability for Auto Exterior Components

Polyplastics Group has announced the introduction of two new RENATUS (R) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) grades which deliver superior mechanical properties, appearance, and weather resistance for automotive exterior components, reaffirming Polyplastics’ strong commitment to PET as a key pillar of its extensive resin business portfolio.

The two new glass-reinforced grades, RH030 (30% glass-filled) and RH045 (45% glass-filled), maintain their jet blackness and reduce whitening on the surface of molded articles in outdoor environments, making them ideally suited for applications such as automotive side mirrors and rear wiper arms/blades. Since PET parts are not painted, weathering degradation can occur over time. The glass filler can start to float and the jet blackness can decrease. Accelerated weather-resistance testing demonstrates that Polyplastics’ new PET materials maintain lower index values than their competing products, thus indicating that whitening is being reduced.

Plastic resins that are reinforced with glass fiber are typically made stronger but glass fillers can also have a negative effect on the surface appearance of molded articles. RENATUS (R) RH030 and RH045 PET are glass fiber-reinforced grades, but they can still produce molded articles with good surface appearance because of their superior mold transferability during molding.

Recent company testing shows that when compared to standard grade PBT-GF30, RH045 (PET-GF45) exhibits higher surface gloss even though it has a large amount of glass fiber added to the formulation.

In terms of mechanical performance, PET typically has superior properties compared to PBT. At similar glass loadings, RH030 and RH045 PET grades have higher mechanical properties including greater tensile strength, flexural modulus, and deflection temperature under load compared to PBT grades.

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-Recycling innovator receives cash injection

Ellesmere Port recycling innovator BIG ATOM has received a £350,000 grant from Innovate UK.

The funding will be viewed as a major breakthrough in the firm’s attempt to revolutionise the tyre recycling process. Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

The Oil Sites Road based clean-tech recycling company has been given the cash injection to develop its patented chemical reactor technology.

This will convert old waste tyres into new materials.

Alexander Guslisty, company founder, said that the grant would enable the business to develop the concept of a novel pyrolysis reactor.

It would have improved temperature control and efficiencies to create an even more sustainable regeneration process for polymers.

Guslisty said: “We already recycle tyres and have just processed our one millionth, but this Innovate UK grant will accelerate our tech development and bring us closer to create circular economy for polymers – thus ending the concept of polymer waste.”

“It is a huge breakthrough and will open up new opportunities that will accelerate our IP and pathway to commercialisation. What’s more, the process will be good for the environment and support our ultimate goal of bringing an end to waste materials.”

“We will be able to generate higher yields of valuable products compared to existing reactors and ultimately, we’ll be able to produce a more stable and desirable product for refineries to use as their feed.”

Recycling innovator receives cash injection

-Berry Signs Largest Contract for Advanced Recycled Material as Brand Owner Sustainability Goals and Consumer Demand Grow

Berry’s access to recycled plastic grows to over 600 million pounds per year by 2025

Berry Global Group, Inc.  announced today an agreement with PureCycle that will provide Berry with PureCycle’s Ultra-Pure Recycled (UPR) advanced recycled resin. This agreement is the latest in a growing list of advanced recycling material sourcing announcements from Berry and is the Company’s second based in North America.

North American consumer interest in package sustainability rises

If given the option to buy products with recyclable or compostable packaging, 47% of Americans opt for recyclable products as their first choice, and 20% prefer compostable products. (Ipsos, Aug. 2021)

77% of Americans are concerned about the environmental impact of products they buy, and 78% are more likely to purchase a product that is clearly labeled as environmentally friendly. (Greenprint, April 2021) Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

64% of consumers say that buying sustainable products makes them feel happy about their purchases (this reaches 72% in the 25-35 age group). (Capgemini Research Institute, July 2020)

As demand for sustainable products grows, customers look to Berry for access to recycled material and packaging design expertise to maintain their brand image and package performance. As a result, Berry continues its leadership position in the converter market for access to recycled plastic material – over 600 million pounds per year by 2025. In addition to its material access, Berry understands the specific design requirements of brands’ products – combining material expertise with product specification needs creates a range of opportunities for advanced recycling technology to be used in the marketplace.

Berry Signs Largest Contract for Advanced Recycled Material as Brand Owner Sustainability Goals and Consumer Demand Grow

-Kelheim retains leading position in Canopy report

Bavarian viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has once again secured a leading position in Canopy’s Hot Button Ranking system.

With an increase of 2.5 points in the 2021 evaluation, Kelheim tied for third place out of around 40 viscose fibre manufacturers worldwide and a dark green/green shirt for the second year running. Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

As well as responsible raw material sourcing, the Hot Button Report is also regarded as an overall sustainability indicator for viscose fibre producers.

In the areas of transparency and procurement, the NGO Canopy, which is committed to the preservation of ancient and endangered forests, awarded Kelheim Fibres top points; Kelheim is the only EMAS-certified viscose fibre manufacturer worldwide and publishes all environmentally relevant data publicly.

Kelheim Fibres also gained points in the area of “Next Generation Solutions” – the use of alternative raw materials in fibre production. Together with the Swedish textile recycling company Renewcell, the fibre experts are planning to realise the large-scale production of high-quality viscose fibres from up to 10,000 tonnes of the 100% textile recyclate Circulose per year.

“As a manufacturing company, we take our responsibility towards the environment very seriously,” said Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim Fibres. “Sustainable action must begin with the raw materials on which our products are based.

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-Breathable fabric can power small electronic devices

Electrospun AF-TENG triboelectric nanogenerator retains its surface charge density over time.

Scientists at the University of Fukui in Japan and Nanjing University in China have succeeded in creating a new triboelectric fabric that generates electricity from the movement of the body while remaining flexible and breathable.

Using the movement of a body to charge electronic devices such as phones may soon become a reality, thanks to the work being done on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs), but most current TENGs are not breathable, making them uncomfortable to wear.

The new multilayered TENG – made from electrospun fibres, silver nanowires and a polystyrene charge storage layer – not only has a high electrical performance, but also superior wearability. Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

The triboelectric effect is a phenomenon where a charge is generated on two dissimilar materials when the materials are moved apart after being in contact with each other. TENGs use this effect to convert mechanical motion into electrical energy. The compactness of TENGs allows them to be used as wearable devices that can harness the motion of the body to power electronics.

Breathable fabric can power small electronic devices

-INEOS Styrolution’s Novodur® 550 selected by THACO Plastics Components for rear spoiler application

Novodur® 550 selected for use in the range of car models manufactured by THACO Plastics Component

Combination of high heat resistance, good process-ability and high impact strength, making it an ideal polymer for rear spoiler application

Hanoi, Vietnam – November 16, 2021 – INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announced today that its Novodur 550 has been selected by THACO Plastics Component (TPC), one of the leading OEMs producing key automotive parts for global brands in Vietnam, to be used for rear spoiler application.

Novodur® is INEOS Styrolution’s brand of specialty acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) copolymers. The product line contains grades with a well-balanced mix of properties, including good impact strength, dimensional stability and heat resistance. It is easy to process and gives a high aesthetic colourful surface appearance. This versatile product line is also available pre-coloured and contains products with many unique features to fit the most demanding applications across industries including automotive, household, electronics, medical and construction. Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

Mr. Nguyen Hoang Huy, Managing Director, P-CARE Vietnam Group[1], comments “As a supplier to one of most successful automotive manufacturers in Vietnam, it is imperative for us to partner with world class and innovative material suppliers like INEOS Styrolution to provide the right solutions for our customers. The high quality and consistency of INEOS Styrolution’s products enable OEMs like TPC to meet the global standards required by well-known car brands. Novodur 550 is the material of choice as it offers high heat resistance, high impact strength, good process-ability and is suitable to be coated with premium paint, offering a luxurious appearance for THACO’s cars.”

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-OPEC Vs The United States: Who will win the oil war?

Just when you thought Donald Trump’s exit would mean OPEC could enjoy their carte blanche management of the oil markets, Joe Biden, just like every other US President, has found himself in a squabble with the oil cartel over the global prices of oil.

With gasoline prices higher than last seen in 2008, a game of chess has ensued between the United States and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Joe Biden has called for OPEC+ to increase global oil supply so as to bring prices down but OPEC+ indirectly has shrugged off each request as it continues its current approach of “managing supply in line with global demand.” Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

Historically, higher oil prices lead to higher gasoline prices and the prices at the pump are beginning to affect the lives of American citizens.

The President of the United States knows it is his prerogative to find different ways to bring gasoline prices down. But given the correlation between oil prices and gasoline, Joe Biden has to target bringing down oil prices by forcing OPEC’s hand to increase supply.

Biden recently said they “have tools they can use” to sway OPEC+.

We analyse some of the ‘tools’ the president of the united states might consider using;

A coordinated SPR release with a U.S export ban

Issuing export waivers to Iran and Venezuela to flood the oil market despite sanctions.

Severe diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia by withdrawing military aid.

U-turn on domestic production and drilling. Boost shale.

Push and consent to NOPEC bill to Congress

Collude with financial funds to short oil prices – speculator frenzy.

The direction from the White House is pointing to an SPR release and a possible US export ban.

An SPR is a Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Most countries have stockpiles of oil they reserve in case of emergencies, war, or extreme weather conditions. The US currently has about 613 million barrels stacked in its SPR. There is talk that the US will issue millions of barrels to bring down oil prices, but outside an emergency – an SPR release is limited to 30 million barrels.

To make the kind of impact on prices Joe Biden will want, he would have to ensure other countries release out of their own SPR. China did that during the year in their battle with high oil prices by “downplaying their demand” for oil and picking out of their SPR but prices still went up over time.

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-US infrastructure bill to boost spending on chemicals and plastics by $45.8bn

The $1tr US infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden into law on Monday will boost spending on chemicals and plastics by around $45.8bn over the next decade, while also giving a boost to decarbonisation and clean hydrogen development.

“The infrastructure bill provides for higher spending on many traditional infrastructure projects – roads, bridges, ports, airports, etc. It also includes spending on a host of other projects and programs, including energy efficiency, R&D and environmental clean-up. Much of this spending will generate additional sales of chemical products,” said Kevin Swift, senior economist at ICIS. Recycling Sustainability Oil Chemicals

“Federal spending on electric buses, for example, will generate chemistry sales in the form of plastic components, battery materials and chemistry, coatings, wire insulation, polyurethane (PU) foam seating, seat covers, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and other elastomers, and many specialty chemicals,” he added.

While the infrastructure bill provides funding through five years, from 2022-2026, the actual impact on spending will be drawn out further to around 10 years, noted the economist.

The additional spending of an average of around $4.6bn/year over 10 years will be lower at first and then ramp up in the mid-to-late years, providing a long-term tailwind for the US chemicals industry, Swift pointed out.

His analysis breaks down spending on chemicals and plastics by infrastructure category, and adjusts for non-physical spending such as engineering studies and program administration.

A number of programs also include cost-sharing elements such as grants and loans, so the amount of Federal spending is multiplied through additional funding from state and local governments, along with private sector sources.

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-RadiciGroup filaments for additive manufacturing

At Formnext 2021, RadiciGroup launches product offering for 3D printing

On the one hand, the rapidly evolving market of additive manufacturing and, on the other, the RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers business area with its extensive experience in polymer compounding and recognized skill at optimizing materials to meet the requirements of various applications: those were the factors that brought about the development of Radilon® Adline, a range of 3D printing filaments based on special polyamide grades from the Group’s Radilon® family.

RadiciGroup has chosen the Formnext fair – taking place in Frankfurt from 16 to 19 November (Stand 12.1 B94) – as the launchpad for its new proposals aimed at the needs of 3D applications. Indeed, Formnext is the international meeting point for suppliers and users of industrial 3D printing.

Radilon® Adline products are characterized by their high performance and are suitable not only for prototyping, but also for the manufacture of functional parts. They have also been tested with different open 3D printing systems to ensure the ease of material processing.

“The technical requirements of additive manufacturing technology are special and not so simple to meet with semicrystalline polymers,” explained Chiara Devasini, marketing & development project leader of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. “That is why the entire first phase in the development of the 3D printing project was dedicated to identifying the polyamides meeting such requirements. Specifically, we opted to focus on materials for fused filament fabrication (FFF) and succeeded in developing high technical content products based on PA6/66 copolyamides with a fusion point of 195°C, which makes them suited to most 3D printers.”

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-EIA predicts crude oil prices to go down in November and through 2022

The EIA forecasts that crude oil prices will begin declining in November 2021 and will decline through 2022, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

We expect that the price of WTI will fall from an average of USD76/b in January 2022 to USD62/b in December and that the price of Brent will fall from USD79/b in January 2022 to USD66/b in December, said EIA

Since the third quarter in 2020, global demand for crude oil and petroleum products has increased faster than production, which has led to inventory draws and increasing crude oil prices.

In February 2020, before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the spot price for Brent crude oil averaged USD56 per barrel and USD51/b for West Texas Intermediate (WTI). The spot prices for Brent fell to USD18/b and WTI to USD17/b in April 2020 because of the significant decline in demand caused by the pandemic.

Prices have since increased and are now above pre-pandemic levels because of returning demand and slow global oil production growth. In October, the price of Brent crude oil averaged USD84/b, and the price of WTI averaged USD81/b, the highest nominal prices since October 2014. In the EIA’s November Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), they forecast that global liquid fuels inventories will begin building in 2022, driven by rising production from OPEC+ and the United States, which will contribute to falling crude oil prices. Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

The futures markets are similarly showing high prices in the near term compared with longer-dated contracts. Crude oil stock levels, among other factors, affect the relationship between near-term and longer-term futures prices.

Differences in prices between crude oil contracts for delivery in the near term compared with contracts for delivery at later dates indicate market expectations that stock draws will moderate. Low crude oil inventories, both globally and in the United States, have put upward price pressure on near-dated contracts, whereas longer-dated contract prices likely reflect expectations of a more balanced market. Because of the upward price pressure on the near-term contracts, near-dated contracts have higher prices than longer-dated contracts, a situation referred to as backwardation. When near dated contracts have lower prices than longer-dated contracts, it is known as contango.

As MRC informed before, US commercial crude stocks fell 3.48 million barrels to 413.96 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 17, to more than 8% below the five-year average, Energy Information Administration data showed. Stocks were last lower Oct. 5, 2018.

We remind that in late August, 2021, US crude stocks dropped sharply while petroleum products supplied by refiners hit an all-time record despite the rise in coronavirus cases nationwide, the Energy Information Administration said. Crude inventories fell by 7.2 million barrels in the week to Aug. 27 to 425.4 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 3.1 million-barrel drop. Product supplied by refineries, a measure of demand, rose to 22.8 million barrels per day in the most recent week. That’s a one-week record, and signals strength in consumption for diesel, gasoline and other fuels by consumers and exporters.

EIA predicts crude oil prices to go down in November and through 2022

-MEG prices keep low in anticipations of increasing supply

Thermal coal futures decreased sharp since late October and related commodities also posted significant declines. Spot MEG prices has dropped by around 30% from its previous high of 7,500yuan/mt to around 5,250yuan/mt. CFR China price dropped from $940/mt to around $710/mt. Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

China domestic supply remained low in short term. Operating rate of all MEG units in China has decreased to around 57-58% this week with the unexpected shutdown of CSPC #2 unit.

However, overall supply is expected to increase with some units coming back and new startups. With the decrease in coal purchase prices, several producers were planning to restart their units. Operating rate of coal-based units was around 37% currently, and was expected to stand above 50% by mid-December. In terms of new units, Xinjiang Guanghui is testing its unit. Anhui Haoyuan plans to commission soon; Shenhua Yulin and Shanxi Meijin plans to test in end-November. In terms of integrated p In fundamentals, MEG market would be broadly balanced in November-December. Total MEG inventory is expected to increase apparently in January 2022. In short term, MEG prices are likely to keep low due to the weakness in commodity futures market and expectations of increasing supply. rojects, with the easing of power restrictions, Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical is expected to test its Phase II-2 in end-November.

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-Tighter supplies support China’s titanium concentrates

China’s import prices for titanium concentrates may return to an upwards trajectory in the coming weeks because of tighter spot supplies from international mining firms and firmer demand from the downstream dioxide sector.

Import prices for Vietnamese A grade 50pc minimum concentrate on 11 November were assessed stable from 4 November at $390-340/t fob China warehouse, with the range for Vietnamese B grade 54pc minimum concentrate firm at $370-380/t fob China warehouse.

Import prices for Australian 50pc grade concentrate on 11 November held unchanged from 4 November at $380-400/t cif China, with the range for Mozambique 50pc grade concentrate holding at $400-430/t cif China..Plastic Barrier CrudeOil TiO2

Prices rose slightly in late July because of limited output from international consumers and rising ocean freight costs, moving higher in September with renewed demand from the dioxide sector.

Most international mining companies have committed to long-term contracts in recent weeks. They have suspended offer prices in the past few days because of sparse spot availability.

Australian mining companies have temporarily halted price quotations to the Chinese market in the past few days because of tighter spot inventories. Offer prices from Vietnamese mining firms have been also limited in the past few days, as they just resumed production from the Covid-19 pandemic so are focusing on fulfilling contracts signed in mid-September.

Offer prices from Mozambique’s mining firms have held firm in recent weeks because of limited stocks. They have yet to start new contract negotiations with regular contracts.

Major international dioxide producers including Chemours, Tronox and Kronos have been operating at high capacity rates this year, in response to rising demand from the chemical sector following the global roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations that have boosted economic growth. These dioxide producers are operating from titanium concentrate supplies produced by mines outside of China, which has tightened global spot feedstock availability.

China imported 350,900t of titanium ores and concentrates in September, up by 73.07pc from a year earlier. Imports during January-September rose by 30.72pc from a year earlier to 2.84mn, according to customs data. This was driven by higher demand, as large-scale domestic titanium dioxide producers have increased output during the same period prompted by a rise in dioxide prices.Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

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-Evonik partners with The Vita Group for pioneering efficient polyurethane mattress recycling process

  • The process helps the flexible polyurethane foam industry to increase circularity
  • Hydrolysis technology enables used flexible polyurethane foams and mattress materials to be recycled
  • Innovation will significantly reduce the number of mattresses incinerated or going into landfill each year

Essen. Evonik has used its expertise in polyurethane (PU) chemistry to develop an efficient chemical recycling process for converting flexible PU foams back to the original polyol raw material. Evonik’s new hydrolysis recycling process has the potential to achieve circularity in the flexible PU foam industry.

As the next phase of the development, Evonik will scale-up trials of its new process, which has been further strengthened by its partnership with The Vita Group, a leading provider of value-added and differentiated flexible PU foam products. The Vita Group has trialled the recycled polyols from Evonik’s hydrolysis process in several of its flexible foam applications.

According to the latest report from EUROPUR (European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers), some 40 million mattresses are discarded each year in Europe alone, with the majority ending up as landfill creating the equivalent of 600 kilotons of waste: including more than 300 kilotons of PU foam. With the potential to recycle the main component materials used in flexible PU foams and PU foam-based mattresses, Evonik’s process offers significantly higher use levels of the recycled polyol compared with existing commercialized technologies.

Evonik’s solution will contribute to the global flexible PU industry’s sustainability expectations of reducing waste and increasing the use of renewable raw materials in the production of its products. This enables Evonik to expand its position as a leading solutions provider for the PU industry and supports the entire Evonik Group’s objectives of establishing a fully functioning circular economy.

“It’s only by recycling products back to their raw materials and reusing them over and over again that we will enable a fully circular economy,” said Ralph Marquardt, Head of Evonik’s polyurethane additives business. “Our new hydrolysis process delivers recyclates of a quality and performance similar to that of virgin raw materials. Thus, innovative foam producers like our partner The Vita Group can meet their own sustainability targets, while continuing to deliver high-quality PU products.” Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

“The Vita Group is renowned for our long-history of innovation in sustainability and investing in circular economy products. We recycle and rebond over 30,000 tons of trim each year, as part of our dynamic sustainability agenda,” said Ian W. Robb, Group CEO for The Vita Group. “Sustainability and innovation are central principles of every aspect of our business. We see it as our responsibility to be at the vanguard of the development of eco-friendly technology within our industry. This hugely exciting partnership represents a key milestone on our journey to achieving the circular economy we are all striving for, and we look forward to working closely together with Evonik.”

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-Husky exonerated by the Italian antitrust

According to the Canadian manufacturer, the AGCM has ruled unequivocally against the existence of anti-competitive practices in the sale of PET presses and molds.
Husky PET mold Husky stated that the investigation launched in March last year by the Italian antitrust authority (AGCM) aimed at ascertaining the existence of an abuse of dominant position in the sale of injection molding machines has ended with an archiving. (HyPET HPP) and molds (Mold ID) for the production of PET preforms (read article).

The investigation started following a complaint filed in June 2017 by a competitor, whose name was not revealed. The closure of the investigation has not yet been communicated in the AGCM bulletin.

According to the Canadian manufacturer, after a long and in-depth investigation into company and technical documents, which lasted over two years, the Italian antitrust authority unequivocally ruled in favor of the company, having found no evidence on the alleged anti-competitive behavior contained in the anonymous report.

The complaint was based on the alleged abuse of a dominant position in an exclusionary manner in order to prevent other operators from competing in the production and marketing of injection molds for use in the machinery used for the production of PET preforms.

Husky exonerated by the Italian antitrust

-Polymer Comply Europe: Risk of devastating ‘own goals’ in the plastics supply chain

2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for global manufacturing. Within that context, the plastics industry has been particularly severely affected. It is an industry which is subject to extreme volatility in normal times and depends on huge global shipments of a host of intermediate materials to maintain some semblance of balance between supply and demand.Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

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Polymer Comply Europe: Risk of devastating ‘own goals’ in the plastics supply chain

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been predictable that the industry would be a prime victim of inevitable shortages and disruption. What was rather less predictable was that 2021 would see in the supply base a higher level and longer-lasting Forces Majeures with a plethora of causes than even 2015.

In addition, extreme weather events of the type that perhaps we now need to learn to live with have combined with COVID to exacerbate the industry’s difficulties.

It has seemed to most European converters in recent months that a semblance of normality had returned. In fact, with few exceptions, most materials have become readily available and pricing has begun to reflect this reality. However, the conversion industry now seems to be confronted by energy ‘surcharges’ and other unilateral non-market price adaptation attempts which have the potential to pose an existential threat to large swathes of the industry.

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-Revenue of China’s plastic manufacturers up 16.5 pct in Jan-Sept

China’s plastic industry logged steady growth in the first three quarters of the year, with the combined revenue of manufacturers surging 16.5 percent year on year, official data showed.

The total operating revenue of plastic product manufacturers topped 1.58 trillion yuan (about 246.6 billion U.S. dollars) in the January-September period, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

These companies raked in total profits of 87.1 billion yuan, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier, said the ministry.Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

In the first three quarters, the output of China’s plastic industry reached 58.81 million tonnes, up 9.3 percent year on year. Enditem

(ANSA-XINHUA).

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-BarrierGuard® OxygenSmart™ Earns How2Recycle® Widely Recycled Designation

Ring Container Technologies, a leader in the plastic container manufacturing industry, today announced BarrierGuard® OxygenSmart™, a technology designed to protect both product freshness and the environment, has met the standards for the How2Recycle® “Widely Recycled” label.Plastic Barrier CrudeOil Additive

BarrierGuard® OxygenSmart™ is the first oxygen-additive barrier bottle technology that allows ketchup bottles to be designated as widely recycled, offering superior clarity and making it possible to meet consumer demands for more sustainable packaging. It’s 100% recyclable, patent-pending and proprietary technology uses less material without sacrificing protection and can incorporate more than 50% recycled content without compromising shelf life.

“OxygenSmart™ enables customers to achieve up to two years of shelf life with optimized technology that drives down overall costs,” said Tim Ferrel, Vice President of Business Development at Ring Container Technologies. “The customizable barrier allows them to further optimize profits by tailoring the barrier level to deliver an optimal shelf life.”

BarrierGuard® OxygenSmart’s™ How2Recycle® “Widely Recycled” label, with broad acceptance in curbside programs, reduces the need to create new material from fossil feedstock due to the circular benefits of readily recycled, highly reusable PET.

“Ring values sustainability and recyclability, and this technology can incorporate rPET without impacting the barrier performance,” said Paul Kelley, Vice President of Product Development at Ring Container Technologies. “Once again, Ring is disrupting the industry – this time with new technology that protects both product freshness and the environment.”

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-Nine months of growth for Piovan
Revenues increased between January and September by + 38.5% to 211 million euros, with positive results in all activities and geographical areas.
The double-digit growth in sales and margins of the Piovan group in the first nine months of the year is confirmed, with positive results both in the Plastic and Food & Non-plastic segments, a trend shared in all geographic areas.
Consolidated revenues amounted to 210.9 million euros, compared to 152.3 million at 30 September 2020 (+ 38.5% and + 27.1% on a like-for-like basis and excluding some non-recurring items), which, however, had been affected by the restrictions on mobility linked to Covid 19. Ebitda increased in the same period from 20 to 30.9 million euros (+ 54.5% or + 32.4% on a like-for-like basis and conditions) , the operating result (Ebit) grew from 15.9 to 25.7 million (+ 61.1%), while the consolidated net result recorded an increase from 10.5 to 18.4 million euro.
Revenues from Systems for the Plastic Area grew between January and September by + 36.6% compared to the same period of the previous year, driven by marked growth in the packaging sectors (traditional and recycled) and in the goods sector. consumption.
Nicola Piovan “The results obtained in these first nine months of 2021 confirm a strong growth in sales volumes in line with the excellent trends of the previous months, with a substantial increase in margins which are reflected in a positive cash generation, a fundamental condition for consider any future aggregation processes “, commented Nicola Piovan, Executive President of the group. Circular Economy Compound Recycling
“We are proud of these results, also obtained with the continuous commitment in the field of sustainability and the circular economy, as certified by the achievement of the ESG rating by Sustainalytics – adds CEO Filippo Zuppichin -. The group has in addition, the ambition to be among the leading companies, worldwide, in the conversion to sustainable production and the circular economy in the field of plastic polymer products “.

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-AmCham China members to promote tie-ups between Chinese, US firms

Member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) will promote collaboration between Chinese and US firms and help US companies further integrate into local supply chains to expand their presence in the Asian giant, according to chamber chairman Greg Gilligan, who said member companies will be encouraged to build more partnerships with China’s small and medium enterprises.

“We should not allow a trend toward partial decoupling to become broad decoupling. We believe business and government need to work closely to keep the lanes for commerce and trade as broad as possible,” Gilligan said.

Chinese and US firms should utilise the ample room available for collaboration in future, particularly in the fields of supply chain development and green industries, say US business leaders.

US companies operating in China will receive guidance on how to further involve in the dual-circulation development paradigm and promote sustainable development as outlined in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25).

Under the dual-circulation model, the domestic market is the mainstay while the domestic and foreign markets reinforce each other, according to a report in an official Chinese media outlet.

Foreign trade between China and the United States increased by 23.4 per cent year on year to 3.95 trillion yuan ($618.2 billion) from January to October this year, accounting for 12.5 per cent of China’s total volume of exports and imports, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.

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-Licensed green ethylene
Braskem and Lummus are considering a partnership in the field of bioethanol to ethylene conversion technologies. Circular Economy Compound Recycling
Braskem and Lummus have signed a memorandum of understanding for the licensing of the technology of the Brazilian group relating to the production of ethylene from bioethanol, destined for two new plants that could be built one in North America, the other in Asia.
This process technology has been successfully used for over a decade in the Braskem pole of Triunfo, Brazil, for the production of biobased ethylene for the subsequent synthesis of polyethylene and derivatives (EVA).
Using their respective knowledge, on the basis of a long-term licensing agreement under discussion, the two partners aim to disseminate technologies for the production of low-carbon biopolymers, contributing to the fight against climate change through the conversion of circular carbon in plastics, as an alternative to using petroleum.
“The collaboration with Braskem is a fundamental element to consolidate Lummmus’ technological leadership in the energy transition – explains Leon de Bruyn, CEO of Lummus Technology -. As the world’s leading supplier of ethylene technologies, we are confident in the green solutions that we will be able to achieve. able to develop together with Braskem, the world’s largest producer of biopolymers “.

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-LanzaTech launches PET bottles made from recycled carbon

LanzaTech announced that Switzerland’s largest retail company, Migros, is producing the world’s first bottle with PET made from captured carbon emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2. Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is a polyester molded into plastic bottles and containers for packaging foods and beverages, personal care products, and many other consumer products.

In 2020, Migros, and its subsidiary, Mibelle Group, launched a range of liquid cleaning products containing LanzaTech CarbonSmart Ethanol as part of Migros Plus Oeco Power and Potz cleaning ranges. These products can be bought in Migros supermarkets in Switzerland. Today sees wider product ranges embracing recycled carbon, this time with packaging. Bottles for smoothies, juices, and household cleaner will be housed in bottled made from PET produced from CO2. Bottles for mouth wash and liquid soaps will be added to the range later. Circular Economy Compound Recycling

The bottles contain up to 30% PET obtained from CO2 (with Mass Balance), replacing virgin PET typically obtained from petroleum. The CarbonSmart Ethanol is produced from recycled carbon emissions from the production of steel. This approach produces packaging that meets food and pharmaceutical specifications and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps fossil resources in the ground, protects biodiversity, and does not require land or food resources.

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-Newly developed compound may enable sustainable, cost-effective, large-scale energy storage

To produce a cost-effective redox flow battery, researchers based at the South China University of Technology have synthesized a molecular compound that serves as a low-cost electrolyte, enabling a stable flow battery that retains 99.98% capacity per cycle. They published their approach on August 14 in the Energy Material Advances.

Comprising two tanks of opposing liquid electrolytes, the battery pumps the positive and negative liquids along a membrane separator sandwiched between electrodes, facilitating ion exchanges to produce energy. Significant work has been dedicated to developing the negative electrolyte liquid, while the positive electrolyte liquid has received less attention, according to corresponding author Zhenxing Liang, professor in the Key Laboratory of Fuel Cell Technology of Guangdong Province, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology. Circular Economy Compound Recycling

Circular Economy Compound Recycling

-‘Green hydrogen now cheaper to produce than grey H2 across Europe due to high fossil gas prices’

Calculations by analyst ICIS challenge the assumption that low-carbon blue hydrogen derived from methane with CCS will be cheaper than renewable H2

The recent spike in European natural gas prices means that green hydrogen derived from renewable energy is currently cheaper to produce than highly polluting grey H2 from unabated methane.

According to calculations by London-based analyst ICIS, the price of producing grey hydrogen in the UK has been higher than green H2 since mid-September — with the former reaching a high of almost £6 ($8) per kg in early October (up from £1.43 in April).

