Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding 13-08-2022

Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

-Gov’t to impose restrictions on car sales

Some restrictions will be introduced for car sales to arrest the increase in car prices, Trade Minister Mehmet Muş has said, noting the respective regulation is ready.

Under the new regulation, companies, car rental firms, and car dealers will have to wait for a period of time to sell new cars they have bought, he added.

“Those entities are the main buyers of new cars. The new regulation will require that companies, car rental companies and dealers will be allowed to sell a new car only after it has covered 6,000 kilometers or six months after the newly bought car was first registered,” Muş explained.

Some cars are put up for sale as “second-hand cars,” immediately after they were purchased but this should be prevented, the minister said, noting that this kind of trade pushes up the prices. Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

Once the new regulation takes effect, consumers will have easier access to new cars, according to Muş.

The Competition Board is looking into whether some companies engage in price collusion, the minister said.

The Competition Authority recently launched a probe into four online second-hand car trading platforms to investigate whether they hinder competition.

The new move on car sales will help prevent profiteering, commented Altuğ Erciş, head of the Authorized Automotive Dealers Association (OYDER).

“We fully support this decision, which is designed to curb the rise in prices in second-hand cars and increase the availability of cars in the market,” he added.

Gov’t to impose restrictions on car sales

-Rigid PP recyclability upgraded to “Widely Recyclable”

How2Recycle, a project of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC, Charlottesville, Virginia; www.sustainablepackaging.org) that assesses the recyclability of packaging materials – and administers a US and Canada-recognised labelling programme – upgraded the recyclability of certain rigid polypropylene packaging to “Widely Recyclable”, from “Check Locally”.

The change in the designation of PP as a recyclable material is based on an upward trend across the US in access, sortation, and end markets for rigid PP.

Increased investment in the PP value chain is supported by the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition of The Recycling Partnership (Washington, D.C.; www.recyclingpartnership.org), which has awarded 24 grants, totalling USD 6.7 mn, since its creation in 2020 for improvements in sorting technology and community education. The investment improved curb-side access to PP recycling for approximately 8% of US households, impacting over 20 mn people and increasing recovered PP by an estimated 11.33 mn kg.

Teams from How2Recycle and the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition reviewed the SPC’s 2020/2021 Centralized Study of Availability of Recycling, which reported that PP rigid containers had a 59% access rate to recycling.

The teams used the SPC study as a benchmark against data from The Recycling Partnership’s National Recycling Database and determined the US access rate for rigid PP to now be 65%. A Circular Packaging Assessment tool from The Recycling Partnership confirmed the growth and strength of domestic end markets for PP.

How2Recycle said the eligibility change is in line with requirements from the US Federal Trade  Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

Rigid PP recyclability upgraded to “Widely Recyclable”

-Sinopec lowered benzene prices in China by CNYY200 per ton

China’s China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Asia’s largest refiner, Aug. 11 cut China’s domestic selling prices of benzene by 200 yuan (CNY), or USD30.9 a tonne, a company source told ICIS.

The selling price of the company’s benzene is cny7,950 per ton, ex-works, which corresponds to the value of imported material at USD1,033 per ton, CFR China, with immediate payment under the letter of credit, or approximately USD1,046 per ton, CFR China, with a deferral of payment under the letter of credit of 90 days.

Earlier it was reported that China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec on July 6 reduced domestic selling prices of benzene in China by 300 yuan (CNY) or USD46.37 per ton. Thus, from July 6, the selling prices of benzene for the supply of material to all regions of China are CNY9,300 (USD1,437.4) per ton, ex-works (ex-works).

Benzene is the raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, serves as the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to ScanPlast of market Report, in Russia, the estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics in December last year amounted to 47.90 thousand tons, which is 3% more compared to the same month in 2020. Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

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-Agilent Broadens Polymer Offerings with New Acquisition

Agilent has now expanded its portfolio in liquid chromatography and the GPC/SEC market with its recent acquisition of Polymer Standards Service.

Recently, Agilent Technologies, a supplier serving the life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets, announced the acquisition of Polymer Standards Service GmbH (PSS), a provider of solutions in the field of polymer characterization. PSS specializes in hardware and software solutions used in defining both the makeup and creation of molecular structures and “provides solutions for gel permeation chromatography and size exclusion chromatography used in applications to determine the molecular weight and size distribution of macromolecules.”  Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

“We’re extremely pleased to have the PSS team join Agilent to help us expand our leadership in liquid chromatography and the GPC/SEC market,” said Jacob Thaysen, president, Agilent Life Sciences and Applied Markets Group. “The advanced PSS hardware, software, columns, and reference materials we’re adding to our portfolio will enhance our offerings and ensure we deliver the broad spectrum of LC equipment, GPC/SEC analytics, and software our customers value.”

Agilent, which provides laboratories around the world with instruments, services, consumables, applications, and expertise, contends that its acquisition of PSS will broaden its existing product portfolio and customer offerings in the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries specifically in the analysis of natural and synthetic polymers like nucleic acids, proteins, monoclonal antibodies, polysaccharides, and synthetic plastic.

Agilent Broadens Polymer Offerings with New Acquisition

-Major Asian manufacturer has left the same September prices of PVC for shipments to China

A major North-East Asian manufacturer has left price offers for September shipments of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to China stable, ICIS said.

Now its price offers for September deliveries to these regions are USD930 per ton, CFR China. Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

On a franco-to-board (FOB) basis for Northeast Asia, price offers are USD880 per tonne for Southeast Asia and remote regions.

For September deliveries to cargo volumes over 500 tons, discounts are provided at the level of USD10 per ton.

Earlier it was reported that a large producer from Northeast Asia reduced price offers for August supplies of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to China and Southeast Asia by USD230 per ton due to low demand. Now its price offers for August deliveries to these regions are USD930 per ton, CF China. On a franco-to-board (FOB) basis for Northeast Asia, price offers are USD880 per tonne for Southeast Asia and remote regions.

There is no discount on August deliveries.  Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

Automotive-K-2022 - Recyclate Molding

-Driving me K-razy: our automotive materials highlights ahead of K 2022

With e-mobility an ever-looming reality, it’s no surprise that automotive is set to play a massive role at K 2022. Dave Gray, head of content at InterplasInsights.com and British Plastics & Rubber, looks ahead at some of the drivers of innovation to expect at this year’s K Show.

Recycled grades on Rubber Street

Returning to its spot on ‘Rubber Street’ at K, Kraiburg will show its new post-industrial recycled (PIR) TPE grades for car interiors. The new grades contain up to 38% recycled material, derived from post-industrial waste acquired from third party businesses.

Applications for the new grades include anti-slip mats, floor mats, soft components in cup holders, fixation elements, and other designs requiring a hardness range between 60 and 90 Shore A. Kraiburg is also bringing its universal post-consumer recycled (PCR) TPE, containing up to 41% recyclate. The firm says the compounds are available in “natural colours” as well as in the grey colour characteristic of recycled plastics (which can be dyed as needed). The firm says the mechanics of these recycled-content grades “are in no way inferior to that of standard solutions”.  Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

Foam party in Hall 6

Sabic, meanwhile, will introduce its latest line of PP compounds for foam injection molding (FIM). The new mineral-reinforced Sabic PPc F9005, PPc F9007 and PPc F9015 grades are being marketed for use in automotive interiors with complex geometries, such as door panels and trim, seat and trunk cladding, A/B/C/D pillar covers and center consoles.

The company says the compounds could help resolve aesthetic issues for foamed interior parts, removing streaking and swirling in low-gloss textured (grained) surfaces. Talc filler in these grades acts as a nucleator that promotes the generation of finer bubbles, which contribute to a consistent surface appearance, according to Sabic. Custom colouring is available.

According to a cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment study (pending third-party review), the new materials can help OEMs lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by as much as 15 percent.

Different grades have been developed for various foam moulding techniques – and the choice of technique can have an impact on final part weight. Short-shot moulding, which uses the same tooling as an injection moulded part, can reduce weight by up to 10 percent, according to the Sabic. Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

PPc 9007 is formulated for short-shot FIM and low-impact applications. Core-back moulding, which requires part redesign and new tooling, can lower weight by as much as 30 percent. Both Sabic PPc 9005 and PPc 9015 grades are formulated for core-back moulding and deliver medium stiffness and impact.

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-Adapting Recyclate Molding to Customer Requirements

As part of a series of interviews leading-up to K 2022 Show, VDMA interviews Korbinian Kiesl, president of Billion.  Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

VDMA, Germany’s mechanical engineering industry association, recently interviewed Korbinian Kiesl, president of the French injection molding company Billion, as part of a series of interviews leading up to the K Show in Dusseldorf this October. Kiesl described the rapid progression of recycling adoption since K 2019, and how Billion helps its customers meet appearance expectations while injection molding with recyclate.

VDMA: Mr. Kiesl, the circular economy requires that plastic recyclates can also be processed. How far advanced is Billion in this field?

Kiesl: The processing of recyclates has switched from being a vision to an everyday topic. These days, we no longer even ask ourselves whether our injection moulding machines can process recycled material. This is now a matter of course. Around 80 percent of our customers already run recyclates on our machines, some more, some less, but 80 percent is an immensely high proportion considering that almost no one was doing this a few years back. Three years ago, these customers were looking at K to see what was technically possible. They asked if we had any experience with these new materials. We were hardly ever asked this question about our experiences. Now, however, we are capable of dealing with concrete projects very quickly.

VDMA: What role does quality play for your customers?

Kiesl: The more homogeneous the recyclate, the better the results for our machines, both in terms of physical properties and appearance, aesthetics. This requires a very good separation of used plastics. The machine can do everything, it’s just a matter of whether you want to see the used recyclate or not. In the cosmetics industry – which represents an important customer group of ours – the use of recyclates was hardly conceivable until a few years ago. There, it was always a question of maintaining a flawless appearance. Today, there are customers in this industry who even want a package to show that it contains something recycled.  Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

Adapting Recyclate Molding to Customer Requirements

-Green battery based on bacteria and sweat

Bacteria are being used to power a green revolution in personal electronics. Here, researchers have succeeded in engineering a biofilm capable of producing long-term, continuous electricity from human sweat.

The development comes from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the focus is with next generation wearable electronics, including medical sensors to personal electronics for the consumer Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

Central to the development isa biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation and converts it to electricity. The biofilm is an engineered version of the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens (a Gram-negative metal and sulphur-reducing proteobacterium). This bacterium produces electricity and has been used previously in creating so-termed “microbial batteries” to power electrical devices.

A limitation with previous batteries using the organisms is with ensuring that G. sulfurreducens is fed a constant diet. This challenge is overcome with the biofilm, which contains the necessary nutrients, and it can run to provide more energy than a comparably sized battery.

The mechanism for electricity generation with biofilms of electroactive microbes like G. sulfurreducens is their ability to oxidize organic substrates with electron transfer to electrodes.

The biofilms were grown anaerobically in two-chambered H-cell systems with a continuous flow of medium with acetate as the electron donor and a polished graphite stick anode as the electron acceptor. Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

G.sulfurreducens grows in colonies that look like thin mats, and each of the individual microbes connects to its neighbours through a series of natural nanowires. The researchers have harvested these mats and uses a laser to etch small circuits into the films. Once the films are etched, they are sandwiched between electrodes and sealed in a soft, sticky, breathable polymer.

Automotive-K-2022 - Recyclate Molding

Automotive-K-2022 – Recyclate Molding

PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects 12-08-2022

PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects 12-08-2022

PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

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-Thailand’s Indorama Q2 earnings almost double on higher sales, improved margins

Indorama Ventures Limited (IVL)’s second-quarter sales and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) rose sharply, year on year, on the back of strong sales volumes and improved profit margins, the Thai chemicals major said on Wednesday.

Net profit, which the company reports in its home currency, more than doubled during the quarter to baht (Bt) 20.3bn ($571m).

IVL (in millions) Q2 2022 Q2 2021 Change
Sales $5,451 $3,559 53%
EBITDA $1,010 $552 83%
Net profit Bt20,300 Bt8,340 143%

KEY POINTS

IVL said it had managed to offset high energy prices in Europe and the US thanks to the “combination of strong sales and improved margins”.

By division, the company said its largest unit producing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and derivatives had posted 35% higher earnings during Q2, year on year, though they fell by 1% quarter on quarter.

“[The division, called Combined PET] delivered strong EBITDA … on high margins driven by seasonally strong demand, supply chain constraints and overall market tightness,” said IVL.

IVL’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD) division also posted higher earnings, both year on year and quarter on quarter.

“[Within IOD] The Integrated Intermediates vertical was hindered by low ethylene crack margins, historically low integrated MEG [monoethylene glycol] margins, and the planned turnaround of two EO [ethylene oxide] units,” the company said.

However, sales and earnings fell year on year and quarter on quarter in the Fibers division as it took a hit from China’s lockdowns to contain the pandemic as well as disruption in Russia.  PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

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-US resin maker with record results / Acquisitions, high prices provide impetus

Acquisitions and high prices for polyethylene and PVC have helped Westlake (Houston, Texas, USA; www.westlake.com) to record results across the board: turnover, operating profit, and net profit were higher in the second quarter of 2022 than in any other three-month period.

On the one hand, the plastics producer reaped the fruits of its purchases, in particular the acquisition of Hexion’s epoxy resins business (see Plasteurope.com of 07.12.2021), as well as the takeover of the North America PVC activities of Australian building materials group Boral (see Plasteurope.com of 23.06.2021). On the other hand, the US group benefited from an economic environment where prices for PE and PVC climbed to new highs in April. Westlake described this understatedly as “solid market conditions due to strong demand and pricing dynamics”. As a result, revenues soared 57% year-on-year to USD 4.48 bn (EUR 4.4 bn) in the three months through June 2022, with EBITDA up 56% to USD 1.46 bn and net income surging 64% to USD 858 mn.

The increases are even more striking when looking at the half-year figures, as Q1 2021 had still been heavily battered by the pandemic. Turnover climbed 64% to USD 8.54 bn, and EBITDA surged 86% to USD 2.76 bn. At USD 2.21 bn, net profit was over twice as high as a year earlier. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

The same is also reflected in the group’s segments: the raw materials division, Performance & Essential Materials, with its PE and PVC production units, increased half-year sales by 53% to USD 5.94 bn and EBITDA by 71% to USD 2.23 bn. The processing segment, Housing and Infrastructure Products, with its home construction products such as pipes and compounds, almost doubled sales to USD 2.6 bn, while EBITDA reached USD 568 mn, almost two-and-a-half times the previous year’s value.

US resin maker with record results / Acquisitions, high prices provide impetus

-Archroma to acquire Textile Effects Division of Huntsman

The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corporation, which was formally placed up for sale at the end of 2021, will be acquired by global specialty chemicals firm, Archroma. The transaction’s estimated $718 million total enterprise value includes the assumption of $125 million in net unfunded pension obligations as of December 31, 2021. Huntsman will contribute up to $80 million in preferred equity toward the purchase, which SK Capital Partners will work to syndicate before the deal closes.

The Textile Effects segment reported revenues of $772 million and adjusted EBITDA of $94 million for the twelve months that ended on June 30, 2022. Huntsman estimates that the sale will generate about $50 million in cash taxes. Beginning in the third quarter of 2022, Huntsman expects to list Textile Effects as discontinued operations. The deal is anticipated to conclude in the first half of 2023, subject to regulatory clearances and other usual closing conditions. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

Peter Huntsman, Chairman, President, and CEO, said that over the last seven months, they have carried out a thorough strategic evaluation of their Textile Effects division, which included in-depth conversations wide range of relevant parties. Their Board of Directors determined that SK Capital would be a better long-term owner of the firm than Huntsman and that the value they gave was in the best interests of their shareholders after carefully examining all available choices and potential proposals for the company. After the deal is completed, Textile Effects and SK Capital’s Archroma company will merge to form a global leader in textile chemicals and dyes, as well as a pioneer in sustainability and innovation.

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-Slovnaft to modernise and expand polypropylene production in Bratislava refinery investing up to eur 63 million

Slovnaft to invest EUR 63 million in modernisation and expansion of polypropylene production

comprehensive reconstruction will be carried out by the renowned German company Linde Engineering

polypropylene production capacity will be increased to 300 KTPY in favour of the most demanded products PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

modernisation of the existing production unit Polypropylene 3 (PP3) will reduce the volume of emissions

“One of the goals of our updated 2030+ strategy is to reduce the production of fossil fuels and strengthen the production of basic plastics. This investment confirms the path we have set out, increasing polypropylene production at the Bratislava refinery to 300 kilotons per year. Linde Engineering is our reliable partner. Less than 20 years ago the company built the PP3 polypropylene production unit in Slovnaft and now it will renovate and modernise it,” said Gabriel Szabó, Executive Vice President of Downstream at MOL Group.Bratislava, June 1, 2022 – Slovnaft invests EUR 63 million in the expansion and modernisation of polypropylene production. The investment, which is the third largest in the last 15 years, will increase production capacity, reduce emissions, improve safety and bring greater attractiveness to customers. Linde Engineering, a renowned German company, is the contractor for the comprehensive reconstruction of the existing PP3 production unit. The contract for the modernisation and expansion of the PP3 unit was signed today in Bratislava by representatives of both companies.

“The revamp will enable Slovnaft to meet rising demands from the polyolefin processing industry. The project is challenging given its complexity: Interdependency with other process facilities allows only a narrow time frame for a shutdown. With our proven expertise and best-in-class services, we will be able to complete all installation works, including construction, commissioning and testing,” said Juergen Nowicki, CEO Linde Engineering.  PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

The annual production capacity of polypropylene, sold on the market under the brand names of Tipplen and Tatren, will increase by 33 kilotons (kt) to 300 kt. The capacity increase will focus on strengthening the share of the most in-demand grades of polypropylene, which Slovnaft now produces in around 20 specifications. Storage and logistics infrastructure will also be increased. A further 16 storage silos will be added to the current 45. The adaptation of the technology will reduce emissions and the modern logistics infrastructure will improve safety at work.

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-Economical Chemical Recycling of Complex PET Waste in the Form of Active Packaging Materia

Abstract: Since millions of tons of packaging material cannot be recycled in conventional ways, most of it ends up in landfills or even dumped into the natural environment.

The researched methods of chemical depolymerization therefore open a new perspective for the recycling of various PET materials, which are especially important for packaging. Food preservative packaging materials made from PET plastics are complex, and their wastes are often contaminated, so there are no sophisti‐cated solutions for them in the recycling industry. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

After integrating the biopolymer chitosan, which is derived from natural chitin, as an active surface additive in PET materials, we discovered that it not only enriches the packaging material as a microbial inhibitor to reduce the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, thus extending the shelf life of the contained food, but also enables economical chemical recycling by alkaline or neutral hydrolysis, which is an environmentally friendly process.

Alkaline hydrolysis at a high temperature and pressure completely depolymerizes chitosan‐coated PET packaging materials into pure terephthalic acid and charcoal.

The products were characterized by Fourier‐transform infrared spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The resulting reusable material represents raw materials in chemical, plastic, textile, and other industries, in addition to the antimicrobial function and recyclability itself.

  1. Introduction

In Europe, about 40% of plastic is used for packaging, which, in turn, becomes immediate waste [1]. The production and consumption of plastic materials in the food pack‐

aging industry increases from day to day [2], with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) being the most widely used due to its mechanical, chemical, and biochemical properties; transparency; flexibility; technical use; recyclability; and economical significance. It occurs in the form of sheets, films, fibers, composites, etc. [3].

It is estimated that more than 359 million tons of plastic is produced annually.

More than a third of the total plastics produced are intended for the packaging sector. Most of the food packaging material is still landfilled, and a lot of it is even dumped in the environment [4,5]. Furthermore, food packaging is one of the most widespread applications, and its benefits have led to significant development and innovations in this area in recent years [6,7]. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

For example, in order to introduce the preservation from the PET food packaging, different additives, mostly synthetic ones, are used to prolong the shelf life of the products packaged.

The integration (as fillers or coatings) of additives lead to the PET materials’ heterogeneity, resulting in more complex and contaminated waste [8]. With mechanical recycling being the most used, such mentioned waste is thus inappropriate and therefore subjected to the problematic landfilling.

Accordingly, there are two problems in the whole end‐of‐life analytical aspect of the PET food packaging: environmentally unfriendly preservation additives, used in PET coating, and the recyclability of complex PET packaging materials.

Keeping that in mind, a complete solution with a natural additive to the PET material that would equivalently enhance the preservation of food, possibly with an environmen‐ tally friendly recycling process that would fully degrade the complex material to its basic compounds, was the perfect milestone for our research. This growing demand for natural substances to be applied as activators in the development of active packaging is also strongly in accordance with an increased health and environmental awareness, as well as legislation requirements. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

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-Lactalis Nestlé incorporates recycled PE in dairy bottle products through Repsol partnership

Lactalis Nestlé has incorporated up to 30% recycled plastic in its chilled dairy product bottles through a new partnership with Repsol. The Repsol Reciclex range uses cutting-edge technologies to recycle plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled for use in food containers.

The Nestlé Kefir range’s bottles for Spain and Portugal and the Yoggi brand’s drinking yogurt bottles – marketed in Portugal and produced in Guadalajara, Spain – contain 30% and 10% recycled material, respectively.

Since June, Lactalis Nestlé, the yogurt and dairy dessert division of the Lactalis Group, has been using recycled plastic in these PE bottles. Repsol’s circular materials have the ISCC PLUS certification that ensures their traceability. The contents are certified according to the ISCC Plus mass balance approach. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

The EU Plastics Strategy requires all packaging to be recyclable or reusable in an economically viable way by 2030.

Advanced recycling

Repsol uses advanced recycling technologies to manufacture these circular materials for food contact use with the same quality as virgin plastic.

“Being able to use recycled plastic to manufacture our bottles represents an important step in the way to circularity,” says Lluis Farré, general manager for southern Europe at Lactalis Nestlé. Advanced recycling technologies continue to proliferate worldwide.

“However, everyone’s commitment is the key to this initiative’s success, starting with the consumer, by separating the label from the bottle and disposing of both elements in the yellow container, to the agents such as Repsol, Logoplaste, and Lactalis Nestlé, who jointly promote the circularity of packaging in direct contact with food.”

“We thank Lactalis Nestlé, a benchmark in its sector, for its trust in Repsol to turn this important alliance into a reality and thus enable us to achieve our shared goals in Food Safety and Sustainability and boost our commitment to support our customers in their transition to circularity,” adds Pablo Giner, PE business director at Repsol.

ISCC Plus certification

The entire value chain, from Repsol as the supplier of the material, through to Logoplaste, the manufacturer of the bottles, and Lactalis Nestlé, responsible for the product and the filling of the containers, has the ISCC Plus certification, which ensures the traceability of the recycled materials used throughout the process. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

PE-dairy-bottle - Textile-Effects

-German chems sector under pressure from gas prices, could persist through H1 2023

Germany’s chemicals industry has hit a multiyear low in business expectations due to the steep increase in gas prices, according to the Ifo Institute on Tuesday.

Gas prices have soared since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the first quarter of 2022, as the war has jeopardised security of supply in Europe and gas flows from pipelines in Russia have come under pressure.

Business expectations for the chemicals industry fell to -44.4 points in July, compared with 11.8 points a year prior. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

“Natural gas accounts for 44 percent of energy consumption in the chemical industry. It also plays an important role in product manufacturing: around 30 percent of all chemical products require the use of natural gas,” said Ifo industry expert Anna Wolf.

As around half of Germany’s gas imports come from Russia, producers operating in the country may be more at risk than at other European locations.

Sentiment is exacerbated by disruptions in the supply chain, with more than half of German chemicals producers experiencing material shortages, according to the Ifo, which they expect to carry over into the first half of 2023 at least.

Wolf added that import prices for other inorganic basic chemicals rose more than 65% in May compared to the previous year, with fertilizers and nitrogen compounds recording 170% increases.

In the same period, exports of chemicals products from Germany to Russia dropped 49%, and to Ukraine fell 40% in May 2022 compared with May 2021, and the impact of this is set to persist.

German chems sector under pressure from gas prices, could persist through H1 2023

-PIE Readers’ Survey: Pessimism at the forefront in Europe / Half of respondents predict worse business for rest of 2022 / Staffing a non-issue / German-speaking Europe not threatened by global disruptions

To gauge how business is developing in the European plastics industry, Plasteurope.com conducted its 8th Readers’ Survey in July. The questionnaire was available to Plasteurope.com subscribers and other industry players, with more than 220 participants from across Europe taking part in the poll. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

Once again, we present the results of the survey, an exclusive executive summary with key statements from Europe’s plastics industry on the latest business performances, trends, and challenges in turbulent times. The details of the results are part of our online evaluation, where answers can be assessed individually according to individual requirements.

European companies more pessimistic than ever

What was the situation in Europe in the first half of 2022, and how is the rest of the year looking? Just under half of all companies surveyed in Europe reported improved business in the first half versus the last half of 2021. Just under a quarter reported a worse outcome.

The continuing consequences of the pandemic, with huge bottlenecks in supply chains, and then the war in Ukraine have impacted both the people and the economy. Energy prices are skyrocketing, and planning security is low. Since the first Plasteurope.com business survey in 2019, there has never been such a negative assessment of business activities across Europe, and the outlook has never been so pessimistic.

This is particularly noticeable among French managers: 40% reported a downturn compared to H2 2021, although 47% also reported improvement at their companies. In the Nordic region and in Spain & Portugal, assessments were more positive: in each case, 57% reported better business in H1 2022. But in Central & Eastern Europe, only one-third said business was better. PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

No light at the end of the tunnel?

Almost half of all survey participants said they expect business to worsen in H2 2022. Just under a quarter expressed hopes doing better despite the high energy costs and the uncertainty surrounding oil and gas supplies.

PIE Readers' Survey: Pessimism at the forefront in Europe / Half of respondents predict worse business for rest of 2022 / Staffing a non-issue / German-speaking Europe not threatened by global disruptions

PE-dairy-bottle – Textile-Effects

Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology 11-08-2022

Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology 11-08-2022

Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

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-Bioplastics to Rapidly Expand With CAGR 10.1%, Says IDTechEx

As bioplastic materials transition from being a “nice-to-have” to materials with a very strong, viable business case, manufacturers are racing to keep up with demand. Brand-owners, striving to hit their decarbonization targets by taking the initiative to transition to bioplastics, are generating a stronger brand-owner pull than ever before. This demand is further exacerbated by legislators around the world, who are cutting down on fossil-based plastic use with single-use plastic bans.

Together, these major factors are pressurizing players across the bioplastics industry to commercialize their materials and ramp up production. With all this activity, IDTechEx forecasts global annual bioplastics production capacity to grow at a CAGR of 10.1% over the next ten years. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

IDTechEx have released their latest research on bioplastics in the report “Bioplastics 2023-2033: Technology, Market, Players, and Forecasts”, which evaluates the technologies and trends that are bringing more sustainable biobased materials to the plastic industry. In the report, IDTechEx evaluates the technologies for polymerizing synthetic biobased polymers and extracting naturally occurring polymers. It tracks the huge industry activity that has been happening and discusses the trends and challenges surrounding bioplastics, considering these in a granular 10-year forecast.

– Battle for biobased bottles

Plastic bottles are a massive fossil-based problem for drink makers. Currently, manufacturers can produce bottles made from partially biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET), but there is no 100% biobased solution commercially available. That is because one building block of PET, called terephthalic acid (TPA) remains a material made from fossil oil. Two options are vying to replace fossil-based TPA in plastic bottles. One is to develop a biobased TPA to get 100% biobased PET. The other is to switch out TPA entirely for another similar but entirely biobased acid. This would make another polymer, polyethylene furanoate (PEF), which hopes to disrupt the biobased PET market as a cheaper alternative with superior properties.

For now, both options have yet to produce on a commercial scale, but 100% biobased PET is close. In their new report, IDTechEx compares biobased PET and PEF and discusses the future of the plastic bottle industry. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

-Bioplastics to Rapidly Expand With CAGR 10.1%, Says IDTechEx

-Norway-based fully automated waste sorting plant maximises recovery rates with TOMRA sorters

The ROAF wqste sorting plant, situated in Skedsmokorset, near Oslo, is a fully automated waste sorting plant featuring TOMRA’s optical sorters and ranks second in sorting municipal solid waste by volume in Norway.

Having abolished the separate collection of plastics in 2015, the facility has increased its recovery rates of organics and plastics while maximising its recycling efforts.

ROAF collects and sorts waste from seven surrounding municipalities, where plastics were formerly collected at the curbside separately from paper, cardboard and residual waste. Unfortunately, many recyclables still found their way into the household waste fraction and were thus incinerated. To optimise resource recovery and mitigate the negative impact of incineration, TOMRA and ROAF examined the household waste composition and came up with a new business model to introduce a new waste management approach for the municipalities served. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

Mixed waste sorting drives up resource recovery

The new approach includes a change in the region’s waste management and collection practices and the construction of a new sorting facility. ROAF now operates a three-container waste collection system wherein inhabitants dispose of biowaste in green bags and throw it together with plastics and residues in the municipal solid waste container, which is collected by a ROAF truck and transported to the sorting centre. A second container gathers paper and cardboard whereas the third one is used to dispose of glass and metal packaging.

The second part of the new business model was the construction of the world’s first fully automated sorting plant for MSW. After a three-year period of extensive planning, German plant builder STADLER constructed the plant in just three months and was awarded the German-Norwegian business award for its efforts in 2014.

The trommels, bag openers, ballistic separators, eddy current separators, overhead magnets, and vibratory screens work in unison with TOMRA’s most advanced optical sorters. Sixteen AUTOSORT’s process 40 tonnes of waste per hour. From this, the units recover biowaste, paper, and plastics with high levels of accuracy.

Once the organics, along with the residues collected curbside, arrive at the sorting plant they are fed into the facility, where three of TOMRA’s AUTOSORT systems separate green bags from the remaining waste.

hese are sent to a biogas site where the organics are converted into biogas for refuelling the plant’s collection trucks and bio-fertilisers. The remaining waste bags undergo further sorting steps. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

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-Spot Resin Market Experiences Swift, Steep Readjustment

Spot Prime and off-grade resin prices continue to crumble.

The dismal demand and ample supply that characterized the commodity resin markets the last week of July spilled over into the first week of August, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Spot prices for both prime and off-grade resins continued to crumble, and the continued flow of aggressively priced offers kept most processors pinned to the sidelines. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

The lack of buying did not deter producers from pelting the marketplace with resin — they seem determined to find a level that will spur demand.

Spot resin prices have been going through a swift, steep period of readjustment, notes the PlasticsExchange. Polyethylene (PE) resin prices peeled back another penny last week, while polypropylene (PP) dropped another three cents, creating extraordinarily discounted spot buying opportunities compared with prevailing contracts. Export offers also felt the pressure, as producers chased large-volume international orders hoping to liquidate some of their inventory.

July PE resin contracts wipe away May increase

July PE contracts decreased $0.03/lb, wiping away the contentious increase garnered in May, reports the PlasticsExchange. July PP contracts dropped an average of $0.07/lb, including a pass-through polymer-grade propylene (PGP) cost saving plus an additional $0.04/lb or so in margin reduction. The onslaught of offerings in early August indicated that the July purge did not sufficiently clear the supply overhang. The PlasticsExchange believes the prevailing negative sentiment could continue until a catalyst emerges to alter the current downward trajectory in resin prices. As such, processors are again pushing for additional price relief for August. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

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-Covestro Sells Additive Manufacturing Business to Stratasys

Additive manufacturing is a highly competitive sector, said Covestro, and Stratasys is better positioned to support further growth of the business.

Additive manufacturing pioneer Stratasys Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the additive manufacturing materials business of Covestro AG.

The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive upon closing, and will include R&D facilities and activities; global development and sales teams across Europe, the United States, and China; a portfolio of approximately 60 additive manufacturing materials; and extensive IP comprising hundreds of patents and patents pending.

The purchase price is approximately €43 million ($43.8 million), plus additional inventory, less certain liabilities. In addition, there is a potential earn out of up to €37 million ($37.7 million), subject to the achievement of various performance metrics, said Stratasys in its announcement. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

Covestro has been part of Stratasys’ third-party materials ecosystem, and the acquisition will benefit customers using multiple Stratasys 3D-printing platforms. Stratasys is already a distributor of Covestro’s Somos resins. Covestro brought Somos resins into its fold when it purchased DSM Functional Materials in October 2020 for €1.6 billion ($1.63 billion).

“Additive manufacturing is a growing, but also highly competitive market,” commented Covestro Chief Financial Officer Thomas Toepfer. “We are convinced that Stratasys offers the optimal conditions to support the further growth of our former additive manufacturing business in this field.”

“Innovative materials are the fuel of additive manufacturing and translate directly into the ability to create new use cases for 3D printing, particularly in the production of end-use parts like dental aligners and automotive components,” said Stratasys CEO Dr. Yoav Zeif. “The acquisition of Covestro’s highly regarded additive manufacturing business positions us to further grow adoption of our newest technologies. We will now have the ability to accelerate cutting-edge developments in 3D-printing materials, and advance our strategy of providing the best and most complete polymer 3D-printing portfolio in the industry,” said Zeif. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

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-Next-Gen Cleanflake Recycling Technology Debuts

Avery Dennison is first label manufacturer to enable rigid plastic recycling for its polymer films portfolio, which could divert 200 billion plastic containers from landfill.

While brands and converters seek solutions to increase the circularity of plastic packaging, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has removed a key obstacle to plastic recycling with the introduction of next-generation AD CleanFlake technology. This breakthrough extends CleanFlake benefits to the company’s core film portfolio, combining with its high-density polyethylene (HDPE) recycling compatibility.

Avery Dennison lays claim as the first label manufacturer to enable rigid plastic recycling across its film portfolio, providing brands and converters solutions that support recycling processes without compromising performance to meet sustainability goals.

AD CleanFlake technology is recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers, European PET Bottle Platform and Recyclass, for enabling recycling by working with the rigid plastic recycling processes to either remove cleanly (for PET) or remain with the package (for HDPE), resulting in good quality flakes, the conservation of virgin resources, and less landfill waste. The AD CleanFlake Portfolio has the potential to divert more than 200 billion rigid plastic bottles and containers from landfills. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

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-Challenging times for automotive specialist

Although it is well positioned for e-mobility and sustainability, low production volumes, geopolitical developments and a sharp rise in inflation impacted profitability at automotive components supplier Autoneum during the first half of 2022.

In a slightly declining market, with global automobile production falling by 1.8% in the first half of 2022 compared to the previous year, Autoneum increased revenue in local currencies by 0.5% to CHF 888.7 million, reaching the previous year’s level. Despite the challenging environment, Autoneum also achieved a positive operating result of CHF 6.4 million although net income dropped to a loss of CHF 12.8 million.

Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, new bottlenecks in global supply chains – a lack of cable harnesses, in particular – have impacted vehicle manufacturers’ production volumes and therefore dampened revenue and earnings development for the automotive supply industry in the first half of 2022, especially in Europe.

In addition, revenue in Asia declined because of the coronavirus-related lockdowns in China in the second quarter. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

In contrast, Business Group SAMEA (South America, Middle East and Africa) was able to considerably increase its revenue.

“Current geopolitical developments substantially affected business performance in the first half of 2022,” the company said.

Challenging times for automotive specialist

What is polyester? What are the advantages?

Polyester fiber, which is a synthetic fiber, can also be resynthesized. So, polyester fiber, it’s really durable and wears well!

What is “polyester”? What is “fiber”? And what are the two phrases together?

It is called “polyester fiber“, that is, the public generally known as “polyester”, is made of organic diacid and diol condensation of polyester by spinning synthetic fibers, belonging to polymer compounds. Invented in 1941, is the current synthetic fibers of the first major species.Because of its high fiber strength, it has strong wrinkle resistance, good shape retention and elastic recovery ability.Of course, more importantly, the “polyester” fabric is durable, wrinkle-resistant, non-iron, and non-sticky.It has good resistance to various chemical substances, little damage caused by acid and alkali, and is not afraid of mildew and insects. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

Is there any defect in polyester fiber?Having said that, some people have to ask, does “polyester fiber” have no shortcomings? Yes, of course, everyone has shortcomings, how can fabrics have no shortcomings?

Its disadvantages are poor moisture absorption, weak water absorption, poor melting resistance, easy to absorb dust, and poor air permeability. In addition, the dyeing performance is not good, and it is more troublesome to dye with disperse dyes at high temperature.

What is polyester? What are the advantages?

-Extended Producer Responsibility: Gateway to the Circular Economy or Stealth Tax?

A key part of California’s single-use plastics law, Extended Producer Responsibility eventually could lead to cost savings through better product design and materials recovery, according to one analyst. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is poised to have tremendous impact on the plastics industry. Proponents see it as a necessary tool to create sustainable materials and products for a circular economy. Naysayers devine a new tax levied on manufacturers. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that it’s coming to the USA.

A term introduced in 1990 by Swedish academic Thomas Lindhqvist, EPR is a means of holding manufacturers accountable for their products throughout their life cycle, particularly the methods and costs of their disposal.

The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is poised to have tremendous impact on the plastics industry. Proponents see it as a necessary tool to create sustainable materials and products for a circular economy. Naysayers devine a new tax levied on manufacturers. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that it’s coming to the USA.

A term introduced in 1990 by Swedish academic Thomas Lindhqvist, EPR is a means of holding manufacturers accountable for their products throughout their life cycle, particularly the methods and costs of their disposal.

EPR is a key component of California’s just-enacted single-use plastics law, which requires all packaging in the state to be recyclable or compostable by 2032 and reduces plastic packaging and foodware by 25% in 10 years. The law also mandates a phased approach to recycling single-use plastics. Plastics industry members must contribute $5 billion over 10 years to combat plastic pollution. Bioplastics – Recycling-Technology

Such initiatives are a mixed bag. On the one hand, they incentivize producers to collect, sort, and recycle waste. On the other hand, consumers are likely to pay higher prices, as costs associated with EPR compliance are passed on.

Martin Koehring, head of the World Ocean Initiative and Senior Manager for sustainability, climate change, and natural resources at Economist Impact, offered PlasticsToday his assessment of the pros and cons of EPR mandates, using the California law as a focal point.

“California has ambitious targets for post-consumer recycled plastics, including material that is made from the items that consumers recycle every day,” he noted. “This means a key priority must be to significantly improve the recycled plastic value chain, including via advanced technologies.”

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Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling 10-08-2022

Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling 10-08-2022

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-US-based rubber recycling partnership aims to divert six million tyres from landfill per year

In August, US-based provider of circular solutions for the rubber industry Bolder Industries Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Liberty Tire Recycling that would give new life to old motorsport tyres. Rob Coker spoke to Bolder Industries CEO and Founder Tony Wibbeler to learn how.

It’s great news that US-based rubber industry stakeholders are taking more and more steps towards recycling and circularity. How many used tyres do you estimate will be diverted from landfill/incineration due to this partnership alone?

More than three million annually, starting in 2023 at the Bolder Industries Terre Haute facility – which is expected to increase to six million in the coming years. The total number of tyres diverted will increase dramatically upon further expansion of our facilities to other states that are ideal for the Liberty Tire partnership, based on supply and other factors.

To which industries/applications would the rubber recyclate then go?

Bolder Industries’ proprietary process turns end-of-life tyres into circular raw materials for the rubber, plastics, and petrochemical industries. Our primary products consist of a sustainable carbon black, BolderBlack, used in the manufacturing of consumer goods, automotive applications, and industrial materials. BolderBlack is now in over 3,000 product applications – everything from phone cases to conveyor belts, and from tires to bumpers. Our sustainable petrochemical, BolderOil, is used in solvents, renewable fuels, and for industrial manufacturing. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

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-Braskem acqured Wise Plásticos

Braskem, the market leader and a pioneer in the production of biopolymers, entered into an agreement for the acquisition of shares and the subscription of new shares in Wise Plasticos S.A., a company engaged in mechanical recycling, said the company.

