President Donald Trump has seized on Democratic competitor Joe Biden’s remark that he wants the US to “transition” from oil to renewables, as the incumbent president tries to bolster support in energy-producing battleground states such as Pennsylvania.
Biden during the final presidential debate last night reiterated that he would not ban the use of hydraulic fracturing, the well stimulation technique now used on the vast majority of onshore wells in the US. But he also endorsed a seemingly more antagonistic position against the oil industry, which Biden said needs to be replaced over time by renewable energy. Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
“I have a transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said. “Because the oil industry pollutes, significantly.”
Boycotting polyester would reduce microfiber pollution. But the larger problem is the sheer volume of clothing we buy and discard Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
Last week, an exclusive Guardian report revealed that a mind-boggling 13.3 quadrillion microfibers (infinitesimal strands of fabric) were released into the California environment in 2019.
All fabrics release microfibers, whether they are organic, like hemp and wool, or synthetic, like polyester and acrylic. Since their discovery in 2011 by ecologist Mark Browne, much of the conversation surrounding microfibers has focused on synthetic fibers in particular. That’s because, as a product of the petrochemical industry, synthetic fabric is essentially plastic, making the microfibers it releases a form of microplastic pollution. As the California study suggests, plastic microfibers are a disturbingly abundant foreign substance in the Earth’s ecosystem – they make up 90% of the microplastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, and are easily ingested by the tiny fish and plankton that support the entire marine ecosystem.
Emerson has introduced new heat staking technology designed to give manufacturers greater design freedom by enabling them to join more complex, delicate and sensitive components to plastic mouldings. Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
Using a unique pulse staking technology that optimises the heat staking process, the Branson GPX platform produces high-quality joins, superior product aesthetics and energy savings in increasingly challenging applications.
Electronics, automotive and medical device manufacturers must produce more creative designs to meet rapidly changing market demand. This has led to an increase in challenging heat staking applications involving parts with more complex 3D geometries, closely aligned features and fragile or heat-sensitive components, such as soldered components or sensors, and using a greater number of blended, glass- reinforced, chromed and metallicized plastics.
Asian petrochemicals markets are on a roll this week, with demand rising and exceeding supply, as China’s economy continues to improve post-holidays (1-8 October) after staging the fastest recovery from Covid-19 as compared to other major economies.
Reflecting a stronger Chinese economy, the central bank kept its benchmark lending rate stable for the sixth straight month; the one-year loan prime rate (LPR) and the five-year LPR remained at 3.85% and 4.65%, respectively. Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
China’s industrial outputs increased by 6.9% on year in September, faster from 5.6% in August, based on data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics (MEP) has announced a new polyacetal (POM) product family, the low-odor and low-residue Iupital 05 Polyacetal Series.
Traditional industrial polyacetal offerings can give off undesired gaseous formaldehyde products during processing, which hampers their adoption in low-emission driven industries, including automotive applications. Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
MEP states that the formulation of the Iupital product line helps to significantly reduce the production of formaldehyde while maintaining good chemical, thermal, electrical and mechanical properties with exceptional wear resistance.
By optimizing manufacturing technology through proprietary R&D efforts, the MEP engineering team says it has succeeded in reducing the amount of formaldehyde typically generated by about 50%.
Five water boards, STOWA knowledge center, technology company Paques and sustainable waste and energy company HVC have signed an agreement to build a larger scale production unit in Dordrecht for the production of PHBV, a fully biodegradable and sustainable bioplastic. PHBV is made from organic waste streams such as sewage sludge, industrial wastewater and food waste. With this larger scale production unit, the cooperation partners want to build a bridge to the commercial production of PHBV.
In 2016, the five water boards – Brabantse Delta, De Dommel, Hollandse Delta, Scheldestromen and Wetterskip Fryslân – made the bioplastic PHBV in the pilot project “PHARIO” (PHA from RIOolwater) with the help of bacteria that purify wastewater. PHBV is a high quality natural polyester. Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
It is completely biodegradable under natural conditions in soil and composting plants as well as in fresh and salt water.
Bioplastics contain substances that are just as toxic as ordinary plasticsBioplastics contain substances that are just as toxic as ordinary plastics
Conventional plastic is made from oil. Plastic production is unsustainable and may contain substances that we know are dangerous if ingested.
In recent years, bioplastics have come onto the market as an alternative to conventional plastic. Bioplastics have some obvious advantages: they are usually made from recycled materials or plant-based cellulose, they can be biodegradable – or both.
However, a new study shows that it is not non-toxic.
Bioplastics are just as toxic as other plastics, according to a recently published article Environment International. Petrochemical Hydrogen Flakes Automotive
Austrian plastic packaging and recycling specialist Alpla Group has unveiled what it says is the world’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET. It switched its PET recycling plants in Wöllersdorf, Austria, and Radomsko, Poland, to a mix of electricity from renewable sources in order to produce carbon-neutral rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate).
“This step has already had a big impact on the carbon footprint of our food-grade regranulate – according to the calculations, emissions are cut by up to 90% compared with virgin material,” explains Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at Alpla.
The company is now offering its customers carbon-neutral rPET based on the purchase of certificates. The remaining, unavoidable emissions relating, for example, to delivery of the input material to the plants, are then offset with carbon certificates.
Hurricane-hit US production driving up S Asia prices
Festive season supporting domestic demand
Markets will take time to rebalance: sources
New Delhi — Prices of film-grade high density polyethylene in South Asia hit their highest level in 15 months at $995/mt CFR on Oct. 21, as buyers scouted for cargoes in an increasingly tight spot market, S&P Global Platts data showed.
Register Now The bull run in the market is supported by strong demand during India’s festive season, and supply tightness, largely driven by reduced availability from the US Gulf Coast, where production and sales have been disrupted following the September landfall of Hurricane Laura. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
“For HPDE film, buying interest is there but there is hardly any material available. People are trying to scout around for international offers. New offers will come by month-end with firm indications,” one of the local sources from India said Wednesday.
Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) and Anglo-Dutch multinational oil/gas company Shell are jointly studying the feasibility of chemically recycling plastic waste in Singapore. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
The study will look into waste segregation facilities and plastic pyrolysis plants to recycle Singapore’s plastic waste. Pyrolysis is a chemical process to convert plastic waste into higher-value products such as pyrolysis oil, which can be upgraded as feedstock to manufacture plastics and chemicals.
“Chemical recycling will enable the recycling of contaminated plastics that are recovered from our general waste. This feasibility study is part of NEA’s efforts to develop our local plastic recycling capabilities, improve our plastic recycling rates and enhance the resilience of our overall waste management infrastructure.
Europe styrene spot prices have risen since the start of the month, on higher prices in Asia where demand has jumped after China prices surged after the National Day Golden Week holiday.
Europe spot prices rose by around 14% in the past few weeks, with current month spot prices averaging at around $700/tonne or more – a level that was temporarily reached in mid-July, before falling again. Prior to that, prices were well below that level after the slump in March.
The hike in Europe prices is almost entirely because of the increase in values in Asia after the 1-8 October holiday in China. Prices there have spiked on eased oversupply pressure and a bullish futures market.
Pactiv Evergreen has announced a new goal that by 2030, 100% of its products will be made with recycled, recyclable or renewable materials, said the company.
“Consumers and brands are increasingly looking for sustainable packaging solutions. Pactiv Evergreen is committed to meeting those market demands,” said John McGrath, the company’s CEO. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
“We are nearly two-thirds of the way towards our goal based on 2019 net revenues, and in the next decade, we will work to achieve that 100% goal.”
The report further outlines a comprehensive sustainability strategy, which includes a new vision, mission and pillars that ground the company’s current and future initiatives.
Based on 2019 net revenues, Pactiv has reached nearly two-thirds of the goal, “and in the next decade, we will work to achieve that 100% goal”, McGrath added. In the report, the company also noted it decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in the last five years, and that about half of its annual energy consumption comes from renewable sources, including biomass, hydropower, wind and solar.
Materials manufacturer Röchling Automotive says it has patented a polylactide (PLA)-based biopolymer that consists of at least 90% renewable raw materials, called BioBoom. The company says the material offers an ecological and economical alternative to most conventional materials such as polyester (PC, PET, PBT) but also polystyrene (ABS), polyolefins (such as PP) and polyamides (PA6). Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
“We want to support our customers in the development of environmentally friendly vehicles and thus help shape the transformation of the industry toward a sustainable one,” explained Hanns-Peter Knaebel, chairman of the board of management and CEO of Röchling Automotive. “With our bioplastics, we are bringing a sustainable solution to the market that originates from a completely self-controlled supply chain – from renewable resources to the automobile manufacturers.” Röchling Automotive has built up internal expertise in materials development over many years in cooperation with various partners.
Results of a new project will run into new affordable composite thermoplastic products made from recycled materials Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
The aerospace industry is increasing its use of composite materials because of the advantages they offer in terms of weight reduction and strength. One of the drawbacks of these composite materials is the complexity of recycling them.
The SPARTA project
In response to this challenge, AIMPLAS is coordinating the SPARTA project, with the participation of TEKNIKER. Both centres will develop a new recycling method for key waste processing and reprocessing procedures. Specifically, TEKNIKER will contribute its knowledge and experience in mechanical cutting to the development and optimization of an innovative mechanical scrapping process, through simulation and experimentation, while AIMPLAS focuses on improving material reprocessing through automatic deposition and compression moulding.
Italy’s proposed €450/tonne tax on virgin plastic, which is due to come into effect on January 1 2021, may now be postponed until July, Italian website Polimerica said this week. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
It reported that the Council of Ministers met on Sunday 18 October to discuss the budget for the financial year 2021, and issued its plans via a release on Sunday evening.
The Italian press suggests that liberal political party Italia Viva requested that the plastics tax be postponed until July, otherwise it would not give its backing to a draft budgetary document. The postponement is most likely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has impacted economies across Europe.
Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies, and Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque (CVA), a vertically integrated Italian operator with pure green production of hydroelectric, photovoltaic and wind power, have signed a collaboration agreement to create joint initiatives in green hydrogen and projects aimed at promoting the energy transition in Valle d’Aosta.
The agreement was signed by Snam’s Chief Executive Officer Marco Alverà and by Enrico De Girolamo, CEO of CVA. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
The collaboration will allow the two companies to combine their skills to identify initiatives to facilitate the decarbonisation of industry and transport, through the use of green hydrogen, as well as the broader energy sector in the region.
Zing Zang has completed the transition to plastic featuring 25 percent post-recycled content bottle and CleanFlake technology from Avery Dennison
US-based manufacturer of drink mixers Zing Zang has completed the transition of its 32-ounce Bloody Mary mix bottle from glass to plastic featuring 25 percent post-recycled content and CleanFlake technology from Avery Dennison.
The decision to transition from glass to lightweight, unbreakable plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) provides Zing Zang customers with enhanced portability and durability while lowering the company’s packaging cost. With CleanFlake technology, the label separates cleanly from the bottle during the recycling process, enabling the recycled plastic to be used in new food-grade containers. Petrochemical Fabrics Film Automotive
Styrolution has received Belgian government funding for new research into the potential recycling of styrenics using dissolution technology.
The styrenics subsidiary of Ineos says it will be contributing to the ‘Remove2Reclaim’ project, which is researching the recycling of plastics and titanium dioxide using advanced dissolution and separation techniques for plastic additive removal. No financial details were given.
The project involves several leading research institutes in Belgium, with the aim of developing solvent-based extraction routes to remove additives such as titanium dioxide from different polymer matrices.
Saya, a new name in recycled fibre, made its live debut at Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS). The show showcased sustainable textiles which reduce resource usage and optimise manufacturing efficiency through eco-friendly materials and processes. Saya’s Rscuw, fibres made of recycled cutting scrap & overstock yardage, was featured at TITAS. Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
The brand’s film (Saya Rscuw launch video), depicted the motivation behind finding new sources of materials to be recycled and the process developed by Saya engineers.
“We have the experience, knowledge and equipment to make change,” said SY Huang, senior vice president of Nan Ya Plastics, Saya’s parent company, and the world’s largest manufacturer of recycled PET repurposing over 75 billion bottles every year. “Under the new brand, Saya, we’ve been able to put our resources toward solving one of the most critical sustainability issues in the textile industry – recycling discarded fabric scrap and unused yardage. We want to take responsibility and redefine what’s possible in renewal.”
Crude oil demand from petrochemicals will rise in coming years as virgin plastics continue to be churned out at pace given the poor implementation of recycling infrastructure across the globe, a petrochemicals analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.
Tae-Yoon Kim said that for recycling to be a competing factor against virgin plastics the infrastructure across the world – apart from some in EU countries – would have to be Petrochemicdeveloped quickly, something that is not happening.al Nylon Film Automotive
The analyst said countries should put at the centre of recovery packages post-pandemic green policies like recycling; however, so far only the EU’s Green Deal has made that a priority; he mentioned the Green Deal as an example to follow.
Chetan Jain, executive director, Taurus Packaging, who recently published a book titled ‘Sleeve It Right: 7 Secrets of Shrink Sleeves not known to India’s FMCG Businesses’, debunks the myths surrounding PVC shrink films.
PVC shrink films have ruled the Indian packaging industry for the longest time. However, due to issues associated with PVC, a need was felt to find an alternative material that could potentially replace PVC. Several different polymers were introduced and tested in the market but saw little success. Finally, PET-G was born. With this, the packaging industry had found the best shrink sleeve yet. Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
However, questions remained. Is it practical and even possible to replace PVC altogether? Is PVC truly all bad and PET-G all good? Can PET-G shrink films offer the same quality and finish as PVC shrink films? Do companies have the resources, knowhow and infrastructure to use PET-G packaging material for all types, shapes and sizes of containers?
Nova Chemicals (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has agreed to sell its expandable styrenics business to a subsidiary of Alpek (Monterrey, Mexico) for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, it says.
The sale encompasses Nova’s expandable polystyrene (EPS) and Arcel-brand resin product lines, with manufacturing facilities in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and Painesville, Ohio, as well as commercial operations in Asia, it says. The plant at Monaca has an EPS production capacity of 123,000 metric tons/year, with 36,000 metric tons/year of capacity for Arcel, as well as an R&D pilot plant. The facility at Painesville has an EPS capacity of 45,000 metric tons/year, according to Alpek subsidiary Styropek, which is acquiring Nova’s business.Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
Nova, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Co. (Abu Dhabi, UAE), says the sale is an “important step” in its plan to focus on its olefin and polyethylene (PE) business, which includes additional investments to advance a circular economy for plastics. The transaction, if it proceeds to completion, would see Nova entirely exit the styrenics sector.
With an end goal of keeping polystyrene products out of landfills through an innovative circular recycling process, AmSty is announcing its commitment that all products designed for foodservice and food packaging applications will contain 25 percent recycled content by 2030. The leading integrated producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer continues to reach milestones toward this goal with its circular recycling process operating commercially at Regenyx LLC, its joint venture with Agilyx Corporation.
Regenyx is achieving this circular recycling breakthrough using technology that breaks down polystyrene products to their original molecular form. The resulting styrene monomer is then used to create the exact same products again, with original quality and function. Since start-up, Regenyx has converted more than one million pounds of used polystyrene to all-new materials. That’s equivalent to keeping 37.5 million foam cups or 32.5 million takeout containers out of the landfill.Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
A Saudi woman looks at the dairy products in a supermarket in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 18, 2020. (Reuters Photo)
A Saudi woman looks at the dairy products in a supermarket in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 18, 2020. (Reuters Photo) Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
As political tensions between Ankara and Riyadh spill on trade, Turkish exporters have voiced concerns that they have been experiencing growing difficulties with Saudi Arabia.
“It has been going on for a year, but in the recent period, the pressure on businessmen in Saudi Arabia ‘to not buy made in Turkey’ has come up,” said Ferdi Erdoğan, head of the Association of Turkish Construction Material Producers (IMSAD).
Erdoğan’s remarks came as Saudi Arabia’s biggest supermarket chains this week joined a growing “boycott” of Turkish imports proposed by business leaders and Saudis on social media.
A U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association report reveals that almost 76 percent of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber-modified asphalt, automotive products, mulch for landscaping, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96 percent in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) released its 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report on Oct. 14. According to the report, while tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires.
The report reveals that almost 76 percent of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber-modified asphalt, automotive products, mulch for landscaping, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96 percent in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.
Inapal Plásticos, Continental Structural Plastics’ (CSP) operations in Portugal, will be manufacturing a number of lightweight, low-density sheet moulded compound (SMC) components for a premium luxury automotive company’s first SUV.
These 11 components, ranging from underhood to underbody and Class A components, will reduce part complexity and overall vehicle weight. Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
By moulding the complex radiator assembly frame in a low-density composite material, the OEM was able to minimise the number of parts required under the hood, significantly reducing assembly complexity and weight. Such parts are traditionally steel or aluminium and require multiple stamped components to be assembled to create the final product.
In order to achieve the scale needed to play a meaningful role, the report from Wood Mackenzie says, the bioplastics industry will require significant regulatory interventions from governments and substantial cost efficiencies as technologies mature and scale.
Based on the fundamentals of their environmental footprint compared to that of virgin fossil fuel-derived plastics, biodegradable bioplastics could significantly reduce the carbon emissions of the chemicals industry, a new report from energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie says – but in order to achieve the scale needed to play a meaningful role, the bioplastics industry will require significant regulatory interventions from governments and substantial cost efficiencies as technologies mature and scale. Petrochemical Nylon Film Automotive
California has become the first US state to mandate a minimum recycled content in plastic beverage containers. The main objective of the new law is to develop the local market for recycled resins and to create value in the entire recycling chain.
Starting in 2022, manufacturers are required to include an annual average of 15% of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) in beverage containers. By 2025 the mandate is set to increase to 25% and by 2030 to 50%.
Beverage manufacturers that violate those requirements will have to pay an annual administrative penalty of 20 cents/lb of PCR they fail to reach. The amount will be deposited in the Recycling Enhancement Penalty Account and used to support recycling infrastructure, collection, and processing of plastic beverage containers in the state.
More than 20 years of BOPP experience, plus a global manufacturing presence, allows Ampacet to serve the highly demanding BOPP film market through a dedicated world-wide R & D team, with BOPP as a major focus. Ampacet is committed to developing masterbatches to answer new market requirements, and to support customers with new products that bring added value to customers.
Ampacet’s BOPP product range includes opaque masterbatches (solid whites, cavitating masterbatches and various combinations of white-opaque products) as well as a broad range of additive masterbatches: general-purpose and specialty antiblocks, migratory and non-migratory antistatics, migratory and non-migratory slips, combinations of slip-antistatic and slip-antiblock masterbatches, antifogs, various matte compounds, stiffeners, release agents for cold seal applications and purging compounds.
The agreement reached between ELIX Polymers and REPSOL will make it possible to implement a collaborative framework for a circular economy that includes the commitment to supply ISCC PLUS-certified recycled styrene on a regular basis as from 2021.
This alliance will enable both companies to strengthen their customer-supplier relations and co-operate on achieving their goals within their respective circular economy and sustainability strategies. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
At the end of 2019 REPSOL obtained the ISCC PLUS certification for all its production centres of polyolefin and other circular petrochemical products, including recycled styrene. This certification enables REPSOL to guarantee the traceability of the waste used in order to offer products to its customers made from recycled material for applications with strict cleanliness and safety standards.
China’s polyester demand is expected to remain healthy till the end of October amid rising feedstock cost and improving export demand. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
Polyester demand showed significant improvement after China’s week-long holiday amid restocking activities from downstream converters.
However, the textile industry is a labor-intensive industry, and once the textile factories in India resume production, China will face falling export orders as India’s textile industry has an advantage due to the lower labour cost.
“I think the stronger polyester demand may only last till end of this month as year-end period is usually the lull season for textile industry,” a polyester producer said.
Turkish recycling firm Burkasan sorts plastic containers and flakes using Tomra sensor sorting equipment. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
Turkey-based multiple materials recycling firm Burkasan, which has several recycling facilities in that nation, is using Tomra Sorting Recycling AutoSort and AutoSort Flake machines at a new plastic recycling facility. The plant has been designed to sort up to five tons per hour of plastic scrap, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-desnity polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP) containers, according to Tomra.
Tomra calls it the first time a recycling plant in Turkey has been outfitted to process mixed plastic containers “using the most advanced sensor-based sorting solutions from Tomra Sorting Recycling to get excellent results in the production of PET flakes and HDPE granules.”
States Vedat Kılıç, board chairman at Burkasan, “We set ourselves the target to produce the best raw materials out of [scrap] plastic by using Tomra’s optical sorting machines.
As part of a strategic collaboration, Covestro received a first delivery of 1,000 tonnes of renewable phenol from Borealis, produced with renewable hydrocarbons from Neste.
Covestro receives first supply of certified renewable phenol for polycarbonates from Borealis Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
Neste produces these ISCC Plus certified hydrocarbons from renewable raw materials. The hydrocarbons are then converted into ISCC Plus certified phenol by Borealis and used by Covestro to produce high-performance plastic polycarbonate in automotive and electronic applications.
Covestro CEO Dr Markus Steilemann said: “With this first supply, we are once again underlining our commitment to the increased use of alternative raw materials.
Covid-19 pandemic and low oil prices shrink the recycled plastic supply chain and undermine the circular economy in Asia and beyond.
Prior to the emergence of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the recycled plastics industry had been making significant progress in its journey to end plastic waste. It was seeing positive results from high consumer and regulatory pressure on brands worldwide to improve their commitments to sustainability.
Private companies, non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were all campaigning actively to increase consumer awareness of recycling and sustainability across the value chain. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
The message was finally getting through at a basic level, setting the stage for a fundamental shift in public attitudes.
New 20-year franchise bottling agreement for PepsiCo carbonated brands in Great Britain
All plastic bottles in GB to be made entirely from recycled PET by the end of 2022
FY20 performance – trading anticipated to be slightly ahead of market consensus
Britvic today announces it has reached agreement with PepsiCo for a new and exclusive 20-year franchise bottling agreement for the production, distribution, marketing and sales of its carbonated soft drink brands – including Pepsi, 7UP and Mountain Dew – in Great Britain. The new agreement extends the relationship, which commenced in 1987, to 31 December 2040 and includes the Rockstar energy brand, for which Britvic will take responsibility from 1 November this year. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
Britvic also announces today its intent for all plastic bottles in GB to be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of 2022 – three years earlier than originally planned, and ahead of the previous target of 50%. This will cover the entire GB portfolio of Britvic-owned and PepsiCo brands, and demonstrates both companies’ commitment to sustainability and to a healthier planet.
Plastic—lightweight, strong, and easily molded into various forms—has no doubt revolutionized our everyday lives and has provided convenience in the way we consume products. But, largely due to improper waste management and disposal, plastic has unfortunately given rise to a global waste problem. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
In the Philippines alone, around 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste is generated each year, and a huge portion of this finds its way into the environment, choking waterways, polluting the ecosystem, and jeopardizing our biodiversity.