By contrast, the price of green hydrogen under a renewable-energy power-purchase agreement (PPA) of £45/kWh has remained at a constant £3.39/kg. On 8 November, the price of grey H2 was placed at £4.16/kg, according to ICIS figures — just under 20% more expensive. Circular Economy Compound Recycling

“The price correlation shown for the UK would also apply to Europe,” ICIS hydrogen editor Jake Stones tells Recharge. “Gas and power prices have surged across the continent, therefore any PPA-derived hydrogen around the region we modelled would likely be competitive now.”

Because wind and solar power tends to be bought under PPAs, rather than sold on wholesale markets, the price of renewable energy has largely been unaffected by the gas-induced increase in wholesale power prices across Europe. To highlight this, ICIS points out that electrolytic hydrogen derived from grid electricity at wholesale market prices would today cost £11.60 per kilogram — up from £4 in April.

'Green hydrogen now cheaper to produce than grey H2 across Europe due to high fossil gas prices'

-Europe chemicals output rises as wider industrial production softens

Chemicals production in Europe largely increased in September compared with the previous month, according to the latest data released from the EU’s statistical agency Eurostat on Friday.

Demand for raw materials and intermediate products has sustained activity in the chemicals industry, as perpetual bottlenecks and soaring energy costs have weighed on the manufacturing sector overall.

All but Spain of the key economies marked an increase in output, but the rate of growth varied between regions. Circular Economy Compound Recycling

The chemicals sector was stronger than the reading for overall industrial production in September, which fell by 0.2% in the eurozone and by 0.5% in the EU compared with August.

Although output fell, the rate of decline eased compared with August, when industrial production fell in the eurozone and wider EU by 1.7% and 1.5% respectively. Europe chemicals output rises as wider industrial production softens

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Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex 13-11-2021

Polyester Filament MEG R-POY 15-11-2021

Polyester Filament MEG R-POY

Polyester Filament MEG R-POY

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ITEM 08/11/2021 15/11/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,150 $/ton 1,140 $/ton- -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,500 yuan/ton 6,450 yuan/ton -50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,575 yuan/ton -75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 4,990 yuan/ton 4,890 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Polyester Filament MEG R-POY
740 $/ton 735 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,530 yuan/ton 5,260 yuan/ton -270
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 722 $/ton 690 $/ton- -32
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 908 $/ton 923 $/ton +15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 888 $/ton 903 $/ton +15
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Polyester Filament MEG R-POY

964 $/ton 978 $/ton +14
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,120 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton
-370
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton -550
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 8,500 yuan/ton -500
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Polyester Filament MEG R-POY
8,375 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton +425
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,200 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,650 yuan/ton 14,375 yuan/ton
-275
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,180 $/ton 2,150 $/ton -30
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,470 $/ton 2,470 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,100 yuan/ton 15,550 yuan/ton -550
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,500 yuan/ton 15,900 yuan/ton -600
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,200 yuan/ton 39,300 yuan/ton -900
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Polyester Filament MEG R-POY

18,800 yuan/ton 18,150 yuan/ton -650
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,500 yuan/ton 20,750 yuan/ton -750
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  20,100 yuan/ton 19,400 yuan/ton -700
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,000 yuan/ton 77,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,600 yuan/ton +200
Benzene domestic market 7,680 yuan/ton 7,380 yuan/ton -300
Benzene overseas  market 974 $/ton 961 $/ton -13
Ethylene South 1,085 $/ton860 1,075 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,199 $/ton 1,183 $/ton -16
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,600 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton -100
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
9,310 yuan/ton 9,280 yuan/ton -30
Naphtha overseas market  766 $/ton 779 $/ton
+13
Phenol domestic market 9,340 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton -40

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Compound sustainable costeffective energy

-Newly developed compound may enable sustainable, cost-effective, large-scale energy storage

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To produce a cost-effective redox flow battery, researchers based at the South China University of Technology have synthesized a molecular compound that serves as a low-cost electrolyte, enabling a stable flow battery that retains 99.98% capacity per cycle. They published their approach on August 14 in the Energy Material Advances.

Comprising two tanks of opposing liquid electrolytes, the battery pumps the positive and negative liquids along a membrane separator sandwiched between electrodes, facilitating ion exchanges to produce energy. Significant work has been dedicated to developing the negative electrolyte liquid, while the positive electrolyte liquid has received less attention, according to corresponding author Zhenxing Liang, professor in the Key Laboratory of Fuel Cell Technology of Guangdong Province, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology. Compound sustainable costeffective energy 

“Aqueous redox flow batteries can realize the stable electrical output for using unsteady solar and wind energy, and they have been recognized as a promising large-scale energy storage technology,” Liang said. “Electroactive organic merit of element abundance, low cost and flexible molecular control over the electrochemical features for both positive and negative electrolytes are regarded as key to developing next-generation redox flow batteries.”  Compound sustainable costeffective energy

Liang and his team focused on TEMPO, a chemical compound with easily reversed oxidation states and high potential for energy, a desired quality in positive electrolytes.

“However, TEMPO cannot be directly applied to aqueous redox flow batteries due to the high hydrophobicity of the molecular skeleton,” Liang said, explaining that TEMPO, left unmodified, will not dissolve in the liquid needed to facilitate the energy exchange in the flow batteries. “We developed a strategy to functionalize TEMPO with viologen, an organic compound that has highly reversible redox reactions, to improve TEMPO’s hydrophilicity.”

According to Liang, viologen is highly soluble in water, which increases TEMPO’s ability to dissolve in water. Compound sustainable costeffective energy

Viologen also chemically withdraws electrons from atomic partners, which elevates its potential to change its oxidative state. Viologen is also a salt, which endows TEMPO with what Liang calls “a decent conductivity” in an aqueous solution.

When the synthesized viologen-modified TEMPO was tested in a flow battery, the researchers found that the battery retained capacity of 99.98% per cycle, meaning the battery could hold nearly all its stored energy when not in active use.

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Compound sustainable costeffective energy

Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex 13-11-2021

Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex 13-11-2021

Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex

-ALPLA commissions Mexican plant

New facility will produce recycled-content HPDE plastic.

Austria-based packaging producer ALPLA Group says it has opened its new plant for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic recycling in Toluca, Mexico. That project  was announced in September of last year.

In Toluca, ALPLA invited guests including the Austrian ambassador to Mexico, Elisabeth Kehrer, and the governor of the State of México, Alfredo del Mazo Maza. The company says it took a little more than one year to build the plant, which entailed an investment of €20 million ($22.9 million).

The facility has been designed to produce up to 15,000 metric tons annually of recycled-content HDPE (rHDPE) in pellet form, but a planned expansion project could lift that capacity to 30,000 metric tons annually starting in the second half of 2022.

This recycled-content granules will be used to produce non-food packaging such as for personal care and household cleaning products. “The demand for recycling material is so high in Mexico and Central America that the majority of the output will be used regionally,” states ALPLA.

“We are delighted to be playing an important part in implementing a circular economy locally in Mexico with this new site,” says Georg Lässer, ALPLA’s head of corporate recycling. “In taking this action, we are giving used plastic bottles value and are also promoting plastics collection and the development of the necessary regional infrastructure.’

Comments Carlos Torres, ALPLA’s regional manager for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, “We are seeing increasing momentum in the recycling market, taking one step forward in our commitment to sustainability, and the demand from our customers in the region for post-consumer recycled materials is rising. This is enabling us to already initiate an increase in our production of rHDPE in Toluca.”

ALPLA already produces recycled-content polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Mexico. Its first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Latin America, Industria Mexicana de Reciclaje (IMER), went into operation back in 2005. IMER is a joint venture between ALPLA México, Coca-Cola México and Coca-Cola Femsa.

ALPLA commissions Mexican plant

-Freudenberg at Compamed

Portfolio of hydrophilic PU foams and hydroactive nonwovens with sustainability credentials.

Freudenberg Performance Materials will showcase its multi-layer material compositions of hydrophilic PU foams and hydroactive nonwovens for sustainable woundcare at Compamed in Düsseldorf from November 15-18 2021.

The Eco-Check label endorses particularly sustainable solutions for the design of wound plasters which use bio-based raw materials, allowing biodegradation in an industrial composting setting after the product has been used.

M 1701 for traditional woundcare plasters comprises 100% polylactid acid derived from natural resources and offers good woundcare characteristics, while M 1714 has superior absorption for more challenging wounds and consists of a mix of bio-based fibres. With a smooth wound contact layer, M 1714 has already been evaluated for industrial compostability and conforms with the ISO 13432 standard.

In addition, Freudenberg’s silicone coated foams with patent-protected technology have a number of improved features. Reducing the number of process steps in wound dressing manufacturing reduces production complexity, avoiding waste, saving energy and simplifying the supply chain. At the same time, the solution maintains all the advantages of a pure foam dressing without a silicone layer, such as free swelling and prevention of exudate pooling in the wound bed, while eliminating the disadvantages of solutions with standard silicone adhesive layers. From a nursing perspective, advantages include higher flexibility that enables optimal wound bed contouring and the reduced risk of infection due to the prevention of exudate pooling. Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex

The company will also showcase prototypes featuring this technology in the form of a bordered dressing with a silicone adhesive border. The option to select an extra-strong silicone border complements the product’s benefits and enables longer wear times.

Freudenberg is also showcasing an innovative hydrophilic debridement foam that offers the following advantages:

-Use in wound cavities. The foam is soft and flexible throughout, including at the edges. It is ideal for cleaning deep and hard-to-reach wounds.

Packaging Recycling  Nonwoven Spandex

-Danone pushes for sustainable packaging

International food company Danone has confirmed its plans to fully implement the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) across its entire range of locally made products by the end of 2023.

The company initially started using the ARL at the beginning of 2021 with around 40 per cent of its locally made products now incorporating the recycling label.

In addition to adopting the ARL, Danone is leveraging the Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP), which allows the company to analyse all its packaging for recyclability.

According to Danone, the PREP tool is invaluable in helping its packaging technologists evaluate different kinds of packaging formats and materials. The tool is particularly valuable for new products being brought to market, ensuring packaging materials conform to local recycling standards.Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex

“It’s fantastic to see another ARL program member commit to fully implementing the label across all locally produced packaging,” said CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Brooke Donnelly.

“As consumers continue to see the label across more and more household brands, their confidence will only grow in making environmentally-friendly purchasing decisions. Helping consumers to recycle correctly and more often is a core tenet of achieving both the 2025 National Packaging Targets and the development of a true circular economy for packaging in Australia. Seeing the label across all Danone packaging will no doubt encourage others in the industry to join the growing number of members helping Australians to recycle correctly.”

“Danone’s global commitment to circularity is deeply embedded in how we approach our packaging design for our products manufactured in Australia and New Zealand,” said Danone ANZ managing director, Rodrigo Lima.

“By 2025, one hundred percent of our packaging will be either recyclable, reusable or compostable. The rollout of the ARL is an important dimension of this broader commitment as it provides full transparency for our customers, consumers and other stakeholders.”

Danone’s commitment to society and the environment sits at the very heart of the company in accordance with its status as an Entreprise à Mission, which under French law uniquely embeds Danone’s purpose into its by-laws.

In addition, Danone is pursuing B Corp certification for all business entities globally by 2025, demonstrating the highest level of commitment to environmental protection, social progress and governance.

Danone pushes for sustainable packaging

-Select polymers and feedstocks prices decline in two weeks on slow offtake

The prices of select polymers and feedstocks have declined by 2 – 6 per cent in the last two weeks due to undercutting of profit margins by importers and domestic suppliers as demand has eased and shipping strains have started to fade.

Data compiled by Polymerupdate showed the prices of rotomoulding grade linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) have slumped by 6 per cent since the last week of October to trade currently at $1380 a tonne now, down from $1470 a tonne two weeks ago. Similarly, prices of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and styrene have softened by 5 per cent each to trade at $2000 a tonne and $1270 a tonne from the level of $2100 a tonne and $1330 a tonne respectively from two weeks earlier. Ethylene, propylene and other feedstocks have also weakened in the Indian markets since the last week of October. Other rates like polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE) have been assessed unchanged in the period under consideration.

BREATHING SLOW
PRICE MOVEMENT OF SELECT POLYMERS AND FEEDSTOCKS IN INDIA ($/TONNE)
Particulars
October 26, 2021 November 10, 2021 Variations (%)
LLDPE (Rotomoulding CFR India) 1470 1380 (-)6
PVC (CFR India) 2100 2000 (-)5
Styrene (CFR India) 1330 1270 (-)5
Ethylene (CFR India) 1120 1070 (-)4
Propylene (CFR India) 1005 965 (-)4
ABS (Injection South Korea) 2570 2510 (-)4
PTA (CFR India) 880 860 (-)2
Source: Polymerupdate

Note: In case the price assessment is not available of the mentioned date, a nearby date is considered

-University of Siena leads research on revolutionary packaging material

Biopolymers derived from sea creatures may help solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution

The University of Siena, in Tuscany, is heading a new project that aims to tackle the cumbersome issue of maritime plastic pollution, and it will do so with the creation of biodegradable packaging material. It will be made from polymers derived from the shells of sea animals, such as shrimp, and although it will be reminiscent of plastic visually this is where all similarities end.

The name of the project – Fish4Fish – perfectly encapsulates the ambition behind it. The sea animals will not only be the source of food but also the source of the material used to package such food. The minds behind the project, forming part of a Spanish-Italian consortium of academia and private companies, are adamant that it will be a perfect example of a circular economy. Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex

The packaging will also prolong seafood shelf life

The focal point of the research happens at the laboratories of the Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Siena.

A biodegradable and compostable bioplastic will be obtained from seafood processing waste, shrimp shells in particular. These are quite rich in chitin, one of the most abundant biopolymers in nature. A soluble polymer, chitosan, is then obtained from the chitin. Using other waste from wood processing – such as lignin nanoparticles – will also give the new material antimicrobial, antioxidant and photoprotective properties.

The latter addition also means that the shelf life of perishable foods can be extended, reducing food waste in the long term. And what’s more, later on, the biofilm can actually be used as fertilizer. And for even better visualization of the idea of the project, you can watch the accompanying video.The project has taken another step forward and is now moving towards the creation of prototypes for possible placing on the market. The advantages for the environment are undeniable, and so is the economic convenience for the private sector. Companies linked to the fish supply chain would no longer have to bear the costs of waste disposal, and food companies and shops would have a competitive advantage linked to food storage times.

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-Hyosung Chairman Cho Hyun-joon leads record-high performance in 3Q 2021 with spandex

Hyosung TNC not only marked record high performance in Q2 with chairman Cho Hyun-joon’s preemptive investment, but also continues its best performance in Q3.

Hyosung chairman Hyun-joon Cho has emphasized “Now that no company can survive in this era without adapting, we must seek innovation and create new values in this time of change.”

The leading global products of spandex led the performance of Hyosung TNC. The strong performance was sustained by the rebounding demand for clothes and diversified composition of garments that adopted spandex, as well as increased sales of PTMG, the main raw material for spandex. The performance was also boosted by Hyosung TNC’s Turkey factory, which underwent a major expansion in August this year, and has been fully operational since then.

The continued surplus of the fabric company’s operating profit was positively impacted by the robust sales of the eco-friendly fabric Regen of Hyosung TNC’s nylon and polyester division.

An industry source said, “Hyosung TNC directly produces and sells its products based on the vertical integration covering raw material PTMG to final products spandex,” and predicted, “The company will continue to maintain its dominant position on the strength of its production networks in strategic locations where there is high demand.”

Following the preemptive investment strategy of chairman Cho, Hyosung TNC has begun to add more equipment for spandex production facilities in Turkey and Brazil from the end of last year. Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex

Packaging Recycling  Nonwoven Spandex

-ITMA Live series: Innovative Technologies

Panel focuses on current smart textiles trends and developments, and their impact on textile manufacturing technologies.

The second season of ITMA Live, a content series created to support the ITMA exhibition was launched recently. Comprising four industry discussions, the new ITMA Live series seeks to offer deeper discussions amongst industrialists on trending topics affecting the global textile and garment industry

The discussions are based on ITMA 2023’s overarching theme of ‘Transforming the World of Textiles’, and its focused areas: Advanced Materials, Automation and Digital Future, Innovative Technologies, and Sustainability and Circularity.

Each of the ITMA Live panel discussions features three industry members with the session moderated by a key media representative.  This week’s panel is ‘Innovative Technologies’, which focuses on current smart textiles trends and developments, and their impact on textile manufacturing technologies. The discussion is moderated by Claudia van Bonn, Editor-in-Chief, Textile Technology, dfv media group.

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-Husky presents innovations for food, beverage and consumer goods markets at Gulfood

Canada — At Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai, UAE, Husky Injection Molding Systems showcased innovations to meet evolving trends in the food, beverage and consumer goods markets.

To effectively respond to the various trends emerging out of Covid-19, producers have had to adopt flexible manufacturing processes that enable them to adapt to ongoing changes with speed and certainty. To help its customers achieve this, Husky has worked to provide integrated, agile solutions that offer low total cost to produce, freedom in packaging design and reduced risk. At the show the company presented its versatile PET systems and tooling portfolio covering all application and production needs, fully integrated beverage closure systems, and diverse packaging systems for the industrial, food and consumer goods markets.

Husky also showcased a wide range of food, beverage, and consumer goods applications that can be manufactured in PET. This includes applications produced using its Multi-Layer Technology, which enables packages with innovative design and functional treatments, as well as enhanced shelf appeal. In the field of sustainability and the circular economy, Husky displayed packages produced with increased rPET content, lightweighted bottles, as well as tethered closure designs to meet various packaging legislation that is emerging around the world.

In addition to its suite of food and beverage packaging solutions, Husky offers global support in more than 40 countries and a range of services to keep customer equipment running at maximum efficiency. This includes its Advantage+EliteTM proactive, predictive and transparent monitoring solution.

Packaging Recycling  Nonwoven Spandex

Packaging Recycling Nonwoven Spandex

Film PLA Biofuel Waste 12-11-2021

Film PLA Biofuel Waste 12-11-2021

Film PLA Biofuel Waste

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-Total Corbion PLA to supply Luminy PLA to Danimer Scientific

Strategic collaboration will support long-term growth of biopolymer production

In a statement released earlier today, bioplastics companies Danimer Scientific, Inc. and Total Corbion PLA announced they had entered into a long-term strategic supply agreement under which Total Corbion will supply its Luminy PLA to Danimer.

Danimer manufactures a range of bioplastic formulations and resins, among which its Nodax PHA, a bio-based, biodegradable polyester produced through microbial fermentation offering highly tuneable physical and mechanical properties. The company also creates combinations of PHA and PLA through a proprietary reactive-extrusion process. These blends can be customised to meet a broad range of technical characteristics for specific applications, allowing the use of its materials to be further expanded across a number of different industries.

The present agreement with Total Corbion will secure the company’s PLA supply, enabling it to meet customer needs for resins that require a blend of PLA- and PHA-based inputs.

As Stephen E. Croskrey, Chairman and CEO of Danimer, phrased it, “While growing commercial production of PHA remains the focus of our business, PLA is a part of some compounds that we formulate to meet specific customers’ functionality needs for different applications. Teaming with Total Corbion PLA provides an ideal solution to support our long-term growth strategy while ensuring our short-term customer needs remain fulfilled.”

Blending PHA with PLA, which is also a biopolyester, not only enhances the price competitiveness of the former, it can boost the biodegradability of the latter and improve the performance properties of both materials, opening up the potential for new and better products.

Film PLA Biofuel Waste

-Lanxess : Performance Materials business unit to become legally independent

New structure for best possible growth opportunities in the high-performance plastics business

LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit is one of the leading suppliers of high-performance plastics, which are used primarily in the automotive, electrical and electronics industries.

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS will transfer its High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit to an independent legal corporate structure.

HPM is one of the leading suppliers of high-performance plastics. The materials are used primarily in the automotive, electrical and electronics industries. Electromobility in particular is a promising field of application for the LANXESS plastics, which are used predominantly for car bodies, battery housings and charging infrastructure.

“The global market for new forms of mobility is developing very dynamically and is strategically rearranging itself – creating many innovative alliances and partnerships. In order to get the most out of the growth opportunities in this market and to be able to act flexibly, we will create a separate legal structure for the business unit,” said Hubert Fink, member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG. LANXESS will begin implementation in the first half of 2022.

The portfolio of the HPM business unit includes the engineering plastics polyamide and polybutylene terephthalate, as well as thermoplastic fiber composites. The business unit is characterized by the high backward integration of its production processes.

The business unit employs around 1,900 people at 14 sites worldwide. Sales are in the low single-digit billion euro range. Film PLA Biofuel Waste

ABOUT LANXESS

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.1 billion in 2020. The company currently has about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit to become legally independent

LANXESS' High Performance Materials business unit to become legally independent

-Tomra : Mixed Waste Sorting changing the game at Ivar Iks in Norway

TOMRA and a Norwegian waste sorting plant have demonstrated that mixed waste sorting prior to disposal is a superior solution to separate collection. Since it stopped the separate collection for plastics in its region and unleashed the power of mixed waste sorting, the facility increased recovery rates from 28% to 82% and achieved recycling rates of 56,4%, thus meeting the EU’s 2025 recycling targets ahead of time. Today, IVAR ranks first in processing MSW by volume.

Situated in Forus, between the cities of Stavanger and Sandnes in the southwest of Norway, IVAR manages all residues and waste collection from 10 municipalities with an approximate population of 325.000. With its advanced municipal solid waste sorting plant, it recovers high volumes of recyclable materials before incineration, reducing CO2 emissions and the global dependency on virgin material by supplying high-quality recycled content for new products and packaging.

When local and international recycling targets became increasingly stringent, IVAR recognized the need to improve its waste management methods and decided to more closely examine the hidden potential of its region’s household waste. With the goal of finding the most effective and environmentally friendly approach to waste management, the company sought the advice of TOMRA. To identify the opportunities in mixed waste sorting and assess its performance potential, the plant sent MSW samples from the region to TOMRA’s test facility in Germany. There, these materials underwent extensive tests on the company’s sorting machines. Test analysis showed that, whereas paper recovery from MSW streams performed reasonably well, plastics recovery offered room for improvement. Test analysis unveiled the household waste contained high amounts of plastic recyclables, even though they were meant to be disposed of separately. The team considered the analysis as a clear call for concrete, future-oriented action.

Embracing new opportunities

Based on the analysis and the still untouched possibilities in MSW sorting, a new business case was developed. The result: the construction of a new fully automated mixed waste sorting plant consisting of new facilities for plastics reprocessing and paper sorting, as well as the elimination of the separate plastics collection in that region. Previously collected separately, plastics are now also disposed of in the grey bin and recovered in the new facility. As a consequence, only the plant’s residues are transported to the waste to energy plant and used for the production of electricity and energy for remote heating systems. In short, the materials discarded by the municipality are turned into value again in the most optimal way. Film PLA Biofuel Waste

In late 2014, the plant building project began with Sutco Recycling Technik, chosen as a plant supplier for IVAR’s combined residual waste and paper sorting plant. Sutco, in turn, selected TOMRA Recycling as project partner for sorting equipment. The new facility started operation in January 2019. Since then, 22 of TOMRA’s state-of-the-art AUTOSORT® sorting units have efficiently and effectively sorted plastics (PET, PS, LDPE, HDPE, PP) and paper (mixed paper, cardboard, beverage cartons) out of the residual waste (grey bins) collected curbside. In addition, metals (aluminum, steel) are recovered from the residual waste.

Mixed Waste Sorting changing the game at Ivar Iks in Norway

-International Fibres Group Announces Price Increases

Base fiber prices to increase starting January 2022

International Fibres Group (IFG) has announced its base fiber prices will be increasing from January 2022.

The industry has been faced with numerous price increases in recent months for a wide variety of products and services. Heading to the end of 2021, IFG is again warned about multiple price adjustments by its suppliers and for various reasons.

These price increases are a consequence of the continuing global instability caused by Covid-19. The impact of this has been felt across IFG’s main supplier base from polymers and additives, through to logistics and energy. These shortages and increased costs within the supply chain are not only present in our industry but pose difficulties for businesses worldwide.

Moving into 2022, industry base-contract prices for polymers and additives will increase significantly following on from the substantial rises in energy costs seen in recent weeks. As a result, IFG’s base fiber prices will be increasing to partly incorporate these rising costs.

This is completely unavoidable, and the company is simply unable to absorb all of the impact and maintain its high standards of product quality, flexible service and continuing innovation to the market.

To give its customers the best possible confidence in supply through these continuingly turbulent times, IFG remains committed to providing the highest quality products using secure and contracted volumes of first-class raw materials, giving its clients and the supply chain peace of mind.

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-Colines launches cast MOPE film

Due to a collaboration between Colines, Dow and Comexi, the production of Mono Oriented PE film (MOPE) with cast technology has been achieved. The three companies have set a new benchmark for the market, by producing a very high-level 30micron MOPE with unique and specific mechanical and optical features.

The film was made with DOW PE-based resins and extruded on the latest generation of Colines Polycast line, equipped with patented MDO system. The film was subsequently printed with a high-quality solvent-free Comexi Offset CI press.

Nicola Lombardini, Colines’ R&D Manager, said: “Mono oriented PE film is commonly produced with blown extrusion technology, but the extruded film has some limits. For instance, the blown MOPE film doesn’t have good haze and gloss, which is something easily achieved with cast extrusion technology.

In addition, the possibility to have one side of the film with good sealability is another enormous advantage of cast technology. Of course, this opens a huge market for cast MOPE film, since it would be able to replace some existing products like BOPET, guaranteeing both higher recyclability and extreme down-gauging.”

Colines’ CEO Anthony Michael Caprioli added: “We have achieved something extremely innovative, and we will soon make further steps forward thanks to our brand new Polycast R&D line. Film PLA Biofuel Waste

The line is perfectly optimised for processing PE resins and equipped with our latest MDO unit. We have scheduled further tests with Dow and Comexi and we are also available for running tests with our customers.”

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-China to lose GSP status of EU, 5 other nations starting Dec 1

Thirty two countries will no longer offer preferential tariff treatment to China beginning December 1, according to the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), which recently, in a statement, applauded the move as  the country is ‘graduating’ from the generalised system of preferences programme and is ’sort of’ moving towards becoming a mature economy.

Starting December 1, 27 European Union (EU) nations, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Ukraine and Liechtenstein will no longer grant China this treatment, leaving the nation eligible for GSP trade benefits from only three countries—Norway, New Zealand and Australia. Film PLA Biofuel Waste

The decision is “a recognition from other advanced economies that China does not belong to the bracket of low-income and lower-middle-income countries anymore and that Chinese products are competitive enough in the market that (they need) no protections,” the statement said.

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-Plastic is harming our body’s cells. Here’s how

Plastic is found in almost every product you buy, and it causes damage to your body.

A new study has found for the first time that tiny plastic particles found in water and air affect the function of our body’s cells and might damage them. Here are all the details.

On November 1, a tax on disposable plastic products started to be enforced in Israel in order to  reduce the amount of plastic products that arrive at record speed from the store to the home and then the landfill.

Beyond the waste generated when these products pollute the environment in massive quantities, the plates, cups and plastic cutlery thrown in the trash can break up into microplastics – tiny plastic particles, found almost everywhere scientists have searched, from the depths of the oceans to snowy mountain peaks, from milk to beer and mineral water.

Plastics can never completely decompose.

Until now, the scientific world was divided on the question of whether microplastic particles have a detrimental effect on people.

Now, a new study from Spain shows for the first time that microplastic particles tend to stick to the cell membranes that compose our bodies, and that they can cause problems in the proper functioning of the cell. Film PLA Biofuel Waste

To what extent should this news worry us? And what can we do about it?

Since the start of the mass use of plastic in the middle of the 20th century, the amount of plastic produced each year has only increased (with a slight decrease of 0.3 percent in 2020  due to the corona epidemic), and in 2019 over 360 million tons of plastic were produced. This is approximately equal to the weight of the total population of the world.

“Contrary to popular belief, plastic does break down in nature, but it breaks down into smaller particles, micrometers (millionths of a meter) and nanometers (billionths of a meter), in a process that can take hundreds of years,” explained Dr. Ines Zucker, head of the Nanotechnology Laboratory at Tel Aviv University.

This microplastic is joined by plastic particles that are pre-produced as a few micrometers in size, such as plastic beads that are found in various cosmetic products.

“The smaller the plastic, the easier it is to get through barriers in our body,” Zucker explained. “Studies have shown that microplastics can cross barriers in the digestive tract and enter the bloodstream. It should be noted that the extent of the danger is still unclear: Some studies claim that it’s very harmful to humans, while others state that it doesn’t cause significant damage.”

The new study examined the interaction between microplastics in sizes of 0.8-10 micrometers and the cell membrane that encloses our body’s cells. In the first phase, researchers used a computer model to test the effect that microplastic particles would have on the cell membrane and the biological material in it. They found that each particle leads to an increase in the physical stress of the membrane.

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-Cleantech: Honeywell Technology enables Jet flights with sustainable aviation fuel

The commercial flights were the first use of the new ASTM D7566 Annex 7 standard for fuel used in commercial jet engines, and were carried out by Japan Airlines on an Airbus A350-900, and All Nippon Airways on a Boeing 787-8.

Honeywell announced today its UOP Ecofining™ technology supported the world’s first jet flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from algal oil.

Two commercial flights, which were recently completed in Japan, used a blend containing renewable jet fuel created from microalgae feedstock using the Ecofining process.

The commercial flights were the first use of the new ASTM D7566 Annex 7 standard for fuel used in commercial jet engines, and were carried out by Japan Airlines on an Airbus A350-900, and All Nippon Airways on a Boeing 787-8.

The microalgae oil feed was produced by the Japanese-based IHI Corporation, which approached UOP with the novel algal oil for production of renewable jet fuel through the use of UOP Ecofining, the first technology used for commercial production of SAF. Honeywell helped pioneer SAF production with its UOP Ecofining process, which has been used to produce SAF commercially since 2016.

Following a rigorous testing process , the SAF produced by the UOP’s Ecofining™ technology from the algal oil at UOP facilities in McCook, Ill received regulatory approval from ASTM to meet jet fuel standard D7566 Annex 7.

Fuel that conforms to the ASTM D7566 Annex 7 standard has the same material properties as existing jet fuel (kerosene), and even if it is mixed with existing fuel, it does not require modification of existing infrastructure or aircraft materials such as engines or fuel supply facilities. As a drop in-fuel, it can be used in the operation of commercial aircraft around the world as well as in Japan.

“We began working on this next-generation technology to reduce CO2 emissions related to air transportation, and chose to work with Honeywell UOP with its proven track record with Ecofining technology,” said Tomoo Mizuno, Associated Director and Head of Algae based Bio-fuel Group, of IHI Corporation. “After the successful large-scale culturing of microalgae to produce the algal oil and testing in Thailand, we worked with UOP to develop batches of the fuel in the U.S.”

The UOP Ecofining process remains the only commercially demonstrated process for 100% production of SAF in the world. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ produced by this process is blended seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale. When used in up to a 50% blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.