Braskem will acquire an equity interest of 61.1% in the share capital of Wise for an estimated amount of RD121 million, part of which will be used to expand its current production capacity by two-fold to around 50,000 tons/year of recycling by 2026.

The transaction, which is subject to approval by the applicable authorities, represents yet another step by Braskem in its strategy to invest in the circular economy by developing sustainable and innovative solutions based on opportunities to improve the plastics recycling chain, which includes the challenge of recycling in Brazil.

Wise, a relevant player in the recycling of polyolefins for consumer goods companies, is a Brazilian company based in Itatiba, Sao Paulo that has operated in the sector for over 15 years. Currently, it has nominal capacity to recycle approximately 25,000 of plastic waste per year and maintains important partnerships with companies such as Unilever and Natura. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

The company has a strategic expansion plan to capture opportunities in this market over the coming years focusing on polypropylene (PP) resins using caps, housewares, home appliances and on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) using packaging for personal and home care and cosmetics, corrugated tubing, etc.

According to Edison Terra, vice-president of Olefins and Polyolefins at Braskem, the transaction demonstrates the solidity of Braskem’s strategy to accelerate development of the chain and leverage recycling in Brazil: “The transaction with Wise contributes to our macro-goal of eliminating plastic waste, which includes projects focusing on education, recycling infrastructure, mechanical recycling and advanced recycling.”

“Braskem and Wise share the same vision and goals, which are to develop the chain and leverage recycling in the country. The two teams will work together and with other players in the sector transparently to foster the market’s growth, drive advances in the supply chain and improve products and customer service,” said Bruno Igel, will stay on as CEO of Wise.

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-EDANA announces program for Circular Nonwovens Forum

EDANA has released the programme for its upcoming Circular Nonwovens Forum, which takes place as both an in person and an online event on 22 September 2022, in Brussels.

“Nonwoven manufacturers, their suppliers and converters are increasingly focused on finding circular and sustainable solutions,” EDANA said. “The Circular Nonwovens Forum is a place where industry players and stakeholders can initiate dialogue, exchange views and come to conclusions. This year again, we have at heart to offer a dynamic and insightful programme involving professionals from the industry as well as external speakers.”

Taking place under the theme, Together, let’s build the circular economy for nonwovens, the speakers include Maria Teresa Ambrosi, senior consultant nonwovens and roll goods, Schlegel und Partner (Germany), who will offer a view on sustainable raw materials for the nonwovens industry: a reality check of existing alternatives, current applications and hands-on opinions of the market. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

Also speaking will be Miriam Weber, Director, HYDRA Marine Sciences (Germany), under the title How does your biodegradable plastic behave in the environment?; Bryan Haynes, Technical Director Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark (United States); Inna Knelsen Senior System Manager, ISCC – International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (Germany), who will present a Credible sustainability certification of nonwovens; and Pierre Conrath, Business Development Manager for Circular Polymers, ExxonMobil (Belgium).

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-Legislation aims to ‘fix America’s broken recycling system’ with detailed 2-prong plan

CPG and waste and recycling industry leaders are urging the House of Representatives to follow the US Senate’s lead and quickly pass “critical” legislation needed to “fix America’s broken recycling system” which, according to the Consumer Brands Association, is in decline as confused consumers try to navigate nearly 10,000 local systems with different rules and inconsistent data reporting requirements.

“Right now, recycling is in retreat. Cities and countries are reducing or even eliminating their recycling programs. The national recycling rate is declining. Consumers are confused and frustrated,” CBA vice president of packaging sustainability John Hewitt recently opined in The Hill.

“We cannot accept this disarray as our fate,” he added, calling for “uniformity … to unlock recycling’s potential.”

Late last month the Senate answered Hewitt’s and others’ call to action by passing two bills aimed are improving rural access to recycling infrastructure and hold the US Environmental Protection Agency accountable for formally collecting recycling and composting data. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

The unanimous passage of the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act  and the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act was lauded by US Senate champions Tom Carper, D-Del., who said the nation is now “one step closer to enacting solutions that are good for our planet and our economy.”

US Senate Environment & Public Works Committee ranking member Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., echoed this sentiment, noting that “a lack of infrastructure – especially in rural America – often hinders communities’ access to recycling. These bills will help address this issue and encourage more recycling across the country.”

Both joined industry advocates in calling for the House to pass “these commonsense measures.”

The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act (S.3743)  would address the abysmal 32% national recycling rate by requiring EPA to work with state, local and Tribal governments to assess and implement a national residential composting strategy and require EPA to “create a comprehensive baseline of data on the US recycling system” by requiring it to collect and report on the prevalence of recycling and composting programs nationwide, the types of materials accepted by each program, contamination rates and the availability of curbside and drop-off services.

The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act (S.3742) would empower EPA to award competitive grants to improve recycling accessibility in underserved communities through the use of a “hub-and-spoke model for recycling infrastructure development,” according to the Senate EPW committee. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

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-Veolia agrees sale of Suez’s British waste activities to Macquarie

The waste management business in the UK was the last major part of the French environmental group Suez whose future was still in limbo after the takeover by competitor Veolia. On Monday, Veolia has announced the signing of a sales agreement for Suez’s UK waste operations. The disposal “addresses the main concerns of the UK competition authority”, Veolia said. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

The group announced “the execution of a unilateral put agreement whereby Macquarie Asset Management irrevocably undertakes to acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Group, regrouping Suez waste activities in the UK”. The sale proceeds will amount to about €2.4bn, according to Veolia.

Veolia agrees sale of Suez's British waste activities to Macquarie

-Charter Next Generation Continues to Expand with the Acquisition of Polymer Film & Bag, Inc. and Certain Related Assets

Charter Next Generation (CNG), North America’s leading producer of high-performance, sustainable films, today announced that it will acquire Polymer Film & Bag, Inc. (PF&B), the extrusion business of the Polymer Packaging family of companies based in Massillon, Ohio, along with certain related assets. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

“PF&B is a perfect fit for CNG and will help us continue to outpace industry growth in the future,” said Kathy Bolhous, Chairman and CEO of Charter Next Generation. “The team in Massillon shares many of our core values as well as a focus on creating sustainable solutions. We also share a commitment to focus on our customers’ success by providing the most advanced, highest quality films available. We are thrilled to welcome the PF&B team to CNG.”

Polymer Film & Bag is a Safe Quality Food (SQF) manufacturing company serving industrial and food service markets. Its state-of-the-art co-extrusion lines offer superior quality, environmentally responsible films featuring a stronger but thinner design that surpass the properties of thicker conventional films. Some of PF&B’s unique capabilities will be new to CNG, enabling CNG to expand into new, attractive vertical markets.

“We attribute CNG’s success to our focus on having:  (1)  the best assets to deliver the best quality in the industry; (2) a passion for developing the next generation of sustainable solutions for a better world; (3) a commitment to being ultra-responsive to our customer’s needs; (4) and the most talented team in the market, employee-owners who continually seek “a better way” to improve our business,” said Doug Latreille, Chief Commercial Officer of Charter Next Generation.

Charter Next Generation Continues to Expand with the Acquisition of Polymer Film & Bag, Inc. and Certain Related Assets

-CDO urges public to reduce plastic bottle use

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippine: The City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) stepped up its campaign against plastic use, urging the public to reduce the use of plastic or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

CLENRO assistant head Elvisa Mabelin noted that the city has seen the improvement from banning single-use plastics, but added that PET bottles remain floating in creeks and canals.”There’s a need to campaign on minimising the use of PET bottles, as there are replacements (for containers). Instead of buying mineral water (in PET bottles), why not bring containers,” Mabelin said.

Based on the recent waste analysis by CLENRO, Mabelin said PET bottles are found to be prevalent kind of plastic waste, as compared to other plastic-based materials. “We have cellophanes–low-density and high-density polyethylene plastics–and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes, and the PET bottles which are usually found in water canals,” she said.

Noticeable reduction

Armen Cuenca, CLENRO head, said a year after the ban on single-use plastic there has been a noticeable reduction in the amount of plastic wastes in the city. “If we look at the sanitary landfill, we can see less plastic floating (in mid-air). We also saw that there were less plastic materials floating in water drainages,” he said, referring to a flood-prone highway in the city. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

Cuenca said while the city is implementing a drainage rehabilitation program, the absence of plastics in the floodwater is an indicator that the banning of single-use plastic has been effective.

The ban on single-use plastic was implemented in January last year, following the passage of City Ordinance No. 13378-2018, otherwise known as the “Integrated Eco-biological Solid Waste Management Ordinance.”

CDO urges public to reduce plastic bottle use

-‘Time Is Now’ to Put Sustainability Into Practice, Says Reifenhäuser

The extrusion technology innovator will show how it is moving the needle on recyclability at K 2022.

The attributes that have made plastic so popular — its durability, light weight, flexibility, and impermeability — are also its downfall when it becomes waste, according to Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chief Scientific Officer of Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. “Plastic floats — it does not decompose, it does not dissolve,” he told the German plastics and rubber association VDMA recently. If recyclability had been taken into account from the beginning of the product development process in addition to cost and functionality, at least 80% of plastics would be recyclable today, he said. Circular Nonwovens – Rubber-recycling

Instead, an emphasis on functional optimization has produced plastics, such as multi-layer films, that are difficult or impossible to recycle. “I am convinced that we can and must change this,” stressed Reifenhäuser in the VDMA interview. It’s a message that the Reifenhäuser Group, a plastics extrusion technology specialist based in Troisdorf, Germany, will amplify at K 2022 under the theme, “The Time Is Now.” The company gave a preview of the innovations it will be highlighting at the show in October during a press preview in June in Düsseldorf.

Reifenhäuser has three booths of its own at the K, and is also part of an open-air pavilion as a partner in the R-Cycle initiative, which has developed a traceability standard for sustainable plastic packaging. The R-Cycle’s Digital Product Passport will be the topic of a forthcoming article in PlasticsToday.

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Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile 09-08-2022

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-Quantafuel, DUBAL Holding and BASF ink FEED deal for plastic recycling in Dubai

The agreement intends to carry out a front-end engineering design (FEED) for developing a Plastics-to-Liquid (PtL) processing plant in Dubai

Norway-based Quantafuel, DUBAL Holding, and chemical company BASF have signed a front-end engineering design (FEED) agreement for the chemical recycling of waste plastics in Dubai.

With BASF as the partner for the new phase, the project is currently entering the FEED stage.  Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

It is followed by a six-month feasibility study where the primary design criteria have been determined and the location and feedstock have been secured.

The potential final investment decision (FID) is anticipated in early 2023.

Quantafuel, DUBAL Holding, the investment arm of the Dubai Government, and chemical company BASF have signed an agreement to carry out a FEED to develop a Plastics-to-Liquid processing plant in Dubai.

The PtL initiative is a big step toward a circular economy and assists Dubai in reaching its goal of having zero trash going to landfills by 2030 by transforming low-quality, non-recyclable plastics into valuable products.

The FEED for the construction of the 80,000 ton/year plant will be finished in 2022, and a potential final investment decision is expected to be made in the early months of 2023.

Based on the lessons learned from and optimisation of Quantafuel’s first full-scale commercial plant in Skive, Denmark, the partners have decided to work together and split the cost for the development of the plant in Dubai.

Saipem, a leading name in Italian engineering and construction, has been selected to provide FEED services.

DUBAL Holding CEO Ahmad Hamad Bin Fahad said: “This agreement is an important step towards a cooperation that will foster the advancement of sustainable technology and help attain circular economy in the UAE.  Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

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-Selenis renews recycled-content tracing certification

Materials maker Selenis has renewed its Recyclass certifications for recycled content traceability.

The certifications certify the use of 30 percent and 50 percent post-consumer recycled content in their Eco Resins and “establish trust” in the firm’s recycled products, officials said in a news release.  Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

Selenis commercialized its Eco Resins in late 2019. The materials can be made with up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled content. Last year, Selenis scaled up production of these sustainable resins to full production volumes and looked to guarantee traceability of these products by certifying them through Recyclass.

Officials said that manufacturers, brand owners, and retailers are increasingly looking for reliable and transparent certification. Recyclass certifications confirm that Selenis has all the required procedures to ensure traceability of recycled plastics into products. The certifications are owned by Plastics Recyclers Europe, managed by RecyClass and issued by recognized third-parties.

“With the renewal of the Recyclass certifications, Selenis proves once again that their sustainability claims are based on true circular solutions,” officials said.

Portalegre, Portugal-based Selenis makes specialty polyester, PET and copolyester resins. Also in 2021, the firm launched a line of copolyesters aimed at the kitchenware market.

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-EU-India free trade negotiations promote sustainable textile industry

Today’s trade relations between the EU and India in textiles and clothing are characterised by a large and systemic trade deficit for the EU, according to the EURATEX.

The annual imports from India exceeded €6 billion in 2021 – making it the 4th supplier – while EU exports to India reached just half a billion – the 20th place in the export markets.

Against this background, the free trade negotiations are an opportunity to rebalance that relationship; European textile and clothing companies can offer high quality and innovative products for the Indian market, but they can also offer solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of the textile industry, EURATEX said in a press release.

EURATEX, as the voice of textiles and apparel manufacturers in Europe, supports an ambitious EU trade agenda that puts reciprocity, transparency, fair competition and equal rules at the centre of its action. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

The FTA is an opportunity to establish a more sustainable and fair trading system, based on rules, global environmental and social standards, which are effectively respected by all.

In this context, EURATEX has highlighted that the sector needs open and efficient markets, but combined with effective controls where necessary, thus ensuring a level playing field for European companies. It is clearly essential that the same level of market access to India – both in terms of tariff and non-tariff barriers – is available to EU producers as vice versa.

India today benefits from reduced customs duties due to GSP. For European companies instead, market access to India is challenging, facing non-tariff barriers (related to proof of origin, quality control procedures, etc.) as well as national or state-level support programmes which distort the level playing field between EU and Indian companies. That level playing field should also apply to Europe’s sustainability targets.

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-K 2022: SI Group to unveil new brand for plastics recycling

SI Group’s newest brand will encompass a comprehensive platform of innovative additive solutions designed to accelerate the transition to a more circular economy and lead to a more sustainable plastics industry. The first solutions to be introduced under the new brand name will be stabilizers for recycled polyolefins and PET that are specifically designed to allow customers to use more recycled materials without compromising performance in the end application. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

SI Group is a global developer and manufacturer of performance additives, process solutions, pharmaceuticals, and chemical intermediates.

“We’re thrilled to deliver solutions that enable our customers and the industry to move towards a truly circular economy. Our new solutions upgrade the performance of recycled plastics so they can be used in more demanding applications again and again,” said Irfaan Foster, Market Development Director at SI Group.

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-INEOS Styrolution introduces new product portfolio for polymer modification

  • Well-balanced portfolio of new styrenics powder grades
  • Dedicated distribution channel

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has announced today the introduction of an all-new product portfolio dedicated to polymer modification. The new product lines are addressing the need of compounders and extruders to enhance the properties of polymers and allow for improved processing. Smaller volumes of the new products are available via focused and very experienced distribution partners.

INEOS Styrolution’s new modifier line is the result of intensive testing with a range of customers and partners over the past years. The result is a thorough set of new powder grades that not only modify selected product properties to allow for new application designs. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

Certain modifiers also allow for improved processing resulting for example in working at lower temperatures and with a lower energy consumption.

Modifications range from enhanced stiffness to superior long-term performance with heat exposure, better color fastness and retention, UV resistance, dimensional stability, impact resistance and more.

The styrenics based modifiers address a wide range of polymers. Compatibility and efficiency vary by polymer and have been tested for polymers including ABS[1], ASA[2], PBT[3], PC[4], PP[5], PE[6], PS[7], PVC[8], SAN[9], SBC[10], TPE[11] and TPU[12].

Agreements have been closed with specialised distribution partners Caldic B.V.[13] and Bjørn Thorsen A/S[14] to bring the new solutions to market also at lower volumes. Experts from INEOS Styrolution and its distribution partners have already started working with customers to identify the best modifier solution for a given challenge.

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-How the Dutch could come to the rescue of Europe

The best way of dealing with Russia’s energy war on the European Union is by using it as an opportunity, and speeding up the energy transition can kill three birds with one stone: energy security, climate crisis, and energy poverty, writes Alice Stollmeyer and Lukas Trakimavičius. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

Alice Stollmeyer is the Founder & Executive Director of Defend Democracy. She has a background in social studies of science, technology, and society. A former expert on EU energy and climate policies, Alice now works on democracy and hybrid threats.

Lukas Trakimavičius works at the research and lessons learned division of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence. He previously worked at NATO and the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both authors are writing in their personal capacity.

Obviously, EU countries should have worked much harder on their energy transitions from March 2014, if not before. Unfortunately, it took a full-scale war on Ukraine for most governments to wake up to the fact that Russia has been using energy as a weapon for decades.

So let’s put massive and united efforts into doing it right now. Because with so many Ukrainian lives at stake: if we don’t stop funding Russia’s war by buying its oil, gas, coal and uranium now, when?

But even if we put all our efforts into an energy transition, this doesn’t happen overnight. So how to bridge the gap between now and the day we would not need Russian gas anymore?

The Dutch could come to the rescue.

Few people know that Groningen — a green northern province of the Netherlands — has the potential to weaken Russia’s energy grip over Europe. The province is home to the Groningen field, one of the world’s largest natural gas reserves, containing some 450 billion cubic metres (BCM) of recoverable gas. For context, this is nearly three years’ worth of European gas imports from Russia. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

In the mid-2010s, Groningen was still annually pumping out around 30 BCM, but this year it is expected to produce barely 4.6 BCM of gas. Some years ago, the government decided to phase out gas production in Groningen to tame the drilling-induced earthquakes, which have plagued the region since the 1980s.

Although these earthquakes did not reportedly result in any deaths or physical injuries, over the years, they caused more than €1 billion of infrastructural damage.

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-Circularity of Polyurethanes

The European Union is embarking on the transition to a climate neutral economy with the blueprint laid out in the European Green deal. The European Green deal will have an unprecedented impact on all industries across Europe and the globe, not least of all the polyurethane sector. By 2050, The European Union aims at becoming a sustainable and climate neutral economy, while already reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. The European Green Deal includes major action fields mobilising the polyurethane industry for a clean and circular economy. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

The next challenge is how to turn the Green Deal blueprint into reality. It is an immense undertaking and the inherent properties of polyurethanes provide sustainable solutions to address many of the challenges of the Green Deal. An important aspect of the Green Deal is moving from a linear model towards a circular economy. The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended.

To deliver on these ambitions by 2050, the polyurethane industry has launched a series of initiatives including the use of recycled resources and the development of recycling technologies to minimize waste and reduce CO2 emissions.

Polyurethane foam is a thermoset polymer. Contrary to thermoplastics, thermoset plastics are capable of becoming fully rigid when heated or cured. Because of its lightweight and unique properties, polyurethane foam is used in a variety of applications.

It can be tailored to be either rigid or flexible, with a market share of about 50:50. Around 90% of flexible PU foam is used in bedding, upholstery and automotive industry. The rest is used in a variety of applications, such as kitchen sponges, shoe insoles or as acoustic insulation, among hundreds of other applications.

PU rigid foam is a premium engineered insulation material used in a wide range of building and technical applications. Thanks to its low thermal conductivity and high durability, it may save more than 100 times the energy needed for its production during its 50-year lifetime – possibly more – in buildings.

Polyurethane foam is a durable material, normally made to last for the whole lifetime of the product that contains it. When PU reaches its End-of-Life phase – after many decades in use – it enters the waste stream, ready to be re-used or recycled.

Recycling Technologies

When it comes to the end-of-life phase of thermosets – contrary to thermoplastics – the recycling technology of heating or melting cannot be applied.

Still, the polyurethane foam industry at large has been working at addressing this challenge over the past years. Many of the past issues have been resolved in the supply chain, the regulatory environment has evolved and recycling technologies have come a long way. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

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-Europe’s Green Hydrogen Rules Raise Costs for Industry

The European Union (EU) has made clean hydrogen a pillar of both its net-zero target for 2050 and its near-term efforts to get off Russian gas. To enable the scale-up of the industry, the EU released its definition of hydrogen that will qualify as green and the budget for its long-awaited carbon contracts-for-difference scheme. The EU’s stringent rules will ensure any hydrogen produced is low carbon, but raises the cost of procurement for industrial end-users. Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

Europe has taken a lifecycle approach to measuring emissions from hydrogen (H2). The EU has set an emissions threshold for hydrogen of 3.38 kilograms (kg) CO2-equivalent per kg-H2. This is more lenient than some other regions but covers a wider emissions scope: everything from the energy inputs to make H2 through to consumption.

The proposed rules favor H2 projects in locations with high shares of renewables. Since Norway’s grid is 90% renewable, a grid-connected electrolyzer could qualify as green and achieve a levelized cost of H2 (LCOH2) of $2.58/kg in 2025 while ensuring stable output. However, in most EU countries, the bloc’s definitions will give preference to co-located wind and solar as the power source. H2 produced from wind and solar in Portugal could cost 4% less than a grid-connected project in Norway but would only have a 50% utilization rate.

Strict temporal correlation will drive up the cost of stable H2 production required by industrial end-users.

The EU requires hourly matching of H2 production and renewables generation, which limits an electrolyzer’s utilization rate without additional energy storage.

An off-grid project in Germany could produce stable H2 using solar, wind and batteries for an LCOH2 of $4.91/kg in 2025 – nearly double that of a grid-connected project in Norway.

The carbon contracts-for-difference (CCfD) scheme will bridge the gap.

Due to begin in autumn 2022, the CCfD will ensure green H2 is competitive for industrial applications. If 20% of the EU Innovation Fund budget in 2025 went to green steel projects using H2, the scheme would support 55,085 tons of annual renewable H2 production.  Plastic-recycling – Sustainable-textile

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-Eurozone Q2 GDP stronger than expected on services rebound, July inflation hits new high

Second-quarter eurozone GDP grew by a stronger-than-expected 0.7%, helped by a post-COVID tourism rebound which boosted the services sector, economic analysts said on Friday.

“Sectors related to hospitality (restaurants, bars and hotels) have particularly been outperforming in the second quarter, adding to the small positive growth figure,” according to Bert Colijn, senior eurozone economist at global bank ING.

“The tourism rebound contributed to strong growth seen in Italy and Spain, with quarter-on-quarter growth of 1% and 1.1% respectively.”  PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

Growth was less positive in other eurozone countries, with Europe’s largest chemicals producer Germany remaining stagnant from the previous quarter, data from official statistics agency Eurostat showed on Friday.

ING warned of a downward trend as the services sector rebound eased off and high inflation continued to squeeze spending power.

“From here on, we expect GDP to continue a downward trend as the services reopening rebound moderates, global demand softens and purchasing power squeezes persist. We expect that to result in a mild recession starting in the second half of the year,” Colijn said.

July annual inflation in the eurozone hit a fresh record-high of 8.9%, according to Eurostat in a separate data release on Friday.

The rise from 8.6% in June was driven mainly by continuing high energy prices, followed by food, alcohol & tobacco, non-energy industrial goods and services.

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PCX Markets launches global platform for purchasing certified plastic credits

Singapore-based PCX Markets has launched an online platform for purchasing certified plastic credits from multiple providers. PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

The platform is a commercial plastic credit marketplace bringing together partners from around the world on a mission to stop the flow of plastic waste into nature.

PCX Markets will work closely with the established non-profit arm of the business, PCX Solutions, to give companies the opportunity to meet country-specific EPR compliance and achieve voluntary net zero plastic waste certification

Plastic credit projects are verified against globally accepted plastic credit standards such as PCX Solutions’ Plastic Pollution Reduction Standard (PPRS) and Verra’s Plastic Waste Reduction Standard (PWRS).

The PCX Markets platform also provides access to a plastic footprint calculator, which helps organizations understand their footprint and establish plastic reduction and offsetting targets.

The platform offers users projects to match their objectives to remove plastic from the environment and fund waste collection and infrastructure programs.

PCX Markets partners with community-based and institutional projects globally including:

HOPE’s Aling Tindera waste-to-cash program, based in the Philippines, focuses on female microentrepreneurs who champion plastic waste recovery systems in their communities. To date, the program has collected 187,420 kilograms of plastic waste and boosted Aling Tindera incomes by 89 percent on average.

Second Life, a Verra-certified ocean plastic recovery and recycling project has recovered and recycled 2,389,000 kilograms of ocean-bound plastic in Thailand since 2020.

Veolia Thailand’s LDPE recycling plant converts locally-sourced LDPE and LLDPE packaging waste into post-consumer recycled plastics, replacing fossil resources to produce films and bags.

ReCircle, a resource recovery enterprise in India, directs waste away from landfills and oceans through a traceable system to create resources that ultimately feed back into the circular economy.  PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

PCX Markets integrates blockchain-verified, tokenized plastic credit transactions with reporting on the efficacy of given projects. Companies then purchase credits to offset both their essential plastic use and their historic plastic footprints.

PCX has already diverted more than 32 million kg of plastic waste from nature, invested over US$2.7 million into the plastic circular economy, and driven 54,000 tonnes of carbon reduction from coal replacement.

PCX Markets launches global platform for purchasing certified plastic credits

-At K 2022: Improved Automatic Process Control for PET Bottle Blowing

New Process Pilot+ from Agr International offers faster response and flexible goals for keeping PET bottles on spec.

Multiple control loops in Process Pilot+ are said to correct process drift as much as 40% faster and enable startups to reach on-spec bottle production up to 65% faster. (Photo: Agr International) PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

At next month’s K 2022 show in Düsseldorf, Agr International is introducing an enhanced version of its Process Pilot system for automated process management of two-stage (reheat) stretch-blow machines for PET. Like the original version, the new Process Pilot + uses bottle wall-thickness measurements from Agr’s Pilot Profiler inline QC instrument to adjust the machine settings to compensate for changes in the operating environment (temperature, humidity), the preform quality or the material (such as the presence of rPET). The new version incorporates multiple control loops that regulate slow-response processes such as oven temperatures separately from very fast-acting processes like blow pressure and timing. The multiple control loops allow the system to correct process drift as much as 40% faster and also enable startups to reach on-spec bottle production up to 65% faster.

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-New In-Mold Labels Enhance Recycling of PP Containers

New PP IML labels from MCC Verstraete separate from PP containers during mechanical recycling to preserve the color and transparency of the container resin.

A new type of PP in-mold label from MCC Verstraete of The Netherlands (U.S. office in Batavia, Ohio) is designed for complete separation of the labels from injection molded PP containers during mechanical recycling. The result is to preserve the white color or transparency of the container material to enable recycling into food-grade rPP suitable for new containers. PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

Today, the monomaterial structure of a PP container with a PP label allows for mechanical recycling of the two without separation for production of new nonfood rPP products such as pails. However, the inks in the label will influence the final color of the rPP, a factor which is often disguised by mixing PP containers of different base colors together for mechanical recycling.

With the release of NextCycle IML labels, MCC Verstraete claims to have found a balance between strong enough adhesion of the label to the container to satisfy the supply chain, and weak enough adhesion to release the label from the container automatically during grinding, regardless of the package shape or PP grade used in the container. After grinding and washing, the lighter, thinner flakes of the ground labels are said to be separated from the heavier, thicker flakes of the ground containers via standard air elutriation systems used by many recyclers (in some cases, right after the grinding stage). According to MCC Verstraete, a single air-elutriation stage is sufficient for separating label and container flakes.

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-PEI-Based Resin with Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Capability

SABIC’s Ultem 3473 helps reduce weight of RF filters in 5G Macro cells by up to 40%.

A new polyetherimide-based resin from SABIC is said to be the company’s first PEI with surface mount technology (SMT) capability. Ultem 3473 resin is said to address the growing trend toward smaller, lighter 5G macro cells by providing a possible replacement for metal. For example, Ultem 3473 resin can help reduce the weight of an aluminum radio frequency (RF) cavity filter by up to 40%. In a typical macro cell with 64 filters, this weight saving can be significant. Also, this resin reportedly can help facilitate the design of new, integrated antenna filter units (AFUs), which is not achievable with metal. Using injection molding, the dipole antenna matrix and RF cavity filter body can be produced as one piece. This approach simplifies production and may lead to additional weight savings and system cost reductions. PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

Ultem 3473 PEI boasts performance, processing and assembly advantages over die-cast metal and thermoplastics such as filled PPS. It is said to enable components to withstand very high temperatures, up to 500 F, during the assembly process. With a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) similar to that of metal, it has been shown to   provide dimensional stability under a wide range of operational temperatures, from -40 F to 302 F, over the long term. Dimensional stability of the material, in turn, helps ensure consistent signal filtering of the RF cavity filter by minimizing dimensional variations over these temperature ranges. In contrast, the CTE of filled PPS products increases significantly at temperatures above 185 F to 194 F, according to SABIC internal testing.

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-Ineos and Sinopec sign three significant petrochemical deals with an aggregate value of USD7bn

Ineos and Sinopec have today signed three back-to-back deals worth a combined value of USD7bn, said the company.

These landmark agreements are expected to generate a combined turnover of around USD10bn from 7 million tonnes of capacity. The three agreements will significantly reshape Ineos’ petrochemicals production and technology in China.

Firstly, Ineos has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Limited, a subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec). SECCO currently has a production capacity of 4.2 million tonnes of petrochemicals – including ethylene, propylene, polyethylene, polypropylene, styrene, polystyrene, acrylonitrile, butadiene, benzene and toluene. It is a 200-hectare facility, located inside the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

Secondly, INEOS has agreed to establish a new 50:50 joint venture with Sinopec with the intent to build production capacity of up to 1.2 million tonnes of ABS, to meet rapidly growing demand in China. The 600ktpa ABS plant in Ningbo, which is currently under construction by Ineos Styrolution and is planned to be operational by the end of 2023, will become part of the joint venture. INEOS and Sinopec also plan to work together on two additional 300ktpa ABS plants, which will also be built by the joint venture based on Ineos’ world-leading Terluran® ABS technology. One of these 300kt plants will be located in Tianjin, the location of the third unit is yet to be decided.

Ineos and Sinopec sign three significant petrochemical deals with an aggregate value of USD7bn

-Energy and raw materials impact on Versalis margins
Operating profit lower than last year due to higher costs of oil feedstocks and industrial utilities indexed to gas prices.
Versalis, the chemical arm of the ENI group, achieved an adjusted operating profit of 125 million euros in the second quarter of this year, up compared to the loss of 115 million in the first quarter of 2022, but down by -38% in comparison with 202 million euros for the same period last year. PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals
As in the first months of the year, also in the second quarter the result was largely determined by the increases in the costs of oil raw materials and industrial utilities indexed to gas prices, partially offset – reads the quarterly report released today by ENI group – from optimization initiatives aimed at replacing natural gas consumption with cheaper fuels and stable polymer margins.
Considering the first six months, the adj operating profit of chemicals amounts to 10 million euros, against 241 million in the first half of 2021, which had benefited from exceptional market conditions.
Sales of petrochemicals in the second quarter amounted to 1.07 million tons, 6% less than in the same period last year, due to the lower availability of chemicals and raw materials and the unfavorable scenario in particular in the polyethylene segment. In the first half of this year, sales amounted to 2.2 million tons, down 5% compared to the first six months of 2021. PET-Bottle-Blowing – Petrochemicals

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-German Industrial Production Eked Out Surprise Gain in June

German industrial production eked out a surprise gain in June, as Europe’s manufacturing heart steadied after the initial shock of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Output rose 0.4% in seasonally- and calendar-adjusted terms from May, with all three major categories of manufacturers posting gains. Even energy-intensive industry posted a 0.4% gain, after falling 5.4% since Russia’s invasion in February.

Energy output itself was flat on the month, while construction fell 0.8%, accelerating a decline that has accompanied a sharp drop in German business confidence in the second quarter. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

The figures improve the odds that the German economy escaped contraction in the second quarter, having reported a preliminary estimate of zero GDP growth last week. However, they don’t fundamentally change the outlook for the next few months, which are set to be dominated by an acute shortage of natural gas and sky-high electricity prices. The German government intends to impose a surcharge on commercial gas bills from October, having so far stopped importers from passing on the increased price of supplies sourced from outside Russia.

Gas imports from Russia are currently running at only 20% of their normal levels as the Russian gas monopoly refuses to ship more through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in a thinly-veiled political response to western sanctions on the country. Gazprom (MCX:GAZP) this week refused to take delivery of a key Siemens turbine after maintenance, which is needed at one of Nord Stream’s compressor stations. Gazprom said it wanted assurances that the turbine wouldn’t be affected by sanctions in future.

Appeals by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who held a press conference in front of the turbine to show off its readiness this week, have fallen on deaf ears.

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-Moretto technology for PET treatment on show at Drinktec

In September the appointment is at Drinktec – the leading trade fair for the beverage industry where technologies and equipment for the entire production process will be exhibited, from raw materials to production, filling and packaging up to distribution.

Moretto will be present in the PETpoint area, an exclusive pavillon dedicated to PET bottles with the best solutions dedicated to the process of this material. Hall C5 – Stand 234.

Thanks to its properties – strenght, lightness, aromas barrier, easy processability – PET has seen a constant and gradual increase in its use especially in the beverage sector: 70% of PET is used for sparkling drinks, fruit juices, drinks and bottled waters packaging.

To the remarkable mechanical features have to be added the environmental advantages; PET generates a lower quantity of CO2 than glass or aluminum packaging.

It is one of the most recycled polymers that does not lose its mechanical and physical properties during the recovery process, a fundamental aspect to obtaining high quality plastic resins to be reintroduced several times in the production process.

According to this, it becomes essential to use equipment that ensures a perfect material treatment. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

A crucial process in recycling is certainly the crystallization. MPK Moretto Krystallizer, exhibited at Drinktec, is a system designed to crystallize post-consumer materials – regrind and washed ready to be transformed. Perfectly treated they can be used with virgin plastic polymers for new production processes. MPK stands out for some important features in machinery that process post-consumer material such as the drop down cone with assisted device that allows the operator to quickly proceed with cleaning and maintenance activities thanks to the easy opening which takes only two minutes. An exceptional usability factor in a machine that process critical materials such as regrind and/or flakes. The internal mixer shaft with removable blades can be easily adapted to the different treated material. The blades have a wing profile that moves the material in a homogeneous way avoiding the formation of lumps during the crystallization phase. The hopper – with the patented stainless steel shockproof coating SPYRO – insulate the mixer body and contains the heat dispersion, increasing its energy efficiency. The control of the system processes is managed by a touch view control with a simple and intuitive interface.

MPK is a latest generation product designed for the intelligent factory, in fact it can be connected to other automations via web and remotely controlled through the supervision and management software MOWIS which achieves total connectivity via MODBUS, ETHERNET, OPC UA. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

MPK is equipped with the Vortex filtration device which intercepts the dust of the process circuit increasing its autonomy. The Purex condensate separator filters the material flow back intercepting the volatile oily and/or resinous substances contained in the vapors, impurities typically present in post-consumer materials. Purex contains emissions into the atmosphere by condensing the vapors to 99%, thus separating the vapors. Purex protects the environment and people.

Moretto technology for PET treatment on show at Drinktec

-Brüggemann Acquires Italy’s Auserpolimeri

Company continues to expand its polymer additives business with latest acquisition of functionalized polymers producer.

Brüggemann (U.S. office in Newton Square, Penn.) has further expanded its polymer additives business with the acquisition of Italy’s Auserpolimeri, a leading developer and manufacturer of chemically functionalised polyolefin-based polymers. These materials play a key role as impact modifiers, compatibilizers, coupling agents and adhesion promoters in improving the performance levels of engineering plastics for a wide range of applications. They ideally complement and complete Brüggemann’s existing range of high-performance additives, according to head of polymer additives Klaus Bergmann.

Auserpolimeri Srl specializes in the grafting of polymers by reactive extrusion. Polymers functionalised with this technology form the company’s product portfolio.

The company of the Eigenmann & Veronelli Group is known in the market for engineering polymers in particular for its high-quality technical advice and continuous product development. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

According to a Brüggemann spokesperson, the application areas of grafted polymers are very diverse. “In the North American market, we also see a growing demand for engineering plastics with increasingly special properties. We look forward to now being able to offer even more solution possibilities worldwide.”

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-Winner crowned for RECO Sustainable Young Designer Competition hosted by Indorama Ventures

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global sustainable chemical producer, named the winners of ‘RECO Young Designer Competition’, Thailand’s largest upcycling fashion design event, parading haute couture garments containing at least 60% recycled materials. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

Eleven finalists showcased 33 handmade sustainable outfits at the 9th edition of the fashion show at IVL’s headquarters in Bangkok, using recycled PET and polyester items to craft creative fashions. Under the concept of ‘REVIVE: Start from the Street,’ RECO supports young Thai designers while raising awareness of recycling. The designs use a range of recycled materials including recycled PET yarns, discarded fabric from factories, and even repurposed safety belts.

RECO awarded finalists and winners with 500,000 baht in prizes to support their careers. First prize of 125,000 baht was awarded to 23-year-old emerging furniture designer Mr Prem Buachum for his ‘The Origin of Rebirth’ collection, using fabric recycled from post-consumer PET bottles. The first runner-up, Mr Sathitkhun Boonmee, was awarded 75,000 baht for his ‘Remembering Your Favorite Teddy Bear’ collection, using old dolls made of polyester fibers. Second runners-up, Mr Worameth Monthanom and Mr Tanakorn Sritong, received 50,000 baht for their ‘Regeneration of Nature (into Spring)’ collection, using unused fabrics and discarded PET film. Mr Napat Tansuwan, a finalist with his’ Don’t Judge’ collection, will go on to create designer merchandise for sponsor Buriram United Football Club using local weaving techniques from communities in Buriram province.

Mrs Aradhana Lohia Sharma, Vice President at Indorama Ventures and RECO Young Designer Competition Chairperson, said, “Since 2011, RECO’s ambition has been to uplift recycling and inspire people to realize the value of recyclable materials to produce great new products for daily life. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

We have witnessed many thoughtful initiatives on upcycling through the collections created by our talented young Thai designers. The designs this year showcase stunning wearability and innovation while using a large percentage of recycle materials. Public interest in recycling has been growing immensely, and we are grateful to strengthen the relationship with partners like Buriram United Football Club.”

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-Crosslinking Process Promises Thinner, Higher-Performance PE Films

Technology combines UV curing system with photo initiator promoter masterbatch.

Kafrit, a well-known Israeli masterbatch and additives manufacturer, has collaborated with start-up Israeli additives company N3Cure to create what they call a breakthrough in crosslinking technology for PE films. The system combines a proprietary masterbatch called Crossitol with UV curing radiation to enable processors to produce PE films that will crosslink to improve sustainability and cut costs.

Under the arrangement between the two companies, N3Cure, specialists in polymers, UV curing and sustainability, provides the raw material for the crosslinking additive to Kafrit, which compounds it into a masterbatch. The UV technology is furnished by an undisclosed curing system provider. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

Crosslinking is the process of forming covalent bonds to join two polymer chains. With the Crossitol masterbatch, the process is triggered by UV radiation, applied by a UV curing system and integrated on an existing blown film line, resulting in a polymer web-like structure that is stronger than a regular, non-crosslinked polymer chain structure.

“UV crosslinking was designed to be a more cost-effective alternative to electronic-beam technology as it has a higher speed process, and lower maintenance and equipment costs. Unlike electronic-beam technology, selective crosslinking can be applied, and the finished product is easier to recycle,” said Kafrit’s Nadav Goldstein, v.p. of new business development.