“Any time our packaging ends up anywhere it doesn’t belong is simply unacceptable to us,” said Jonah De Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs and Sustainability Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. “Coca-Cola has globally committed to building a World Without Waste, and we are striving to make that a reality in the Philippines through various initiatives and partnerships.”
Plant will produce 220,000 metric tons/year of bio-MEG, bio-MPG using wood as feedstock; due online by end 2022. Petrochemical PETBottle Film Automotive
The construction of UPM’s innovative biochemicals facility starts in Germany
UPM celebrated today the official start of the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany. The biorefinery investment of EUR 550 million is a major milestone in UPM’s strategic transformation.
In Leuna, UPM will produce a range of 100% wood-based biochemicals that enable a switch from fossil-based products to sustainable alternatives in a number of end-uses such as plastics, textiles, cosmetics and industrial applications. Technology and process have been developed by UPM over the past ten years, mainly building on the company’s own innovation capabilities and selectively working with international partners. The biorefinery is expected to start up by the end of 2022.The investment has been awarded The Bio Act of the Year 2020 by the World BioEconomy Forum earlier in September this year.
Recycling Technologies, Neste, and Unilever will collaborate to further develop and harness chemical recycling to recover and reuse plastic packaging that is currently either incinerated, buried in landfill or exported from the UK.
A joint project involving these three companies has been awarded a £3.1 million grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to develop chemical recycling by combining the expertise of these global leaders in their respective business areas to make hard-to-recycle plastic packaging recyclable.
In this three-year project, Recycling Technologies will take waste plastic packaging and process it using its recycling machinery to turn it into an oil, called Plaxx®.
After the National Day holiday, PP powder market is relatively stable compares with the PP granule market. On Oct 19, mainstream offers are at 7,900-8,000yuan/mt in Shandong province, and 7,950-8,100yuan/mt in East China.Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
At present, the cash flow of powder plants has not yet achieved a positive value (the processing cost is 600yuan/mt, excluding propylene transportation cost), and the loss is about 100-150yuan/mt. Thus it can be seen that the cost pressure of powder plants is still quite heavy. Similarly, under the high cost, the ex-works price of powder plants moves higher.
Nordmann, the international chemical distributor, assumes responsibility for sales and marketing of the Biofibre product range in a large number of European countries. The partnership will begin with immediate effect. Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
Headquartered in Altdorf, Germany, Biofibre was founded in 2011 and produces Biofibre granules. The granules are a compound of natural fibres and a (bio-)polymer matrix. In the manufacturing process, natural fibre and matrix combine to form a natural fibre-reinforced biomaterial for thermoplastic processing to produce moulded products. The applications are many and varied – from alternative packaging concepts, technical workpieces through to use in the concrete industry.
Our Earth can’t keep up with us. According to the Global Footprint Network, it takes one year and eight months for the Earth to produce what we consume in one year. We truly have to look beyond the take–make–waste model, and this includes looking even more closely at one of the world’s most controversial materials, plastic.
Not all plastics are recyclable. However, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – easily identified by the number “1” placed inside the recycling symbol is the most recycled plastic in the world and according to research conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) PET amounts to more than 57% of global recycled plastic market. The growing importance placed on the contribution of PET to the economy is further emphasized by its fact that the market for recycled PET is anticipated to be worth approximately USD 66.9 billion by the end of 2025 (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, 2017) Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
Ratings agency says consumption and investment demand are likely to remain depressed for an extended period Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
Vehicle sales in India fell in the first half of the financial year to September 30, hurt by a Covid-hit economy, job losses, working from home and an uncertain outlook.
However, September provided a silver lining with sales of passenger vehicles, including cars, utility vehicles and vans, increasing 26.5% over the same month last year.
Sales of two-wheelers, including motorcycles and mopeds, rose 11.6% in the month but sales of three-wheeled vehicles plunged 72%, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). It didn’t give September data for commercial vehicles.
Presented by RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers
RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers presents its latest innovations in two separate webinar sessions. Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
Second session topics :
Sustainable approach and consolidated experience in the design of materials with a lower environmental impact : at RadiciGroup, sustainability has always meant traceable and transparent measure for process improvement, implemented with reliable metrics shared internationally. Since the 1990s, adherence to voluntary protocols and standards has guided the evolution of RadiciGroup in the responsible use of resources and maximum attention to the surrounding environment without neglecting the expected technical performance of the product. A widespread, and currently widely consolidated approach, which allows not only to control, but also to direct development towards a production system with an ever lower impact. The presentation will illustrate the RadiciGroup guidelines for sustainability. Subsequent applications with post-industrial recycled polyamide-based materials will be presented.
Another wave of coronavirus infections could clobber demand and depress prices once again. Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
OPEC and allied producers on Monday pledged action to support the oil market as concerns mounted that a second wave of COVID-19 infections could hobble demand and an earlier plan to raise output from next year would further depress prices.
Saudi Arabia, the biggest member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), said no one should doubt the group’s commitment to providing support, while three sources from oil-producing countries said a planned output increase from January could be reversed if necessary.
Milliken’s Specialty Interiors business announces its partnership with Rowe Furniture to offer the Breathe by Milliken® collection across Rowe’s furniture and slipcover lines. The eco-elegant performance fabrics partnership launches at the High Point Fall Market, where Rowe debuts Breathe’s New Delhi, a 100 percent cotton slub fabric, on its Robin Bruce Boden sofa. Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
“This partnership highlights our Breathe by Milliken collection, an ideal choice for consumers who want fabric solutions that offer protection without sacrificing aesthetics or the environment,” said Chad McAllister, executive vice president of Milliken & Company and president of the Textile Division.
Rowe’s latest product launch, Boden, focuses on sustainability, wellness and modern yet practical design that includes easy cleaning options. The Breathe collection is a perfect fit, featuring cleanable cottons, cotton/linens and polyesters made from recycled plastic bottles.
The antibacterial coated polymer wrapper was tested to wrap paneer, meat, and chicken.
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) announced that its researchers have developed a sustainable antimicrobial wrapping material that can prevent packaged food contamination by bacteria and reduce the plastic waste generated in the environment when disposing of the wrappers. The researchers said that this biodegradable food wrapper has an in-built antibacterial compound and is safe for consumption.
“We have developed a biodegradable wrapping material with in-built antibacterial activity to prevent bacterial growth in stored food,” study author Mukesh Doble from the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, said in a statement. “The antibacterial compound should be safe for consumption as it is approved by the authorities and does not cause any toxicity,” Doble added. Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
The films developed by the IIT Madras team were made with polymeric blends containing starch, polyvinyl alcohol, cyclic beta glycans (CBG). The composition was optimized to achieve the best film with a smooth texture, flexibility, uniform thickness, and good clarity.
The bioeconomy sector can provide sustainable new jobs while also protecting public health and the environment, explains Maria Spyraki.
The EU’s ambition to transform Europe to become more green, climate-neutral, sustainable and digitalised has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU is now not only looking at ways to recover but also to invest in the future, enhancing its resilience while increasing its strategic autonomy.
The biotechnology sector has long been recognised as an essential part of the knowledge-based economy, and has grown rapidly in recent years. According to a study by the Bio-based Industries Consortium, Europe’s bioeconomy boasts a €2.4tn turnover and supports 18.5 million jobs. Petrochemical PETBottle PP Automotive
Affected by moderate demand since the middle of Q3, supply of spandex exceeded demand before but turned to behind demand at the end of Q3. Price of spandex climbed up mainly supported by surging downstream demand. In addition, ascending cost was another upward momentum.
Operating rate of spandex has been around 90% now, but supply of conventional descriptions remained tight after earlier stocks decreased. Price increment kept increasing in the second half of Sep. Supply of spandex 20D-40D was tight.
Stimulated by rising cost and low stocks, mainstream spandex companies such as Huafon, Xinxiang, Tayho, Huahai and Aoshen increased price by around 2,000yuan/mt from Oct 15 amid tight supply and restricted large orders.
By now, mainstream price of spandex 40D was 30,000-32,000yuan/mt, higher at 32,500-34,000yuan/mt for high-end ones, with increment at around 1,500-2,000yuan/mt after the National Day holiday. Price of spandex 40D has rose by as high as 3,200yuan/mt since mid-Q3, close to the level at the beginning of 2019.
Two researchers from Hamburg have managed to develop a “bio-plastic” from waste from the food industry. The new plastic is bio-degradable and should help to reduce environmental pollution.Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
Developing a “bio-plastic”
Two researchers from the Hamburg University of Technology, Anne Lamp and Johanna Baare, have developed a plastic that is biodegradable and can be completely broken down within two weeks. Announcing their research in the Hamburg Journal, the scientists wrote, “The biggest criticism of bio-plastics that are currently on the market is that they are made from food. That’s why our motivation was to use residues from food processing.”
“It was precisely our aim to find a solution for the products that would end up in nature so that they would not continue to pollute our environment and be a disadvantage for animals and people, but actually disappear,” said Baare.
Polyester market was very hot when demand hit expectation after the National Day holiday. Price of PSF futures hit limit up on Friday again. Overall market seemed to be exciting. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
However, after comparing other products, cotton and viscose market changed more greatly
It reminded us the news about the order transfer from India. India is competitive in cotton textiles rather than polyester. Cotton and viscose market is so hot recently, which seems to echo the order transfer. Thus, demand for polyester is stimulated by that for cotton and viscose? After all, textile and apparel market does not specify feedstock strictly. Theoretically, synchronization effect exists on feedstock market.
Enviroo has revealed plans for a £20 million ($25m) plastics recycling facility at Peel L&P Environmental’s energy and resource hub, Protos, near Ellesmere Port in the UK.
The facility, which aims to recycle some of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastics waste created in the UK, will take PET and convert it into raw material for food-grade packaging. Technology partners include Erema and Sorema Technologies, which will provide equipment to sort and wash the waste and create flakes that will then form rPET pellets.
The facility is the next plot proposed for the Plastic Park at Protos, following consent of a plastics-to-hydrogen facility earlier this year.
The Plastic Park will cluster together plastics recycling and recovery technologies to create value from plastics waste, helping to avoid it ending up in landfill, exported overseas or in the oceans. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
China has decided not to set a GDP growth target for this year and is focusing on higher spending and more stimulus to support the economy, Premier Ki Keqiang said in his government report on Friday. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
This is the first time the country omitted a GDP goal since 1990.
Not setting a specific target for economic growth will enable all of China to concentrate on ensuring stability on other aspects, Li said.
Priorities would be on stabilising employment, ensuring living standards, winning the battle against poverty as well as building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects, he said.
Researchers led by Professor Tony McNally, from WMG, at the University of Warwick, in partnership with Senergy Innovations, have launched the first nanomaterial enabled all polymer solar thermal cell. This achievement was supported by funding from BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy).
The thermal properties of the polymers that were used were modified to enable heat from sunlight to be transferred with high efficiency to heat water in a low cost and sustainable way. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
The modular design of the cells reportedly allows for the rapid construction of a solar thermal cell array on both domestic and industry roofing.
The team is now working with a consortium of industry partners focused on manufacturing the solar thermal cells in high volumes.
Technology could lead to lower carbon emissions, offers a catalytic alternative to steam cracking Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
Pullach, Germany, October 15, 2020 – Linde GmbH and Shell today announce an exclusive collaboration agreement on ethane-oxidative dehydrogenation (E-ODH) technology for ethylene production. The catalytic process is an alternative route to ethane steam cracking, offering the potential of economic advantages, acetic acid co-production and significantly lower overall carbon footprint through electrification of power input.
The two companies have been developing E-ODH independently for many years and this new collaboration brings together their complementary patent positions, expert know-how and common commitment to a lower-carbon future. The agreement will enable accelerated deployment of this novel technology across the wider chemicals sector, with Linde marketing to customers under the name EDHOX™.
US rigid plastics packaging converter Priority Plastics has continued to invest in additional capacity with the installation of new injection stretch blow moulding (ISBM) equipment at its Portland, Indiana facility.
Priority Plastics claims that the single-stage technology is new to the US and exclusive to the company. It significantly increases the firm’s PET container capacity and the ability to offer unique container shapes and sizes. Containers from 1-gallon (4.5-litre) to 25-gallon (113-litre) drums are possible. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
The company can now produce PET drums that weigh 30-50 per cent less than HDPE and metal versions. They are also stackable and feature integrated handles. Priority Plastics claims that the technology saves up to 40 per cent electricity and is equipped with an air regeneration system designed to recover two-thirds of the high pressure blowing air.
Celanese (Dallas, Texas) is implementing a worldwide price increase, effective 1 November or as contracts allow, for its engineered materials product portfolio. Prices will rise by up to 10%, it says, as per Chemweek.
The increase is due to a пїЅsignificant demand increaseпїЅ for its specialty polymer products, according to Celanese. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
As MRC informed earlier, Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, and a global leader in vinyl acetate ethylene (EVA) emulsions, announced an increase in its September low density polyethylene (LDPE) prices in China. Celanese also raised its September prices of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) by the same amount.
VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, brought together over 180 participants from 24 countries at its virtual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) #CIRCULARVINYL today.
The event showcased the united PVC industry’s major achievements and plans to build the new sustainability programme towards 2030. Petrochemical PETBottle PVC Polymers
Reflecting on a decade of leadership in PVC sustainability, VinylPlus Managing Director Brigitte Dero said: “I am proud of the work done by VinylPlus and its partners to increase the sustainability performance and use of PVC. We are fully committed to being circular, working closely with the European Commission and actively contributing to the Circular Plastics Alliance.”
Plastic—lightweight, strong, and easily molded into various forms—has no doubt revolutionized our everyday lives and has provided convenience in the way we consume products. But, largely due to improper waste management and disposal, plastic has unfortunately given rise to a global waste problem.
In the Philippines alone, around 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste is generated each year, and a huge portion of this finds its way into the environment, choking waterways, polluting the ecosystem, and jeopardizing our biodiversity.
“Any time our packaging ends up anywhere it doesn’t belong is simply unacceptable to us,” said Jonah De Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs and Sustainability Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. “Coca-Cola has globally committed to building a World Without Waste, and we are striving to make that a reality in the Philippines through various initiatives and partnerships.”
The new line helped the company achieve many firsts.
Kolkata, India-based ITC Ltd. introduced a new range of milk-based drinks with fruit pieces while expanding its juice portfolio with a variety of premium 100% Indian fruit, 0% concentrate and 0% preservative juices. With both launches, the company trusted Parma, Italy-based Sidel’s proven expertise in aseptic packaging.
ITC invested in a complete line that features the first dry preform sterilization in India. Besides helping the company gain greater productivity and flexibility, Sidel designed and tested its three new PET bottle formats for absolute food safety and powerful packaging differentiation on retailers’ shelves. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
CLEPA, together with its partners in EU-projects DRIVES and ALBATTS, presents a joint strategy to roll out a dedicated Pact for the sector
The EU automotive sector is calling for a strategy that supports the recovery prioritising the up/reskilling of the workforce to maximise the industry competitiveness, job retention, and creation of new employment opportunities. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
Bringing forward the need for a sectorial pact for skills, this proposal is the result of an exhaustive cooperation and examination effort through the DRIVES and ALBATTS projects, and of several representatives from the whole automotive value chain, presenting a solid roadmap towards the necessary skills-transformation for the sector.
In a joint report, The Business Case for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, WWF, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Boston Consulting Group conclude that despite a doubling of voluntary initiatives and national regulations over the last five years, plastic waste continues to leak into the environment at alarming rates – with more than 11 million tonnes of plastic flowing into our oceans each year.
There is an urgent need to amplify current efforts through a more coordinated and ambitious approach. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
The report sets out the opportunity for a new global UN treaty on plastic pollution to significantly accelerate progress towards a circular economy for plastics. Through the establishment of a common structure it would set a clear direction and conditions, giving governments and businesses the impetus to move forward more decisively.
Tepex continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites from LANXESS are characterised by their high inherent flame-retardant properties. One of the reasons for this is their high fibre content. They therefore already pass many of the flammability tests required for typical applications without flame protection.
However, for some applications a V-0 classification in the UL 94 flammability test from the US testing institute Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is often mandatory. For such cases, LANXESS has developed three new halogen-free, flame-retardant Tepex variants with a PA 6 matrix. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
Sabrina Anders, Project Manager at the LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates, said: “These structural materials are the material of choice when a V-0 classification is required and the components need to have a very high degree of strength, rigidity and energy absorption at the same time.”
In July, EU leaders agreed on a new EU tax on plastic packaging wastes. Rahul Kumar talks to three stakeholders in the value chain — Cosmo Films in substrate manufacturing, Bobst in machine manufacturing and Amit Banga of SB Packagings in converting — to understand the implications of this decision and its impact on Indian packaging ecosystem
In a decision made during July 2020, as part of their 750-billion euros Coronavirus pandemic recovery package, EU leaders agreed on a new EU tax on plastic packaging wastes. The tax, to be introduced as of 1 January 2021, will be calculated on the weight of non-recycled plastic packaging waste “with a call rate of 0.80 euros per kg, with a mechanism to avoid excessively regressive impact on national contributions.” Proceeds from the tax will go to the EU. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
US monoethylene glycol (MEG) participants are weighing the announcement of an EU anti-dumping investigation on imports from the US and Saudi Arabia, leaving the US market uncertain as to the effects of the probe. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
According to the EU complaint, “unfairly low-priced imports of the product” from the two countries “have caused material injury” to its industry.
The probe covers the full year ending 30 June 2020 and is expected to last around six months, according to the European Commission.
Two US market participants said it was too early to understand how this investigation could affect US MEG trade flows and supply.
“The pricing to Europe was very similar to the price in the domestic US for a large buyer,” said a third source.
UK businesses trading with EU countries should get ready for the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit and the consequent tariff-based trade under World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, the country’s prime minister said on Friday.
With only 11 weeks left to go before the UK exits the EU, Single Market negotiations appear to have stalled on key issues such as fishing rights – UK waters are key for EU companies – or state aid for companies. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyethylene
UK voters decided in June 2016 to leave the EU but this was delayed on several occasions; it finally left the now 27-country bloc on 31 January although it remains in most EU bodies under a transition period which is due to end on 31 December.
Both sides are aiming to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) as both have strong economic links after more than 40 years of UK membership.
Gove says UK ‘well prepared’ for no-deal Brexit, even as businesses sound alarm
Michael Gove, the minister handling Brexit divorce issues for Britain, said on Sunday that the UK is “increasingly well-prepared” for a no-deal Brexit even as businesses urged Britain and the European Union to find a compromise over trade terms.
ITMA, the world’s leading textile machinery event, which is owned by Zürich headquartered CEMATEX (The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is held every four years. The next show, ITMA 2023 will be held from 8-14 June 2023 at the Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
ITMA Services, the organiser of the event, has launched a series of ITMA Live videos which tell the stories of a small group of well-known textiles and apparel industry leaders in 2020, the year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TOMRA has backed calls for a United Nations treaty to address global plastic pollution. The Norway-based company has signed an international corporate manifesto, The Business Call for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, which calls on governments worldwide to agree upon a UN treaty to tackle plastic pollution. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
The manifesto, which has been signed by 29 businesses across the world, comes in support of a new report released by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), management consultancy Boston Consulting Group and circular economy champion the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.
The report warns that a global legally binding environmental agreement negotiated under the auspices of the UN is needed to help stop 11 million metric tonnes of plastic flowing into the ocean each year.
The textile and apparel industry’s pioneering virtual trade show, Innovate Textile & Apparel, organised by World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and sponsored by RICOH, is going live today Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
The Innovate Textile & Apparel virtual trade show provides an opportunity for companies from across the globe to showcase innovation in manufacturing technology and materials, network and forge new partnerships, while respecting travel bans and safety measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based around technology and materials, the event has over 160 exhibitors from 26 countries. It will feature manufacturers of textile technology as diverse as manmade fibre production through to garment assembly and finishing, alongside material producers for apparel, sportswear, personal protective equipment (PPE) through to smart fabrics.
DyStar, a specialty chemical company with a heritage of more than a century in product development and innovation is pleased to announce the recent launch of Cadira® Polyamide and Polyester/Cellulosic Exhaust. With the two additions, DyStar currently offers eleven Cadira modules in total to support the supply chain with complete sustainable solutions from manufacturing to production and beyond.Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
Fanny Vermandel, Vice President, Global Marketing Coloration of DyStar said, “DyStar is delighted to add Cadira Polyamide and Cadira Polyester/Cellulosic Exhaust to our current modules. With these additions, Brands and Retailers, manufacturers, and production houses can look onto these options to further optimize their production processes.
Representatives of the Turkish business community have called on Saudi Arabia and Morocco to reverse their actions as firms are reportedly facing growing problems in conducting business with the two countries.
Calls for boycott of Turkish goods in Saudi Arabia and Morocco’s decision to hike duties on dozens of Turkish products will negatively affect both the countries as well, said Hasan Hüseyin Bayram, head of the Turkish Home Textile Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TETSIAD). Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
In a statement Tuesday, Bayram said the unofficial boycott decisions of the two countries, which have a common religious and historical background with Turkey, will damage the mutual cooperation policies based on yearslong historical ties and trade relations.
After the National Day holiday, both PP and BOPP markets moves higher. Compared with PP, the rise of BOPP is more obvious. On Oct 14, offers for thick film rise by 4.4% to around 10,400-10,800yuan/mt, some offer high at 11,000yuan/mt.
Support from raw material cost side
After the holiday, futures rebounds sharply by nearly 265yuan/mt, and spot price rises accordingly. In addition, the macro sentiment is good.
Downstream procures to replenish their stocks, inventory digests quickly and the inventory pressure is basically gone. In the short-term, the raw material price maintains the upward trend and supports the market. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
In order to ensure the transfer of know-how and technology in times of the pandemic, the Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon Group will commence a new webinar series in November. Four interesting technology lectures are planned to take place in 2020, which will be held in English. Current trends in the production of manmade fibres as well as Oerlikon’s technology solutions will be presented and discussed with participants. Continuation of the webinar series is already planned for 2021.
An overview of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers webinars in the fourth quarter of 2020, is as follows:
Factory know-how from a single source – A boost for your efficiency
From melt to yarn, fibres and nonwovens. At Oerlikon Manmade Fibers you get the entire factory know-how from a single source.
From the planning and construction of highly complex production plants and competent customer services, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers offers everything for a successful business. Oerlikon is the right partner, especially – but not exclusively – for newcomers in the textile industry. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
The sales volume of the Indian automotive industry, globally the fourth largest, which is battling tough economic conditions and COVID-19-induced lockdowns, is on a free fall. However, there has been a sequential recovery month over month in segments like passenger vehicles, two-wheelers and tractors, according to the analysts of the credit rating agency ICRA. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Carbonfree
The plant equipped with Tomra’s Autosort and Autosort Flake is capable of sorting 5 tons of waste per hour, including PET, HDPE, PP, enabling them to be brought back in the loop and the economy for further usage.