“Expanding the feedstock base into algal-based fuels is an important step in producing SAF,” said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “The UOP Ecofining process has proven to be suitable for many types of renewable feeds including algal oil. We look forward to working with IHI on expanding algal fuels to the entire industry.”

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-100% Biobased PET Bottle Gets Closer to Commercialization

It’s not here quite yet, but ability to make both key PET precursor chemicals from plant-based sources is “ready for commercial scaling.”

It’s coming a little later than expected, but The Coca-Cola Company announced late last month that it is moving toward commercialization of PET beverage bottles based 100% on renewable plant sources (not including caps and labels), “using technologies that are now ready to be commercially scaled.”

No actual introduction date was announced, but a limited run of 900 prototype bottles have been produced with all-biobased PET, or bPET, as Coca-Cola calls it.

To date, the maximum biobased content in commercial PET bottles has been 30%, from monoethylene glycol (MEG) obtained from ethanol derived from plant sugar.

The first commercial PET beverage bottle utilizing biobased MEG (bMEG) was Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle, launched in 2009.

In 2011, Coca-Cola announced it had joined the race toward 100% bPET by funding two firms with different routes toward producing biobased paraxylene (bPX), the precursor for the remaining 70% of the PET polymer, purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

By mid-2015, one of those two firms, Virent, Inc. of Madison, Wis., had advanced far enough that its catalytic bioconversion technology, then still at laboratory scale of development, was used to produce the first all-biobased PlantBottle prototype.

At that time, Coca-Cola hoped to commercialize the bPET bottle by 2020.

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-Strategic partnership Origin Materials, Kolon aims to commercialise PEF

A new partnership announced between Origin Materials in California and Seoul, South Korea-based Kolon Industries is aimed at advancing the development and industrialisation of new, sustainable carbon-negative products based on Origin’s proprietary and patented technology platform. Kolon will bring its polymerisation expertise, application development and supply chain strength to the new collaboration.

In addition, as part of the partnership, Kolon has signed a multi-year capacity reservation agreement to purchase materials from Origin Materials.

While the initial focus will be on materials for automotive applications, the companies said the partnership includes co-development aimed at commercialising polyethylene furanoate  – PEF – a novel polyester that can replace and even outperform PET on certain performance characteristics, including barrier properties, in packaging and other applications. PEF is a 100% recyclable, bio-based polymer produced using renewable raw materials -sugars- derived from plants. Kolon Industries has worked with furan resins for many years and has developed an expert knowledge of furan chemistry.

Origin Materials’ technology platform is expected to produce cost-competitive, sustainable, carbon-negative furandicarboxylic acid, known as FDCA, the primary precursor to PEF.

Working together, the companies plan to accelerate the deployment of environmentally sustainable products and create profitable, competitively advantaged business opportunities for each, they said. Biobased PEF Antiviral Battery 

“Origin is a pioneer and a global leader in carbon negative chemical technology, and Kolon Industries is a world leader in chemicals and polymers,” said Sung Han, Chief Technology Officer of Kolon Group. “Therefore, the collaboration between these two companies will ensure both carbon-negative and cost-effective sustainable polymer economy.”

“This partnership reflects both companies’ commitment to sustainable innovation,” added Bissell, Co-CEO of Origin Materials.

Over the past 10 years, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process.

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-Microban® International announces a new range of antiviral technologies

Microban International, the global leader in antimicrobial solutions, odour control and residual sanitisation/disinfection solutions, is pleased to announce a new range of antiviral technologies that are proven to reduce viral loading on products and surfaces. Microban has long been a trusted partner in a wide range of sectors – from consumer and healthcare to industrial and construction – and this announcement adds to the versatility of the company’s technology portfolio.

Microban® technology can be incorporated into various materials during manufacturing, becoming part of the product’s structure to provide inherent and enduring protection from microbes. Recent data demonstrates that new antiviral technologies from Microban conform to both ISO 18184 – which assesses the antiviral performance of treated textile products, such as woven and knitted fabrics, fibres, yarns, and braids – and ISO 21702, which measures activity in treated plastics and other non-porous surfaces. Thorough testing was performed to evaluate the efficacy of each product type against many viruses, including bacteriophage Phi6, an important surrogate virus for SARS-CoV-2. The results showed that articles treated with these technologies can now benefit from reduced viral loading* by up to 99 %.

Antiviral technologies from Microban inhibit the viruses’ ability to remain viable on surfaces. The modes of action vary, disrupting the structure of either the outer protein coat – to prevent viruses from recognising or binding to host cells – or nucleic acid payload, to prevent viral replication. This gives manufacturers a valuable product feature and provides consumers with added peace of mind.

Michael Ruby, President of Microban International, explained: “We are excited with the latest results confirming the antiviral activity of our new technologies. Assessing antiviral efficacy in treated products to a standard that meets the complex regulatory landscape is an arduous process, but we have been confident throughout that our innovative solutions conformed to the rigorous ISO standards. Biobased PEF Antiviral Battery 

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-PepsiCo, Unilever cite need for mechanical, chemical recycling to meet goals

A pair of large consumer brand companies see chemical recycling as an important component in eventually meeting their sustainability goals.

Both PepsiCo Inc. and Unilever plc, which feature some of the world’s most well-known brands and use plenty of plastic packaging, view chemical recycling as an emerging approach that still needs plenty of support to ultimately succeed.

But the companies also believe chemical recycling, sometimes called advanced recycling, as an important complement to mechanical recycling that currently dominates the plastic recycling industry.

Clarence Sequeira is senior manager sustainable materials and technology for PepsiCo global research and development.

“It should be said that mechanical recycled PET is, of course, certainly preferable. But why is that? It has 60 percent less GHG compared to virgin PET,” he said during a presentation at the recent Plastic Packaging Summit organized by the Plastics Industry Association trade group.

“But there is a problem. And the problem is that, for one, mechanical recycling can only accept feedstocks that are clean and essentially clear PET. This material is in high demand from all of the brand owner commitments,” Sequeira said during a virtual presentation.

“These are very aggressive goals and in order to accomplish that the only way possible would be to use a complimentary approach of both mechanical and chemical recycling,” he said.

Sequeira

Also some of that clean and clear PET already is diverted from the packaging industry to the textile and carpet industries. “It’s a battle to get sufficient material,” he said.

But that’s where chemical recycling can play a part.

Diverting contaminated plastics to chemical recycling facilities — material that would otherwise be thrown away — would create more recycled supply at a time when companies around the world are pledging to increase their use of reclaimed plastics.

Unilever has laid out a set of ambitious environmental goals including making all packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The company also will cut its use of virgin plastic in half and collect and process more plastic than is used by that date.

“Recycling is a really important part of how we will achieve our targets and our starting point is the use of mechanical recycling,” said Colin Kerr, global packaging technology director for Unilever.Biobased PEF Antiviral Battery 

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-NFI expands partnership with Li-Cycle to facilitate full-circle sustainable mobility and material recapture through lithium-ion battery recycling

Partnership will facilitate heavy-duty battery recycling at scale asheavy duty EV adoption continues to grow

NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions, today announced that it has expanded its partnership with North America’s largest lithium-ion battery recycler, Li-Cycle Corp. (“Li-Cycle”), to now offer heavy-duty electric vehicle (“EV”) battery recycling to public transit customers in North America through Li-Cycle.

The partnership builds upon successful completion of an EV battery recycling pilot program between NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”) and Li-Cycle, originally announced in January 2021. The pilot was Li-Cycle’s first program in the heavy-duty vehicle space.

Li-Cycle can now provide battery recycling for all NFI vehicles, including New Flyer, MCI, Alexander Dennis, and ARBOC. As zero-emission adoption continues to expand across North American public transit, the accumulation of end-of-life batteries will increase demand for heavy-duty battery recycling. NFI’s partnership with Li-Cycle will provide operators a viable option for battery recycling, in turn delivering full-circle sustainability.

“Since the inception of our pilot project with Li-Cycle, we have witnessed closed loop resource recovery and environmental stewardship in action – which strongly aligns with our focus on sustainability,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “We are optimistic about Li-Cycle’s ability to support increasing demand for battery recycling, and more importantly, to promote it as a viable alternative for recapturing precious minerals for re-entry into the supply chain. As North America’s leader in electric mass mobility solutions, it was only natural to partner with North America’s largest lithium-ion battery recycler.”

Li-Cycle offers a proprietary, closed loop lithium-ion battery resource recovery service producing minimal solid waste, and zero liquid and air emissions that can sustainably produce battery-grade lithium, nickel, and cobalt products.

Li-Cycle recovers critical materials from lithium-ion batteries and reintroduces them into the supply chain. It achieves this through 95% recovery of all lithium-ion battery materials – extracting high-grade materials for battery reproduction at a cost lower than mined and refined material. Its patented wet recycling processes battery materials hydrometallurgically, and outputs high-purity battery chemicals to be redirected to the lithium-ion battery supply chain and broader economy. In addition, Li-Cycle’s wet-chemistry process requires lower energy consumption than traditional high temperature processes and is fully sustainable, with no solid or liquid waste and zero-impact air emissions. Biobased PEF Antiviral Battery 

NFI expands partnership with Li-Cycle to facilitate full-circle sustainable mobility and material recapture through lithium-ion battery recycling

-Raw material prices escalate across the supply chain

Indorama and Toray increases indicative of the overall market situation.

Significant shortages of the nylon 6.6 precursor adiponitrile since 2018 have caused price escalation for nylon 6.6 polymer for airbags.

The Hygiene Division of Indorama Ventures is increasing prices on all polypropylene, polyester, recycled polyester, polylactic acid (PLA) and bicomponent fibres from December 1, 2021, or as contracts allow.

These fibres are used in a variety of different hygiene and technical applications worldwide and prices will increase up to 15%, depending on the specific fibre grade.

“Due to unprecedented increases in energy, wages, domestic and international freight costs, as well as finishes, additives and all packaging materials, we find it necessary to take this pricing action,” said Shachar Rachim, CEO of the Hygiene Division. “These price increases will take place independent of any resin cost changes.”

“We recognise that these increases are taking place during an unusually high period of commodity resin pricing, yet we must take this action in order to support the staffing of our operations and the continued delivery of our high-quality fibres,” added chief marketing officer Tom Zaiser. “We will monitor the dynamic, global inflationary issues making these increases necessary on a quarterly basis and adjust as possible should these pressures subside.”

Similarly, Toray Industries, is announcing a price increase on nylon 6.6 yarns and derivative fabrics for automotive airbag applications by around 20% from December 1st.

Significant shortages of the nylon 6.6 precursor adiponitrile since 2018 have caused price escalation for nylon 6.6 polymer, as the principal material in automotive airbag yarns and fabrics. The winter storm Uri, which hit North America in February 2021, caused significant global shortages again and hampered economic activity, leading to raw material prices soaring. In addition, the prices of secondary raw materials like silicone for coating airbag fabrics have rocketed due supply shortages. Rising fuel, electricity, and logistics costs are compounding challenges in the airbag business.

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-Plastic Energy raises €145 million to drive growth, expand advanced recycling technology

Chemical recycler Plastic Energy announced today that it has completed a €145 million round of financing from three separate investors: LetterOne, Axens and M&G.

The company, which is headquartered in the UK, currently operates two plastic-to-plastic chemical recycling plants in Spain. Construction on additional plants in France and the Netherlands is underway. Plastic Energy plans to use the proceeds to accelerate its growth, to expand its technology and its global portfolio of recycling plants.

“It is encouraging to have the support of these global companies who share our vision in reducing plastic waste and have confidence in our patented and proven chemical recycling technology,” said Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy. “This investment will have a big impact, enabling us to recycle more plastics globally and build a more sustainable and circular economy.”

Plastic Energy has developed proprietary technology that enables hard-to-recycle end-of-life plastics to be recycled using a thermal anaerobic conversion (TAC) process. The output of the process, called Tacoil, is suitable for use as feedstock from which ultimately virgin-quality food-grade packaging can be produced.

Plastic Energy has a number of agreements in place with such players in the chemical sector as Sabic, TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil. Already, recycled plastic made from its process has been incorporated into packaging and products for brands such as Unilever and Tupperware.

LetterOne, a UK-based firm investing through its L1 New Energy arm, is ‘passionate about building better businesses’, said managing partner Tim Summers. “Carlos Monreal and the management team at Plastic Energy have created a pioneering company with compelling growth potential,” he said, explaining his company’s participation in the funding round.

In addition to its direct investment, France-based Axens, a company providing technologies, products, services and equipment, for the production of cleaner, renewable, gas, fuels and chemicals, has also agreed on a strategic collaboration with Plastic Energy for the worldwide marketing and licensing of Plastic Energy’s chemical recycling technology.

“Achieving a true circular economy of recycled polymers, including for food contact and health care grade, is a largely shared objective. And, leveraging Plastic Energy and Axens complementary operational and technological skills, we can now offer a combination of proven technologies to make it possible” said Stéphane Fedou, Plastic Circular Economy Director at Axens  Biobased PEF Antiviral Battery 

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-Preventing ‘permastink’ -Breakthrough method for evaluating odour control capabilities in textiles.

Microban International is welcoming the recently approved AATCC test method – TM211-2021 – that has been developed to support the textiles industry.

The strategically important, standardised Drager method measures the reduction of odour on materials treated with antimicrobial technologies, and partners well with existing textile test methods such as the AATCC TM100, to show the correlation between bacterial reduction and odour control.

Microban was one of the early adopters of this method that can for the first time provide a truly quantitative evaluation of the valuable, real-world and functional benefits of antimicrobial chemistries by quantifying odour reduction.

Antimicrobial technologies in textiles provide a proactive solution for preventing ‘permastink’ – the enduring odours created by the metabolism of sweat by skin flora that often persist on clothes after cleaning. These odour control formulations work on the understanding that reducing the growth of microbial populations on textiles will subsequently reduce odors generated from bacterial activity.

The AATCC TM 211-2021 test method is an objective method that can articulate the efficacy of odour control technologies and provide definitive scientific evidence for these claims. Additionally, this highly sensitive test gives real-time and visual depictions of ammonia levels – created by bacterial metabolic pathways – on a colorimetric scale, in under 48 hours. The biological system can be used across the textile industry for assessing the odour capture propensity of both antimicrobial-based technologies, and other odour-reducing techniques.

“This method offers a much-needed standard for addressing odour as a factor in antibacterial finish performance,” said Erika Simmons, technical director at the AATCC. “It opens doors to innovation down the road.”

Breakthrough method for evaluating odour control capabilities in textiles.

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-Unlocking the potential of chemical recycling

In October  Chemical Recycling Europe appointed John Sewell as its new Secretary General. We spoke with John to get his thoughts on the biggest challenges facing his industry, as well as his responses to some of the criticisms that are often levelled at it.

To start us off, could you introduce yourself, talk a bit about your background, and tell us more about your new role?

I was educated as a chemical engineer, and have been working in the plastics industry for thirty years. I started in process R&D working in a pilot plant for Dow Chemical USA in Freeport TX. After some years I moved to Europe and joined Neste Chemicals which later became Borealis. I began my European career implementing the forerunner polyolefin production technology to what is today Borstar. I moved on to product development, technical service and business development.

I joined AspenTech in 2000 as market director chemicals in EMEA providing engineering design, process control and production management and supply chain management solutions to the chemical industry (mainly polymers). In recent years I have licensed thermoplastic honeycomb core technology to automotive, reusable transport packaging, building and construction, and commercial transportation.

All this said, the importance and value of plastics in our modern world is clear to me. Also clear to me are the challenges presented by the leakage plastic to the environment, the need to shift to lower carbon footprint outcomes for plastic “waste” where possible, and the work needed to implement circularity in the plastics value chain.

Chemical recycling is essential for implementing circularity in the plastics value chain and for meeting the recycling targets ahead of us in 2025, 2030, and beyond. These are very important times for the chemical recycling industry and the plastics value chain. I am pleased to be a part of this and embrace my role of Secretary General for Chemical Recycling Europe with full gusto.

What have you identified as they key challenges you’ll be confronting in your new role?

The need to build up capacity in order to meet the recycling targets set in Europe and to satisfy the market demand for recycled content in plastic products is a big one. Here in Europe these days, on a near-daily basis, there are significant developments in chemical recycling, be it on the policy front, the technologies, on the communication front, and on the capacity landscape. Over the past few weeks alone there have been several announcements in various forums regarding new plants to be built and new partnerships along the value chain.

Implementing proven methodologies to enable the robust adoption of circularity in the plastics value chain is also key. The mass-balance approach, proven for the adoption of “green energy”, for example, accounting for the energy from renewable sources while sharing the same grid as those used for fossil-based energy.

The same methodolgy for chemical recycling is essential to bring circularity to plastics, reduce carbon footprint, replace fossil-based plastic, and contribute to reducing the amount of plastic leakage to the environment. I will point you to the  mass-balance position paper that Chemical Recycling Europe just published.

Communicating the value of chemical recycling to all stakeholders is another important challenge. On the one hand, we endeavor to help in solving a problem that is in front of us all, the problem of plastic leakage into the environment. On the other, we are implementing technologies that have complexity, and this can make the communication of their value and importance a real challenge. Chemical Recycling Europe is working on this, and you can expect something more from us in the coming weeks and months to help di-mystify the technology and effectively communicate its value.

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-Nonwoven fabric from 100% textile waste

A collaboration between Suominen and Infinited Fiber Company has resulted in a nonwoven sheet made from 100% textile waste.

The sheet is made with Infinited Fiber Company’s regenerated fibre Infinna, which is biodegradable, plastic-free fibre and made from discarded cotton-rich textiles, making it a resource-efficient alternative to the conventional materials used in single-use nonwovens, such as polyester and viscose.

Suominen’s President and CEO Petri Helsky said the fabric was developed through collaborative R&D efforts by Suominen and Infinited, whose shared values include sustainability and circularity. “Suominen aims to differentiate with innovation and sustainability,” he said. “We see high potential in using recycled materials and are very excited to be able to support and participate in the development of Infinna for nonwoven applications.” Nonwoven Recycling Hydrogen Plastic

Infinited Fiber Company co-founder and CEO Petri Alava added: “Introducing materials that are made from resources that already exist – like discarded textiles – is a way of bringing circularity to the single-use nonwovens market. The material we have created with Suominen demonstrates a more sustainable future for nonwovens, and we look forward to continuing our close collaboration and co-development work in the years ahead.”

The nonwoven sheet co-created by the two Finnish companies points to the goals of biodegradability and plastic-free.

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-Arburg places additive manufacturing activities under one roof

German injection moulding machine maker Arburg GmbH + Co KG has founded a new subsidiary: Arburgadditive GmbH + Co KG. Also based at its headquarters in Lossburg, it will house all of the company’s activities related to additive manufacturing. The Managing Director will be Dr Victor Roman, who is set to join the company on 1 December 2021.

In founding its new company, Arburg says it is highlighting the significance and future potential that it believes additive manufacturing holds as a key supplementary production method in plastic processing. Following the invention and launch of the Freeformer, plus the purchase of innovatiQ, the logical next step was to combine the full range of additive manufacturing activities under one roof with the aim of strengthening this business field and paving a path towards a successful future. Nonwoven Recycling Hydrogen Plastic 

Dr Victor Roman, 52, studied mechanical engineering and physics before working at an international technology group for more than two decades, a role that gave him extensive experience in development, sales and additive manufacturing.

Over the course of 2022, Arburg Plastic Freeforming will switch entirely over to the new company. This division now has around 40 employees working in sales, development, application technology and assembly. innovatiQ GmbH + Co KG, which currently employs approximately 25 staff members, will remain an independent company based in Feldkirchen, near Munich, but will be affiliated with Arburgadditive GmbH + Co KG. innovatiQ Managing Director Florian Bautz will in future report to Dr Victor Roman.

The product range includes the Freeformer and innovatiQ’s 3D systems. The Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) process with the Freeformer, has been designed to act as an open system, making it possible to adjust the component manufacturing process in line with specific requirements. The process uses verified standard granulates of the kind found in injection moulding. The innovatiQ 3D printing systems operate on the basis of FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) technology. There is also the LiQ 320 printing system, which processes liquid silicone rubber (LSR) in a special LAM (Liquid Additive Manufacturing) procedure.

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-The right recycling method for all plastics

Not all recycling is created equal. While chemical recycling is the best option for food packaging and medical products, many plastics can also be recycled using mechanical recycling. The common goal for every method: Turn plastic waste into a valuable resource and keep plastics in the loop – think Circular Economy. Günter Stephan is on hand to explain what makes mechanical recycling special and how it works.

“Plastic is too valuable to dispose of after use. And that’s why we give it a second life”, says Günter Stephan, responsible for mechanical plastics recycling at OMV subsidiary Borealis. Borealis is a leader in this sector. “Back in 2014, we got together with the automotive industry to start producing plastic from recycled car bumpers that is then used to make new car bumpers”, he recalls. “But the plastic waste problem is first and foremost a packaging problem”. That is why, in 2016, Borealis invested in a mechanical recycling plant – incidentally becoming the first plastics producer to do so – a plant that also recycles plastic waste from households. Today Borealis operates three mechanical recycling plants:  mtm plasticsEcoplast and a pilot plant for innovative sorting in Lahnstein, Germany.

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Plastic waste as a raw material: This is how mechanical recycling works

“The principle is simple: Waste is sorted, shredded, cleaned and melted into tiny balls that can then be processed into new plastics”, is how Günter Stephan puts it in a nutshell. But it is trickier in practice. “Household waste is more difficult to recycle as on the one hand it comes from many different locations, namely homes. On the other hand, the waste consists of different types of plastic like PVC, PET, polypropylene, polyethylene, and it is usually dirty as well”. So, it not only requires a lot of effort in terms of logistics, but it’s especially challenging when it comes to sorting and cleaning.

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-US’ Evrnu raises $15 million funding for NuCycl Fibre Regeneration

Evrnu has announced the raising of $15 million Series B financing to scale and meet the surging demand for its fibre regeneration platform, NuCycl, as a solution to the textile waste crisis. The round was led by FullCycle Climate Partners, which will also serve as a significant project financing partner. Evrnu is a US-based textile innovations company.

Globally diversified supply chain partners and brands are also joining the round as co-investors including Hansae, Bestseller, and PDS Venture, PDS Multinational Fashions’ venture tech portfolio. The strategic financing will be used to expand Evrnu’s facilities and operations in South Carolina and service high volumes of NuCycl fibres to the fashion industry. It will also enable key, strategic hires in growth functions and technical roles as Evrnu expedites global deployment of NuCycl to meet the scale required to alleviate dependency on virgin resources and create material emissions reductions throughout the fashion value chain, Evrnu said in a press release.

Evrnu’s breakthrough technologies create a pathway to insert the tens of millions of tons of textile waste that end up in landfills or incinerators every year back into the value chain. The NuCycl platform depolymerises textile waste and repolymerises it into pristine fibres that are on par or higher quality than the inputs and can be recycled multiple times, an unlock for textile recycling. Having developed the technologies to address the recycling of 90 per cent+ of all apparel, with one patent granted and several others pending, Evrnu is on course to deploy technologies that allow for all textiles to be successfully recycled by 2030. Nonwoven Recycling Hydrogen Plastic 

Enabled with this financing, Evrnu will be rolling out each technology in partnership with global supply chain partners to meet the needs of this emerging market and scale required for material impact. Evrnu has advanced R&D contracts under way, in fashion, as well as in new markets, such as home furnishings and automotive.

“Over the last few years, we have iterated and fine-tuned NuCycl technologies to meet and exceed the quality and performance demands of the luxury industry. We are now proving these technologies at scale, with short-term plans for global expansion,” Stacy Flynn, CEO and co-founder of Evrnu said in a statement.

“Brands know that they need to materially address their emissions and that their customers are watching and demanding that they do better

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-Polyester: downstream buyers waiting for opportunity to buying dip

Downstream fabric mills witnessed apparently falling stocks and improving profit in Sep-Oct impacted by diversified supply and demand when the consumption of energy was limited and downstream demand grew. Some fabric traders and apparel producers placed orders in panic as domestic seasonal demand was moderate in Sep-Oct, the purchasing cost of fabric surged and the delivery took apparently longer time, worrying fabric price to continue rising and the Dual Control of energy consumption to last into end-2021.

Downstream buyers have presented obviously weaker purchasing interest since late-Oct when the regulation of electricity consumption eased in Zhejiang and Jiangsu and upstream feedstock price plunged. Fabric mills received limited new orders recently and some even did not have any orders due to the following 3 reasons: firstly, fabric traders worried price to collapse. Secondly, supply recovered in fabric mills and printing and dyeing plants with mitigated regulation of energy consumption. Thirdly, the intensive order placement for the online shopping spree in Nov has been ended. Some oral orders have been canceled. Offers for grey fabric softened rapidly with alleviated regulation of energy consumption and rapidly reducing feedstock prices. Taking nylon taffeta, which was very tight earlier, as an example, it could be sold under 5.5yuan/meter but has decreased by 30% to 3.8yuan/meter. Spot supply of nylon taffeta has started increasing.

Downstream players, who were the biggest benefit in Sep-Oct with the regulation of energy consumption and rising prices, did not face pressure temporarily. Stocks of fabric were very high in end-Aug and early-Sep but have reduced a lot. With alleviated regulation of energy consumption,operating rate increased again and end-user demand marginally weakened. That meant stocks of grey fabrics tend to accumulate again, which is rising slowly now. According to the survey made by CCFGroup, orders of downstream plants can mainly guarantee the production until mid-Nov or even into end-Nov. Therefore, inventory of grey fabric may start mounting until mid-Nov.

Fabric mills and twisting units do not face big burden now but most are cautious in purchasing PFY, mostly to cover the most pressing demand amid high PFY price. Buyers showed low buying interest even when price of PFY was discounted by 1,000yuan/mt, expecting PFY price to have downward risk amid high cash flow. Fabric traders and fabric producers mainly retreat to sideline. Therefore, sales of PFY and orders of fabrics are meager. Nonwoven Recycling Hydrogen Plastic 

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-Belgium-Chile deal to boost cheap EU green hydrogen supply

A new agreement between the Belgian ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge with the Chilean energy ministry could supply Europe with green hydrogen at €1.10/kg, 10% of current baseload hydrogen prices.

The agreement, signed at COP26 in Glasgow on 4 November, commits the two ports and the Chilean Ministry of Energy to develop green hydrogen trade between Chile and Western Europe.

Low-cost Green Hydrogen

Chile’s energy and mining minster, Juan Carlos Jobet, previously stated that the country’s target to supply green hydrogen at a cost of just $1.30-1.40/kg (€1.06-1.14/kg) by 2030 had been brought forward to 2025. “We are updating those numbers and we think we are going to be below those numbers by 2025,” Jobet said at Reuters Events: Hydrogen 2021 on 20 May. Nonwoven Recycling Hydrogen Plastic 

Chile is able to achieve substantial cost reductions in green hydrogen compared with other countries due to its high availability of renewable energy, however the updated 2025 figure was a result of technology developments, Jobet said.

Transport costs would also need to be taken into consideration.

The McKinsey & Company Hydrogen Insights Report 2021 forecasts that transporting hydrogen in ammonia to the west coast of the US, an 8,200km route, could add between $1.90-2.40/kg (€1.55-1.96/kg) hydrogen. Taking the average of this analysis on a per-km basis, the cost of transporting hydrogen as ammonia from Chile to mainland Europe would be a further €3.10/kg hydrogen, lifting the delivered cost to €4.20/kg hydrogen.

Despite such a high transport cost, Chilean green hydrogen would still be cheaper than baseload electrolytic hydrogen. ICIS front-month and year+3 baseload hydrogen assessments for the Netherlands were assessed at €11.01/kg and €4.87/kg hydrogen respectively on 5 November.

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-Storing energy in plants with electronic roots

By watering bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris) with a solution that contains conjugated oligomers, researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have shown that the roots of the plant become electrically conducting and can store energy.

Dr Eleni Stavrinidou, associate professor and principal investigator in the Electronic Plants Group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, showed in 2015 that circuits can be fabricated in the vascular tissue of roses. The conducting polymer PEDOT was absorbed by the plant´s vascular system to form electrical conductors that were used to make transistors. In a later work in 2017, she demonstrated that a conjugated oligomer, ETE-S, could polymerise in the plant and form conductors that can be used to store energy.

From plants cuttings to intact plants

“We have previously worked with plants cuttings, which were able to take up and organise conducting polymers or oligomers. However, the plant cuttings can survive for only a few days, and the plant is not growing anymore. In this new study we use intact plants, a common bean plant grown from seed, and we show that the plants become electrically conducting when they are watered with a solution that contains oligomers”, says Eleni Stavrinidou.

The researchers here have used a trimer, ETE-S, which is polymerised by a natural process in the plant. A conducting film of polymer is formed on the roots of the plant, which causes the complete root system to function as a network of readily accessible conductors.

The bean plant roots remained electrically conducting for at least four weeks, with a conductivity in the roots of approximately 10 S/cm (Siemens per centimetre).

Storing energy

The researchers investigated the possibility of using the roots to store energy, and built a root-based supercapacitor in which the roots functioned as electrodes during charging and discharging.

“Supercapacitors based on conducting polymers and cellulose are an eco-friendly alternative for energy storage that is both cheap and scalable”, says Eleni Stavrinidou.

The root-based supercapacitor worked well, and could store 100 times more energy than previous experiments with supercapacitors in plants that used the plant stem. The device can also be used over extended periods of time since the bean plants in the experiments continued to live and thrive.

“The plant develops a more complex root system, but is otherwise not affected: it continues to grow and produce beans”, Eleni Stavrinidou assures us.

Highly significant results

The results, which have been published in the scientific journal Materials Horizons (“Biohybrid plants with electronic roots via in-vivo polymerization of conjugated oligomers”), are highly significant, not just for the development of sustainable energy storage, but also for the development of new biohybrid systems, such as functional materials and composites. The electronic roots are also a major contribution to the development of seamless communication between electronic and biological systems.

Storing energy in plants with electronic roots

Close-up of electronic roots. (Image: Thor Balkhed)

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-Coca-Cola Africa – Kenya Accelerates PET Collection And Recycling Agenda. 

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Kenya continues to drive its sustainability agenda of recycling PET through PETCO Kenya and other programmes like waste segregation at source initiatives.

Our vision of a World Without Waste has shown positive trends in collection and recycling, currently trending at almost double the 72 percent achieved in 2020.

CCBA Kenya Public Affairs and Communications Director Susan Maingi said the company had achieved this exceptional recycling performance by helping to create a circular economy for plastic waste through accelerated collection efforts and buy-back centres, creating value for plastic waste and incentivising people to collect and return it.

“Building a circular green economy enables recycling and draws in communities and other stakeholders in a collaborative effort, creating sustainable employment at grassroots level and helping to solve the world’s plastic waste problem at the same time,” said Susan.