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-PET-Like Bioplastic from Biomass

Switzerland’s EPFL School of Basic Sciences have developed a biomass derived plastic that is similar to PET.

We have been reporting on bioplastics derived from a variety of natural sources as contenders particularly for the five major commodity thermoplastics—PE, PP, PS, PVC, and PET. One of the latest is a new biomass-derived plastic similar to PET, that meets the criteria for replacing several current plastics while also being more environmentally friendly has been developed by scientists from public Swiss research university The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which specializes in natural sciences and engineering. PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

According to the researchers, led by professor Jeremy Luterbacher at EPFL’s School of Basic Sciences, producing competitive biomass-based plastics is not straightforward. He notes that there is a reason that conventional plastics are so widespread, as they combine low-cost, heat stability, mechanical strength, processability, and compatibility – features that any alternative plastic replacements must match or surpass. And so far, the task has been challenging.

Says Luterbacher, “We essentially just ‘cook’ wood or other non-edible plant material, such as agricultural wastes, in inexpensive chemicals to produce the plastic precursor in one step. By keeping the sugar structure intact within the molecular structure of the plastic, the chemistry is much simpler than current alternatives.”

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-SK Geo Centric discusses its plans for a circular economy in Asia

“Recycling Today” recently spoke with SK Geo Centric’s CEO Na Kyung-Soo to discuss the company’s “Waste & Carbon Zero” strategy, its related investments and the plastic industry.

SK Geo Centric, a subsidiary of SK Innovation, has been developing petrochemicals in South Korea for 60 years. The company says its goal is to transform into the world’s leading plastic recycler by leveraging what it calls “vast opportunities” for the development of “urban oil fields.”  PET-Like-Bioplastic – Petrochemicals

To achieve this, the company has launched its Waste & Carbon Zero strategy. Through 2021 and into 2022, SK Geo Centric has invested $260 million to further mechanical and advanced recycling of plastics and the necessary infrastructure. In the North American markets, SK Geo Centric has invested $56.5 million in Quebec-based Loop Industries, $55 million in PureCycle Technologies of Orlando, Florida, and $10 million with Closed Loop Partners, New York City, to advance circular business models, scalable recycling technologies and material recovery infrastructure in the U.S.

Recycling Today recently spoke with SK Geo Centric CEO Na Kyung-Soo to discuss the company’s Waste & Carbon Zero strategy,  its investments and the plastic industry. The following interview has been edited for clarity.

SK Geo Centric discusses its plans for a circular economy in Asia

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-The road to auto plastic recovery: recommendations for recycling plastics from end-of-life vehicles

Late in 2021, the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) was retained by Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to study the current practices related to the recovery of auto plastics from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in Canada. The purpose of the study was to develop a potential road map to contribute to Canada’s 2030 target of zero plastic waste.

In 2019, a plastics report produced by Deloitte and Cheminfo Services estimated that the auto sector produces approximately 309,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually, about 9 percent of the total amount of plastic waste worldwide. This represents the second largest sectoral producer of plastic waste after plastic packaging, which accounts for 47 percent of all plastic waste. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

About 1.6 million vehicles are retired annually in Canada, and each of these ELVs contain about 175 kg of various plastic resins. Recycling rates for the plastics in ELVs tend to be low since there are very few end markets for these materials. Plastics from ELVs are often contaminated with other plastics and metal components, and there are not currently technologies capable of recycling all of the different plastic and multi-resin parts found in vehicles.

The road to auto plastic recovery: recommendations for recycling plastics from end-of-life vehicles

-ZARA partners with Renewcell to launch collection made from Circulose®

Zara, the global fashion brand and part of Inditex Group, is collaborating with Renewcell to create a capsule collection using Circulose®, a branded material produced entirely of recycled textiles.

A biodegradable raw material called Circulose®, created by Renewcell, is used to make textile fibers for clothing like viscose and lyocell. Circulose® fibers assist brands in limiting the use of virgin textile fibers, minimizing the climatic and environmental effects associated with the manufacturing and disposal of raw materials.

Patrik Lundström, CEO of Renewcell, said that Zara is one of the most well-known fashion companies in the world, demonstrating its ability to affect significant change within the sector. Without partners like Zara supporting this transformation, their mission to redefine fashion at scale would not come to reality through collaborations with such major brands, and their rapid development would not be conceivable. They’re excited to announce this collection created with Circulose® as the most recent development in our ongoing partnership. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

The 100% textile-to-textile recycled material Circulose® by Renewcell, which will soon begin operating at a commercial scale in their new facility in Sundsvall, Sweden, continues to divert waste from landfills by generating value through circular supply chains with brands all over the world, including now Zara.

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-Machine-Side and Central Chiller Lines, Industry 4.0 Controls to Launch

Frigel will use K 2022 to showcase a number of developments in process cooling, including new and expanded lines of central and machine-side chillers, as we as advanced control platforms.

Frigel will highlight its MiND 2.0 platform, which it describe as an evolution of its Industry 4.0 offering. The company says MiND 2.0 provides a supervision and maintenance tool for all Frigel equipment and accessories, including central and machine-side chillers, monitoring and managing all working parameters and events, while tracking performance and energy consumption through a multifunctional user interface that can be accessed locally and remotely. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

Frigel has also updated its 3PR control, originally released in 2015. Designed to control its central cooling systems, Frigel says the new 3PR 4.0 platform allows processors to supervise and manage the entire cooling system from a single point. All the connected central system components are controlled via a unique control panel that has been designed specifically for Frigel systems. 3PR 4.0 is available in two versions—Lite and Premium—depending on the size of the system and the equipment to control.

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-Resin Price Report: Ample Supply Meets Listless Demand With Predictable Results

As resin prices continue to slide, buyers have been floating low-ball bids to see if sellers will chase them. Some did.

The slide continues in the spot resin market, as prices for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) declined as July drew to a close. Overall lackluster demand is a result of ample supply and buyers’ calculations that prices have yet to find a floor, according to the PlasticsExchange.

Despite the drop in resin pricing and slowdown in activity, domestic railcar offers keep coming for both prime and off-grade materials, and the heavy flow of offers only bolstered buyers’ expectations of further declines. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

They have been floating low-ball bids to see if sellers will chase them; in some cases they do, reports the resin clearinghouse in its Market Update.

Still, the week did see some good demand from traditional spot buyers and others in need of material to fill in supply gaps partly due to logistics snafus, it added. There was also export demand from Mexico, while some domestic processors, pleased with the discounted pricing, also locked in supply through September.

The slowdown in spot trading and activity came alongside higher monomer spot levels, which began to rebound during the latter part of July. Rising monomer costs will not be enough to offset the overhang in resin supply, as suppliers have to deal with rising warehouse storage and packaging costs and brand-new resin units coming online in North America, said the PlasticsExchange. Rail logistics have improved in the West Coast, but the embargo on traffic heading into California, which was set to end in July, will continue into August.

Contract resin prices down

July PE and PP contracts were on the brink of being finalized with decreases from the June price while dismissing producer price increases in the process. The July PE contract will wipe away the $0.03/lb increase seen in May and is essentially the first true decline for contracts since December 2021. July PP, on the other hand, is on track to see its fourth consecutive monthly reduction, which will include both a polymer-grade propylene (PGP) cost decrease pass-through of $0.04/lb rather than $0.03/lb, as well as a likely margin decrease in the vicinity of $0.03/lb. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

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-Hydrogen works, word from Hyundai (on trucks)
There has been a lot of discussion about the technology of hydrogen motor propulsion, with the use of fuel cells. In fact, many consider it a valid alternative to pure electric mobility, even better in some respects, but certainly the car manufacturers are investing much more in new EV models rather than Fuel Cells.
Hyundai, however, believes in hydrogen, not only for cars like the Nexo but also for heavy vehicles: thanks to a joint venture with the Swiss company H2 Energy, Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility was born, whose flagship product is the XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks. 47 of them are already on the road in Switzerland, with more than 4 million kilometers traveled in total since its launch in 2020, and now seven logistics companies in Germany are equipping themselves with these vehicles. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP
As equipped with Fuel Cell technology, in which hydrogen fuel cells create energy to power an electric motor, the XCIENTs benefit from a 180 kW cell system and particularly high performance: the engine offers 350 kW (475 hp) of power and 2,237 Nm of torque “available immediately”, guaranteeing smooth and dynamic restarts even at full load.
The seven large tanks can hold up to 31 kg of hydrogen to be transformed into electricity, but as an additional stored energy source there is a set of three 72 kWh batteries. The declared maximum autonomy is about 400 km, while the time required for a hydrogen refueling is around 8 minutes and 20 seconds, depending on the ambient temperature.
Germany: the ideal market
The landing of these trucks in Germany is a sensible choice, because it is the country with the largest commercial vehicle market in Europe.

And in fact it was the German Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) itself that financed the integration of 27 XCIENT on seven logistics companies in Germany, as an “extra step” towards the country’s carbon neutrality. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

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-PepsiCo Extends Use of UBQ(TM) from Logistics Pallets to Point of Sale in New Effort to Unlock Sustainability Across Supply Chain

Food and Beverage Giant Orders 30 Thousand Additional Shipping Pallets “Made with UBQ(TM)” and Introduces the Novel Material to Lay’s Chips Displays Across Europe

UBQ Materials, climate tech developer of advanced materials made from waste, announced today that PepsiCo is expanding its use of UBQ(TM) across its supply chain with the launch of eco-friendly Lay’s display stands, “Made with UBQ(TM),” throughout Europe.

Following PepsiCo’s successful pilot incorporating UBQ(TM) to reduce the carbon footprint of shipping pallets, the company is deepening its collaboration with UBQ in additional categories across the supply chain.

The new Lay’s Chips displays will be made in part with UBQ(TM) substituting conventional oil-based plastics.Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

UBQ(TM) is a bio-based thermoplastic, made from 100% unsorted household waste, including all organics. Use of UBQ(TM) diverts waste from landfills and incineration, preventing emissions from being released into the environment. For every ton of UBQ(TM) produced, up to 12 tons of CO₂eq are prevented from polluting the environment.

Beyond the new product extension, PepsiCo has also expanded on the initial logistics pilot, ordering 30 thousand more shipping pallets made with UBQ(TM). These pallets also feature recycled PP resin and recycled BOPP – the plastic film used in the company’s snack packaging – to complete the circular economy cycle.

“Our goal is to transform our entire supply chain to tackle the sustainability challenges the world faces. UBQ Materials’ waste-based thermoplastic reduces landfill waste, prevents emissions, and takes us towards circularity, which is why we are working towards scaling use of UBQ(TM) globally,” said David Schwartz, VP, PepsiCo Labs. “We are putting sustainability and innovation at the heart of our operations.

Achieving these goals is integral to the future of our business, our customers, our consumers and the planet.” Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

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-Cepsa announced an agreement to develop highly efficient green hydrogen projects

Cepsa, a leading international company committed to sustainable mobility and energy, and Ohmium International, a company specialized in the design, manufacture, and deployment of PEM electrolyzers, have announced an agreement to develop highly efficient green hydrogen projects in the Iberian Peninsula, said the company.

The companies will collaborate to develop and build initially small scale projects aiming to develop a green hydrogen platform using Ohmium’s advanced modular PEM electrolyzers, with the possibility of providing Cepsa up to 300 MW of installed hydrogen production capacity. Under the agreement, the two companies will also work together on green hydrogen research and development initiatives.Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

The inclusion of bold goals for green hydrogen production in Cepsa’s Positive Motion plan is an explicit acknowledgement that green hydrogen is an ideal way to decarbonize multiple industries, including complex sectors such as heavy transport, aviation, and maritime traffic. Replacing “gray” hydrogen with cost effective renewable hydrogen – no-carbon hydrogen made from water electrolysis using renewable energy sources – will be critical to meet the world’s carbon targets.

Further, green hydrogen can directly improve local and regional energy security and independence. Whereas conflicts can disrupt global energy supply chains, green hydrogen can be cost effectively produced locally where the appropriate renewable energy resources are available. Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

Cepsa announced an agreement to develop highly efficient green hydrogen projects

-How2Recycle upgrades polypropylene to ‘widely recyclable’

The company’s labeling protocol applies to rigid PP tubs, bottles, jugs and jars recycled in the United States, but Greenpeace USA questions the impact of the move.

How2Recycle, the North American packaging recyclability labeling system, has announced it is upgrading the eligibility of rigid polypropylene (PP) tubs, bottles, jugs and jars from “check locally” to “widely recyclable” in the United States.

The group says it was provided data from The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition as well as other industry investments and notes it is “confident this progression in eligibility continues to be aligned with the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides.” Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

“The efforts of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition are a great example of the impact that can be made with collaborative action focused on supporting the full recycling system and we are honored to have been in an advisory role since its inception,” How2Recycle Director Caroline Cox says in a statement announcing the upgrade.

She adds, “As rigid polypropylene access, sortation and end markets are on an upward trend across the U.S., we are excited to upgrade this packaging format. … Thanks to the strength and efficacy of the national data provided, How2Recycle is confident that this change in eligibility continues to be in line with federal law,” and notes, however, the entire value chain should continue investing in improving the recyclability of all materials and packaging formats.

The milestone comes as the coalition marks its two-year anniversary. Launched in July 2020, The Recycling Partnership, based in Falls Church, Virginia, formed the coalition to bring together stakeholders across the PP value chain to improve recovery and recycling in the U.S. and further develop end markets for recycling PP.Green-Hydrogen – Recycled-PP

How2Recycle upgrades polypropylene to 'widely recyclable'

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-Apollo launches EV tires for passenger cars and two wheelers

Following news that Apollo will launch a new all-season, Vredestein-branded electric vehicle tire later in 2022, the manufacturer has also introduced EV tires for the passenger vehicle and two-wheeler markets in India – the Apollo Amperion for PV applications and the Apollo WAV range for two-wheelers. Textile-odor-control-technology

The Amperion line will cater to EVs in the hatchback, compact SUV and sedan segments in India, such as the Tata Nexon, MG ZSE, Hyundai Kona and other upcoming models.

The Apollo WAV is designed for the majority of high-powered electric scooters available in the country, such as the TVS iQube, Bajaj Chetak and Ather 450. The tire maker plans to develop EV tires for motorcycles in the next phase of its development.

“Tire design and manufacturing have always evolved along with the automobiles,” said Satish Sharma, president, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA), Apollo Tyres.

“Our teams have invested years of research to understand the changing dynamics and requirements of vehicles in the EV space to perfect the product that we are launching.

We are already in discussions with multiple OEMs in India to supply these tires, and will be targeting a lion’s share in the EV space in India, in both PV and two-wheeler segments.”

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-Gerhard Ohler new CEO of Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH (NGR)

Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH saw a personnel change at the top management. Gerhard Ohler took over the role as CEO of Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH (NGR), based in Feldkirchen, succeeding Wolfgang Steinwender, who has held this position since May 2020.

Ohler, a 54-year-old industrial engineer, has many years of international experience in extrusion technology and plastics recycling. Among other positions, he served as General Manager of Krauss Maffei in Shanghai and Managing Director at Greiner Packaging International. Before joining NGR, the native Upper Austrian was responsible for the management of the Greiner Extrusion Group as CEO since 2013. In his private life, Gerhard Ohler is married and has two grown-up children.

Josef Hochreiter, CEO of Next Generation Group: “I am delighted to have gained an experienced manager for us in Gerhard Ohler. With this appointment, we will not only be able to successfully continue along the path we have chosen, but also to break new ground in plastics recycling. Textile-odor-control-technology

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-ISRI announces position on chemical recycling

The position addresses when ISRI considers such nonmechanical processes to be recycling and when they are not.

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Washington, board of directors announced its position on chemical recycling during a board meeting in July. The company issued a statement outlining its policy on the subject July 14.

“ISRI supports private and public efforts aimed at developing new recycling processes and technologies and encouraging manufacturers to adopt Design for Recycling principles in their operations,” ISRI said in a statement. “As new recycling processes and technologies emerge to help address the increasing variety of plastics and plastics products in commerce, it is important to properly identify these processes and technologies and define them appropriately.”

Plastics recycling is a series of activities that processes end-of-life plastic materials into marketable commodities that are subsequently consumed instead of virgin materials as feedstock in manufacturing material products and not in the production of energy or fuels.

ISRI says significant investments are currently being made in researching nonmechanical processes to convert end-of-life plastics back into recycled resin, resin precursors and petrochemical intermediates and fuels.

ISRI announces position on chemical recycling

-Distrupol reflects on six decades in plastics – and what lies ahead

Cover stars for the latest edition of British Plastics & Rubber Magazine, Distrupol reflects on its past, and prepares for its future.

Plastic. It’s come a long way in its relatively short life. With its birth story starting in the early 1800s, it’s the much younger and slightly more rebellious cousin of more traditional, BC-discovered materials such as glass and metal. Textile-odor-control-technology

The fast-paced development of plastic over the last 200 years is remarkable.

Distrupol reflects on six decades in plastics – and what lies ahead

The first injection moulding machine was patented in 1872, Nylon was patented in 1935, PVC was first produced in the UK in 1940, ABS was produced in 1948, the first acetals were patented in 1956, Distrupol was established in 1963, and the following 60 years saw lightening-speed advancements in technology that supported an explosion in demand for the unique attributes of the polymer family.

Wherever you’re reading this right now – in the office, on the train, at your kitchen table – surrounding you will be hundreds of plastic applications serving you loyally. The intricate electronic components inside your phone, the protective food packaging in the fridge, the safety features comforting you in your car, the mechanisms in the window frames, even the clothes you’re wearing right now. Our whole world is a real-life combination of ‘Polymers In Action’ (Distrupol.com/Polymers-In-Action). The lightweight, cost-effective, versatile, strong, safe, reliable and unique features of plastic make it impossible to match.

But with great power comes great responsibility.

The fast-consuming lifestyle we’ve come to expect in the last 20 years in particular is burdensome. People’s single-use, throwaway nature is undeniably unsustainable. As we stand here as an industry elder today, closing our fifth decade, reminiscing over the last 60 years, looking forward to the next – we have questions. What’s to come? What needs to change? What will improve? How will this affect us? How can we help?

Going back…

We started in the polymer distribution game way back in the early 1960s, known as Ronmar Plastics at the time. Though we’ve been acquired, undergone rebranding, and made several acquisitions ourselves, our fundamental principle of delivering world-class polymer solutions has never wavered. Textile-odor-control-technology

Our business has seen the introduction of the mobile phone, the first installation of the PVC window, and the rise of autonomous vehicles. Our polymer experts’ knowledge has been instrumental in the development of thousands of plastic products across the medical, automotive, electronics, wire and cable, industrial, consumer and film sectors. We work with major market innovators and inventors. In short, we’ve seen it all.

But not everything we’ve seen, we’ve liked.

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-DSM sets new climate targets to accelerate route to net-zero

Royal DSM, a global purpose-led science-based company, announces that it pledges to purchase all of its electricity worldwide from renewable sources as well as further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations faster with stringent new 2030 sustainability targets. Textile-odor-control-technology

The new 100% renewable electricity ambition is a significant upward revision from the 75% target set in 2019. It follows continued urgent climate action by DSM over the years leading to the company already reaching 77X% renewable electricity globally by the end of June 2022, eight years ahead of initially expected, and including 100% across all its Netherlands and North American operations.

DSM is also further accelerating its GHG emissions reduction efforts. The initial target of reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% versus 2016 levels by 2030 was increased to 50% in 2021. Now DSM is revising this target upwards again to 59%, following considerable progress in the realisation of its targets and updates to its plan for execution for the coming years. DSM has submitted its plans for review by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

DSM will also move from a relative intensity target for its indirect value chain GHG emissions (targeting a reduction of 28% per ton of product produced by 2030), to an absolute reduction target. The exact target is being finalized and will be proposed for validation with the SBTi next year.

DSM was one of the first companies to have science-based targets that are independently validated and to tie them to executive remuneration.

Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze Co-CEOs Royal DSM, comment: “The ramifications of climate inaction have been inescapable again in recent weeks. People around the world are suffering already, reaffirming what we have said for many years now: Action cannot wait as no company can be successful in a world that fails. As a purpose-led company we aim to drive sustainable growth and so routinely evaluate what we can do to go further and faster on our route to net-zero.

Significant step-up in our targets is another proof-point of our progress and commitment, as well as a rallying cry to everyone to continue striving to deliver on the Paris Agreement.”  Textile-odor-control-technology

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-How sustainable is sustainability?

It’s no secret that plastic waste is a huge problem. Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in our oceans, where it does serious damage to marine life.

It’s no secret that plastic waste is a huge problem. Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in our oceans, where it does serious damage to marine life. And even though recycling can help reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills, only a small percentage of plastic actually gets recycled. Textile-odor-control-technology

So what can we do to reduce our reliance on plastic and make sure that more of it gets recycled? One idea is to encourage businesses to use more sustainable packaging materials. Another is to put pressure on governments to pass laws and regulations that promote sustainability.

But ultimately, it’s up to each of us to change our own habits and consume less plastic. We can start by refusing single-use plastics like straws and shopping bags, and recycling the plastic we do use. Every little bit helps!

The term “sustainable” is often used to describe practices or products that are environmentally friendly or that don’t use up natural resources. But what does it really mean to be sustainable?

The key to sustainability is the idea of the circular economy – an economic system in which waste and pollution are designed out, and resources are used over and over again.

In a circular economy, there is no such thing as waste – instead, materials are constantly reused, repaired, and recycled. This closed-loop system keeps resources in use for as long as possible, and reduces the need for new materials.

The concept of the circular economy is gaining traction all over the world, as businesses and governments alike recognize its potential to create a more sustainable future. In 2015, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation released a report detailing how the circular economy could contribute $1 trillion to the global economy by 2025.

There are many different ways to put the circular economy into practice. One example is using recycled materials in manufacturing. Recycled plastic can be used to make everything from clothes to furniture to car parts.

Another way to put the circular economy into practice is through product design. Products can be designed for dis  Textile-odor-control-technology

Sustainability

The term “sustainability” is often used when discussing the environment and natural resources, but it has become increasingly popular in other areas as well. Businesses, for example, often talk about sustainable practices or sustainable growth. So, what does sustainability mean?

How sustainable is sustainability?

-Patagonia & Heiq launch jointly developed next generation mint-based textile odor control technology

HeiQ and Patagonia take their long-standing research collaboration to the next level and announce the launch of a jointly developed odor control technology for textiles, HeiQ Fresh MNT – renewably sourced mint oil-derived textile technology to control malodor development on textiles. Textile-odor-control-technology

The long-standing research partnership between Patagonia and HeiQ resulted in yet another innovative solution for a problem on many textiles – malodor.

Inspired by Patagonia’s determination to continuously improve the chemistry used on all their products, the two pioneers announce the launch of HeiQ Fresh MNT, next generation sustainable odor control based on essential mint oil derived from a renewable and sustainable source.

The similar environmental and social philosophy shared between Patagonia and HeiQ was the backbone for the two brands to embark on an intense research partnership since 2015. Patagonia gives the ideas and sets the principles, HeiQ uses its expertise in specialty chemical formulation and application to textiles to create finishings that outperform the market in terms of  sustainability and functionality.

Next Level Sustainable Odor Management HeiQ Fresh MNT is the latest addition to the HeiQ Fresh family of sustainable odor management technologies, complementing the company’s mineral-based HeiQ Fresh HAX and the bio-based HeiQ Fresh FFL.

HeiQ Fresh MNT uses a renewable and responsibly sourced mint oil-derived textile technology to control malodor development on textiles, providing fabrics with a long-lasting odor control capability that keeps garments smelling fresh and wearers feeling clean and comfortable all day long. Textile-odor-control-technology

Based on test method ISO17299-3A using isovaleric acid, treated synthetic fibers more than double the odor control efficiency versus current industry standards.

Patagonia & Heiq launch jointly developed next generation mint-based textile odor control technology

-Stellantis passes Tesla, challenges VW for Europe EV lead

Stellantis aims to become Europe’s top seller of battery-electric vehicles, ahead of Volkswagen and Tesla.

“We are head on fighting for the top spot in terms of BEV sales in European market,” CEO Carlos Tavares told analysts on Stellantis’ first-half earnings call last week.

In the first half, Stellantis sold 105,413 full-electric cars in Europe, just behind VW Group, which sold 116,307, and ahead of Tesla, which recorded 78,277 sales, according to figures from data provider Dataforce.

The figures include registrations in EU countries plus the UK, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. Data from Portugal, Sweden and Finland were not available.

Stellantis’ push in Europe was led by the Fiat New 500 small hatchback, which was the best-selling full-electric car in Western Europe in the second quarter, according to analyst Matthias Schmidt. It was the first time that honor did not go to a Tesla model since the last quarter of 2020, Schmidt said. Textile-odor-control-technology

The New 500 was the best-selling full-electric car in Italy and Germany in the second quarter, Tavares told investors. Another key Stellantis electric model was the Peugeot e-208 small car, which took the top EV spot in France in the same period, he said.

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Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging 04-08-2022

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-Textile dyeing innovator NTX™ raises US$200 million

Textile dyeing innovator, NTX™, announces the completion of nearly 200 million US dollars in a C2 round led by Centurium Capital, with additional contributions from existing shareholder NRL Capital. Index Capital was the sole financial advisor. The cash will be utilized to fulfill the fast increasing demand of the expanding client base.

After successfully becoming a favored supplier to large multinational companies such as Adidas, the money was secured. The firm also showcased the continuous growth of its textile production ecosystem, which was built around the waterless colouring technology NTX™ Cooltrans™. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

Gary Liu, Managing Director of Centurium Capital, said that NTX™ introduced innovative dyeing technology to the global textile supply chain, successfully addressing conventional textile manufacturing’s long-standing pain points of high water and energy consumption, as well as pollution. Furthermore, NTX brings substantial value to the industry by assisting in the improvement of production efficiency and service capabilities. They look forward to long-term cooperation with NTX to make good contributions to the sustainable growth of the global textile supply chain, with ESG as an intrinsic component of their ‘invest to change’ investment philosophy.

NTX™ has transformed the textile industry by launching NTX™ Cooltrans™, a revolutionary waterless dyeing and printing method that saves up to 90% of water while also reducing energy consumption and almost eliminating water waste. Using NTX™ Cooltrans™ as a basis, the firm has built a Southeast Asia-based ecosystem of textile processing factories to become the next-generation sustainable eco-friendly supply chain partner for some of the world’s largest fashion and clothing companies. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

NTX™ serves as a full-service provider of environmentally friendly textile processing solutions by implementing best practices, technical competence, staff training, raw material procurement, and market possibilities across its ecosystem.

Textile dyeing innovator NTX™ raises US$200 million

-Achieving sustainability goals with plastics

If plastic packaging were to be completely dispensed with in the food sector, CO2 emissions would be 2.7 times higher. The longer shelf life of food packed in plastic saves more CO2 than the production of the packaging. Facts like this are surprising only at first glance. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

In the public debate about plastics, differentiation is seldom made. Pictures of rubbish heaps are highly emotive. If you look closer, though, it turns out that plastic waste is a solvable problem. And that the use of plastic packaging can actually help reduce CO2 emissions. This is because the preferred alternatives cause more CO2 emissions during manufacture and transport.

More sustainability with plastic packaging

Many fresh foods such as vegetables and meat are now packed in plastic. A clear improvement in hygiene for consumers. But it also boosts sustainability, because packaged food has a longer shelf life. If you consider the longer shelf life, the CO2 emissions in the manufacture of film packaging are significantly lower than the CO2 emissions that would result from the production of a correspondingly larger amount of food.

Alternative materials increase CO2 emissions

Here is another concrete example. Due to the lower melting point and the smaller amount of material, PET bottles can be produced with much less energy than glass bottles, for example. PET bottles can be moulded from granules at a temperature of around 260°C. Temperatures of more than 1,300°C are required for melting and forming glass. More energy consumption means higher CO2 emissions. Thanks to their low weight, PET bottles also save energy during transport to the bottler and retail outlets and thus generate less CO2.

PET is ideally suited for a material cycle

Plastics such as PET are also highly recyclable, thus further improving their environmental footprint. Compared to a 0.5-litre lemonade bottle made from recycled PET, the climate effect of a single-use glass bottle is 342% higher. And even as reusable packaging, a glass bottle performs significantly worse than a bottle made of recycled PET. The most sustainable solution is the reusable PET bottle. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

Once the drinks bottles have been collected and melted, they are recycled into new drinks bottles. Thanks to the established deposit system, the recycling rate of PET in Germany is now 94%. In emerging markets, the rate is significantly lower – one of the reasons for the images of piles of rubbish on roadsides, beaches or in the sea. Collecting systems are the solution to the problem. When PET is given a value as a secondary raw material, it is no longer disposed of in the wild, but collected and recycled.

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Sweden’s Trelleborg Makes Billion-Dollar Bid to Acquire Minnesota Rubber and Plastics

Swedish engineering firm Trelleborg AB has agreed to acquire Minnesota Rubber and Plastics from private equity firm KKR & Co Inc. for about $1 billion in cash, according to people familiar with the matter, Reuters reported today.

The deal is expected to expand Trelleborg’s polymer and plastics business in North America when it closes before the end of this year, sources told Reuters.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics supplies engineered elastomers and thermoplastics to the medical, water, and industrial end markets. The company operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, China, and Mexico

It expanded its manufacturing footprint to Europe when it bought Primasil Silicones in May of this year. A custom silicone rubber compounder, mixer, and manufacturer specializing in the medical, HVAC, and specialty industrial end markets, Primasil has facilities in Weobley, UK, and Mikulov, Czech Republic. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

In 2021, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics bought Pawling Engineered Products Inc., a 75-year-old company based in Pawling, NY, that provides custom elastomeric inflatable seal and extrusion services.

KKR acquired Minnesota Rubber and Plastics from private equity firm Norwest Equity Partners for an undisclosed amount in 2018.

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-Breaking News in Flexible Packaging

Biopolymer nanocomposite can monitor packaged food freshness, SunDance’s compostable paper pouch, Dow deals in China, coffee pouches recycled, Constantia Flexibles debuts new products.

If you’re interested in an informative and fast read on the subject of flexible packaging, this is for you — an all-in-one location for a steady stream of curated news and developments in this dynamic market. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

You’ll find regularly updated news and developments in the ever-widening world of applications for pouches, bags, films, and other types of flexible packaging sourced from supplier breakthroughs, brand launches, and other advances of interest. The content is selected from Tweets by stakeholders in the flexible packaging supply chain supplemented by content drawn from the Twitter feeds of sister publications Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. Return to this page to quickly scroll through to see what you’ve missed.

New biodegradable biopolymer nanocomposite can monitor packaged food freshness.

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-Russian Aggression Could Cause Supply Chains to Collapse, Cautions Covestro

If gas supplies in Germany are rationed later this year, Covestro may have to shut down some production facilities, which would have a ripple effect on downstream sectors.

Russia’s war in Ukraine will have increasingly dire global consequences and could cause supply chains between the chemicals industry and downstream sectors to collapse, said Covestro in a statement on its Q2 performance published today. The cautionary note was in stark contrast to what the company said was a solid second quarter that saw group sales rise 18.9% compared with Q2 2021.

“We can look back at what was overall a solid second quarter, and we even slightly surpassed our EBITDA forecast,” said CEO Markus Steilemann in a prepared statement. “Nevertheless, we are looking ahead to an increasingly challenging second half of the year.” Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

Germany, where Covestro has its headquarters in Leverkusen, relies heavily on Russian gas, which accounted for roughly 32% of German supply in 2021, according to ICIS. That flow is in jeopardy, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to throttle gas supply to Germany and other EU countries in response to Western sanctions. That is already happening to some extent. The Nordstream pipeline, through which Russian gas flows into Germany, is currently operating at only 20% of capacity. A faulty turbine that was shipped to Canada for repair is blamed for the cutback by Russia’s Gazprom.

“The Russian war against Ukraine has fundamentally changed the geopolitical situation and caused extensive consequences for the global economy,” said Covestro in its statement. “The group, therefore, expects continued impacts on global supply chains, very high energy price levels, high inflation, and weaker growth in the global economy.” In line with that prognosis, Covestro adjusted downward its outlook for the current fiscal year.

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-Nextchem awarded FEED contract for an advanced mechanical recycling plant of municipal waste in Europe

Maire Tecnimont announced that its subsidiary NextChem has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by a market leader in plastics and chemicals for an advanced mechanical recycling plant of municipal plastic waste in Europe, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The aim of the project is to establish an advanced mechanical recycling plant for polyolefins, which shall manufacture products containing up to 100% post-consumer recycled materials (PCR). The waste processing capacity of the plant will be up to 75,000 tpy. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

NextChem will be responsible for the Front-End Engineering Design, also assisting the client in the development of the execution phase. Completion of the FEED is expected by mid-2023. Once completed, the plant will be one of the largest advanced mechanical recycling facilities worldwide.

Alessandro Bernini, Chief Executive Officer of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem, commented “Enabling leading producers to include in their product portfolio partially or completely recycled polymers is one of the most effective ways to give plastics a sustainable life cycle, reducing both consumption of fossil sources and the carbon footprint. This new recycling plant will also integrate NextChem’s knowhow and technology solutions, in order to convert waste sources into new second-life products. We are proud to enable this solution thanks to our technological know-how”.

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-PET thermoformed container recycling program rewards participants in Texas city

The pilot program, with locations at four Sam’s Clubs in El Paso, Texas, gives consumers cash incentives for recycling PET thermoformed containers.

A recycling pilot program at four Sam’s Club locations in El Paso, Texas, is giving consumers cash incentives to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoformed containers. The program was created by Austin-based Texan by Nature and Houston-based Texans for Clean Water and is made possible with the assistance of project partners and local El Paso community organizations. According to the Texan by Nature website, the program aims to collect 110,000 pounds of No. 1 PET plastics from July 6, 2022 to January 2023. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

Karina Araujo, marketing manager of Texan by Nature, tells Recycling Today that PET thermoformed containers were chosen because of their low rate of recycling compared with PET bottles. Araujo says PET thermoforms often flow into a mixed plastics bale at material recovery facilities without optical sorting capabilities, after which they may end up in landfills. PET thermoformed items include plastic clamshells used for produce, trays, tubs, clear egg cartons, lids and cups.

The pilot is similar to beverage container deposit programs that provide incentives for plastics recycling. In the 10 U.S. states offering deposit policies that provide 5 to 10 cents for containers returned for recycling, there is 50 percent less litter on roadways and 30 percent less litter in waterways, Araujo says.

“Pairing PET data with this information offers an opportunity to reduce landfill waste, reduce litter on roads and in waterways and possibly prove a circular model,” Araujo says.

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-Plastic Omnium takes full ownership of HBPO

  • Acquisition of the remaining 33.33% of HBPO shares from Hella
  • HBPO, world leader in automotive front-end modules, with strong growth potential driven by the electrification of automotive markets and an innate ability to innovate
  • Full ownership to accelerate HBPO’s growth and exploit full synergy potential with Group’s portfolio

Plastic Omnium signed an agreement to purchase Hella’s remaining 33.33% stake in HBPO GmbH, giving it full ownership of the world leader in complex automotive front-end modules. Textile-dyeing – Flexible Packaging

This acquisition was signed for an Equity value of €290 million1, fully financed from the Group’s own resources.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, expected in Q4 2022.

Plastic Omnium will own 100% of HBPO and will be well positioned to develop new modules and systems taking advantage of the new lighting capabilities, in line with the transformation of the market and the customer expectations.

HBPO was founded in 2004 as a joint venture between Plastic Omnium, Hella and Behr. Plastic Omnium has held the majority of shares in HBPO since 2018 when it increased its stake to 66.66% of the share capital from the 33.33% it initially held. Since this date, HBPO has been fully consolidated by Plastic Omnium.

Plastic Omnium’s acquisition of the remaining shares in HBPO supports its strategy to increase the value-added content per vehicle, while leveraging the growing demand for electric vehicles.

The acquisition of the remaining shares will unlock development opportunities and further reinforce Plastic Omnium’s proximity with premium and German OEMs. HBPO headquarters will remain in Lippstadt, where management is located.

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-Amut completes recycling project in Romania

Amut has completed the commissioning of a recycling plant for Pet Star Recycling, part of Pet Star Group, together with Pet Star Holding, a leading producer of preforms for PET bottles, in Romania. The company developed a customised solution aimed at delivering high performance.

The new washing line fork PET processing with 3,000kg/h total output is equipped with the Amut’s patented De-Labeller together with theFriction Washer, and presents the front-end sorting system sized to sort clear/light blue bottles from a stream including up to 14/15% of coloured ones suitable to treat 5,500kg/h of inlet material.

“From the very beginning, we have implemented the bottle-to-bottle concept to increase the recycling potential of untapped plastic waste and its reuse in a new production process. That’s why we chose a strong partner, as Amut, which provided us modern and innovative sorting and washing technology which allows

Amut completes recycling project in Romania

-Manjushree Technopack acquires Hitesh Plastics

Manjushree Technopack, India’s largest manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging backed by Advent International, has acquired Bangalore-based Hitesh Plastics. According to the agreement MTL will acquire the business operations and manufacturing facilities of Hitesh Plastics. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

Hitesh Plastics is the leading manufacturer of plastic caps and closures in India.

MTL enters the highly specialized caps and closure market with this acquisition, bolstering its position as an end-to-end integrated rigid plastic packaging player.

Hitesh Plastics processes over 1200 tons of PP and PE annually to produce over 10 billion CSD, Hot-Fill, Warm-Fill, and water closures. It is a major supplier to companies like PepsiCo, Tata-Himalayan, Amul, and others.

MTL will also add the acquired company’s two new plants in Jalgaon, Maharashtra, to its existing list of 21 plants in India. This will push MTL’s total manufacturing capacity beyond 200,000 MT per year, solidifying its market leadership.

Speaking about the acquisition, Thimmaiah Napanda, MD and CEO of Manjushree Technopack Limited, said “We are excited to continue our journey of rapid growth and meaningful diversification within the rigid plastics sector. In recent years, MTL has successfully complemented its organic growth with synergistic acquisitions, and we intend to continue to do so opportunistically. To date, Caps and Closures has been the missing piece in MTL’s product suite for the beverages segment, and we are excited to add it to our portfolio in a sizable and margin accretive manner through the acquisition of Hitesh Plastics. We believe this will make us a one stop shop for all RPP requirements and further deepen our relationship as strategic partners, to some of the country’s largest beverage companies.”

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-Sidel expands in East Africa with new Nairobi office opening

Sidel has expanded its presence in Africa with the opening of a new office in Nairobi, Kenya. The move increases its support for its customers in East Africa, a key market for Sidel and one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions.

Sidel has been serving the African market for many years. Building on this, the new East Africa office will enable it to drive development in the region by working more closely with customers to provide them with dedicated engineering capability and on-the-ground customer service. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

“East Africa continues to show impressive market growth in Sidel’s core business areas of beverages, food, home and personal care packaging,” says Vishal Gupta, Managing Director for Sidel Services East Africa.

“This is more than an office, it’s a symbol of our commitment to the African market, to our customers and to developing the skilled local engineering and operational talent pool.

Sidel prides itself in offering global experience paired with local expertise. Here we are investing in the country and the region, partnering for growth whilst increasing customer satisfaction.”

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-China’s PP demand growth: A bubble that may have burst beyond repair

WAS IT JUST an almightily big bubble that cannot now be re-inflated, even if Beijing follows through on its plans to inject $148bn in loans into the country’s troubled real estate sector? Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

Once confidence has gone, such an intangible thing, there is a risk it cannot be restored. The old “put option” was that the government would always effectively intervene to stabilise real estate, the main source of investment and savings in China because of weak pensions provision. What happens if faith in the put option fades away?