The new plastic recycling plant established by Burkasan with an investment worth 50 million TL proves to be highly innovative: for the first time, a recycling plant in Turkey processes mixed plastic containers using the most advanced sensor-based sorting solutions from Tomra Sorting Recycling to get excellent results in the production of PET Flakes and HDPE granules.
Vedat Kılıç, Chairman of Board at Burkasan said: “We set ourselves the target to produce the best raw materials out of waste plastic by using Tomra’s optical sorting machines. Technological equipment is of utmost importance for us and a prerequisite for reaching the product quality and capacity we targeted. On our way to achieving a purity level of 99 percent allowing us to offer our products to the major global companies, we chose to work with Tomra as a global leader in providing state-of-the art sensor-based sorting solutions.”
Leading Italian socks knitting, and hosiery machine builder Lonati Group will participate in the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS), which opens today. Lonati will exhibit at the booth of Chemtax Far East Industrial Co., Ltd. (booth N1105) from 13-15 October at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 No. 1, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang District, Taipei, Taiwan.
The 24th Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS 2020) says it will host 300 exhibitors with more than 800 booths from all over the world. “TITAS is the only professional textile trade show you may find in Taiwan, as well as the most important innovative textile exhibition in Asia,” the organisers say. This year’s TITAS is all about Sustainable, Smart and Functional Textiles, with the focus on:
Sustainability – cutting down resource usage and optimizing manufacturing efficiency to achieve zero discharge of hazardous substances by adopting eco-friendly materials and processes
Smart textiles – combining cloud computing and advanced communication technology to provide wearable technology that is fashionable and comfortable
ULMA Packaging UK has welcomed the introduction of a new British standard for biodegradable plastic as a promising new step towards further developing sustainable packaging.Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
Published by the British Standards Institution as PAS 9017, the new standard requires plastics claiming to be biodegradable to pass a test proving they break down into a harmless wax containing no nanoplastics or microplastics.
ULMA says the standard, benchmarked to a formula created by British company Polymateria to transform certain plastic items into sludge at a point in their lifetime, is applicable to products such as food films and cartons.
The circular economy holds out the hope of living within the planet’s resources. Turning aspiration into action is another matter.
A little over a year ago, schoolchildren across the globe embarked on huge strikes over the climate emergency. Our global economic system is unsustainable: continuous economic growth and endless consumption mean ever-increasing waste. Waste which is buried, dumped at sea or turned into ash pollutes the environment and creates the need to extract further raw materials. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
The European Union’s ambition to move towards a circular economy, and in particular its Circular Economy Action Plan, should therefore be welcomed. The circular economy implies radical change to how production and consumption are organised—away from a linear model of growth (extract, make, dispose) to a sustainable alternative (recycle, reuse, remake, share). Waste then becomes a resource.
Fibre Extrusion Technology Limited (FET) of Leeds, United Kingdom, has further developed its association with tech company Senbis Polymer Innovations of the Netherlands. Both companies have a proven track record in sustainability through technological innovation and have been collaborating on a variety of projects, FET said in a statement today.
FET has long been at the cutting edge in new applications and process development for melt spinning fibre extrusion and will design and provide pilot extrusion lines with unique capabilities to produce technical yarns as well as textile fibres, the company adds.
Senbis Polymer Innovations divides its activities between R&D services and the production of sustainable polymeric products. The company is investing EUR 5.5 million over the next three years in a testing facility for the development of sustainable plastics at different scales, ranging from laboratory to production. This will facilitate the acceleration and upscaling of future developments relating to sustainable plastics.
A Senbis spokesperson commented: “It is a welcome addition to our current facilities that focus on technical yarns. The new line now enables us to develop textile fibres from, for example recycled polymers or biopolymers.” Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
‘Millad NX 8000’ technology from Milliken is fully compatible with the polypropylene recycling processes in Europe and poses no recyclability issues, according to the findings of an independent laboratory testing. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
This clarifying agent is used in PP containers, to make them transparent similarly to PET, PS, and other optically clear materials. RecyClass approval applies to the technology itself, while the packaging using the technology must adhere to certain conditions to be considered fully compatible with the PP recycling stream. These include the maximum content of the technology of 0.4% compared to the overall packaging weight.-
Total and Plastic Energy announce the creation of a strategic partnership and the development of the first chemical recycling project in France.
This plant, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per annum, will be located on the new Total platform zéro crude in Grandpuits, France. The project is expected to become operational in early 2023. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
This first project in France represents the start of the collaboration between Total and Plastic Energy to deploy chemical recycling, a technology to recycle conventionally difficult-to-recycle plastic waste which would have been destined to incineration.
Recycler CarbonLite Holdings has developed a pelletised material using the caps and labels from the plastics bottles it recycles. It is targeting the injection moulding industry with its new offering, a blend of polypropylene and polyethylene dubbed CaPOLabel.
The new product is produced from post-consumer beverage container caps and labels that are ground into flakes and thoroughly washed prior to pelletising. Using a patented process, the flakes are extruded into a fully homogenised resin.
“CaPOLabel is an investment in and further dedication to our mission of resource preservation, sustainability and a circular economy,” said Jason Farahnik, CarbonLite’s director of strategy and development. “We are taking materials that would otherwise be destined for landfills or our oceans and waterways and creating a valuable low-cost post-consumer product.” Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
COLINES’ R&D department keeps taking steps forward on the path of recycling, with recent tests ran in co-operation with ExxonMobil on the ALLrollEX lines delivering important results. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Polyamide
Nicola Lombardini, R&D Manager of COLINES, said: “We performed very high-quality reels, both with a wide range of thicknesses and percentages of recycled materials. We reached up to 400 per cent ultimate pre-stretch value (ultimate strain) on a standard film production. Even when using a very high grade of recycled material, the reels offered good optical and mechanical qualities, perfectly suitable for today’s new market requirements. This is impressive if we consider that we used up to 60 per cent of PCR material. Our co-operation with ExxonMobil provides us with the confidence to achieve further milestones in the near future.”
Latin American polyethylene terephthalate (PET) markets are facing tight supply due to a shortage of monoethylene glycol (MEG) caused by production interruptions in the US as a result of the landfall of two hurricanes in Louisiana in a span of only six weeks.
The shortage of MEG supply for resin production has led to tight resin supply in countries that depend on feedstock imports for PET production such as Mexico.
But Mexico’s PET supply tightened not only because of reduced operating rates, but also because of increased PET export volumes to the US.
The tight supply situation supported a 4 cent/lb October price increase in Mexico. Demand levels remain strong mainly from the foods and drinks packaging segment.
PET prices also increased in other Latin American countries where there is local resin production because of feedstock MEG shortage, tight resin supply and rising freight costs.
As part of a refined recycling system, the Scotish parliament has voted in favour of a deposit return scheme, set to be introduced in July 2022.
And as the first part of the UK introduces the scheme, which makes it easier to recycle used bottles and cans, Andrea Falco of HSM UK questions how long will it be until England, Wales and NI follow and how retailers can prepare. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Bioplastics
It’s estimated that UK consumers drink their way through a staggering 14 billion plastic drinks bottles, 9 billion drinks cans and 5 billion glass bottles each year. But as consumption has increased, so too has consumer awareness.
Over the course of the past few years, the approach to recycling and in particular, single use plastic, has drastically changed. Our consumption habits, paired with damning news and industry reports has helped highlight our recycling and waste pitfalls.
The weather conditions in the months of August and September boosted demand for large 1.5 l PET bottles for mineral water.
However, demand remained well below last year’s levels. Small PET bottles were still particularly hard hit, falling considerably shorter of the previous year’s figures despite a slight increase in travel activity. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Bioplastics
With the end of the summer, the peak season was over for the PET bottle segment, by far the largest segment within the PET market.
Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, announced today an all-new high-absorption, quick-drying fabric inspired by the fine structure of diatomaceous earth used in bath mats.
Teijin Frontier will begin selling its new fabric for casual wear in spring/summer 2021 collections, targeting annual sales of 50,000 meters in fiscal 2020 and a tenfold increase to 500,000 meters in fiscal 2022. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Bioplastics
Latin America’s GDP will likely contract by 8.1% in 2020, the worst among the major regions of the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday in its World Economic Outlook (WEO).
The following table shows the economic forecast for Latin America and its two largest economies, Brazil and Mexico. It then compares 2019 with forecasts for 2020 and 2021. It compares the most recent forecasts with those the IMF made in its update that was published in June. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Bioplastics
The use of recycled raw materials makes a direct contribution to tackling climate change, concludes the Fraunhofer Institute in a new study commissioned by the recycling major ALBA Group.Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Bioplastics
According to the study, ALBA saved more than 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2019 through the closed-loop circulation of 6 million tonnes of recyclables. ‘Recycling leads to far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than when primary raw materials are used,’ explains Axel Schweitzer, ceo of the group. ‘The use of our quality-tested recycled plastics, for example, reduces emissions of greenhouse gases by more than 50% in comparison with the production of plastics from crude oil. There is no better argument for the increased use of recyclates.’
With a new collaboration between Fulgar, an Italian manufacturer and distributor of elastic and covered spandex yarns, and the Rhodia-Solvay Group, Europe sees the arrival of the new Q-Skin powered by Amni Virus-Bac Off yarn with antiviral and antibacterial properties. This is the background to the arrival in Europe of the new Rhodia-Solvay yarn.
Amid the lingering threat posed by Covid, the return to offices and schools has created an exponentially rising demand for garments given anti-bacterial and antiviral protection treatments. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Bioplastics
This demand among consumers and workers has led many manufacturing companies in Italy and the rest of Europe to prioritise such products.
Developed in record time by the Rhodia-Solvay research laboratories in Paulínia and Santo Andre, Brazil, this extraordinary polyamide yarn acts against bacterial growth and virus transmission. These properties are the result of antiviral and anti-bacterial agent permanently incorporated into the polymer matrix.
The pandemic has hastened the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) outlook for the demise of crude oil as a motor fuel although it forecasts reasonable demand growth from the petrochemicals industry which looks set to continue to enjoy cheap feedstocks, a lack of competing material and a failure by the world to adopt recycling seriously.
From the 18.5m bbl/day the petrochemicals sector demanded in 2019, the figure is expected to stand at 19m bbl/day by 2030, an increase of 2.7%.
The forecast was included in the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook, which this year was obviously marked by the pandemic’s hit to the crude oil industry, and looks set to end the year at 2013 levels according to the IEA in its September report.
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-Aquafil – Econyl – “Nothing more exciting than turning something nobody use anymore into beauty again and again”
The incorporation of lighting into vehicle interior textiles is growing in popularity with manufacturers, and in this video, lighting specialist Munda and textile developer Aunde demonstrate some of the effects that can be achieved.
According to Munda, the basic components of textile lighting systems are at least one LED light source and a textile material – a fabric that acts as a light guide. The light is fed into the fabric’s fiber ends and can be emitted from its side (lateral emission). The fabric is provided with suitable light-scattering surface structures at the desired light output points for this purpose. However, the light can be emitted – additionally or exclusively – at the end of the fibers too (axial emission).
China, the world’s largest nation, holds a population of approximately 1.393 billion people. China’s rapid population growth contributes to a significant increase in solid waste production and mismanagement. In 2018 alone, China produced nearly 228 million tons of solid waste. Currently, one company is creating smart recycling machines that will hopefully address this issue. Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
The Xiao Huang Gou Environmental Technology Company (XHG) installed smart recycling machines in 39 Chinese cities to manage waste production. This resulted in successfully integrating a “complete waste recycling ecological chain.” XHG smart recycling machines cover three of the most densely populated cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. XHG increases access to recycling systems and educates the general public on the classification and delivery of recyclable materials. This helps reduce the threat of waste mismanagement in China.
With the new strategic partnership, both companies are drawing on the market trend toward the integration of HMI operating controls into high-quality surfaces in vehicle interiors.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), one of the world’s leading suppliers of instrument panels, cockpit systems, door panels and floor consoles, and KOSTAL, a global leading automotive supplier of mechatronic HMI-components, announced the formation of a new strategic partnership. The CEOs of both companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intent of cooperating in the field of smart interior surfaces.
With the new strategic partnership, both companies are drawing on the market trend toward the integration of HMI operating controls into high-quality surfaces in vehicle interiors.
Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL) today announced that it has joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP). The global multi-stakeholder partnership aims to reduce plastic leakage into the environment and is driving the transition to a circular economy for plastics.
This partnership is aligned with Indorama Ventures 2019 commitment to increase recycled content volumes of PET by at least 750,000 tonnes, pledging US$ 1.5 billion towards achieving this target by 2025.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
Mr. Yashovardhan LOHIA, Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures said, “We are proud to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership. By joining GPAP we will advance our shared goal of ending PET plastic waste. Harnessing the convening power of the World Economic Forum, GPAP is bringing together governments, businesses, and civil society to forge circular solutions – at both the global and national levels. Our recycling facilities across the world can close the loop and deliver a circular economy for PET plastic.”
Companies will need to prove their products break down into harmless wax containing no microplastics or nanoplastics.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
Currently, most plastic products in litter persist in the environment for hundreds of years, but a recently developed biodegradable plastic may change that.
A new British standard for biodegradable plastic is being introduced which aims to standardize confusing legislation and classifications for consumers, reports The Guardian.
According to the new standard, plastic that claims to be biodegradable will have to pass a test to prove that it breaks down into a harmless wax which contains no microplastics or nanoplastics.
Polymateria, a British company, made the benchmark for the new standard by creating a formula that transforms plastic items such as bottles, cups and film into a sludge at a specific moment in the product’s life.
The trading of polyester staple fiber futures will be launched on Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange on Oct 12.
Lots of attention has been drawn to the upcoming PSF futures and its impact on the market.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
In China’s PSF market, the trading is conducted between PSF producers and downstream spinners and some traders also participate.
However, due to the preparation of PSF futures since last year, several PTA and MEG traders and investors have taken part in PSF market, who usually use commodity futures to hedge. Since trading of PSF futures is approved to start from Oct 12, those traders are expected to participate.
China’s Sinopec has started operation of a 800,000 tons-per-year ethylene facility at its Zhanjiang refinery, reported Reuters with reference to the company’s statement.
The refinery, located in the southern Chinese coastal city of Zhanjiang, commenced operation of its 200,000 barrel per day crude oil refining units in June.
As MRC informed before, Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co. (SSTPC), a 50-50 joint venture of Sinopec and SABIC, completed the debottlenecking of its ethylene cracker on 11 July 2020, adding another 30,000 tons/year output to its current capacity. Followed the expansion, the Tianjin based plant become the country’s largest compressor unit, producing 1.3 million tons of ethylene annually.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC’s ScanPlast report, Russia’s estimated PE consumption totalled 1,496,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2020, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of all ethylene polymers increased, except for linear low desnity polyethylene (LLDPE). At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 767,2900 tonnes in the eight months of 2020 (calculated using the formula – production minus exports plus imports – and not counting producers’ inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure and WUN H2 GmbH signed a contract to build one of the largest hydrogen production plants in Germany, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
It will be built in Wunsiedel in the north of Bavaria. With a power intake of six megawatts in the initial development phase, the plant will run solely on renewable energy and will be CO2-free. The electrolysis plant from Siemens Energy will have the capacity to produce over 900 tons of hydrogen per year in this first phase. When fully expanded, it will be able to supply up to 2,000 tons. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the end of this year and commissioning at the end of 2021.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
Germany has pledged to be greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050. To this end, all sectors that use energy, such as transportation and industry, must press ahead with decarbonization. The plant in Wunsiedel will serve as a model for all of Germany. It will convert the renewable energy available in this region, e.g., from photovoltaics and wind power, into storable hydrogen (H2), making it available for applications in mobility and industry. This is especially useful when, on sunny and windy days, more energy from renewable sources is produced than needed.
INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, will showcase advancements of the composite StyLight at this year’s virtual edition of the ITHEC conference and exhibition.
The brand StyLight comprises a portfolio of materials offering unique combinations of surface aesthetics, structural stiffness and easy processability. StyLight offers a solution for a range of demanding automotive interior and exterior applications as well as for applications in other industries such as electronics or toys/ sports/ leisure. The most recent developments presented at ITHEC 2020 make the spectrum of applications suitable for the StyLight composite even broader.Petrochemicals CrudeOil Bioplastics
At its virtual booth, INEOS Styrolution will demonstrate three advancements of the StyLight material: a combination of SAN-based StyLight and EPS foam resulting in intrinsic good adhesion between both styrenics based materials and an increased mechanical/ impact performance; aesthetic natural fibre-based StyLight composite offering new bio-based solutions; and advancements related to new aesthetic PP-based StyLight introduced in 2019.
ALPLA has switched its PET Recycling Team plants in Wöllersdorf, Austria, and Radomsko, Poland, to a mix of electricity from renewable sources in order to produce carbon-neutral.
Georg Lässer, Head of Recycling at ALPLA, said: “This step has already had a big impact on the carbon footprint of our food-grade regranulate – according to the calculations, emissions are cut by up to 90 per cent compared with virgin material. The feedback from the market regarding this further development has been very good.”
The company is now offering carbon-neutral rPET based on the purchase of certificates. The remaining, unavoidable emissions will then be offset with carbon certificates.
Carbios has announced the acquisition from Limagrain Ingredients of its entire stake in the capital of Carbiolice, a joint company created in 2016 around an enzymatic biodegradation technology licenced Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
The acquisition of Limagrain Ingredients’ equity took place on 8 October. This strategic transaction highlights the confidence in Carbiolice’s growth potential and Carbios’ intention to remain its long-term reference shareholder. It also reinforces Carbios’ ambitions to position itself as the world leader in biological technologies for the end-of-life of plastics and synthetic fibres. In addition to the enzymatic recycling process developed in-house by Carbios, the PLA biodegradation technology implemented by Carbiolice will enable the commercialisation of a new generation of compostable plastics, making it possible to achieve zero waste for certain flexible and rigid packaging.
A US$ 500 million giant merger in the field of PVC stabilizers: OYAK merged Akdeniz Kimya and Chemson, and became the largest in the industry
OYAK has added a new one to its company merger moves focusing on efficiency and profitability. Following the merger of its companies in the cement and energy industries, OYAK merged Akdeniz Kimya, one of its companies operating in the chemical industry, and Chemson, an Austrian firm it acquired in 2013, under the name of “Akdeniz Chemson”. Thus, with its operations in five continents and sales to 110 countries, Akdeniz Chemson has reached a sales volume of US$ 500 million and has become the world’s largest company in the field of PVC stabilizers. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
OYAK General Manager Süleyman Savaş Erdem: “We consider the pandemic process as a ‘period of determination’ for OYAK.
The problem of gilding thin aluminum wires to obtain chemical resistance and the possibility of fixing (soldering wires) is very acute in the world.
The technology uses optical fibers glued into a matrix to transfer the light signal from scintillator crystals to the photodetector. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
According to the developers, tests of the sprayed optical fiber gave a positive result, the light transition was significantly suppressed.
Russian scientists have developed new technology geared at the wire market. In particle physics, an important task in creating detectors is to cover various plastic fibers and metal wires (with diameters of several tens of microns or more) with a thin layer of a given metal.
Kraton Corporation (KRA) this week shared its plans of expanding its production capacity for SBS polymer grades.
The specialty chemicals company is a leading global producer of high-value biobased products and specialty polymers. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
To remain in a leading position in sustainability in its core market, Kraton is aware of the need to reduce the carbon footprints for the environment as well as for its customers. This also includes putting efforts to increase efficiency of raw materials and utilization of materials that are bio-based. Kraton is currently focused on development of innovative novel SBS grades for bitumen modification to allow for significantly lower dosages, commented Dr. Holger Jung, Kraton’s Senior Vice President and President, Polymers. The company remained successful in lab demonstrations and is aggressively collaborating with customers to test the same in field.
An adequate coordination could ensure waste products or byproducts from one process – such as CO2 – can be used as a raw material for another
Storing power generated by strong winds or bright sunshine by turning it into liquid fuel such as methanol can help to ensure green energy does not go to waste, without having to rely on batteries. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
Methanol can be made from CO2 captured from industrial sources, combined with hydrogen split out of water using surplus renewable energy. And the resulting fuel can be used in cars or ships, reducing the use of fossil fuels as well as emissions of greenhouse gases.
Photonic printing solutions provider DataLase has developed a functional masterbatch additive suitable for a wide range of plastics, including home and personal care, pharmaceutical, medical, electronic, automotive, agricultural and industrial extruded products. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
By addressing the challenges faced by production and manufacturing companies with product coding applications, such as printing expiry dates and lot numbers, DataLase Masterbatch Additive has been optimised specifically for extrusion and injection plastic moulding to provide unsurpassed product stability and excellent quality.
Launched as a DataLase VAReLase Pigment Solutions initiative, the additive is integrated directly into the masterbatch in pellet form, to provide consistent high quality, high contrast, permanent black coding. When compared to other coding methods, the masterbatch additive works with standard CO2 scribing lasers to provide sustainability benefits in production environments by eliminating labels, consumables and waste from the coding and marking process. It can also help streamline supply chains through a reduction in packaging.
The tech industry holds the trump card when it comes to innovation surrounding recycling —considering they are, in fact, the innovators.
As the world becomes more environmentally conscious and the EU sets targets to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030, businesses across the globe are looking for innovative ways to reduce their own waste through the production process and have a more circular economic approach. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
As the tech industry strives to become a role model for recycling, we discuss the approaches some tech companies have taken and the benefits of taking recycling seriously.
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The UK tech sector, in 2019, outpaced both that of the US and China in terms of growth. According to TechNation, it’s growing at a rate 2.6 times that of the overall economy. With this mind, the businesses within the sector have a role to play when it comes to limiting the carbon footprint. A report by the government noted that the digital sector alone contributes more than £400 million a day to the UK economy.
Lukoil is planning a 280,000-metric tons/year PP plant at its integrated refinery and petrochemicals facility at Burgas, Bulgaria, said Chemweek.
Lummus Technology has been awarded a contract by Lukoil (Moscow, Russia) to license its Novolen polypropylene (PP) process for a new 280,000-metric tons/year PP facility in Burgas, Bulgaria. The value of the contract and the timescale has not been disclosed.
The contract work scope for the proposed PP unit to be located at Lukoil subsidiary Lukoil Neftohim Burgas’ 180,000-bbl/d refining and petrochemical facility on the Balkan peninsula includes the technology license, as well as basic design engineering, training and services, and catalyst supply. It will be the first PP plant to use Novolen technology in southeast Europe, says Lummus. Lukoil first confirmed it was considering a new PP facility at Burgas in 2018. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
HYUNDI has brought a new meaning to the phrase ‘fast fashion’ by making clothes from discarded car parts including seatbelts and AIRBAGS.
The manufacturer has teamed up with several high-end fashion designers to upcycle the discarded materials from the automotive manufacturing and scrapping process – and sell them at Selfridges. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPP
The sustainable garments include jumpsuits made from upcycled denim and leather scraps, and a corset made of recycled airbag fabric.