“At CCBA, we are a proud industry leader in developing increasingly sustainable ways to manufacture, distribute and sell our products.

“Our aim is to create greater shared opportunity for the business and the communities we serve across the value-chain.”

CCBA has made its ambitious recycling targets a top business priority, alongside key performance metrics for growth and profitability. This is in line with the Coca-Cola system’s vision of a World Without Waste and commitment to help collect for recycling a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030.

Coca-Cola has also set a target to make all its consumer packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2025 and to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Kenya continues to support the segregation of waste at source in malls, residential areas and marketplaces by providing collection bins and linking these with a recycling partner.

In Nyayo Estate Embakasi with about 5000 households, in partnership with the Nyayo Embakasi Residents Association (NERA), the company provided mesh bins and gunny bags for residents to separate plastic waste, while driving awareness of the circular economy for PET.

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-Northern Europe’s first textile recycling centre opens in Finland

It will process 10% of the country’s annual textile waste

On 2 November, Northern Europe’s first recycling centre for discarded textiles officially opened its doors. Located in the Green Field Hub area in Paimio, the facility brings together the textile recycling company Rester and the waste firm Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy (LSJH) under one roof to refine textiles into recycled fibres.

In a press release, one of the partners explains the duties of each company, noting that Rester will handle the discarded textiles of companies, whereas LSJH will be responsible for the textile waste of households. According to the two firms, the facility will have the capacity to process 10% of Finland’s annual textile waste.

Converting textile waste into fibres

Paimio’s facility will help reduce waste as it will now convert discarded textiles into recycled raw materials from which many products can be made. Giving a few examples, LSJH reports that companies can produce yarn, insulation, filter cloths, etc. It follows then that both Rester and LSJH are urging companies to get involved and understand the processing possibilities of recycled fibres.

“As environmental issues become more topical and regulations in the EU are tightened, it is in the producers’ interest to switch to the use of recycled materials to a large extent. Thanks to the active collaboration between the partners, we can immediately influence the materials’ circular economic share. It is rewarding to be able to participate and use a material that has previously been classified as waste, as a high-quality raw material,” commented Rester’s CEO Outi Luukko.

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-SABIC’s Wilton, UK cracker to restart after £850m investment, could run on hydrogen

Saudi petrochemicals major SABIC is to restart its Wilton, UK steam cracker after an £850m investment, the company and the local mayor said on Thursday.

The Teesside facility, known as Olefins 6, has an ethylene production capacity of 865,000 tonnes/year.

The company would not disclose when it plans to restart the cracker. According to media reports, that would be in 2022.

The cracker was shut down in September 2020 for planned maintenance  which had been scheduled for Spring 2020. Textile Recycling Films Polymers

The £850m overhaul will have two phases, SABIC said, with the first phase expected to reduce carbon emissions from the production site by 60%.

While the local mayor’s office said the company would “convert it [the steam cracker] to run on hydrogen”, SABIC officially only spoke of a feasibility study in the second phase of the overhaul to look into that possibility.

“The conversion would also aid the Government’s green energy ambitions, as hydrogen is a natural by-product of the cracking process,” said the mayor’s office.

NO MORE SPECULATION

Questions regarding the future of the site arose when the company announced in October 2020 that it had begun preparations to permanently shut some of the Wilton assets while “opportunities were explored to strengthen” the Teesside site.

The cracker, which also has the capacity to produce 415,000 tonnes/year of propylene, has been offline ever since.

For months, sources have suggested that the cracker would either not be brought back online or that it could be back in operation by 2023.

The butadiene (BD) extraction unit at the site was also taken offline in September 2020, and sources widely expect it to be one of the units to have been permanently shut down.

Aside from the cracker and BD unit, SABIC operates a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) production facility at Wilton, a more recent addition to the complex.

The local Member of Parliament (MP) in the UK’s House of Commons said the investments by SABIC would secure jobs for decades.

“This is genuinely fantastic news for Wilton Site and for the wider Teesside Industrial Cluster … Hundreds of millions of pounds invested in the site, a secure future for decades to come, and creating and protecting over 1000 jobs,” said Jacob Young.

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-How the role of waste and recycling companies will change as the circular economy grows

The circular economy will be disruptive to the current business models of waste and recycling companies while also providing new opportunities for sustainable growth.

Change is coming. Textile Recycling Films Polymers

We are moving from a linear economy based on the principles of the ‘take-make-waste” approach to a circular economy based on the values of eliminating waste and pollution, recirculating products and materials (at their highest value) and regenerating nature.

The transition to a circular economy is being driven by global missions, such as mitigating climate change and protecting the earth’s finite resources and biodiversity.

The transition also is underpinned by emerging national and international policies and regulations, such as the European Union Circular Economy Action Plan, as well as by the global roll-out of policies such as extended producer responsibility (EPR).

In addition, initiatives by the private sector also are gaining momentum. Nearly 100 multinational companies signed the U.S. Plastic Pact, for example, pledging to make their plastic packaging either recyclable, reusable or compostable.

The direction of travel has been set, but the duration of the transition and final destination still must be worked out.

Like all change, the circular economy will be disruptive to the current business models of waste and recycling companies while also providing new opportunities for sustainable growth.

It is time now for waste and recycling companies to scan the horizon and plan how to best position themselves to exploit these emerging opportunities.

Change is opportunity

What is clear about the circular economy is that there will be less waste with the focus being on keeping resources in circulation and at their highest value.

The future is, therefore, about understanding, tracking and assigning resources at their highest value to where supply chains need them.

The circular economy is based on a strong integration of the value/supply chains as resource composition, quality and predictability gain in importance.

This means fundamental changes to the traditional business models of waste management companies.

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-US Trinseo to start sales process for styrenics businesses in Q1 ’22

Trinseo has started exploring the divestures of its styrenics businesses and plans to start a formal sales process in the first quarter of 2022, US-based engineered materials and latex binders producer said on Friday.

The scope of the sales process will include the company’s Feedstocks and Polystyrene segments as well as its 50% stake in the Americas Styrenics joint venture. Chevron Phillips Chemical owns the remaining stake in the joint venture.

The company had identified those three as targets for possible divestitures.

“The separation of the styrenics businesses would represent another key step in our transformation toward becoming a specialty materials and sustainable solutions provider,” said Frank Bozich, CEO. ” We will continue to prioritise investments in higher growth, higher margin and lower earnings volatility areas such as Engineered Materials and CASE with an ongoing focus on sustainability, including the continued decrease in our CO2 intensity through various initiatives including the transformation of our portfolio.”

CASE stands for coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.

The company has been active on the M&A front. In September it acquired acrylic materials company Aristech Surfaces for $445m. In May, it completed its $1.36bn acquisition of Arkema’s polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) business. On the divestiture side, it is selling its synthetic rubber business to Synthos for $491m in a deal expected to be completed in 2022. Textile Recycling Films Polymers

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-RadiciGroup consolidates its presence in Australia

Agreement with Duromer for the sale on the Australian market of the entire range of technopolymers, also in view of the start-up of the new Chinese plant.

Duromer Sidney RadiciGroup’s High Performance Polymers division, through the Chinese subsidiary Radici Plastics Suzhou, has signed an agreement with Duromer for the distribution of the entire range of engineering plastics on the Australian market. Decision taken also in view of the start-up of the new factory in China, with a capacity of approximately 30 thousand tons per year (read article).

“We have been collaborating with Duromer for some years now – explains Alberto Sessolo, General Manager of Radici Plastics Suzhou -. We have worked well together and a relationship of great trust has been created which, by mutual agreement, we want to expand and make ever more synergistic. This is why we entrust Duromer with the distribution of our materials in Australia, certain of their leadership on the reference market and aware that, together, we will be able to do a good teamwork to be at the service of strategic sectors such as automotive, E / E, goods. of consumption and industrial goods “. Textile Recycling Films Polymers

Based in Sydney, Duromer Products has been operating for over thirty years in the distribution and compounding of technopolymers. It has a compound plant in Sydney and another in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where color and additive masterbatches are formulated.

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-UFlex commissions BOPET films plant in Nigeria

UFlex has commissioned its BOPET film manufacturing plant in the Ogun State of Nigeria with a production capacity of 45,000 tons per annum. Spread over 37 acres, the plant houses 10.6m BOPET film line in Africa and also has two metallizers with a total production of 15000 tons per annum. Textile Recycling Films Polymers

The plant created over 200 direct jobs and will meet the packaging film demand coming from the fast-growing economy of Nigeria, ECOWAS (Western Africa) and USA.

In Q2 2021, UFlex also added a fleet of new products to its portfolio.

Its Flexible Packaging business has launched a high barrier mono-material recyclable bag for Danish brand KIMS for its snacks packaging segment for the European market. The high-barrier packaging is made of mono-material under polypropylene extreme and bears recyclable ‘logo 5’ mark enabling easy recycling in the existing polypropylene recycling streams.

UFlex has developed a new MOPE/PE recyclable structure with registered matte coating and special PE mono-polymer based laminate film for EBRO rice brand Peacock. The newly developed structure possesses similar mechanical properties allowing easy recyclability of PE in conventional extruder and can be run on existing packaging line with minor adjustments. This development has cleared all tests related to handling, post filling of the pack content, and has successfully fulfilled required barrier properties throughout the defined shelf life of the packed rice.

The company has also developed a three-side sealed pouch packaging structure to pack Asal Coin Parota through use of a special high barrier PET film that increases the barrier properties by 50 percent under ambient conditions.

The manufacturer has developed two packaging sizes of 3kg and 12kg to pack pet food for the brand Fidele. Its packaging structure comprises specialized matte finished PET polyester and its pocket slider allows reclose-ability. The 3kg variant comes with side gusset handle and 12kg variant comes with bottom pinch pasting.

A transparent high-barrier laminate was developed to pack 26gms of Gold Standard Dairy Whitener for Namaste India Foods. The packaging comes with a see-through window and barriers required for packaged dairy Whitener.

The Cylinders business has started in-house manufacturing of Flexo KodakNX printing plates. Flexo KodakNX printing plates offer laser square spot exposure technology. Its plates offer flat top dots with no oxidation of polymer. These plates complement a variety of inks including water-based inks and solvent-free inks; and allow printing on all types of substrates.

Flex Films USA launched its patented BOPET high barrier film F-UHB-M, designed to replace aluminum foil in flexible packaging applications. F-UHB-M addresses challenges of relying on aluminum foil for packaging despite several of its limitations including material availability, high material cost, weak integrity, propensity for in-use pinhole formation and difficulty in recycling.

UFlex commissions BOPET films plant in Nigeria

-Turkey’s textile manufacturing sector may feel impact of gas rate hike

Turkey’s textile manufacturing industry may feel the impact as the government recently raised the price of natural gas supplied to the industry and power plants by 48 per cent and 47 per cent respectively, as a global price spike drove up import bills. Consumer gas prices remain unchanged, the state-controlled BOTAS Petroleum Pipeline Corporation announced.

Inflation, which rose to 19.58  per cent in September—the highest since March 2019—may rise because of the decision, according to a newspaper report from Turkey.

Natural gas prices have by soared by around 280 per cent in Europe this year and by more than 100 per cent in the United States, pushing up winter fuel bills.

BOTAS, however, said in a statement that the high prices seen around the world were not reflected in the same proportion in Turkey. “All subscriber groups have been maximally protected,” the company said.

One of the largest gas importers in Europe, Turkey depends on pipeline gas from Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports from Nigeria, Algeria and spot markets.

The country’s purchasing managers index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector was 51.2 in October, down from 52.5 in September, according to fresh figures.

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-Indorama Ventures Hygiene Division Announces Price Increases

Price increases on all polypropylene, polyester, recycled polyester, polylactic acid and bicomponent fibers will be effective December 1

The Hygiene division of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, announced price increases on all polypropylene, polyester, recycled polyester, polylactic acid (PLA) and bicomponent fibers effective December 1, 2021, or as contracts allow. These fibers are used in a variety of different hygiene and technical applications, worldwide. Prices will increase up to 15%, depending upon the specific fiber grade.

Shachar Rachim, CEO of the Hygiene Division states, “Due to unprecedented increases in energy, wages, domestic and international freight costs, as well as finishes, additives and all packaging materials, we find it necessary to take this pricing action. These price increases will take place independent of any resin cost changes.”

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-Are clothes made from recycled materials really more sustainable?

A growing number of brands are switching to recycled fibers but experts worry people may believe their purchases are impact-free – when that’s far from true

Woven into your clothes is a material that takes on many disguises. It may have the texture of wool, the lightness of linen or the sleekness of silk. It’s in two-thirds of our clothing – and yet most of us don’t even know that it’s there. It’s plastic, and it’s a big problem. PET Bottle PLA Textiles 

Today, about 69% of clothes are made up of synthetic fibres, including elastane, nylon and acrylic. Polyester is the most common, making up 52% of all fiber production. Plastic’s unique durability and versatility have made it indispensable to the fashion industry.

“It’s in the waistband of your jeans, your shoes, in practically everything you wear, because plastic is this miracle material,” said George Harding-Rolls, campaigns adviser at the Changing Markets Foundation, an organization that investigates corporate practices.

But there’s a climate cost: the raw material for these fibers is fossil fuels. Textile production consumes 1.35% of global oil production, more oil than Spain uses in a year, and significantly contributes to the fashion industry’s huge climate footprint. Synthetics also continue to have an impact long after production,  plastic microfibers  into the environment when clothes are washed.

In response, a growing number of brands are switching to recycled versions of synthetic fibers like polyester, often advertising these clothes as the more sustainable” or “conscious”choice.

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-Toray to Increase Prices of Automotive Airbag Yarn and Fabrics

Toray Industries, Inc., is announcing the price increase of nylon 66 yarns and derivative fabrics, for automotive airbag application, by around 20% effectively starting from 1st December shipments. PET Bottle PLA Textiles 

Significant Shortages of nylon 66 precursor adiponitrile, since 2018, caused price escalation for nylon66 polymer, a principal material in automotive airbag yarns and fabrics. Although the situation thereafter improved somewhat, winter storm Uri, which hit North America in February 2021, caused significant global shortages again and hampered economic activity, leading raw material prices soaring. Such situation caused dramatic rises in nylon 66 prices. On top of that, prices of such secondary raw materials as silicone for coating airbag fabrics have rocketed amid supply shortages. Rising fuel, electricity, and logistics costs are compounding challenges in the airbag business.

Toray accordingly embarked on a project to bolster its total cost competitiveness by slashing expenses and streamlining fixed and variable spending.

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-The road towards fully circular polyolefins

Elisabeth Skoda speaks to Trevor Davis, Head of Marketing Consumer Products at Borealis, to discuss strategies and ways forward to address the most pressing sustainability issues of today.

Polyolefin provider Borealis set itself the ambitious goal to achieve a truly circular economy by combining different technologies in a complementary and cascading way through R&D and collaborations across the value chain. As a recent example, the company announced a partnership with Renasci N.V., a provider recycling solutions who created the novel Smart Chain Processing (SCP) concept. This concept is a proprietary method of maximizing material recovery in order to achieve zero waste and enables the processing of multiple waste streams using different recycling technologies under one roof. Mixed waste – plastics, metals, and biomass – is automatically selected and sorted multiple times. After sorting, plastic waste is first mechanically recycled, and then in a second step any remaining material is chemically recycled into circular pyrolysis oil and lighter product fractions, which are used to fuel the process.

He identifies the core challenge around sustainability as finding solutions that address all aspects of the problem, not just a part of it, but is confident that Borealis is on the right track to helping with finding these solutions. PET Bottle PLA Textiles

“I speak daily with brand owners and converters who are passionately working on sustainability. The value chain faces a difficult task to find solutions that tackle both the waste and CO2 challenges at speed and scale. PET Bottle PLA Textiles 

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-Changing the path forward for plastic

Just like the shift in mindset about global warming, people around the world are waking up to the urgency of the plastics problem. Every year, 8 million tons of plastic waste — most not biodegradable — finds its way into the ocean. And only 9 percent of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. The world’s oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations. Over decades, these plastics fragment into microplastics that harm wildlife and seep into the food chain, contributing to a cascade of environmental, financial and health problems.

In response to the crisis, consumers and government regulators are putting pressure on companies to change the way they do business. Consumers want brands to use sustainable materials and some are willing to pay a premium for them. Governments are penalizing companies with fines or taxes if they don’t meet minimum sustainability targets.

This change in attitudes and policy is transforming the way companies think about and treat plastic products and packaging. Consumer products giants such as Coca-Cola, Nestle and Colgate-Palmolive are exerting pressure on recyclers to up their game. Those three have been joined by hundreds of other multinationals, including the Gap, Walmart and IKEA, which have committed to manufacturing products and packaging to enable a plastics circular economy. Adidas, for example, has pledged to shift to use 100-percent recycled polyester in all its products by 2024.

Consumer products giants such as Coca-Cola, Nestle and Colgate-Palmolive are exerting pressure on recyclers to up their game.

With many other companies also setting sustainability goals, the world needs a lot more post-consumer plastic than is available. It is difficult to project future growth of the global recycled plastics market, especially given that compared to megaprojects in virgin plastics, the relatively smaller investments in recycled plastics capacity are faster to implement and may also fly under the radar.

What is clear is that demand far exceeds the estimated supply based on compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projections for the next five years. For instance, the global CAGR of the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) market is expected to range from 6 percent to 8 percent, meaning that the market would increase from the current $9 billion to a $12 billion-to-$14 billion market in 2026.

A report this spring from the Recycling Partnership, a National nonprofit group, calls for a $17 billion investment over five years in the U.S. residential recycling system to increase the recycling rate to nearly 70 percent. The current rate is about 32 percent. The group says collaborative government and corporate investment could generate more than $30 billion in economic benefits and nearly 200,000 new jobs within 10 years.

Changing the path forward for plastic

-‘UK first’ antibacterial, recycled and recyclable refuse sack launched by Cedo

Cedo’s Good Karma refuse sacks are reportedly made from 100% recycled plastic with incorporated antimicrobial technology. The sacks are intended for household use and can also be recycled, according to the company. PET Bottle PLA Textiles

Martin Burdekin, UK commercial director at Cedo, explains: “We’ve created our very own Good Karma brand made with 100% recycled plastic, including post-consumer flexible plastic film collected and sorted from households.”

The refuse sacks use Bactiglas Antimicrobial technology developed by specialist additive masterbatch manufacturer Wells Plastics, which the company claims killed more than 99% of bacteria – including E. coli and S. aureus – in controlled testing. This contributes to the safe handling of household waste.

According to Carl Birch, sales and marketing director at Wells Plastics: “The Bactiglas active ingredient is a compound that is natural to our environment and toxic to bacteria, whilst being safe for humans.

“Bactiglas is already used in consumer products, medical devices, waste bags and aprons used in hospitals and healthcare settings.

“Bactiglas will provide each bag protection against bacteria which will last throughout its shelf-life.”

In 2014, Cedo began manufacturing bin bags using post-consumer flexible plastic film, such as used sandwich wrappers and other soft plastic packaging, collected from households. PET Bottle PLA Textiles 

The company claims that it currently recycles more than 80,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year via its recycling centre in Holland, allegedly one of the largest flexible film recycling centres in Europe. The Holland site supplies manufacturers in Poland and the UK, where production of refuse sacks and bin liners takes place.

‘UK first’ antibacterial, recycled and recyclable refuse sack launched by Cedo

-Brazil cuts down import tariffs to fight growing inflation

In a move aimed at curbing inflation, Brazil Friday announced a 10% reduction of import tariffs on 87% of goods and services until December 31, 2022. Economy Minister Paulo Guedes now expects the other Mercosur countries to do the same.

In a joint note from the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs, the Government explained that “rates will be reduced temporarily and exceptionally until December 31, 2022”, under the Montevideo Treaty, which allows countries to take measures aimed at “protecting the life and health of their people.”

The measure will work for Brazil and will not have an impact on items such as automobiles, auto parts, dairy products, textiles, and toys. Products that are in Mercosur exception regimes, such as capital goods, were also left out. “Brazil continues to participate fully in the ongoing negotiations in Mercosur. The Ministries of Economy and Foreign Relations reiterate the exceptional and temporary nature of this Resolution while reaffirming their commitment to Mercosur.”

Argentine Foreign Ministry sources admitted Brasilia had previously informed Buenos Aires it was going to take this decision temporarily. Argentine sources said the measure was suggested by the Government of President Alberto Fernández to appease both Brazil and Uruguay, who had asked for greater reductions.

The revision of Mercosur’s Common External Tariff (CET) is an ongoing negotiation which began two years ago and was resumed in the Oct. 8 meeting between Argentina’s Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and his Brazilian counterpart Carlos França, during which a consensus was reached to reduce the CET by 10%.

The definition adopted by the Ministry of Economy of Brazil (Resolution 269/2021 of the Executive Committee of CAMEX Management – Foreign Chamber of Commerce) is of a transitory and exceptional nature and respects the parameters agreed between both countries and on which work continues within Mercosur. “There is a consensus between both countries regarding maintaining the unity of the bloc and negotiating jointly with third countries, in the sense of what was expressed in the Joint Communiqué of 8 October last.”

Following Brazil’s decision Friday, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said he expected the other three members of Mercosur would follow suit shortly.

According to reports from Buenos Aires, there will soon be a meeting of coordinators of the Common Market Group to update Mercosur’s tariff structure in accordance with the current conditions of regional and world trade.

Minister Guedes explained that “at this moment there is a strong inflationary pressure and facilitating the entry of imports will allow prices to adjust.”

Meanwhile, Montevideo insisted on the “need to modernize” Mercosur. The Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Uruguay issued a joint statement describing “Brazil’s decision is understood within the current framework of Mercosur as an imperfect Free Trade Zone.”

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton -100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,170 $/ton 1,150 $/ton- -20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,750 yuan/ton 6,500 yuan/ton -250
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton -300
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,085 yuan/ton 4,990 yuan/ton -95
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
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745 $/ton 740 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 5,720 yuan/ton 5,530 yuan/ton -190
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 740 $/ton 722 $/ton- -18
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 927 $/ton 908 $/ton -19
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 907 $/ton 888 $/ton -19
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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971 $/ton 964 $/ton -7
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,120 yuan/ton
-480
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -450
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,500 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton -500
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton -500
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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8,800 yuan/ton 8,375 yuan/ton -425
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton -100
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 14,650 yuan/ton
-450
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,160 $/ton 2,180 $/ton +20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,470 $/ton 2,470 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 16,500 yuan/ton 16,100 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton -450
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,300 yuan/ton 40,200 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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19,300 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton -500
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,900 yuan/ton 21,500 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  20,450 yuan/ton 20,100 yuan/ton -350
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,000 yuan/ton 77,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 12,800 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton +600
Benzene domestic market 7,630 yuan/ton 7,680 yuan/ton +50
Benzene overseas  market 961 $/ton 974 $/ton +13
Ethylene South 1,115 $/ton860 1,085 $/ton -30
Ethylene NWE  market 1,179 $/ton 1,199 $/ton +20
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,000 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton +600
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,300 yuan/ton 13,600 yuan/ton -700
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
9,460 yuan/ton 9,310 yuan/ton -150
Naphtha overseas market  790 $/ton 766 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 9,620 yuan/ton 9,340 yuan/ton -280

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-European virgin PET rises above RPET as virgin PET prices hit 10-year high

  • Virgin PET resin Eur30/mt over RPET
  • Spot supply expected to remain tight

Northwestern European prices of virgin polyethylene terephthalate moved to premium over recycled PET clear flakes on Nov. 3 for the first time since June 8, as PET prices hit a 10-year high, S&P Global Platts data showed.

Virgin PET values have been on a rally since mid-August amid an acute material shortage in Europe, coupled with increasing demand from PET resin consumers, who are looking to secure volumes.

S&P Global Platts last assessed PET FD NWE at Eur1,500/mt on Nov. 3, up Eur100/mt from Oct. 27, the highest since April 20, 2011, and at a Eur30/mt premium over Platts Recycled PET clear flake FD NWE assessment.

R-PET clear flakes were assessed at Eur1,470/mt FD NWE, up Eur20/mt from Oct. 27.

Spot availability of PET remains extremely tight, as European producers face a lack of feedstock PTA, which prevents them from operating at full capacity. High freight rates and logistic delays have made it difficult for Europe to import enough PTA and PET from Asia.

Most PET producers were heard already sold out for November, according to sources, with the availability for December deliveries already looking limited.

“It is not possible to get [PET] resin. If you have a contract with some agreed volumes, you can expect to get the lowest [end of] agreed volumes,” a converter said.

Demand for PET resin continues to outpace supply and some buyers are hunting to secure any volumes they can.

“Some customers are extremely desperate. Material remains scarce,” a trader said.

The supply-side constraints are unlikely to ease anytime soon. A trader said that looking ahead, the market is already tighter for January and February delivery periods.

RPET Conversion costs jump

Bottle bale-to-flake converters have not only been impacted by higher virgin PET resin prices but higher costs of production due partly to the escalation of energy costs.

Aside from a surge in recycling costs, the real concern for converters was not only a rise in material costs but also any potential for panic buying which could see shortages return going forward.

European virgin PET rises above RPET as virgin PET prices hit 10-year high

-TOMRA Recycling’s sensor-based technology provides a future-proof solution for Mid UK Recycling’s new Barkston MRF

Innovative sensor-based sorting solutions from TOMRA Recycling have been installed at Mid UK Recycling’s new £15m state-of-the-art Lincolnshire-based material recycling facility (MRF) which became operational in June 2021.

Mid UK’s multi-million-pound Barkston MRF, near Grantham, processes 30 tonnes per hour (tph) of dry mixed recyclables from domestic and commercial recycling collections. As part of the MRF’s development, 14 of the latest generation TOMRA AUTOSORT® units have been installed across two lines to enhance the sorting process, boosting throughput and elevating purity levels of the targeted end fractions.

TOMRA’s new equipment at the Barkston MRF focuses on sorting a variety of fractions, including paper, film, magazines and a range of plastics, including high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Mid UK Recycling was already familiar with the capabilities of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT® technology as previous versions of the units were installed in Mid UK’s original MRF at the site.

TOMRA’s AUTOSORT® units can be easily programmed to separate different comingled recycling streams into specific materials ready to be sent on for further reprocessing or to end customers in both regional and international markets. At the new Barkston MRF, the technology is used in a two-step process to maximise the purity and market value of the recycled fractions and deal with challenges of sorting and extracting maximum value from mixed plastics.

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-Milliken expands its portfolio of solutions for polypropylene recyclers with DeltaFlow™ Viscosity Modifiers

New offering expands the options for advancing the plastics circular economy

Ghent, Belgium – Milliken & Company, a globally recognized leader in polymer additives and colorants, has launched DeltaFlow™ Viscosity Modifiers specifically to help polypropylene (PP) recyclers. Automotive RPET Viscosity Modifiers

Recyclers can use DeltaFlow, a solid concentrate, to increase the melt flow rate of recycled polypropylene (rPP) for the extrusion and injection molding processes. Milliken offers DeltaFlow in free-flowing pellets, which makes the product easy to feed, safe to handle and dust free.

DeltaFlow-optimized resins allow for lower processing temperatures, which can enable converters to reduce cycle times, boost productivity and improve processability.

Brand owners stand to benefit, as well. DeltaFlow enables recycled polypropylene to feasibly replace virgin resin in many end-use applications. This allows brands to use more rPP in their products, thereby helping them to meet their sustainability goals.

This new concentrate nicely complements Milliken’s existing family of DeltaMax® Performance Modifiers for polypropylene that enhances the physical properties and melt flow of rPP resins by allowing recyclers and converters to optimize their formulations and blends machine-side.

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-NewRoad™ Asphalt Additives Pass 5-year Mark of Strong In-field Performance Using Polymers Engineered From Waste Plastic

New Village Initiative Advanced Materials Group’s (NVIAMG) NewRoad™ asphalt additives engineered with waste plastic recently reached the five-year milestone of strong in-field performance in some of the nation’s harshest pavement-testing environments.

New Village Initiative Advanced Materials Group’s NewRoad™ hybrid polymer asphalt additives have performed well for five years on state, county and city roads and highways and commercial parking lots. Automotive RPET Viscosity Modifiers

“We have five years of use with strong results,” says NVIAMG President Mark Beeman. “No failures. No recalls. No tear-outs. No complaints.”

NewRoad™ contains highly engineered polymers made from post-consumer and post-commercial plastic. NewRoad™ adds as much as 50% to a road’s lifespan while helping keep plastics out of the environment.

Longer pavement lifespans mean a chance to lower carbon footprints and the potential to save money.

Standard Hamburg torture tests showed NewRoad™ pavement resists rutting and cracking far more than conventional mixes.

Even more impressive: The stellar performance in the field. The pavement has earned rave reviews even after withstanding the unforgiving, freeze-and-thaw weather of Iowa and Minnesota. NewRoad™ also performs well in extreme heat.

Beeman adds: “Five years of real world road and parking lot projects in harsh environments confirm that NewRoad™ exceeds customer and industry expectations.”

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-Farsoon and Covestro strengthen cooperation in engineering powders

Materials manufacturer Covestro operates Farsoon Laser Sintering Systems in their German and Dutch (legacy-DSM) additive manufacturing facilities for testing the processing and printing of new materials such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polypropylene (PP) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).

Downstream customers have validated such parts for end-use applications in automotive, electrical and consumer industries.

Based on customer feedback and success, the two companies are strengthening their collaboration to foster series production of 3D-Printing.

Both Farsoon and Covestro are committed to an open systems philosophy so customers are free to choose materials for their 3D-printing systems that suit their end-use applications. Automotive RPET Viscosity Modifiers

In this collaboration, Covestro is contributing its expertise in polymer-based 3D printing materials and Farsoon its expertise from powder-based laser sintering machines.

Covestro has already successfully launched TPU and PBT polymer powders developed on Farsoon 252P-series machines. The development of additional powders and the upscaling to larger series applications is part of the strengthened collaboration.

Expanded opportunities in the 3D printing market

Covestro, Farsoon and Seifert Logistics Group (SLG) in Ulm, Germany jointly developed TPU parts for footwear. Seifert Logistics fabricates TPU parts on a Farsoon SS403P at high productivity levels.

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-Japanese universities are developing strong conductive fibers with bagworm silk

Researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan have developed strong conductive fibers using natural silk and synthetic conductive polymers of Minomushi, promising flexible electronic materials. A research team led by a professor at Hiromasa Goto used the strength of bagworm silk to produce durable and flexible conductive fibers.

This research has the potential to lead to new flexible electronic devices such as wearable electronic materials. Due to its high flexibility and strength, Spider Silk has received a great deal of attention in applications ranging from medical to aerospace applications.