The scale of the problem was highlighted in the July pH Report: Bloomberg’s current view of Chinese banks’ exposure to property loans. Its $9.3tn number. This is almost certainly an under-estimate, given that all the major players – developers, borrowers, local governments etc – have an interest in minimising the risks. But even $9.3tn represents almost two-thirds of China’s GDP last year”.

Confidence in real estate and the broader economy seem to have also been undermined by the zero-COVID policies. A stop/start recovery appears inevitable until or unless China develops an effective mRNA vaccine and administers the vaccine to the point where lockdowns and mass testing are no longer necessary.

Back to real estate. As I highlighted in January, there appears to be a close link between the rise of China’s demand for petrochemicals and polymers since 2009 and the country’s big increase in Total Social Financing, the People’s Bank of China’s broad measure of credit availability. A big portion of the surge in lending has gone into real estate.

And as I’ve been arguing for many years, China punches above its weight in terms of per capita petrochemicals demand versus its per capita income. . In 2021, its nominal per capita income was $14,096 and was $21,364 in terms of purchasing power parity, according to data quoted by Wikipedia Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

This compared with the US where nominal 2021 per capita GDP even just in nominal terms was $69,288, according to IMF data quoted by Wikipedia. And yet in polypropylene (PP), as the chart below illustrates, China’s per capita consumption overtook the US in 2019.

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-Plastic bottles to textile yarns – an Indian company is converting 125MT of PET bottles into yarn

India-based PET bottle recycler RSWM Ltd transforms waste bottles into textiles at an astonishing rate. Rob Coker spoke to Chief Managing Director Riju Jhunjhunwala to find out how.

How important is the plastics recycling sector to India’s economy, as well as its natural environment? Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

According to The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India, the plastic waste generated is around 3.5 million tonnes per year. Out of this roughly around 12 per cent is incinerated and 78 per cent goes to landfills. Plastic waste is blocking the drainage systems, threatening marine life and generating health risks for residents. It is a big menace for the nation and costing the country billions of dollars every year in terms of lost opportunities in ecotourism, increasing the potential for climate changes and thereby unleashing the wrath of nature, resulting in droughts and floods. Therefore one of the biggest challenges faced by India is to recycle its plastic before it pollutes its water bodies and causes irrevocable damage to the naturally endowed tourism destinations in the country. India has recently passed a resolution banning single use plastic to arrest the degradation caused by plastic pollution.

We, however, are able to convert this threat into an opportunity. Opportunity to create value out of waste and generate employment – not just in textiles, but also in ancillary industries like waste collection and transportation. It’s a very tiny beginning but with greater acceptance and awareness, this could become a global phenomenon supported by India. And then it could be a big boost to the national economy overall.

How big a problem is plastics pollution currently in India?

There is both a hidden and a visible impact of plastic pollution. The visible impact is the clogging of water bodies and hygienic issues caused by litter in the streets. The invisible impact is far larger – fisheries that contribute to around one per cent of the GDP and employ around 14 million people is in danger as the water bodies become clogged with plastic, killing the aqua and marine life. Climate changes fuelled directly and indirectly by the plastic pollution threatens the farming community which employs – directly and indirectly – around 50 per cent of the population. Tourism is another area that is being severely impacted. Tourism, which contributes around five per cent of the country’s GDP and employs around 15 per cent of the people, could be seriously impacted by plastic pollution. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

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Shock U-turn from Citi: Worst-case scenario for Eurozone is coming true – Deep recession inevitable

Today, Citigroup made a significant change in its assessment of the course of the European economy, stressing that the worst-case scenario is now the main one for the region, with the deep recession hitting with certainty and noise. As it notes, its recent assessment of a mild recession in the eurozone has become overly optimistic with gas prices having risen a further 30% and key economic indicators pointing to a 2011/12 or even 2008/ 9. Policy action can still avert the worst, but a deeper recession and prolonged weakness will now be hard to avoid.

Thus, Citi reduces its forecasts for GDP growth for 2023 to -1% for the euro zone and -2% for Germany, while a recession of 0.9% is also forecast for Italy. A return to the pre-pandemic path of economic potential seems unlikely unless monetary-fiscal policy coordination brings about a significant acceleration of investment, as he underlines.

A deep recession is coming

In the wake of the escalating conflict between Russia and the EU, but also the lingering effects of the pandemic and tighter economic conditions, key economic indicators have hit new lows and point to a far worse outcome than a mild recession.

Over the past week and a half, almost all indicators of eurozone economic activity have taken a decisive turn for the worse. The composite PMI fell to 49.4, the European Commission’s economic sentiment index (ESI) to 99.0. Both were much weaker than forecast and broke above critical levels (50 and 100, respectively) for the first time since February 2021. Both remained far from recession territory, which we see at 48 and 95, respectively, but other key indicators suggest this is unlikely to last.

On July, Germany’s Ifo index, a good indicator for investment, bottomed out in the 2008/9 crisis. The growth rate of the tight M1 money supply (cash and overnight deposits of households and non-financial firms), adjusted for inflation, fell below -1% year-on-year in June. The last time this happened in 2008, euro area GDP contracted at a rate of 1% annually three quarters later. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

There are many headwinds for the economy that are global in nature, Citi points out. These include the effects of the pandemic, such as ongoing supply chain disruptions or significant change in consumer demand. Global tightening of financial conditions due to expectations of central bank interest rate hikes are also playing a role.

But the geographic distribution of the shock clearly shows that the shock originates in northeastern Europe. This suggests that the main driving force behind European developmental weakness is ultimately the conflict with Russia. It has caused a sharp rise in energy costs, increased uncertainty, caused new supply disruptions and reduced trade. The first two headwinds in particular are now significantly exceeding Citi’s expectations immediately after the invasion of Ukraine at the end of February. So avoiding recession is no longer the main scenario.

The dip in consumer confidence to new historic lows in July remains particularly impressive, emphasizes the American bank. Although business confidence is beginning to catch up with consumer confidence, the gap between the two remains historically high. “We are particularly concerned by the data from the German GfK survey this week that households may increase saving. The survey tends to correlate well with Germany’s actual household savings rate and currently shows a recovery in savings from around 12% of disposable income to near pandemic levels of 20%, he notes. This time, it is voluntary rather than forced saving, which makes it less likely that it will be spent in the short term. It could mean that households are responding to rising prices by saving more for retirement. Precautionary savings in a recession and fears about job security may also play a role. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

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-New PBT Compound Designed for High-Voltage Connectors

The halogen-free flame-retardant and hydrolysis-stabilized grade retains electrical properties under challenging conditions.

Plastic components are often exposed to high temperatures along with very strong currents and high voltages in the powertrain or battery of electric vehicles, as well as in the charging infrastructure of electromobility. Connectors, for example, must maintain electrical insulation under these conditions and not allow tracking to occur.

Lanxess has tailored a new PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) compound for demanding high-voltage connectors that is halogen-free flame-retardant and hydrolysis-stabilized. “One strength of the structural material is that its outstanding electrical properties are hardly dependent on temperature and moisture in the typical operating conditions of high-voltage connectors. It can be used at temperatures up to 150°C,” explains Bernhard Helbich, Technical Marketing Manager, Key Accounts, at Lanxess’ High Performance Materials business unit. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

The compound is a first representation of the new Pocan BFN HR product range and is characterized by a high level of volume resistance and dielectric strength. For example, the latter is well over 30 kV per millimeter at temperatures up to 140°C (IEC 62431-1). In the CTI test (Comparative Tracking Index, IEC 60112), the material achieves CTI A 600, the highest class possible according to the standard. Elevated tracking resistance reduces the risk of short circuits and defects caused by creepage currents and caters to the growing need for miniaturized connectors.

“But it can also be used at voltages higher than 600 V. The connector design for direct current systems can be optimized for up to 1,500 V in accordance with the design guidelines of the IEC 60664/VDE 0110-1 standard,” says Helbich. The tracking resistance of the compound also hardly diminishes after long-term thermal aging at 120°C or after climate testing.

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-Coca-Cola to transition green plastic portfolio to

clear PET bottles in North America

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that Sprite bottles will begin the transition from green to clear PET in North America with the aim of increasing the material’s likelihood of being recycled into new beverage bottles, while its remaining green plastic portfolio will make the switch in the coming months.

According to The Coca-Cola Company, Sprite is shifting all of Sprite’s plastic PET packaging from its signature green colour to clear PET in North America, beginning on August 1st 2022. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

The company explains that while green PET is technically recyclable, it is more often converted into single-use items like clothing and carpeting that cannot then be recycled again into new PET bottles. During the sorting process, green and other coloured PET is often separated from clear material to avoid discolouring the recycled food-grade packaging required to make new PET bottles.

Julian Ochoa, CEO of R3CYCLE, which is working with Coca-Cola Consolidated to enable bottle-to-bottle recycling, adds: “Taking colours out of bottles improves the quality of the recycled material.

“This transition will help increase availability of food-grade rPET. When recycled, clear PET Sprite bottles can be remade into bottles, helping drive a circular economy for plastic.”

In addition to transitioning to clear bottles, The Coca-Cola Company says that Sprite is introducing a new visual identity system, featuring a revamped logo and packaging design intended to provide a consistent ‘look’ around the world. Sprite’s packaging graphics will apparently retain the brand’s recognizable green hue and include prominent “Recycle Me” messaging.

Coca-Cola North America’s entire green plastic portfolio — including packaging for Fresca, Seagram’s and Mello Yello — is expected to transition to clear PET in the coming months.

In the same announcement, The Coca-Cola Company says another of its North American brands, DASANI, will roll out bottles made from 100% recycled PET (excluding caps and labels) for its 20-oz and 1.5-litre singles and 10-oz and 12-oz multipacks. This shift will reportedly include all DASANI bottles in Canada. Plastic-bottles-to-textile-yarns

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-TMR Study: Recycled PET Bottles Market to Reach US$ 4.3 Bn by 2031

Continuing global shift of packaging businesses and their customers toward sustainability pivots the adoption of recyclable materials, thereby underpinning streams of revenue of rPET bottles market. Abundant use of plastics in packaging of myriad food & beverage products presents vast lucrative opportunities in key market segments in rPET bottles. According to a study by Transparency Market Research Inc. the rPET bottles market is forecast to advance at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2022 to 2031.

Food-grade rPET bottles held a major share of the global market—a whopping 92.2%—in 2021. The segment also is expected to present largest opportunity for rPET) bottles market during the forecast period.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

The material is characterised with chemical and biological inertness, resistance to microorganisms, and stability, thus spurring the incorporation of these in beverage bottles and food trays.

Globally prominent beverages brands in particular are keen on using bottles made with 100% rPET plastic. This stridently will enrich the future market outlook for recycled PET bottles. Companies are ramping up their efforts to bolster PET bottles recycling infrastructure and increasing their research spending on developing technologically advanced systems, thus extending the horizon of the rPET bottles market.

Key Findings of rPET Bottles Market Study:

Massive Demand for Sustainable Plastics in F&B Industries to Generate Sizable Opportunities: Recycled PET resins are gaining preference over glass and aluminium in the packaging industries. In particular, the prevalent use of plastics packaging in the food & beverages industry presents a massive avenue for companies in the rPET bottles market. The adoption of the products has enabled them to lower carbon footprint. F&B brands are increasingly emphasising on minimising PET waste being sent to landfill.

Rise in Adoption of Food Grade rPET Bottles: Growing trend of strengthening recycling operations for post-consumer products is spurring lucrative opportunities in rPET bottles market. Of note, developed regions of the world such as Europe have witnessed bottle-to-bottle recycling for food-grade PET gaining momentum. This has led to the availability of high-quality rPET resins for the packaging manufacturers to cater to the requirements of both food as well as non-food products.

Recycled PET Bottles Market: Key Drivers:

The growing role of adopting recyclable plastics in supporting circular economy is a key driver of the rPET bottles market. Several forward-looking organisations around the world are inclined toward making circular economy transition, which has led them to shun single-use plastic materials.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

Abundant use of plastics in the food & beverage industry for storage, handling, and transport of the products has driven the evolution of the rPET bottles market

TMR Study: Recycled PET Bottles Market to Reach US$ 4.3 Bn by 2031

-China : PP plant operating rate returns to low

Recently, more and more plants shut for maintenance, some shut on schedule, and some shut accidentally. The overall operating rate of PP once again dropped to a low level, currently close to 80%, and it is not difficult to find that it is already a low point of the year. Meanwhile, the overall operating rate of PP in 2022 is generally lower than that of the same period last year, which is closely related to the production cut of petrochemical plants under high cost pressure.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

It can be seen that since July, there are only few sets of PP plants restarted, while more and more plants shut for maintenance. PP plant operating rate declines.

Some plants are scheduled to shut for maintenance in July. For example, Shaanxi Yanchang plans to shut for maintenance since mid Jul for around one-and-a-half-month, and Zhongan Lianhe plans to shut for maintenance in late Jul for around 45days. But the actual implementation of maintenance still needs to be tracked. In addition, in recent years, it is frequent that plants shut accidentally, which also needs timely attention.

In addition to the operating rate, the production ratio of homo PP raffia has also dropped to an all-time low of nearly 20% recently. On the one hand, some plants such as Qinghai Yanhu, Haiguolongyou, Hebei Haiwei and so on mainly produce homo PP raffia, the shutdown of these plants has a significant impact on the loss of homo PP raffia output. On the other hand, some plants have switched their production from homo PP raffia to others, such as Yangtz River Petrochemical, Zhongan Lianhe, Sinochem Quanzhou II, etc.

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-Eni confident it will replace Russian gas by 2025

Italian energy group Eni believes it will be able to completely replace Russian gas imports by 2025 as uncertainty over Moscow’s energy supplies to Europe forces countries to seek alternative sources, said Reuters.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

After signing new gas supply agreements with Algeria, Egypt and Congo earlier this year, Eni sees additional opportunities arising in other countries including Libya, Angola, Mozambique, and Indonesia, as well as in its home country.

The initiatives are designed to secure up to an equivalent of 100% of Russia’s 20 Bcm3 of annual gas exports to the Italian market by 2025, the group said on Friday.

Under the plan, Algeria is expected to provide up to 6 Bcm3 of additional gas by 2023, reaching up to 9 Bcm3 by 2024, Eni said in a post-result presentation. “Recently we discovered gas in Algeria … we are also working very well, with good coordination, with (Algeria’s)Sonatrach, so it could be possible to accelerate and increase,” Eni’s CEO said during a conference call with analysts.

Eni, whose main shareholder is the Italian state, is one of the biggest wholesale buyers of Russian gas. Since mid-June Russia’s Gazprom has been supplying less gas than requested to Eni, and European countries fear it could completely halt its supplies in the coming months.

Eni is confident its global gas & LNG portfolio division (GGP) will be at least free-cashflow positive in 2022 even if Moscow shuts off its gas supplies from this winter, GGP Director Cristian Signoretto said after the group reported Q2 results above expectations.

We remind, Gazprom has told customers in Europe it cannot guarantee gas supplies because of ‘extraordinary’ circumstances, upping the ante in an economic tit-for-tat with the West over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

Eni confident it will replace Russian gas by 2025

-Registration now open for BPF Chemical Recycling webinar

Registration has now opened for the British Plastics Federation’s half-day online event looking at the latest developments in chemical recycling scheduled to run from 13.00 to 17.00 on 11 October. Those booking before 31 August will receive a 20% discount on ticket prices.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

The BPF is organising the webinar in collaboration with Plastics Europe. The programme features a lineup of  8 speakers from organisations including Unilever, Dow and the Food and Drink Federation, while delegates will also be given access to four pre-recorded sessions by academics, looking at key innovations.

The first live session will feature Global Petrochemical Analyst at S&P Global Commodity Insights Joshua Forber, who will speak about developments and investment in chemical recycling across the globe. He will explore both current and future global capacities and the effect this is likely to have on the polymer market.

President and CEO of Plastics Energy Carlos Monreal will then discuss forecasts of the future of chemical recycling in Europe, as well as how legislation may impact the sector. This session will be followed by Unilever’s Home Beauty and Personal Care Packaging Director Colin Kerr, who will provide a brand owner’s perspective on using chemical recyclate. Delegates will also hear about challenges Unilever have faced in using chemical recycling as well as its future plans.

Dow’s Global Market Manager Mark van den Biggelaar will explain Dow’s progress and experiences in scaling up chemical recycling technologies. ISCC Systems’ Principal Inna Knelsen will then explore mass balance, how it works and how it might be used to certify products, looking at the legislative landscape across Europe and the rest of the world. A panel discussion about legislation will then take place, featuring representatives from Plastics Energy, Plastics Europe and the BPF. Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

The final live presentation will feature David Bellamy, senior environment policy manager at the Food and Drink Federation, who will present his thoughts on how chemical recycling can play a role in overcoming barriers to using recyclate in food contact applications.

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-A New Solution for Plastic Recycling

What has the plastic waste crisis taught us about recycling innovation? UK-based company Greenback Recycling Technologies Ltd. – in partnership with chemical recycling company Enval – presents a microwave-induced pyrolysis solution for dealing with low-density plastic waste. A specialist article by the company:

It is estimated that eight billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. Of that total figure, only 10 percent, at best, has ever been recycled. Plastic recycling has taken place for decades and there is no denying that mechanical recycling works well for rigid plastics such as PET and mono materials. Currently, however, most plastic waste still ends up being dumped, burned or sent to landfills. The reasons for this are manifold. Some plastic substrates are manufactured from multiple polymers – laminated or coextruded. This makes them difficult to recycle as the various materials cannot be easily separated and sent to the relevant waste channels. Other forms of plastic are too expensive to collect and sort so it is not economic to recycle them. This applies to most plastic films. Moreover, in the main, plastic contaminated with food cannot be recycled either.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

As a result, plastic waste has become a runaway global problem and it is only set to get worse. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the world produces three hundred million tons of plastic waste each year. In contrast, the world’s plastic recycling capacity is estimated to be forty-six million tons a year according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Meanwhile, plastic production is projected to double by 2040. By the same year, the amount of plastic waste finding its way into the oceans is expected to triple to 29 million tons.

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-Dornbirn-GFC 2022: Centre stage for new cellulosics

Over 100 lectures will be held in three parallel sessions across the three-day conference.

Cellulosic fibres can’t help but take centre stage at the forthcoming Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (Dornbirn-GFC) from September 14-16 this year, given the many exciting new developments based on sustainable fibres that are underway – and especially those rapidly being developed in the Nordic region.  Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

Among notable keynote speakers at the conference will be Gittan Schiöld, CEO of Paper Bottle Company (Paboco), which was founded in 2019 to drive the ongoing Fibre Bottle project first initiated by Danish innovation company EcoXpac in 2010, and joined by Carlsberg in 2015.

Via an innovation community and platform bringing together some of the world’s leading experts in materials, design and technology, Paboco’s aim is to completely transform the bottling industry.

Fibre Bottle

In the past few weeks, Carlsberg has supplied some 8,000 samples of its Generation 2.0 Fibre Bottle to select festivals and flagship events across West Europe, in order to more widely gauge the reaction of consumers to the bio-based and fully recyclable innovation.

A significant milestone is its plant-based PEF polymer lining, which has been developed by Amsterdam-headquartered Avantium, a leading expert in renewable chemistry. PEF is made entirely from natural raw materials, is compatible with plastic recycling systems and can degrade into nature should it end up outside national recycling systems.

The outer shell of the bottle, produced by Paboco, consists of sustainably-sourced wood fibre and is also bio-based. It has the added benefit of insulative properties which can help keep beer colder for longer compared to cans or glass bottles.

New business models

At this year’s Dornbirn-GFC, Paboco’s Gittan Schiöld will also take part in a panel discussion with other keynote speakers including Uday Gill, CEO of Indorama Ventures (IVL), Yogi Dandapure of Lululemon and Lenzing’s COO Robert van de Kerkhoff, who has previously emphasised the need for new business models for the fibres and textiles supply chain. Lenzing is one of the main sponsors of the conference and is extremely active in driving a sustainable agenda for the fibres industry. Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

-Türkiye textile sector eyes $1bn in US exports in 2022

The Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association (İTHİB) expects textile revenues for US-bound exports to go above US$1bn by the end of this year, according to reports. Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

The head of ITHİB, Ahmet Öksüz, explained the US is an important market for Türkiye’s textile sector with sales in 2021 already reaching US$850m, according to a news report by local publication Hurriyet Daily News.

The Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB) tells Just Style exclusively: “US imports of both textile and apparel from Türkiye has increased in recent years. The industry’s argument is as Türkiyeis the second biggest supplier of the EU, why not have a similar positioning in the US market?”

IHKIB also suggests the sustainability agenda values the long-life of Turkish textile and apparel products, as well as their quality and other competitive features, and believes Türkiye has the potential to change the perceptions of buyers, brands and US consumers on fast fashion and apparel business partnerships.

It also explains the figures quoted by Öksüz are specifically for fabrics and yarns as the apparel sector already had an export value of US$1.3bn in 2021 and has a target of US$5bin for no more than five years’ time. Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

-Vietnam firm to build USD1.5 bln polypropylene plant

Stavian Quang Yen Petrochemical Joint Stock Company, Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee and Bac Tien Phong Industrial Park Joint Stock Company have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Investment Cooperation (MoU) at the Quang Ninh Investment Promotion Conference in 2022, officially kicked off the project of Stavian Quang Yen petrochemical plant, said Vietnam postsen.

The project has an estimated investment capital of up to 1.5 billion USD, with a production scale of 600,000 tons of polypropylene/year.

It is known that Polypropylene is an important input material for many manufacturing and manufacturing industries such as household appliances, automobiles, electronics, packaging production, packaging, supplies, medical equipment. … Therefore, when the factory comes into operation, it will attract and motivate investors in the manufacturing sector to invest in the locality later. Textile-sector – Recycled-Bottles

To ensure that the petrochemical plant operates safely, efficiently with high reliability and produces the best quality Polypropylene products, the project has selected the most advanced patented technologies in the field of Polypropylene production. currently include PDH technology from Honeywell UOP (USA) and PP technology from LyondellBasell (Italy).

In addition, the project also uses high-quality equipment from EU and G7 countries with a closed, automated, environmentally friendly technological process and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Stavian Quang Yen Petrochemical Factory was built on an area of ??30ha in Bac Tien Phong Industrial Park, Tien Phong Commune, Quang Yen Town. The plant’s commercial operation is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2026.

Vietnam firm to build USD1.5 bln polypropylene plant

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-Titan Bioplastics Announces Partnership with Spartan Innovations and Investment from Red Cedar Ventures

Titan Bioplastics has received foundational support and funding from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures. Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures are wholly owned subsidiaries of Michigan State University Foundation (MSU), a hub for creating partnerships that develop economic value from the research and creativity within the Michigan community.

Tanya Hart, CEO of Titan Bioplastics said, “We are extremely honored and proud of the investment into Titan Bioplastics by Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures, the prestige and opportunity this partnership brings will allow not only allow Titan Bioplastics access to MSU state of the art equipment, labs, and expertise but equally importantly the prolific opportunity to develop commercially viable polymer composite innovations in collaboration with MSU.” Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

Red Cedar Ventures focuses on growing Michigan startup companies and accelerating commercialization of Michigan State University technologies. Spartan Innovations will support Titan Bioplastics through its Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and additional investment from Red Cedar Ventures. Thanks to these two resources, Titan Bioplastics material innovations will come to market more quickly, build a strong team, and form a relationship with the MSU ecosystem. In addition, Spartan Innovations has a large network of experts, service organizations, investors, and university connections that Titan Bioplastics can leverage.

“Titan Bioplastics is a perfect example of what we do at Spartan Innovations. Working with this talented team through our Entrepreneur-In-Residence program and connecting them with MSU resources, including research, is how we help startups get to commercialization,” said Jeff Wesley, Executive Director at Spartan Innovations, Red Cedar Ventures, and Michigan Rise.

Titan Bioplastics provides sustainable solutions for problems in solving plastic pollution by working with biobased, compostable, and recycled polymers. Titan adapts materials to include Nanotechnology into a variety of resins and composites, often providing a wide range of mechanical properties. Titan provides composite development for companies looking to comply and innovate toward sustainable mandates for bioplastics and recycled plastics. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

Titan commercializes material technology innovations for various industries, such as advanced material composites for military and energy environmental technology. Some of their products include coatings, polymer composite development, nano barrier technology, the use of Graphene Oxide and Graphene resin composites and masterbatches, pilot compounding, material testing, bioremediation and energy capture technology.

Titan Bioplastics Announces Partnership with Spartan Innovations and Investment from Red Cedar Ventures

-Probe into bid to evade duty on China polyester yarn imports

“The authority hereby initiates an anti-circumvention investigation…to consider extension of existing anti-dumping duty on imports,” the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) said in a notification.

India has initiated a probe into the alleged circumvention of anti-dumping duty imposed on high tenacity polyester yarn (HTPY) originating from China, based on an application filed by Reliance Industries Ltd. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

“The authority hereby initiates an anti-circumvention investigation…to consider extension of existing anti-dumping duty on imports,” the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) said in a notification.

It said the application for initiating the probe has been filed by Reliance Industries), a major producer of HTPY in India. The application is supported by Wellknown Polyesters Ltd, DGTR said.

HTPY is used for the manufacture of tyre cord fabric, seat belt webbing, ropes, single cord, coated fabric, conveyer belt fabric, rubberised hose and fire hose.

The finance ministry had imposed the anti-dumping duty on the product imported from China on July 9, 2018, and it is in force till July 8, 2023. The period of investigation is 2021-22.

Probe into bid to evade duty on China polyester yarn imports

-Unigel to build green hydrogen plant with USD120 mln investment

Brazilian chemical maker Unigel announced plans to build a green hydrogen plant in the northeastern state of Bahia, with an initial investment of USD120 million and the goal of making it one of the largest of its kind in the world, said Reuters.

The plant will starts its production planned for late 2023. At this moment, Unigel’s integrated green hydrogen and green ammonia plant is expected to be the largest in the world. In the first phase of the project, Unigel installs three 20 MW standard electrolyzers from thyssenkrupp nucera, adding up to a total capacity of 60 MW. The company plans to quadruple its production of green hydrogen in the years following the inauguration by expanding the electrolyzer plant to a multi-hundred MW facility, which will produce approximately 40,000 tons of green hydrogen. The new factory is expected to employ more than 500 people, so that the chemical company also gives an important impulse for the whole region. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

“Throughout our nearly 60-year history, we have always been attentive to technological innovations and have invested to meet industrial and agribusiness demands. With this project, Unigel takes the first step towards the decarbonization of several sectors, contributing substantially to combating climate change on the planet”, emphasizes Henri Slezynger, Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder of Unigel.

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-Tetra Pak to exit Russia

Tetra Pak announced that it will be exiting its remaining operations in Russia. This is due to the cumulative impact of the restrictions on exports to Russia leading to an unsustainable supply chain, as a result of which the company is left with no other option than to exit the country.

This follows the company’s earlier decision to suspend all new investments and projects in Russia, restricting its operations to support customers for essential food items only, in line with its strongly held commitment to the principle of people’s right to access safe food.

Tetra Pak has now reached an agreement to divest its Russian business to local management, with the intention of enabling business continuity for its customers, minimizing the impact on employees, and continuing to support consumers’ access to essential food. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

Following this transfer of ownership, the new company will operate as an independent entity under a new name and will not be affiliated to Tetra Pak. This marks the end of 62 years of Tetra Pak’s presence in Russia.

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-Tobu Railway and Kirin Beverage cooperate to start ‘bottle-to-bottle’ horizontal recycling

Kirin Beverage Company, in cooperation with Tobu Railway Company, will start horizontal ‘bottle-to-bottle’ recycling, in which used PET bottles are collected and recycled into PET bottles, at 33 Tobu Tojo Line stations from 3 August.

In Japan, used PET bottles are often recycled for a wide range of uses after they are collected, so the proportion of ‘bottle-to-bottle’ recycling is low at 15.7%. Once recycled into PET products other than PET bottles, it is technically difficult to recycle them back into PET bottles. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

In addition, empty containers in recycling boxes installed next to vending machines are collected by individual businesses as ‘business-related waste’, which is regarded as an inefficient collection scheme. In order to further promote ‘bottle-to-bottle’ in the future, it is necessary to process PET bottles collected from recycling boxes to a quality that enables ‘bottle-to-bottle’ as well as to reduce the costs involved in collection.

Tobu and Tobu Railways have jointly established a scheme to collect PET bottles from recycling boxes installed on the company’s railway lines and a recycling cycle to recycle PET bottles collected on the railway lines back into PET bottles. In this initiative, the Tobu Building Management Corporation will collect used PET bottles from the recycling boxes installed next to the Company’s vending machines at each station on the Tobu Tojo Line, conduct intermediate processing at Kinoshita Friend Corporation, and send them to recycler Toyotsu, which supplies them to PET Recycle Systems Ltd. There, the bottles will be recycled and rPET beverage containers will be manufactured.

In addition, customers using the stations will be educated with posters and other materials to ensure that they correctly understand the purpose of the recycling bins and to reduce the amount of foreign substances in the bins. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

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-Honeywell’s UpCycle Advanced Recycling Tech Enters China

China Tianying will convert 30,000 tons of mixed-waste plastics per year into recycled polymer feedstock for plastic market circularity.

China Tianying (CTNY) will apply Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology in a planned plastics recycling factory in Jiangsu Province. The facility will convert mixed waste plastics into recycled polymer feedstock (RPF), enabling the development of a circular economy for plastics. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

It will become the first commercialized waste plastics recycling facility using Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology in China.

The plant will be able to convert mixed waste plastics into recycled polymer feedstock utilizing Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology. Honeywell UOP will provide related engineering work and technical services for the project up to its startup and commissioning, and provide technical support services for the plant’s operation, optimization, monitoring, and maintenance during its lifetime.

CNTY intends to use the technology in building more waste plastics recycling plants in the future. The two parties will also explore potential collaboration in various fields, including waste plastics pre-treatment and pyrolysis equipment manufacturing.

The technology expands the types of plastics that can be recycled to include waste plastic that would otherwise go unrecycled, including colored, flexible, multilayered packaging and polystyrene.

“Honeywell’s UpCycle Process Technology not only expands the types of recyclable plastics that helps close the loop within the plastics supply chain, but also helps minimize consumption of fossil fuels over the course of virgin plastics production, reducing the carbon footprint,” says Vimal Kapur, president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

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-Green Dot Bioplastics Introduces 9 New Compostable Resins

Polymers with faster biodegradability that target packaging and single-use applications are suitable for film (shown), sheet, and thermoforming processes.

Green Dot Bioplastics, a  developer and supplier of bioplastic materials for innovative, sustainable end-uses, has expanded its Terratek BD line with nine new compostable grades that target single-use and packaging applications.

The expanded offering for film extrusion, thermoforming, and injection molding is in line with Green Dot Bioplastics’ goal to achieve faster rates of biodegradability, in ambient conditions, while meeting the growing sustainability demands of brand owners and consumers.Green-hydrogen -Bottle-to-bottle

These new compostable materials are an integral part of the company’s extensive bioplastics portfolio which includes biocomposites, elastomers, and natural fiber-reinforced resins all produced at the company’s newly expanded manufacturing facility in Onaga, KS.

Green Dot Bioplastics Introduces 9 New Compostable Resins

-Braskem studies more efficient depolymerization
The high yield and low energy requirement process is based on a catalysis system capable of breaking long polymer chains.
Braskem Research The American petrochemical group Braskem has announced that it has developed a more energy efficient process for the chemical recycling of plastic waste by depolymerization, which is currently being optimized.
Thanks to the use of a proprietary catalyst, capable of breaking down the long polymeric molecules into their constituent blocks, and a more efficient thermal management of the process, energy requirements would be reduced and, consequently, also CO2 emissions compared to technologies of existing chemical recycling.
The first development dates back to two years ago and studies have continued to fine-tune the pilot reactor, which could be started in 2025, with the forecast to go on an industrial scale around 2030.
According to Jan Kalfus, Global Bioprocess Catalysis & Circularity Manager at Braskem, the technology has shown high yields in the synthesis of intermediates such as aromatics and monomers, intended for the production of new plastics, with characteristics equal to conventional virgin polymers. “We want to develop a new approach to advanced recycling, a process that transforms plastic waste into building blocks such as propylene and ethylene, which can be reused to produce new circular plastics and other chemicals, while reducing plastic waste,” he says. Kalfus. “In the long run, this new technology could replace the technologies currently used industrially for the production of plastics,” he adds.

Braskem studies more efficient depolymerization

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Carbon-Black – PET-recycled 29-07-2022

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-Sprite is retiring its green plastic bottles, here’s why

Sprite is shifting from green to clear PET packaging

Sprite is making a major change to its packaging.

The Coca-Cola Company announced today that Sprite will no longer be sold in green plastic bottles, which have been a part of the soft drink’s brand identity for several decades. Coca-Cola said that the lemon and lime-flavored soda is shifting all of its PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) packaging from its signature green color to clear, starting August 1st, as part of the beverage company’s wider efforts to become more environmentally responsible.

Why is Sprite transitioning from green to clear plastic bottles?

Although green PET is recyclable, the recycled material is usually converted into single-use items like clothing and carpeting that cannot be recycled into new PET bottles. Like other colored PET, green PET is separated from clear PET during the sorting process of recycling to avoid discoloring recycled food-grade packaging required to make new PET bottles.

“Taking colors out of bottles improves the quality of the recycled material,” said Julian Ochoa, CEO of R3CYCLE, in a statement. “This transition will help increase availability of food-grade rPET (recycled PET). When recycled, clear PET Sprite bottles can be remade into bottles, helping drive a circular economy for plastic.” R3CYCLE is a plastic group working with Coca-Cola to enable bottle-to-bottle recycling across the largest U.S. bottler’s 14 state-territory.

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-Milliken announces production expansion in Germany

Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, S.C.) is expanding the facilities and capacity it acquired last March via its purchase of Germany’s Zebra-chem GmbH. Zebra-chem is a specialty compounder and chemicals company that makes additive and blowing agent concentrates for polyolefins, PVC and engineering thermoplastics.

The expansion will enable Milliken to boost production capacity for the acquired Bad Bentheim plant by 60 percent by year’s end. Milliken plans to install new manufacturing equipment and hire additional employees at the plant, which will be renamed Birch I. It also built a new warehouse, called Birch II, nearby. Milliken has been a trailblazer of sustainability for more than a century, and the company’s legacy of naming locations after trees is a tribute to that core company value.

“We are seeing very strong demand from several end markets where these products are adding value, and our customer base has welcomed our broader solution portfolio,” said Milliken Sales Manager Tugce Asici-van Houselt. “These facilities will continue to serve the global market, with a focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

The viscosity modifiers and performance modifiers made at the German plant increase melt flow of recycled PP resins with little to no loss of physical properties, enabling more recycled content to be used by the converters and brand owners without compromising overall performance.

“Milliken is known for its sustainable innovation,” notes Wim Van de Velde, Global Vice President, of Milliken’s Plastic Additives Business. “We are excited to be able to leverage its leading position in Europe to help accelerate market solutions that improve and increase manufacturing with recycled plastics. This expansion signals that the market is clearly responding.”

Milliken announces production expansion in Germany

-ATC Plastics Incorporates Sustainable Carbon Black in Concentrates

Origin Materials will supply ATC with carbon black produced from sustainable wood residue for masterbatch applications.

ATC Plastics, a maker of black color concentrates for the plastics industry, has struck a deal with Origin Materials, which has developed a platform for turning carbon found in non-food biomass such as wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. As part of the partnership, ATC Plastics has agreed to purchase Origin’s sustainable carbon black.

Origin’s carbon black is a 100% bio-content filler and pigment that can be used in a range of applications, including belts and hoses, mechanical rubber goods, tires, plastic masterbatch, and toners.  Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

Masterbatch is a target application of the agreement, which includes co-development of carbon black for plastic corrugated pipe and plastic extrusion and molding applications.

The carbon black is produced from sustainable wood residues, reducing carbon emissions and fossil resource consumption and enabling the production of carbon-negative products, said Origin in the press release. Its technology platform can provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues, according to the company.

The global market for carbon black is projected to reach $26 billion by 2025, expanding at 6% CAGR, according to Grand View Research Inc. Plastics is anticipated to be the fastest-growing application for carbon black from 2019 to 2025 resulting from its use in the production of high-performance products.

It’s hoped that the partnership with ATC Plastics, which produces black color concentrates at silos in Houston, TX, for global distribution, will help broaden adoption of Origin’s technology platform. “We are thrilled to partner with ATC Plastics, a trusted partner and distributor to global brands with a strong track record of manufacturing excellence,” said Rich Riley, co-CEO of Origin Materials. “ATC Plastics’ manufacturing capabilities and expansive customer network can . . . help drive the ‘once in a planet’ shift to sustainable materials, including renewable carbon black across the plastic compounding industry,” said Riley. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

ATC Plastics Incorporates Sustainable Carbon Black in Concentrates

-Resin Price Report: Spot and Contract Resin Pricing on Downward Spiral

Despite the lower prices, buyers procured minimal volumes of resin to fill immediate needs, sensing that even steeper discounts may lie ahead.

It was a choppy week in the spot resin market, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update, with resin prices continuing to slide. A substantial flow of domestic railcar offers, both prime and off grade, came to market the week of July 18. Additional slugs of material were sold at deep discounts into the Houston market, targeting exporters for incremental sales to clear large volumes of resin from producers’ bulging inventories, polyethylene (PE) more so than polypropylene (PP). The continued drop in spot pricing also comes ahead of another round of warehouse storage rate increases, providing resin suppliers with an additional incentive to reduce stockpiles. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

Sensing even lower prices ahead, buyers were cautious with their purchase orders, procuring minimal volumes as needed. Negative market sentiment and slack consumer demand has also encouraged resellers and processors to thin out on-hand stocks, creating heightened demand for spot truckloads to fill in supply gaps. The PlasticsExchange reports seeing a large range in resin pricing, with off-grade railcars still to ship selling at ever-eroding levels while prices for prime packaged truckloads available for immediate delivery remained buoyed. Meanwhile, rail logistics issues continue to dog shipments into California because of the ongoing embargo, which is set to end at the close of July.

Resin Price Report: Spot and Contract Resin Pricing on Downward Spiral

-Half-year results 2022: PET to PET recycled over 15,000 tonnes of PET material

After a pandemic-related decline last year, PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH in Müllendorf, Burgenland, has drawn a successful interim balance for 2022 with a new record value: 15,131 tonnes of PET beverage bottles were kept in the resource cycle – this corresponds to an increase of 5.3% compared to the pre-crisis level (2019: 14,329 tons). “Together with our employees, we were able to overcome the major challenges posed by the pandemic. The armed conflicts in Ukraine have once again shown us the critical dependencies and thus the dramatic developments on energy markets,” explains DI Christian Strasser, Managing Director of PET to PET. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

Archaeological discoveries during site work

In the course of the increasing demand for recyclates, the company’s property was expanded by 19,000 m² this year in order to create additional storage space at the site. Interesting archaeological finds came to light during the work. A burial ground from the late Bronze Age was excavated by archaeologists and handed over for restoration. After careful processing, the finds are to be presented to the public in a suitable manner – among other things, at the upcoming celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary in September.

Investment in PV systems

In addition to the expansion, PET to PET GmbH is also investing in energy efficiency this year. The newly created area will be equipped with a photovoltaic system. Around 12,000 m² of PV panels will be used, which in future will cover about 10 % of the required electrical energy from the company’s own production. In further expansion stages, this figure is to be further increased. In the past, the company has already relied on 100% renewable energy for the operation of its plants.