There is also a Fuji Technical Vest created from discarded seatbelt webbings and airbag materials while a work vest with pockets was also made from the same product.
OIL majors are on a job cutting spree. When seen through the prism of the cuts announced in recent weeks, the overall crude scenario appears bleak and gloomy.
IHS Markit has reported a capital spending drop of 50 per cent by several US oil and gas companies this year, while internationally the drop has been around 30pc. This has contributed to the job cuts. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
As part of its efforts to rein in costs, oil and gas supermajor ExxonMobil is all set to cut 1,600 jobs in Europe, the company announced last week. “The impact of Covid-19 on the demand for ExxonMobil’s products has increased the urgency of the ongoing efficiency work,” it added.
For the first time in a century, there are no rigs searching for oil in Venezuela.
Wells that once tapped the world’s largest crude reserves are abandoned or left to flare toxic gases that cast an orange glow over depressed oil towns.
Refineries that once processed oil for export are rusting hulks, leaking crude that blackens shorelines and coats the water in an oily sheen.
Fuel shortages have brought the country to a standstill. At gas stations, lines go on for miles.
Venezuela’s colossal oil sector, which shaped the country and the international energy market for a century, has come to a near halt, with production reduced to a trickle by years of gross mismanagement and U.S. sanctions. The collapse is leaving behind a destroyed economy and a devastated environment and, many analysts say, bringing to an end the era of Venezuela as an energy powerhouse.
Spanish raw materials producer and distributor Delta Tecnic SA has opened a plant in Querétaro, in central Mexico, coinciding with the launch of its micromasterbatch product.
Spanish raw materials producer and distributor Delta Tecnic SA has opened a 4.5 million euro ($5.3 million) plant in Querétaro, in central Mexico, coinciding with the launch of its micromasterbatch product.
The company claims to be the first specialist in color concentrates for automotive cable to open a manufacturing operation in Mexico. It has two other plants in Sant Celoni, its home base near Barcelona. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
According to an Oct. 7 news release, the micromasterbatch pellet is smaller than normal and thus “improves dilution when extruding cables.”
“Our commitment to micromasterbatches is essential to [our] offering a new and sustainable product that can speed up production processes while lowering costs,” Delta Tecnic CEO Eric Xirinachs said.
M&M Product, a Romanian company headquartered in Râșnov, launches in premiere on the Romanian market, the GREEN PE (green polyethylene) eco sustainable thermo wrap made of sugar cane – a biological, renewable source which produces oxygen and reduces CO2 emission in the atmosphere.
The wrapping products and solution are grouped under the smart green brand and are part of the business line High Performance flexible Wrapping.
the smart green products and solutions reflect company’s philosophy based on the 4e principles of high performance: economic, efficient, eco sustainable and easy to apply.
“The mountains of old clothes are growing massively and are largely destroyed instead of being recycled and returned to the textile industry. Old textiles are a valuable raw material that can be easily reused,” says imat-uve, an innovative, independent development and engineering company, based in Mönchengladbach, Germany.Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
imat-uve is working with a German-Dutch project consortium on an industrial solution for the recycling of old clothes made from mixed fibres. The recycled yarns and woven fabrics made from them, are primarily intended for use in the automotive industry.
“1.01 million tons of textiles, old clothes and new garments that have never been worn end up in the trash in Germany alone every year (source: BSVE),” imat-uve points out. “So far, there is no possibility to process these quantities of old textiles in a high-quality way. Most of the textiles are burned or processed to low quality nonwovens. The problem is the different components of the clothing, which in most cases are not made of pure but mixed fibres.”
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) has announced success in its first commercial scale production of polyethylene using advanced recycling technology.
Advanced recycling, sometimes referred to as “chemical recycling,” converts plastic waste to valuable liquids that can become new petrochemicals. This approach complements traditional recycling by converting a range of materials, including many difficult-to-recycle plastics, into important building blocks for new chemicals. Because of the potential to repeatedly recycle post-use plastics into new materials, polymers produced through advanced recycling are often referred to as “circular polymers.” Chevron Phillips Chemical’s circular polyethylene matches the performance and safety specifications of the virgin polymers Chevron Phillips Chemical is known for globally.Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
“We are exceptionally proud to be the first company to announce production of a circular polyethylene on this scale in the US,” said Jim Becker, vice president of polymers and sustainability. “The successful production run marks a huge step for CPChem on our path to being a world leader in producing circular polymers. This development is an important milestone for us as we further our commitment to proactively help the world find sustainable solutions, including the elimination of plastic waste in the environment.”
BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, publishes the first standard for measuring the biodegradability of polyolefins: the most littered form of plastic packaging.
The new standard, called PAS 9017 Plastics – Biodegradation of polyolefins in an open-air terrestrial environment – Specification, specifies requirements of polyolefinic materials enhanced with technology that imparts biodegradability in an open-air terrestrial environment. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
It also specifies the chemical analysis and the numerical limits required to meet compliance with the PAS at the end of each stage of testing.
Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, inaugurated its global center of expertise for hydrogen storage systems today in the presence of the President of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region Ms. Marie-Guite Dufay.
Located in Bavans, France, and representing a total investment of €25 million, this center of expertise aims to develop lightweight and cost-competitive hydrogen storage systems to accelerate hydrogen mobility. More than 60 engineers and technicians have the ability to:
Design hydrogen storage systems and produce prototypes tailored to customers’ specifications, Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
Test hydrogen storage systems using state-of-the-art equipment for hydraulic, gas, leak and burst tests,
Develop new tank designs to increase their performance and in particular the volume of hydrogen stored per kg,
Study conducted by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute examines climate protection aspects of the ALBA Group’s recycling activity. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
The Berlin-based ALBA Group has funded a study that concludes its recycling activity saved more than 4.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from entering the atmosphere in 2019. The study, undertaken by the Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute, says the atmospheric protection was the result of “the closed-loop circulation of 6 million metric tons of recyclables” processed by ALBA Group.
“Recycling leads to far fewer GHG emissions than the use of primary raw materials,” states Dr. Axel Schweitzer, CEO of the ALBA Group. “The use of our quality-tested recycled plastics, for example, reduces emissions of GHGs by more than 50 percent in comparison with the production of plastics from crude oil. There is no better argument for the increased use of recyclates.”
The Moroccan Government approved on Thursday an amendment of the Morocco-Turkey Free Trade Agreement, increasing tariffs by up to 90 pc on 1200 Turkish goods for a five-year period. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
The amendment falls under Bill No 54.20, which Morocco and Turkey signed on August 24 after the two countries reviewed their Free Trade Agreement.
The bill and the amendment aim to impose customs duties, for a five-year period, on certain Turkish industrial products listed in the agreement to reach 90% of the value of products from the most-favored-nation.
The discovery, by a team co-led by Prof John McGeehan, is another leap towards beating plastic waste
mcgeehan-mhetpet-credit-rosie-graham-600x400The scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme ‘cocktail’ which can digest plastic up to six times faster. Petrochemicals CrudeOil BOPET
A second enzyme, found in the same rubbish dwelling bacterium that lives on a diet of plastic bottles, has been combined with PETase to speed up the breakdown of plastic.
PETase breaks down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) back into its building blocks, creating an opportunity to recycle plastic infinitely and reduce plastic pollution and the greenhouse gases driving climate change.
PET is the most common thermoplastic, used to make single-use drinks bottles, clothing and carpets and it takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment, but PETase can shorten this time to days.
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Cargill and renewable energy company Virent are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock for Virent’s BioForming technology, producing raw material for packaging solutions. The companies are demonstrating this technology’s applicability in upcycling waste streams from any plant source.
“Virent has looked at agricultural wastes such as corn stover (along with sugar cane bagasse, sugar beets and more) as feedstocks for this process,” Dave Kettner, Virent president, tells PackagingInsights.
“The technology works with sugars from these types of feedstocks though additional steps are needed up front to break down the agricultural wastes into sugars feedstocks and remove impurities.”
Saya, a new name in fibre has announced its debut with an expanded offering beyond recycled PET bottles including recycled cutting scrap and fabric, bringing new options to the textile industry. Nan Ya Plastics, Saya’s parent company, is the world’s largest manufacturer of recycled PET, repurposing over 75 billion bottles every year.
Now under the brand Saya, research and development efforts continue to focus on the critical recycling and sustainability issues that face the textile and garment industry and redefine what’s possible in renewal.
“Over the past several years the textile industry has embraced recycling PET plastic bottles, and through Saya 365 we are able to offer several options within that technology. But it’s not enough. The industry needs to tackle the next level,” Mike Shih, spokesperson for Saya and Nan Ya, said in a press release.
The Norwich-based practice is the first in the UK to partner with the sustainable start-up
Coleman Opticians has become the first UK practice to partner with the sustainable brand Coral Eyewear.
The Norwich-based practice will stock a variety of frames from the eyewear brand’s new Endangered Collection, named to raise awareness of marine animals facing the threat of extinction.
The frames are created from Econyl – pellets of recycled nylon made from recycled ocean fishing nets and fabric scraps from landfill. This process reduces the global warming impact of nylon when compared with materials drawn from oil, the eyewear brand suggests, while the frames are also tumbled for smoothness, eliminating the need for lacquer, gloss or varnish.
Testing has shown that a label for PET bottles and several tube packages are compatible with current plastics recycling processes.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) issued three critical guidance letters in recent weeks confirming the packaging innovations are either recyclable or can be separated from recyclable plastics.
APR sent letters to Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) for its Roll-On Shrink-On label with MCC Colorfast Inks, to Berry Global for its portfolio of PE tube packages, and to Kim Pack for its HDPE tube with a barrier layer.
Officials from the companies presented their innovations during September APR webinars (APR owns Resource Recycling, Inc., publisher of Plastics Recycling Update). In August, APR issued letters for three PET bottle label innovations.
The world leading operator in the development and production of process automation systems for the storage, transport and treatment of plastic and food polymers and powders, listed in the Star segment of the Italian Stock Exchange, Piovan Group, announced the signing of the agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Doteco.
Founded in 1994, Doteco is based in Modena (Italy) and is one of the world leaders in technologies for the dosing of plastic films (for food and non-food packaging) and synthetic fibers. The company closed 2019 with a consolidated turnover of 19.7 million euros and a consolidated Ebitda of 3.4 million euros. Doteco operates internationally and counts, among its partners, the main extrusion producers on a global level.”The acquisition of Doteco strengthens and increases Piovan global technological leadership, consolidating the strategic growth process that has always distinguished the Piovan Group”, declared Nicola Piovan, Executive Chairman of the Piovan Group.
Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of 5 October.
Effective October 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:
– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR75 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR75 per metric ton;
– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR50 per metric ton;
– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR30 per metric ton.
As MRC informed before, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PS, ABS and SAN grades on 1 September 2020, as stated below:
– STYRON GPPS — by EUR30 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech HIPS – by EUR30 per metric ton;
Asia naphtha markets are poised to draw support from a combination of steady downstream demand and potentially crimped supply on reduced deep-sea western cargo flows.
Demand and supply dynamics were seen as relatively balanced, with consistent demand for petrochemical production lending market support.
Depending on the grade, light naphtha demand for downstream olefins production is expected to stay healthy. This coincides with snug supply availability on the back of reduced upstream refinery run rates and arbitrage flows to the east that are anticipated to be lower.
A string of hurricanes in the US has curtailed production and firmer freight costs may well deter deep-sea cargo flows to Asia, if not already.
The term “chemical recycling” should only be used for plastic waste reconverted into new plastics. If those plastics are transformed into fuels or petrochemical products, the process should be called “recovery” instead, write Shanar Tabrizi and Fanny Rateau.
Shanar Tabrizi is a chemical recycling and plastics-to-fuel policy officer at Zero Waste Europe. Fanny Rateau is a waste programme manager at ECOS, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organisation for Standardisation.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
What’s in a name? Shakespeare wrote that changing what a rose is called does not change what it is in essence. The same logic goes for the term ‘chemical recycling’.
Alberta will look to use its plentiful natural gas reserves to become an exporter of hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel, by 2040, Premier Jason Kenney said on Tuesday.
The pandemic has hit Alberta’s oil industry hard, as travel restrictions crushed demand for fuel. The province’s struggles date back years, however, as the oil sands’ high emissions made it a target for environmental activists and have led to some investors, banks and insurers cutting ties with the industry.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
“The potential for hydrogen is huge,” Kenney said, adding that Alberta could potentially produce among the lowest-cost hydrogen in the world. “Putting Alberta on the global hydrogen map now as this energy source is beginning to gain prominence, will be crucial for us to be at the forefront of future changes in energy.”
Crédit Agricole Leasing Italia confirms its commitment to promoting sustainable initiatives by supporting NextChem, the Maire Tecnimont Group company for the energy transition, in the activities of the subsidiary MyReplast Industries, a company specialised in plastic waste Upcycling. Crédit Agricole Leasing Italia financed a leasing plan to purchase innovative equipment and machinery aimed at further increasing the production performance of the entire Upcycling process.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
MyReplast Industries is a Maire Tecnimont Group company, owned by NextChem and situated within the “Circular Economy” cluster on company’s the roadmap to the energy transition . The company recycles plastic waste through the use of NextChem’s proprietary MyReplastTM technology, which is capable of separating the different polymers present in the plastic waste in a technically sophisticated way and obtaining, through a compounding (chemical transformation) phase, granulates of high-quality recycled plastics that can replace virgin plastics in various application sectors.
The German company imat-uve is working on an industrial solution for the recycling of old clothes made of composite fibers, which up to now have mostly been disposed of rather than recycled.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
According to one of the statistics from the German Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Disposal (BSVE), 10.01 metric tons of old clothes, and new clothes that have never been worn, invariably end up in the trash every year. Most of this is incinerated or processed into low-quality non-wovens, as there is no way to recycle the fabrics back into high-quality materials. The composite textiles cannot simply be separated out again. Or, when this can be achieved, it is only through elaborate, chemical (and therefore not very environmentally friendly) processes.
Shares of Amyris (NASDAQ:AMRS) fell 11% in September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, after it was accused in a lawsuit of patent infringement and misappropriating trade secrets.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
Specialty ingredients biotech Amyris, which develops sustainable ingredients for the clean health and beauty markets, as well as for flavors and fragrances, started the month on a positive note after announcing it had successfully scaled up commercial production of cannabigerol (CBG), a molecule developed from Cannabis sativa L., or hemp.
East China’s Ningbo city in Zhejiang province has released an ambitious development plan for a large-scale refining and petrochemical base, pitting it against neighbouring Zhoushan.
The local government plans to develop Ningbo into a major green refining and petrochemical base with 1.2mn b/d of refining, 10mn t/yr of alkene, 8.5mn t/yr of paraxylene (PX) and 1.5mn t/yr of methyl diphenyl isocyanate (MDI) capacity by 2025.
Ningbo currently has 620,000 b/d of refining capacity, 1.3mn t/yr of ethylene, 7mn t/yr of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and 1.2mn t/yr of MDI capacity, according to local government data. Sinopec’s 460,000 b/d Zhenhai and fellow state-controlled CNOOC’s 160,000 b/d Daxie plants make up the existing refining capacity, which both are already planning to expand.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
An overview compiled by CLEPA of announced job cuts by automotive suppliers and vehicle manufacturers since March, when the COVID-19 crisis hit Europe, indicates that some 100,000 jobs in the automotive sector will be lost in the coming year, of which 49,500 to automotive suppliers.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
This illustrates how the COVID crisis has accelerated the change in the automotive sector, which ups the pressure on policy makers to find the right approach to managing the green and digital transformation.
In addition to cuts to its workforce, industry is also being required to reduce investment in R&D, further impairing the ability to shape the change and achieve the climate and digital goals. This is a real problem because the global leadership of the sector role depends on innovative technologies and manufacturing excellence.
EconCore is pleased to be a major partner of an innovative project to build a car made entirely out of recycled materials which was launched today (8th October) by the TU/ecomotive team at Eindhoven University of Technology.
The concept car is a lightweight, electric vehicle designed and built by students.
The rationale behind the project is to demonstrate that waste can be a valuable resource, while gaining business, engineering and manufacturing skills and experience.
Wouter Winant, technical manager at EconCore said: “We’ve been involved with this project for the last four years now and each year our involvement has increased.
We’re delighted to be supporting the TU/ecomotive team as we share similar values in terms of using technology to produce sustainable products and minimise waste.
Through innovation, we can create much more sustainable solutions and the Luca car project demonstrates that in such a clever way.” Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has assessed a significant risk that the EU will not meet its plastic packaging recycling targets for 2025 and 2030.
The report, which was released on Tuesday, highlights that changes to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD), which was updated as part of the European Comissions’ adoption of its plastic strategy in 2018, could see current reported plastic packaging recycling rates of 42% across EU member states revised down to 30%.
Current reported recycling rates are “far from being accurate or comparable across Member States,” the report concludes.Petrochemicals Automotive Antibacterial
It also highlights that impending changes to the ‘Basel Convention’ which from 2021 will see strict restrictions come in to force on the export of plastic waste. It argues that, at present, member states are reliant on waste exports to non-EU countries to meet their recycling waste commitments.
Guardian UK – Thirthttps://www.oceanactionhub.org/more-14m-tonnes-plastic-believed-be-bottom-oceany times more plastic on ocean floor than surface, analysis suggests, but more trapped on land than sea. Analysis of ocean sediments from as deep as 3km suggests there could be more than 30 times as much plastic at the bottom of the world’s ocean than there is floating at the surface.
Australia’s government science agency, CSIRO, gathered and analysed cores of the ocean floor taken at six remote sites about 300km off the country’s southern coast in the Great Australian Bight.
Researchers looked at 51 samples and found that after excluding the weight of the water, each gram of sediment contained an average of 1.26 microplastic pieces.
Microplastics are 5mm or less in diameter and are mostly the result of larger plastic items breaking apart into ever smaller pieces.
Between September 5 and 25, 2020, ITMF has conducted its 5th ITMF Corona-Survey among ITMF members and affiliated companies and associations about the impact the Corona-pandemic has on the global textile value chain. In total, 216 companies from around the world participated. They report that the Corona-pandemic led to a significant reduction of production capacities. Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
Twenty-three percent of the respondents reduced production by more than 30 percent and another nineteen percent of respondents by 20-30 percent. On the other side of the spectrum — and unsurprisingly — only 9 percent of companies have increased their production capacity during the pandemic. Twenty-one percent did not make any change
COVID-19 occurred at an already challenging time for the petrochemical industry and has required it to take some drastic actions, said the leaders of the world’s two biggest chemical companies, BASF and Dow, on Monday at the 54th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) annual meeting, which is taking place in a virtual format, reported Chemweek. Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
The pandemic has also accelerated key industry trends, particularly those around sustainability and the environment, they said.
Martin Brudermuller, chairman and chief technology officer at BASF, said that COVID-19 had “intensified” a number of challenges that the petrochemical industry was facing before the crisis. These include the US/China trade conflict; the European Green Deal, which was announced in December 2019 and maps a route to climate neutrality by 2050, and will be linked to a planned EU chemicals strategy; and an “unfortunate supply and demand balance” that had flattened the industry’s cost curves, he said. Together they and the pandemic have created a perfect storm for the industry, Brudermuller said. “The current challenges are the biggest we have ever had in front of us,” he said.
Plastic will have to break down into organic matter and carbon dioxide in the open air within two years to be classed as biodegradable under a new UK standard being introduced by the British Standards Institute. Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
Ninety per cent of the organic carbon contained in plastic needs to be converted into carbon dioxide within 730 days to meet the new BSI standard, which has been introduced following confusion over the meaning of biodegradability.
The PAS 9017 standard covers polyolefins, a family of thermoplastics that includes polyethylene and polypropylene, which are responsible for half of all plastic pollution in the environment.
Polyolefins are widely used to make carrier bags, fruit and vegetable packaging and drink bottles.
The often emotionally charged discussions about non-returnable PET bottles don’t stop, according to IK Managing Director Dr Isabell Schmidt.
Most recently, these were rekindled by the publication of the current reusable quota by the Federal Environment Agency . The one-way-reusable discussion is unfortunately shaped by old prejudices, Schmidt added. Many of the claims that reusable proponents still make today are long out of date. On the basis of outdated data, however, a reusable rate of 70 per cent is still being fought for. Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
“Right of way for reusable” is the motto. It goes without saying that reusable bottles are ecologically better than one-way bottles. “However, this generalised statement no longer holds up to today’s knowledge,” Schmidt continued. “Whether disposable or reusable – it is crucial that beverage bottles are subject to a deposit in Germany and that material cycles are closed.
Supply of metallocene linear low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) in Asia is likely to stay constrained in the near term, amid various regional outages and reduced US imports.
Many international suppliers have already wrapped up business with Chinese buyers before the week-long Mid-Autumn and National Day holiday in the country.
Offers for October shipment cargoes to the rest of Asia remain firm, as suppliers sought higher asking levels amid the lack of inventory pressures. Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
Non-dutiable Singapore origin C6 (hexene-based) MLLDPE cargoes were heard offered at $1,150/tonne CFR (cost & freight) southeast (SE) Asia in the week. Offers to India were at $1,120/tonne CIF (cost, insurance and freight) India Main Ports.
Asia’s manufacturing economy mostly improved in September as producers continued to ramp up their operations following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, but weak external demand could still weigh on export-oriented economies in the region.
Asia’s manufacturing bellwether China reported that its official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to a stronger-than-expected 51.5 in September from 51.0 in August, with the strength broadly based across its sub-indices.Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
The production and raw materials sub-indices rose to 54.0 and 48.5, respectively, in September from 53.5 and 47.3 in August, “suggesting the recovery in China remained largely smooth”, Japan’s Nomura Global Markets Research said in a note.
The new export orders sub-index rose to 50.8 in September – its first time above the expansion/contraction threshold of 50 since the coronavirus outbreak – from 49.1 in August, supporting a positive outlook for China’s export sector.
MoPo project develops collection and reuse of the waste in Europe
indexThe bulk of collected EPS (Expandable Polystyrene) and other polystyrene waste still ends up incinerated. VTT with its partners will explore in their two-year MoPo (Multitechnological recycling for polystyrene) project how recycling of polystyrene could be substantially increased by reshaping its collection and handling. The goal is to convert waste into pure polystyrene or styrene monomers used in other plastics and chemicals.
The global polystyrene market was worth some EUR 36 billion last year, and the market is expected to grow by 10 percent per year during the next few years. At the same time, there’s a need to reduce the use of fossil raw materials, such as crude oil. This is why recycling of the crude-oil-based polystyrene will inevitably become increasingly important.
Brilliant Group, Inc., a leader in providing a simple, end-to-end experience for manufacturers and distributors to implement fluorescent pigments, has announced that their warehouse location in The Netherlands is fully operational.
The facility in Venlo, initiated in partnership with Broekman Logistics in 2019, now maintains inventory of several tonnes of daylight fluorescent pigments, colorants, dispersions, and paint and ink concentrates.