By combining natural silk, such as spider silk, with synthetic conductive polymers, researchers can produce textiles with conductive, luminous, and photoelectromotive functions. The university said in a press release that it is also possible to create biocompatible materials that can be used in regenerative medicine and biomedical materials. Automotive RPET Viscosity Modifiers

“We have taken the next step from our research efforts by utilizing the most powerful known natural fiber, bagworm silk.” Professor Hiromasa Goto explained..

Researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan have developed strong conductive fibers using natural silk and synthetic conductive polymers of Minomushi, promising flexible electronic materials. A research team led by a professor at Hiromasa Goto used the strength of bagworm silk to produce durable and flexible conductive fibers.

“In this study, the research team combined polyaniline, an easily synthesizable conductive polymer, with bagworm silk from bagworm nests. The composite fibers from silk and polyaniline are 2 microns in diameter. It acted as an optical bagworm. Researchers have demonstrated that while green laser light propagates along these fibers, it remains confined within each fiber. To determine, researchers performed superconducting interference device (SQUID) measurements, which revealed that the composite fibers could function as paramagnets. When placed in an external magnetic field, the fibers were magnetized. By applying the bagworm silk / polyaniline composite material to electro-effect transistor devices, the research team also confirmed that the composite fiber is suitable for use in fiber transistors, “the release added.

Japanese universities are developing strong conductive fibers with bagworm silk

-Adler Pelzer Group closes the acquisition of the Acoustics and Soft Trim business of Faurecia

Adler Pelzer Group (APG) announces to have closed the process of acquisition of Faurecia Acoustics and Soft Trims (AST), after all clearances by relevant merger control authorities have been received.

Faurecia AST is operating in Europe, with industrial activities mainly carried out in plants located in France (Marckolsheim, Mornac, Mouzon, Saint-Quentin), Luxembourg (Eselborn), the United Kingdom (Washington), Spain (Olmedo), Poland (Legnica) and a R&D centre in France (Mouzon) with approx. 1800 employees and 270M€ sales in 2020.

With this acquisition, APG makes a further step towards its vision of becoming a worldwide leader in automotive acoustics, as an industrial investor with long term loyalty to automotive and proven track record of growth.

The acquisition will bring value to the interior market thanks to complementarity of customers, industrial and operational footprint

– Improving intimacy to OEMs like Stellantis and Renault-Nissan alliance, thanks to the strong relationship capitalized by AST along years of cooperation and presence in France and UK;

– Complementing the above by a strong presence in East Europe, with know-how and footprint created by the strong foothold with German OEMs in Germany and East Europe, as well as with Stellantis in Italy and USA;

– Integrating in the APG worldwide R&D network an additional strong centre, the AST R&D centre of Mouzon, France. APG can this way dedicate a full matrix of Centre of Excellence by product family and local customer support;

– Benefiting from combined innovative programs on new products and CO2 reduction, as well as opportunities on material supply and vertical integration.

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-Three ALPLA plants in Germany produce climate-neutral

Emission reduction in Exter, Lübeck and Föritztal and regional reforestation project

Hard, 4 November 2021 – Following the initial step of significantly reducing their CO2e emissions, ALPLA’s German plants in Exter, Lübeck and Föritztal have been made climate-neutral in accordance with Scopes 1 and 2 with the help of carbon certificates. A regional reforestation project is additionally being supported.

CO2e accounting was performed in early 2021 at the start of the project with the aim of significantly reducing the CO2e emissions of ALPLA’s German plants in Exter, Lübeck and Föritztal. The goal of reducing CO2e emissions as much as possible was then announced, and this was achieved in the first step by means of a conversion to green electricity. This significantly lowered emissions from a good 22,000 tonnes of CO2e in 2020 to just under 2,000 tonnes of CO2e (Scopes 1 and 2) in 2021. For comparison purposes, this saving equates to the CO2e emissions of a good 4,400 passenger vehicles run normally a year.

Regional reforestation project

In a second step, carbon certificates were purchased for the remaining 2,000 tonnes, to officially make the plants carbon-neutral in accordance with Scopes 1 and 2. With the focus being placed on regional offsetting, a further 500 tonnes of CO2e were voluntarily offset through a reforestation project. This additional effort is supporting the reforestation of damaged areas and preservation of the forest in Bösingfeld, which is around only 30 kilometres from the Exter plant.

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-Indorama Ventures Strengthens Its Top Management Council With New Appointments And Role Rotations

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global sustainable chemical company, today announced it has strengthened its Indorama Management Council (IMC) — the company’s highest operational management committee — by rotating experienced executives and adding the COOs of the Fibers and Integrated Oxides & Derivatives (IOD) segments.

The elevation of Christopher Kenneally, COO of Fibers, and Alastair Port, COO of IOD, to the IMC — will enable more agile decision making as they build their high-growth segments into self-sustaining organizations that maximize value for IVL stakeholders. The appointments are effective immediately.

In a rotation of roles, Sanjay Ahuja, the current CFO of IVL, will switch to interim COO of Combined PET (CPET) for a period of 2 years, effective January 2022, as part of a rotation of senior expertise across the IMC. He will report to D K Agarwal as CEO, who will take on additional broader responsibilities as CFO. The CPET role rotation will enable new dynamism in this largest segment of IVL and establish a self-sustaining organization for the permanent successor that IMC selects over this period. Agarwal will be supported by Ashok Jain in an enhanced role as controller, covering Banking & Finance, Global Consolidation, Taxation and M&A.

Further, Klaus Holz will join the IMC as chief human resources officer, effective January 1, 2022. He replaces Roberto Bettini who will retire at the end of 2021.

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Mr. Aloke Lohia founder and CEO of Indorama Ventures.

-Chemical recycling may need decades to be ‘low cost’

Chemical recycling technologies could take until 2050 to have enough scale to achieve a low-cost position in the marketplace, according to an analysis from consulting firm IHS Markit presented at a recent industry conference.

The new study, from the firm’s Circular Plastics Service, predicts that the percentage of plastics from recycled sources could grow from 15 percent of total production today to 50 percent by 2050.

It predicts steady, incremental growth in traditional mechanical recycling but estimates that the potential for plastics made from chemical recycling will remain fairly limited until 2030 and could show significant growth after 2040.

The analysis came in comments and presentations from IHS consultants at the online Global Plastics Summit, held Oct. 25-28 and sponsored by the firm.

Vice President Anthony Palmer said the cost structure for chemical recycling, which breaks down the polymer bonds of plastics to recycle them, is currently “unfavorable.”

“The cost structure is unfavorable right now,” Palmer said. “In fact, our analysis … had a cost curve view for 2030, and … in that situation, chemical recycling was still more expensive in most regions than virgin.”  Circular Economy Carbon fiber 

But he said that over the next few decades, chemical recycling could follow the pattern of other plastics resin technologies and start to see “significant reductions” in fixed costs.

“The conclusion I would say right now is that yes, chemical [recycling] is more expensive than virgin. Mechanical is lower cost,” Palmer said. “But in the long-term view, depending on the experience curve and how these technologies develop, we could expect to see a more significant improvement when we look out to the 2050 time frame.”

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-Singapore’s Shell issues petchem supply cut after flare

Singapore-based petrochemical producer Shell experienced flaring at its Pulau Bukom’s cracker on 1 November because of technical issues and has notified some ethylene and propylene buyers of a reduction in supplies.

It cannot be confirmed if the cracker is shut, but market participants said that the cracker is now off line and this will last for a week.

The cracker has a nameplate capacity of 1mn t/yr of ethylene and 500,000 t/yr of propylene. Production from the cracker will go to its derivatives plants, including a 250,000/550,000 t/yr propylene oxide/styrene monomer unit, a 70,000 t/yr isopropyl alcohol plant that restarted in May 2020 and its 750,000 t/yr ethylene glycol plant.

Its ethylene downstream takers include Dairen’s Chemical 350,000 t/yr vinyl acetate monomer plant and Prime Evolue’s 300,000 t/yr liner low density polyethylene line. Its propylene production goes to Changchun’s 194,000 t/yr cumene unit and Mitsui Phenol’s 151,000 t/yr cumene line.

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-Shortages in semiconductors, shipping to persist for months – economist

The shortages in semiconductors and shipping that has done so much to disrupt production of automobiles and other goods could persist for months, an economist said on Tuesday.

Increasing capacity to supply more chips and ships is expensive, so companies are reluctant to take on such projects unless they are confident that the trends increasing demand are long-term, said Marci Rossell, a speaker and former chief economist of the business-news network CNBC. She made her comments during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

The shortage in semiconductors caused automobile companies to lower production, lowering demand for paints, coatings, plastics and other petrochemicals used to make vehicles. Circular Economy Carbon fiber 

Rossell attributed the shortage to the coronavirus. During the early months of the pandemic, automobile producers cut their chip orders in anticipation of a decline in demand. Instead, demand recovered and grew faster than expected.

For the shipping industry, they cut capacity by 11% 18 months ago, Rossell said. They expected that the coronavirus downturn would last longer than expected.

Instead, global shipping increased 27% over pre-pandemic levels, she said.

Some relief could come from consumers shifting their spending from goods to services, Rossell said.

The Lunar New Year in 2021 should help work down the backlog of ships and containers at US ports, she said.

Production of goods in Chinese plants typically falls during the weeks-long holiday, which reduces shipments out of China.

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-How can we benefit from extraction of plastic junk from the oceans?

One of the prevalent concerns worldwide involves garbage disposal. The World Bank has declared that 2 billion tons of garbage is created annually around the global. In a 2021 article published in CNBC, it was predicted that in 2050, trash thrown out worldwide will amount to 3.4 billion tons. From a general perspective, waste is an evident global problem for different types of pollution such as that of the air, soil, and oceans.

The majority of the trash generated around the world is non-biodegradable, and not all of it is recyclable. Irresponsible waste management is one of the major causes of global warming and climate change.

Devastatingly, waste also ends up in water systems and the oceans, especially plastic waste. Based on an article from the International Union for Conservations of Nature, the amount of plastic waste found in the ocean amounts to 8 million tons annually. Plastic waste in the ocean is responsible for 80 percent of the total trash found in marine ecosystems. Based on recent statistics provided by National Geographic, there will be a 113 percent increase by 2040 in the amount of plastic waste in the ocean if no measures are taken towards its reduction.

By 2040, it is estimated that 30 million metric tons of plastic debris will have accumulated in the ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California, is the major location in the oceans where plastic waste accumulates, with an estimated 1.15 million to 2.41 million tons of waste as stated in an article in The Ocean Clean Up.

Plastic waste that ends up in the ocean comes from different places, all over the world. However, it has been found by the Environmental Protection Agency that the Philippines, Vietnam, China and Indonesia are among the top five countries that are the most responsible for greater than half of the totality of plastic waste found in the oceans annually. China, in particular, dumped 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste in the oceans in 2010 as reported by Statista. Indonesia, on the other hand, emptied 3.2 million metric tons of plastic waste. Circular Economy Carbon fiber 

Yet, in 2016 statistics produced by Science Advances shows that the United States is actually the biggest plastic waste producer in the global scheme of things. The U.S. accounts for 42 million metric tons of plastic waste ― and ranked third in waste contribution and illegal dumping of junk in the oceans.

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-From a Linear to a Circular Economy

Is plastic waste a valuable resource? Yes! Because chemical recycling makes it possible to recycle materials that cannot currently be recycled mechanically. In chemical recycling, a thermochemical process is used to convert post-consumer plastics into raw materials of virgin-grade quality, which we use to produce high-tech films. That means these films can also be used to package products with high quality and hygiene requirements, such as food.

By using raw materials recovered through chemical recycling, we also support you – in terms of sustainability, resource conservation and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Of benefit to everyone – for the environment’s sake

  • The technology of choice for recycling plastic waste that has not been recyclable up to this point, such as multilayer, contaminated and mixed plastics.
  • Replacement of fossil-based raw materials with pyrolysis oil from plastic waste
  • Improved carbon balance thanks to closing loops and repeated reuse of materials
  • Packaging of products with high requirements in terms of hygiene, mechanical protection, etc., thanks to virgin-grade quality
  • Approved for direct food contact
  • Contributes to the decarbonization of the plastics industry in the long term

A Holistic approach to Sustainability

For the recycling of mixed or contaminated plastics, chemical recycling is a much more sustainable solution in comparison to thermal recycling. This has also been confirmed by a life cycle assessment conducted by Sphera, which was performed on behalf of BASF according to ISO 14040/44.  Circular Economy Carbon fiber 

Our conclusion: For the responsible use of resources and a functioning circular economy, the entire life cycle of a product must be considered and the most sensible recycling method determined. In the field of mixed and contaminated plastics, chemical recycling is the method of choice in our view:

  • Recycling: 50 % reduction in CO2 emissions with pyrolysis compared to thermal recycling
  • Raw material production: Lower CO2 emissions in the production of plastics by using products based on pyrolysis oil instead of the fossil-based raw material naphtha
  • Closed loops: Materials can be recycled several times in virgin quality
  • Product carbon footprint: The reduction of CO2 emissions helps you improve your product carbon footprint

From a Linear to a Circular Economy

Carbon fiber recycling is now a thing

With the massive growth in carbon fiber production worldwide, companies are grappling with what to do with all the unused carbon fiber scraps after production. Startups like Carbon Conversions are creating new ways of recycling and repurposing reclaimed carbon fiber, potentially saving millions on production and disposal costs.

-Borealis pilots plastic pellet loss scheme

Polyolefins producer Borealis has become the first plastics producer to carry out third-party external audits for Operation Clean Sweep, an international stewardship initiative aimed at bringing the entire plastics value chain together to achieve zero pellet loss.

The Pilot audits took place in September at Borealis production locations in Kallo and Antwerp, Belgium.

The pilot audits, which help test pellet loss prevention standards, are part of the industry-led programme, which is hoping to establish a unified, and equitable certification scheme for pellet handlers across the entire value chain. Successful pilot audits at Borealis are an important step in finalising the OCS certification programme, whose pan-European deployment is planned for 2022. Circular Economy Carbon fiber 

Preventing pellet loss by keeping pellets in the loop ensures that they do not end up in environments in which they do not belong, such as rivers and oceans, and from which they are difficult to extract.

Valuable raw materials, which are meant to be converted into useful products, are in fact wasted when plastic pellets are released unintentionally during production, conversion, transportation, reclamation, or disposal.

Borealis pilots plastic pellet loss scheme

-Piana Technology’s Nonwovens Business Achieves Textile Exchange’s Recycled Claim Standard Certification

Piana Technology, the 439-year-old textile company known for innovations within the fiber and nonwoven textiles markets, has achieved certification to the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) in its Piana Nonwovens facilities. The RCS is an internationally recognized standard that verifies recycled content and tracks it throughout the supply chain to the final product.

Developed by Textile Exchange, a global non-profit organization advancing preferred fibers and materials, RCS certification has increased the use of recycled content across the textile industry. A recycled content claim may only be made for materials that have been recovered or otherwise diverted from the solid waste stream. The certification process requires partners to meet standard compliance at each stage of the supply chain, beginning with the raw material (or recycling) suppliers and ending with the final seller in a business-to-business transaction.

“This RCS certification is a great step forward in Piana Technology’s overarching goal to achieve sustainability in our materials and the circularity of our products. We will now have peace of mind knowing that the materials we source have fewer impacts than their conventional counterparts, pushing us forward in our sustainability mission. By reaching RCS certification, Piana Nonwovens joins a growing group of environmentally responsible organizations on the path to sustainability,” said Piana Technology’s Sustainability Manager, Michael Savarie.

Piana Technology’s Nonwovens Business Achieves Textile Exchange’s Recycled Claim Standard Certification

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-Emerson to Provide Advanced Automation Technologies for Revolutionary Plastics Recycling Plant

ReNew ELP, a UK-based advanced recycling company, has selected Emerson as its digital automation partner for its new plastics recycling plant in Teesside, north-east England. Emerson’s advanced automation technology and software will help achieve safe, efficient operation of an innovative hydrothermal process to convert end-of-life plastics back into their original feedstock to produce new plastic products, reducing waste and pollution.

Currently, many post-consumer plastics, including flexible and multi-layer plastic packaging items, such as films, pots, tubs and trays, are considered ‘unrecyclable’ via traditional mechanical recycling methods and are instead sent to landfill or incinerated. After a short first-use cycle, 95% of plastic packaging material value, or $80-120 billion annually, is lost to the economy, according to the World Economic Forum.

“By converting end-of-life plastics into fossil-replacement feedstocks, ReNew ELP has the potential to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic and make the raw ingredients for a circular plastics economy, creating value instead of waste,” said Richard Daley, managing director, ReNew ELP. “Pivotal to achieving these goals is the construction of this first commercial-scale plant using a unique hydrothermal platform, and in Emerson we have found a valuable, long-term partner to create an advanced automation model for further plants planned across Europe.”

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-SABC group announces XAF5 bln investment to boost its glass producing capacity

Société anonyme des brasseries du Cameroun (SABC) announces that it is planning to invest an estimated XAF5 billion to renovate its furnace n°1 (on line 11) and acquire a third PET preform line for glass factory Socaver (Société camerounaise de verrerie).

According to the SABC, the investment aims to boost Socaver’s production capacity. Meanwhile, the weighbridge being installed will help improve “internal circulation given the production load that has been growing over time.” Sustainability Plastic Recycling PETG

As per SABC’s estimates, the furnace n° 1 should become operational by late 2023 while the third PET preform line will start operations by April 2022. Without revealing details about the additional production volume to be gained by Socaver thanks to the investments, SABC stresses that the projects are launched in a bid to meet commercial partners’ ever-growing demand, which is now up by 15,000 tons.

SABC group announces XAF5 bln investment to boost its glass producing capacity

-SK Chemicals Mass-produces PETG from Chemically Recycled Material

South Korean chemical company SK Chemicals Co. said Tuesday it had launched the mass production of ECOTRIA CR, a polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) copolyester product that is made from chemically recycled material, for the first time in the world.

The company started mass-producing ECOTRIA CR at its Ulsan plant using the materials derived from chemically recycled waste plastics.

The company will be supplied with 20,000 tons of such materials per year from Chinese company Shuye Environmental Technology Co.

SK Chemicals plans to churn out more than 10,000 tons of ECOTRIA CR by next year and supply it to major cosmetics brands in and outside of Korea.

Chemical recycling refers to the process in which waste plastics are decomposed into their pure material state and then used for the production of high polymer plastics.

Compared to physical recycling methods, in which waste plastics are pulverized and processed, this method prevents the deterioration of product quality while enabling recycling in a repeated manner. Sustainability Plastic Recycling PETG

SK Chemicals Mass-produces PETG from Chemically Recycled Material

-China and Russia revive push to lift UN sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia are pushing the United Nations Security Council to ease sanctions on North Korea, reviving a similar previous attempt that had flailed in 2019.

The two countries filed a reworked draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Monday, that proposes removing a ban on Pyongyang’s exports of statues, seafood and textiles, as well as lifting a cap on refined petroleum imports.

China and Russia want the 15-member council to remove those sanctions “with the intent of enhancing the livelihood of the civilian population” in the isolated Asian state, according to the resolution. Sustainability Plastic Recycling PETG

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The draft resolution also includes other measures first proposed by Russia and China nearly two years ago, including lifting a ban on North Koreans working abroad and exempting inter-Korean rail and road cooperation projects from sanctions.

Several UN diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the refreshed draft resolution would find little support. In 2019 Russia and China held two informal rounds of talks on the draft resolution, but never formally tabled it for a vote.

Diplomats said on Monday that China and Russia have not yet scheduled any talks on their new draft resolution. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Britain, Russia or China to pass.

China and Russia revive push to lift UN sanctions on North Korea

-Owing to The Resistance of Extreme Temperatures ,PVC Conductive Plastic Compounds Is Used In Construction Industry

Demand for conductive plastic compounds to surge across regions. Fact.MR explores key trends in moderate- and high-growth markets.

As per the report published by Fact.MR, the conductive plastic compounds market is anticipated to surpass US$ 20.5 billion by the end of 2031, and is poised to expand at a CAGR of around 11% over the next ten years.

Conductive plastic compounds having properties such as electrostatic discharge and electromagnetic shielding have elevated the sales of during the past half-decade and is expected to rise during the assessment period.

Medical industry is rapidly growing and new advanced devices are being introduced continuously. As the use of conductive plastic compounds particularly which are made from carbon nanotubes fillers has seen an increase in recent years and is set to showcase promising growth owing to mounting healthcare industry.

Sales of conductive plastic compounds in electric & electronics industry is seeing fastest growth compared to other industries due to their unique product attributes. These compounds are finding use in many electrical components and electronic devices, the compounds are also used as covers for electric components. Electric & electronics industry is expected to grow at substantial rate which in turn will provide influential boost to the sales of conductive plastic compounds. Sustainability Plastic Recycling PETG

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-Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands Reliance brand

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has expanded its Reliance portfolio to now include its historical Dextex range of wetlaid nonwoven sterilization wraps.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s sterile barrier systems are designed to offer excellent bacterial barrier thanks to cellulosic fibres that create a tortuous path for excellent sterility maintenance of surgical instruments up to the point of use. The high-performance sterilization wraps also play a key role in the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, protecting patients’ health.

Dextex wetlaid sterilization wraps have a long history of use in the sterilization industry and are well recognized throughout the globe for their reliable performance. In an effort to facilitate its customers and help their businesses succeed, Ahlstrom-Munksjö has now decided to harmonize the portfolio in the United States under its globally recognized Reliance brand. The move will see a name change for its sheeted wetlaid sterilization wrap products manufactured at the Medical business plant in Windsor Locks and sold in the United States to Reliance Dextex.

In addition to sterilization wraps for terminally sterilized medical devices, the Reliance Dextex brand includes overwrap for single use Custom Procedure Trays (CPT) and tray liners for moisture absorption and protection of the tray.

“The Dextex brand joins our current Reliance Solo and Tandem brand of SMS sterilization wraps and reflects one of the most technologically diverse portfolios of sterile barrier systems in the industry.

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-NAPCOR 2020 PET recycling report shows decline in fiber end market

The amount of recycled PET for end-market use increased by 800 million pounds from 2010 to 2020, according to the report.

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Charlotte, North Carolina, has released its “2020 PET Recycling Report,” which marks its 26th edition of the annual report.

According to the report, the amount of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) used by end markets in the U.S. and Canada increased by 10 percent, signaling strong support of postconsumer content in brand packaging.

RPET use by the Food/Beverage and Non-Food/Beverage Bottle categories grew by 32 percent in total, surpassing fiber for the first time as the primary user of postconsumer PET bottles. Sustainability Plastic Recycling PETG

Additionally, from 2010 through 2020, rPET consumption in U.S. and Canadian markets has grown from 1 billion pounds to 1.8 billion pounds.

“This continued increase of postconsumer rPET usage in bottles and jars is encouraging and points to a commitment toward a circular economy by brand owners,” says Tom Busard, NAPCOR chairman and chief procurement officer for Plastipak Packaging Inc. of Plymouth, Michigan, and president of Clean Tech, Plastipak’s recycling affiliate.

NAPCOR says its analysis shows the higher market demand outpaced collection, which drove PET reclaimers to rely more heavily on imports after depleting their existing inventories.

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-Sidel Super Combi Compact water complete line enhances both performance and sustainability for Zulal Water Factory, in Sharjah, UAE

Thanks to enhanced performance, Sidel’s Super Combi Compact complete water line opened the door for more business opportunities for Zulal Water Factory, in Sharjah, UAE (Zulal). Running at up to 45,000 bottles per hour (bph), the line not only delivers increased productivity by 280%, but also helps the company save 56% on energy costs, when compared with their existing PET line. In addition, with the new, lighter PET bottle and optimisation of utilities, there has been a considerable reduction in the overall carbon footprint.

Zulal was established by H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Court Member, and Ruler of Sharjah, which is part of SEWA (Sharjah Electricity and Water and Gas Authority) in the UAE. The company’s vision is to provide clean, pure drinking water for all people in the region. In 1995, Zulal was the first government organisation to address this requirement. It is the only water enterprise that provides 100% pure groundwater directly from the Hamdah wells in Sharjah. The water is certified by international standards and packed according to the highest international standards for packaging drinking water.

The connection between Zulal and Sidel can be dated back to the late 1990s, when Zulal first installed a Sidel blower. In 2019, the company reached out to Sidel again for a new high-speed line to meet market demand. As a complete line solution provider, Sidel consulted the customer on packaging design and line capacity, as well as line design and layout to enhance the overall performance.

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-UniteChem expands its portfolio of high-performance light stabilizers

Dusseldorf, Germany, November 3, 2021 – UniteChem Group, the world’s leading supplier of light stabilizers for plastics in a broad range of high-end industrial applications, has recently started full-scale production of advanced high-performance light stabilizers UniteChem LS2020 and LS119 in its newly commissioned production facilities.

“UniteChem Group began producing industry-standard light stabilizers such as UniteChem LS944 in 1997 and has been continuously expanding its polymer additives portfolio ever since”, says Junyi Lin, CEO of UniteChem Group. “Today, we are proud to be among the world’s largest-capacity suppliers of light stabilizers and other plastic additives, offering over 40’000 tons of finished products. Our full backward integration with a production capacity of over 80’000 tons of intermediates provides extensive production flexibility, high reliability, and maximum quality control. Current production, located in two state-of-the-art production facilities in Jiangsu province, is now in process of being complimented with two new major production facilities in Jiangsu and Sichuan provinces, with completion in 2022/23.”  Sustainability Plastic Recycling PETG

UniteChem LS2020 is a modern HALS (hindered amine light stabilizer) offering excellent anti-aging properties in applications such as cross-linked polyethylene, olefin copolymers and other polymer materials. UniteChem LS119 is especially suited for use in polyethylene greenhouse film applications, polypropylene fibers, TPO automotive parts as well as other polymers such as EVA, EPDM, PA, PET and PMMA. With these product additions, UniteChem Group further enhances its commitment to offer customers the most up-to-date and value-added product portfolio.

UniteChem expands its portfolio of high-performance light stabilizers

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-Eneos set The November contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,035 per tonne

Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of Eneos Holding, a major petrochemical producer in Japan, set the November contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,035 per tonne, up USD50 per tonne from the October contract price, a company source told ICIS.

The price was approved on the terms of delivery of CFR

Asia. Spot quotations of benzene were supported by an increase in the cost of oil for several weeks.

Meanwhile, the company denominated the November contract price for the material at USD1,040 per tonne, up USD55 per tonne from the previous month’s contract

price. The October contract price of the company’s benzene in Asia was set at USD985 per ton, which is USD5 per ton higher compared to the contract price of September.

Benzene is the raw material for the production of styrene, which in turn is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review,in Russia, the cost of the Nizhnekamsk substation in November will increase by 15,000-17,000 rubles. per ton, the plant’s customers reported.

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-NOVA Chemicals and CNG Scale Up Use of Post-Consumer Resin

NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) and Charter Next Generation (“CNG”) today announced a significant milestone in the large-scale use of postconsumer

resin (PCR) for flexible film applications.

The two companies have successfully collaborated to increase the supply of more sustainable films for packaging and advance a circular economy where

valuable plastic materials are recycled to be used again and again. Railcar quantities of PCR arrived at CNG’s manufacturing facilities in October.

“We’re incredibly proud to introduce railcar quantities of PCR to our portfolio of product offerings.

This is a significant milestone in how we’re delivering value to our customers and there’s much more to come as we look to achieve our bold ambition of creating a circular economy for plastic materials,” said Luis Sierra, president and chief executive officer, NOVA Chemicals.

“Incorporating PCR into products and packaging is an essential component to eliminating plastic waste. We are delighted to work with film

producers like Charter Next Generation to help shape a world where plastic products are even better tomorrow than they are today.” NOVA Chemicals’ polyethylene PCR (PE-PCR) business is expanding to support customer demand for recyclable film structures with recycled content to meet converter, brand owner and retailer sustainability goals.

NG’s purchase of recycled, linear low-density polyethylene (rLLDPE) can be used in a range of non-food film applications including e-commerce packaging, heavy duty sacks, collation shrink and industrial films.

“Charter Next Generation is proud to be a leader in sustainable film solutions and is committed to proving that circularity at scale is possible,” said Kathy Bolhous, chief executive officer, Charter Next Generation.

“Our work with NOVA Chemicals is another step forward on our journey. Together, we’re pioneering efforts to deliver circular polymers to our customers.”

NOVA Chemicals and CNG Scale Up Use of Post-Consumer Resin

-Honeywell Introduces Revolutionary Plastics Recycling Technology To Drive A Circular Plastics Economy

– Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled

– New technology can potentially increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90% when used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes

– New technology can produce recycled feedstock used to make plastics with 57% less CO2-equivalent emissions than plastics produced from fossil feeds

– Sacyr, a Spain-based engineering and services company, will be the first to use the technology  Recycling Technology Petrochemicals CO2 

Honeywell today announced the commercialization of a revolutionary process that expands the types of plastics that can be recycled and can produce feedstock used to make recycled plastics with a lower carbon footprint. The new technology can reduce the need for fossil fuels in the creation of virgin plastics while enabling hundreds of cycles of recycling, with the goal of enabling a circular economy for plastics.

Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology utilizes industry-leading molecular conversion, pyrolysis, and contaminants management technology to convert waste plastic back to Honeywell Recycled Polymer Feedstock, which is then used to create new plastics. The UpCycle Process technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to include waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including colored, flexible, multilayered packaging and polystyrene. When used in conjunction with other chemical and mechanical recycling processes — along with improvements to collection and sorting – Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology has the potential to increase the amount of global plastic waste that can be recycled to 90%.

Honeywell Introduces Revolutionary Plastics Recycling Technology To Drive A Circular Plastics Economy

-EU heads plastic recycling innovation

Europe leads the world in innovation in plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies, according to a report from the European Patent Office (EPO).

The 38 member states covered by the EPO accounted for 30% of patenting activity worldwide in these sectors between 2010 and 2019. This effort, seen as crucial in tackling plastic waste, was matched only by the US – also on 30%. ‘While plastics are essential to the economy, plastic pollution is threatening ecosystems all over the planet,’ says EPO President António Campinos. ‘The good news is that innovation can help us to address this challenge by enabling the transition to a fully circular model.’

The EPO report, ‘Patents for tomorrow’s plastics: Global innovation trends in recycling, circular design and alternative sources’, analyses the number of international patent families (IPFs), each of which represents an invention for which patent applications have been filed at two or more patent offices worldwide (so-called high-value inventions). Within plastic recycling, the EU27 accounts for 30% of all IPFs.

Bioplastics encompass a broad variety of bio-based, biodegradable and/or compostable plastics and the EU27 are particularly specialised in bio-based modified starch, used as a plant-based alternative to PET, and bio-based rubbers (used for tyres), where they hold a global share of international patent families of 28% and 31%, respectively.

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-Scaling Carbon Capture Might Mean Thinking Small, Not Big

A London-based startup is shrinking the size of carbon capture plants as it tries to popularize a green technology that’s been slow to expand beyond limited applications.

Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd. is building small, replicable reactors that can remove carbon dioxide from industry and power generators. Carbon capture could be a key way for companies to eliminate their emissions quickly as governments issue net-zero mandates before the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Techniques have been around for years, but the low price of pollution dimmed their appeal. In Europe, it costs about 60 euros ($70) to release a metric ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for industries covered by the bloc’s emissions market. That’s the opportunity for Carbon Clean, which says it can capture a ton of carbon emissions for as little as $40 now. Recycling Technology Petrochemicals CO2 

The secret sauce is a design that shrinks the carbon capture mechanism to about one-tenth the size of conventional designs, even down to 1 cubic meter (35 cubic feet). Smaller size means less material used to build the plant and smaller area taken up in the pollution-spewing factory — which helps make the process cheaper overall. The CycloneCC model announced Oct. 28 could be mass-manufactured for cement production, oil refining or steelmaking.

“The only way you can scale up carbon capture between now and 2030 is if it’s modular and mass produced,” said Aniruddha Sharma, Carbon Clean’s co-founder & chief executive officer. “Bespoke installation will never get where you want to be.”

The world may need to capture as much as 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year by 2050, under the International Energy Agency’s net-zero modeling. All carbon capture plants in the world today capture about 40 million tons a year, according to the Global CCS Institute.

Carbon capture technologies typically use a chemical in the reactor to trap carbon dioxide from a mixture of gases—like using a magnet to attract iron fillings. Carbon Clean developed a proprietary solvent it says can push costs even lower.

Scaling Carbon Capture Might Mean Thinking Small, Not Big

-Revolutionary Chemical Polymer Recycling Method

Now, a team of researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a chemical method that can help transform polymers into a fertilizer source which could revolutionize both plastic recycling methods as well as the food production industry.

One of the most surprising facts that the researchers highlighted was that only 14% of all plastic waste is actually recycled, globally. Another 14% is incinerated for energy recovery while the remaining 72% is simply discarded, which contributes significantly to environmental pollution and the destruction of resources.

Thus, the ‘plastic problem’ is an issue that should be addressed, including developing new circular systems for plastics as humanity is producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic waste each year. Recycling Technology Petrochemicals CO2 

Solving Multiple Problems

The Tokyo-based team initially set out to address the problems associated with polymer recycling by developing an innovative chemical recycling system. However, the innovation of the research can also be applied to provide solutions to the food-production industry as resources come under strain.

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-Chroma Color Further Expands Business with Latest Acquisition of J.Meyer & Sons

The acquisition of the German-based company expands Chroma’s offerings of color concentrates and masterbatches for the medical and pharmaceutical markets.

Chroma Color Corporation has acquired Germany’s J. Meyer & Sons, Inc. a manufacturer of color concentrates and masterbatches for the medical and pharmaceutical markets. When founded in 1883, J. Meyer was initially a toy importer but expanded into the chemical industry during World War II, producing driers for the paint and ink industries. During the 1960s, the company moved into plastics to meet the growing demand for customized colors, and today produces  custom and proprietary color masterbatches and compounds. Recycling Technology Petrochemicals CO2 

Said Chroma Color’s CEO Shruti Singhal,“Chroma Color is committed to growing our healthcare business through both organic and inorganic activities. The acquisition of J. Meyer & Sons further bolsters Chroma Color’s strengths in supporting our healthcare customers that serve applications like medical devices, medical disposables, and pharmaceutical packaging. The entire team is fully prepared and ready to support J. Meyers & Sons customers during this time of transition and confident their customers will realize immense benefits from Chroma Color’s wide range of capabilities.”

-Proposed US carbon capture credit hike may trigger big jump in use of climate-fighting technology to clean up industry

A proposed tax credit hike for US carbon capture and sequestration projects being mulled by Congress could trigger a big jump in use of the climate-fighting technology to clean up industry, but environmentalists worry the scheme will backfire by prolonging the life of dirty coal-fired power plants, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Carbon capture sequestration (CCS) is a technology that siphons planet-warming carbon dioxide from industrial facilities and stores it underground to keep it out of the atmosphere. The administration of President Joe Biden considers it an important part of its plan to decarbonize the US economy by 2050.

Under the proposal, embedded in the Biden administration’s USD1.75 trillion spending package, CCS projects would become eligible for an USD85 credit for each metric ton of carbon dioxide captured and stored, up from the current USD50-per-ton credit that the industry says is too low.

In the current tax credit regime, known as 45Q, CCS has languished. The United States currently has just a dozen operational commercial CCS facilities, along with a handful that have been suspended due to technological or economic problems, according to the Global CCS Institute.

The Clean Air Task Force, which advocates for carbon capture, cheered the proposal to boost the credit, saying it expects the change to lead to a spike in overall carbon capture capacity in the United States of 13-fold by the mid 2030s. It said the subsidy would also help the CCS industry lower costs and speed up deployment time, paving the way for growth in other countries keen to reduce emissions.

The currently existing facilities sequestered just 6.8 MM tons of industrial carbon dioxide underground in 2020, enough to offset the emissions from 1.5 MM passenger cars, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Additional CO2 was injected underground for so-called enhanced oil recovery, a controversial process that uses the gas to increase oil field pressure to push more oil out of the ground.

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– Chemical recycling according to Versalis
Let’s take stock of the Hoop project with Fabio Assandri, R&D manager. Objectives: flexibility with respect to fed waste, high yields and naphtha-like quality to make the process sustainable.
Hoop is a project launched in 2020 by Versalis in collaboration with the Italian engineering company Research and Development Services (S.R.S.) for the chemical recycling of mixed plastics, now destined for waste-to-energy or landfill.
To find out more about the technology and the progress of the project, on the occasion of Ecomondo we met Fabio Assandri, Head of Research, Development & Technological Innovation at Versalis .

How did the collaboration with S.R.S. ?
It was chosen as a partner because it already had a very effective reactor prototype for the pyrolysis of mixed plastics aimed at fuel production. We started from here to develop a technology that, always starting from heterogeneous plastics, could provide a raw material to be reintroduced into cracking to produce plastics and intermediates.

How is it different from normal pyrolysis processes?
We are optimizing the different phases in order to make the process more sustainable and obtain yields around 80-90% compared to fed carbon, ie between 15 and 20 percent higher than conventional pyrolysis plants; and with a quality of the pyrolysis naphtha, in a single cut, very close to that of the feedstock of fossil origin that we use today to feed our cracking plants. We believe that these two aspects, yield and quality, are the key points to successfully exploit the pyrolysis of heterogeneous plastics. For this reason we have preferred to develop our own technology, investing time and resources, instead of adopting a chemical recycling process already present on the market.

What aspects of pyrolysis are you working on?
It should be noted that pyrolysis in the strict sense is only part of the chemical recycling process. Yield and quality depend on the synergies and optimizations of three phases: selection and preparation of the plastic waste, with the elimination of extraneous fractions up to obtain compacted flakes corresponding to a specific specification. We then move on to pyrolysis, which is a chemical process, from which a mixture of hydrocarbons is obtained with the help of heat; the technology we have identified is of the thermal type, in two steps with separate reactors, which has the advantage of being able to modulate the operating conditions according to the material fed. The third phase is the treatment and modification of the pyrolysis oils to obtain a naphtha-like to be reused in the cracking phase to produce first the monomers and then the polymers.

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-Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Beetroot Extract

The latest research published in the journal Science Advances revealed that the microbes present in various hospitals and textile products are a major cause of death.

The research by Mr. Otávio Augusto and his team has shown that manufacturing antimicrobial textiles for hospitals would be advantageous for the termination of such bacteria and fungi.

The green process of synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) is highly beneficial for hospital cotton fabrics.

Beta vulgaris extract was efficiently used for manufacturing such green germ-killing smart textiles which could be used in hospitals for sheets and pillows to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases by contact.

Silver Nano Particles

The Silver Nanoparticles utilized for this study were on the scale of 1 to 100 nm. They are synthesized in a reaction medium which is useful for the generation of a stable nucleus.

The step called growing forms larger particles, and the thorough modification of stabilizing components is responsible for particles of various sizes and shapes. Since the chemical as well as physical processes are costly and utilize toxic compounds, the synthesis and utilization of nanoparticles become a great difficulty. Hence, green synthesis is the only viable option.

Methods and Materials Incorporated in Green Nanotechnology

The green nanotechnology synthesis utilized in this study is mediated by plant extracts, cell extracts, algae, and other biomolecules. The plant extracts are highly appreciated for their cheap and efficient processes. Ionic breakdown in the liquid system of a metallic substrate is the process for sustainable nanoparticle development of AgNPs. Silver ions are reduced to silver and a nucleation process is initiated. This is essential for the stabilization of nanoparticles. Nanotechnology PET Recycling Recycling

Beta vulgaris beetroot was efficiently utilized. It was cut into 2-3cm long pieces and heated to boiling point. Solution extracts were filtered and stored at a low temperature around 4 °C. The Ag nanoparticle synthesis was carried out in the exact proportions of 1:50, 1:25, 1:10, 1:5, and 1:2.

Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Beetroot Extract

-Vicunha launches fresh new denim collection with Polygiene for product sustainability

Vicunha, one of the world’s largest suppliers of denim, has begun a partnership with Swedish firm Polygiene®, whose technologies help products stay fresh for longer. The Brazilian company Vicunha is the leading denim manufacturer in South America. Its fabrics are used by brands across the world, and the company is recognized for its technological processes and sustainable initiatives, using the latest innovations in sustainability.

For the new 2021/22 season Vicunha has presented a new collection featuring Polygiene Stays Fresh® technologies. The range features for the first time in latin America denim treated with a combination of the Polygiene BioStatic™ and Polygiene OdorCrunch™ technologies.

Polygiene Biostatic is an antimicrobial technology that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and thereby stopping the odor at the source, permanently.

Polygiene OdorCrunch removes any environmental odors such as cooking fumes, cigarette smoke, or body odor, by encapsulating the odor molecules and cracking them, removing the offensive odor in the garment. The products developed by Vicunha are available on Denim and Denim Color bases.

As well as providing effective odor control, this combination of technologies also reduces the number of times a product needs to be washed, saving energy, time, and money – and extending the life of the product. Specifically, by washing a product less, the form and fit, the rich color hues of the denim, will last longer and provide a longer lasting product.

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-Instantaneous hydrolysis of PET bottles: an efficient pathway to the chemical recycling of condensation polymers

Restoring the environmental balance that was disturbed by the rise of plastic commodities is a must for researchers and the wider community. It is imperative that the increasing amount of plastic waste and that the high amount of petrochemical resources consumed during the constant replacement of single-use plastics is reduced. Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is one of the most commonly produced single-use polymers in the world, and its mechanical recycling is challenging due to the loss of properties during reprocessing.

Chemical recycling is a feasible alternative to reclaim the monomers, however, its viability relies on establishing a straightforward, fast, and inexpensive procedure to turn the end-of-use polymer into new pure monomers. Nanotechnology PET Recycling Recycling

This work reports on the fastest known procedure for PET chemical recycling to produce terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol in an efficient and straightforward manner, thanks to microwave-assisted heating that permitted 100 % PET conversion into TPA in just 1 minute at 120oC.

The depolymerization kinetics of this new procedure were studied and its improved efficiency over other reported hydrolyses procedures was attributed to a thicker shrinking layer.

This new procedure may form a major breakthrough in chemical depolymerization. Evidence pointing to the higher reactivity of free OH species, enabled us also to obtain dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) through the use of an anhydrous depolymerization system that is able to convert PET into DMT in 4 min at 80 °C, but requiring careful humidity control.

Instantaneous hydrolysis of PET bottles: an efficient pathway to the chemical recycling of condensation polymers

-Trinseo raises November prices for PS, ABS and SAN produced in EMEA

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), manufactured in the EMEA, as per the company’s press release.

Effective November 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, a surcharge of EUR200/mt will apply to the contract and spot prices for all Trinseo STYRON PS, MAGNUM ABS resins and TYRIL SAN resins.

According to the company’s statement, these surcharges are in response to unprecedented and escalating pressure from energy prices and apply to all current agreements and contracts for deliveries as of November 1, 2021 and are subject to further potential adjustments linked to fluctuating energy prices.

As MRC reported earlier, earlier this month, Trinseo announced a price increase for all PS, ABS and SAN in Europe. Effective October 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose, as follows:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR55 per metric ton;

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

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR60 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR45 per metric ton.

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-It’s time for a UK zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate

Tanya Sinclair argues that a ZEV mandate will prove pivotal in increasing EV sales, particularly for the UK in light of its coming ICE ban

Last year the UK government announced plans to end the sale of all new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030, five years earlier than planned. In Europe, similar climate targets will result in effective bans on these vehicles by 2035.

In the US, California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, will also discontinue gasoline-powered passenger vehicle sales by 2035. Canada is doing the same.

Whilst Britain’s more ambitious timetable is laudable, the key to meeting all of these targets is not the date-setting itself, but ensuring there is a clear roadmap to get there. This is why more urgent action is needed today to increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

What does that action look like? In addition to ending the sales of fossil fuel vehicles, the government must impose a ZEV mandate.

A ZEV mandate, based on a successful model adopted in California, would set a requirement on vehicle manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of zero-emission vehicles in the UK each year, rising overtime to reach the government’s 100% target in 2030. Nanotechnology PET Recycling Recycling

For each ZEV sold, the manufacturer would receive credits based on the car’s electric driving range. Once the automaker reaches the annual number of credits it needs for compliance (based on overall ZEV sales), it is free to hold onto any additional credits or to trade or sell them to competitors.

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-Effective Packaging in the Circular Economy: A Global View

Sustainability is an increasing priority for consumers when making packaging-related decisions, and often is central to a product’s visual appeal.

What I have experienced in recent months is that many businesses have yet to prioritize sustainability and circularity when considering the design, use, and disposal of packaging, with the majority of packaging still single-use and non-recyclable. This needs to change, and consumers can force that change to happen more quickly.

Sustainable packaging has been a priority for some brand owners for more than a decade. As we move through the last quarter of 2021, we are seeing appropriate activities that address consumers’ eagerness for brand owners that show the respect for the environment that judicious customers want to see. Consumers’ increased awareness continues to drive the sustainable packaging mission of brand owners. By one estimate, 74% of consumers say they are willing to pay more for products that are packed in sustainable materials.  Nanotechnology PET Recycling Recycling

Circular packaging solutions emerge

An encouraging development is that several organizations are attempting to improve this bleak course by investing time and money in the development of more circular packaging solutions. These leaders are creating solutions where packaging waste is either infinitely reprocessed or can re-enter the system as raw materials for other products. This is a good example of the circular economy in action. This is great news, and not just for environmental reasons.

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-Abundia Global Impact Group to license Alterra Energy’s technology

Abundia says it plans to start development of its first site in the U.K. to chemically recycle end-of-life plastics.

Abundia Global Impact Group (Abundia), a technology company focused on circular solutions and sustainability, has entered into a licensing agreement with Akron, Ohio-based Alterra Energy. The terms of the agreement were not announced.

Alterra’s thermochemical liquefaction process will be combined with Abundia’s technology to recycle postuse plastics into usable chemical products. Abundia says it plans to start development of its first site in the U.K., which will be able to process up to 40,000 tons of plastics annually into various recycled chemicals during the second half of 2022. The company says it plans to increase the site’s processing capacity to 120,000 tons annually by 2027. Nanotechnology PET Recycling Recycling

At its Akron plant, Alterra converts plastic destined for landfills into petrochemical materials that can be further refined into the raw materials for new plastic production and other petrochemical products. The facility is International Sustainability and Carbon Certification PLUS (ISCC PLUS) certified as a pyrolysis plant and collection point for mixed plastic waste. The company licenses its technology to entities looking to recycle more challenging plastics or seeking more sustainable products. Alterra says it is partnering with companies in the solid waste industry, government entities and petrochemical companies.

Abundia Global Impact Group to license Alterra Energy’s technology

-Automotive polymers

Metal used to be the dominant material in the automotive industry – for bodywork, engines and interior parts. Those days are long gone. Today, about a third of the roughly 30,000 parts in cars are made of plastics. Four polymers account for over 70 percent of the plastics used in the industry: polypropylene, polyurethane, polyamide and PVC. Automotive polymers are the raw materials for the manufacture of automotive plastics. While all plastics are polymers, not all polymers are plastics. Plastics do not occur naturally; they are produced by chemical synthesis. By contrast, polymers may be either natural or synthetic. In this text, the terms automotive polymers and automotive plastics are used interchangeably, as they are in everyday use.

There are good reasons for the increasing use of automotive polymers. They offer enormous freedom in the design of interior and exterior parts, and they are durable, have good haptic properties, and are abrasion- and vibration-resistant. Moreover, they are easier to process and offer an improved price-performance ratio. Polymers have also received a big boost from the trend to lighter weight vehicles.

Since plastics are lighter than conventional materials, they help to improve fuel efficiency and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Together with good recyclability, plastics therefore play a part in meeting present and future sustainability targets. Both established and new polymers meet these challenges.

Automotive polymers

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-Lenzing, Austria – The Lenzing Group‘s new Tencel branded lyocell fibers reduce the shine of conventional lyocell denim fabrics.

Achieves enhanced look for denim with eco-friendly credentials

Lenzing, Austria – The Lenzing Group‘s new Tencel branded lyocell fibers reduce the shine of conventional lyocell denim fabrics.

And importantly, this new development – dubbed Matte Tencel – maintains the benefits and eco-credentials of standard Tencel Lyocell fibers.

Via Matte Tencel, the company said it is expanding its sustainable offering for the denim industry with this new fiber type specially designed to scatter light and permanently diminish sheen in denim applications, and further enabling versatility of indigo-dyed denim fabrics.

“Our partners wanted the option to choose denim fabrics that are less shiny, and we listened,” explained Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development Denim and Americas, Lenzing AG. “By implementing an innovative production process to create matte Tencel Lyocell fibers, we are setting a new standard for indigo applications.”

Made with a resource efficient closed-loop production process, the new fiber type balances function and fashion, the company noted.

-Lenzing, Austria – The Lenzing Group‘s new Tencel branded lyocell fibers reduce the shine of conventional lyocell denim fabrics.

And importantly, this new development – dubbed Matte Tencel – maintains the benefits and eco-credentials of standard Tencel Lyocell fibers.

Via Matte Tencel, the company said it is expanding its sustainable offering for the denim industry with this new fiber type specially designed to scatter light and permanently diminish sheen in denim applications, and further enabling versatility of indigo-dyed denim fabrics.

“Our partners wanted the option to choose denim fabrics that are less shiny, and we listened,” explained Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development Denim and Americas, Lenzing AG. “By implementing an innovative production process to create matte Tencel Lyocell fibers, we are setting a new standard for indigo applications.”

Made with a resource efficient closed-loop production process, the new fiber type balances function and fashion, the company noted.

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-US to levy ADD on polyester textured yarn from 4 Asian nations

The US department of commerce has announced its final determinations that imports of polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are being unfairly sold below their fair value in the US. The department has thus calculated antidumping duty (ADD) cash deposit rates that range from 2.58 per cent to over 56 per cent.

As a result of the final determinations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect antidumping duties in the amount equal to the final dumping cash deposits rates for imports from each producer or country. Importers will be required to post duty deposits at these ADD rates on the date the final determinations are published in the Federal Register, in approximately one week. Renewable Thermoplastics Petrochemicals

The next step in the trade cases will be the US International Trade Commission’s (USITC) final determination of whether imports from the four countries are a cause of material injury or threaten to materially injure domestic polyester textured yarn producers. The USITC is currently scheduled to announce its final determination on November 30, 2021.

The lead counsel for the domestic industry, Paul Rosenthal of Kelley, Drye & Warren, LLP, commented, “The commerce department’s decisions are a big step in the right direction for the US companies and workers who are now closer to getting relief from the unfairly traded imports that have jeopardised the industry. The companies and workers are grateful for the hard work of the commerce department. We hope for a similarly favourable decision from the USITC so that more workers can return to their jobs in this important industry.”

In October 2020, two major US synthetic yarn producers – Unifi Manufacturing, Inc and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America – filed petitions with the commerce department and the USITC alleging that dumped imports of polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam were causing material injury to the domestic industry. The commerce department initiated the investigations in November 2020, and the USITC preliminarily determined in December 2020 that imports from the four countries are causing injury to the US domestic industry.

Imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India are currently subject to significant double- and triple-digit ADD and countervailing duties as a result of prior investigations that concluded in January 2020.

US to levy ADD on polyester textured yarn from 4 Asian nations

-ICIS launches the world’s first interactive global database of chemical recycling projects

Targets set by brand-owners and regulators have been contributing to a growing demand for recycled plastics globally, particularly for use in food and beverage packaging. However, supply of high-quality food grade recycled polymer material remains limited. To assist the industry in effectively securing supply of recycled resins suitable for these applications, ICIS has announced the release of the Recycling Supply Tracker – Chemical which provides FMCGs, chemical producers, large converters and retailers with the most comprehensive view of the emerging chemical recycling market.

Many industry players have public sustainability targets and need to understand the capacities in the market to ensure they can source the necessary materials to meet these. As of 2021, the global installed capacity for chemical recycling is under 2.5m tonnes, including both commercial and pre-commercial facilities with Asia Pacific and North America as the leading regions. The ICIS Recycling Supply Tracker – Chemical will provide up to date data including installed capacity, output volume, process, and feedstock, as well as details about the licensor and investors.

Chemical recycling processes can also be used to revert plastic waste back to an earlier molecular state. The ICIS Recycling Supply Tracker – Chemical has identified that, in terms of capacity, only around 20% of the global recyclers currently produce polymers as an output of their chemical recycling facilities. Renewable Thermoplastics Petrochemicals

The ICIS Recycling Supply Tracker – Chemical is updated with new projects and project developments as they happen, helping the industry understand the pace of growth in this sector.  Less than 30% of projects are currently operating at commercial scale, but over half of the plants identified are expected to start-up in the next 3 years.

Louise Boddy, Head of Commercial Strategy, Sustainability at ICIS, said, “Plastic waste is one of the biggest issues facing society and the investment now going into the development of new technologies to deal with plastic waste could be a game changer in the prevention of environmental leakage of used plastic.”

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-Vietnam likely to hit $600 bn in foreign trade by 2021 end: Ministry

Vietnam’s target of $600 billion in foreign trade is likely to be met by the end of the year as the national import-export turnover had exceeded $510 billion by October 15, according to the Agency of Foreign Trade under the ministry of industry and trade (MoIT). Its import-export turnover hit more than $26 billion in the first half of October, including $13.16 billion from exports.

Four groups of commodities with an export turnover of $1 billion upwards were garments; phones and components; computers, electronic products and components; and machinery and equipment.

Vietnam earned $254 billion from exports and spent $256.45 billion on imports, resulting in a trade deficit of $2.45 billion by October 15, according to media reports from the country. Renewable Thermoplastics Petrochemicals

According to the MoIT, the monthly trade balance has gradually shifted to a trade deficit since the beginning of the second quarter, and this trend is showing signs of decreasing, with just $100 million worth of trade deficit recorded in August.

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-Mixed or Contaminated Waste Plastic Recycling through Microwave – Assisted Pyrolysis

A single type of thermoplastic polymer is easily recycled through a mechanical process, but this way can’t be followed in the presence of mixed or contaminated plastic. In this case, one of the main followed solutions is a thermochemical process and among them, microwave-assisted pyrolysis is one of the emerging technologies. This chapter offers an update of the microwave-assisted pyrolysis of mixed or contaminated waste plastic as a very promising example of chemical recycling. Furthermore, some unpublished results in this field will be reported such as the pyrolysis of waste lead containing polyethylene coming from end cycle batteries or the pyrolysis of waste polypropylene from facemasks used for covid protection. Finally, some examples of pilot plants will be described and commented as well as several industrial cooperations.

The goal of realizing the conditions for achieving a truly circular economy is one of the main challenges in which scientists are involved to solve the problems concerning both global warming and the end of mineral resources. Over the last twenty years, the number of companies involved in environmental issues is continuously increasing and now almost all companies are, even in a different way, involved to solve this problem. These resources also represent a strong driving force for the development of sustainable industrial processes.

The world plastic production in 2019 was 368.0×106 tons with an increase of 2.5% concerning for 2018 [1] while in the same year the European production was 57.9×106 tons among thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.

Among them, polyolefins are the most produced and employed materials for applications in everyday life for industrial, domestic, and technological applications [1]. They are thermoplastic polymers and are mainly used for packaging, whose life cycle is very short which means they may be disposed of in a short time after their production. A less important part of them is employed to realize furniture, insulating materials, automotive parts, and so on and their life cycle is considerably longer (ten years or more).

Polymeric materials are easily recycled through mechanical processes, as reported in Figure 1, for the production of renewed objects prolonging the life of these plastic materials, avoiding their disposal through landfilling or combustion, and reducing the use of raw materials. This is a very friendly and economic process, however, it may be applied only when a single plastic material is available or when the material is not contaminated or strongly deteriorated. In these cases, other routes such as thermochemical processes may be followed as an environmentally friendly procedure avoiding to send these materials to combustion or landfilling, so giving a contribution to realizing a circular economy and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG).

-Mixed or Contaminated Waste Plastic Recycling through Microwave - Assisted Pyrolysis

-How to deal with potential allergens contained in packaging?

In this comment piece,  Miriam Jiménez Serrallé, a member of AIMPLAS’s Food Contact & Packaging Laboratory, explores the challenges of potential allergens in packaging made from plant- and animal based polymers.

Recently, consumers have started demanding more information about food allergens. Regulation (EC) No 1169/2011, which aims to protect the health of consumers and guarantee their right to information, requires the labelling of 14 groups of substances that cause allergies or intolerances. These substances are listed in Annex II of this Regulation.

Article 8 of the Regulation indicates that food business operators are responsible for ensuring that, both labelling and commercial documents relating to foodstuffs mention all substances, products and derived substances that may cause an allergy or food intolerance. Renewable Thermoplastics Petrochemicals

But should it be mandatory to declare that a material or object for food contact (FCM) contains or may contain allergens? And, if it does or may contain them, how can it be ensured they will not migrate from the packaging to the food?

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-Israeli startup UBQ to produce renewable thermoplastics for Bazan Group

Typical plastic resins are made from oil, which produces a large carbon footprint, while the UBQ solution is made entirely of household waste.

Israeli startup UBQ has reached a deal with Bazan Group’s petrochemicals subsidiary Carmel Olefins Ltd. to supply their patented “UBQ Material” – a solution that converts waste into a climate-positive thermoplastic – into their raw materials supply chain.

UBQ’s eponymously-named, patented and innovative new material is a resin that serves as a crucial component for manufacturing plastic. Typical plastic resins are made from oil, which produces a large carbon footprint, while the UBQ solution is made entirely of household waste. The Israeli company hopes its signature polymer blend is the “green” solution the plastics industry has been waiting for.

Carmel Olefins is Israel’s only manufacturer of petrochemical products that are used as raw materials in plastics, meaning Israeli-made plastics may be among the first to be produced with the full-recycled material. Bazan Group, Israel’s largest oil refining corporation outlined the group’s new sustainability strategy last July, pledging to implement renewable material in 15% of its production by the year 2025 and 30% by 2030. Renewable Thermoplastics Petrochemicals

“Bazan supplies the global polypropylene market with more than 500,000 tons of polypropylene per year, and integrating UBQ will enhance our resins’ environmental profile, driving the industry’s transition to greener initiatives,” a Bazan Group director said. “This agreement is another step towards implementing our new sustainability strategy,” added CEO Malachi Alper.

Israeli startup UBQ to produce renewable thermoplastics for Bazan Group

-Mideast petchem demand mixed post-pandemic; polymers upbeat

The Middle East petrochemical market has emerged mixed in its demand for key petrochemicals, as the region gradually recovers from the impact of the peak pandemic.

Uptake of some commodities remains weak as a result of COVID-19 aftermath on consumption, raw material prices, and supply chain disruptions along with extremely high freight rates – all weighing in on the pace of demand recovery.

However, some others like polymers have begun a recovery in demand buoyed by improved downstream consumption, particularly in the food packaging space.

For polyolefins, a majority of converters in Saudi Arabia and UAE export finished goods to Europe and Africa and are seeing orders.

Riyadh season is expected to contribute to improved consumption of packaged foods and beverages, propping PE and PP demand.

However, both base oils and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (PMDI) and buyers are hesitant to pick up polystyrene imported cargo from Asia due to high freight costs.

On Middle East base oils, there is ample supply of Group I material in the UAE market and demand for higher-priced spot cargoes is slow as a result.

Production levels among the major base oils producers located in the Middle East are expected to remain stable throughout the final quarter of the year, with no verified maintenance shutdowns scheduled till December.

Mideast petchem demand mixed post-pandemic; polymers upbeat

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton -250
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,180 $/ton 1,170 $/ton- -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 6,750 yuan/ton -400
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 6,950 yuan/ton -350
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,360 yuan/ton 5,085 yuan/ton -275
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
Polyamide Petrochemicals Polypropylene
760 $/ton 745 $/ton -15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 6,310 yuan/ton 5,720 yuan/ton -590
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 825 $/ton 740 $/ton- -85
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 940 $/ton 927 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 920 $/ton 907 $/ton -13
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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969 $/ton 971 $/ton +2
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton
-450
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 8,450 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton -450
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,800 yuan/ton 10,500 yuan/ton -300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,800 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Polyamide Petrochemicals Polypropylene
9,200 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton -400
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,970 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton -420
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 15,850 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton
-750
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,160 $/ton 2,160 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,430 $/ton 2,470 $/ton +40
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 16,500 yuan/ton -700
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,300 yuan/ton 40,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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19,450 yuan/ton 19,300 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 22,050 yuan/ton 21,900 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  20,800 yuan/ton 20,450 yuan/ton -350
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 12,800 yuan/ton -400
Benzene domestic market 8,150 yuan/ton 7,630 yuan/ton -520
Benzene overseas  market 993 $/ton 961 $/ton -32
Ethylene South 1,115 $/ton860 1,115 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,167 $/ton 1,179 $/ton +12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 15,000 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
9,800 yuan/ton 9,460 yuan/ton -340
Naphtha overseas market  786 $/ton 790 $/ton
+4
Phenol domestic market 9,800 yuan/ton 9,620 yuan/ton -180

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-Teijin Aramid demonstrates potential of circular high-performance fibers

Teijin Aramid, a world leader in aramid, has achieved yarn-to-yarn recycling for its flagship product Twaron®. The organization is now partnering with FibreMax and Hampidjan to demonstrate the performance of the resulting circular Twaron® fiber. Aligning with Teijin Aramid’s belief in taking responsibility for the environmental impact of its material flows, this development is a key step toward its goal of supplying fully circular high-performance fiber.