Percentage of recyclate in beverage bottles already above European target for 2030

Austria plays a pioneering role in bottle-to-bottle recycling. The majority of beverage packaging placed on the market in Austria already consists of high-quality reprocessed used beverage bottles. “We are particularly pleased that major beverage producers are already using 100% recyclate from our company to produce new bottles,” says Christian Strasser. The different use rates across all products in the market lead to an average recyclate use of well over 30%, which already exceeds the European Union’s targets (30% for the year 2030). “The PET bottle cycle in Austria is a showcase project for how high-quality packaging can be kept in the cycle and a best-practice example for many other packaging plastics,” explains Strasser. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

PET to PET expands management

Since June 2022, Mag. (FH) Thomas Billes has been part of the PET to PET management team as the new CFO. The native of Burgenland (40) graduated from a university of applied sciences in international economic relations and has already been working for the Burgenland-based company since 2010. After a short familiarisation period, he took over the tasks as authorised signatory for the areas of accounting, purchasing and sales.

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-Has SIKORA made sorting smarter with its Purity Scanner Advanced technology?

During the online quality control of plastic pellets, SIKORA’s Purity Scanner Advanced ensures that only pure material enters the further production process. Even the smallest contamination is detected and automatically sorted out.

Has SIKORA made sorting smarter with its Purity Scanner Advanced technology?SIKORA

Due to the modular system design of the Purity Scanner Advanced, different camera types can be used depending on the material being inspected. In addition to optical cameras, which detect black specks and discolorations, an X-ray camera can be installed to detect metallic contamination. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

Common systems on the market have a maximum of two optical cameras, which are limited due to a relatively low coverage as soon as the contamination are outside the field of view of the installed cameras. Therefore, SIKORA offers the possibility to have a third optical camera installed, if required. This camera setting offers a significantly higher detection rate so that more contamination is detected. This is especially advantageous when the Purity Scanner Advanced is integrated directly into the production line as an inline system and multiple sorting with a typical two-camera system is not possible.

The Purity Scanner Advanced automatically sorts out the detected contamination via a blow-out unit. According to the higher detection rate, more contaminants are detected and sorted out with the three-camera setting. The optimisation of the by-catch thus becomes more important. Therefore, SIKORA developed a ‘hybrid blow-out’ feature with which the customer can define in advance which impurities in the material represent uncritical contaminations and select a smaller blow-out unit for these so that their by-catch is reduced. These include, for example, small, light-coloured black specks that frequently occur in the material. On the other hand, a larger blow-out unit is specified for critical contaminants – for example, metal contaminants that can impair the functionality of the end product. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

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-Strategic partnership works to meet EU recycling targets / DSD, ARA, Bernegger building sorting plant for lightweight packaging

At a site in Ennshafen, Austria, local firm Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA, Vienna; www.ara.at), Germany’s Duales System Holding (DSD, Cologne; www.gruener-punkt.de) and Austrian environmental technology and railway logistics specialist Bernegger (Molln; www.bernegger.at) are jointly building a sorting plant for lightweight packaging.

The plant is to have annual sorting capacity of some 100,000 t, making it reputedly the largest line of its kind in Austria. The EUR 60 mn plant is scheduled to come online in 2025.  Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

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-Government of Canada takes next steps forward on better plastic recyclability, compostability, and tracking

Canadians are concerned about the impact of plastic waste and want concrete action to improve the recycling of plastics and prevent pollution. The Government of Canada is continuing to bring forward new measures to better manage plastic and move towards its goal of zero plastic waste by 2030. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced the next step in delivering on Canada’s commitments on plastic waste and pollution by launching two consultations to:

Develop rules for recyclability and compostability labelling; and

Establish a federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products.

New labelling rules would prohibit the use of the chasing-arrows symbol and other recyclability claims on plastic products unless at least 80 percent of Canadians have access to recycling systems that accept and have reliable end markets for these products. Without these features, plastic products cannot be reprocessed and reintroduced to the market as part of a circular economy. Labelling rules would also regulate the use of terms such as “compostable” and “biodegradable” on plastic products, requiring them to be certified by a third-party organization.

The new proposed regulations would also include rules requiring minimum levels of recycled plastic in certain products, on which the Government recently concluded consultations. Carbon-Black – PET-recycled

The goal is to improve plastic packaging design, inform consumer choices for the plastics they buy and how they use and dispose of them, and improve the performance of recycling systems to generate more and higher-quality recycled plastics. These measures will support both positive environmental and economic outcomes through reduced waste and pollution as well as new investments in innovation and recycling infrastructure.

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War in Ukraine, gas crisis

The war in Ukraine first caused oil price volatility, which increased as surging COVID-19 cases in China led to fresh lockdowns, hitting demand and disrupting supply chains. China is the world’s second biggest economy and largest oil importer.

Now Russia’s decision to reduce flows of natural gas to Europe means the continent has to look forward to a winter of potential rationing, which could hit chemical production. Tightened supply has also sent gas prices soaring, with high costs forcing production cuts, especially in fertilizers.

India is facing a more severe shortage of fertilizers and edible oil amid wide-ranging trade disruptions as the Ukraine war rages on, with financial sanctions tightening on Russia.

Europe’s energy challenge is immense and put into stark relief by the response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Cutting the ties that bind EU and non-EU nations to Russian gas and oil will be extremely painful this year and in years to come: the actions proposed by the European Commission put that into context.

This topic page examines the impact of the Ukraine conflict on oil, gas, fertilizer and chemical markets.

Europe’s energy markets witnessed a year of record prices and extreme volatility in 2021. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to more difficult conditions for global markets in 2022.

GAS SUMMARY

Gas storage low in Europe, winter demand 30% higher than rest of year

Record shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe so far in 2022

LNG could ease Europe shortages if Russia supplies cut

Europe LNG processing operating at full capacity

Russia resumed flows through Nord Stream I pipeline, but at reduced levels

EU plan calls for a 15% cut to consumption, industry may face much higher reductions

AMMONIA SUMMARY

Russia supplies 20% of global seaborne ammonia market

Disrupted supply has pushed up fertilizer and food prices

OIL SUMMARY

Friendship oil pipeline flows through Ukraine

Russian oil feeds around a quarter of Europe demand

Europe seeks to end reliance on Russian crude oil

CHEMICALS SUMMARY

High Europe gas and electricity prices force price hikes, energy surcharges

Volatile oil and feedstock prices dent chemical producer margins

Elevated oil prices dent consumer confidence and demand

CEOs plan now for winter gas rationing

BASF says it will have to close Ludwigshafen site if gas supplies fall below 50% for a prolonged period

Europe is heavily reliant on Russian gas and exposed to disruptions in supply,  but Russia is also an important oil exporter and a supplier of fossil fuel products, which find their way to international markets via Ukraine’s ports.

Sanctions and measures against Russian exports of oil and gas have sent shockwaves across the global economy, lifting the cost of living, impacting industrial and agricultural production and potentially leading to social unrest.

ICIS has taken a broader perspective, asking how vulnerable energy and energy-related supplies are to disruptions, what contingency plans are put in place and what could be expected in the upcoming weeks.

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-Silk offers an alternative to some microplastics

Researchers have developed a biodegradable system based on silk to replace microplastics added to agricultural products, paints, and cosmetics.

Microplastics, tiny particles of plastic that are now found worldwide in the air, water, and soil, are increasingly recognized as a serious pollution threat, and have been found in the bloodstream of animals and people around the world.

Some of these microplastics are intentionally added to a variety of products, including agricultural chemicals, paints, cosmetics, and detergents — amounting to an estimated 50,000 tons a year in the European Union alone, according to the European Chemicals Agency. The EU has already declared that these added, nonbiodegradable microplastics must be eliminated by 2025, so the search is on for suitable replacements, which do not currently exist. Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

Now, a team of scientists at MIT and elsewhere has developed a system based on silk that could provide an inexpensive and easily manufactured substitute. The new process is described in a paper in the journal Small, written by MIT postdoc Muchun Liu, MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering Benedetto Marelli, and five others at the chemical company BASF in Germany and the U.S.

The microplastics widely used in industrial products generally protect some specific active ingredient (or ingredients) from being degraded by exposure to air or moisture, until the time they are needed. They provide a slow release of the active ingredient for a targeted period of time and minimize adverse effects to its surroundings. For example, vitamins are often delivered in the form of microcapsules packed into a pill or capsule, and pesticides and herbicides are similarly enveloped. But the materials used today for such microencapsulation are plastics that persist in the environment for a long time. Until now, there has been no practical, economical substitute available that would biodegrade naturally.

Much of the burden of environmental microplastics comes from other sources, such as the degradation over time of larger plastic objects such as bottles and packaging, and from the wear of car tires. Each of these sources may require its own kind of solutions for reducing its spread, Marelli says. The European Chemical Agency has estimated that the intentionally added microplastics represent approximately 10-15 percent of the total amount in the environment, but this source may be relatively easy to address using this nature-based biodegradable replacement, he says. Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

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-Amcor recognised for sustainability efforts

Packaging company Amcor is celebrating being recognised for its sustainability practices by two different bodies.

The Australian Financial Review has listed Amcor as a 2022 Australian Financial Review Sustainability Leader in the Manufacturing and Consumer Goods category, in association with BCG. This list offers recognition to companies that are working to solve sustainability problems. Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

The Australian wing of Amcor was given a nod due to its moves in the last year to convert its products to recycle-ready formats, and for its contributions to a food wrapper composed of recycled content for Nestlé’s KitKat brand.

Additionally, Amcor received recognition at the 2022 Australasian Packaging Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA), taking home the silver award in the Sustainable — Industrial Design of the Year category at PIDA for its PrimeSeal Eco-Tite Recycle-Ready Shrink Bag. Its PrimeSeal Flow-Tite packaging was also named a finalist in two categories: Best Food Packaging Design of the Year and Accessible and Inclusive Packaging Design of the Year.

Simon Roy, Vice President and General Manager for Amcor Australia and New Zealand, said: “It’s terrific to see Amcor’s innovative and more sustainable packaging solutions be recognised by the industry and community in the local market.

“We are a global company with a proud local history that enables us to leverage research and development at scale to produce best-in-class innovations that can be applied either globally or locally, to help meet our customers’ needs.

Amcor recognised for sustainability efforts

-Origin Materials and Intertex Announce Partnership to Produce 100% Bio-Content Carbon Black for Rubber Compounding

Intertex signed an offtake agreement to purchase sustainable carbon-negative carbon black from Origin Materials for use in mechanical rubber goods markets, including automotive tires, belts, hoses, and rubber seals  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

-Origin Materials, Inc. (“Origin” or “Origin Materials”) (NASDAQ: ORGN, ORGNW), the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, and Intertex World Resources, Inc. (“Intertex”), a leading value-added distributor of synthetic rubber, carbon black, process oils and rubber chemicals, today announced a strategic partnership to bring sustainable carbon-negative carbon black made using Origin Materials’ patented technology platform to the rubber compounding and plastic masterbatch industries.

As part of the partnership, Intertex signed an offtake agreement with Origin Materials to purchase sustainable carbon black. Origin’s carbon-negative carbon black, made from Origin’s HTC, is a versatile 100% bio-content filler and pigment produced from sustainable wood residues rather than petroleum, reducing carbon emissions and fossil resource consumption.  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

The partnership aims to produce carbon black for tires including N660, N550, and N762 specifications, as well as for belts, hoses, rubber seals, plastic extrusion, and all other mechanical rubber goods markets. Origin and Intertex will work to develop a carbon black for automotive seal customers requiring high performance carbon blacks for rubber window seals.

“We are thrilled to partner with Intertex, a strategic sourcing leader with three decades’ experience in product development and distribution,” said Origin Materials Co-CEO Rich Riley. “This collaboration is a significant step forward in our mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. We expect our sustainable carbon-negative carbon black to be deployed across a diverse array of applications to decarbonize the rubber and automotive supply chain.”

“We are excited to work with Origin Materials on sustainable carbon black and believe it is a great time to partner with this forward-looking company,” said Greg Sibley, Managing Partner for Intertex.  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

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-Is Europe ready for a new generation of polymers before it has dealt with legacy polymers?

What is the European Commission planning for polymer innovation? Thus far, have its decisions in this field been misguided? Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of Circuthon Consulting, tells us more.

The European packaging industry is facing some big questions:

Is the EU about to extinguish polymer innovation in an attempt to appease environmental campaigners?  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

Has the Commission misunderstood the genuine carbon reductions achievable through recycling as opposed to other means?

Ultimately, do politicians have the slightest idea about packaging, or are they only swayed by the lobbyist sitting in front of them?

These questions have come to my mind, as I have been poring over one clause of the European Commission Circular Economy Action Plan ever since I read it:

In order to ensure that all packaging on the EU market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030, the Commission will review Directive 94/62/EC27 to reinforce the mandatory essential requirements for packaging to be allowed on the EU market and consider other measures, with a focus on: considering reducing the complexity of packaging materials, including the number of materials and polymers used.

It’s in writing – it refers to polymers, but to unspecified “materials” as well. Across the world, whether it be for manufacture, textiles or packaging, there is much promising polymer innovation right now. There is obviously innovation in fossil polymers, and also innovation based on biobased feedstocks (many of these sequesterers of carbon) – encouraged by guidance issued by the very same Commission which is now looking to restrict additional packaging polymers. This is problematic.

And which polymers precisely make the cut? And who decides – the European Commission or the European Packaging Industry? And can the packaging industry speak with one voice?  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

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-These startups seek to close the supply-and-demand gap for recycled plastics

Plastics have spiraled exponentially throughout society and the environment to the point that we literally eat and breathe them on a regular basis. More corporations are responding to consumer outrage by using fewer virgin plastics to produce goods and packaging.  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

Using post-consumer plastics instead of raw petrochemicals is one important strategy within a suite of solutions to the global plastics crisis, but waste plastics are expensive, their makeup is hard to decode and the supply has not been reaching companies demanding them.

A 2021 report commissioned by Google projected a global investment of between $426 billion and $544 billion needed to close by 2040 “the plastics circularity gap,” defined as the difference between the volume of plastics produced and the sliver of plastics available from circular supply chains. Boosting the infrastructure to support these circular supply chains is key, the report found.

Among a growing number of circularity startups focusing on plastic, three young companies gaining funding and attention are seeking to build some of this infrastructure and help channel more waste plastics into the manufacture of new goods.

Circular, launched in June and based in Palo Alto, California, is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of post-consumer recycled plastic. Cirplus has been doing that since 2018 out of Hamburg, Germany. Circularise, founded in 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands, plays a different role, helping buyers and sellers to determine the origins and ingredients of a variety of materials, including recycled and renewable plastics, through its blockchain technology. In May the company announced that it is teaming up with plastic producer Neste.  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

The backdrop

These companies are entering the growing space of firms seeking solutions to strengthen sustainable plastic supply chains and recycling infrastructure. They have an uphill climb against the expectation that plastic production will double by 2050, after it already quadrupled in three decades to 460 million metric tons by 2019.

Only 4.5 percent of plastic was recycled in the United States in 2018, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Globally it’s just twice that, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which blamed plastics for more than 3 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 businesses, government agencies and organizations representing 20 percent of the market for plastics packaging have signed on since 2018 to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) Global Commitment to galvanize a circular economy for plastics. Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

Among the organizations setting various targets for 2025 — including Apple, Coca-Cola and Walmart — the adoption of recycled plastics, especially PET for packaging, has accelerated the decline in the use of virgin plastic.

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-Pyrolysis technology enables ‘closed loop’ solutions in push for circular economy

Krzysztof Wróblewski explores how this thermochemical technique for recovering raw materials from waste can be used to recycle end-of-life tyres

The automotive industry needs transformative change in its technology solutions. It has made progress producing zero-emission electric vehicles by reducing the carbon footprint on the user-end, but the manufacturing process still has a significant environmental impact.  Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

From the plant’s electricity consumption to the various materials in the car’s production, the automotive industry has startling statistics.

According to The Guardian, a compact car will produce around 6 tonnes of CO2e during its production lifecycle. And a university publication concluded that the largest share of global greenhouse gas emissions comes from energy consumption (73.2%), where the industrial sector is a major contributor.

Technology is the answer. Pyrolysis can help in closing the loop to make the automotive sector circular, reducing its environmental impact during car production.

Benefits of joining the circular economy

Employing circular methods would allow the automotive industry to reduce vehicle lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 75% and resource use by up to 80% per passenger-km by 2030 for an electric car, according to a World Economic Forum report from Accenture. Closing the loop will also reduce the industry’s ecological footprint by reducing pollution and waste generation and protecting biodiversity. The automotive supply chain will have to change both upstream and downstream to achieve these goals.

“Pyrolysis is a thermochemical technique for recovering raw materials from waste, and can be used to safely recycle end-of-life tyres”

Tyres, which are a source of recurring waste , can be critical to the industry’s circularity. Tyres pollute the environment throughout their lifecycle, from the non-renewable fossil fuels used in manufacturing to the difficulty of recycling waste tyres by conventional methods. Tyre components like synthetic rubber and virgin Carbon Black are derived from petroleum. Carbon Black makes up over 20% of tyre mass; synthetic rubber content can be up to 25% depending on the type, as truck tyres have less.

However, the automotive industry can use existing technologies from other sectors, like pyrolysis, to avoid starting from scratch in its search for circularity. Pyrolysis is a thermochemical technique for recovering raw materials from waste, and can be used to safely recycle end-of-life tyres (ELTs). Raw materials recovered during the pyrolysis process can be used to manufacture new tyres, thus closing the loop for the tyre industry.

Material recovery by pyrolysis

Several types of pyrolysis for ELTs are now available. Essentially, they all heat ELTs at high temperatures, in an oxygen-free atmosphere, to break down the tyres to their raw materials. The pyrolytic products of economic interest are recovered Carbon Black, steel, oil, and gas. Microplastics – Recycled-plastics

Recovered Carbon Black is semi-reinforcing and can partly replace grades like N660. Recovered Carbon Black carbon footprint is several times lower than virgin Carbon Black. The tyre-derived oil (TDO) is a suitable feedstock alternative to fossil fuels for manufacturing reinforcing virgin Carbon Black grades. It can also be used as a chemical feedstock. The recovered steel can be reused in manufacturing tyres too. The recovered gas can fuel industrial plants, making energy processes circular and limiting their carbon footprints.

Pyrolysis technology enables ‘closed loop’ solutions in push for circular economy

-Stora Enso and Northvolt partner to develop wood-based batteries

Stora Enso and Northvolt are joining forces to create sustainable batteries using lignin-based hard carbon produced with renewable wood from the Nordic forests. The aim is to develop the world’s first industrialised battery featuring anode sourced entirely from European raw materials, lowering both the carbon footprint and the cost.

The companies have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to create a sustainable battery featuring anode produced from renewable raw materials sourced sustainably and locally in the Nordic countries.

“The joint battery development with Northvolt marks a step on our journey to serve the fast-growing battery market with renewable anode materials made from trees. Our lignin-based hard carbon, Lignode® by Stora Enso, will secure the strategic European supply of anode raw material, serving the sustainable battery needs for applications from mobility to stationary energy storage,” says Johanna Hagelberg, Executive Vice President for Biomaterials at Stora Enso.

Both companies bring key components, competence, and expertise to the battery partnership. Stora Enso will provide its lignin-based anode material Lignode, originating from sustainably managed forests, while Northvolt will drive cell design, production process development and scale-up of the technology.

“With this partnership, we are exploring a new source of sustainable raw material and expanding the European battery value chain, while also developing a less expensive battery chemistry. It is an exciting demonstration of how our pursuit of a sustainable battery industry goes hand-in-hand with creating a positive impact both on society and cost,” says Emma Nehrenheim, Chief Environmental Officer at Northvolt.

Lignin is a plant-derived polymer found in the cell walls of dry-land plants. Trees are composed of 20–30% of lignin, where it acts as a natural and strong binder. It is one of the biggest renewable sources of carbon anywhere.

Stora Enso and Northvolt partner to develop wood-based batteries

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-Hyosung Creora Now SGS Eco-Certified

Hyosung, the world’s largest spandex manufacturer and the first global developer to commercialize bio-based spandex, has received eco-product certification from Standard Global Services (SGS) guaranteeing that its Creora bio-based spandex is made with plant-based materials and is produced in a harmless and eco-friendly environment.

SGS, an inspection and verification company, is recognized for providing an international standard for quality and reliability. Creora bio-based spandex is produced by replacing 30 percent of petroleum-based resources with bio-based raw materials derived from industrial field corn, which is also called dent corn.

According to a recent third-party life cycle assessment, the manufacture of Creora bio-based spandex reduces its carbon footprint by 23 percent as compared to the production of standard spandex. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

In addition, the sustainably grown feed-stock used to make the fiber is responsibly grown by farmers who target and measure their efforts to protect the land, air and water.

“Brands are looking to develop deeper connections and trust with consumers concerned with how products they love impact the environment,” said Mike Simko, Hyosung global marketing director for textiles. “As a sustainable textile solution provider, it was very important for us to certify and document Creora bio-based spandex so that our brand partners are able to pass along this verification and sustain consumer loyalty.”

Typically used with other bio-derived natural fibers and bio-derived synthetics, Creora bio-based spandex is suitable for all textile applications used for sportswear, ready-to-wear and loungewear. It provides the same ultra-stretch quality and recovery as Hyosung’s Creora Powerfit spandex, the company noted.

According to Simko, Hyosung is planning to introduce Creora bio-based spandex made with 100 percent bio-derived content.

In addition to Creora spandex, Hyosung manufactures Mipan nylon and specialty polyester. In February, Seoul-based Hyosung said it had invested $37.7 million to expand its Creora elastane plant in Brazil. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

The project at the company’s industrial park in Araquari increased production capacity by 80 percent to 22,000 tons per year from 12,000 tons.

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-High-Tech Textiles Finding Ways Into Automotive Interiors

Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, a professor at Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen, notes: “Volvo, Tesla, BMW, Audi and the likes are all turning away from leather seats, reflecting that the circular economy theme is becoming more prominent in their marketing concepts.” Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

The automotive industry always has been a major consumer of textiles, but it is deepening links with specialist fabric companies, including those linked to fashion.

Polestar, the Sweden-based subsidiary of China’s Geely Holding Group, was a key supporting partner of the Global Fashion Summit held in June in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company wants to find new sustainable materials to make a car that leaves the factory gates with a zero-carbon footprint by

While the existing Polestar 2, a 5-door liftback electric vehicle meant to take the Tesla Model 3 head-on, comes with vegan (no leather or animal products in processing) textile seating, the Polestar 5, scheduled for launch in 2024, will have its seat coverings made in an innovative 3D-knitting process that avoids waste.

This system already is used in the fashion and footwear sector, for instance, to make products for major fashion brands such as Uniqlo and Adidas, Polestar says. The Polestar 5 seats’ material mix will include recycled plastic bottles, flax fibers and recycled natural corks from the wine industry. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

High-Tech Textiles Finding Ways Into Automotive Interiors

-Partnership between SGT and Avient releases dairy preform with low mineral content

Preform manufacturer SGT has developed, in partnership with colouring specialist Avient, a new single layer dairy preform with a very low mineral content (less than 4%).

Intended for the dairy products market, this 38 mm neck preform incorporates a new additive technology called ColorMatrix Lactra Four One Zero which is claimed to offer superior whiteness to the bottle and high protection for photo-sensitive liquids.

The ColorMatrix Lactra Four One Zero formula allows to block light up to 99.9%, even with a low wall thickness (200 microns). Dairy products, such as UHT milk, sensitive to oxidation are thus protected and kept longer, up to 6 months, without altering taste or sensory and nutritional properties, say the companies.

This 100% recyclable single-layer preform can be integrated into a closed bottle-to-bottle circuit and can contain up to 100% rPET. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

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-Sinopec outbid for Russian ESPO crude in July

China’s Sinopec Corp has cut its purchases of Russia’s ESPO crude oil in July as other buyers, including from India, were willing to pay higher prices, as per Reuters.

A pull-back in Russian oil purchases by Sinopec, Asia’s biggest refiner, suggests that its earlier buying was driven by economics rather than political considerations. Chinese and Indian oil companies have increased their Russian oil imports in May and June despite Western sanctions on Russia as a result of the Ukraine conflict that have upended the global oil trade. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

China has refrained from condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that started on Feb. 24, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, and in a meeting on Feb. 4 the leaders of the two countries said their friendship had “no limits”.

Sinopec, through its trading arm Unipec, is expected to lift fewer cargoes in July after submitting lower bids to Russian exporters who then sold the cargos to trading companies and other Chinese clients that bid higher, said four sources who participate in the market and declined to be identified.

Sinopec had been the biggest buyer of ESPO, which loads from the port of Kozmino in Russia’s Far East, in the past two months, snapping up an estimated 20 MM barrels, according to traders and data from tanker tracker Vortexa Analytics.

Sinopec bid at discounts of about USD20 a barrel below the price of Middle East benchmark Dubai on a free-on-board basis for July shipments, similar to what it paying for cargoes in May and June, while deals were done at USD8 to USD13 discounts, the sources said.

“Sinopec may only lift a very small amount as their bids were too low for the Russians,” said one of the four sources, a China-based trading executive. A Sinopec spokesman declined to comment on the company’s purchases.

The companies that beat out Sinopec for the ESPO cargoes in July include Dubai-based trader Coral Energy, state-owned companies CNOOC, PetroChina, and Shandong Port International Trade, which is backed by the local provincial government, according to three trading sources and data from Vortexa. Russia is expected to raise its ESPO exports from Kozmino to a record of 880,000 barrels per day (bpd) in July, Reuters reported on June 7, from an average of 750,000 bpd in 2022. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

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-Is Polystyrene a Sustainable Food Packaging Choice?

Ineos Styrolution America’s sustainability commercial manager, Cassie Bradley, shares the benefits of PS and its future in the circular economy.

Worth $31.6 billion in 2021, the Global Polystyrene Market is projected to reach $44.8 billion by the year 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the analysis period of 2022-2028, according to a market study from BlueWeave Consulting.

That’s a whole lot of PS including high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) and expanded PS (EPS).

Although PS containers and packaging are recyclable, recycling rates are not where they should be. According to the EPA’s Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2018 Tables and Figures (Table 8, pages 10 and 11), 3.6% of PS containers and packaging are recycled. That figure drops to 0.9% when all municipal solid waste is considered.

What can be done to push that percentage up?  Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

That’s where Ineos Styrolution comes into the picture. Cassie Bradley, INEOS Styrolution America’s sustainability commercial manager, explains the company’s strive toward an optimistic future for PS in the circular economy.

The Germany-based company is one of the world’s top two suppliers of styrenics, a precursor to PS. The global company operates 20 production sites in ten countries. Markets include automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, and packaging.

The parent company, Ineos, committed to achieving five ambitious sustainability targets for 2025 that include using an average 30% of recycled content in products destined for PS packaging in Europe and ensuring that 100% of its polymer products can be recycled.

To make that happen Ineos is investing in PS depolymerization plants, collaborating on other advanced recycling schemes, and integrating renewable feedstock in its products.

With that in mind, Cassie Bradley, sustainability commercial manager, Ineos Styrolution, explains why PS is a viable food packaging option in today’s environment in this exclusive Q&A interview.

PS has drawn unwanted attention as a target in the anti-plastics movement including outright bans in some locations. Why is that?

Bradley: Single-use food packaging is an increasingly heated topic, with much of the info reaching the public centered on the undeserved vilification of PS materials. Without accurate facts, solutions are being proposed to implement PS bans which favor unrealistic, one-size-fits-all approaches and promote the use of ineffective alternatives that often have a larger environmental footprint than polystyrene. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

The realistic solution? Use innovation to create progress within our country’s outdated recycling infrastructure and utilize recycling technologies to keep polystyrene in a circular economy, so that our modern society can continue benefiting from this valuable material while engaging the public on proper plastic waste disposal.

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-Halogen-Free & Red-Phosphorus-Free FR Nylon 66 for E&E, Automotive

Asahi Kasei’s Leona SN boasts excellent retention of properties, good surface appearance and laser transparency and printability.

A series of halogen-free and red-phosphorus-free flame-retardant (FR) nylon 66 resins now available from Asahi Kasei, are targeted to E&E applications such as breakers, magnet switches, and compressed-air valves as well as automotive applications in powertrain parts and EV charging stations. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

The new Leona SN series resins boast UL 94 V-0 and relative tracking index (CTI) of 600 V, good surface appearance, good laser transparency (Na) and laser printability (BK). Also claimed are enhanced productivity thanks to clearer and faster laser marking on gloss surfaces, and less mold deposit than conventional halogen-free and red-phosphorus-free materials. Moreover, these resins have been shown to have a higher retention rate of physical properties in a conditioned state. Although the properties of similar halogen-free nylon 66 materials are significantly reduced, Leona SN can still maintain a high level of tensile strength and flexural modulus after moisture absorption. The material can also meet the highest HL3 hazard level requirements for R22 internal components and R23 external components in the European railway fire safety standard EN 45545.

The Leona SN series is part of Asahi Kasei’s Leona nylon resin series. This series of products also includes anti-ultraviolet grades (SU series) and semi-aromatic grades (SG series), which can be used to replace metals and automotive interior applications.

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-Ineos Olefins and Polymers Europe joins HolyGrail 2.0

HolyGrail 2.0 is an initiative that uses digital watermarks to improve sorting of end-of-life packaging. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

Ineos Olefins and Polymers Europe, headquartered in Rolle, Switzerland, has joined HolyGrail 2.0, the digital watermarks initiative designed to improve the sorting and recycling of end-of-life plastic packaging. The company says this move reinforces its commitment to creating a truly circular economy where all plastics can be properly recycled and reused in high-quality products, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of plastic products and packaging.

HolyGrail 2.0 aims to address and improve how postuse plastic packaging is sorted into different types, making recycling more efficient.

The Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 uses digital watermarks, or imperceptible codes, that cover the surface of the packaging and are detectable by special cameras linked to high-speed sorting systems.

Ineos says joining the initiative builds on the commercialization of its Recycl-IN range of polyethylene and polypropylene products, which was launched in 2019 to provide converters with a complete portfolio of resins with up to 70 percent postconsumer recycled content and properties on par with virgin polymers.

Rob Ingram, CEO of INEOS Olefins and Polymers North, says, “Partnering with HolyGrail 2.0 demonstrates our commitment to taking action across the value chain to create a more sustainable future. It fits perfectly with the Ineos goal to increase recycling rates and the use of recycled materials back into everyday products. This is an exciting next step on our path to full packaging circularity.”  Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

Ineos Olefins and Polymers Europe joins HolyGrail 2.0

-Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT) Launches New EPINITY Brand

Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT) has today launched its new product brand, EPINITY™ with a new website. EPINITY™ is the new brand name for ABT’s Epichlorohydrin (ECH), a bio-based, drop-in, and competitive ECH for use in a wide range of downstream industries. Bio-based spandex -FR-Nylon66

Launching EPINITY™ is a key milestone for ABT to represent the company’s long experience in the reliable supply of high quality bio-based ECH and to emphasise its position as a pioneer in supporting its customers and downstream users to achieve their challenging carbon reduction targets to meet Net Zero carbon emission goals.

Mr Masaki Takahashi, Managing Director said, “Building on ten years of ECH production, the new EPINITY™ brand confirms ABT’s position as a leading producer of bio-based ECH and takes us forward into the next decade, a decade which is critical to the future of our planet. EPINITY™ is best-in-class bio-based ECH and I am proud of the ABT team which has worked tirelessly to launch this new brand and website.”

EPINITY™ is mainly used as a precursor to epoxy resins, with uses in protective coatings, electronic components, adhesives and advanced composite materials.

Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT) Launches New EPINITY Brand

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-Bioplastics, where is the market heading?

The global bioplastics industry aims to supply 2% of the world’s demand for plastic raw materials by 2026. Regulations, certifications and adequate buyer education are essential for these materials to reach their full potential.

The urgency that society is placing on our industry to move towards more sustainable solutions has driven the development of a particular type of materials, called bioplastics. In this type of materials, we seek to migrate towards renewable sources, we seek biodegradability, or both. We have been working to develop materials that reduce our dependence on petroleum, but that can also be composted or biodegraded, in order to close the cycle.

Bioplastics, by definition, are materials that can be based on renewable or non-renewable sources, and may or may not be biodegradable. It is possible, for example, to have bio-based materials, such as bio-PE, that are not biodegradable. It is also possible to have materials based on non-renewable sources, such as BASF’s Ecovio grade, which is, however, compostable. And it is also possible to have materials such as PLA, which is bio-based and biodegradable.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

However, the eagerness of consumers to migrate to more sustainable solutions and the inappropriate use by some suppliers of bioplastics have led our society to believe that the materials are going to be a “silver bullet” against pollution. And this is a mistake. Bioplastics are certainly a valuable material in the circular economy, but they are not the solution to pollution problems. And it is wrong to make customers think that, by making packaging from bioplastics, we will automatically solve pollution problems.

Bioplastics have their niche market, they offer some benefits, and under proper composting conditions they can biodegrade. However, it is wrong to fall into “I am corn and not plastic” statements, as we see in some commercials. These materials are still plastics and their degradation, which may or may not occur, depends on very specific conditions and their end-of-life destination.

The correct use of this type of materials depends on having adequate access to information, avoiding “greenwashing” and achieving adequate regulation, as well as having systems for end-of-life use (such as industrial composting units) that guarantee the promise that these materials will be reintegrated into nature.

Current status and prospects

Currently, bioplastics still account for less than 1% of the more than 367 million tons of plastics produced annually. However, unlike plastics from non-renewable sources, the demand for and production of bioplastics continues to grow. This growth is driven by an increase in demand, combined with the evolution of increasingly sophisticated applications and products.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

According to market data compiled by EuropeanBioplastics in cooperation with the nova-Institute, global bioplastics production capacity will increase from 2.42 million tons in 2021 to around 7.59 million tons in 2026. In this scenario, the 2% mark would be exceeded for the first time. PBAT, PBS and bio-based polyamides are the materials responsible for this spectacular growth.

Currently, biodegradable plastics as a whole, including PLA, PHA, starch blends and others, account for more than 64% (over 1.5 million tons) of global bioplastics production capacity. Production of biodegradable plastics is expected to increase to almost 5.3 million by 2026 due to strong development of polymers, such as PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate) and PBS (polybutylene succinate), but also steady growth of polylactic acids (PLA).

Bioplastics, where is the market heading?

-From sustainability to circularity, what’s the difference?

The excessive consumption connected to throwaway culture and disposable fashion is no longer in vogue, as consumers increasingly look for brands and companies that care about more than just profits. With awareness surrounding overproduction and textile waste negatively impacting the environment, more brands and companies are taking a closer look at their business models and implementing sustainability strategies.

From investing in fibre alternatives to upcycling and cutting down on plastic usage, there are countless different ways textile manufacturers and brands are actively working to be more sustainable.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

But another concept has been gaining traction that tackles the industry’s issues with overproduction and is sustainable at its core – circularity.

Based on three principles driven by design, circularity focuses on reusing materials taken from the planet to produce textiles and garments to make new products, thereby eliminating waste and pollution. Regenerative by nature, circularity is supported by a shift to renewable energy and materials. A circular model which moves away from the linear process of production that most textile and garment companies follow, circularity is a system of frameworks that tackles current environmental issues like climate change, pollution, waste and loss of biodiversity. While some may think of sustainability and circularity as two very different concepts, the two are not as different as one may think. New legislation and proposals driving circularity are being introduced in Europe to help bring around sustainable change in the textile and garment industry.

In 2020 the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) launched the traceability initiative to accelerate the industry’s shift to more sustainable and circular business models. Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

A year later, the UNECE introduced ‘the Sustainability Pledge’, a toolkit for measuring the environmental impact of businesses and in March of this year, the European Commission launched the EU Strategy for sustainable and circular textiles. Devised to help create a greener textile industry, the strategy implements the commitments of the European Green Deal, which sees Europe striving to become the first climate-neutral continent by transitioning to a circular economy.

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-Majority of French bottled water brands contaminated by microplastics

A French study published this week shows that 78 percent of bottled mineral water analysed contains microplastics. The organisation Agir pour l’environnement is calling for a ban on plastic bottles within five years.

The results of a study called “We drink plastic” (Nous buvons du plastique) released on Thursday by Agir pour l’environnement show that, of nine bottles of mineral water analysed, seven were found to contain microplastics.

The best-selling bottled waters in France were analysed by the Breton public laboratory Labocea. The particles found include polyethylene terephthalates (used in plastic bottles) and polyethylene (used in the bottle caps).Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

These microplastics are particles smaller than 5 millimetres and were generally found in small quantities. Worringly, the water specifically marketed “for children” (Vittel kids) had a concentration twenty times higher than the others.

“The contamination comes from the packaging, whether it’s the bottle, the cap or the lid,” explains Magali Ringoot from the association Agir pour l’environnement. Plastic has no place in bottled water. Additives are subject to industrial secrecy so we don’t know exactly what chemical cocktail we are exposed to.”

Indeed, the plastic in the cap or bottle can break up into micro debris and spread in the water. When subjected to intense heat and light, the containers could release even greater quantities of microplastics.

According to Nathalie Gontard, a packaging specialist at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Inrae), “plastic degrades inexorably and it starts to break down even before we start consuming the water.”

In France, 83 percent of people consume bottled water. In 2019, they consumed 133 litres of bottled water per capita, 8.9 billion litres for the entire French population.

On average, people ingest five grams of plastic every week, equivalent to “the weight of a credit card”, through the water they drink and various food products.

Widespread contamination of water

In March 2018, the publication of an American study caused a stir: for the first time, the systematic and worldwide contamination of bottled water by microplastics was brought to light. Microplastics were detected in 93 percent of the 250 bottles analysed from 11 brands in 9 different countries.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Majority of French bottled water brands contaminated by microplastics

-4th International Conference on Biopolymers and Bioplastics

Coalesce Research group invites you to attend the “4th International Conference on Biopolymers and Bioplastics” going to be held on November 14-15, 2022 at Rome, Italy and our main theme of the conference is “Bioworld Innovation :  Environmentally, Smart, Green and Sustainable Biopolymers-Bioplastics”.

Biopolymers and Bioplastics 2022  is an attempt to explore the various ways to utilize natural resources for betterment of the future, promising a better tomorrow for the progeny and a better vision for the springing research. Bioplastics and Biopolymers conferences is anticipated to be one the best scientific conferences in Rome. The scientific sessions of this International Conference on Biopolymers and Bioplastics conferences has been designed on various related topics such as Biodegradable Polymers, Biomaterials, Nanopolymers, Thermal plastics, Plastic Pollution.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Biopolymers and Bioplastics 2022 is an conference delivering an on-going concept of biobased world across the globe. In the present world, where we use the consequences of plastic products, conventional plastics,  and the waste management of these products when they become waste, is a current and pressing issue all over the world. Concerns focus on the potential impact of conventional plastics they cause to the environment and how to recycle them.

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-How technology boosts textile looms productivity

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs describes food, shelter, and clothing in “Physiological Needs” (lowest level at hierarchy). Textile is a perishable item which means that billions of people are going to ask for textiles multiple times in a year creating a massive demand for the product. The accumulated number of people in the world is around 7.8 billion. Estimated global demand for textiles is 1 trillion USD in 2022 with the growth rate of 4%.