Locating inventory of a wide variety of product options on the European continent ensures fast delivery and reduces shipping costs for our distributors and direct customers across the region. Brilliant is committed to growing in Europe and having invested heavily in regulatory compliance and an innovative range of problem solving materials for paste and liquid inks, conventional and energy curable, plastics and surface coatings, maintaining local inventory is the logical next step.Petrochemicals Polymer Antibacterial
As part of its efforts to promote textile fibre recycling in China, Sateri is in dialogue with the China Association of Circular Economy (CACE)
FINEX™, Sateri’s marquee brand for recycled fibre, is now certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) which provides verification of recycled raw materials through the supply chain.
RCS is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% recycled material. Sateri has successfully produced FINEX™ viscose fibres with up to 20% recycled content. Under the RCS certification process, each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction.
These new developments were announced at the official launch of FINEX™ today. About 160 guests, mostly senior representatives of major fashion brands and fabric and garment makers, gathered to celebrate the milestones that cement the status of FINEX™ as a game changer for sustainable fashion.
Made from upcycled sugarcane waste, the ‘fully compostable’ offering can be used for greasy, wet, or hot food. FoodNavigator speaks to W-Cycle co-founder Joseph Siani to find out more.Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
Israeli foodtech start-up W-Cycle is concerned about plastic pollution, with an estimated 8m tonnes entering the marine environment every year.
At the same time, food waste is a growing concern. Upcycling food chain by-products, such as discarded seed husks and crop pulp, presents an opportunity for industry – and one that Israeli start-up W-Cycle is seizing with both hands.
The foodtech business has developed plastic-free packaging made from upcycled sugarcane waste, which W-Cycle co-founder and CTO Joseph Siani said will help consumers ‘ditch plastic containers’ and ‘create a cleaner environment’.
Upcycling sugarcane waste
The key to W-Cycle’s innovation comes from the sugarcane industry. The crop is predominantly grown in tropical countries as both a food and fuel source.
Polyplex (Thailand) Public Limited Company (PTL), a subsidiary of Polyplex Corporation Limited (PCL; Gautam Buddh Nagar, India), will invest USD102.8 million to build a biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) thin film line at Decatur, Alabama.
The production capacity of the planned plant will be 50,000 metric tons/year, said Chemweek. Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
The company also intends to debottleneck the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant at Decatur, to raise the capacity from the current 58,000 metric tons/year to 86,000 metric tons/year. The project is expected to be commissioned in 24 months.
China’s chemical markets in September were generally buoyed up by firm demand due to pre-holiday restocking and tight supply for some products.
Twenty of the 33 petrochemicals tracked by the ICIS China team had price increases in September from August, eight of which rose by more than 10% with the strongest growth logged by propylene oxide (PO) at 37%. Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
Thirteen products posted price declines, five of which had more than a 5% slump.
PO is included in the 17 products that comprise the ICIS China Petrochemical Index.
To regular participants in the Europe polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market, it will come as no surprise that there have been a host of unexpected occurrences, which have sent PET off on a tangent going into the fourth quarter.
Food, beverage and now hand sanitizer markets are reliant on PET packaging, making it an essential product in daily life. Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
A global pandemic challenged this concept, but PET weathered the storm better than many other products. Yet its impact, coupled with macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties, continues to challenge the PET value chain.
The end of the summer also marks the end of the traditional high season for PET. Expectations had been for the market to then plateau.
Two-step procedure of waste Kraft-lignin conversion to valuable nylon precursors in an ambient environment Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
A researcher team from Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, has discovered a way to generate valuable chemical precursors involved in nylon making from a common byproduct of the process of paper manufacturing. In terms of the energy input and the solvents used, this process is environmentally friendly compared to other methods and provides an alternative to the burning of pulping waste products.
Annually, the paper industry generates Kraft (from the German meaning strength) lignin, a major waste product, that amounts to about 50 million tons. The waste lignin can be burnt for heat, but the burning generates greenhouse gases, i.e. releases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Researchers at Ames Laboratory discovered that treating the waste lignin at a reasonable temperature (200 °C) with aqueous sodium hydroxide produces guaiacol. With the help of suitable catalysts, under even milder conditions, the Guaiacol can then be converted to nylon precursors-with this new, two-step viable process that produces a useful chemical from the waste lignin.
The European Union is facing a growing waste problem and is at risk of missing its plastic recycling targets for 2025 and 2030 as more stringent export rules will be implemented next year, the bloc’s independent auditor warned Tuesday.
As part of its plastics strategy adopted in 2018, the European Commission set itself the goal that at least 50% of all plastic packaging waste will be recycled by 2025, and to reach 55% by 2030. Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
The EU’s executive arm also wants to ensure that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be either reusable or recyclable by 2030.
Thanks to the latest applications of TOMRA Sorting Recycling’s sensor-based flake sorting solutions, customers are now able to achieve unparalleled recovery and purity rates of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), both of which are polyolefins (PO). Until now, the company’s flake sorting solutions mainly focused on polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
The two optical flake sorting solutions – the company’s new INNOSORT FLAKE unit and an AUTOSORT® FLAKE – form part of TOMRA’s Symphony of all Sorts concept whereby TOMRA Sorting Recycling’s latest generation AUTOSORT® and its complementary products work together to create a perfectly harmonised symphony to sort all kinds of waste at advanced levels of accuracy and sophistication.
Together the new INNOSORT FLAKE and AUTOSORT® FLAKE add the ‘Sounds of pure flakes’ to TOMRA’s Symphony. Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
The EU-funded REFUCOAT project has successfully developed a new set of processes for producing bioplastics for food packaging from renewable materials, with the aim of replacing traditional fossil-based raw materials. Petrochemicals Polymer DioxideTitanium
Using these bioplastics, which include polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and polyglycolic acid (PGA), REFUCOAT has developed three different bio-based active packaging systems, designed specifically for fresh chicken, breadcrumbs, and crisps.
A key innovation has been the development of coatings based on bacteriophages which significantly slow down the growth of Samonella bacteria in chicken samples packed in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) chicken breast samples.
Turkey’s exports continued their upward trend and increased by 4.8% year-on-year in September, surpassing $16 billion (TL 124 billion) and setting an all-time monthly high, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan announced Friday.
“We have not only achieved success for September and 2020, but we have also achieved the highest September export figure to date,” Pekcan said.
The country’s exports were up 28.5% compared to August, Pekcan said.
They totaled some $12.5 billion in the month amid weak external demand in the European Union and disruption in the automotive sector due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Plastic waste is a key concern for environmentalists, governments and organisations, as vast majorities of plastics are disposed of in non-environmentally friendly ways, resulting in polluted oceans, overextended landfills and ecological damage.
Thus, plastic recycling is critical to improving the environment and bettering waste management solutions.Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
Here at SL Recycling we passionately believe that waste matters, and do our best to divert waste from landfill, including plastics.
We offer a comprehensive range of recycling services covering plastic, wood, metal, food waste and more! We put together this guide to plastic recycling, highlighting its significance, what can and can’t be recycled and why.
Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start up part development and production programs Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
Historically, markets for carbon fiber have gone through boom/bust cycles, making it difficult for fiber manufacturers to predict capacity needs. During the recent and deep recession which some say has not yet really ended, carbon fiber demand dipped, as economies in the US and the European Union slowed significantly, but recovery and growth have been the norm since. Fiber demand is now up and continuing to rise.
With these license rights, Kebony has the potential to successfully commercialise wood modified with a mix of humins and furfuryl alcohol
Avantium N.V, a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that its subsidiary Avantium Renewable Polymers has granted leading wood modification company Kebony the right to use its patented technologies related to humins, as well as the right to file additional patents in the application area. Humins are a valuable side stream from Avantium’s process to produce FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), the key building block for the novel polyester PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
With these license rights, Kebony has the potential to successfully commercialise wood modified with a mix of humins and furfuryl alcohol. This may pave the way for a further collaboration between Avantium and Kebony and the commercialisation of humins from Avantium’s FDCA flagship plant which is planned to start up in 2023.
Headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, Vantec will be renamed Vantec LLC.
In a deal involving two U.S. firms, automotive parts supplier Angstrom Automotive Group has acquired custom injection molder Vantec Inc. for an undisclosed price.
Headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, Vantec will be renamed Vantec LLC.
In a statement, Angstrom Group officials said that the purchase “fits the Angstrom Group model and continues to build on a strategy of establishing Angstrom as a vertically integrated company”. Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
“We are confident that this addition will continue to strengthen and complement our value proposition to our customers,” said Angstrom Group president and CEO Nagesh Palakurthi.
Turkish companies accused Saudi Arabia of obstructing the transfer of goods from Turkey to the Kingdom, suggesting that the political tension between the two regional powers is gradually moving into the field of trade. Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
According to what was reported by “Bloomberg” agency, these allegations prompted a Turkish official familiar with the matter to warn, last Thursday, that Ankara does not rule out filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization.
In turn, the largest container line in the world, the Danish company “AP Moller-Maersk A / S”, has warned customers of the possibility of disruption.
Bloomberg agency reported in a report published on Friday that the Turkish agent of “AP Moller-Maersk A / S” said in an email sent on September 29 that goods destined for Saudi ports “would be subject to a possible import ban or slowing down of traffic.” Customs.
Non-oil exports accounted for 46.31 million tons worth $13.56 billion and imports constituted 16.52 million tons worth $16.78 billion of the total trade figure during March 20-Sept. 21. Compared with the corresponding period of last year
Iran’s non-oil foreign trade stood at 62.84 million tons worth $30.34 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year (March 20-Sept. 21), indicating a 28% decline in value compared with the corresponding period of last year.Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
According to Mehdi Mirashrafi, the head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, H1 non-oil exports accounted for 46.31 million tons worth $13.56 billion and imports constituted 16.52 million tons worth $16.78 billion of the total trade figure.
Last week, the blog took a look at how government policies could shape a market such as that for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE). The scenarios analysed uncovered a major point: A major upsurge in demand above the 2.24m tonnes base case for 2025 jeopardises operations for disadvantaged LLDPE plants globally.
However, the demand for recycled material was looking at mechanically recycled LLDPE – material picked up following consumption, sorted and recycled into further use. As most know, recycled plastic does not perform as well as virgin material and can only go through so many recycles before being useless. And when it gets to the useless stage, it still has to go somewhere, too often to a landfill. Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
Green Impact Plastics becomes first to focus on thermoforms in tray-to-tray recycling venture.
An innovative firm based in Mexico is seeking to make PET thermoforms the next big recycling success story. Green Impact Plastics is reportedly the first PET reclaimer solely recycling post-consumer thermoformed PET packaging in the Americas. It currently operates out of a plant in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and has plans to open a second facility in California next year. Petrochemicals PET DioxideTitanium
Up to now, PET thermoformed clamshells and trays typically have been deemed non-recyclable. In California alone, about 240 million lb of PET thermoformed packaging are landfilled every year, according to rPlanet Earth, a recycler, sheet extruder and thermoformer in Vernon, Calif. (see May 2019 OnSite).
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was going into isolation.
The White House is lit before dawn after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he and U.S. first lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Trump has mild symptoms, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. But the diagnosis, less than five weeks before the Nov. 3 election, has raised questions about what happens if a presidential candidate or the president-elect dies or becomes incapacitated.
Here’s how U.S. law and party rules address those scenarios.
– Can the Nov. 3 election be postponed?
Yes, but that is very unlikely to happen. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to determine the election date. Under U.S. law, the election takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, every four years.
Congratulations on being selected by the international judging panel as a Sustainability Awards 2020 finalist! Could you please introduce your successful entry and what’s innovative about it? Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
P&G is driving a circular economy for recycled plastics in Europe using our five-pillar model: design for recycling, collection, consumer engagement, innovation in sorting/recycling, and creating end markets.
This entry builds on the creation of significant end markets through the use of recycled polyethylene (rHDPE) resin in Ariel liquid detergent bottles. Using recycled resin up to 50% in HDPE bottles is considered as a major waste reduction strategy.
Centexbel-VKC, the Belgian competence centre of plastics and textile, and the Belgian Quality Association (BQA) have established the PolyCert Europe consortium in partnership with the industry associations ECRA, EuPC and ESWA.
The objective of the consortium is to set up a EU-level third-party quality compliance scheme for converters of polymeric materials and to harmonise the methodology for calculation of recycled content used by existing certification schemes in Europe. Such harmonisation is needed to ensure compliance with the relevant standards and regulations and to stimulate circular economy. Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
The PolyCert Europe scheme will help companies verify compliance with quality standards and ensure their products meet specifications regardless of whether they use virgin or recycled polymers. At the same time, the objective is to provide converters with a quality certification and verification of recycled content in converted products.
South Africa’s Sasol SOLJ.J said on Friday chemical company LyondellBasell Industries LYB.N had agreed to acquire a 50% stake in a unit of its U.S-based business for $2 billion, helping the petrochemicals firm to cut debt.
As part of the agreement, the two companies will form a 50/50 joint venture which will take over the base chemicals business at Lake Charles. LyondellBasell will be the operator of the new JV firm, Sasol said. Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
The Lake Charles project consists of seven manufacturing units for products used in cleaning, detergents and cosmetics.
Sasol said it will retain full ownership of the U.S performance chemicals business as well as the original ethane cracker.
“The transaction will represent a significant step towards achieving Sasol’s strategic and financial objectives by materially reducing net debt,” the company said.
Team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute exploring genetically engineered microorganism that “eats” petroleum-based plastic waste and converts it to a biodegradable plastic alternative
Each year tens of millions of tons of plastic are sent to landfills, while another eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean. It’s an exponential problem that requires an environmentally friendly solution. Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
In order to vastly improve the Earth’s health, that waste needs to be broken down for reuse, but determining how to do this effectively and efficiently has been a persistent challenge.
With the support of a new National Science Foundation grant, a team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will explore a potentially transformative idea: genetically engineering a microorganism that “eats” petroleum-based plastic waste and converts it to a biodegradable plastic alternative.
The collaboration between Sabic and Fibertex Personal Care brings sustainability to personal hygiene products.
Chemicals giant Sabic is collaborating with Fibertex Personal Care, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spun-bond nonwovens for the hygiene industry, to create nonwovens using high-purity recycled plastics from Sabic’s TruCircle portfolio. This will be the world’s first nonwovens range based on recycled plastics in the hygiene industry, said Sabic. Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
The new nonwovens will be made from Sabic’s circular polypropylene, using feedstock derived from previously used plastics, certified under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus system. The material is part of the Sabic PureCares portfolio of polypropylene for personal hygiene applications that was introduced at the beginning of this year.
Cargill and Virent, Inc. are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
Virent’s BioForming technology uses sugars found in plants as a feedstock to produce drop-in renewable gasoline and jet fuel, as well as lower carbon biochemicals, including bio-paraxylene, a key raw material for producing 100% renewable and recyclable biopolyester.
Two years ago, researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the NREL in the USA identified an enzyme capable of degrading PET, called PETase. Now, an enzyme found in the rubbish dwelling bacterium that lives on a diet of plastic bottles, has been combined with PETase to speed up the breakdown of plastic. Petrochemicals PETChip Automotive
Two years ago, researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the NREL in the USA identified an enzyme capable of degrading PET, called PETase. Now, an enzyme found in the rubbish dwelling bacterium that lives on a diet of plastic bottles, has been combined with PETase to speed up the breakdown of plastic.
Estonian startup Skeleton Technologies is reportedly developing a graphene-enhanced “SuperBattery” that can be charged in just 15 seconds, and can go through hundreds of thousands of charge-recharge cycles without degrading. It was also reported that Skeleton recently signed a €1 billion letter of intent with a leading automotive manufacturer to bring the technology to market, most likely in 2023 according to Taavi Madiberk, founder and chief executive of Skeleton.
“This will be a key enabler of the energy transition,” says Madiberk. “In most cases we see that batteries are not able to fully replace the older technologies — we still have hybrid vehicles or the need for backup generators.”
Skeleton’s graphene-based battery is hoping to help bridge the gap where lithium-ion batteries or hydrogen fuel cells are still not quite meeting energy requirements. The company has announced a partnership with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to complete the development.
Sage Automotive Interiors (an Asahi Kasei company) has completed its agreement to acquire the automotive fabric business of Adient.
Sage Automotive Interiors has paid $175M and received regulatory approvals under the agreement announced on March 5, 2020.
“Strengthening our position in Europe will enable us to better support multiple OEMS locally and more broadly as we combine the best of both company operations,” said Dirk Pieper, CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
“We look to expand capacity and capability for automotive interior products to the European market to continue our global position as the #1 preferred automotive interiors company,” said Pieper.
China’s Hengli Petrochemical is planning to add another two 2.5mn t/yr purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production unit in south China, with operations scheduled to start at the end of 2021. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
Hengli will invest about 11.5bn yuan ($1.69bn) to build the units in the Daya bay petrochemical park at Huizhou in Guangdong province, subject to governmental approvals.
The two units will take Hengli’s total PTA production capacity to 16.6mn t/yr, making it China’s top producer ahead of current market leader Yisheng Petrochemical. Hengli currently operates five PTA production units in Dalian, the site of its 400,000 b/d Changxing Island refinery.
The company intends to put up Yn3.18bn in cash and finance the remaining costs of the new units through bank loans.
Cargill and Virent, Inc. are partnering to study Cargill’s use of corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology to produce “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
Virent’s BioForming technology utilizes sugars found in plants as a feedstock to produce drop-in renewable gasoline and jet fuel, as well as lower carbon biochemicals, including bio-paraxylene, a raw material for producing 100% renewable and recyclable biopolyester. The sugars may originate from any plant source, including first-generation crops such as corn, sugar cane and sugar beets, as well as lignocellulosic materials derived from wood, corn stover, bagasse and other sources.
Ampacet has added the LaserMarkFlex portfolio of masterbatches, designed for high definition laser marking on flexible film using Nd:YAG technology to its range.
The antimony-free product range consists of LaserMarkFlex 1081, formulated for black/dark grey marking and LaserMarkFlex 1135, for lighter grey marking with broader food approval status (EC and FDA). Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
LaserMarkFlex, which is fully compliant with circular economy design guidelines, enables monochrome permanent and anti-counterfeit marking and provides a robust, waterproof, lightfast and chemical and abrasion-resistant surface.
Nexam Chemical has received an order from an existing customer in the area of PET additives for deliveries to the USA, said Chemweek.
The customer is a market-leading manufacturer of PET foam. It is the single largest order in the United States and also one of the largest ever for Nexam Chemical globally. Nexam Chemical has previously delivered products to this customer and this order confirms good growth in the business. The value of the order is SEK 9 million and applies to deliveries up to and including the spring of 2021.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
“It is very satisfying to be able to tell about this order. Mostly because we really see that we get the confidence to continue to grow with existing customers. Working with growing customers is a key component in a long-term growth strategy. ” says Johan Arvidsson, CEO of Nexam Chemical. “This is a cooperation we have had for just over 2 years, which is developing better than we originally could predict.” continues Johan Arvidsson.
Indonesian petrochemical and gasoline producer TPPI will increase its aromatics capacity by 30pc by the end of 2021 through a planned USD180mn overhaul and maintenance programme, said Chemweek.
Paraxylene (PX) extraction capacity at TPPI’s complex in Tuban, Java will increase from 600,000 t/yr to 780,000 t/yr, while benzene production capacity will rise from 360,000 t/yr to 490,000 t/yr. The company expects the expanded units to start production in early 2022.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
The project will also expand an upstream platforming unit, raising reforming capacity by 5,000-10,000 b/d to 55,000 b/d. TPPI will need to buy heavy naphtha or additional condensate to operate the facility at full capacity following the expansion.
The expansion is the result of TPPI’s need to replace existing equipment, which is coming to the end of its lifespan, with newer and more efficient facilities that will raise overall capacity.
TPPI will resume aromatics production at the end of this month at the expense of gasoline under its third-party processing agreement with state-owned refiner Pertamina.
The European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market will continue to see significant variances in demand levels on a case-by-case bases, as well as lower availability of post-consumer bottles (PCB) toward the end of the month, though impact on prices will be limited.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
Demand for colourless (C) R-PET flake in particular has varied significantly between market players ever since the end of the summer holiday period in late August. Some flake sellers have reported a drop off in volumes being requested by customers in September, while others have seen September demand increase, particularly in the sheet sector.
The increase in sheet demand in particular is of interest because virgin PET prices have remained stable at a low level since 2H September. The sheet market saw significant substitution away from R-PET and back to PET from April onwards as converters took advantage of the lower priced, better quality virgin material.
Eurozone manufacturing sector growth reached its highest level in two years and its third consecutive month of growth in September, driven by a substantial rally in Germany, according to purchasing managers’ index (PMI) data.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
The eurozone manufacturing PMI rose to 53.7 during the month compared to 51.7 in August, marking the strongest growth levels for the sector since 2018.
Rising output, faster order book growth and stronger exports all helped to drive up activity and reduce job losses, according to analysis from IHS Markit.
The demand helped to cut inventory levels, with the amount of material in warehouses dropping at the sharpest rate in a decade, on the back of coronavirus restrictions remaining low for most countries during the month.
The European Commission on Thursday (17 September) defended its plan to bring carbon removals from agriculture, land use and forestry into the EU’s updated climate target for 2030, saying this was in line with UNFCCC standards.
“If you look at the logic and the methods applied by UNFCCC, they all include carbon sinks,” said Frans Timmermans, the Commission vice-president in charge of climate policy.
“This is exactly what we have done at the European Commission,” he told journalists at a press briefing. “So I think we’re on solid ground here”.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene
Timmermans was speaking after the EU executive officially unveiled its plan to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, up from 40% currently.
The updated 2030 target, announced the day before by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, aims to put the EU in line with its commitments under the Paris Agreement and the bloc’s broader objective of becoming the first “climate neutral” continent in the world by 2050.
DSM says it has reached an agreement to sell its resins and functional materials, and associated businesses, including DSM Niaga, DSM additive manufacturing, and the coatings activities of the DSM advanced solar business, to Covestro for an equity value of EUR1.6 billion (USD1.9 billion), said Chemweek.
Completion of the transaction is expected in first half 2021, subject to customary conditions and approvals. The businesses included in the transaction represented EUR1.01 billion of DSM’s 2019 total annual net sales and EUR133 million of DSM’s 2019 total EBITDA, the company says. DSM will provide re-stated figures for its materials cluster ahead of its third-quarter results, it says.
Meanwhile, DSM anticipates a book profit on the transaction to be recognized on closing. It expects to receive approximately €1.4 billion net in cash following closing, including repayment of the net debt of the businesses being sold to Covestro, and after transaction costs and capital gains tax.
At Benchmark’s Battery Day event, EcoGraf discussed on the positioning in the Anode market expanding across mining, purification and processing and recycling from production scrap and Black mass.
Vertical Integration of the Graphite business to ensure high quality anode components and superior battery performance. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
EcoGraf seeks to develop Kwinana processing facility and the Epanko processing plant.