For more than 20 years, Teijin Aramid has been recycling aramids such as its Twaron® fiber into pulp, which is then used in automotive brake pads and gaskets. Now, for the first time, its Research and Innovation Center in Arnhem, the Netherlands, has successfully achieved yarn-to-yarn recycling using feedstocks from end-of-life materials.

Several hundred kilograms of Twaron® yarn have now been produced from materials of various recycling statuses. The properties of this circular Twaron® fiber are excellent, and its performance is equal to that of standard Twaron® fiber. Teijin Aramid has a patent pending for this breakthrough technology.

Performance testing in real-life

Teijin Aramid has now partnered with FibreMax, from the Netherlands, and Hampidjan, based in Iceland, to demonstrate the performance in demanding real-life applications. Using the circular Twaron® fiber, FibreMax will produce crane pendants and Hampidjan will produce slings for the offshore and shipping markets. In both applications, Twaron® will make up more than 90% of the final product’s weight. These partners are confident that Teijin Aramid’s new technology will enable circularity in high-performance applications and help to tackle the issue of waste from end-of-life products.

Teijin Aramid demonstrates potential of circular high-performance fibers

-Avient expands HP materials portfolio with Edgetek Toughened PPA

Avient has introduced its Edgetek Toughened polyphthalamide (PPA) formulations, offering improved heat performance and low moisture absorption versus nylon 66 (PA66) for demanding applications.

The new impact-modified PPA materials are formulated in filled and unfilled grades that deliver exceptional structural integrity and impact resistance at high temperatures. These heat-stabilised formulations maintain tensile strength and tensile elongation properties when tested for long-term thermal aging up to 120°C.

With a slower moisture absorption rate than PA66, they also help to improve durability and long-term performance. Enhanced chemical resistance makes Edgetek Toughened PPA suitable for a range of rigid applications, such as cooling systems, housings, fuel pumps or structural components.

Matt Mitchell, Director, Global Marketing of Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient, said: “This high-performing formulation provides an effective solution for durable, structural applications that need to withstand extreme environments. We’ve combined material science and innovation to expand designers’ ability to solve application challenges.”

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-Bio-based polymers could be transformed into fertiliser using a pioneering circular system derived by scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Plastics have taken the world by storm over the last century, finding applications in virtually every aspect of our lives. However, the rise of these synthetic polymers, which form the basis of plastics, has contributed to many serious environmental issues. The worst of these is the excessive use of petrochemical compounds and the disposal of non-biodegradable materials without recycling; only 14 per cent of all plastic waste is recycled, which hardly puts a dent in the problem. Aramid Automotive Recycling Duties

To solve the plastic conundrum, ‘circular’ systems need to be developed in which the source materials used to produce the plastics come full circle after disposal and recycling. At Tokyo Institute of Technology, a team of scientists led by assistant Professor Daisuke Aoki and Professor Hideyuki Otsuka is pioneering a novel concept. In their environmentally friendly process, plastics produced using biomass (bioplastics) are chemically recycled back into fertilisers.

The team focused on poly (isosorbide carbonate), or ‘PIC’, a type of bio-based polycarbonate that has garnered much attention as an alternative to petroleum-based polycarbonates. PIC is produced using a non-toxic material derived from glucose called isosorbide (ISB) as a monomer. The interesting part is that the carbonate links that join the ISB units can be severed using ammonia (NH3) in a process known as ‘ammonolysis’. The process produces urea, a nitrogen-rich molecule that is widely used as a fertiliser. While this chemical reaction was no secret to science, few studies on polymer degradation have focused on the potential uses of all the degradation products instead of only the monomers.

 

Plant from plastics: Bio-based polymers can be transformed into fertilizer

-China asks US to create conditions to push phase-I of trade deal

China and the United States should join hands to create conditions to implement the first phase of the  US-China economic and trade agreement signed in January last year as that can be mutually beneficial as well as benefit the rest of the world, according to China’s commerce ministry, which delineated key tasks to grow its trade in services during the  14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25).

China would welcome a move by the United States to start a targeted tariff exclusion process while keeping open the potential for additional exclusion processes, ministry spokeswoman Shu Jueting recently told a media briefing.

“China always believes lifting additional tariffs is in line with the interests of consumers and producers in both countries and also is good for global economic recovery,”Shu said, adding economic and trade teams of the two countries have been maintaining normal communication, and her ministry will release news on any new information.

The tasks include deepening reform and expanding opening-up, accelerating digitalization, optimizing industry structure and regional layout, supporting market players, and enriching cross-border cooperation, according to a new development plan released by 24 government departments, including the ministry of commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic regulator, she was quoted as saying by Chinese media reports. Aramid Automotive Recycling Duties

The plan has included digital trade for the first time to align with the development trend of digitalised, Internet-based and intelligent services trade, she said.

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-EU packaging waste rises almost 80 million tonnes in a decade, report finds

Eurostat, the data analysis wing of the European Commission, recently published statistics on packaging waste in the 27 European Union (EU) Member States, as well as some non-member countries. The report summarises the developments between 2009-2019, the period for which official reporting on packaging waste for all EU Member States was implemented.

PackagingThe report sets the total volume of packaging waste generated in 2019 at 79.3 million tonnes – an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to the previous year. Eurostat attributes this rise to an increase in packaging made from glass and plastic, which saw a 4.7 and 3.6 per cent increase 2018-2019, respectively.

Over the ten year period, paper and cardboard accounted for the majority of packaging waste material generated, contributing 32.2 million tonnes to the total packaging waste generated in 2019, the waste stream growing by 23.3 per cent since 2009. The report also notes that plastic packaging material reached a total of 15.4 million tonnes, increasing by 25.8 per cent over the same period. Glass had a volume of 15.2 million tonnes, followed by wood packaging (12.4 million tonnes), and metal packaging (4 million tonnes).

Eurostat’s findings also observe an increase of 2.4, 1.5, and 0.3 per cent per inhabitant in packaging waste generation, recovery, and recycling, respectively. Between 2009-2019, the amount of packaging waste generated per inhabitant substantially increased by 18.3 per cent, with recycling and recovery volumes increasing even more over the same period, by 22.6 and 26 per cent, respectively.

The report highlighted the progress of EU member states towards the targets set out in Article Six of the Packaging Waste Directive. The Directive requires member states to achieve a 60 per cent recovery rate (including waste incineration), a minimum 55 per cent recycling rate for packaging waste, a 60 per cent minimum recycling rate for glass, paper, and cardboard, as well as recycling rates of 50, 22.5, and 15 per cent for metals, plastics, and wood, respectively.

EU packaging waste rises almost 80 million tonnes in a decade, report finds

-US issues final duties ruling in polyester yarn anti-dumping probe

The US Department of Commerce has announced its final determinations that imports of polyester textured yarn from four nations are being unfairly sold below their fair value in the US.

The four nations detailed in The Department of Commerce’s polyester yarn antidumping investigation are Indonesia, Malaysia,  Thailand and Vietnam.

The Department of Commerce calculated antidumping duty (“AD”) cash deposit rates that ranged from 2.58% to over 56%. As a result of the final determinations, US Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect antidumping duties in the amount equal to the final dumping cash deposits rates for imports from each producer or country (i.e., the “all others rate”). Aramid Automotive Recycling Duties

The news follows the result of an investigation in June which found four nations have been selling polyester yarn imports in the US at a price that harms domestic makers.

The investigation was prompted after two major US synthetic yarn producers – Unifi Manufacturing, Inc and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America – filed petitions with the Commerce Department and the US International Trade Commission (USITC) in October 2020 alleging that dumped imports of polyester textured yarn from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are causing material injury to the domestic industry.

The Commerce Department initiated the investigations in November 2020, and the USITC preliminarily determined in December 2020 that imports from the four countries are causing injury to the US domestic industry.

The next step in the trade cases will be the US International Trade Commission’s (the “USITC”) final determination of whether imports from the four countries are a cause of material injury or threaten to materially injure domestic polyester textured yarn producers. The USITC is currently scheduled to announce its final determination on 30 November 2021.

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-Austrian Plastic Packaging Giant Invests in Kansas City Region

The new 23,000-square-meter manufacturing plant is a key element in Alpla Group’s expansion of injection molding capabilities.

Austria’s plastic packaging powerhouse Alpla Group has picked the Kansas City region for its new 23,000-square-meter manufacturing plant. It represents a key element in its commitment to the expansion of its injection molding capabilities, the company said in today’s announcement.

As one of the global leaders in packaging solutions, the site will enhance Alpla’s scope of innovation and help meet demand of recent business, the company said. The new addition at the Blue River Commerce Center in Kansas City, MO, will be its fourth site in Missouri and the first one dedicated to injection molding. Cutting-edge technologies will be applied to the production of innovative packaging systems, bottles, caps, and injection-molded parts for a range of industries. Led by Cushman & Wakefield, the project is slated to begin in late 2021, with a completion date in the fourth quarter of 2022. The plant is expected to create 75 jobs, as the company continues to invest in the city over the next several years.

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-Exterior airbag prevents head injuries

The airbag covers the rigid parts of the vehicle where the likelihood of fatal injury is the highest.

Automotive components and parts supplier Toyoda Gosei, headquartered in Kiyosu, Japan, has developed a pedestrian protection airbag that will protect the head of anyone hit hit by a vehicle.

Among traffic accidents in Japan, the highest mortality rate is seen in those involving pedestrians. The main cause of death in these accidents is head injury.

The pedestrian protection airbag covers the rigid parts of the vehicle, such as the front pillars, where the likelihood of fatal injury is the highest. The internal pressure is adjusted to the optimum level for each part of the vehicle covered, mitigating impacts to the head.

The new airbag will first be used on the Subaru Legacy Outback models for Japan which has just been launched.

Exterior airbag prevents head injuries

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Biodegradability Hydrogen Ethanol Plastic 29-10-2021

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-EU recycled 41% of plastic packaging waste in 2019

In 2019, each person living in the EU generated 34.4 kg of plastic packaging waste, out of which 14.1 kg was recycled.

This information comes from data on packaging waste published by Eurostat today.

Between 2009 and 2019, the volume of plastic packaging waste generated per inhabitant increased by 24% (+6.7 kg). The recycling volume of plastic packaging waste increased sharply over the same period, by 50% (+4.7 kg). Despite this improvement, the amount of plastic packaging that wasn’t recycled increased by 2.0 kg per inhabitant since 2009 due to the greater increase in the absolute value of plastic packaging waste generated.

In 2019, an estimated 41% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in the EU. Nine EU Member States recycled more than half of the plastic packaging waste generated: Lithuania (70%), Czechia (61%), Bulgaria (59%, 2018 data), the Netherlands (57%), Sweden and Slovakia (both 53%), Spain (52%), Cyprus (51%) and Slovenia (50%).

In contrast, less than one-third of plastic packaging waste was recycled in Malta (11%, 2018 data), France (27%), Ireland (28%), Austria (31%), Poland (32%) and Hungary (33%).

EU recycled 41% of plastic packaging waste in 2019

-Plastics have smaller environmental impact than alternatives, according to industry association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has published a report that analyzes scientific data on the environmental impacts of plastics and finds plastics to be more sustainable than alternative materials when life cycle assessments are taken into consideration. The report, authored by environmental scientist Kenneth Green and titled Plastics and Sustainability, further finds that eliminating plastics would be detrimental to ongoing sustainability efforts and that enhancing recycling systems is a practical solution.

“Too often we see groups criticize plastics using unscientific information. The report released today summarizes what data has indicated for years: plastic is lighter and more durable than alternatives, and it has a smaller environmental footprint,” said Tony Radoszewski, President & CEO of PLASTICS. “Switching to alternatives would not only harm an industry that employs almost a million Americans, but it would also harm our environment and our well-being.”  Biodegradability Hydrogen Ethanol Plastic

Plastics and Sustainability examined numerous life cycle assessments to determine differences in methodologies measuring the sustainability of different materials, including steel, aluminum, glass, and others. The report acknowledges that plastics’ sustainability can and should continue to improve over time.

“Assessing sustainability has to include plastic’s impacts on the physical environment as well as the climate, including the production of plastics from fossil fuels, and disposal of plastic waste into the environment. But we must take care in choosing alternatives,” said author Kenneth Green. “Comparison studies and common sense tell us that alternative materials will also produce environmental impacts, quite possibly worse than the plastics they replace.”

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-Lenzing AG / World-renowned marine research institute confirms biodegradability of LENZINGT fibers

Results of experiments conducted by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography provide further proof that LENZINGT fibers offer an effective substitute to

synthetic fibers. Lenzing/San Diego – The Lenzing Group, a world-leading provider of wood-based specialty fibers, has received further scientific proof of the biodegradability of its fibers. In a study published in October 2021[1], scientists from the prestigious academic research institute Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego confirmed that wood-based cellulosic fibers biodegrade in the ocean within a short period of time at the end of their life cycle, making them a better alternative to fossil-based fibers.

The research was the result of an independent project trying to understand the “end-of-life” scenarios for textiles and nonwovens discarded in the environment.

SIO has a global reputation for being one of the oldest, largest and most important marine research centers worldwide. In this study, SIO compared the degradation processes of nonwovens made from fossil-based synthetic materials such as polyester with those of cellulosic materials such as Lenzing’s wood-based lyocell, modal and viscose fibers in specific scenarios – under various real oceanic conditions and controlled aquaria conditions. The results of these experiments are striking: while wood-based cellulosic fibers fully biodegraded within 30 days, the fossil-based fibers tested were practically unchanged after more than 200 days.

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-Essity invests in green hydrogen tissue production pilot

Essity is set to launch a pilot project at its facility in Mainz-Kostheim, Germany, which will involve replacing natural gas with green hydrogen to enable allegedly CO2-free tissue production.

The Mainz-Kostheim site will test the extent to which green hydrogen represents a viable alternative to natural gas without compromising product quality in the tissue production process. This will involve an initial installation period and re-build of the facility’s paper machines. Biodegradability Hydrogen Ethanol Plastic

Following this, Essity says it intends to gradually add green hydrogen to its energy supply. The company has set the target of running the drying hood of the paper machine on 100% green hydrogen by autumn 2022.

So-called green hydrogen uses renewable energy to power the electrolysis of water and is viewed by some as an important solution for achieving carbon neutrality across various industries as its only by-product is oxygen. It is an alternative to grey hydrogen, which is produced using fossil fuels and can release greenhouses gases back into the atmosphere, and blue hydrogen, which captures and stores emissions, although there are still some challenges involved in scaling green hydrogen.

Essity’s initial investment in the pilot is approximately €4 million.

Magnus Groth, president and CEO of Essity, comments: “We will be the first in the world to use green hydrogen for tissue production.

Essity invests in green hydrogen tissue production pilot

-Novozymes launches new high-performance yeast for ethanol industry: Innova Quantum

Novozymes is introducing Innova Quantum, a new addition to its Innova yeast platform. The robust new yeast enables ethanol plants with longer fermentation times of more than 60 hours to realize higher ethanol yields and processing efficiencies than ever before. Most importantly, plants can achieve this industry-leading yield without trade-offs which put their operation at risk, Novozymes said.

Innova Quantum has significant robustness and works particularly well under differing processing conditions. This means that ethanol producers can maintain consistency in challenging conditions, maximize the fermentation process towards optimal starch conversion, and achieve the highest ethanol yields in the industry, Novozymes said.

Using a yeast bred to thrive through temperature excursions up to 98°F (37 °C), operators diminish downtime, increase plant efficiency and output in any season, and improve production. With Quantum’s exceptional lactic and acetic acid tolerance, plants can reduce the risk of slowing down or shut down due to fermenter loss, enabling plants and operational teams to power through infection events more easily.

Producers can increase ethanol yield by 2-3% with the new yeast, which for a 100MGY plant translates to an additional $1-2 million in revenue. Designed to operate in fermentations of more than 60 hours, Quantum with new strain development is capable of converting the most sugar to ethanol while significantly lowering fermentation by-products such as glycerol up to 40%—all without the trade-off and risk of robustness loss experienced with competing yeasts.

Quantum expands plant flexibility fermenting to more than 16% w/v ethanol concentrations, while eliminating the need for expensive nutritional supplements.

Within three years of Innova yeasts emergence on the market, nearly half of North American ethanol is produced using Innova yeasts, indicating how the platform fulfils a significant market need for groundbreaking bioinnovation that makes a real, tangible difference for producers.

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-Notpla is a biodegradable material designed “to make packaging disappear”

Sustainable startup Notpla has created an edible, biodegradable packaging made from seaweed and plants that was designed to replace plastic.

Notpla‘s eponymous packaging has been shortlisted for this year’s Dezeen Awards in the sustainable design categoryBiodegradability Hydrogen Ethanol Plastic

Its name is a shortening of “not plastic,” referring to the fact that while it looks plastic, the product is actually made from seaweed and plants.

Branding agency Superunion coined Notpla’s name name as well as a visual identity for the startup. This includes an animated logo that resembles a vessel filling up with water that is only visible when “filled” – as is the case with clear packaging.

“Notpla is a seaweed-based, sustainable packaging startup on a mission to make packaging as we know it disappear naturally,” Superunion senior creative director Mark Wood told Dezeen.

“Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the oceans. The world’s behaviours need to change when it comes to single-use plastic,” he explained.

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-Next-Generation Graphite for Thermoplastic and Composites Applications

NeoGraf’s new Graf-X graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) and graphene precursos (GP) extend the company’s range of next-generation graphite materials.

Two high-performance additives extend the range of next-generation graphite materials from developer and manufacturer of high-performance natural and synthetic graphite sheet and powder products NeoGraf Solutions.  Both new Graf-X graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) and graphene precursors (GP) reportedly enhance mechanical strength, electrical conductivity, and thermal properties of thermosets and thermoplastics such as PP, nylons, HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, EPS and XPS, PVC, and PET. These advanced additives can be used in a range of plastic applications including electrically conductive fillers for electrostatic discharge (ESD) plastics in automotive and aerospace electronics and heat resistance additives for underhood plastic components such as HVAC systems, water pump housings, and valve covers.

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-DyStar to exhibit at China Interdye 2021 in Shanghai

DyStar, a leading specialty chemical company, is exhibiting at the 21st China Interdye 2021 from November 17-19 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Shanghai. The largest global exhibition for the dye-chem industry will consist of technical seminars, conferences and events organised by exhibitors and relevant industry associations, respectively.

DyStar’s managers at Booth 3C011 in Hall 6.2 will discuss various sustainable solutions which we offer to the textile supply chain. “We will also be showcasing our latest product innovations for visitors from brands and retailers, manufacturers, and production houses to enhance their manufacturing process and improve end-product quality,” DyStar said in a press release. Biodegradability Hydrogen Ethanol Plastic

As the supply chain continues to be challenged by the global pandemic, manufacturers and producers around the world are constantly looking for essential sustainable solutions to help them on their journey of production. DyStar is determined to support the global chemical industry and its customers with invaluable insights and experience from our legacy of innovations.

DyStar to exhibit at China Interdye 2021 in Shanghai

-Plastic Omnium cuts costs as chip crunch hits sales

Supplier is sharpening focus on cost reduction and cash generation

Plastic Omnium reported on Wednesday a drop of more than 14 percent in its third-quarter sales as the supplier reduces costs to blunt the blow of customers’ cuts in output over component shortages.

The chip shortage has seen major automakers worldwide — still recovering from coronavirus disruptions — cut or even suspend their production, eating into demand for auto parts.

The French supplier which makes fuel systems, bumpers and tailgates for cars, reported sales of 1.79 billion euros ($2.08 billion), down from 2.10 billion a year ago.

“We are significantly sharpening our focus on cost reduction and cash generation,” CEO Laurent Favre said in a statement, citing an “exceptionally volatile market” due to the ongoing shortages in semiconductor chips.

Plastic Omnium cuts costs as chip crunch hits sales

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Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics 28-10-2021

Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics 28-10-2021

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-Italy’s Radici Group to showcase Sustainable Solutions at A + A2021

RadiciGroup is exhibiting the latest high resistance, lightweight and sustainable solutions at the A + A 2021 trade fair in Germany. This international show gave the Radici Group the opportunity to showcase the latest developments in industrial personal protective equipment (PPE) such as coveralls, gowns, caps, full hoods, shoe covers and boots.

Radici Group’s new product line is the result of a pandemic experience. We have turned our know-how into a new production line for sustainable personal protective equipment. These products are part of the new line Radipeople, a brand name that identifies the new protective workwear sold by the Radici Group. In a press release, Radici Group states that the final product is a traceable supply chain and special attention is paid to the selection of raw materials and the quality of the final product offered to the market.

“Radici Group’s efforts in the field of personal protective equipment began in March 2020, in the midst of a pandemic crisis in Bergamo, Italy, where we are based.” Maurizio Radici, Vice President of Radici Group, Said. “We have embarked on the use of diler spunbond as the main component for manufacturing protective gowns for medical professionals. Starting from scratch, in record speed, we are producing gowns. We have succeeded in establishing a chain of local manufacturers in. Today, with our established knowledge of material chemistry, backed by our extensive experience in the field of non-woven fabrics, we have turned our know-how and turned many industries. We are ready to switch to the production of protective garments suitable for environmental use. “

-Italy’s Radici Group to showcase Sustainable Solutions at A + A2021

-Sidel to showcase line solution and packaging innovations at CBST 2021

Sidel is among the companies showcasing its latest product offerings at the 10th China International Beverage Industry Exhibition on Science & Technology 2021, happening on November 16 to 18. The trade show, in Shanghai, gathers key players in the beverage industry. Participants will be able to check out Sidel’s complete line solution and packaging products that highlight sustainability and digitalisation.

PET bottles are among the top items from Sidel and are the most suitable product for closed loop bottle-to-bottle recycling. It has a forecasted CAGR of 3% between 2019 and 2024 (water and carbonated drinks segment) and are the more sustainable packaging option for drink packaging.

One of the products to be displayed is the FDA-approved Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™, which features a dry preform sterilisation technology. This is best for sensitive beverages like dairy, isotonics, tea and juices as it helps promote better food safety and flexibility. The Sidel EvoBLOW Aseptic will also be equipped with Predis™, set to be showcased during the event. Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics

Another innovation is Actis™, a bottle plasma coating technology that extends the shelf life of PET bottles up to 5 times the normal. Featuring lightweight properties, this is already applied in more than 5 million bottles across the beverage market.

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-Coke hits back at Johnson on plastics

Coca-Cola has rebutted an attack on its use of plastics by prime minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson’s comments came from the same session for school pupils in which he caused a furore by criticising plastics recycling as “a red herring”.

The prime minister at first drew back from singling out Coca-Cola but then named the company.

He said: “There are about 12 companies, big corporations, that produce the overwhelming bulk of the world’s plastics – famous drink companies you may know but I won’t name, but why not – Coca-Cola, for instance. It produces huge quantities of plastic and we have got to find other ways of packaging [as] it’s ending up in the eco-system.”

A Coca-Cola Company spokesperson said: “The world has a packaging problem. As the world’s biggest beverage company, we have a responsibility to help solve it.

“We believe circular recycling solutions are imperative in creating a path to keep plastic out of our natural environments for good.

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-Nestlé Waters Egypt launches country’s first water bottle made of 100% recycled plastics

Nestlé Pure Life has launched Egypt’s first water bottles made of 100% recycled plastics (rPET) in its 1.5 liters format as it continues its move towards more sustainable packaging.

The new bottles are made of high quality and food-grade recovered and reprocessed plastics known as rPET which stands for “Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate.” The innovation was first introduced and approved by the European Union as safe to use, ensuring quality and safety. Products produced by Nestlé Waters Egypt go through a rigorous 10-step quality process and bottles undergo more than one million quality tests per year.  Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics

Nestlé’s global commitment includes, investing a total of $2 billion to develop sustainable packaging solutions for food grade recycled plastic; in addition to its commitment to increase the usage of rPET in packaging materials by 50% worldwide by 2025.

The announcement came during a press conference held today which welcomed Mr. Moataz ElHout, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Egypt,  Dr. Rassem Dabbas, Business Executive Officer of Nestlé Waters Egypt, Mr. Ahmed Kamel Abdel Moneim, CEO and advisor to the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Dr. Walid Darwish, Advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry for environmental policies, Mr. Magdy Anis, General Manager at The St. Regis Cairo and Chairman of Marriott Egypt Business Council, alongside representatives from Nestlé Waters Egypt, Bekia and the National Food Safety Authority.

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-Eunomia: Key considerations for Integration of recycled content in plastic products

Eunomia Research & Consulting have carried out new research which has identified key considerations to verify recycled content claims in plastic products to inform actions in support of Canada’s target of achieving at least 50% recycled content in plastic products, where applicable, by 2030. This target aims to extend the life of materials, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and support the transition to a circular economy.

Currently, Canada generates approximately 3 million tonnes of plastic waste, of which 9% is recycled and represents a loss of approximately $8 billion in value to the Canadian economy. The remainder is discarded in landfills or leaks into the environment as plastic pollution, where it has caused harm to organisms and their habitats.

To address this, companies around the globe in various sectors across the economy are increasingly using recycled content and adopting voluntary recycled content targets for plastic products and packaging. As governments and industry consider actions to increase the use of recycled plastic, a critical element will be how to measure and verify recycled content in products.Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics

To support this approach, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada commissioned us to carry out a comparative assessment of existing and in-development North American and international standards and certification protocols for verifying recycled content in plastic products, following which the company identified needs for effective future certification programs.

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-Crypton To Introduce Crypton® CELLIANT®:
The First Woven Upholstery Fabric With CELLIANT Infrared Technology For Commercial And Residential Design


The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC and Nanotex LLC), industry leaders in high-performance fabrics for contract and residential interiors, has partnered with Hologenix®, LLC, whose CELLIANT® infrared technology is an ingredient in world-class brands across many categories. The two have collaborated to create a new textile innovation, Crypton® CELLIANT®, the first woven upholstery fabric with CELLIANT.

CELLIANT, ethically sourced minerals embedded into fibers, reflects natural body heat back to us as infrared energy. It has been clinically tested and proven to increase cellular oxygenation for improved energy, stronger performance, faster recovery, better sleep and overall enhanced wellbeing. With the tagline “easy care meets self-care,” the new Crypton CELLIANT fabric additionally offers Crypton’s legendary performance characteristics. These include moisture- resistance, stain-resistance, spill-repellence, odor-resistance and cleanability. Both Crypton’s contract fabrics and its Crypton Home lines will offer collections of this innovative blend of Crypton performance along with CELLIANT’s energy-enhancing properties, creating a new benchmark for performance fabrics in interior upholstery applications.

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-Berry Global sees exponential growth in recycled plastics volumes – CEO

The use of recycled plastics for food service and other offerings is poised for exceptional growth, with Berry Global helping to enable that demand, its CEO said on Tuesday.

Berry recently announced a collaboration with restaurant chain Wendy’s and LyondellBasell to supply recycled plastic clear cups with 20% recycled content to Wendy’s US and Canadian restaurants in early 2022. It will start with large cups, and by 2023 all drink cups will use recycled plastic.  Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics

“[Volumes] will grow exponentially. Wendy’s has a goal to translate this across their entire cup set and we wholly expect to be partnered with them to do just that,” said Tom Salmon, CEO of Berry Global, in an interview with ICIS.

In the first two years, volumes of chemically recycled polypropylene (PP) going into the cups will amount to around 10m lb (4,536 tonnes), which means a greater amount of waste plastics are being diverted from landfills, he noted.

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-Cementing BRICS together

The first two decades of the 21st century have witnessed tectonic transformations. Modern technology has resulted in an exponential growth in mutual awareness and empowerment of increasingly interdependent global citizens.

The Westphalian state system of the last 372 years is having to increasingly reckon with the unfolding specter of non-state actors such as transnational organizations (both governmental and non-governmental), multinational corporations and terrorist networks.

Moving beyond their historical preoccupation with enhancing the destructive capabilities of their armed forces, states now need to ensure the productivity and prosperity that constitute critical components of national power. National security is inclusive of development. Power is being replaced by influence. The conventional understanding of power-so-called hard power-is being supplemented by soft power, smart power and sharp power; all undergirded by human resources, technologies and financial leverage.

This has changed the global hierarchy, producing new clusters of power in international relations. For example, while the economic rise of the then West Germany and Japan in the 1970s-in the midst of the Cold War-did not make them great powers, the economic rise of China since the 1990s-coinciding with the collapse of the Soviet Union-has given Beijing enormous system-shaping leverages. This explains how emerging economies have come to be as celebrated as a new category of influencers in international decision-making processes and structures. Packaging Nonwoven Plastics Brics

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-Turkey’s Hayat Group announces 2nd phase investment in Vietnam factory

Turkey’s Hayat Group is set to launch the world’s fifth largest baby diaper brand named Molfix in the Vietnamese market. It recently announced the second phase of an investment in a Vietnamese factory to expand distribution of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), both across the nation and the region.

The Group had announced late last year its decision to invest $250 million to develop a factory in Vietnam’s Becamex-Binh Phuoc industrial and urban complex.

According to Cetin Murat, general director of Hayat Vietnam, the group has now completed the first phase of the project by setting up Hayat Vietnam Company with an investment of $100 million that can generate more than 500 jobs.

Murat was hopeful that the project will receive further support from southern Binh Phuoc province to expand the site in the second phase, according to Vietnamese media reports.

The Hayat factory in Vietnam is set to provide products to other potential markets throughout the Southeast Asian region. The total annual export value of Hayat Vietnam is estimated to be $50 million.

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Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen 27-10-2021

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-Lycra Teams Up With Swiss Firm on Sustainable Nylon Substitute

  • Specialty textile maker HeiQ invents new cellulose-based fiber
  • Scaling up presents biggest challenge to new technology

The Lycra Co. is teaming up with a Swiss textile company that discovered a way to create a cellulose-based fiber that can replace less sustainable synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon.

The yarn, dubbed AeoniQ, is made out of cellulose biopolymer, which can be sourced from a range of natural materials like algae, bacteria or coffee grounds, according to Carlo Centonze, chief executive officer of HeiQ Materials AG. Those resources don’t require fossil fuels and use just a fraction of water.

“It’s a double win: you can substitute polyester and nylon and have a climate-positive effect,” Centonze said in an interview.

The new material can be recycled repeatedly — an issue in the current clothing market, where less than 1% of clothes are recycled and the rest take up space in landfills. The main challenge for HeiQ will be reaching the size and scale needed to truly compete with synthetic rivals, which make up more than 60% of the global annual textile output of more than 100 million metric tons.

HeiQ is starting out small. In March, HeiQ said it will have an annual 100-ton capacity and it plans to license its technology to several factories around the world. Later it aims to build a $300 million site that can make 30,000 tons a year, with full capacity expected in 2024.

“We’ll still be a very, very small fish in the ocean,” Centonze said, adding the company will be looking for as many partners as possible.

The textile industry is one of the world’s most polluting sectors, contributing to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The production of one single T-shirt requires 2,700 liters (713 gallons) of water, which represents enough drinking water for one person for more than two years, according to a report by the European Parliament. Other issues linked to textiles include microfibers that are released through washing synthetics.