This study deals with how Industrial revolution in 18th century changed textile manufacturing industry once and for all. Two basic methods to manufacture a textile are knitting and weaving. Increased market demand of textiles put industry owners under severe pressure. For this very process, new technology was installed to replace the conventional methods to manufacture textile. Textile firms who abstained from new technology have to downsize their flow of operations and workers who refrained to learn about modern technology either became un-employed or crafted a value-added fabric which held socio-cultural value to earn profits.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Adoption of new technology demanded massive capital inputs for new machinery and training of workers. Workers showed a hesitation to break status-quo and labour unions have demanded higher wages and functional flexibilities to do the job. Textile firms who were successful in this transition enjoyed maximum production and earned from economies of scale, hence increasing productivity.

In the 18th century, industrial scale manufacturing of textile started in New England. Textile industry saw exponential growth and grew to multiple countries across the globe. In 1783, first cotton-spinning machine was invented by Richard Arkwright. Industrial manufacturing of fabric is done by installing manmade or synthetic fibres into manual or shuttle-less looms. The need of hour was to maximize production while using minimum recourses available. Basic raw materials used in the manufacturing of fabrics are cotton, electric supply, and labour along with machinery. Industrial Revolution played a vital role in increasing the production of textile with less human effort.

Jeremy, D. J. (1973) states that “Generally, market pressures compelled the large-scale production of cheap, standardized, low-quality goods, at first. Attempts to compete against British imports, as in the woolen industry, brought failure. Only when technological innovation supplied versatile equipment (like the cotton roving frame differential or the fancy loom dobby) for manufacturing cheap and medium-to-fine goods, could British products be challenged.” These technological advancements acted as a blessing in disguise for the American economy and achieved efficiency in flow of operations.

Multiple processes are involved to manufacture a fabric from natural or synthetic fibres. Fibres are converted into yarn through spinning process and this yard is then used to formulate a fabric through weaving or knitting. A lot of labour is required for harvesting, carding, drawing, spinning, and warping of fibres. These processes (when done manually) cost a huge number to the industrialists. However, automatic machinery for plucking, doffing, and piecing resulted in up to 400 percent increase in output due to capital saving in labour. Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Khanna, S. (1989) mentioned that “Rising capital intensity per unit of output implies that the modern technologies will be introduced only if the higher capital costs are offset by the savings in the wages, power and lower wastage of raw material. Sharply rising economy wide productivity and wage rates in the advanced capitalist countries has obviously made it economically worthwhile for textile firms to introduce these new technologies.”

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-Northern Germany has largest green hydrogen production potential – research ministry

Rural districts in Northern Germany have the country’s largest potential for green hydrogen production due to their windpower capacities, according to a “Hydrogen Atlas” presented by the research ministry. “We want to accelerate processes and support municipalities in checking whether projects to develop a hydrogen economy in their region are actually worthwhile,” said minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger of the Atlas’s aim. Among the country’s federal states, Lower Saxony comes out on top, followed by Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt. But it remains unclear which states will actually be in a position to fulfil their potential, project head Michael Sterner, from the technical university in Regensburg, told the energy and climate newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. “Bavaria has considerably delayed the energy transition by putting the brakes on the expansion of grids and wind power. This is now costing the high-tech state industrial sites,” he said, pointing to a lack of cheap electricity from renewable sources.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Sterner added that Germany will require large amounts of green hydrogen to meet its target of becoming climate-neutral by 2045. “The demand is huge and amounts to 600 to 700 TWh, which is about three times the volume of all gas storage facilities,” he said. “Hydrogen is thus by no means the champagne of the energy transition, but along with renewable electricity, [it is] the main fuel for making Germany climate-neutral.

” Stark-Watzinger said Germany will always remain an importer of green hydrogen as it can be produced at lower cost in locations with higher renewable potential, such as Australia, Africa, and South America. But the country must press ahead with domestic production if it is to fulfil the government’s ambition of making hydrogen technologies an export success, she said. Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

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-NCTO: China Penalty Tariffs on finished textiles and apparel to be maintained

China Penalty Tariffs on Finished Textiles & Apparel Give U.S. Companies a Chance to Compete and are a Powerful Trade-Negotiation Tool, NCTO Tells U.S. International Trade Commission Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Section 301 penalty tariffs on finished Chinese textile and apparel imports give American manufacturers a chance to compete and provide trade officials with an essential trade negotiation tool, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) told a key government panel today in a formal written submission. Removing them, the association said, would reward China, put U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage and do nothing to reduce inflation.

Those were among the key points outlined by NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas in a written testimony submitted to the U.S. International Trade Commission during three days of hearings on the economic impact of Section 301 China tariffs and Section 232 steel tariffs on U.S. industries.

The 301 penalty tariffs should be maintained “absent substantive improvements in China’s pervasive, predatory trade practices,” Glas said in her testimony.  China’s illegal actions “have put U.S. companies at a serious disadvantage, and tariffs give American manufacturers a chance to compete.” Glas noted that U.S. trade officials have “stressed that the penalty tariffs also create leverage and are a ‘significant tool’ in ongoing negotiations with China.”

While some advocates for lifting the tariffs point to concerns about inflation, Glas said, “canceling these penalty duties would do little to ease Americans’ inflationary pains.” She also noted that “apparel prices out of China continue to hit rock bottom even with the Section 301 tariffs in place. As detailed in an economic study recently released by Werner International, U.S. import prices for apparel from China have dropped 25 percent since 2019 and 50 percent since 2011.” Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen - RPET

-Chemical Conversations: Sustainability in the European chemical industry

Argus is pleased to collaborate with the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA).

Argus SVP Strategy and Business Development Muhamad Fadhil speaks to Hartwig Michels, President of BASF’s Petrochemicals Division and EPCA President, Gina Fyffe, CEO of Integra and Chair of the EPCA’s talent, diversity and inclusion committee and James Elliott, Argus European Business Development Manager.

In this wide-ranging roundtable, Fadhil, Hartwig, Gina and James speak about sustainability in the European chemical industry against the backdrop of a more challenging economic environment.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

Muhamad Fadhil: Hello everyone and welcome to “Global Chemical Conversations.” My name is Muhamad Fadhil, and I’m the SVP Strategy and Business Development at Argus. This is a very special episode jointly brought to you by Argus Media, a leading independent provider of energy and commodity pricing information and the European Petrochemical Association or EPCA in short.

In this episode, we have two very special industry guests, Hartwig Michels, president of BASF’s petrochemical division and president of the EPCA, and Gina Fyffe, CEO of Integra and chair of the EPCA’s Talent, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I’m also joined by my colleague James Elliott, European Business Development Manager at Argus.

Hello everyone. Thank you for joining me today. James, firstly, can you set the scene? What’s driving sustainability in the European petrochemical industry?

James Elliott: Thanks Fadhil, it’s great to be here with you today. The drive to sustainability in Europe is multi-layered. Firstly, you have regulation. For instance, the European Green Deal which set the EU on a course to become a sustainable, climate-neutral, and circular economy by 2050. This is written into European climate law, which also sets the intermediate target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. We have to consider the consumer too. We, the consumer, society, have become aware of the need for sustainable solutions. We’re demanding goods made from sustainable sources and recycled material and companies are reacting to this. Brand owners are making new pledges on a regular basis about selling their goods using recycled and recyclable packaging. The financial community needs to be highlighted too. With ESG investing, the chemical industry needs to be focused on sustainability in order to attract investment.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

There is the business side too – cost is such an important driver. And that applies to sustainability. Why use virgin material if recycle material can fulfill the same role at a lower cost? European chemical companies have either aligned their sustainability goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or with the European Green Deal, or perhaps they have stated further ambitions within their goals. The European chemical industry is now working and investing to achieve their sustainability goals.

Muhamad Fadhil: Well said, James. Hartwig, BASF is a global chemical producer. How does BASF assess where to focus sustainability initiatives or investments? Is it by value chain, product, or geography?

Hartwig Michels: Well, Fadhil, thank you very much for having me here. To your question, as a global player that has pledged to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, we at BASF are driving our emission reductions and our push for circular economy, of course, in all regions already today. And since the vast majority of our CO2 emissions is originating from the production of base chemicals and from the production of power as steam, this is where we put specific emphasis, it’s basic chemicals and it’s energy. So let me give you one example here. We are investigating, for instance, several options to substitute the fossil fuel used to generate the heat in the steam cracker furnaces. This can be done either by the use of climate-friendly fuels, such as biomethane or hydrogen or via electrification of the furnaces in combination with the use of renewable energy. And we are also looking into the option to directly capture the CO2 emitted from the furnaces and storing it permanently. Later this year, we will have the groundbreaking for the world’s first pilot electric cracker furnace. We are pursuing this project, for instance, jointly with our partner, SABIC, and Linde.Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

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Bioplastics -Green-hydrogen – RPET

PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals 25-07-2022

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-Mohinani Group to open first Bottle-To-Bottle rPET Plant in Ghana

Mohinani Group, the parent company of Poly Tanks (Gh) Ltd, is set to invest over $16 million to open Ghana’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant to supply food-grade rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) of European standards. PET is the primary material found in plastic beverage bottles.

The plant will produce rPET by sourcing post-consumer PET bottles and these would be recycled into material that will then be used in producing new bottles. Mohinani Group will be sourcing used PET bottles locally (and eventually from neighboring countries) via alliances and through the Group’s own collection network.

The recycled food-safe rPET can be used to create high-quality food-grade packaging, produced as per global standards through the company’s own preform production lines. It will also be available in the market for other preform producers to help meet their sustainable packaging goals. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

The plant, which is expected to commence operations in late 2023 with full capacity reached in early 2024, will have a capacity to recycle 15,000 metric tonnes of plastic annually, with the overall group’s capacity increasing to 30,000 metric tonnes by late 2024.

The Mohinani Group has outlined that the investment was in line with the company’s commitment to meet both the Group and Ghana’s sustainability goals. In addition, the project will add to the number of jobs that the Mohinani Group has already created in the Ghanaian market.

The group encourages stakeholders in the “sustainability and recycling” space to also engage with it in forming alliances and partnerships to further tackle issues surrounding waste in Ghana, including reviewing existing legislation on this important subject. With this pioneering project, the Mohinani Group founded in Accra in 1966, emphasizes the importance of Ghana to the Group.

“Plastic Waste management is a huge topic all over Africa, as we cater to the plastics sector, it is a logical step for us to enter the plastics recycling industry. We want to close the loop for plastic packaging, and this is perfectly possible with bottle-to-bottle recycling. Especially in Ghana, where until now no closed-loop recycling exists, we are proud to be the first to do it,” Management for the Group said. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

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-Lindner to show new shredding, washing, and sorting equipment at K 2022

At K 2022, Lindner will present a range of products and highlight a new system to directly process post-consumer rigid plastics in an injection moulding process.

The circular economy and the growing importance of plastic recycling under the umbrella of climate protection are key topics at K 2022. Undoubtedly, there has been an upswing in plastics recycling for several years. The challenges facing the industry, however, continue to be multifaceted and complex: demand for recyclate quality is increasing as is the call for higher throughputs with minimal energy consumption and maintenance. The driving force behind this is clear: Plastic needs to be retained in the cycle for as long as possible and the aim is also to increase the use of recycled plastic material in the food sector. The key to recycling success lies in the coordination of the upstream processes of shredding, washing, and sorting. Lindner offers solutions to help with these steps while processing rigid plastics, film, and PET. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

Shredding waste plastic is right at the start of the plastics recycling process – an area in which Lindner can apply its experience in the processing of domestic, commercial, and industrial waste to obtain standard throughputs of 40 t/h and more. At K 2022, Lindner will be presenting the upgraded Jupiter BW series. The upgraded Jupiter BW series is focused on optimizing the handling of plastic films for the downstream NIR sorting process. In addition to a constant volume flow and homogeneous larger particles, this also includes optimizing the particle size for NIR sorting.

“With a particle size of DIN A4 to A3, we have been able to improve the performance of the NIR systems with our customer,” says Stefan Scheiflinger Ehrenwerth, head of product management at Lindner. “Every shredding process generates a certain proportion of fines along with the targeted ideal particle size. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

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-EuPC to accept PVC recycled polymers for MORE platform

The platform was confirmed as an official Circular Plastics Alliance data collector earlier this year.

The Brussels-based European Plastics Converters (EuPC) group has extended the scope of its Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE) platform to include polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, recycled polymers. The decision was made by the CPA Monitoring Secretariat and CPA Monitoring Working Group at the end of June.  PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

“With MORE, our industry has the opportunity to continue its efforts towards a circular plastics economy, and this scope expansion will allow us to include even more companies in our MORE family,” says EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis.

The MORE platform was launched by EuPC in cooperation with its member associations in April 2019 to monitor and register the industry’s efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million metric tons of recycled polymers being used annually between 2025 and 2030.

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-Reicofil supplies two lines to Algeria

Sinaatec, a major new player in the nonwovens industry established in 2017 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Madar Holding Group, is taking delivery of two Reifenhäuser Reicofil lines, as the technology supplier’s first Algerian customer.

The two lines, a single-beam meltblown line and composite bico line, both with working widths of 3.2 metres, will target the medical and hygiene sectors.

“The demand for nonwovens remains high,” said Mohamed Lamine Bouchelouche, president and CEO of Sinaatec. We see further growth potential in the North and Central African markets.”  PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

The meltblown line is scheduled to be commissioned this September, while the start of the composite line is planned for Autumn 2023. Sinaatec’s local sites and infrastructure provide space for another plant, so further expansion is possible.

“We are very pleased to install our state-of-the-art production lines at Sinaatec’s advanced production facility for high quality nonwovens,” said Dr Boerge Wessling, Reifenhäuser Reicofil managing director.

Reicofil supplies two lines to Algeria

-MOL Group Invests in Recycling and Waste Management Activities

Hungarian multinational oil and gas company MOL Group has acquired ReMat Zrt., a recycler with production plants located in Hungary, and a logistics hub in Slovakia.

According to the new owner, ReMat is a market-leading plastics recycler in Hungary with an annual processing capacity of 25,000 tons and almost 200 employees. The company, using plastic waste from communal and industrial sources, would prepare a wide range of polyethylene and polypropylene regranules and tailor-made products. With this acquisition, MOL would be able to develop tailor-made virgin and recyclate solutions to fulfill the ever-increasing demand of its customers for circular materials. “The transaction fits into MOL’s portfolio and its goal to become a key player in the low carbon circular economy in Central and Eastern Europe,” MOL Group underlined, which – due to its “Shape Tomorrow” 2030+ Strategy – intends to spend one billion US-Dollar in the next five years on new circular economy and green projects. Waste integration and utilization is a key element of the new sustainable approach. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

As reported, the MOL Group has implemented investments already and is “continuously seeking the opportunities to grow the share of recycled materials in its product portfolio”. In November 2019, the first step was taken with the acquisition of Aurora Kunststoffe GmbH, a recycled plastic-based compounder in Germany. “With a total combined annual capacity of 40,000 tons of Aurora and ReMat, MOL can offer a wide range of sustainable compounds and regranulates for the automotive and packaging industries.”

The Group also has established a strategic partnership with German company APK, “whose solvent-based process is capable of producing high-quality polymers from complex plastic waste”.

MOL Group Invests in Recycling and Waste Management Activities

-Evergreen celebrates expansion growth in Clyde, Ohio

Evergreen, a preferred supplier of food and non-food grade rPET, will celebrate the completion of their building and production expansion in Clyde, Ohio on Friday, July 22, 2022 at a private event. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

The expansion began in August of 2021 as a $22M project with 3 lines and evolved due to increased customer and consumer demand for recycled PET plastic. The 54,000 square foot addition includes four extrusion lines with the ability to expand to six, processing 11.8 billion bottles a year resulting in local capacity of 113 million pounds of food grade PET per year. Evergreen processes 217 million pounds across is four North American facilities.

This expansion was made possible in part by American Beverage Association and the Ohio Beverage Association, in partnership with Closed Loop Partners, who announced in 2021 that Evergreen, would be a recipient of a significant investment under the beverage industry’s Every Bottle Back initiative.

The $5 million investment – half from the American Beverage Association in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and the other half from Closed Loop Partners’ Infrastructure Fund – has helped Evergreen evolve its business model, expanding its services to process recycled PET plastic into food-grade recycled rPET pellets used to manufacture new bottles, while creating a strong local market for recycled plastics.

“The team at Evergreen and our partners Ohio Beverage Association and Closed Loop Partners are looking forward to sharing this expansion project with our customers and community.” said Omar Abuaita, CEO of Evergreen. “What we are doing here reaches beyond Clyde, the state of Ohio, and the US.

We are committed to making a global impact to recycling and sustainability. With the financial and strategic support of The Sterling Group, we are able to respond to the demands of the consumer through growth and innovation and are preparing to share a first-of-its-kind industry announcement soon. Without The Sterling Group we would still be a 2-line plant in the middle of Ohio.” PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

Evergreen celebrates expansion growth in Clyde, Ohio

-Nylon filament yarn sees escalating contradiction in July?

In June, nylon raw materials market fluctuated sharply. The deep decline in the second half of June had given up all the gains since the beginning of May. A gap has formed between CPL contracts and spot prices. At the same time, downstream demand continued to be weak, and nylon 6 textile filament factories had not yet caught up previous increase in the cost, and had passively complied with the raw materials and transferred to the downward channel. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

  1. Decline in nylon raw materials restricts NFY sales, but also eases the pressure of loss

The rapid rise and fall of raw materials had the greatest impact on sales of nylon 6 filament factories this month. Early in the month, due to the limited recovery of orders in fabric mills, the price of fabrics was difficult to rise, and the resistance to the rise of nylon filament gradually strengthened with the sharp increase of raw materials. So it was difficult for nylon filament mills to receive orders at high quotation levels.

When the raw materials turned to fall in the middle and late period of June, fabric factories quickly entered a risk-averse wait-and-see state, reducing purchases or even reducing production. The pressure on filament factories was more prominent than when prices were rising. However, for filament mills that mainly purchased contract raw materials, the losses narrowed down as the settlement price was much lower than previous nomination.However, nylon filament stocks were still rising, and there were still many uncertainties about the trend of raw materials. For filament mills, the actual profit and loss of unrealized inventory is unknown. PVC-recycled – Petrochemicals

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Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell 23-07-2022

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-Nylon 6 plant-based : Geno News

Geno News: Reshaping $22B Nylon Industry; Major Milestone in Plant-Based Nylon Hi there, This week, sustainability leader Geno announced it has successfully completed demonstration scale production runs for plant-based nylon-6 with longtime collaborator Aquafil, making plant-based nylon one step closer to commercialization.

Here’s why it matters: Nylon is a $22B industry dependent upon petrochemicals to thrive, encompassing everything from apparel to automotive parts and carpets.

This marks a significant milestone in changing the way the world is made–from fossil-fuel based products to plant-based and sustainable. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

This will be the first demonstration scale production run for plant-based nylon The news is on the heels of a Geno and lululemon multi-year collaboration to bring bio-based materials into lululemon clothing.

Other milestones on Geno’s journey to make the world more sustainable include: $120M Unilver joint venture to develop palm oil alternatives Geno’s on track to reduce over 100 million tons of carbon with their plant-based materials Geno technology reduces GHG by up to 90% The full release can be found here and below.

–Victoria FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Geno and Aquafil begin pre-commercial production for plant-based nylon-6 A step closer towards commercialization to fulfill brand demands SAN DIEGO and ARCO, Italy, July 20, 2022

Sustainability leader Genomatica (Geno) alongside longtime collaborator Aquafil [ECNL:IM] successfully completed the first demonstration scale production runs for plant-based nylon-6.

The material is intended to reshape the $22B nylon industry, enabling brands to meet demand from consumers for sustainable everyday materials from apparel to automotive parts to carpets. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

Geno and Aquafil have produced the first several tons of plant-based nylon-6 building block caprolactam, have converted it to nylon-6 polymer and are now in the process of transforming it for evaluation in nylon applications — such as yarns for textile and carpet and engineering plastics as part of pre-commercial quantities from demonstration production taking place in Europe.

Geno and Aquafil produce first plant-based nylon-6 textile yarn. Geno and Aquafil start-up pre-commercial production of plant-based nylon intermediate at the new demonstration plant located at Aquafil Slovenia.

The companies have been collaborating to first produce pilot-scale quantities of plant-based nylon-6 and have now advanced to produce pre-commercial quantities at demonstration scale which will help determine the final design of future commercial plants. The material will go to leading global brands and their value chain partners who are eager to explore and develop renewable products, create showcase goods and test feedback with customers.

“Now, more than ever, global brands are taking action to incorporate sustainable materials into their products”,said Christophe Schilling, Geno CEO. “We’re working to build purposeful, traceable and transparent supply chains, in this case for nylon-6, with the goal to provide more sustainable products that consumers demand and material solutions that can help brands achieve their ESG goals.

“The world needs every possible approach put into action to make supply chains sustainable, and making bio-based nylon is an essential piece of that,\” said Giulio Bonazzi, Aquafil CEO. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

“Plant-based nylon can perfectly complement our approach to depolymerizing nylon products once they reach the end of their useful life.

Together, we share a vision to lead the transition to more sustainable materials which has driven our long-term collaboration.

” Plant-based nylon-6 is Geno’s third major product line on a path to commercialization. The company has executed high impact deals with a range of brands to accelerate the global commercialization of sustainable materials, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 million tons in upcoming years.

Recent milestones advancing the sustainable materials transition include: a collaboration with lululemon (NASDAQ: LULU) to bring plant-based materials into lululemon’s products, a production milestone with partner Covestro (OTCMKTS: COVTY) for plant-based HMD used in sustainable coatings, a partnership with Asahi Kasei (OTCMKTS: AHKSY) and a newly formed venture with Unilever (NASDAQ: UL) to commercialize and scale plant-based alternatives to feedstocks like palm oil or fossil fuels to make key ingredients used in everyday cleaning and personal care products.

About Genomatica (Geno) Geno is harnessing biology to remake everyday products and materials built by and for the planet. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

In response to the urgent climate crisis,Geno is developing and scaling sustainable materials derived from plant- or waste-based feedstocks instead of fossil fuels.

Geno’s technology, built over the last 20 years, now drives materials and ingredients in applications ranging from cosmetics, carpets, to home cleaners, apparel and more. To learn more, visit genomatica.com.

About Aquafil Founded in 1965, Aquafil is one of the main producers of nylon in Italy and worldwide. The Group is present in seven countries and in three different continents, with over 2,800 employees at 19 production sites located in Italy, Slovenia, United States, China, Croatia, Scotland, Thailand and Japan. Aquafil is a pioneer in the circular economy also thanks to the ECONYL® Regeneration System, an innovative and sustainable process able to create new products from waste and give life to an endless cycle. For more information, visit www.aquafil.com.

We thank Victoria Berryhill for this article.

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-Dow Goes Full Bore to Advance Circularity

Dow enters into global partnerships to build mechanical and advanced recycling infrastructures; aims to be largest consumer of recycled-plastic feedstock for polyethylene.

Dow today announced a full-court press to substantially expand its worldwide recycling ecosystem by helping to build a number of mechanical and advanced recycling facilities and using the post-consumer materials they generate in its products.

During the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling discussed the investments, which are intended to divert more waste plastics from landfills and make Dow the largest consumer of recycled-plastic feedstock for polyethylene.

The three major initiatives are:  Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

  • A collaboration with UK advanced recycling company Mura Technology to build multiple facilities across the United States and Europe and add up to 600 kilotons of advanced recycling capacity by 2030. Dow will be the primary consumer of the circular feed to come from each of the 120-kiloton facilities.

The project marks a significant scaleup of Mura’s HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) advanced recycling process for all types of plastics, including flexible and multilayer materials deemed unrecyclable. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

The first plant to use the technology, in Teesside, UK, will feature a 20-kiloton-per-year production line and is set to begin operations next year.

“Mura’s technology is designed to champion a global circular plastics economy, and our partnership with Dow is a key enabler to bringing HydroPRS to every corner of the globe,” said Mura CEO Steve Mahon.

  • A plan to build an advanced recycling facility in Dallas with Nexus Circular to process and convert more than 26,000 metric tons of hard-to-recycle plastic into a circular feedstock that Dow will use to create new plastics for health, hygiene, fitness, and food applications. Dow and Nexus have been partners in the Hefty EnergyBag program, which promotes reuse of hard-to-recycle plastics through residential curbside collection. This expansion of the partnership will build on the success of that program, which has diverted more than 1,800 tons of such plastics from landfills so far.  Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

“We now have an even greater opportunity to close the loop on Dow’s materials through the delivery of Nexus’ circular products back to our plants, further accelerating progress toward our 2030 goal to enable one million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused, or recycled,” said Manav Lahoti, Global Sustainability Director for Hydrocarbons at Dow.

  • An agreement to contribute to building a hybrid recycling facility in Damazan, France, with French recycling company Valoregen and to serve as the primary user of post-consumer recycled plastics from the 70-kiloton-a-year plant.

Dow Goes Full Bore to Advance Circularity

-Manufacturers of food packaging in Russia faced problems due to sanctions

Russian food packaging manufacturers have begun to change the type of packaging due to sanctions, RBC reports.

Russian manufacturers of consumer goods faced the need to change packaging this spring – in April, the EU, as part of the fifth package of sanctions, banned the import of printing ink, paper, cardboard, film, and printing machines to Russia. These materials for the printing industry, which are used for the production of packaging, were imported to Russia from abroad. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

So, in April it became known that Tetra Pak stopped supplying Russian manufacturers with packaging for national products – kefir and fermented baked milk. After some of the raw materials and packaging materials supplied to Russia fell under EU sanctions, the Russian Tetra Pak plant was cut off from these supplies. The parent company Tetra Pak asked the Swedish authorities to exclude these goods from sanctions, explaining this by humanitarian considerations, but was refused.

To stretch the paint supply until alternative suppliers are found, dairy and juice manufacturers have begun to develop temporary product packaging designs.

In May, the Volgograd manufacturer of juices and baby food “Sady Pridonya” announced that due to the shortage of cardboard, special varnishes and paints will produce products in minimalistic packaging. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

The transition to almost completely white packaging with a minimal design for dairy products and juices in early June was also warned by wimm-Bill-Dann, a pepsico corporation company (Chudo dairy products, Agusha baby food, J7 juices, Orchard, Favorite).

The new packaging is dominated by a white background, but recognizable elements of brands and designations that are required to be applied in accordance with the technical regulations are preserved. On some products, manufacturers put warning labels that the packaging looks unusual, but inside – the same products.

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-Developing Asia GDP growth cut to 4.6% on China slowdown – ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday cut its GDP growth forecast for developing Asian countries to 4.6% from its previous projection of 5.2%, with China’s growth lowered by a full percentage point to 4.0%.

India’s growth was also projected to slow down, to 7.2% from 7.5% previously, the multilateral institution said in its Asian Development Outlook Supplement report, citing worsening economic conditions. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

For 2023, the GDP forecast for developing Asia was lowered to 5.2% from 5.3%, it said.

“With household demand hit by recent COVID-19 outbreaks, adding to the ongoing stress in the property market, the growth forecast for China is revised down by 1 percentage point to 4% in 2022,” the ADB said.

The growth forecast for China next year remains unchanged at 4.8% as carry-over effects from accelerating growth in the second half of this year will likely be dampened by fiscal consolidation efforts next year.

China’s “zero COVID” policy has led to strict curbs to choke outbreaks of the virus, most notably the two-month lockdown at its economic hub Shanghai which ended on 1 June.

The country is facing yet another surge in COVID-19 cases, fueled by Omicron sub-variants, with 826 cases recorded on 20 July, compared with the previous day’s 935 – the highest daily tally since 21 May. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

For southeast Asia, the 2022 GDP forecast was raised to 5.0% from 4.9% as domestic demand benefits from the continued lifting of COVID-19 mobility restrictions and the re-opening of borders in some economies in the subregion.

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-Reducing plastic waste: Tips and reasons to diminish plastic use in daily life

Our food is wrapped in it, beauty products are stored in it, and many items are made from it – plastic is everywhere. The fact that plastic is part of so many aspects of our daily lives can make it seem impossible to avoid. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

But the truth is with eco-movements like zero waste and plastic-free living gaining momentum, there are more options than ever to reduce plastic products in your life. Add that to these seven reasons to reduce plastics and you will see why now is the time to transition to a lifestyle that uses less plastic.

Plastic pollution endangers wildlife

There is currently enough plastic in the ocean to circle the earth 400 times and that number is only increasing. A report by Science journal estimated that anywhere from five to 13 metric tons of plastic makes ends up in our oceans yearly. Marine animals are increasingly getting entangled in plastic waste and starve to death. Others mistake plastic for food. When animals mistake plastic for food, it fills their stomach, so they think they are full, which leads to death from stomach ruptures, obstructions, or malnutrition.

Plastic takes a long time to break down

Our World in Data reports that plastic can take up to 1000 years to break down. A plastic bottle and diapers take 450 years or more, while a plastic straw takes about 200 years. What about plastic bags? Anywhere from 10 to 1000 years, depending on the type of plastic and the landfill conditions.

Plastic isn’t biodegradable

This means that even when plastic breaks down, it doesn’t disappear – it just breaks into smaller pieces called microplastics. These microplastics pose a danger to marine life, our health, and our groundwater. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

Plastic contaminates our food

The average person consumes approximately a credit card worth of microplastic a week and many scientists believe this exposes us to harmful chemicals.

Plastic gets consumed through the animals we eat who have previously ingested plastic, food and drinks packaged in plastic, microwavable plastic containers, and more.

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-BASF stabilizes recycled plastics used to protect pineapples from sunburn in Malaysia

BASF and 3T Industries Sdn Bhd, a leading recycling company in Malaysia dealing with post-industrial and post-consumer recyclates, are helping pineapple plantations in Malaysia to increase their yields and save resources, said the company.

For the first time, 3T Industries has applied BASF’s IrgaCycleTM UV033 DD to enhance 100% recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) sheets used as protectors for pineapples. While pineapples require a warm and humid climate, they are susceptible to damage from solar radiation and high temperatures (> 32°C) which can significantly reduce marketable yield and cut deep into a grower’s profit. Symptoms include sunburn or bleaching which are visible as yellow-white skin that turns pale grey or brown upon damage to the tissue underneath. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

This damaged tissue is susceptible to disease and infestation. The HDPE protector shields the fruit from direct sunlight while still allowing photosynthesis to occur.

“Plastic additives specifically for the agricultural sector are highly customized to fulfil critical customer needs for enhanced crop protection solutions,” says Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals Asia Pacific. “We offer full customer support in all questions of quality improvement of recyclates to make them viable materials in new applications.” Previously, 3T Industries used a combination of antioxidants and light stabilizers to achieve the performance requirements stipulated by the grower – the HDPE protectors needed to last through the intended service lifetime of four seasons.

IrgaCycle offers a one-pack solution that is immediately available for the recycler without the need for further premixing. It is also more efficient at lower concentrations compared to traditional antioxidant systems and reduces the overall quantity of additives required. This results in easy and accurate dosing, improved product quality, as well as upgraded recyclate for use in long-term applications.

“We use our expertise in recycling technology and post-consumer resins to provide better solutions to consumers and communities,” says PH Tan, Managing Director of 3T Industries. “With IrgaCycle, we were able to use recycled feedstock to design a new product that features a high amount of recyclate content and makes more sustainable agricultural plastics possible.” Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

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-Johnson Matthey announces UK investment to increase hydrogen fuel cell component production

Johnson Matthey (JM) has announced a plan to construct a facility at its Royston, UK, manufacturing site to produce components for hydrogen fuel cells on the back of projected increased demand, the UK-based firm said.

With an initial annual capacity of 3GW of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell components, the  £80m investment is part of JM’s strategy to reach £200m sales in hydrogen technologies by 2024/25 and become the market leader for fuel cells and electrolysers. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

The UK government has announced their support of the hydrogen gigafactory’s upgrade through the Automotive Transformation Fund and Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

The APC has forecast that this will contribute towards the 14 gigawatts (GW) of fuel cell stack production estimated to be needed to meet local vehicle production demands by 2035.

The site will potentially be further expanded in the future, which could triple its capacity by using a decommissioned clean air production facility at the site.

The company began moving production of clean air catalysts out of its Royston facility, which was its most expensive site for the products, in its 2021 fiscal year, according to clean air finance director Alasdair Judge, speaking in February this year.

Increased fuel cell production from companies like JM will help towards producing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. These provide an option for decarbonising heavy-duty net zero vehicles and are thought to potentially stand as a key factor in achieving net zero targets.

“Decarbonising freight transportation is critical to help societies and industries meet their ambitious net zero emission targets – fuel cells will be a crucial part of the energy transition,” said JM chief Liam Condon.

The investment is also expected to provide and safeguard manufacturing jobs in the UK when it is expected to begin its operations in 2024.

These upgrades are set to put the UK in an improved position on the global fuel cell supply chain in coming years. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

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-Plastic Film Recycler Earns Recycling Partnership Grant

EFS-plastics in PA will use $200,000 grant from the Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition to buy new equipment to increase film recycling by 50 million bags per month.

The Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition within the The Recycling Partnership made its first film packaging capture grant to Environmentally Friendly Solutions, which is better known as EFS-plastics. The Canadian recycling company specializes in plastic film recycling. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

The $200,000 grant will pay for new equipment for the Hazleton, PA, facility. It will increase film recycling capacity by an additional 560,000 pounds per month — equivalent to more than 50 million plastic bags — and laying the groundwork to scale residential film and flexible plastics recycling.

EFS-plastics diverts 60,000,000 pounds per year from landfills from the 90,000 square-foot Hazleton plant and a 75,000 square-foot plant in Listowel, Ontario.

Just 1% of US households can recycle flexibles at home.

According to The Partnership’s Paying It Forward Report, significant investment is needed for film and flexible packaging to become widely accepted in residential collection and processing – just 1% of US households can recycle in their bin or cart today. With nearly 95 pounds of these materials found in each US home yearly — from grocery and storage bags to pouches and wrappers, system improvements to increase residential film and flexibles recycling are crucial to addressing the plastic waste crisis and saving more than 4 million tons from landfills each year.

Film packaging also offers a reduced carbon footprint compared to heavier packaging.

The Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition, part of The Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity Initiative, is a broad group of industry stakeholders seeking to increase curbside collection of film recycling and support end markets for film and flexible products. The Coalition’s primary focus in 2022-2023 is proving efficient and effective collection through pilot projects as well as infrastructure and optimization grants, complementing The Partnership’s robust grant programs for communities and Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

Plastic Film Recycler Earns Recycling Partnership Grant

-Hypetex Captures Funding for Its Colored Carbon-Fiber Composite

The company has developed a sustainable, water-based, low-energy process for coloring carbon-fiber composite materials, eliminating the need for painting.

Hypetex, the world’s first manufacturer of colored carbon fiber, has attracted £1.25 million ($1.5 million) in new equity investment and welcomes two experienced business leaders as both investors and advisers to the company. The investment is the latest round of Hypetex’s seed funding, led by 24Haymarket, which will support ambitious growth plans and help scale the business’s footprint. Plastic-waste – Hydrogen-fuel-cell

Hypetex’s technology enables the sustainable colorization of advanced materials while maintaining and often improving their performance properties. Using a water-based resin system and low-energy curing process, the finished colored carbon-fiber composite materials can be used in a range of products. Additional painting is eliminated, saving cost while improving aesthetics.

Applications range from consumer electronics, aerospace, yachting, and lifestyle products to automotive design and Formula One. Hypetex has been used in a number of successful programs recently, demonstrating the benefits of the

Hypetex sits well with Jaguar Land Rover concept car

Jaguar Land Rover collaborated with Hypetex to produce the unique seat design for its latest I-Pace concept car. The front two seats are freestanding and situated in a cab-forward position, making best use of the strong yet light Hypetex material. The silver carbon-fiber composite frames enable a ‘floating’ design with a central mount under each front seat, offering more room for passengers behind.

Hypetex Captures Funding for Its Colored Carbon-Fiber Composite

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-Coca Cola Europacific Partners : How CCEP is leading voluntary action on plastic packaging waste collection and recycling in Indonesia

Jeff Maguire, Director – Packaging Collection and Recycling – Australia, the Pacific and Indonesia, at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) explains how the company is setting up a directly funded fair and responsible collection model which embraces the work of the informal waste collection sector. Introduction

This year marks a milestone for CCEP in the recovery of used plastic beverage packaging and expansion of recycling infrastructure to drive circular economy outcomes in the region, with the planned opening of Amandina Bumi Nusantara, the first recycling facility in Indonesia with a food-grade recycled plastic output.

The facility is a PET plastic recycling joint venture between Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Dynapack Asia, and also incorporates the work of Mahija Parahita Nusantara, the non-profit social foundation set up by both organisations. The foundation supports the creation of collection infrastructure via the development of collection micro-enterprises – and is centred on social enterprise and community support. It provides feedstock for the facility and, crucially, also supports the informal waste-picker community with stable employment and vital social care. Through Mahija, we ensure that its operations adhere to human rights principles and regulations in the waste collection supply chain, such as eliminating child labour and providing safe work environments.

We’ve taken this step to build the Amandina facility and bring together a network of local waste pickers and collection centres through the Mahija foundation voluntarily, but we are not just acting alone. We also work alongside the voluntary producer responsibility organisation, Indonesia Packaging Recovery Organization (IPRO). IPRO’s focus is on driving collection progress at scale working with the beverage industry, local government, and throughout the plastics value chain. And we are part of Indonesia’s National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP), a multi-stakeholder effort to make progress on the national targets on plastic waste.

Separate from the rPET facility, we also implement various activities to manage post-consumer waste, focusing on three areas: Collection, Education, and Partnership. We conduct waste collection programmes such as the daily Bali Beach Clean Up (BBCU) programme, in place since 2007. We also work with local communities and schools to educate them on the importance of waste segregation, and develop community waste management organisations and waste banks.

Our goal in Indonesia is two-fold: to establish an effective collection solution that delivers high quality feedstock for recycling, thereby making progress towards circular outcomes for PET bottles, while also stabilising feedstock pricing and ensuring fair and responsible collection practices for waste collectors.

The challenge of plastic pollution in Indonesia

Data from NPAP highlights the scale of the challenge that Indonesia faces. The region generates 6.8 million tonnes of plastic waste every year with a massive 61% remaining uncollected. This plastic waste is derived from a variety of sources, with around 8% comprised of food and non-food bottles. In 2021, our own PET plastic footprint in Indonesia was 37,000 tonnes.

Indonesia is also the second largest ocean plastic polluter – about 620,000 tonnes of generated plastic waste leaks into lakes, rivers and the sea. To tackle the problem, the Indonesian government set out an ambitious roadmap in 2020 to divert waste from landfill and oceans. Its National Waste Management Policy & Strategy seeks to ensure 70% of waste is properly managed and marine plastic litter is reduced by 70%, both by 2025.

-Trinseo Introduces Sustainable ALTUGLAS™ R-LIFE Acrylics

Portfolio will include recycled, reused, and bio-based solutions

Trinseo, a specialty material solutions provider, announced its new series of sustainably-advantaged materials for the European marketplace — ALTUGLAS™ R-Life Acrylics. ALTUGLAS™ R-Life is an umbrella brand that will include chemically and mechanically recycled, reused, and bio-based polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for cast and extruded sheets, resins, and compounds.

Trinseo, a specialty material solutions provider, announced its new series of sustainably-advantaged materials for the European marketplace — ALTUGLAS™ R-Life Acrylics. ALTUGLAS™ R-Life is an umbrella brand that will include chemically and mechanically recycled, reused, and bio-based polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for cast and extruded sheets, resins, and compounds.

The series launched with the following:

The materials can be used in a broad range of application areas in Retail/POS, Lighting, Interior Architecture, Furniture and Design, Building and Construction, and Transportation.