EcoGrafTM purification process reports production recovery of 98.6-100% from scrap and 98-99.6% recovery from black mass.
An innovative Battery Anode producer, EcoGraf Limited (ASX:EGR) presented its Lithium-ion battery recycling results at the Benchmark Mineral Intelligence’s Battery Day on 23 September 2020. This presentation was on the back of Tesla’s Battery Day event.
Under the brand name NORANTOX, Nordmann now offers its own product range of antioxidants and UV stabilisers for applications in plastics, coatings, construction and elastomers.
The products are available for purchase throughout Europe.
Antioxidants and photoprotective agents are among the most frequently used additives in the plastics industry. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
Nordmann says without these additives, advanced applications would be unable to perform under harsh environmental conditions.
Both during processing and across the lifetime of finished products, they are used to prevent molecular degradation and to inhibit or slow the rate of oxidation in plastics.
Nordmann already offers its customers an extensive product portfolio of plastic additives (including flame retardants such as the NORD-MIN range, rheology modifiers, impact modifiers and pigments) and intends to further develop its portfolio for this important and growing market.
Jaguar Land Rover is working with ECONYL nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste.
Next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with ECONYL® fibre from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as ‘ghost nets’. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
This commitment to designing sustainable luxury interiors using responsibly sourced and recycled materials is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero emission, with innovation helping to make environments safer and cleaner while offering customers a premium, sustainable option.
Report warns exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday consumer goods could result in cancers, damage to immune system. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
Evidence suggests several chemical additives in plastic products and packaging are poisoning consumers, harming the environment and undermining recycling initiatives, according to a new study, which calls for the development of safer alternatives.
In a report published on Wednesday, the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC), warned that exposure to even small amounts of harmful plastic chemical additives could result in cancers, damage to immune and reproductive systems, impaired intellectual functions, and developmental delays.
Global reverse vending leader TOMRA has unveiled its robust solution for big-city recycling, the TOMRA S1 Rugged.
Designed to withstand challenging weather conditions, this innovative reverse vending machine (RVM) has been designed for returning drink containers for recycling in semi-outdoor, metropolitan locations. TOMRA S1 Rugged hits the US market today and will roll out to other markets in the future. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
TOMRA S1 Rugged can withstand demanding use as well as increased exposure to the elements in metropolitan areas. It has been tested to comply with product standards for water resistance, making it ideal for semi-outdoor locations. The reverse vending machine’s touchscreen display is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. With TOMRA Flow Technology, the TOMRA S1 Rugged accepts containers in a smooth, fast flow, with top-of-the line system integrity.
Graham Packaging, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Graham Recycling Company (GRC).
The facility opened on 26 September 26, running only one line and one shift. It now operates three lines with three round-the-clock shifts.
CEO Mike King said: “When the GRC began operations 30 years ago, Graham Packaging was well ahead of the industry regarding recycling best practices. Today, the company continues its innovative trajectory with investments that will further support and expand the capabilities of our recycling company.” Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
The benefits of having an in-house recycling plant are twofold. Not only has it helped Graham become one of the largest suppliers of bottle-grade recycled plastic containers in North America, but it’s also enabled the company to become more sustainable. By diverting plastic from landfills, the recycling facility helps save energy and natural resources, as well as substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Mono material film structures is the name of the modern solution for all packaging applications that require both high performance and environmental friendliness. However, the production of full PO films poses challenges for plastics processors: they have to adapt and expand their manufacturing equipment and meet all the requirements of the food industry. With its Triple Bubble technology, Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH offers a solution to all film manufacturers for the economical production of uniformly oriented mono-material films that are both high quality and directly sealable.
MD Jürgen Schiffmann said: “We have been building Triple Bubble blown film lines for over 20 years and thus have an enormous wealth of experience both in terms of machine technology and formulation development. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
Polyester and downstream markets showed signals to improve recently. Firstly, fabric market kept turning better since Aug, with rising orders, profit and run rate. Stocks of grey fabric and feedstock inventory of grey fabric plants gradually declined. Overall downstream market witnesses apparently eased pressure compared with the first half of year, especially in knitting and home textile sectors. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Sustainability
Secondly, price of PFY moved up in end-Sep despite of falling feedstock price, and sales improved, resulting into decreasing stocks and recovering profit. Cash flow of PET fiber chip has turned to positive territory. Better PFY market was mainly stimulated by improving downstream fabric market and falling feedstock price.
Conscious fashion fiber producer launches new traceable, transparent circular portfolio
Eastman, the producer of sustainably sourced Naia™ cellulosic fiber, introduces its new Naia™ Renew portfolio, sourced from 60% wood pulp and 40% recycled waste plastics*. Naia™ Renew cellulosic fiber is traceable with certified biodegradability that captures the value of hard-to-recycle materials that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It can be produced at scale to deliver sustainability without compromise to the fashion world.
“Naia(TM) Renew enables a circular economy for the fashion industry and helps brands meet their eco-conscious goals,” said Ruth Farrell, global marketing director of textiles for Eastman. “We’re transforming what a fabric can be and do to meet the sustainability demands of our customers and to create a world where brands and consumers can be in fashion without compromising on quality and performance.”
PT Pertamina (Persero)—the national oil company of Indonesia—will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at its Plaju and Cilacap refineries in Indonesia. The company will use UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology at its Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining technology at its Cilacap refinery in Central Java. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, catalysts and training for the two projects in Indonesia. The biorefinery in Plaju will process 20,000 barrels per day of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels such as renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel fuel and green liquefied petroleum gas at the Plaju refinery.
UOP also will revamp the existing refinery at Cilacap to process 6,000 barrels per day of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels.
Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s. In 2020, an estimated 24 million to 34 million tonnes of plastic waste will enter the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. That is roughly the weight of 21,000 rail locomotives.
And if trends continue without improvements in the way we manage plastic waste, we could be spewing as much as 90 million tonnes of plastic waste into the world’s waters by 2030. Already, an estimated 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste enter the Great Lakes every year.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
The US is looking to re-establish its titanium supply chain after the last domestic titanium sponge plant closed in August and increased the country’s reliance on imports of the critical metal.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
Australian mining explorer Tao Commodities has acquired an option on a titanium and zircon project in Tennessee. The resource is 15km from one of the world’s largest titanium-consuming pigment plants, owned by US-based Chemours.
Chemours has also opened a new facility in Georgia after it acquired an $86mn mineral sands mining project last year. The plant will produce titanium dioxide (TiO2) piment, as well as zircon to be used in precision casting.
Amcor and Nestlé are announcing a breakthrough in recyclable packaging, aiming to improve the environmental footprint of consumer packaging up to 60%, starting with wet cat food.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
Amcor in collaboration with Nestlé today launched the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. The new high barrier pouch, using Amcor’s Amlite Heatflex Recyclable solution, will first appear in stores in the Netherlands in October 2020.
The companies partnered to overcome one of the largest challenges facing the industry – the inability to recycle retort flexible packaging – and have achieved a technical breakthrough which underscores both companies’ long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. The partners collaborated during the product development process, testing for heat resistance, machine performance, shelf-life and recyclability in the real world.
A SUSTAINABLE, eco-friendly nylon using abandoned fishing nets and landfill waste is being used by Jaguar Land Rover to create high-end car interiors for next generation models.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
The Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull based automotive company, which has its HQ in Whitley, today (Tuesday, September 29) announced that it is working with regenerated ECONYL® nylon, a fabric favoured by designers for high-end fashion, sportswear and luxury watch brands to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear and watch straps.
Adrian Iles, Senior Engineer of Interior Systems at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our designers and engineers are committed to developing the next generation of sustainable materials that will feature on future Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Eleven leading companies from six countries founded the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) in September 2020 under the leadership of Germany’s nova-Institute. The aim of the initiative is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
Besides Lenzing, these ten companies are founding members of the RCI, which also form the Core Advisory Board: Beiersdorf (Germany), Cosun Beet Company (The Netherlands), Covestro (Germany), Henkel (Germany), LanzaTech (USA), NESTE (Finland), SHV Energy (The Netherlands), Stahl (The Netherlands), Unilever (UK) and UPM (Finland).
The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) addresses the core problem of climate change, which is extracting and using additional fossil carbon from the ground. The vision is stated clearly: By 2050, fossil carbon shall be completely substituted by renewable carbon, which is carbon from alternative sources: biomass, direct CO2 utilisation and recycling, Lenzing reports.
ALPLA Group, a global specialist for packaging solutions and recycling, is acquiring a facility in Western India for the production of preforms for PET bottles from the packaging company Amcor.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
Ein Teil der Belegschaft des neu erworbenen Werks ALPLA Pune. // Part of the workforce at the newly acquired ALPLA Pune plant.
ALPLA Group has taken over a plant for rigid plastics in India from the global packaging specialist Amcor with effect from September 28, 2020.
The plant in Alandi, West India, is in the immediate vicinity of the metropolis of Pune.
It manufactures preforms for the production of PET bottles for the beverage industry. Customers include Coca-Cola and the Indian dairy company Amul.
plastship, a platform for the procurement and quality assurance of recycled plastics, and RecyClass, an initiative to improve the recyclability of packaging, have combined their strengths to help manufacturers meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainability.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
As a certification body, plastship evaluates and certifies the recyclability of plastic packaging based on the RecyClass method and supports brands and manufacturers in the design of recyclable packaging solutions. For consumers, easily recyclable packaging can be labelled. The result is the classification in a recyclability class (A to F) by certificate, a result report and a logo including certificate number.
Although the pandemic is still raging in many regions around the world, there is no doubt that with the advent and promotion of the vaccine for the new crown pandemic in 2021, the impact on the global economy will be gradually controlled. Under this premise, oil prices will gradually rise with the recovery of the consumer market and gradually be digested crude oil inventories. At present, the central price of crude oil in 2021 is expected to be $50-55 per barrel.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Additives
In other words, there is a high probability that the central pivot price of crude oil may increase in 2021. Based on this premise, the price platform of the energy and chemicals, including pure benzene and CPL, may be lifted.
Economic growth in developing East Asia and the Pacific region is expected to slow down this year to 0.9%, the slowest pace since 1967, weighed down by the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to contain its spread, the World Bank said late on Monday.
The region’s economy expanded by 5.8% in 2019, the World Bank said.
China is forecast to post a GDP growth of 2.0% in 2020 – boosted by government spending, strong exports, and a low rate of new coronavirus infections since March, but checked by slow domestic consumption – while the rest of the region is projected to contract by 3.5%.
The world’s biggest economy will witness a marked slowdown in growth from a 6.1% pace in 2019 but will avoid a recession.
Scientists have created a new “super enzyme” that can break down plastic up to six times faster than their previous enzyme.
A team of researchers that previously re-engineered a plastic-eating enzyme named PETase have now combined it with a second enzyme to speed up the process, according to a press release from the University of Portsmouth.
The super enzyme could have major implications for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most common thermoplastic used in single-use drinks bottles, carpets, and clothing.
PET takes hundreds of years to degrade in the environment. PETase can break it down into its building blocks in a few days.
AIMPLAS is coordinating the SPARTA project, with the participation of TEKNIKER.
The main goal of the European SPARTA project, coordinated by AIMPLAS, with the participation of TEKNIKER, is to find a new method of recycling and reprocessing composite thermoplastic materials that reduces the amount of waste generated by the aerospace industry, as well as its environmental impact. Another goal is to design more eco-efficient manufacturing methods. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
Both centres will develop a new recycling method for key waste processing and reprocessing procedures.
Specifically, TEKNIKER will contribute its knowledge and experience in mechanical cutting to the development and optimisation of an innovative mechanical scrapping process, through simulation and experimentation, while AIMPLAS focuses on improving material reprocessing through automatic deposition and compression moulding.
In the production process of meltblown nonwoven, because of the parameters of temperature, air pressure, mold, speed and other aspects of the ratio, so the need for constant running in and debugging, in order to make the product to achieve the best results. The following is the experience summarized in the actual production process for your reference:
One: Machine adjustment process
Make the cloth softer under higher temperature and wind pressure;
Slowly reduce the die head temperature and the hot air temperature in turn until the cloth looks a little hard;
Record the die head temperature and screw temperature at this time;
Adjust the wind pressure, melt extrusion amount and net distance to make the cloth more soft;
Adjust the winding speed to achieve full traction;
6, standing-pole according to the speed of the grid, generally add two standing-poles can, static voltage in 40KV-60kV, standing-pole bar distance 5-7 cm cloth surface, slowly add a static electricity can be, you can choose to add positive, you can choose to add negative, can be determined by the test. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
LyondellBasell is to increase its production of recycled and renewable-based polymers by 2030 as part of a raft of new sustainability targets unveiled by the firm on Monday.
A sustainability review has led to new plans to drastically increase the volumes of recycled and renewable-based plastics the olefins and polymers producer manufactures over the next decade, as well as developing its waste plastic recovery spending.
The commitment is one of the largest announced in the sustainable plastics sector so far, following consumer goods producer Nestle’s plans to invest Swiss francs 1.5bn up to 2025 to source 2m tonnes/ tonnes of food-grade recycled plastics. LyondellBasell did not disclose the estimated cost of its own plans.
While major world economies are still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic that has bruised their economies, China is on the fast lane to recovery, supported by Beijing’s stimulus measures. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
China wasted no time in whipping its economy back to shape following the outbreak of the deadly virus which was detected late last year in the city of Wuhan, with infrastructure and construction amongst its priorities.
China reported 14 new coronavirus cases on 26 September, compared with 15 cases announced a day earlier, the latest data from the national health authority showed.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in China stood at 85,351, while the number of total deaths remained unchanged at 4,634.
New palladium alumina catalysts offer superior activity and tolerance to sulfur impurities
New PTA catalyst CBA-250 with significantly lower palladium content
A new series of commercially proven alumina catalysts is now available with new performance features that can benefit selective hydrogenation applications such as first stage PYGAS or selective hydrogenation of dienes in C4 olefin streams. This new series of Pd on spherically shaped E15x catalysts replaces the E14x series of Pd alumina catalysts which have been used commercially for over thirty years in selective hydrogenation applications. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
The new series of alumina supported catalysts offers better activity and tolerance to poisons such as sulfur due to higher Pd dispersion. The catalysts are also very uniform in size and shape which helps to prevent mal-distribution of feed in fixed bed reactor applications. This new series of selective hydrogenation catalysts is available with Pd contents ranging from 0.15 to 0.75 % Pd and can be produced in BASF plant sites in Europe and the United States as well.
Apparel industry of Turkey has always been one of the leading industry in Turkey mainly due to its widespread and innovative manufacturing power and features of competitiveness. The Turkish apparel industry is listed 6th largest exporter in the world and the 3rd largest supplier to the EU. The Turkish apparel industry exported nearly 18 billion $ in 2019 with more than 10 thousand of manufacturing and exporting companies. The Turkish apparel manufacturers are supplying to global buyers and brands in many countries around the globe. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
Aegean Region of Turkey has a significant place in apparel manufacturing in Turkey. Over 1.000 member companies which are located in/or around the Aegean Region of Turkey and active in the fields of manufacturing and exporting a wide range of top quality apparel products are represented by Aegean Apparel Exporters’ Association. Exports realized by members of the Association total up to 1,3 billion $ per year.
On Thursday, 24 September, the Lenzing Group, a leading manufacturer of wood-based cellulosic specialty fibres, and Hof University opened their new Nonwoven Development Center (VEZ). As a strategic partner, Lenzing has access to a state-of-the-art development line at the campus in Münchberg with immediate effect. This offers new opportunities for sustainable fibre and nonwoven innovations for a wide range of applications including hygiene, body care and medical. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
In line with its sCore TEN corporate strategy, the Lenzing Group is focusing on sustainable innovations, which are agreed in an optimum manner to the needs of the value chain. “We offer our customers and partners a decisive competitive advantage – agility. The pilot plant in the VEZ allows the resource-efficient development of fibre and nonwoven innovations on a small scale”, Jürgen Eizinger, Vice President Business Unit Nonwovens at Lenzing, explains.
Sesotec makes a closed material cycle possible with FLAKE PURIFIER+ from
The FLAKE PURIFIER+ systems from Sesotec play an important role in the PET sorting process at their recycling facilities.
The sorting system is equipped with an array of sensors that make it possible to separate PET flakes according to colour, metal contaminants, and type of plastic in one run.
The newest models of the FLAKE PURIFIER+ are currently in use at Reiling facilities in Marienfeld and at the new location in Burgbernheim.
On top of optimal sorting capabilities, FLAKE PURIFIER+ can be efficiently integrated into the overall system, offering precise fits for connections at material feeding and outlet points. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
Feed hoppers transfer the PET flakes to the main conveyor of the FLAKE PURIFIER+ for sorting. Material that is rejected from the main conveyor is automatically fed back into the system via a recovery lane.
On the occasion of this year’s International Trade Fair for Plastics Processing (Fakuma), BASF is showcasing on its virtual platform two new high-performance plastics, Ultradur B 4440 and Ultramid B3U42G6, adding innovations in the field of flame-retardant and highly insulating polymers to its existing portfolio. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyester
The two new high-performance plastics offer high tracking resistance and excellent fire behaviour combined with economical processing options.
BASF believes these two new products successfully combine material innovation and sustainability by avoiding the use of antimony and halogen compounds.
French oil major Total has announced that it is investing more than €500m ($583m) to convert its Grandpuits refinery in France into a zero-crude platform for biofuels and bioplastics.
The oil major noted that crude oil refining at Grandpuits would be discontinued in the first quarter (Q1) of next year and the storage of petroleum products would end by 2023.
Out of the 400 jobs at Grandpuits and its associated Gargenville depot, 250 will be maintained after the conversion.
An additional 15 jobs will be created at Grandpuits in a packaging unit connected to the bioplastics unit.
Total added that it will carry out this ‘industrial redeployment’ with no layoffs and said there would be no forced redundancies. Instead, the company will encourage early retirement and internal staff moves.
Despite the International Monetary Fund (IMF) asserting this week that investors and consumers’ faltering confidence may be premature given a better-than-expected outlook, the pandemic’s second wave is hitting Europe hard.
The expected economic bounce back in the second half of the year, in turn, is losing steam and the latest indicators are showing rising infections across Europe are already denting the recovery. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
The fears about yet more economic pain to come were reflected this week in European stock markets, which opened on Monday with heavy losses and also closed on Friday in the red.
IMF: LONE OPTIMISTIC WOLF
The IMF this week issued what could be considered an upgrade of sorts, arguing global growth could turn out to be “less dire” than expected in June.
“Upcoming data suggests the outlook may be somewhat less dire than at the time of the WEO [World Economic Outlook, published] on 24 June,” said IMF communications director Gerry Rice, speaking at a press briefing.
European polyethylene (PE) prices are flat, if not slightly down in some cases, but prices on a free-on-board (FOB) basis in the US are soaring, standing sometimes higher than delivered prices in Europe.
US prices have been rising for several months now and sellers are shying away from low-priced Europe to sell to Latin America, where netbacks are better.
Offers of $1,000/tonne FOB US Gulf were heard for C4 (butene based) linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), a number that would mean delivered prices, duties included, in Europe of €950/tonne. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
Current levels are easily €100/tonne below this.
The situation is particularly valid for C4 LLDPE, as most of it used in Europe is imported.
The Middle East was the number one importer but the US has been gaining ground in the past couple of years as new capacities have come on stream.
Chemical recycling technology company Agilyx sees polystyrene (PS) recycling as a true game changer, changing the perception of the plastic from a circularity standpoint and making the recycled product economically viable.
“This can really be a game changer to PS. One of the reasons why there’s been so much pressure on it is because it’s been seen as an unrecyclable polymer. But the reality is that is completely wrong. It’s one of the most recyclable polymers because you can take this direct polymer-to-monomer pathway and then back to plastic again,” said Tim Stedman, CEO of Agilyx, in an interview with ICIS. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
“You can take contaminated dirty low-grade PS and through our process upgrade it to food-grade PS. This is not recycling – it’s upcycling. So it has the potential to be incredibly powerful,” he added.
Agilyx is not only focused on PS, but also on turning mixed waste plastics to naphtha or fuel and chemically recycling polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) back to methyl methacrylate (MMA).
Mountains of waste, plastic-infested oceans, negative CO2 footprints – the need for more sustainable ways of living has never been more urgent.
Consequently, it is logical that recycling solutions are becoming increasingly important within the textile industry. This was raised at the recent first virtual Global Fiber Congress in Dornbirn, Austria with a session that focused specifically on the topic.
In front of around 400 participants, Markus Reichwein, Head of Product Management at Oerlikon Barmag, spoke about solutions currently on the market.
Sustainable textile industry
Oerlikon Manmade Fibers offers the entire mechanical recycling chain, from preparing the recycled materials, producing the melt, all the way through to the textured package.
Here, the company utilizes the VacuFil solution supplied by its subsidiary Barmag Brückner Engineering (BBE), which, in addition to mastering bottle-to-bottle and bottle-to-textile processes, is also able to process textile waste into chips.
This permits the running of textile production operations very much in line with the zero-waste philosophy, the company explains. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) India and the European Union will join forces to step up cooperation in research and innovation on green projects.
In a statement, the European Union said it will join forces with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in the five areas of clean, affordable and secure energy, industry for a clean and circular economy, testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy, biodiversity and ecosystem services and zero-pollution, toxic-free environment. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
The cooperation will be undertaken under the Horizon 2020 Green Deal Work Programme.
This action is a follow-up to the priorities identified at the EU-India Summit held on July 15, 2020, to boost cooperation in transforming our economies into carbon-neutral economies, the statement said.
Cognizant of the need for effective solutions to reduce plastic waste in the context of growing environmental challenges, Forest Essentials has been strengthening its policies towards eco-friendly packaging and organized recycling by partnering with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
As one of the global leaders in the pet manufacturing space, RIL will undertake recycling of waste plastic packaging for Forest Essentials products and convert the plastic into high-quality eco-friendly materials.
Borealis, Borouge and ITOCHU jointly announced today that they have the strategic intent to jointly evaluate how to enable uptake of renewable polypropylene (PP) in the Japanese market. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
The developments of climate change are attracting attention in Japan and overseas, and countermeasures are urgently required. Under these circumstances, Japan has formulated a basic plan to introduce approximately two million tons of renewable plastic products by 2030. There is a need to shift to renewable plastics, which feature enhanced environmental considerations without compromising the superiority of plastics.
Polypropylene is a principal raw material characterised by its high strength and high heat resistance. It is used extensively, including in food containers, daily commodities and automotive parts. Meanwhile, it has been considered difficult to commercialise polypropylene production from renewable materials due to the many technical difficulties in the production.
Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, and a global leader in vinyl acetate ethylene (EVA) emulsions, has announced an increase in its September low density polyethylene (LDPE) prices in China, as per the company’s press release. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
Thus, the company’s LDPE prices rose by CNY700/mt for China, effective September 15, 2020, or as contracts otherwise allow.