Lycra Teams Up With Swiss Firm on Sustainable Nylon Substitute

Lycra Teams Up With Swiss Firm on Sustainable Nylon Substitute MR. Carlo Centonze Source: HeiQ Materials AG

-SABIC announces world’s first bio-based, certified renewable high-performance amorphous polymer to support customer sustainability goals

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, launched today a new portfolio of bio-based ULTEM™ resins that offer sustainability benefits while delivering exactly the same high performance and processability as incumbent ULTEM materials. These breakthrough polyetherimide (PEI) materials are the first certified renewable high-performance, amorphous polymers available in the industry. Using a mass balance approach[1], for every 100 kg of ULTEM resin produced, SABIC replaces 25.5 kg of fossil-based feedstocks with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil from the wood industry. Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

This advanced offering is a drop-in material option for current ULTEM materials and can support customers’ sustainability goals for challenging applications in consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive, and other industries where high temperature, dimensional stability or demanding mechanical performance is required.

“Our new bio-based ULTEM resin platform offers customers a seamless way to integrate sustainability into their highly demanding applications,” said Scott Fisher, director, Business Management, ULTEM Resins and Additives, SABIC. “Because these products perform in the same way and maintain the same regulatory listings – such as UL94 and FDA food contact – as traditional ULTEM resins, adjustments to product designs and manufacturing processes are not required. Also, customers can be confident about the environmental benefits of these materials, which have earned the ISCC+ designation. This portfolio is another innovative milestone in SABIC’s strategy of circularity for our material solutions.”

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-Building circles in Scandinavia

At the 60th Dornbirn Global Fiber Conference (GFC), held virtually from September 15-17 this year, a range of new regenerated fibres coming out of Scandinavia in response to the new demands of the EU’s Waste Framework Directive, and to a lesser extent, the Single-Use Product Directive (SUPD) for single-use wipes and femcare products, were showcased.

Harald Cavalli-Björkmann, chief growth officer for Sweden’s Renewcell stressed that the four keys to achieving success for these new fibres are:

  • Radical impact reduction
  • Equal or superior quality
  • Parity in pricing
  • Massive scale

Renewcell is working with major brands including H&M, Inditex, Kering and Levi Strauss and plans to build a 60,000 ton capacity recycling plant in Sweden for the production of its Circulose fibre.

To make Circulose, discarded cotton textiles such as worn-out denim jeans are repurposed through a process akin to recycling paper, relying on a heavily-patented pulp production process. The incoming waste fabrics are broken down using water. The colour is then stripped from these materials, the slurry-like mixture is dried and the excess water extracted, leaving behind a sheet of Circulose. This sheet is then made into new viscose fibre.

Solutions now

Cavalli-Björkmann also observed that there is currently no recycling process available for turning used textiles back into textiles.

“Fashion needs solutions now,” he said. “The brands decide what gets made and put on the market and they are feeling the pressure, being consumer facing. They have posted ambitious sustainability goals and we are working in the supply chain to help them keep their promises.”  Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

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-German firms’ confidence keeps falling on supply chain woes

Supply problems continue to weigh on German corporates’ confidence and are hampering the recovery post-pandemic, the Ifo institute said on Monday.

“Sand in the wheels of the German economy is hampering the recovery,” said Ifo as its Business Climate index fell in October once again.

Capacity utilisation at industrial plants fell sharply in October, down 2.1 percentage points to 84.7%, as firms struggle to source materials on the back of supply bottlenecks.

Most economic sub-sectors posted falling rates of confidence among companies, and sentiment has “has clouded over” as the global supply chain woes are likely to take months to resolve  Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

The ifo Business Climate Index fell from 98.9 points in September to 97.7 points in October.

“Scepticism is increasingly evident in expectations. Companies’ assessments of their current situation are also less positive. Supply problems are giving businesses headaches. Capacity utilisation in manufacturing is falling,” said Ifo’s president Clemens Fuest.

“In manufacturing, the Business Climate Index fell once again. Companies are somewhat less satisfied with their current business. Expectations are also clouding further.”

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-Plastic Recycling: Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies partner on Advanced Recycling Project in the U.S.

Plastic Energy Ltd., Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC and TotalEnergies have announced a strategic partnership in the U.S. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-Systems plan to build an advanced recycling plant in Texas, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

The project will process and convert yearly 33,000 tons of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational by mid-2024 with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ Texas-based production units, enabling the creation of items such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers.

Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies are all firmly committed to developing plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste and to build a more circular and sustainable economy in the U.S. and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tons per annum at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in early 2023.

Plastic Recycling: Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies partner on Advanced Recycling Project in the U.S.

-Faurecia’s sales drop 10% on chips shortage

French supplier hit after automaker customers cut production targets

Faurecia posted a more than 10 percent drop in third-quarter sales on Tuesday, as its customers cut production due to a global shortage of semiconductor chips.

The French supplier, which supplies car seats, dashboards and fuel systems to automakers, reported sales of 3.43 billion euros ($3.99 billion), compared to 3.82 billion euros in the same period of 2020.  Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

“Market conditions remained tough in the past quarter, impacted by adverse supply chain conditions, primarily semiconductors,” CEO Patrick Koller said in a statement.

However, Faurecia said it outperformed worldwide automotive production, citing October forecasts from information provider IHS Markit that showed a more than 19 percent decline in global output.

Automakers such as Renault, Volkswagen and Stellantis — some of Faurecia’s biggest customers — have cut production targets due to the shortage, slowing demand for parts.

The supply chain issues have slowed automakers’ efforts to recover from last year’s coronavirus lockdowns and shift toward making electric vehicles.

In a call with analysts, finance chief Michel Favre said the company was asking for compensation when customers “brutally” cancelled orders with less than a day’s notice. He didn’t say what the response had been.

Faurecia's sales drop 10% on chips shortage

-Vibrant Translucent Colorants for PET and Clarified PP

Ampacet’s Hot Glow collection of four translucent colorants draw attention to consumer packaging and products

A collection of four vibrant, translucent colorants for products and packaging made of PET and clarified PP that command visual attention  has been launched by Ampacet. The Hot Glow Collection’s visual energy reportedly supports the messaging for products with high-alcohol-content applications such as sanitizers, alcohol-infused energy drinks and spirits. Both FDA-approved and non-FDA versions are available in four exciting colors: Fueled Yellow, Orange Oxygen, Green Energy and Red Glow.

Said Ampacet director of global insight and innovation Linda Carroll, “The fiery energy and movement of the Hot Glow Collection bring an arresting dynamism to consumer packaging and products.”

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-Berghof Testing develops testing for seat safety and comfort functions

Modern vehicle seats feature a multitude of functions, some linked to active vehicle safety systems, which require the use of seat occupancy mats, so-called ‘passive occupant detection systems’ (PODS).

Depending on what weight (an adult, child, shopping bag, or nothing at all) is currently on the seat cushion of the front passenger seat, the PODS sensor activates systems such as the seat belt tensioner and controls the activation of the front passenger airbag in the event of an accident. Automotive Recycling Nylon Hydrogen

The seat occupancy mat consists of a gel-filled cushion, pressure sensors and an electronic control unit. The fact that the car seat has thus become an important and safety-relevant factor in the vehicle presents manufacturers with numerous challenges. Occupancy mats must be calibrated and tested, which is why German specialist Berghof Testing has developed its Seat Function Tester (SFT) and the Force Application Machine (FAM).

According to the company, the FAM helps manufacturers ensure that only functioning and properly calibrated seats will leave their plants. By applying various forces and using control unit communication, it quickly and precisely performs mechanical end-of-line function testing and calibration of the seats without compressed air needed – and in doing so it is a reliable tool of quality assurance of vehicle seats and occupancy mats.

Berghof Testing develops testing for seat safety and comfort functions

-Sunfire secures Landmark investment to accelerate growth of its Green Hydrogen technologies

Sunfire, a global leader in the development and production of industrial electrolyzers, has secured €109 million ($125 million) of new funding in its Series D round from a consortium of investors led by Lightrock and Planet First Partners, and including Carbon Direct Capital Management, HydrogenOne Capital, and existing shareholders. The new investment will further strengthen Sunfire’s leading position in the rapidly growing market for green hydrogen technologies.

“Today’s announcement marks the largest equity raise of a green-hydrogen-focused private company anywhere to date.1) These new funds will allow Sunfire to bring its advanced pressurized alkaline and game-changing solid oxide (SOEC) electrolysis technologies to industrial scale, building the first in a series of production gigafactories, creating both meaningful electrolysis capacity for our customers and attractive returns for our investors.” Nils Aldag, Co-Founder and CEO of Sunfire, said.

Aldag continued: “Our electrolysis technologies are critical for increasing green hydrogen supply that is needed to decarbonize industrial companies at significant scale. Europe is emerging as a global leader in the hydrogen sector, and Sunfire plans to be a frontrunner by providing world-class technology at scale. We will be hiring a large number of additional talented people across all functional areas to fulfil our promise.”

Sunfire has recently announced plans to scale its alkaline electrolysis business, building a large-scale electrolyzer production site in Germany with an annual manufacturing capacity of 500 MW by 2023 – with a further extension to gigawatt-scale already in planning.

Simultaneously, Sunfire will drive the development of its game-changing solid oxide (SOEC) electrolyzers. SOEC technology is set to change the scale of hydrogen production through both greater efficiency and its unique capability of producing ‘syngas’. Syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, can be converted into everything currently produced from fossil crude oil, such as jet fuel, diesel or waxes, but without the harmful emissions that come from using fossil fuel feedstocks.

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-Indorama Ventures presents sustainable fibre solutions

Six brands uniquely positioned to meet the challenging market demand for sustainable solutions within the hygiene sector.

The Indorama Ventures (IVL) Hygiene Fibers Group presented an extensive range of recycled and biodegradable fibre solutions for nonwovens at last week’s INDEX show (October 19-22) in Geneva.

The combination of polymers, technologies, processes and global reach supported by the group – one of three business segments that make up IVL – uniquely positions it to meet the challenging market demand for sustainable solutions within the hygiene sector.

Across the six brands and companies that make up Hygiene Fibers Group – Auriga, Avgol, FiberVisions, Indorama Asia, Trevira and Wellman International – sustainability and supporting customers to achieve circular objectives is now paramount.

At INDEX, the group launched CiCLO, a textile technology which enables polyester and other synthetic materials to biodegrade like natural materials do in wastewater treatment plant sludge, sea water and landfill conditions, reducing synthetic microfibre pollution generated during washing, and minimising plastic accumulation in landfills caused by discarded textiles.

Aurifa, Trevira and Wellman have been working closely with the CiCLO technology over the past 12 months, with a focus on sustainable PET and rPET staple fibre and filament solutions in areas where recycling is particularly challenging, such as hygiene, home textiles and automotive applications.

Trevira also introduced a new range of bicomponent fibres based on PLA and PBS (polybutylene succinate). Both biopolymers offer an exceptional technological opportunity in terms of environmental care and sustainability, while delivering optimum performance. Like PLA, PBS is recyclable and up to 100% biodegradable under industrial conditions.

Indorama Ventures presents sustainable fibre solutions

-Fitesa to install new Reicofil 5 in Europe

Investment will contribute to changing the sustainability profile of the spunmelt nonwovens industry.

At last week’s INDEX nonwovens show in Geneva (October 19-22), Fitesa announced that it will install a new multibeam Reicofil 5 spunmelt line in Europe, with start-up planned for the second quarter of 2023.

The new machine will be installed at one of Fitesa’s current facilities in the region and will be equipped to produce full high loft and standard spunmelt products, using a variety of sustainable raw materials including bioPE and PLA.

“This line will be a state-of-the art machine capable of serving the growing demand for sustainable spunmelt products,”, said Michael Baumgartner, Fitesa’s senior vice-president for Europe and China. “Once the machine is online, we will ramp up production from our pilot lines which significantly increases our ability to supply the market with softer products and increased circular and green content produced locally in Europe.”

“This investment will contribute to changing the sustainability profile of the spunmelt nonwovens industry,” added Fernanda Gastal, Fitesa’s vice-president of procurement and marketing. “It is one of three areas where we believe we can make a significant impact – innovative technology offering, environmentally friendly raw materials and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in our operations”. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Fitesa has been producing nonwovens from biobased polymers since the early 2010s, including 100% biobased spunbond materials.

Fitesa to install new Reicofil 5 in Europe

-Switzerland Retail Company Producing PET Bottles Made from Recycled Carbon

The company used technology developed by LanzaTech in Chicago.

LanzaTech announced that Switzerland’s largest retail company, Migros, is producing the world’s first PET bottle made from captured carbon emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2. The bottles contain up to 30% PET obtained from CO2 (with Mass Balance), replacing virgin PET. LanzaTech has created a platform that converts waste carbon into new everyday products.

In 2020, Migros, and its subsidiary, Mibelle Group, launched a range of liquid cleaning products containing LanzaTech CarbonSmart Ethanol as part of Migros Plus Oeco Power and Potz cleaning ranges. These products can be bought in Migros supermarkets in Switzerland. Today sees wider product ranges embracing recycled carbon, this time with packaging. Bottles for smoothies, juices, and household cleaner will be housed in bottled made from PET produced from CO2. Bottles for mouth wash and liquid soaps will be added to the range later. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

The CarbonSmart Ethanol is produced from recycled carbon emissions from the production of steel. This approach produces packaging that meets food and pharmaceutical specifications and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps fossil resources in the ground, protects biodiversity, and does not require land or food resources.

-Breathing new life into aramid fibres

Rejuvenation technology transforming post-industrial textile waste into sustainable circular fibres at the A+A Congress. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Teijin Aramid will highlight its new circularity collaboration with Purfi at the International A+A Congress from October 26-29 in Düsseldorf, Germany, in addition to showcasing its high-performance aramid solutions for protective materials, such as Teijinconex.

Purfi – a joint venture of Concordia Textiles and Purfi Global based in Waragem, Belgium – has developed a fibre rejuvenation technology which focuses on the strategic categorisation and classification of textile fabric waste, and the subsequent processing of these materials using patented and trade secret protected machinery and process techniques. The company distinguishes itself from traditional recycling which in most cases typically uses aggressive mechanical tearing, resulting in mostly downcycled end-products, or caustic chemicals and high resource costs, which produce an expensive end-product.

Purfi says it rejuvenation technology transforms post-industrial textile waste into truly sustainable circular fibres while maintaining an extremely low carbon footprint. It can also track raw materials from their origin at the manufacturer to the final product at the Purfi rejuvenation facility. Its collaboration with Teijin Aramid is based on a technology that regenerates pre and post-consumer aramid-based materials used in protective textiles to fibre level to an extremely high standard. The aim is for the rejuvenated fibres to be reused by Teijin Aramid and its value chain partners in the production of aramid-based protective textiles.

Breathing new life into aramid fibres

-£6.1m injection will see up to 50,000 tonnes of packaging waste recycled into construction products

Thanks to an injection of £6.1 million, including the help of PRN funding, the UK’s largest producer of damp-proof membranes is increasing its capacity for recycling ethylene-based plastics by 66 per cent.

Mercers, which is based in Bolton, transforms plastic packaging waste, such as HDPE and LDPE, into 100 per cent recycled damp-proof membrane. The new, high-tech equipment will allow it to recycle up to 50,000 tonnes of plastics each year, making sure that UK waste is dealt with responsibly in the UK.

Ben Richardson, procurement director at compliance scheme Valpak, a Reconomy Group company, which worked with Mercers to secure the funding through a long-term contract to supply PRNs, said: “This is exactly the kind of investment we need to ensure that UK packaging waste is securely recycled on these shores. As a manufacturer, as well as a recycling business, Mercers offers additional circularity by guaranteeing a market for the material recycled.

“Across the industry, we are seeing greater demand for UK-produced PRNs, while upcoming legislation, such as the Plastic Packaging Tax, is driving demand for recycled material. At Valpak, 65 per cent of our PRNs are sourced from UK reprocessors – compared with a UK market average of 48 per cent – and we support UK recycling wherever possible.”

Managing director at Mercers, Doug Mercer, said: “We see stories in the news about UK packaging waste being dumped in the Far East. This investment will help to make sure that UK waste packaging stays in the UK, where it can be properly recycled. The new machines are also more carbon-friendly. They provide a 30 per cent saving on the energy needed for recycling.”

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-Spain’s Fertiberia plans €1bn ammonia plant in Sweden

Fertiberia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Swedish regional government to build a €1.0bn green ammonia plant, the Spanish fertilizers producer said this week. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Total capital expenditure (capex) would stand at “over €1bn”, the company said.

The plant will be built in Lulea-Boden, in Norrbotten, Sweden’s northernmost county.

Fertiberia said it expects it to be operational by 2026.

Ammonia production would be 1,500 tonnes/day, Fertiberia said.

Considering ammonia plants normally undergo a one-month maintenance period every year, production capacity could come up to nearly 500,000 tonnes/year.

The plant will use electrolysis to use water and air as raw materials; the plant’s operations would be powered with wind and hydroelectric energy.

The project has been named ‘Green Wolverine’ and would employ 500 people once it is fully operational, the producer said.

The company said it had chosen the Norbotten county due to its “exceptional conditions” in energy production – according to Fertiberia, 100% of the county’s energy is provided by renewable sources.

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-C-P Flexible Packaging acquires Preferred Packaging

The deal expands C-P’s offerings in the meal solutions markets.

In a deal aimed at expanding its reach in the refrigerated and frozen prepared meal packaging systems markets, C-P Flexible Packaging (C-P) has acquired Sycamore Sales Inc., which is also known as Preferred Packaging.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Preferred Packaging is a manufacturer of multilayer flexible films, thermoformed containers and a supplier of tray sealing equipment for meal solution providers and school systems. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

C-P is a long-standing portfolio company of First Atlantic Capital, a New York based private equity firm.

“Preferred Packaging brings a variety of manufacturing capabilities including flexographic printing, laminating, slitting, mechanical macro perforating and micro laser perforating as well as thermoforming,” C-P officials said in an Oct. 21 news release. “Primary markets are prepared meals, value-added produce and processed meats. The company distributes nationally through a network of salespeople and independent sales representatives.”

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-ENVIRONMENT Plastic pollution on course to double by 2030

Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment released on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The report highlights dire consequences for health, the economy, biodiversity and the climate. It also says a drastic reduction in unnecessary, avoidable and problematic plastic, is crucial to addressing the global pollution crisis overall.

To help reduce plastic waste at the needed scale, it proposes an accelerated transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, the removal of subsidies and a shift towards more circular approaches towards reduction. Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

Titled From Pollution to Solution: a global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution, the report shows that there is a growing threat, across all ecosystems, from source to sea.

Solutions to hand

But it also shows that there is the know-how to reverse the mounting crisis, provided the political will is there, and urgent action is taken.

The document is being released 10 days ahead of the start of the crucial UN Climate Conference, COP26, stressing that plastics are a climate problem as well.

For example, in 2015, greenhouse gas emissions from plastics were 1.7 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent; by 2050, they’re projected to increase to approximately 6.5 gigatonnes. That number represents 15 per cent of the whole global carbon budget – the​​ amount of greenhouse gas that can be emitted, while still keeping warming within the Paris Agreement goals.

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-More overseas PET bottle chip plants cut back output and China PET USD-RMB price spread keeps widening

Due to the sharp rise in energy costs, more PET bottle chip plants in the European Union cut back output or shut down. In the fourth quarter, it is estimated that the bottle chip capacity shut down will reach 1.46 million tons, accounting for about 40% of the local total. Among them, Indorama plants based in Spain, Poland and the Netherlands all plan to turnaround in the fourth quarter, mainly from mid-late October to December, while Germany Equipolymers plans to turnaround in the first half of November. Local quote for PET bottle chip is reported to have risen to around 1400 euros per ton, equivalent to about $1630/mt.  Fibre Aramid Flexible Packaging 

In addition, Indorama Brazil 550kt/year PET bottle chip line announced force majeure near mid-August due to a fire, and has been shut ever since. At present, Lotte Chemical’s PET bottle chip units in South Korea are all closed, of which NO. 2 and 3 lines have been stopped for maintenance near the end of September and are expected to restart at the end of October; Line 1 is scheduled to restart around mid-November. TK Chemical’s 300kt/year PET bottle chip plant plans stop for maintenance in November. According to above statistics, the total capacity closure of overseas PET bottle chip plants is at 2.81 million tons, accounting for about 8% of the global total capacity. It is not ruled out that the output cutback or shutdown will continue to increase in the future if the energy crisis continuously deteriorates.

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ITEM 18/10/2021 25/10/2021 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton -150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,170 $/ton 1,180 $/ton- +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,375 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton -225
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton -150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,460 yuan/ton 5,360 yuan/ton -100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
PET Bottle Polyester DTY
760 $/ton 760 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 7,280 yuan/ton 6,310 yuan/ton -970
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 950 $/ton 825 $/ton- -125
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 968 $/ton 940 $/ton -28
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 948 $/ton 920 $/ton -28
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

PET Bottle Polyester DTY

974 $/ton 969 $/ton -5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton
+50
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,450 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 10,650 yuan/ton 10,800 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
PET Bottle Polyester DTY
9,100 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 7,970 yuan/ton -380
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 16,400 yuan/ton 15,850 yuan/ton
-550
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,100 $/ton 2,160 $/ton +60
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,375 $/ton 2,430 $/ton +55
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 17,450 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 17,250 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 40,300 yuan/ton 40,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

PET Bottle Polyester DTY

19,450 yuan/ton 19,450 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 21,950 yuan/ton 22,050 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  20,750 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 101,500 yuan/ton 101,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 89,000 yuan/ton 89,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 77,500 yuan/ton 77,500 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 13,200 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 8,450 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton -300
Benzene overseas  market 1,012 $/ton 993 $/ton -19
Ethylene South 1,080 $/ton860 1,115 $/ton +35
Ethylene NWE  market 1,147 $/ton 1,167 $/ton +20
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 2,200 $/ton 2,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 20,800 yuan/ton 20,800 yuan/ton-
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton +200
PP Powder domestic Petrochemicals PET Bottle Grade
10,550 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -750
Naphtha overseas market  784 $/ton 786 $/ton
+2
Phenol domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton -200

PET Bottle Polyester DTY

 

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-Decision on resuming US Texas PET construction expected in coming months

Alpek and its partners in a joint venture expect to make a decision on resuming construction at their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) project in Texas in the next two to three months, the Mexican polyester producer said during its Q3 earnings call.

Alpek is developing the project, in Corpus Christi, with Indorama Ventures and Far Eastern New Century. All three hold equal stakes in the joint venture, called Corpus Christi Polymers (CCP).

The project will produce PET and feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

The partners are all quite eager to move ahead with the project, Alpek said.

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-International trade fair for material and energy – Closed-loop at Ecomondo Italy

ProFood will illustrate in Rimini some projects for the closed-circuit recycling of PET and expanded polystyrene trays.

Profood V-petProFood, a group of food packaging manufacturers within Unionplast, will be present at Ecomondo (Rimini, 26-29 October 2021) with some closed-circuit packaging recycling projects, under the banner of the slogan “Circular economy: packaging is serious “.

The first, V-PET – From tray to tray, concerns the production of trays for fruit and vegetables in PET using the same material recycled from trays as raw material, with the involvement of the entire supply chain: Conai, Corepla, sorters, recyclers, producers of trays and large retailers. By the end of this year, the industrial validation will be completed and commercial testing will begin at the points of sale of a well-known large-scale retail brand.  r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

Remaining in this area, in April the results of the Recircola project were presented, carried out by the University of Bologna with the involvement of a pool of companies from Emilia Romagna. The study demonstrated the technical, economic and social sustainability of a business model based on the use of a single-material PET packaging, on traceability through RFID and on the incentive return, by consumers, for a subsequent recycling of same trays in closed-loop.

coopbox rXPS The second project that will be illustrated by ProFood in Rimini is r-XPS – Tray to Tray, for the development of the first extruded polystyrene foam tray produced with up to 50% post-consumer recycled material, placed in the internal layer not contact with food (read article).

The functional barrier applied to the new tray was subjected to a validation process that involved all project participants: ProFood, Versalis and Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV).

International trade fair for material and energy - Closed-loop at Ecomondo Italy

-Global supply chains are overloaded, not disrupted

The first step toward understanding “the great supply chain disruption of 2021” is to recognize that the phrase itself is not quite accurate. Supply chains are not disrupted so much as overloaded, and the effects are more national than global.

This understanding has implications not only for US consumers, but also for the US Federal Reserve. It means that inflation is transitory and is unlikely to spread to the rest of the developed world. So the Fed and other banks should not raise interest rates in the near future — and consumers need not worry that products such as Chinese-made toys will always be so expensive.  r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

To be sure, there have been some specific COVID-19-related supply chain disruptions that have led to narrow inflation. However, for the most part, inflation is being driven by rising energy and transportation costs.

Container shipping rates, for instance, were more than five times higher last month than they were in September last year. Making matters worse, overall congestion rates, especially at US ports, were as high as 80 percent, meaning there were four times as many ships waiting for a berth as were docked at any one time.

That congestion is primarily a product of dramatically higher volume. US retail sales soared in March and today stand roughly 20 percent higher than they were in December 2019.

Global supply chains are overloaded, not disrupted

-US intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies

U.S. officials issued new warnings Friday about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and other essential sectors in America.

The warnings include a renewed effort to inform business executives, academics and local and state government officials about the risks of accepting Chinese investment or expertise in key industries, officials at the National Counterintelligence and Security Center said. While the center does not intend to tell officials to reject Chinese investment, it will encourage efforts to control intellectual property and implement security measures.

National security agencies under President Joe Biden’s administration are making an aggressive public push against China, which some officials have called the greatest strategic threat to the United States. The Biden administration has simultaneously tried to ease some tensions with Beijing dating to the Trump administration and seek common ground on trade and climate change.

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-GESL and ADNAS deploy CertainT platform for rPET production in India

Leaders in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) -based DNA production and nucleic acid-based technology are Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd. (GESL), India’s largest producer of recycled polyester (rPET) fibers, and the first rPET at the GESL facility. Pilot production.

With three production facilities in North India, GESL has more than 300 customers, more than 250 suppliers and more than 500 product variations. The company manufactures a wide range of solid and hollow conjugated white, black and dope dye colors suitable for yarn spinning, non-woven and fiber filling applications.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ganesha will deploy the CertainT platform, a traceability system for Applied DNA, tag the initial pilot production of rPET at Ganesha’s facility in India, and confirm sample testing at Applied DNA laboratories in India and the United States. Will be carried out. The two companies provide brands and textile manufacturers with reliable solutions to support rPET’s sustainability goals and ensure raw material reliability at all stages of the textile value chain.

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (ADNAS). Leaders in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) -based DNA production and nucleic acid-based technology are Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd. (GESL), India’s largest producer of recycled polyester (rPET) fibers, and the first rPET at the GESL facility. Pilot production. r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

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-Chemical recyclers exploring other feedstocks

Increased use of partially sorted 90% mixed polyolefin bales by the mechanical recycling sector is pushing pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers towards other feedstocks to avoid competing with the mechanical recycling chain.

Pyrolysis-based chemical recyclers are increasingly investigating the use of PVC-screened reject bales, which currently predominantly serve the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) market, to avoid direct competition with the mechanical recycling sector.

Although there is an absence of comparable life cycle assessments (LCAs) that can show the environmental impact of chemical recycling compared with mechanical recycling, virgin production and alternatives, it is broadly agreed that mechanical recycling has a lower environmental impact than chemical recycling.

Because of this, many chemical recyclers aim to avoid material that can be efficiently used in mechanical recycling to ensure that the processes are complimentary.

In 2021, mechanical recyclers have been increasingly using mixed polyolefin bales – typically with a minimum 90% polyolefin content – because of a shortage of sorted monomaterial polyolefin bales,. These are the same mixed-plastic waste bales that chemical recyclers have, until now, predominantly been sourcing.

-Chemical recyclers exploring other feedstocks

-Axion Polymers: Demand for quality recycled polymer at record levels

Demand for quality recycled polymers is at record levels due to increased demand from a wide variety of industry and manufacturing sectors, according to Manchester-based plastics recycler Axion Polymers.

Speaking after exhibiting at the 2021 Interplas Show, Mark Keenan, Business Development Manager, said: “There is a real shortage in the market for quality recycled material that we are seeing day in, day out. We get asked for supply more than ever before. There was significant interest from visitors considering switching to recycled material and people were particularly interested in our secure infeed supply given the current material supply shortages.”  r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

Axion Polymers showcased its range of locally sourced and produced Axpoly recycled PP and ABS polymers grades at the show, which Mark says was ‘a great success, a very positive experience for us as a business and for the industry as a whole’.

With the automotive and electronic industries making commitments to future use of recycled material, Axion Polymers believes this will only increase demand for sustainable solutions for all types of manufacturers.

Amid reported shortages of virgin material supply, Axion Polymers’ grades from its advanced re-processing plants offer a reliable, alternative recycled content as good as virgin in performance. Axion produces its range of high-quality Axpoly PP and ABS engineering grades to ISO 9001 quality standards.

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-BASF Announces Price Increase on Caprolactam & Polyamide 6

BASF Announces Price Increase on Caprolactam & Polyamide 6

Effective November 1, or as contracts allow, BASF will increase prices for caprolactam and polyamide 6 (PA6) polymer by $0.05 per pound, and polyamide copolymer by $0.15 per pound in North America. r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

Both are key ingredients in nylon carpet fiber.

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

BASF Announces Price Increase on Caprolactam & Polyamide 6

-PPRC 2021: Panelists express concern that rPET supplies are insufficient to meet recycled-content mandates

The panelists say recycled-content mandates might increase pricing for bottle bales and rPET given the low recycling rate associated with the material.

Panelists during the 2021 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Webinar Series expressed concern about what recycled-content mandates might mean for the economics of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) given the low recycling rate associated with the material. r-PET Recycling Polymer Technologies

John Cook, director of sustainability at Niagara Bottling, headquartered in Ontario, California, said rPET pricing traditionally has been linked with virgin PET pricing, though recycled-content mandates are leading to a decoupling of the two materials.

California and Washington have recycled-content mandates, with the first phase of California’s mandate, requiring 15 percent recycled content in plastic beverage containers, going into effect in 2022. By 2030, the mandate will increase to 30 percent recycled content. Beverage bottles sold in Washington will need to include 15 percent recycled content by Jan. 1, 2023, increasing to 50 percent by Jan. 1, 2031.

He noted that mandates outside the U.S. also have driven the decoupling of rPET and virgin PET pricing. “We may see PET bales leaving the U.S. because of that,” Cook said, referring to mandates outside of this country.

PPRC 2021: Panelists express concern that rPET supplies are insufficient to meet recycled-content mandates

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