“With ALTUGLAS™ R-Life we look at sustainability broadly — as any number of solutions that might enable a customer to achieve positive sustainability outcomes,” said Aldo Zanetti, Global Sustainability Manager, Engineered Materials. “We plan for ALTUGLAS™ R-Life to be a growing and dynamic series; proven, with scientific tools such as LCA, to have a measurable environmental impact.”

For each ALTUGLAS™ R-Life sustainable solution, the Global Warming Potential (GWP) was calculated through a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). By replacing fossil with sustainable content there is a reduction in GWP of 35% for cast sheets with 75% sustainable content and 53% for extruded sheets with 75% sustainable content, and 24% for resins with 50% sustainable content resins and 38% with 80% sustainable content.

ALTUGLAS™ R-Life Extruded Acrylic Sheets is an ALTUGLAS™ CO2NET™ product with CO2 emissions reduction greater than 50% over its virgin, fossil-based equivalent.

Both chemically recycled ALTUGLAS™ R-Life Cast Acrylic Sheets and Acrylic Resins as well as mechanically recycled, reused ALTUGLAS™ R-Life Extruded Acrylic Sheets are processed with technology that assures the same mechanical, aesthetic, and optical properties of a fossil equivalent. The chemically recycling method used involves PMMA waste depolymerization where the material is converted to its original methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer.

ALTUGLAS™ R-Life joins Trinseo’s broad portfolio of sustainably-advantaged materials. These materials as well as Trinseo’s sustainability initiatives are included in the company’s 2022 Corporate Sustainability Report released earlier this month.

Trinseo is committed to solutions for plastic waste by partnering with the value chain, and developing and sharing innovative recycling technologies and approaches. Since its acquisition of Altuglas International the company has been a member of European Union initiatives MMAtwo , focused on constructing a novel PMMA recycling value chain, and REVOLUTION , an automotive industry led project to apply recycled PMMA and other plastics to electric vehicles.

Trinseo Introduces Sustainable ALTUGLAS™ R-LIFE Acrylics

-Carbios Strengthens Its World Leadership in the Biorecycling of Plastics and Textiles

Carbios and TBI publish an article in a prestigious scientific journal: Biophysical Journal

Exceptional achievement of research work on the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for understanding PET depolymerization enzymes

Carbios (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers, announces the publication of an article entitled “An NMR look at an engineered PET depolymerase” in the scientific journal Biophysical Journal. The scientists at Carbios and at the Company’s renowned academic partner, The Toulouse Biotechnology Institute (TBI) are at the forefront of enzymatic research and innovate every day in order to optimize the end of life of plastics and textiles.

The article describes the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to study the thermal stability of PET depolymerization enzymes and the mechanism of adsorption of the enzyme on the polymer. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

This innovative approach, which required months of development, is a world first and opens up new ways of improving these enzymes. This publication confirms Carbios’ international lead in the development of the most efficient enzymes for the depolymerization and recycling of plastics

Prof. Alain Marty, Chief Scientific Officer of Carbios and co-author of the article, explains: “I am very proud of this work at the interface between two sciences, enzymology and NMR, carried out by TBI and Carbios teams. Nearly 25 researchers are currently working on our unique enzymatic technology. It is based on academic collaborations with the world’s leading experts in their fields. This publication confirms the technological lead of Carbios.”

Dr. Guy Lippens, CNRS Research Director and co-author of the article, adds: “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is an extraordinary biophysical technique for visualizing an enzyme directly in solution. Our study is the first to use NMR as a complementary technique to crystallography and molecular modeling to observe a PETase.

Carbios Strengthens Its World Leadership in the Biorecycling of Plastics and Textiles

-PKN ORLEN evaluates a potential investment in petrochemicals with Aramco and SABIC

PKN ORLEN has confirmed it is discussing with Aramco and SABIC the possibility of collaborating in investments in various petrochemical business segments, said Euro-petrole. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

An existing triparty MoU will be extended to evaluate a potential joint development of a large-scale mixed feed steam cracker and downstream derivatives integrated with the Gdansk refinery. Moreover, PKN ORLEN and Aramco continue to explore areas of cooperation in the field of research and development.

‘Potential investments, the implementation of which we are analysing together with our strategic partners, including the construction of a large-scale steam cracker with derivative installations, generates CAPEX of several billion dollars. We still have a full feasibility and the engineering studies and final investment decisions ahead of us. If they are successful to the satisfaction of all parties, we could ultimately jointly implement projects that will allow us to fully integrate the refining and petrochemical segments and take advantage of the Gdansk refinery’s capabilities.

Combining the experience of PKN ORLEN and Saudi Aramco and SABIC groups, knowledge, technology as well as access to markets and the use of the systematic increase in the demand for petrochemicals will enable us to jointly increase the value of our companies. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

In this way, we will build lasting foundations for cooperation and development on the petrochemical market of Central Europe and beyond,’ says Daniel Obajtek, President of the PKN ORLEN Management Board.

‘We look forward to continuing our efforts with PKN ORLEN and SABIC to assess the joint development of a large-scale petrochemical project integrated with Gdansk refinery,’ says Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Senior Vice President, Downstream, Saudi Aramco.

PKN ORLEN for the last four years has been conducting the largest petrochemical investments in its history. They include, among others extension of the Olefin III Complex at the Production Plant in Plock. It is a key project within the strategic Petrochemical Development Program and the largest petrochemical investment in Europe in the last 20 years. The latest technologies are used in the construction of the complex, which will allow, among others, to increase energy efficiency, including a reduction by 30 percent CO2 emissions per tonne of product.

The investment is part of the merger of PKN ORLEN and Grupa LOTOS, as the Gdansk refinery will be supplier of a large volume of petroleum products for the petrochemicals produced in the Complex. They are to be the basis for the production of all everyday items, including cleaning, hygiene and medical products, as well as synthetic fibers for the production of clothing or protective masks. They are also needed for production of car parts, components of household appliances and electronic devices.

The main element of the investment in the extension of the Olefin Complex will be the construction of a new steam cracker. The capacity of the already existing steam cracker is 640 thousand tonnes. The investment envisages increasing its actual production capacity to 1,040 million tonnes, or about 60 percent. The total production of petrochemicals, which currently amounts to over 5 million tonnes in the ORLEN Group, will increase by over 1 million tonnes. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

In turn, in July this year, the company has signed an agreement to take over a part of the business related to the production and sale of LDPE polyethylene belonging to the largest domestic producer of plastics – Basell Orlen Polyolefins, in which it is a shareholder. LDPE polyethylene is a product with a wide range of applications. It is most often used for the production of films, bags, canisters and food packaging. The production capacity of the acquired assets is 100 thousand tonnes per year, which means that PKN ORLEN alone, as the only producer of LDPE polyethylene in Poland, will cover approx. 1/3 of the domestic demand for this product.

The demand for petrochemical products will grow, driven by the growing world population, economic growth and a change in the structure of demand for raw materials used in industry.

The upward trend also applies to Poland, which uses more and more every year, and their consumption per capita is still significantly lower than in Western Europe. According to estimates, by 2050, the global demand for high-margin petrochemicals is expected to increase by as much as approximately 80 percent. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

PKN ORLEN evaluates a potential investment in petrochemicals with Aramco and SABIC

-Contract prices of TPA in Europe for supplies in June increased by EU204 per ton

Contract prices for TPA in Europe for shipments rose in June amid rising raw material costs, ICIS said.

Thus, the June contract price of the TPA contract in Europe increased by EU204 per ton and reached EUR1,313-1,347 per ton, FD NWE (north-western Europe).

The agreement occurred simultaneously with an increase in the June contract prices of paraxylene raw materials. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

Earlier it was reported that the average capacity utilization at Chinese plants for the production of purified terephthalic acid (TPA) increased in the week ended July 8, 1% higher compared to the level of a week earlier and amounted to 78%.

TPA is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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-UK recycler upgrades with Stadler

J&B Recycling’s most recent upgrade further improved quality and increased capacity.

Altshausen, Germany-based Stadler designed and built a dry mixed recyclables sorting plant in Hartlepool, United Kingdom, for J&B Recycling in 2008 and has since supported the company in a continuous improvement of the plant.

“We continually improve the plant, and our focus is producing the best quality material possible,” says Matt Tyrie, operations director at J&B Recycling.

The composition and density of the material stream are evolving constantly. “Over the years, the amount of cardboard has significantly increased,” says Benjamin Eule, director at Stadler UK Ltd. “Sorting plants are receiving bigger volumes of packaging generated by the growth of online shopping and deliveries. Another change that is having an impact is the switch to different printing techniques in magazines, which makes it more difficult to separate the ink from the fiber. Plastic packaging is also changing, with multilayers, and bottles with different types of sleeves resulting in detection becoming more challenging. Metals have also evolved since we first designed the plant in 2008, with a shift from aluminum to ferrous metal in drinks packaging, and the increasing volumes of coffee capsules which contain aluminum.” Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

For this reason, sorting plants must be able to process multiple materials flexibly while delivering the consistently high purity rates demanded by the recycling industry, Stadler says. The plants’ designs also need the flexibility to accommodate subsequent upgrades and modifications to meet the changing requirements.

Eule says, “The J&B Recycling plant was originally designed to process 12 [metric tons per] hour, with Stadler trommel screens, conveyors and ballistic separator taking care of the mechanical presorting, preparing the material flow for effective downstream processing. Conveyors make sure that the material is sent efficiently to the next sorting process and bunker storage conveyors hold the product before being baled.”

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-Natural decay for plastics through biotransformation

Avgol has been working with Polymateria, a spin-out from Imperial College London, which has pioneered the ‘biotransformation’ process which has the potential to enable the most commonly-polluted plastic items to be safely returned to nature.

Using this new process, a nonwoven fabric can be modified to react to certain triggers to then begin a cascade process to enable the fundamental chemical transformation of its polymer resins into a wax that is readily degraded by natural bacteria, microbes and fungi normally found in the environment. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

“The transformation is triggered through the combined effects of the natural elements of decay – air, moisture, heat and sunlight,” explained Avgol’s vice-president of nonwovens marketing Nick Carter, demonstrating the process at the recent Techtextil show in Frankfurt. “Once triggered, the material will transform into a low molecular weight wax structure leaving no microplastics or toxic residue behind.

“In addition, if the product comprising the biotransformation technology is disposed of in the normal way, and facilities are available, it can then be recycled by readily available means.”

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-Major Asian manufacturer cuts August PVC prices for delivery to China and Southeast Asia

A major Northeast Asian producer has cut price offers for August shipments of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to China and Southeast Asia by USD230 per tonne due to low demand, ICIS reported.

Now its price offers for August deliveries to these regions are USD930 per ton, CF China.

On a franco-to-board (FOB) basis for Northeast Asia, price offers are USD880 per tonne for Southeast Asia and remote regions. Biorecycling-of-Plastics-and-Textiles

There is no discount on August deliveries.

Weak demand in India’s main import market, as well as an increase in the supply of spot materials from China, affected consumer sentiment in the region.

Earlier it was reported that a large producer from Northeast Asia reduced price offers for August supplies of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to India by USD230 per ton due to low demand. Declining demand in India for PVC for pipe production due to the country’s rainy season, as well as weak demand in China, are factors contributing to the downward market sentiment.

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-LyondellBasell helps to close the loop on Polypropylene by joining NEXTLOOPP initiative

NEXTLOOPP, launched in October 2020, aims at creating circular food-grade recycled polypropylene (FGrPP) from post-consumer packaging. LyondellBasell , one of the largest plastic and chemical companies in the world, has recently joined the initiative that brings more than 40 major industry players together.

“To unlock the full value of plastics, critical gaps must be addressed so these valuable resources can be circulated back into the economy after use.

The development of innovative, new solutions and the increase of recycling rates is key to addressing plastic waste and climate change,” says Richard Roudeix, Senior Vice President Olefins & Polyolefins EMEAI at LyondellBasell.

“In the area of post-consumer polypropylene for food packaging, we are eager to join and support the research of the NEXTLOOPP project, together with other industry players, to help find new solutions.” Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

Polypropylene is the most widely used plastic in food packaging. NEXTLOOPP is able to close the loop on polypropylene (PP) by using a combination of cutting-edge technologies, developed by Nextek Ltd.  It does this by separating food-grade PP from the rest, and by decontaminating the polymer to ensure compliance with food-grade standards in the UK, EU and the U.S. Following outstanding results of its innovative tracer-based sorting trials, Nextek Ltd recently started production trials of food-grade compliant recycled PP, making over 60 different products from NEXTLOOPP’s four grades of PPristine food compliant and INRT rPP grade resins.

LyondellBasell helps to close the loop on Polypropylene by joining NEXTLOOPP initiative

-CO2→ formate conversion technology with significantly improved production rate

Enhancement four times the conventional production rate, 100 times the durability compared to conventional commercial electrodes. High potential use for LOHC hydrogen reservoir. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

“Carbon dioxide as a resource” and “hydrogen energy utilization” are considered to be the most practical measures to realize carbon neutrality. However, technological innovation is essential for them to be feasible both environmentally and economically. To this end, a Korean research team developed a proprietary technology that harnesses the synergy of both fields: “carbon dioxide as a resource” and “hydrogen energy utilization.”

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST; President: Seok-Jin Yoon) reported that the research group of Dr. Hyung-Suk Oh at the Clean Energy Research Center has developed a technology that stably converts carbon dioxide into useful liquid compounds (formate) by performing high-volume synthesis with fluorine-doped tin oxide catalysts. Also called methanoic acid, formate is a basic chemical raw material used in various industries such as food processing, preservatives, dyeing agents, plasticizers, snow removal agents, and cure retardants owing to its distinctive sour taste, anti-bacterial properties, and its ability to control pH. In recent years, it has also been in the spotlight as a raw material for eco-friendly biodegradable plastic. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

Because most formate is currently produced via the thermo-chemical reaction of fossil fuels, carbon dioxide emissions are inevitable during the manufacturing process.

While it can be manufactured in an eco-friendly manner if carbon dioxide is directly converted into formate via an electro-chemical reaction, it would be necessary to increase electrode material performance responsible for converting the gas to a liquid phase, and to ensure durability, which allows electrodes to function stably for a long time.

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-Coperion to display new extruders, valves, and pelletizers at K 2022

At K 2022 Coperion and Coperion K-Tron will be presenting a variety of new and ongoing developments that will increase the efficiency of plastics compounding processes, help boost conscientious resource handling, and achieve high product quality.

Coperion will be exhibiting an entire production line for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at their booth within the VDMA’s Circular Economy Forum. Exhibits will encompass bulk solids handling, feeding, extrusion, and pelletizing, all representing Coperion’s advanced expertise in numerous plastics recycling processes such as chemical recycling, multilayer film recycling, and upcycling. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

Trailblazing new developments from Coperion, such as the ZS-B MEGAfeed side feeder that enables plastic film and flake recycling in very high throughput dimensions, will be shown.

Plastic recycling solutions for more efficiency in classic compounding tasks

At the Coperion Booth will be the ZSK Mc18 extruder with a 70 mm screw diameter. With its specific torque of 18 Nm/cm3, it is suited for compounding plastics at high throughput rates and with low energy consumption. The ZSK extruder is equipped with a ZS-B easy side feeder as well as a ZS-EG side devolatilization unit. Both the ZS-B as well as the ZS-EG reduce the time needed for recipe changes or maintenance tasks since they can easily be removed from the process section. A K3-ML-D5-V200 vibratory feeder from Coperion K-Tron will be on display at the main intake of the ZSK 70 Mc18. The ZS-B easy will be equipped with a K-ML-SFS-BSP-100 Bulk Solids Pump (BSP) feeder.

Another highlight at the Coperion booth will be the STS Mc11 series laboratory extruder with a 25 mm screw diameter. It has a simple design, is user-friendly, and can be easily cleaned. The STS 25 Mc11 will be exhibited with a Coperion K-Tron K-ML-SFS-KT20 twin screw feeder.

The new, preconfigured ProRate PLUS feeder line will be available to view in all three available sizes: small, medium, and large. This gravimetric feeder from Coperion K-Tron is an economical solution for reliable feeding of free-flowing bulk materials.

The SP series dual-bearing strand pelletizers have been given an update. Coperion’s SP340 model will represent this development at the K booth. In comparison to the previous model, the new SP strand pelletizer allows for a faster recipe and colour changes. The cutting chamber works with no dead space. Due to its quick-release function, the cutting unit can be quickly swapped out. The pelletizer’s interior has improved accessibility and is very easy to clean. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

One further highlight of Coperion’s showing at K 2022 will be the ZXQ 800 rotary valve. This valve, which works with low gas leakage, was developed by Coperion for powder intake into pneumatic conveying lines at up to 3.5 bar. The valve is suited for systems planned for polyolefin manufacturing in the future.

As a raw material, plastic can make a valuable contribution to environmental protection and to the energy revolution. The key to both is the efficient recycling of plastics. For this reason, plastics recycling is the focus of comprehensive development projects at Coperion. The company will show the results of these projects at K 2022. There, Coperion will present its combined process solutions and technologies for the economical recycling of various plastics while achieving the highest levels of product quality. At the centre will be a system built around a ZSK 58 Mc18 twin screw extruder configured for manufacturing high-quality PET using recycled materials.

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-Repsol and Navantia jointly explore renewable hydrogen generation opportunities

Repsol and Navantia Seanergies, Navantia’s green energy division, have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly explore business opportunities in renewable hydrogen production in Spain, said the company.

Tomas Malango, Hydrogen Director of Repsol and Javier Herrador, Director of Navantia Seaenergies, signed the agreement in the presence of Francisco Conde, Vice President of the Xunta de Galicia and Regional Minister of Economy and Industry, Raul Blanco, General Secretary for Industry and SMEs, Juan Abascal, Executive Director of Industrial Transformation and Circular Economy of Repsol and Ricardo Dominguez, President of Navantia. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

The event was also attended by Jose Minones, the Government delegate in Galicia, Angel Mato, mayor of Ferrol, Valentin Gonzalez Formoso, president of the Provincial Council of A Coruna and Maria Rivas, subdelegate of the Government in A Coruna, among other authorities and representatives of business and social entities.

The signing took place at Navantia’s Turbine Factory in Ferrol, a center that will play a key role in this agreement. The two companies have agreed to combine knowledge and efforts for the industrial development of renewable hydrogen. On the one hand, Navantia Seaenergies has announced the start-up of an electrolyzer production line at its Turbine Factory in Ferrol. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

On the other hand, Repsol will promote the installation of this equipment for the production of renewable hydrogen in its ambition to lead the market in the Iberian Peninsula and thus reach its capacity targets, set at 1.9 GW in 2030.

In this way, both entities seek to position Spain as an international leader in the production of renewable hydrogen, while also contributing to reindustrialization, quality employment and economic development in the country. Juan Abascal, executive director of Industrial Transformation and Circular Economy, stated that “at Repsol we are convinced that initiatives like this are essential to accelerate the deployment of the hydrogen economy in Spain and Europe from a leadership position.

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-Advances in PET Bottle & Cap Molding at Drinktec Show

Easier label separation, higher rPET content, Industry 4.0 digitalization options, lighter CSD bottles, and more at German trade fair.

SACMI will show off numerous enhancements for sustainability and productivity in PET bottle and cap production. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

Drinktec 2022 in Munich, Germany, Sept. 12-16 will host several developments in molding PET bottles and plastic caps. Some exhibits, such as from Nissei ASB and SACMI, are emphasizing returnable/refillable PET bottles, which are not a significant factor in North America (Mexico and other parts of Latin America are a different story, however). However, SACMI’s new labeling developments for returnable bottles may be of wider interest in PET recycling. Developed by SACMI Beverage for its range of labeling machines is a system for applying glue dots only to the label and not the container. This is said to minimize glue use and facilitate separation of the label from the container during recycling. SACMI is also promoting the use of washable glues that are soluble in alkaline wash water at low temperatures. Utilization of the glue-dot solution requires adding a Speed Coat kit to the labeler. In the case of wraparound labels, this system can apply the glue only to the parts in contact between the two label edges. At the recycling stage, a cutting accessory from SACMI easily separates the label and bottle.

Other SACMI news at Drinktec includes enhancement of the rPET processing capabilities of the IPS preform injection system. Up to now, the IPS system could process up to 50% rPET in flake form, which has not been increased to 70-75% through optimized management of the flake and pellet mixture without the need to use two separate feed hoppers.

SACMI also is introducing new Industry 4.0 digitalization options for its cap and preform machinery. Smart Pack is a new digital package that integrates advanced sensor technology and onboard machine checks into SACMI compression molding lines for caps. It’s meant to ensure process stability through “real-time reaction” to process changes, as well as provide preventive maintenance through hydraulic system monitoring. Other claimed benefits are longer mold life through prevention of condensation, improved cooling maintenance, prompt recognition of incorrect resin loading, and up to 60% shorter plug-insertion times through improved digital control. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

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-How can we close the loop on used plastic?

European Circular Economy Leader at SABIC Dimitri Daniels shares insights into mechanical and advanced recycling – and beyond.

According to the latest statistics from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), less than 10% of plastic waste makes its way to recycling centres, with the vast majority either ending up in landfill or sent for incineration. This approach has a detrimental effect on the environment and locks plastics out of the value chain, destroying any potential future value of used plastic. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

ABIC and Plastic Energy are building the world’s first commercial unit to significantly upscale production of certified circular polymers derived from used plastic.

If we want to create a circular economy for plastics, we must establish a value chain where used plastic is retained and re-used. There is no silver bullet solution, and a holistic approach must be taken that incorporates the various technologies and solutions available.

This means considering sustainability from the very start, at product design stage. It also means considering all potential recycling solutions, so that we reduce the volume of more complex plastics going to landfill or incineration. Finally, it also requires manufacturers, suppliers, and customers to come together to drive innovations that can make impact to help the challenges.

SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services is our flagship initiative for this holistic approach to improving the sustainability of plastic products, covering a range of services from design for recyclability to the mechanical and advanced recycling of plastics. Our ultimate aim through TRUCIRCLE is to give manufacturers access to more sustainable materials so that they can in turn create products that can be recycled and repurposed.While the challenges are broad and will take time to overcome, collaboration to innovate, upscale and implement new solutions for brands and consumers will be key to moving towards a circular economy for plastics. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

-Siemens’ technology aids Plastic Energy’s recycling

A partnership between Siemens and chemical recycling expert Plastic Energy is helping divert plastic waste from landfills and incineration.

Plastic Energy has a recycling process which transforms end-of-life plastics into recycled oils that can be used to make new plastic products such as food-grade packaging.

The patented technology is currently used in two plants in Spain where Siemens’ automation and measurement technology, including SIMATIC PCS 7 and COMOS MRO, ensure the smooth running of control systems and overcomes the challenge of a complex mix of material consistency. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

To meet growing demand for plastic recycling, Plastic Energy is building several larger facilities across Europe, Asia and the US, starting with one in The Netherlands with partner SABIC. These plants will be significantly upscaled and feature Siemens’ end-to-end technology solutions, including Distributed Control Systems (DCS), process instrumentation and low voltage switchgear in the form of SIVACON S8 technology.

The long-term collaboration will enable Plastic Energy to continually evolve its technology and process, implementing improvements for better efficiencies and product quality, and achieve flexibility and scalability for its plant designs.

Plastic Energy is also working with Siemens to unlock further potential using a digital twin. This powerful tool creates a virtual model to give better insights and closed loop optimisation of both process and plant performance.

Steve Leech, business manager for Siemens process control systems, said: “We have viewed working with Plastic Energy as a long-term partnership from the beginning of our relationship, which brings together the process and industry knowledge of Plastic Energy, with our innovative technology portfolio.  Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

“The result is a process plant that is flexible and provides the opportunity for value-add use of the data provided, through using SIMATIC PCS 7 and our instrumentation platforms.

“It is great to be involved with a company so focused on sustainability and contributing to a positive impact on the environment through recycling of plastic waste.”

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-Fresh investment for Stein Fibers

Stein Fibers has received a significant investment from private equity firm Aterian Investment Partners.

The undisclosed investment in Stein Fibers is the fourth investment from Aterian’s Fund IV, an US$834 million investment vehicle.

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Albany, New York, Stein Fibers is a distributor and manufacturer of fibre products to the North American furniture, bedding, automotive, filtration, construction and medical markets.

It offers a wide portfolio of fibre and fabrics products across the industry, maintaining a focus on sustainability. Renewable-hydrogen – PET-Bottle

“We could not be more excited to partner with Aterian as we proceed into Stein Fibers’ next phase of growth,” said Chip Stein and Peter Spitalny, Co-Owners of Stein Fibers. “We chose Aterian due to their focus on maintaining company culture developed over decades, commitment to an expedient process, and experience in partnering with family founders like us. We are confident that Aterian is the perfect partner to help us execute on our growth plan both organically and through M&A.”

Michael Fieldstone, Co-Founder & Partner at Aterian, added: “We are thrilled to partner with the talented Stein Fibers team to continue growing the leading supply chain solutions provider in the fiber industry.

Fresh investment for Stein Fibers

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-BASF develops technology to remove pyrolysis oil contaminants

BASF has introduced products for the purification of complex pyrolysis oils from plastics waste – though also with potential applications in tire recycling, said the company.

The Gerrnan group’s PuriCycle catalysts and adsorbents selectively remove or convert contaminants in the oils that occur as secondary raw materials in chemical plastics recycling. The products, said BASF, enable closed-loop, downstream processing of plastics, helping recyclers to meet industry standards for the composition of pyrolysis oils.

This, stated the chemicals maker, allows “highly efficient” cleaning and processing of the process streams, as well as greater flexibility in chemical plastics recycling. After treatment, pyrolysis oils can be fed back in at the beginning of the value-chain for the production of polymers, said BASF.

The group went on to describe pyrolysis oil purification as “one of the most demanding challenges” in chemical plastics recycling. Impurities such as halogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur compounds, as well as reactive components such as dienes, can make downstream use more difficult, it explained

The chemical composition also significantly limits the possibilities for further processing of these product streams in the production of new materials, it added. Asked if the technology can be applied to rubber/tire pyrolysis, BASF informed ERJ that certain PuriCycle adsorbents ‘could be used in tire-based feeds.’

As per MRC, BASF and Sinopec are further expanding their joint Verbund site in Nanjing, China. It is manufactured by BASF-YPC Co., Ltd. (BASF-YPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the two companies. The capacities of several downstream chemical plants will be expanded for the growing Chinese market. This also includes the construction of a new tertiary butyl acrylate plant.

-Tessemae’s relies on bottle-to-bottle recycling process for its bottle range

Tessemae’s, a premier organic condiment and salad dressing US-company, announces bold new packaging for its array of products. The refreshed product line featuring an updated design and eye-catching artwork is available nationwide.

The design is a recyclable plastic bottle made from PET. Each product is involved in a bottle-to-bottle recycling process which enables a new bottle to be produced from an old one.

“Since our inception in 2009, Tessemae’s has always been a purpose driven company. Identifying sustainable solutions that increase renewability while maintaining quality is a natural course of evolution for us,” stated Greg Vetter, CEO of Tessemae’s. “Unlike a lot of companies, we contribute to the public interest simply because we believe in the importance of doing so. We’ve been doing that from day one with the launch of our Crop Circles campaign and are fully committed to continuing with that guiding philosophy going forward.”

Tessemae’s relies on bottle-to-bottle recycling process for its bottle range

-Cirplus sounds warning over availability of European sorted plastic

The low availability of sorted plastic will negatively impact the operations of plastic recyclers in Europe, Cirplus is warning.

Christian Schiller, chief executive of Cirplus, the European digital marketplace for circular plastics, said the latest statistics from Plastics Recyclers Europe on the state of the European recyclables market shows a serious gap of 20 million tons, between the amount of waste generated and what is actually put on the market.

“Recyclable and recyclates must finally be traded as transparent commodity, to meet the ever-growing demand for quality recyclates world-wide.”

He said to achieve this, a digital system must be put in place that can navigate the complexities and fragmentation of global plastic waste markets.

“Waste managers should seize this opportunity and get ahead of the curve by digitalising offline processes, leading to reduced costs and potentially even turning waste streams into revenue streams.”  Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

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-Vietnam loses $3 bln a year not recycling plastic: UNDP

Vietnam “wastes” around $3 billion each year by not recycling plastic waste, a senior United Nations Development Program official said Friday at a conference on solid waste management.

Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Resident Representative in the country, said Vietnam releases around 19,000 tons of plastic waste a day. In some sea regions, for every three parts of fish netted by fishing activities, there is one part of plastic waste that comes with them, she added. Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

To help Vietnam utilize solid waste as a potential resource, the Global Environment Facility and the Norwegian government will provide $2 million to launch a project supporting implementation of the national action plan on marine plastic litter in the context of a green post Covid-19 recovery project.

The project is expected to facilitate a more dynamic and inclusive economy while providing opportunities for long-term sustainable growth and generating new jobs.

It aims to collect up to 220 tons of plastic waste each year in supermarkets and create collection points in large neighborhoods, netting in 20-100 tons of recycled plastic waste a day.

Implemented over the next five years, the project will first be trialed in central Vietnam’s Binh Dinh Province for around $1.2 million. The UNDP will help create material recovery facilities able to process 2-4 tons of plastic waste a day.

The project would also pilot a waste management model in the fisheries sector, in which fishermen will be encouraged to bring back their waste to shore after every journey. Such efforts are expected to prevent around five tons of plastic from entering the sea per month and the goal is to prevent around 1,000 tons of waste from entering the sea per year, Wiesen said.  Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

Vietnam loses $3 bln a year not recycling plastic: UNDP

-Expansion of three-layer polyamide capacity

Increasing design, contrast and colour freedom for carpet tile manufacturers.

At the end of 2021, BIG Yarns, based in Comines, France, was selected as one of the recipients of the French government’s Relance programme.

The programme is focused on accelerating economic growth by supporting companies committed to creating employment, the strengthening of skills through employment and training, innovation and competitiveness.  Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

The support has allowed BIG Yarns to increase the production capacity of its best-in-class one-step, three-layer polyamide yarn technology by 20% through the installation of new production lines at the Comines site. These feature new yarn technology that increases design, contrast and colour freedom for carpet tile manufacturers, but also provides increased flexibility allowing customers to respond faster to new developments on the contract market.

Specific energy consumption has also been optimised, contributing to energy savings at the plant and making new products possible.

In addition to strengthening and renewing its production infrastructure and technology, BIG Yarns also focused on developing new products that contribute to the sustainability efforts of its customers. The company will now offer a completely new portfolio of PET yarns to its customers in the automotive industry. Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

This strategic reinforcement project will ensure that BIG Yarns can sustainably hold its own in a very challenging and rapidly changing market, affected by high raw material and energy prices, strong competition and fluctuating demand that affects the entire sector.

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-Accelerating mechanical recycling: Dow becomes first to achieve traceability and recycled content certification for PE compounds

Dow announced its post-consumer recycled-rich resins, REVOLOOP™, are the first polyethylene (PE) compounds to be certified in accordance with the Standard UNE-EN 15343 for plastics recycling traceability and recycled content.

The certification has been granted by AENOR, a global company and the Spanish leader in conformity assessment and extends to all three grades offered by Dow in Europe.

REVOLOOP™ grades are part of Dow’s plastics circularity portfolio and incorporate a high percentage of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material.  Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

The single-pellet solution enables a simpler PCR process integration, meeting the needs of converters, brand owners and sustainable packaging designers, and can be used in a broad range of applications. Providing access to quality, consistent waste streams, and increasing reliability in the waste value chain, the REVOLOOP™ family of PCR-rich resins expand Dow’s sustainable offerings portfolio to help advance a closed loop system for plastic waste.

“REVOLOOP™ represents a tangible step towards realizing our vision for a circular plastics economy,” said Peter Sandkuehler, European Sustainability Director for P&SP. “It exemplifies Dow’s efforts around the world to enable mechanical recycling and the incorporation of PCR in a variety of technologically demanding applications. Such progress will bring all the players in the value chain further in their sustainability journey.”

Certified sustainable production

The UNE-EN 15343 is the European Standard that specifies the procedures needed for the traceability of recycled plastics and covers two schemes: the traceability and characterization in the plastic recycling process, and the minimum content of post-consumer recycled plastic used in the processing of a plastic product.

This certification was awarded following a full independent, external audit to ensure that the control of incoming plastics waste, the traceability in the production processes of recycled material and the percentage of post-consumer recycled material included in the certified products, Dow XZ98612.00 (30%), Dow XZ98615.00 and Dow XZ89169.00 (70%), complies with the requirements set out in UNE-EN 15343 standard.

Therefore, AENOR has verified that the manufacture of Dow’s polyethylene compounds contains up to 70% of post-consumer recycled products, which have either fulfilled their intended purpose or can no longer be used for the purpose for which they were conceived.

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-The Use of Recycled PET for the Synthesis of New Mechanically Improved PVP Composite Nanofibers

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste has become a major challenge for the conservation of the environment due to difficult degradation. For this reason, it is important to develop new

recycling strategies for reusing this waste. In this work, the electrospinning technique was used to synthesize composite nanofibers of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), recycling PET (RPET) that was.   Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

obtained from the chemical recycling of postconsumer PET with glycolysis and styrene (ST) as a crosslinking agent. The polymer solutions were analyzed by viscosity and frequency sweeping,

while the composite nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calorimetry

(TGA/DSC), and nanoindentation to compare their properties. The PVP nanofibers presented anaverage diameter of 257 nm; the RPET/PVP and RPET/PVP/ST composite nanofibers had average diameters of 361 nm and 394 nm, respectively; and the modulus of elasticity and hardness of the RPET/PVP/ST composite nanofibers were 29 and 20 times larger, respectively, than those of the

PVP nanofibers. With the synthesis of these composite nanofibers, a new approach to PET recycling is presented.

  1. Introduction

The growing production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles has become a major problem in recent years. In 2014, the world consumption of PET bottles was

approximately 42 Mt, while for 2020, it was estimated to be approximately 73 Mt, with an annual increase of 6.2% [1–3]. Despite the wide use of PET, a very small amount

has been recycled due to the low value of the material and the economic infeasibility of its recycling [4]. Certainly, there are many benefits of recycling these materials, such as

reductions in greenhouse gases, water/air pollution, energy consumption, and conservation of natural resources [5,6]. Mechanical and chemical methods are the two main ways to recycle PET bottle waste.  Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

In mechanical methods, PET bottle waste is crushed into very fine scraps, which are subsequently heated, melted, and remodeled into new products [7]. The chemical recycling of PET bottle waste consists of depolymerization to obtain the initial monomers by hydrolysis, methanolysis, aminolysis, or glycolysis [8,9]. Glycolysis has been established to be the most cost-effective method for chemical recycling of PET bottle waste because it requires low amounts of reactants, as well as lower temperatures and pressures than other methods [10,11].

The obtained products are monomers and oligomers that can successfully be used as precursors in the production of recycled PET (RPET) [12]. The reinforcement of materials such as cementitious matrices [13], coatings [14], biomedicine, and tissue engineering [15] are some examples of applications of RPET. However, its applications are very limited due to the low value of its mechanical properties. For this reason, it is of vital importance to improve its mechanical performance to increase the range of possible applications. One way to improve the mechanical properties is by crosslinking the RPET molecules through an agent such as ST [16].  Recycled-PET – PE-compounds

ST has been used as a polymer crosslinking agent because it is cheap and improves polymer properties such as stiffness, mechanical strength, and thermal stability [17]. Another way to improve the mechanical properties of RPET is to chemically bond RPET and a virgin polymer to produce a composite material.

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-Drowning in plastic? Biodegradable materials could be a lifesaver.

Japanese companies are pushing eco-friendly compounds, but it might not be enough

It’s official: In March, the United Nations Environmental Assembly endorsed a global pact on the life cycle of plastic. It has been declared a seismic shift in the battle against marine pollution, but what will happen to the oceans before those potential positive effects come?

Japan’s coasts and seas are awash with plastic waste. More PET bottles and plastic cups and take-out containers were found on the country’s beaches than any other litter except cigarette butts, according to a 2020 study by Statista. And that’s not set to change soon: Japan continues to produce 9.4 million tons of plastic waste annually according to the Environmental Investigation Agency, a London-based nongovernmental organization.

In deeper waters, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch of floating plastic is an estimated 1.6 million square kilometers, and the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean annually could rise to 29 million tons by 2040 without action, according to a 2020 Pew report. This phenomenon has contributed to the 35,000 tons of microplastics already in the oceans globally, as noted by the Scottish nonprofit Fidra.

March saw Japan provisionally agree to sign the United Nations Environmental Assembly’s global pact to eliminate plastic pollution by addressing the life cycle of plastic, (the agreement is due for completion in 2024). In April, Japan enacted its own attempt to address the plastic issue from creation to disposal. The Plastic Resource Circulation Act aims to reduce the use of petroleum-based plastics and promote recycling, contributing to the Osaka Blue Vision set out at the 2019 G20 meeting, which is “to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050.”

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-ESG criteria guide Radicigroup’s sustainability strategy

The new RadiciGroup Sustainability Report has been published. With the goal of continuous improvement, the 2021 report has a broader reporting boundary compared to prior years and takes into consideration all the Group companies, including sales and service companies. Over 30 sites located across Asia, North America, South America and Europe have provided their 2021 data on economic, social and environmental performance.

Not only indicators of a financial nature but also measures of environmental impact (E), social values (S) and good organizational governance (G): the latter so-called ESG criteria have become a priority for RadiciGroup, which is preparing for the new European Union non-financial reporting directive in order to contribute to the transition towards a fully sustainable economic system and increase the value of its companies.

“The Sustainability Report always offers me the opportunity to observe RadiciGroup from a privileged vantage point: a future perspective,” Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup, stated. “Today, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is our main guideline on sustainability issues. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

It shows us an ambitious scenario and urges us to confront a multitude of challenges that affect our enterprise from every point of view. We try to be quick to react and tenacious, staying faithful to our roots and our style, but expanding our perspective to become increasingly more competitive and proactive in the businesses we are engaged in. From the viewpoint of achieving less environmental impact in the future, we propose to be an enabler and facilitator for our stakeholders on themes such as the circular economy, where we see ourselves as protagonists in ecodesign and recycling, as well as innovation, which we put at the service of anyone who is processing and using our products, so as to offer real sustainability solutions together.”

The Sustainability Report is an important tool for understanding RadiciGroup’s results and implementing new improvement action plans. It is a document that is produced starting from the Group’s values expressed in the Code of Ethics, which is the true guideline for the various chapters of the Sustainability Report and the basis of RadiciGroup governance.

On the environmental front, the themes of climate change and decarbonization are RadiciGroup priorities and part of a policy aimed at the uncoupling of growth and resource usage. The Group undertakes to lower emissions from production and choose limited-impact energy sources. This commitment is confirmed by the numbers: in the 2011-2021 period, total emissions per metric ton produced were reduced by 60%, while renewable source energy used by the Group reached 51.7%.

Specific investments to decrease environmental impact are ongoing: in 2021, EUR 3.1 million were allocated to introduce best available techniques and improve emissions abatement and energy efficiency. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

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-Consortium Explores Use of Hemp, Flax in Structural Composites

Interdisciplinary research team seeks to develop thermoformable thermoplastic composites using renewable bast fibers as reinforcement.

Germany’s government-funded DuroBast project is focused on the use of bast fibers for the production of composite structural components. The project aims to develop thermoformable thermoplastic composites employing renewable bast fibers as reinforcements for a range of applications in automotive and sports equipment. Initial research work has focused on composite components such as bus bellows, center consoles, and snowboards. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

Native bast plants such as flax, hemp, and nettle have been used for fiber production for centuries. Their fibers are characterized by an array of properties and are suitable for the manufacture of a variety of products. Besides clothing, these fibers historically were used for technical applications such as sacks, sails, ropes, and nets. Today, their lightweight construction potential makes bast fibers an interesting material alternative in the development of fuel-efficient cars and electro-mobile solutions. Another advantage of flax and hemp is their low tendency to splinter, a positive attribute especially in traffic accidents.