The price increases above are for orders shipped on or after September 15, or as contracts otherwise allow, and are incremental to any previously announced rises.
As MRC reported earlier, Celanese has also raised its September prices of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) by the sam amount.
This guest blog from Nigel Davis, Insights Editor at ICIS examines the impact that an economic collapse in emerging markets such as Vietnam and Sub-saharan Africa may have on the chemicals sector in Europe, tying it into the continuing presence of the pandemic and its continued effect on market stagnation across the globe.
EU chemicals trade has shrunk this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has spread and lockdowns have restricted industrial activity and consumer goods demand.
Trade is vitally important for the sector which has enjoyed a strong trade balance over the years. Chemicals has benefited hugely from globalisation and from broad-based tariff reductions. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Polyamide
The combination of COVID-19 and production outages have tightened supplies of polyethylene and polypropylene resins in 2020.
Market analysts Mike Burns and Scott Newell of Resin Technology Inc. explored markets for those materials as parts of Plastics News’ Caps & Closures conference.
“Plastics hit all points in the grocery chain,” said Burns, who covers PE for Fort Worth, Texas-based RTI. “During COVID-19, polyethylene makers have replenished supplies as fast as they could. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
“At first, there was strong essential demand, then non-essential demand for items like home improvement got stronger,” he added.
Cosmo Films has developed a BOPP-based clear thermal lamination film which is manufactured using an antimicrobial technology that aims to tackle the problems of bacterial infections on packaged items.
The film has an extrusion coated surface with low temperature melting resin
Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films, said, “Amid this pandemic, we all are searching for ways to stay safe and healthy. Washing our hands continuously and disinfecting every product we touch to prevent the spread of bacteria have become part of our daily routine. This antimicrobial technology will prove to be effective against a broad range of bacteria.”
According to the Delhi-based company, the antimicrobial film is effective against a broad range of bacteria and inhibits germ growth due to its a completely new approach of preventing microbial colonisation on the surface. It also shows positive effect against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 and Escherichia coli ATCC 8739 as per JIS Z 2801 certification.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the plastics industry dodged what probably would have been its biggest political challenge this year: a November ballot referendum in California asking voters to put a 1-cent fee on single-use plastic packaging to fund recycling and cleanup.
Voters will now likely see that question on statewide ballots in November 2022, after the pandemic delayed attempts this year to collect enough signatures to put it in front of voters. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
If I were a plastics industry leader, I would treat it as an “opportunity” that shouldn’t be squandered. What do I mean by that?
Deduction of Sinopec’s September contract settlement for CPL
There is roughly just a week to go before the National Day holiday (Oct 1-8, 2020), and the only suspense left for September is will Sinopec’s contract settlement for CPL be higher, lower than, or the same as the settlement in August.
The three kinds of results are actually relatively pointing to a same range, a range of 100yuan/mt higher or less than 9700yuan/mt (Sinopec’s Aug contract settlement for CPL).
Calculating according to the spot average price method (A deduction of settlement price prediction model mentioned in “Explore a relatively reasonable caprolactam contract settlement prediction method”, that is to add the average spot price from the first working day of the month to the day publishing contract settlement with a reasonable price spread.), the expected settlement is also in line with this statement. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
In H1 2020, China local entity enterprises was being squeezed by COVID pandemic, tense international trade situation and overall economic downturn. So what was the performance of China’s textile and apparel industry? Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
According to China Customs, exports of textiles and apparels amounted to US$187.4 billion in Jan-Aug, 2020, up by 8.1% y-o-y. Among these, textile export value amounted to about US$104.8 billion in Jan-Aug, 2020, up by 33.4% compared with the same period of last year, and apparel export value reached US$82.6 billion, down by 12.9% on the year. The export value of textile yarn, fabric and finished products increased greatly, mainly due to the substantial increase in overseas demand for protective materials such as masks and gloves. China’s textile export value has achieved a significant YoY growth, but the growth rate has declined month-by-month, while the apparel one has shrunk significantly, down by nearly 20%.
The next Heimtextil has been postponed from January and will now be held concurrently with Techtextil and Texprocess 2021 in Frankfurt from 4-7 May 2021. This will result in exciting synergistic effects for the sector, organisers Messe Frankfurt say.
The current situation with respect to the corona pandemic and the associated international travel restrictions have caused Messe Frankfurt to postpone the next Heimtextil, the world’s biggest trade fair for home and contract textiles, from the planned dates in January until 4 to 7 May 2021. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
“The bulk of the international home and contract textiles sector want us to hold Heimtextil 2021. Many companies are hoping to give their businesses a boost by taking part in the fair following the restart. And we consider it a greater obligation than ever before that we play our part in this,” explains Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
DiloGroup, a leading supplier for needling lines, has announced that the company presented its products and developments at Cinte Techtextil, which was the first textile show in Asia since the pandemic outbreak. The show was well attended, and a large number of Chinese customers took the opportunity to inform themselves about needlefelt production.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
In its 118 years of history, DiloGroup has always set new standards in regard to machine performance and efficiency. Innovative technologies like DI-Lour, DI-Loop and Hyperpunch have created new markets for the nonwovens industry and contributed to continuous growth. Examples of recent developments in group’s machinery are the Hyperlayer, Feeder VRS-P, the Dilo Compact Line, the 3-D Lofter, HyperTex, 8000X and diloline 4.0.
An update on Nova Chemicals’ HD-BOPE resin that enables the production of recyclable barrier materials for food packaging, ecommerce, and other markets.
The next evolution in multilayer films for food packaging and other markets is that they be recyclable, which requires the engineering of an appropriate high-performance resin.
One of the companies advancing in this area is Nova Chemicals of Calgary, Canada. In July, PlasticsToday reported on the company’s breakthrough development of high-density resin technology for the biaxially oriented polyethylene (BOPE) market.
The HD-BOPE technology enables converters to make recyclable multilayer films that perform as well as traditional mixed-material structures.
It’s a major advance in the pursuit of a circular economy for plastics, according to Nova Chemicals.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
Indorama Ventures continues the “RECO Young Designer Competition 2020” (Reco) program, which is held for the 9th year, challenging young designers aged 17-35 to participate in a sustainable fashion design competition. Under the concept of ‘REVIVE: Start from Street’, win a total prize money of more than 500,000 baht and organize eco-design workshops, learn and develop work by receiving professional advice. Accepting works from today until October 12, 2020 Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide Mr. Yash Lohia, Chief Sustainability Officer of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited or IVL, a global leader in chemicals, said, “Indorama Ventures has focused on promoting a circular economy and sustainability. Indeed We believe Recycling is one of the most responsible options for making the best use of resources. Which since 2011 until the beginning of the past year IVL has recycled more than 50 billion PET bottles, or up to 750,000 tonnes, to be processed into recycled plastic resins, yarns and PET fibers that can be used in a wide variety of industries. Including the fashion industry IVL continues to expand its recycling business.
Along with promoting knowledge on recycling and proper waste separation In particular, PET, a 100% recyclable material by Reco, is another project that inspires society to realize the value of recycled materials to be reused in Everyday life ” Arathana Lohia Sharma, Vice President as Chair of the RECO Young Competition Designer, said, “Reco is the largest upcycling design contest in Thailand. IVL has been held continuously until the ninth year by initiating the concept of 3R: Reduce – Reduce Reuse – Reuse and Recycle – Reuse. Which is one of the important goals of the Reco project It is to inspire and raise awareness for the new generation to appreciate the value of used PET plastics and polyester fibers.
This first investment from the company’s sustainable packaging venture fund will help upgrade U.S. recycling infrastructure and secure access to food-grade recycled plastics
Nestlé today announced a USD 30 million investment in the Closed Loop Leadership Fund, the private equity fund of circular economy investment firm Closed Loop Partners to lead the shift from virgin plastics to the use of food-grade recycled plastics in the U.S.
This investment is the first to utilize Nestlé’s packaging venture fund established earlier this year, which is part of the company’s overall investment of up to CHF 2 billion to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.
“This investment is one of many solutions we are exploring to address the global plastic waste challenge,” said Véronique Cremades-Mathis, Global Head of Sustainable Packaging, Nestlé. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
“It will help create a more sustainable recycling system and, at the same time, assist us in achieving our commitment to reduce our use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025. This is particularly important as increasing the use of recycled plastics could substantially reduce the environmental impact of our packaging.”
News from Amsterdam today, where Fashion for Good launched the “Full Circle Textiles Project: Scaling Innovations in Cellulosic Recycling”–a first-of-its-kind consortium project. The Project’s overall aim is to investigate economically viable and scalable solutions for cellulosic chemical recycling to enable a closed loop system converting textile waste-of cotton and cotton-blend materials, to produce new man-made cellulosic fibres As much as 73% of clothing produced is sent to landfill or is incinerated and of all new clothing made, less than 1% of material used comes from recycled sources. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyamide
Focusing on cellulosic fibres, this Project aims to validate and eventually scale promising technologies in chemical recycling from a select group of innovators to tackle these issues. Leading global organisations Laudes Foundation, Birla Cellulose, Kering, PVH Corp. and Target join Fashion for Good, to explore the disruptive solutions, with the goal of creating new fibres and garments from used clothing and ultimately drive industry-wide adoption.
The company achieves a key milestone in its journey to become fully circular by 2025.
Bottled water company Evian has reached a new milestone on its journey toward a circular economy: 100% recycled water bottles are now part of the portfolio of the Danone brand. All Evian water bottles are recyclable, and this week’s announcement means that, on average, 40% of its portfolio is now also made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET). The bottles are available in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and the UK.
According to Evian’s announcement, when plastic is recycled into a new bottle, it reduces carbon emissions in the production process by as much as 50% compared with bottles made from virgin plastic.
Cortec advances biodegradable packaging options as global auto manufacturer runs pilot tests on shipping performance.
The Czech subsidiary of one of the world’s three largest car manufacturers, began looking for a biodegradable packaging substitute to reduce the amount of conventional plastic packaging they use.
As global companies are becoming more environmentally responsible and supporting a circular economy, the car manufacturer decided to test Cortec’s Eco-Corr Film® as part of their new “green” logistics project aimed at decreasing plastic consumption. “Green” packaging alternative Eco-Corr Film® is used for transport of automotive engines from their manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic to India where the film is then composted.
Consumers do understand value and proper end-of-life of compostable plastics
In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlights the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets made use of a biased interpretation of the report to draw a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics.
François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP, stated “In several respects, the EEA report is laudable in its objectives to provide information about the types of biodegradable products available, their labelling and their properties. It also accurately highlights the need to raise awareness about the different packaging solutions to ensure proper sorting and collection of waste”. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
Chemical Recycling Europe welcomes Recycling Technologies, a United Kingdom based company as a new member. The company has developed a technology which turns hard-to-recycle plastic into an oil used as a feedstock for new plastic production.
The RT7000 is modular and small-scale, designed to fit easily onto existing waste treatment and recycling sites, providing a scalable solution to recycle waste plastic anywhere in the world. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
ChemRecEurope Secretary General, Mohammad Hayatifar, said: “We are delighted Recycling Technologies has joined our association. It is a leader in the UK having set itself a mission to accelerate the evolution of plastic into a sustainable material. The company is already expanding its reach into Europe where it is working with Citeo, Mars and Nestlé to develop chemical recycling in France and recently announced plans to build its first European site in the Netherlands. We are looking forward to working together with this new member to increase the circularity of plastic.”
Industry leader shifts US and Japan factories from plane to auto materials
Japanese materials maker Toray Industries will ramp up production of carbon fiber for fuel cell vehicles in the U.S. and Japan by 50% this fiscal year, Nikkei has learned, pivoting to a field expected to see growth as demand from the aviation industry tumbles.
The company will switch over production lines for aircraft materials to make the stronger and more lightweight carbon fiber used in hydrogen tanks.
The shift comes as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on a major source of revenue for Toray, the world’s top producer of carbon fiber. The aerospace industry accounted for 46% of net sales in the company’s carbon fiber segment in fiscal 2019, about on par with such industrial applications as wind turbines.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
Plastics technology expert Loop Industries and environmental services provider SUEZ, have announced plans to build the first Infinite Loop™ recycling facility in Europe.
Based on what is described as enhanced recycling, the aim is to produce virgin quality, food grade, 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable plastic.
“Loop’s patented depolymerisation technology enables waste plastic to be recycled an infinite number of times, with no degradation in quality.
It requires low energy, is industrially scalable and produces virgin-quality, food-grade PET plastic and polyester fiber made from 100% recycled content that is infinitely recyclable with no degradation in quality,” Loop founder and CEO, Daniel Solomita tells Packaging Europe. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
PolyQuest is adding 25 million pounds per year of processing capacity to its South Carolina pelletizing operation. Growth in customer RPET demand led to the investment.
Wilmington, N.C.-headquartered PolyQuest is adding a post-consumer PET processing line at its Darlington, S.C. recycling plant, growing its RPET capacity by at least a third, the company stated this month. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
PolyQuest currently has the annual capacity to process about 50 million pounds of PCR, material that is sold into virtually every PET end market. Customer demand has increased to the point that its post-consumer lines were running at full capacity and all the output was sold out, explained Tod Durst, president of PolyQuest, in an interview.
“The demand and interest in utilizing recycled resin back into the converters has done nothing but increase, driven by sustainability goals set by brand owners,” Durst said.
PolyQuest anticipates the new line will come on-line by the third quarter of 2021.
Scientists investigate in vitro toxicity of extracts from bioplastics and plant-based food contact articles; find strongest toxicity induced by cellulose- and starch-based products; emphasize similar toxicity profiles among bio-based, biodegradable, and conventional plastics Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
In an article published on September 17, 2020, in the peer-reviewed journal Environment International, Lisa Zimmermann and colleagues from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, reported on the assessment of in vitro toxicity and chemical composition of extracts of bioplastics and plant-based materials used in food contact.
The scientists used methanol to extract a total of 43 samples, which included food contact articles made of diverse bio-based and/or biodegradable materials, as well as respective raw materials (pre-production pellets). Twenty-seven of these samples represented “bioplastics with the highest market share,” including bio-based polyethylene (bio-PE) and bio-based polyethyelene terephthalate (bio-PET), as well as polylactic acid (PLA), polybutylene succinate (PBS), polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), and polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT). Sixteen samples represented plant-based materials, namely starch, cellulose, and bamboo. In vitro assays covered baseline toxicity, oxidative stress responses, and estrogenic and antiandrogenic activity. Chemical composition of the extracts was analyzed with non-target high-resolution mass spectrometry.
The nova-Institute report commissioned by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) noted that the analysis of the 2017 Eurostat data shows that the turnover of the total bioeconomy*, including food and beverages and the primary sectors of agriculture and forestry, results in just over 2.4 trillion EUR in the EU-28, meaning an increase by 25% since 2008. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic
Roughly half of the turnover is accounted for by the food and beverage sector, roughly 30% is contributed by the bio-based industries, such as bio-based chemicals and plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper and paper products, forest-based industries, textiles, biofuels and bioenergy. The remaining 20% is generated by the primary sectors – agriculture and forestry.
The report also indicated that the bio-based industries employ 3.6 million people in the EU-28. Figures for the bio-based chemical industry (including plastics) alone reveal a turnover of 60 billion EUR and an increase of the bio-based share to 15%, up from 7.5% in 2008.
Calls are growing for eco-friendly alternatives, such as biodegradable plastic. In response, chemical and manufacturing firms have started to research the market for biodegradable plastics. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Bioplastic According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, the cumulative turnover for online food delivery in the January-July period was 8.66 trillion won ($7.43 billion), a 73.6 percent on-year increase. Household waste from delivered goods, such as plastic and vinyl, has been rapidly mounting as well. The Ministry of Environment announced that a daily average of 850 tons of plastic waste was generated in the first half of the year, a 16 percent on-year increase.
Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announces its intention to build its second PLA plant with a capacity ramping up to 100,000 tons per annum. This expansion would make Total Corbion PLA the global market leader in PLA, firmly positioned to cater for the rapidly growing demand for Luminy® PLA resins. The new plant is planned to be located on a Total site in Grandpuits, France and to be operational in 2024.
“Announcing our second plant project, less than two years after we started up commercial scale production at our first plant in Thailand, demonstrates our commitment to develop PLA bioplastics and our ambition to become the world leader in PLA. We are proud to be the first company launching a commercial scale Lactic Acid to PLA plant in Europe” comments Stéphane Dion, CEO of Total Corbion PLA.
Corbion and Total, the two shareholders of the joint venture, are fully supporting its ambitious growth plans.
– Partnership paves the way for closed loop recycling to keep polystyrene out of landfills
INEOS Styrolution and AmSty, two of the largest global producers of polystyrene, announce plans to construct a joint 100 ton per day facility in Channahon, Illinois, that will utilize the Agilyx advanced recycling technology to recycle post-use polystyrene products back into virgin-equivalent styrene monomer.1
“The overarching goal of Cyclyx is to dramatically increase the recyclability of post-use plastics with a priority for fully circular pathways, as well as assisting in the development of new supply chains that will aggregate and preprocess larger volumes of post-use plastics than current systems.”
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition will be held from September 23-25, 2020, in Shanghai. It will welcome 3,400 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions. Along with pavilions and dedicated product zones, the inaugural Hybrid Showcase will allow exhibitors who cannot attend the fair, to showcase their products in a designated display area. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Along with the international pavilions, the eight exhibition halls spanning over 200,000 square metres will also include a number of product zones and group pavilions. The comprehensive product zones includes Accessories Vision, Beyond Denim, Premium Wool Zone, Verve for Design, All About Sustainability and Functional Lab. A wide range of innovative exhibitors will feature in this year’s Group Pavilions which includes Button & Garment Accessories Industry Chamber (Hong Kong), DuPont Trading (China), Ecocert (China), Hyosung group (Korea), Lycra (USA), KTC (Korea), Lenzing Fibers (Hong Kong), and Oeko-Tex Pavilion (Switzerland).
Borealis and MENSHEN, a leading specialist for plastic closures and packaging systems, have collaborated on a series of 10 packaging closures based on Borcycle.
Borcycle is an evolving recycling technology which transforms polyolefin-based waste streams into value-adding versatile solutions and can be used to manufacture a range of compounds made of recycled polyolefins (rPO) which are suitable for use in sophisticated rigid packaging applications. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Borealis says this evolving technology unites its recycling and compounding expertise with its own Borstar® multi-modal and nucleation technologies. These packaging solutions are predominantly made for use in laundry and homecare and include 2K closures.
Toyo Ink Europe Specialty Chemicals S.A.S. (TIESC), a member of the Toyo Ink Group, has developed a whole new range of Lioplax black plastic masterbatch for near-infrared (NIR) sorting and subsequent material recovery. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Toyo Ink says the new packaging masterbatch supports the recyclability of black plastic waste that is currently destined for landfill, thus helping our customers in closing the loop on the circular economy.
Germany’s economy is on track to recover pre-pandemic levels by the fourth quarter of 2021 as industrial activity is set to bounce back strongly, research institute Ifo said on Tuesday. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Despite experiencing its deepest depression in its post-war history in the first half of 2020, Germany’s containment measures to cap infection rates enabled increased industrial activities, compared with other nations. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
The Ifo Business Climate index is almost at pre-crisis levels for many sectors, with significant improvements from the lows reached in April as shutdown restrictions have been relaxed.
GDP in 2020 is expected to fall by 5.2%, year on year, but growth of 5.1% in 2021 would place Germany’s economy at pre-pandemic levels by the fourth quarter.
The recovery would gain pace in 2022, with GDP expected to grow by 1.7%.
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Made from upcycled sugarcane waste, the ‘fully compostable’ offering can be used for greasy, wet, or hot food. FoodNavigator speaks to W-Cycle co-founder Joseph Siani to find out more. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Israeli foodtech start-up W-Cycle is concerned about plastic pollution, with an estimated 8m tonnes entering the marine environment every year.
At the same time, food waste is a growing concern. Upcycling food chain by-products, such as discarded seed husks and crop pulp, presents an opportunity for industry – and one that Israeli start-up W-Cycle is seizing with both hands.
Burgess Davis, VP, Global Sustainable Plastics at PepsiCo, shares how The PepsiCo Foundation has joined TerraCycle to dramatically reduce the volume of marine debris and plastic waste found in the world’s waterways.
In 2018, TerraCycle founded the TerraCycle Global Foundation (TGF) with $450,000 in seed money from The PepsiCo Foundation. TGF is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically reducing the volume of marine debris and plastic waste found in the world’s waterways. The foundation’s inaugural platform is focused on Thailand (the Thai Foundation, or TGFT). Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
In this interview, Burgess Davis, Vice President, Global Sustainable Plastics at PepsiCo, explains how the partnership is helping PepsiCo to reach some of its sustainability goals around packaging.
The manufacturing upgrades increase NatureWorks’ responsiveness to rapidly evolving market dynamics and high demand for Ingeo™ (PLA) biomaterials.
NatureWorks, the world’s leading manufacturer of low-carbon PLA biomaterials, today announced a slate of manufacturing technology projects, including lactide monomer purification efficiency, that will increase the availability of the full Ingeo™ (PLA) biomaterials portfolio by 10 percent. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Installation is currently underway at NatureWorks’ facility in Blair, Nebraska, the world’s first and largest commercial-scale PLA manufacturing plant. The projects will be completed by the end of 2021.
The recyclable properties of PET will drive growth in the packaging sector.
Brands are including more and more recycled content in their packaging to meet consumer demands.
The Global Plastic Action Partnership is bringing decision-makers together to forge collective solutions. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
Across the world people are learning that not all plastics packaging is the same. A unique type of recyclable plastic called Polyethylene Terephthalate – or PET – is commonly used for soft drink and water bottles. Today PET bottles are the most recycled plastic packaging in the world. This is set to increase as the world adopts a shared responsibility to end plastic waste. The coming decade will see collection of post-consumer beverage bottles reach close to 100%. Recycling is critical to our sustainable future as it delivers fewer greenhouse gases and less waste.
The bioeconomy could play a significant role in Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, if governments and industries capitalize on shifting demands and priorities, adapt to the new funding realities and learn some lessons regarding prevention rather than adaptation Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polypropylene
From businesses developing technological solutions to face the COVID-19 outbreak to companies producing biodegradable plastic products for hospitals and retail chains: many bio-based activities have proved to be crucial during the novel coronavirus pandemic and are coping better with the economic effects of lockdowns than others.
The European bioeconomy has an annual turnover of around 2 trillion euro and employs almost 18 million people. It represents industries and research organisations that use renewable biological resources from crops, forests, animals and microorganisms to produce food, materials and energy.
Dow and Luhai, an integrated waste management company located in Xiamen, China, have announced their collaboration to give plastics waste collected by Luhai a second life, thereby increasing the circularity of plastics in China, as per Dow’s press release.
The agreement is in line with Dow’s new sustainability targets to Stop the Waste by enabling one million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships by 2030.
Aside from its long history of recycling beverage cartons, Luhai’s waste management operation is focused on collecting and recycling various kinds of post-consumer plastics from waste collected in China. They are currently actively collecting plastic waste from local communities in Xiamen city in Fujian province, with plans to expand to other cities across the country.
Through this strategic partnership, Dow will use its expertise in materials science and application development to create new circular plastic solutions for the Asia Pacific market with from the plastic waste collected by Luhai.
In Germany, specialty chemicals major Evonik Industries AG (Evonik) and Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG (Siemens Energy), the energy technology arm of Siemens AG have officially commissioned a pilot plant sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and water to produce chemicals.
Located in Marl, Evonik’s largest site in the northern Ruhr area, the pilot plant’s innovative artificial photosynthesis technology should contribute to the success of the energy revolution. Using renewable electricity, the pilot is an essential part of the Rheticus I and II research projects, announced by the two companies in January 2018 and which are sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of EUR 6.3 million.
Daqing Lianyi Petrochemical Co Ltd is planning to start-up its new polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) plants by end of September 2020, reported CommoPlast with reference to market sources. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
Based in Daqing, China, the plants consists of a 350,000 tons/year No. 1 PP plant, a 200,000 tons/year No. 2 PP plant and a 400,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant.
A source closed to the company informed that PE plant will start with production of LLDPE grade during October, following by HDPE injection during November period, and HDPE pipe during December. Meanwhile, its PP plants will start with homo-PP yarn grade for 2 months, and switching to homo-PP fiber in December.
As a fully integrated site, the complex produces gasoline and diesel, along with plastics and other chemicals. Hengli will use the PSA units in downstream hydrotreating to create feedstock for petrochemical products, producing approximately 1.4 MM Nm3/h (normal cubic meters per hour) of hydrogen. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
“Hydrogen purification is essential to produce clean fuels, remove contaminants and improve the quality of fuels and petrochemicals,” said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager, of the UOP Process Technologies business. “Customers such as Hengli are choosing UOP PSA technology because of its record of producing a reliable and efficient source of high-purity hydrogen to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Following wider corporate commitments made by Lenzing Group in 2019 to drive sustainability and combat climate change, Tencel, Lenzing’s flagship brand for textiles, has introduced its very first carbon-zero Tencel branded lyocell and modal fibres to the market. Available from September, this fibre will help reduce the production emissions.
Following the strict guidelines of The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the leading global framework for carbon neutrality, carbon-zero Tencel branded fibres are certified CarbonNeutral products for the textile industry. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
This means that the emissions associated with the fibres production, manufacturing and distribution have been calculated and offset. Under the guidance of the Tencel “true carbon zero” campaign, the Tencel brand is contributing to Lenzing’s commitment to the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative and its continuous support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to limit global warming.
Barrier properties in paper packaging have come on significantly in recent years – so much so that some would argue they can now equal plastics when it comes to product protection. But can they really ‘replace’ plastics? Victoria Hattersley spoke to a few industry insiders to explore this question. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
There was a time when the answer to the above question would be simpler; not very far at all. But as those in the industry will know, advances in material properties for paper when it comes to product protection have been closing the gap as far as what this material can achieve.
Biffa and Nestlé Waters UK partner to deliver 100% rPET made from British recycled plastic Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
Biffa, the UK’s leading sustainable waste management business, and Nestlé Waters UK are delighted to announce a new partnership to help accelerate a circular economy for plastics in the UK. Biffa will be supporting Nestlé Waters UK to achieve its commitment of making every BUXTON® bottle from 100% recycled PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or rPET), by collecting recyclable PET bottles and reprocessing them here in the UK into rPET.
The partnership will enable Nestlé Waters UK to significantly reduce the amount of virgin plastic in circulation and lead the shift to using high-quality food-grade recycled PET in the UK, which today is sourced from Europe. Plastic is a lightweight, durable and low energy-intensity packaging material that when recycled properly can play a sustainable role in modern life, helping to shape a waste-free, lower carbon future. Together, Nestlé Waters and Biffa will ultimately offer a more sustainable choice for consumers of natural source waters and encourage the UK to recycle more.
Widespread damage and ongoing Louisiana power outages in the wake of Hurricane Laura kept some polyethylene and polypropylene producing plants from restarting. The production shortfall has become more evident and the supply/demand imbalance more pronounced. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
Spot resin trading last week was marked by limited availability, higher prices, and initial buyer resistance shifting into acceptance. Sound familiar? That has been the pattern of late, as widespread damage and ongoing Louisiana power outages in the wake of Hurricane Laura kept some polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producing plants from restarting. As time marches on, the production shortfall has become more evident and the supply/demand imbalance more pronounced, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.
Soy hull–based biocarbon, graphene nanoplatelets among novel components of newly developed materials. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) honored the Best Paper Award Winners for the group’s 20th annual program at its Virtual Event, Sept. 9–11, 2020. The two authors who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 40 contenders were honored for excellence in technical writing and will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement. Ethan Watt, a fourth-year undergraduate nanocomposites student at the University of Guelph – Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, won first place in this year’s ACCE Best Paper Award competition. Sandeep Tamrakar, Research Engineer at Ford Motor Co., was recognized as ACCE Best Paper Award runner up.
SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, has launched a sustainable packaging solution for frozen food which combines a new polyethylene (PE) grade with innovative film production technology. Compared to conventional blow PE film solutions, it offers significantly higher throughput and also has potential for down-gauging, making it attractive from both a commercial and sustainability standpoint.
The solution is based on a mono web TF-BOPE film structure which has a thickness of only 20 micrometers – an unprecedented benefit in this market. This thin gauge provides a potential packaging material reduction of approximately 35-50% compared to incumbent blown PE film. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Polyethylene
The reduced thickness of the packaging solution minimizes environmental impact and supports brand owners and retailers who are aiming to reduce their packaging material consumption. The new packaging solution is also 100% recyclable and fits mono-PE recycling streams.
Texon’s one of the materials Texon Vogue Sahara has earned a Gold level Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificate. The certificate was awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute – a global, not-for-profit organisation, engaged in transforming the safety, health and sustainability of products through its Certified Product Standard.
Cradle to Cradle Certified is a globally recognised measure of safer, more sustainable products, made for the circular economy. Texon became involved in the Cradle to Cradle community in 2019 at the invitation of G-Star RAW, which wanted to source an environmentally friendly jacron label material, aligned with the high standards for its denim range.
Texon Vogue, based on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, is a highly sustainable product. Widely recognised as a vegan friendly alternative to leather-based products, this durable, washable, paper-based material has a range of uses and is certified for jacron applications – including the production of jean labels.
UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, today issued an interim sustainability report outlining its sustainability targets and how its sustainability strategies inform all of its efforts, from the plant to the consumer’s hand. The update outlines priorities, and progress against them, through 2025.
“Everything that bears our name comes with our commitment to always act ethically, create products responsibility, maintain respectful workplaces, invest in communities and be good stewards of the environment,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of UNITED CAPS. “In this report, we provide updates to our sustainability strategies, our progress toward our long-term targets, and much more. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
Sustainability is in our DNA and so is transparency. We will continue to build on all of the programs outlined in this update, continuing our focus on being close to customers by delivering caps and closures that enable Total Packaging Solutions in a sustainable way.””
Borealis (Vienna, Austria) has launched a range of circular polyolefin products produced using renewable feedstock derived from waste and residue streams, reported Chemweek.
The company says the alternative to conventional fossil fuel-based feedstocks can help its customers lower their own carbon footprint for products including hygiene and food-contact applications. While fossil fuel-based feedstocks “will continue to be a mainstay of international Borealis polyolefins production operations, significant strides have been made towards the use of more sustainable feedstocks in large-scale commercial manufacture,” it says. Borealis began producing polypropylene (PP) in March this year based on renewably-sourced feedstocks, such as Neste-produced renewable propane, at its manufacturing facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
Sasa Polyester Sanayi began producing polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in Adana, Turkey in mid-September, said Hibya.
Early stage capacity totalled 500 tonnes/day. The new plant can produce PET bottle, film and fibre grades and production will be distributed among the grades depending on the demand from the market. The new plant will have an effective capacity of 120,000 tonnes this year. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
As it was written earlier, Sasa Polyester Sanayi signed a licence and technical service agreement with US-based nylon and fibre producer INVISTA, paving the way for the construction of a 1.5m tonne/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production facility. The project investment would amount to USD935m.
Since 2016, the price of acrylonitrile is bound to decline every Oct, especially in Oct 2018, it has fallen down significantly, offset the most increment in Jan-Sep.
The reason is that, on the one hand, due to the National Day holiday, downstream buyers’ purchasing time is one week less, and the holiday time is longer when there are both National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival.
On the other hand, viewed from the cash flow, it has been positive every Oct. Prices are usually dull to move up, and with the shorter time of sales, the downward space for prices enlarges. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
KuibyshevAzot has started up its first European compounding line and the seventh globally at its STFG fibre spinning site in Rudolstadt, Germany.
The site is located as a production hub to serve West and East European markets and allows significant synergies between the PA6 compounding and fibre spinning business.
The new extruder, supplied by Krauss Maffei Extrusion GmbH has a capacity of 12 KT. It represents world class technology and will allow state-of- the-art manufacturing of high-quality compounds. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
The company says by using the strength of its vertically integrated value chain, it developed high-end engineering plastics based on Polyamide 6 for its global customers.
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is to invest €16 million into Pyrum Innovations AG, a technology company specialized in the pyrolysis of waste tires, headquartered in Dillingen/Saar, Germany. With the investment, BASF will support the expansion of Pyrum’s pyrolysis plant in Dillingen and the further roll out of the technology.
Pyrum is currently running a pyrolysis plant for end-of-life tires that can process up to 10,000 tons of tires per year. Until the end of 2022, two additional production lines will be added to the existing plant. BASF will uptake most of the pyrolysis oil and process it into new chemical products by using a mass balance approach as part of its ChemCycling project. The resulting products will mainly be for customers from the plastics industry who are looking for high-quality and functional plastics based on recycled materials. BASF also recently signed an uptake agreement for the supply of pyrolysis oil made from waste tires with Hungarian firm New Energy. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
An estimated 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste enter the Great Lakes every year
Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s. In 2020, an estimated 24 million to 34 million tonnes of plastic waste will enter the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans. That is roughly the weight of 21,000 rail locomotives.
And if trends continue without improvements in the way we manage plastic waste, we could be spewing as much as 90 million tonnes of plastic waste into the world’s waters by 2030. Already, an estimated 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste enter the Great Lakes every year.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
Back in 2015, the world agreed that eight million tonnes of plastic waste contaminating the ocean alone was unacceptable.
The model RCM36X9SS mixer from Munson Machinery stirs evenly without the degrading material.in supply from Taiwan and Japan. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
A new sanitary model RCM36X9SS rotary continuous mixer from Munson Machinery Co Inc., headquartered in Utica, N.Y., is designed to blend dry bulk solids including regrind, plastic pellets, expanded PS ingredients, and thermoplastic additives at low cost over long production runs.
The stainless-steel mixer has a stationary inlet and outlet, and proprietary mixing flights. Its 3-horsepower electric motor rotates a drum featuring smooth interior surfaces at 8 to 10 rpm.
Gorilla Protect is a new company formed in May this year to promote the Catus face mask – a major leap forward in the effectiveness of personal protection products that are available to consumers in the fight against Covid-19.
Behind Catus and the new company is Nova Textil, the established fabric finishing company based in Grefrath, Germany, and now run by father and son team Rainer and Oliver Hurtz. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Packaging
Rainer Hurtz founded Nova Textil with a single Monforts Montex stenter and just five employees in 1999 and has steered its constant development and growth over the past twenty years.
“Our initial focus was on the coating of mainly glass fibre fabrics, awnings and sun protection products for outdoor furnishings,” he said. “We had a great customer who was providing us with so many orders that by 2005 we took the decision to order a second Montex stenter, in a special configuration. This also allowed us to enter the market for blackout and digital printing fabrics. We’ve had a great ongoing relationship with Monforts from the beginning.”
Alex Totterman is the founder and CEO of Cove, a California-based company that has developed water bottles made of biodegradable materials. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinions at CNN.
Our oceans are now awash in at least 150 million tons of plastic, an amount that researchers say will soon surpass the weight of all the fish in the sea.
Plastic pollution fouls the land too, and the air we breathe.
Scientists now say plastic micro-particles literally rain down on us, introducing toxins into our bodies. And if you think recycling is the answer, you are sadly mistaken. You can be excused for believing that you’re doing your part for the environment by simply sorting your plastics from your trash.
To be constructed in Kermanshah Polymer Company, the mentioned unit will start production of BZN2 catalyst in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2021-March 2022), Ali Rostam-Abadi, the managing director of the company, announced on the sidelines of the ceremony, and said the unit is projected to have an annual production capacity of 50 tons of catalyst. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Addressing the ceremony, Sattari underlined that Iran’s petrochemical industry is experiencing a growing trend.
Strengthening domestic production and indigenizing the knowledge and technology for production of the products and equipment that Iran imports from other countries has become one of the major programs that the country is pursuing in recent years.
To materialize this objective, knowledge-based companies have played a noticeable part, especially in indigenizing the products and equipment applied in the oil industry, which is the major sector in the country’s national economy.
Many Asian petrochemical markets have climbed to multi-month highs and some are expected to remain supported in the near term by the recent climb in upstream markers as well as strong fundamentals within individual markets. Supply cuts have offset some of the demand destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to be a global threat to petrochemical markets.
The propylene market in Asia is poised to strengthen further this week amid unplanned maintenance in the region. Given the recent price hike for propylene feedstock, China’s Tianjin Bohai has reduced its propylene term supply to 80% for September and allocated the supply to its downstream swing plant. Hebei Haiwei was reported to be planning to shut its 500,000 mt PDH plant for turnaround in mid-October, which pushed up last week’s trade levels.
Sentiment in the Asian ethylene market are mixed as October-arrival supply remains tight, leading to a strong interest for more prompt cargoes. However, the outlook for November-arrival cargoes is likely to be bearish on expectations of the re-opening of the US-Asia arbitrage window, and an increase in supply from Taiwan and Japan.
Avery Dennison Corporation Fastener Solutions has unveiled a tag fastener for the apparel industry that completely degrades in one year of exposure to soil microbes, without leaving behind microplastics or harmful substances. The new bio-PP fastener is made of a proprietary blend of polypropylene material. A regular fastener takes 20-30 years to breakdown.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
“Plastic fasteners, which attach price tags and other product information to garments are on 90 per cent of the approximately 80 billion garments manufactured each year and that adds up to a whole lot of plastic — the equivalent of the same amount of plastic found in 761,581,156 single-serve 0.5 litre PET water bottles,” said Dan Riendeau, senior marketing manager, Global Packaging and Retail, Avery Dennison Fastener Solutions. “Brand owners and retailers are increasingly seeking ways to reduce their environmental footprint and this product innovation helps to do that.
From 2021 on, the member states of the European Union will pay 80 cents per kilo of non-recyclable plastic packaging to the European Commission. What will be the effect of this?
The European Union is introducing a levy for the use of non-recyclable plastic packaging. The heads of government of the 27 member states agreed to this at the last European Commission meeting last summer.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
They agreed that each member state must pay 80 cents per kilo of non-recyclable plastic packaging to the European Commission. The total collected will amount to billions on an annual basis, which the European Commission wants to use to balance the budget. Brexit and the corresponding disappearance of the British contribution have created a gap in the budget. The implementation of the Green Deal to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement will also be very costly. The corona fund for which the European Commission is borrowing 750 billion euros on the capital market must also be repaid.
The antiviral effect was tested by an external laboratory specialized in microbiological tests against Influenza H1N1 and Feline Coronavirus
Results showed that over 98 % of the Feline Coronavirus was eliminated within the first two hours Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Tested on both PET and PA applications in various end applications, including fabrics, injection molded parts and films extrusion
Sukano’s Masterbatch uses proprietary technology, registered as preservative (1)
Many viruses have been shown to survive on surfaces including metal, cardboard and plastic. However, plastic items can be treated to trap and inhibit the replication of viruses. Sukano has developed Antiviral Masterbatches for PET and PA fibers that have a strong antiviral effect on the plastic parts, while also potentially helping to reduce waste and improve the sustainability credentials of the final articles produced.
In response to the pandemic, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical company, is transforming post-consumer PET bottles into much-needed PPE suits. The PPE suits have been donated to local hospitals in need of equipment to protect local medical personnel working to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand.
Initiated by Less Plastic Thailand in May this year, the “Separate PET Bottles to Help Doctors” project brings together a range of local partners and their stakeholders to complete the end-to-end waste separation and PPE production process. As the world’s largest PET producer, IVL’s well-established recycling expertise and infrastructure is key to the project’s operation.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Under the project, approximately 360,000 PET bottles have been recycled and converted into high-quality yarn at IVL’s recycling facilities in Nakhon Pathom and Rayong, and later cut to produce more than 16,000 PPE suits. The project aims to deliver these protective suits to over 200 hospitals nationwide by August 2020 to protect medical personnel from COVID-19 infection during the performance of their duties.
Its role is to monitor and register the industry’s efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers being used annually between 2025 and 2030. Usage includes businesses from packaging, construction, automotive, and consumer goods’ markets.
UNIQLO has just announced a massive initiative to help reduce its global carbon footprint. Named the Re.UNIQLO program, the circular sustainability program will take old clothing from both UNIQLO and GU and breathe new life into them in the form of recycling the material to make new clothing, recycling them to make new raw material and fuel (Japan only), or reusing old clothing in the form of donating the garments to people in need.
UNIQLO started collecting its used clothing as early as 2006, and last year saw the clothing company collect roughly 620,000 down jackets in just half a year’s time.
Each donated piece goes through 18 different sorting criteria from size, gender, season, climate, culture, and religion, to name a few.
Coupled with its efforts on plastic reduction, UNIQLO is on a fast track in keeping its products out of landfills. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
A new report from advocacy group The Changing Markets Foundation appears to reveal how, behind a veil of nice-sounding initiatives and commitments to address the plastics crisis – the plastics industry, consumer brands and retailers have obstructed and undermined proven legislative solutions to the crisis for decades.
Based on research and investigations in over 15 countries across five continents, Talking Trash: The Corporate Playbook of False Solutions, according to the authors, exposes how tactics to undermine legislation in individual countries are in fact part of a global approach by Big Plastic to ensure that the corporations most responsible for the plastic crisis evade true accountability for their pollution. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Italian BOPP film manufacturer Irplast has launched new film solutions utilising renewable PP polymers from SABIC’s TruCircle portfolio. The company’s films are used for the manufacture of printed adhesive tapes, wraparound labels for the food, beverage dairy, personal and home care markets, and also for multi-pack solutions,
Irplast’s sustainability manager Naomi Lunadei said: “We firmly believe that sustainable growth must become a priority for businesses producing and converting plastics packaging materials. As a packaging producer, we are well aware of our responsibilities in making the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals a reality and we are very committed to the challenge.
“We have undertaken a gradual but determined path, consistent with the development of new materials according to the guidelines of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directives. Therefore, we have brought out two new innovative product lines in collaboration with SABIC, one to reduce the carbon footprint of BOPP flexible packaging, while the other introduces the possibility of entering the circular economy, being progressively mandated by legislators worldwide.”
Demand for spandex was better than other major feedstock of textiles and apparels in 2020. Stocks of spandex declined more compared with polyester and nylon. Price of spandex 70D-140D-280D surged in Apr driven by sound demand for ear band of mask. Almost all spandex price increased in Aug-Sep, with increment at around 500-1,500yuan/mt.
The COVID-19 greatly impacted global economy and commodities. Demand shrank on the year in many fields. Many developed nations witnessed dramatic economic recession. However, spandex market outperformed. Sales of spandex were very sluggish in the first quarter of 2020 as the production resumption of downstream plants was around 1 month later. The YOY demand shrinkage apparently declined by the end of H1. Supported by surging foreign orders and moderate domestic demand, sales of spandex increased, with sales volume higher than the same period of last year. More descriptions became tight. Supply of super fine denier, spandex 20D, 30D and coarse denier is largely in shortage, and the delivery of goods needs to queue now, but supply of 40D and 140D is loose.
European Union governments are considering a number of new EU-wide taxes that would allow the 27-nation bloc to repay the planned 750 billion euros ($888 billion) of borrowing for boosting the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because tax matters in the EU must be decided by unanimity and repayment of the borrowing does not start until 2028, complex decisions on the taxes may take several years.
Below are the taxes under consideration.
This has already been decided and will apply from Jan. 1, 2021. Tax will be calculated on the weight of non-recycled plastic packaging waste at 0.80 euro per kg, with a mechanism to avoid some countries paying much more than others. The executive Commission estimates revenues could reach 7 billion euros annually.
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In 2015, the European Parliament adopted a landmark directive on environmental protection. The goal: to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by an impressive 80 percent by 2025. This definition includes bags with a wall thickness of up to 50 micrometers which also applies to the well-known plastic shopping bags in supermarkets.
Innovia Films has announced the launch of Encore C45cn, the first carbon neutral BOPP label film.
ISCC certified, Encore C45cn will contribute to reducing carbon footprint and reducing the use of fossil resources.
Encore 45cn is carbon neutral on a mass balance and cradle to gate basis as certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC Plus) programme.
Stephen Weber, Key Account Director, Labels at Innovia Films, explained: “In addition to being carbon neutral Encore C45cn is a high MD stiffness 45um BOPP bubble film for automatic label dispensing performance. This could allow the replacement of standard 50um films giving a further 10% material saving “
INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo, global leaders in the manufacturing of polystyrene and other styrenic materials, are advancing plans to build the first-of-its-kind PS recycling plant based in Wingles, France.
The planned full commercial-scale recycling facility will be capable of processing up to 50 tonnes per day of post-consumer PS feedstock and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2023.
In previous project milestones, the depolymerisation of polystyrene has proven to be an ideal recycling process showcasing polystyrene’s unique intrinsic capability for full circularity. The plastics-to-plastics depolymerisation technology converts polystyrene food packaging waste directly back into its original liquid monomer, repolymerised and recycled for the same high-quality applications.
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, has adopted a new initiative for members on the occasion of World Cleanup Day 2020, aimed at improving sustainability and best environmental practices at plastic manufacturing and logistics operations in the GCC.
Practiced in over 60 countries and thousands of plants around the world, Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) arrives in the region for the first time to enable good housekeeping and pellet containment practices at plastic resin handling operations. The global initiative is aimed at ultimately achieving zero pellet, flake, and powder loss and contributing to global efforts by plastic producers today to protect the environment and minimize their environmental footprint.
The initiative is of great significance for the region, as Arabian Gulf plastic producers manufacture 32.3 million metric tons of polymers annually. Pellet, flake, and powder loss is a growing problem, which can have an economic and business cost in the tune of $1.5 billion every year excluding environmental and reputational damage among local communities.