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, an interdisciplinary research consortium with 11 partners from science and industry, is working on the development of innovative bio-based materials.

Members of the consortium are linking their expertise in all areas of the value chain and aim to transfer project results to concrete applications such as automotive interiors (door panels), sports equipment (snowboards), and public transport (bus bellows) in the near future. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

The project partners are Dräxlmaier GmbH & Co. KG, Gustav Gerster GmbH & Co. KG, Hübner GmbH & Co. KG, Institute for Textile Technology RWTH Aachen, Leibniz Institute for Composite Materials GmbH, nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH, Rhenoflex GmbH, silbaerg GmbH, Wagenfelder Spinnereien GmbH and the Chair of Materials Test Engineering (WPT) of TU Dortmund University.

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-Group wants firms to cut plastic production under EPR bill

An environmental group said Friday that they want provisions for reducing plastic production included in the extended producer’s responsibility (EPR) bill.

Under the EPR bill, obliged companies “have the responsibility for the proper and effective recovery, treatment, recycling or disposal of their products after they have been sold and used by consumers” to reduce waste generation and improve the recyclability of packaging, according to a Senate press release. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

Advocacy groups have been urging the Philippine president to veto the bill, which is now up for his signature. It lapses into law by the end of July if still unsigned by then.

But in the event that the bill is tackled by Congress again, EcoWaste Coalition campaigner Coleen Salamat said manufacturers of consumer brands must be made to cut plastic production entirely, instead of merely ensuring their recovery, treatment, and recycling.

“May clear targets for hindi lang offsetting, but…yung reduction sa production ng single-use plastics. Yun kasi yung patuloy pa rin eh. At nakikita natin ito na magiging leeway ito para maging business-as-usual pa rin yung mga big corporations,” she said.

(We want targets not just for offsetting, but for reducing the production of single-use plastics. Because it keeps on happening. This may be a leeway for big corporations to still go business-as-usual when it comes to plastic pollution.)

“So yung mga big corporations na ‘to sila rin naman yung nata-tag natin as big polluters, polluters na talaga na consistent dahil nagkakaroon tayo ng mga brand audit, sila at sila pa rin naman yung patuloy na lumalabas,” she noted.

(These big corporations are the ones we keep on tagging whenever we have a brand audit, it’s always their names that come up.)

A 2021 report by the World Bank said the Philippines was the third largest contributor of plastic pollution, with an estimated 0.75 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic entering the ocean every year. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

Salamat also said that a new EPR bill must specify what steps companies should take towards proper waste management.

“Dahil may inclusion ng may mga inclusion ng mga vague o mga broad na mga definition kung paano ang waste management natin, so dahil nga of course ang plastic po ay made of fossi fuels, kapag sinusunog o kapag mine-melt ho, kapag tinutunaw ho ito, mas nagpo-produce po tayo ng greenhouse gases,” she said.

(The current bill includes vague or broad definitions of waste management, but when you burn or melt plastic, we produce more greenhouse gases because plastic is made of fossil fuels.)

Sen. Cynthia Villar has previously said the EPR bill “is not a solution in itself, but it is a move in the right direction.”

“We need to rescue our country from being a marine litter culprit and demonstrate that a developing country can and will make this work,” Villar, chairperson of the Senate environment committee, said in January.

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-Accelerating Circularity Europe Launches Polyester Textile-To-Textile Trials

Accelerating Circularity’s mission is to design and implement commercial systems in which textile waste is repurposed as raw material through reuse and recycling, and therefore ensure that they are not incinerated or sent to landfills.

For the last year, ACCELERATING CIRCULARITY EUROPE has been working with their European Steering Committee, Spent Textile, and Brand & Retailer Working Groups to research, map, and identify expertise and infrastructure to accelerate the move to circular systems; this work is now complete. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

The next step is to move into the trial phases to demonstrate what is possible at scale. The first trials will focus on post-consumer and post-industrial polyester textiles feedstocks. These will be the sources for both mechanically and chemically recycled fibers.

“According to the EU Commission Strategy1 by 2030, textile products placed on the EU market will be long-lived and recyclable, to a great extent made of recycled fibers,” shared Karla Magruder, Accelerating Circularity Founder and President. “The circular textiles ecosystem will be thriving, driven by sufficient capacities for innovative fiber-to-fiber recycling, while the incineration and landfilling of textiles will be reduced to the minimum. ACCELERATING CIRCULARITY EUROPE trials are completely aligned with this strategy.”

“Our work has been based on collaborative efforts of more than 80 members of our working groups representing all levels of the value chain from the EU-27 plus members from Norway, Switzerland, UK, Morocco, and Turkey,“ Magruder adds. “Our goal with the textile-to-textile polyester trials is to demonstrate circular systems at scale so our participants will be able to really demonstrate the feasibility.”

“To scale textile-to-textile recycling using post-consumer textile waste, we need collaboration to develop the corresponding value chains and the business case. With our participation in the ACCELERATING CIRCULARITY EUROPE trials, we want to help develop these systems and enable products to be produced with raw materials coming from post-consumer textile waste,” said Martin Böschen, CEO, TEXAID.

“To effectively close the loop of textile waste, at least national or even better international collection systems and infrastructures for end-of-life textiles have to be established. From an economic and efficiency perspective, but also from a consumer acceptance point of view, brand specific return systems only, will not be sufficient.

ACCELERATING CIRCULARITY EUROPE systems trials for polyester will bring various players of a future circular textile value chain together to test and validate polyester fiber-to-fiber recycling at scale, here in Europe, and thus perfectly fulfill these requirements,” said Dr. Martin Mayershofer, Research & Development at Sympatex, Focus Closing the Loop. “At Sympatex, we believe, an industry-wide, common pursuit of circularity and reclosing the textile loop together are indispensable,” he added.

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-PX: a seesaw battle of strong fundamentals and weak expectation

In May-Jun, PX market spiked before pulling well back. PX price soared from $1208/mt in early May to as high as $1513/mt but then fell back to $1139/mt CFR China/Taiwan as of Jul 12. PX-naphtha spread also widened significantly from $303/mt to $685/mt but then squeezed to $342/mt over the same period.

With the market moving into the earlier price range, it would still be a seesaw battle of strong situation against weak expectation. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

  1. Strong situation

With PX-naphtha spread widening rapidly in Jun, PX plant operating rate rebounded fast, incentivized by good profits. However, China domestic PX supply increase fell short of expectation due to some unexpected shutdown and unplanned operating rate cuts. PX plant operating rate has dropped by about 6 percentage points from the high point of 85.6% in H1 Jun in China, which would lead to an obvious correction of production from earlier estimation.

In addition, with China domestic MX price recovering losses, PX-MX price spread on yuan basis has narrowed obviously. It squeezed from the high point of 2600yuan/mt in early Jun to the current 500yuan/mt, down 80%, reflecting losses for PX plants based on merchant feedstock MX. As a result, PX plants dependent on merchant MX and those plants who purchased MX to ramp up production earlier, may reduce the operating rates.

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-Polyester market perceives some positive signals under pessimism

Collapsing polyester feedstock price weighed on the whole value chain recently. High inventory of PFY and fabrics has been obviously depreciated and the operating rate accelerated descending. Sales of fabric have almost been in stagnation when it is during off-season now and feedstock price kept decreasing. Sales of PFY sustained meager and stocks accumulated to yearly high, even higher than the level in 2020 when the pandemic started. Market players lacked confidence. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

However, there were some positive signals on the market recently: export orders increased slightly on the month in some regions. The stocks of fabric continued ascending slightly but the accumulation speed slowed down amid low run rate. Price of grey fabrics moved down but the theoretical profit of grey fabrics improved with falling PFY prices, especially DTY. The cash flow of conventional knitted fabrics has been turned to positive territory.

As for downstream business, the orders/sales of grey fabrics in the first half of 2022 was similar to those in 2020 while apparent divergence may appear in the second half of year. Domestic and export demand both rebounded sharply in the second half of 2020. In the first half of 2022, domestic demand rose weakly while export dropped, and overall upward momentum was slow. Jul and Aug are traditional slack season. Demand may not grow much, while speculative demand is likely to improve later if feedstock price stabilizes and demand weakly increases as current PFY stocks are low among downstream plants. We expect it may emerge in end-Jul or Aug and actual demand improvement needs to wait the coming of traditional peak season in Sep and Oct, while the increase in the peak season is likely to be lower than anticipated (high stocks need to be solved and demand may rise limitedly). Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

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-Shell Chemicals Accelerates Transition Towards Net-zero to Produce Sustainable Chemicals

A fresh investment has been announced by Shell Chemicals Park Moerdijk, a Shell subsidiary, in support of the company’s ambition to transform the chemicals park into a location that can meet evolving customer demands. More low-carbon and recycled-material items are sought after by consumers. Textile-To-Textile -Petrochemicals

A new pyrolysis oil upgrader facility will be constructed by Shell Moerdijk to enhance the quality of the liquid produced from difficult-to-recycle plastic trash and transform it into chemical feedstock for its manufacturing facilities. The investment is the first significant step in the park’s transformation to reaching net-zero emissions through the use of hydrogen and CCS, boosting the use of circular and bio-based feedstocks, and expanding its range of low-carbon products.

Subject to investment decisions and existing capital allocation frameworks, Shell expects to invest billions on Shell Moerdijk’s chemical complex over the next ten years in order to realise these goals.

“As our customers demand more low carbon and circular chemicals we are seeing the reinvention of the chemical industry. At Shell Moerdijk and across our global chemicals business, Shell is investing to be ready to meet our customers’ needs as they change. We are working together to deliver on shared decarbonisation and sustainability goals. This pyrolysis oil upgrader investment is part of our commitment to developing the chemical recycling industry, which can turn hard to recycle plastics into new and useful products, helping society tackle the key issue of plastic waste,” informs Robin Mooldijk, Executive Vice President, Shell Chemicals and Products.

A liquid created from plastic trash that cannot be mechanically recycled and would otherwise be burned is treated by the new pyrolysis oil upgrader machine. The facility, which is anticipated to begin production in 2024, will have an annual capacity of 50,000 tons, or the weight of around 7.8 billion plastic bags. This will help Shell’s goal of recycling one million tons of plastic trash in its chemicals plants by 2025.

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-Neste receives €135m grant for chemical recycling project

The company aims to process more than one million tonnes of waste plastic a year from 2030.

Finnish engineering company Neste has received funding for its Pre-treatment and Upgrading of Liquefied Waste Plastic to Scale Up Circular Economy (PULSE) project.

The firm secured a positive grant decision for up to €135m from the EU Innovation Fund.

This will be used to develop chemical recycling capacities at Neste’s refinery in Porvoo, Finland.

The EU Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon technologies.

Neste’s Project PULSE aims to implement the company’s patented technologies to pre-treat and upgrade liquefied waste plastic and integrate it into refinery operations.

Through the project, the company aims to increase its annual pre-treatment and upgrading capacities to 400,000t.  Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

PULSE will also support Neste’s goal to process more than one million tonnes of waste plastic a year from 2030.

The company announced a feasibility study to evaluate the investments related to PULSE in March this year, with an investment decision due to be ready by next year.

The project’s implementation is expected to start in 2024.

Neste renewable polymers and chemicals executive vice-president Mercedes Alonso said: “We are excited to be among the projects selected by the EU Innovation Fund.

“While showing recognition for and faith in our work on chemical recycling, the funding also highlights the importance of the approach itself.

“If we want to move towards a circular economy for polymers and chemicals, chemical recycling will have a major role to play.”

Project PULSE aims to commercialise the chemical recycling of waste plastic and bridge the ‘quality gap’ between unprocessed liquefied waste plastic and the petrochemical industry’s raw material requirements.  Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

Neste receives €135m grant for chemical recycling project

-Röhm Develops Thermoformable PLA-Based Material

The thermoformable film meets US, EU, and Chinese requirements for food-contact packaging.

Methacrylate specialist Röhm announced today that it is developing thermoformable film using renewable raw materials. Under the provisional name of Europlex Film LJ 21123/123, the new product is a PLA-based transparent, high-gloss, and stable film. The film has not been biaxially stretched, unlike many other PLA-based films, and, therefore, can be used in thermoforming processes, said Röhm.

Production of the raw material generates low CO2 emissions, making the film a more climate-friendly alternative to petroleum-based products, added the materials supplier, which has its global headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany.

The new material contributes to Röhm’s commitment to achieve climate-neutral production by 2050.  Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

It plans to reach this goal through the development of sustainable products and technologies as well as the decarbonization of raw materials.

Europlex Film LJ 21123/123 consists of certified, compostable PLA that meets the requirements for industrial composting as defined in the ASTM D6400 and EN 13432 standards.Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

Röhm outlined the property profile of the film as follows:

  • bio-based and industrially compostable
  • thermoformable at 55°C
  • highly transparent with >92% light transmittance
  • high tensile strength and flexibility
  • suitable for stamping and cutting
  • printable

The material meets the requirements for food-contact packaging in the European Union (EU Regulation 10/2011), United States (FDA 21 CFR), and China (GB 9685-2016). Potential applications include viewing windows on cardboard packaging or aesthetically demanding thermoformed packaging. The film also is suited for the production of decorative films for in-mold decoration processes, or printed products such as graphic panels.

“Our experience in film extrusion enables us to produce PLA films with high optical quality,” emphasized Herbert Groothues, Head of Film and Extrusion Development.

The raw material is derived from non-genetically modified sugarcane, the supplier of which has implemented an environment management system in compliance with ISO 14001:2015 that is certified by Bonsucro, an association of producers and processors of sugarcane who have agreed on globally recognized standards for social, ecological, and economic sustainability.Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

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-PepsiCo announces goal to reduce virgin plastic use

PepsiCo announced new objectives and shared its progress toward circular packaging targets in its 2021 environmental, social and governance report.

The company plans to eliminate fossil fuel-based plastic in all crisp and chip bags by 2030, with consumer trials starting in European markets this year. These trials include using “renewable plastic” in a Lay’s chips range of products in France, sourced from by-products of plants, such as used cooking oil, or waste from paper pulp, and a recycled plastic pilot in the United Kingdom by the end of 2022.

Bottles will be made of 100% RPET, excluding the cap and label, in 10 European markets by the end of this year. In 2021 and 2022, PepsiCo launched 100% RPET beverage products in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Argentina. Overall, it is transitioning at least some brands to 100% RPET in 22 global markets.

In the U.S., LIFEWTR is already sold in 100% RPET bottles and Pepsi Zero Sugar will be sold in 100% RPET bottles by the end of 2022.

The company plans to convert all Pepsi-branded products in the U.S. to 100% RPET bottles by 2030, the report noted. Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

“While packaging is an essential component of our business – making PepsiCo products convenient, more affordable and easy to distribute – we share the concern over the impact of packaging waste,” the report said. “Our broad-based strategy includes reducing the plastic we use, driving recycling and use of recycled materials and reinventing our packaging to use new renewable materials or drive growth in low- or no-packaging formats.”  Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

Overall, 87% of PepsiCo-owned drinks in the European Union are packaged in 100% recycled or renewable plastic, the report said, with a goal of 100% of packaging being recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or reusable by 2025. Another goal is to cut use of virgin plastic from non-renewable sources by 50% by 2030. In 2021, PepsiCo hit 5%.

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-Exploring paths to full circularity

To mark this year’s EU Green Week, Pro Carton – in association with Packaging Europe – hosted an industry roundtable discussion, which brought together industry experts from different stages of the supply chain. The discussion revolved around how the EU Green Deal would impact the packaging industry and the role of fibre-based packaging in achieving circularity. Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

Sharing their insights were Tiina Pursula, SVP Sustainability, Division Packaging Materials at Stora Enso, Monika Romenska, Regulatory & Public Affairs Manager at EXPRA, Klaus Hockl, Founder and Managing Director of Cardbox Packaging Group, and Winfried Mühling, General Manager at Pro Carton, and it was hosted by Packaging Europe’s Elisabeth Skoda.

Challenges and opportunities

The European Green Deal sets out key guidelines to ensure all packaging in the EU market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable manner by 2030. Of course, there are some challenges and hurdles facing the industry on the way to achieving this goal.

One key factor here is getting the collection right. All speakers agreed that it was vitally important to have a separate collection of different types of packaging and to further develop collection systems on a local, regional and national level.

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-Plastics Recycling LATAM Event Reflects Interest in Recycling in Latin America

New conference provides platform for discussion of plastic recycling trends.

Last month, more than 340 participants from 14 countries attended the first ever Plastic Recycling LATAM, a conference and exhibition focused on trends, technologies, and sustainability goals in the Latin American plastics recycling market. The event was organized by  Plastics Technology Mexico and its publisher, Gardner Business Media, with support from the non-profit association ECOCE.Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

Knowledge, Networking, and Technologies

The conference program offered more than 30 presentations on market trends, recycling success stories, and innovative technologies. Four discussion panels including brand owners, recyclers, and national and international association representatives provided an outlook of the current state of the sector in the region.

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-Accessible recycling: Austrian start-up plasticpreneur aims to make recyclers of us all

The compact, hand-made machinery of Austria-based start-up plasticpreneur caught the eye of Rob Coker during the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) 2022 in Amsterdam. There he learned from CEO Sören Lex how the equipment had also caught the eye of recycling machinery giant EREMA Group, which has acquired a minority share in the business.

Plasticpreneur has shown that compact recycling machinery can make a big difference. How did such a small company catch the eye of a big player such as EREMA Group?Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

We have presented as speakers at a conference and EREMA Group CEO Manfred Hackl was in the audience. Right after the presentation we connected and started a conversation. It seemed that for Mr Hackl it was quite eye opening to work on small-scale, decentralised plastic recycling solutions.

Hackl personally congratulated you on your business model. How does it feel to receive such praise from an experienced expert and how do you hope to tap into that experience in order to grow your business?

Mr Hackl was open for any kind of support from the first day we met – even when we had not yet started discussions about a partnership or shares. We have gained a lot of insights and motivation through the regular meetings we had with him and others from the EREMA Group. Through its know-how and EREMA’s standing in the recycling industry we hope to be able to connect with other like-minded people and expand the access to small-scale plastic recycling.

Your business model is based partly on awareness and education. Is that the missing piece, in your opinion, to the puzzle of re-branding plastics as a positive, sustainable material?

We believe that awareness and education is one missing piece, but in general we see that the larger missing puzzle piece is the general approach to simple access to plastic recycling. It’s like a lost or a missing art or craft. Although the entire world talks about plastic and recycling, there is almost no access for people to simply and cost-efficiently take part in it.Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

The compact and low-tech aspects of yo ur products must be very attractive to local recyclers. How easy is it for one to acquire and operate the equipment?

It is very simple. People without any prior knowledge can recycle plastic waste into new products within minutes. The machines can be operated very simply and, depending on the set-up, they can be even shipped by courier to arrive on your doorstep. That’s why our machines are now in use in more than 70 countries. They come pre-assembled, ready to use, and everybody can become a plastics recycler. Only single-phase electricity is needed; they are light and mobile and therefore simple to move around.

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Aimplas launches trademark to certify safety of reusable plastic food container

Spanish plastics technology centre Aimplas (Valencia; www.aimplas.net) has created its own trademark to certify that reusable food packaging is safe and also retains its properties after repeated washing. Recycling-technology – PLA-Material

Packaging manufacturing companies that have been awarded the trademark have a competitive edge in terms of transparency and food safety, Aimplas said. The ‘Designed to be Reusable’ trademark is based on three separate European regulations: for food contact materials, plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, and recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. It also follows the dishwasher resistance standard UNE 53928 that was issued in 2020.

To achieve the trademark, a product must pass different analyses that include dishwasher resistance testing for at least five cycles, a risk assessment for non-intentionally added substances (NIAS), as well as tests to guarantee that migration to food does not present a risk to human health. Sensory tests are also carried out to ensure that reusing the packaging does not modify the food’s organoleptic characteristics.

Aimplas launches trademark to certify safety of reusable plastic food container

-Andritz recycling technology starts-up in Finland

Finnish firm Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto (LSJH) has successfully started up a new Andritz pilot line for research and development work on post-consumer textile recycling. The Exel tearing machine for post-consumer textile waste can process up to 500 kg/h for spinning quality and up to 1 t/h for nonwoven fibre quality.

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LSJH is a municipal waste management company in Finland specialized in processing post-consumer household textiles into a variety of customized raw materials containing high-quality fibres. As Finland will be the first country in the world to start post-consumer textile collection on a national scale in a few months’ time, the LSJH Paimio recycling facility is the location where large amounts of textile waste will be fed to a sustainable and responsible circulatory solution.

Process engineer Conny Gabrielsson said: “We are very grateful to Andritz and its team members for their assistance during the installation of our pilot line for processing textiles.

ANDRITZ pilot line for textile recycling

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-Floatable pressure-sensitive label from CCL endorsed by EPBP and APR

CCL Label, a leading converter of pressure sensitive and extruded film materials for decorative, functional and information labels, has unveiled a new generation of their EcoStream labels that support the recycling of PET bottles. They are made from floating low-density polyolefin material that are claimed to separate easily from the heavier PET flakes in the sink/float process step at the sorter and recycler – which results in the yield of clean PET flakes that can be recycled back into new bottles.

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in the United States both officially endorsed the new label generation.

The EcoStream SP (Shear Performance) clear and opaque white pressure sensitive label is a further development of the existing EcoStream version, that has been successfully supplied to the international beverage market for many years.

Freshly blown and immediately labelled bottles can induce folds or bubbles on regular labels. EcoStream SP pressure sensitive labels are developed to keep perfect labelling through flexible properties in particular suitable on post-shrinking PET bottles.

Floatable pressure-sensitive label from CCL endorsed by EPBP and APR

-Teijin and Fujitsu agree to jointly develop commercial platform for sustainable use of recycled materials

eijin Limited (hereinafter Teijin) and Fujitsu Limited today launched a joint project to realize a blockchain-based commercial platform for enhancing the environmental value of recycled materials for manufacturers, said the company.

The collaboration will promote environmentally conscious design(1) by leveraging Teijin’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Calculation Method for measuring the environmental impact of manufacturing processes across the value chain, as well as Fujitsu’s blockchain technology to collect and track primary data on environmental impact (including GHG emissions) to deliver reliable, transparent traceability.

The new platform will promote the use of recycled materials and environmentally friendly designs by providing manufacturers who design products from recycled materials with accurate information about their environmental footprint, including proof of origin of recycled materials and data on GHG emissions. Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

This joint effort demonstrates the two companies’ commitment to contributing to the realization of the common global goal of a carbon-neutral future for humanity.

As per MRC, Teijin says that its subsidiary Teijin Carbon Europe (Heinsberg, Germany) has increased the production capacity of chopped carbon fiber by 40%. The company says that it is responding to the growing demand from European electronics manufacturers in recent years, as well as the current increase in demand for compounds for medical devices.

Teijin and Fujitsu agree to jointly develop commercial platform for sustainable use of recycled materials

-Eileen Fisher Foundation launches educational textile waste platform to promote circular economy

The Eileen Fisher Foundation (EFF) has launched HEY FASHION!, a digital platform curated by Pentatonic that refines the complex topic of textile waste into tangible actions to initiate change. The platform contains comprehensive content backed by key industry insights and research.

HEY FASHION! exposes textile waste issues while conveying the financial, environmental and social opportunities that textile circularity can offer. EFF’s larger mission is to prove to the fashion industry the benefits of confronting the climate crisis, urging other brands, foundations, innovators, waste collectors, and consumers to get involved in moving circularity forward.  Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

The platform provides key tools, advice, and information to assist the transition to circularity. Key takeaways educate industry entities on how to drive tangible action, avoid greenwashing, and mitigate risk; influencing improved decisions toward net-zero ambitions. Such content prepares companies to be successful leaders in sustainable fashion during a time of new legislation and rising consumer pressure.

HEY FASHION! aims to kick start a global conversation on how to contribute to a carbon-neutral future by scaling textile recycling infrastructure, promoting underutilized technologies to prevent textiles from going to landfills, and making changes regarding clothing consumption.

“As the leader of an apparel company, I feel an urgency to address the challenges the industry faces regarding textile waste, overconsumption and circular design,” states Eileen Fisher, Founder of EFF. “By inviting Pentatonic to research the current state of circularity, my intention is to facilitate meaningful collective action that moves the industry forward.”

A large barrier to the fashion industry engaging in a circular system is translating the overwhelming amount of research into feasible actions. Pentatonic’s circular consulting team and textile experts provide a clear 8-step action plan:

  1. Scale sorting
  2. Invest in recycling
  3. Make less, buy less
  4. Work together
  5. Design to last, design to recycle
  6. Define and standardize
  7. Leave fossils in the ground
  8. People, planet, profit    Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

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-Ocean Plastic Recycling Advances Near US

Ocean Recovery Group (ORG), a Deerfield Park, FL-based social-business enterprise, is taking action to combat ocean-bound plastic waste in the Caribbean. Aided by recycling and packaging experts, the group is bringing recycling infrastructure for these plastics to the Dominican Republic.

ORG’s facility in La Vega, Dominican Republic, began processing in February 2022 with the goal of collecting, recycling, and neutralizing 12,000 tons of ocean-bound plastics by year-end. Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

A lack of recycling infrastructure, inefficient waste-management systems, and the Dominican Republic’s location have made it a significant contributor to ocean-bound plastic. According to ORG, the country currently recycles less than 8% of total plastic.

ORG’s La Vega facility is equipped with a variety of plastic-waste processing equipment, including a MAX-PAK two-ram baler, seven vertical balers, and two plastics lines for washing, shredding, and pelletizing.

The facility, which is an integrated-recycling operation, separates and bales polyethylene terephthalate (PET), natural and colored high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and polypropylene (PP), as well as cardboard and other paper-grade recyclables.

ORG recently became the first US company to receive three Ocean Bound Plastic Certifications from Zero Plastic Oceans (ZPO), a nongovernmental organization. The certifications pertain to plastic collection, recycling, and neutrality.

A joint venture of international recycling company 4G Recycling, based in Deerfield Beach, FL, and Miami-based packaging supplier AE Global, ORG is certified to sell 100% post-consumer recycled PET, HDPE, LDPE, and PP in the form of bales, pellets, and regrind.

In this exclusive Q&A, Zachary Kirstein, president of ORG, tells us more about his group’s Dominican Republic operation and what lies ahead. Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

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-Performance Polyamide Enables Primerless Painting

Optimized grade of BASF’s Ultramid polyamide enables more sustainable painting of automotive parts.

BASF has launched Ultramid A3EM8 OP, a polyamide grade optimized for painting as it provides a Class A surface finish and high bonding strength. With the new Ultramid grade, a primer is also not required to enhance bonding with paint, thereby reducing VOC emissions.  Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

“As the painting process is simplified with our new Ultramid A3EM8 OP grade, production costs are reduced. The process also reduces the emission of VOCs from the primer,” said Desmond Long, Vice President, Business Management Transportation, Performance Materials Asia Pacific.

As Ultramid A3EM8 OP is resistant to high heat up to 180°C, it maintains dimensional stability during the painting process and under various driving conditions. In addition, the polyamide provides good chemical resistance required for automotive exterior parts. Thanks to these properties, it is now applied to the charging port flap of electric vehicles. The new grade’s toughness and stiffness make it highly durable to broad environmental conditions over its service period.  Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

“We are exploring using this grade on other automotive exterior parts. As plastics offer cost and weight savings compared to metal, our customers want to replace more automotive parts with our high-performance plastics.

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-Volkswagen Group of America and Redwood Materials to create US supply chain for EV battery recycling

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) and Redwood Materials, Inc. (Redwood) will collaborate to create a supply chain to recycle Volkswagen and Audi electric vehicle batteries in the United States, with the goal of providing accessible and more sustainable electric mobility for American drivers.  Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

The collaboration advances Volkswagen Group of America’s strategy to localize all major competencies for its electric transformation, as well as Redwood’s goal of creating the nation’s only closed-loop supply chain for lithium-ion batteries.

The new EV battery recycling collaboration will be facilitated by VWGoA’s nationwide network of approximately 1,000 dealers, starting with the Volkswagen and Audi brands. Key to the collaboration is a holistic approach to the battery lifecycle. By allowing for more sustainable utilization of battery components from the moment vehicles leave the assembly line through the end of their lifecycle, the collaboration can support local battery capacity and expertise as Volkswagen continues its transition to an electrified portfolio.

As Volkswagen Group brands plan to introduce more than 25 new battery electric vehicles to American consumers through 2030, VWGoA aims to begin establishing battery recycling capabilities for current and future vehicles in North America now.

In addition, the new EV battery recycling collaboration will integrate prototype batteries from Volkswagen’s research facilities such as the Battery Engineering Lab (BEL) in Chattanooga. Redwood Materials will work directly with dealers and Volkswagen facilities to identify end-of-life batteries and materials, and then safely package and transport them to their Nevada facilities. Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

-Bioplastics made in Poland

Grupa Azoty introduces on the market the new family of bioplastics based on thermoplastic starch envifill for extrusion and injection molding.
The Polish group Grupa Azoty is introducing on the market under the envifill brand a new family of biobased and compostable thermoplastic starch (TPS) bioplastics according to the EN 13432 standard, with a variable content of renewable raw materials, which can arrive – says the company – even 100%. Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics
They are produced with a proprietary process, without the use of plasticizers, for extrusion processes (envifill F and envifill E), injection molding (envifill M), hot-melt adhesives (envifill G and envifill GP) and 3D printing. Examples of applications are films, rigid containers and packaging for cosmetics, tableware, plant pots, consumables and spare parts for household appliances.
According to the manufacturer, when injection molded, these starchy plastics exhibit good surface aesthetic quality and relatively low shrinkage rates. The granules have a transparent milky color and a pleasant odor.
azoty tps The envifill range includes mass-colored grades, also with natural pigments and special effects.
The biopolymer can also be used as a base or modifier for biodegradable or compostable polymer formulations, such as sustainable hot melt adhesives, which can be used as binders for wood and cellulose-based compounds, a solution already successfully tested in tests with some customers.
In the film extrusion segment, these materials can be used to produce shopping bags, bags for the collection of organic waste, agricultural sheets. They are also suitable – underlines Grupa Azoty – for extruding thin films, with a thickness of less than 15μm, sealed using traditional LDPE welding machines. Ocean-Plastic-Recycling – Bioplastics

Bioplastics made in Poland

-Singapore’s economy grew by 4.8% year on year in the second quarter, supported by the continued expansion of the manufacturing sector, official data showed on Thursday.

The GDP growth in the second quarter extends the revised 4.0% year-on-year expansion in the previous quarter, advance estimates released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) showed.

On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted basis, Singapore’s GDP was unchanged in the second quarter, after posting an expansion of 0.9% in the first three months of the year.

Singapore’s manufacturing sector expanded by 8.0% year on year in the second quarter, accelerating from the 7.9% growth in the preceding quarter, while construction rose by 3.8%.

Growth during the quarter was supported by output expansions in all clusters, except for the biomedical manufacturing and chemicals clusters.

“The electronics and precision engineering clusters continued to record strong output growth, driven by sustained global demand for semiconductors and semiconductor equipment respectively,” MTI said.

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Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP 14-07-2022

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-PET washing systems in demand

Herbold Meckesheim is satisfied with its results after IFAT 2022 in Munich. Despite the current economic uncertainties, the special machine builder has recorded a constant number of incoming orders. After many negotiations, the projects are now seen to get reality – almost 60 percent of these projects are located outside Germany. In addition to individual machine solutions, shredding technology and plastcompactors, dryers and, above all, complete plastic washing lines are the main areas of interest. In the case of the latter, film and PET washing systems continue to be in particularly high demand.

Herbold Meckesheim had focused on this with its range of information for the trade fair and placed washing lines in the spotlight. The hot washing for polyolefins was one of the product innovations presented at the fair. The common base of the recycling lines is a hydrocyclone stage with high density separation. Due to the controllable hot wash, the resulting recyclate qualities are suitable for its use in the food sector. The plant and machine solutions are tested and further developed in the company’s own technical lab, which is available for customer trials.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

Messe München counted some 119,000 visitors during the five days of the trade fair – half of them from abroad, from 155 countries. 2984 exhibitors from 59 nations vied for visitors’ attention on the 260,000 square meters of exhibition space. The central theme of IFAT 2022 was the circular economy. Accordingly, Herbold Meckesheim had participated largely in the VDMA Plastics Recycling Theme World, which illustrated circular economy and plastics recycling with exhibits, film clips and recyclates at the booth of the Association of German Machine Builders.

The biggest event of the year is still to come: the K 2022 in Düsseldorf.

PET washing systems in demand

-PCEP increases 2025 recycled polyolefins target to 4m tonnes/year

The Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) has increased its voluntary plastic pledge to increase the amount of recycled polyolefins used in European products to 4m tonnes/year by 2025, the industry body announced in a press release.

This is an increase from its initial pledge of 3m tonnes/year made in 2018, which it said had been reached in 2021 according to its Polyolefin Material Flow Study.

The PCEP General Assembly has also approved a series of other pledges, which include

A 30% market share of the overall polyolefin market for recycled polyolefins by 2030. The PCEP estimates current market share at 10.5% as of 2021

The recycling of 60% of collected polyolefin packaging by 2030, which PCEP estimates at 28% as of 2021Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

The recycling of 50% total collected polyolefin waste by 2030, which it currently estimates at 50%

A review of targets every two years

PCEP has identified three enabling conditions to ensure its targets are met, which include:-

That all post-consumer polyolefin waste should be collected alongside other dry waste and sorted to standards PCEP will help establish

That all products and packaging across the supply chain should be designed in line with PCEP’s design principles

That product specifiers should make increasing recycled polyolefin content in their products a key strategic priority

PCEP also highlighted necessary changes to legislation to help enable increased recycled polyolefin use, including recognising all forms of recycling as counting towards recycling rates and recycled content targets.

Although not explicitly stated in the release, this is likely to refer to chemical recycling.

Current EU regulations typically use the definition of recycling set out in Directive 2008/98/EC, in which recycling is “any recovery operation by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes. Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

It includes the reprocessing of organic material but does not include energy recovery and the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for backfilling operations.” This leaves the regulatory status of chemical recycling under the proposals uncertain.

Nevertheless, many players in the market believe that chemical recycling may be the only viable rout to mass food-grade recycled polyolefin availability.

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-Prime PE Prices Continue to Slide

PE and PP resin prices are squeezed amid falling monomer costs, lax demand, and growing bearish sentiment.

Spot resin market activity was a bit sluggish following the Fourth of July holiday, but by midweek a good flow of fresh off-grade and some Prime railcars rolled into the spot market. Sensing a challenging sales month ahead, resellers were looking to offload some of their July commitments.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

Prime PE resin prices drop $0.02/lb

Prime polyethylene (PE) resin prices shed $0.02/lb last week, while $0.03/lb were squeezed from the polypropylene (PP) resin market at the PlasticsExchange trading desk, amid falling monomer costs, lax demand, and growing bearish sentiment. Many resellers and processors have been de-stocking their resin inventories to minimize exposure during this down leg of the resin pricing cycle, reports the PlasticsExchange in its weekly Market Report. Consequently, there is ongoing demand for quick shipments of packaged truckloads of resin, which helped to kick start the week, month, and quarter. Some of the sharply discounted off-grade PP railcars were also compelling to processors, who snagged some later in the week.

Spot resin market activity was a bit sluggish following the Fourth of July holiday, but by midweek a good flow of fresh off-grade and some Prime railcars rolled into the spot market. Sensing a challenging sales month ahead, resellers were looking to offload some of their July commitments.

Prime PE resin prices drop $0.02/lb

Prime polyethylene (PE) resin prices shed $0.02/lb last week, while $0.03/lb were squeezed from the polypropylene (PP) resin market at the PlasticsExchange trading desk, amid falling monomer costs, lax demand, and growing bearish sentiment. Many resellers and processors have been de-stocking their resin inventories to minimize exposure during this down leg of the resin pricing cycle, reports the PlasticsExchange in its weekly Market Report. Consequently, there is ongoing demand for quick shipments of packaged truckloads of resin, which helped to kick start the week, month, and quarter. Some of the sharply discounted off-grade PP railcars were also compelling to processors, who snagged some later in the week.

June PE resin contracts held flat, maintaining the $0.03/lb increase that was implemented in May. Despite more price increases on the table for July and August, PlasticsExchange writes that it might be difficult for sellers just to maintain current contract levels this month. PP contracts wiped away a solid dime in June, bringing the two-month drop to a hefty $0.17/lb. Polymer-grade propylene (PGP) monomer costs continued to erode, indicating another likely decrease for July PP contracts. While the market cools, the Gulf waters continue to heat up, and forecasters are still calling for a very active hurricane season.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

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-Six new partners join the Canada Plastics Pact and commit to tackling plastic waste

Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) has welcomed six new partners in Q2 of 2022 who are uniting under the CPP’s shared action plan to build a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada.

New CPP partners include recyclers finding innovative ways to turn plastic waste into a resource for the circular economy, a leading grocery and fuel retailer, a government entity, and producer responsibility organizations.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

The new signatory partners of the CPP are Aduro Clean Technologies, Co-op, and Heffco Elastomers Inc.

The new implementation partners of the CPP are the Government of Yukon; Recycle B.C., and Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW).

“We are encouraged to see the growing interest from stakeholders across the entire plastic value chain and the broader ecosystem in Canada recognizing the work being done through our collaborative platform,” says Paul Shorthouse, Interim Managing Director, CPP. “We now have eight working groups that bring together the essential actors to tackle the key issues around plastic packaging waste and pollution, from the redesign of packaging, to making investments in critical collection and advanced recycling infrastructure, to supporting alternative models such as reusable and refillable packaging and compostables.”

It’s through the collaboration of diverse actors in the plastics industry that CPP is addressing one of the most pressing environmental issues of today. With approximately 90 partners, the CPP continues to work towards targets for circular plastic packaging in Canada.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

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-How bad is polyester filament yarn market compared with 2015?

Recently, some market players bear some questions in mind: how bad is PFY market now? How does it compare with history?

The operating rate of PFY, PSF and PET bottle chip plants is at 65.6%, 82.7% and 102.4% respectively now, with that of PSF factories under upward trend while that of PFY plants to fall further. The inventory of PSF is below 10 days but that of PFY has been above one month.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

Last downtrend appeared near 2015 on PFY market. Price kept reducing and hit historic low in 2015, and PFY companies witnessed meager profit after inventory depreciated. The cash flow was during negative territory based on spot feedstock price. PFY producers cut operating rate with pressure from supply and demand, ending up with decreasing output and production value.

Compared with 2015, PFY factories saw more apparent pressure from inventory, profitability and supply in 2022.

The inventory of POY and FDY has been above 30 days for several months in 2022, hitting historic high, while the monthly high was only around 20 days in 2015.

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-Eyes wide shut, EU industry faces energy efficiency reckoning

uropean industry has long failed to implement easy measures to reduce its energy use. As supplies become fraught and prices skyrocket, EU leaders seek to make it obligatory to reduce energy consumption by all means necessary.

In 2020, EU industry made up about 26% of the bloc’s final energy consumption.

As much of industrial energy demand is fed by fossil fuels, tackling industrial energy appetites has been a longtime policy goal in the shift away from pollutants. With energy prices sky-high and dependence on Russia on everyone’s mind, energy efficiency measures are receiving renewed attention.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

At the end of June, EURACTIV wrote that energy efficiency was “the EU’s favourite fail.” Now, the tides may ever so slightly be changing. The most influential EU parties agreed on an ambitious target for energy efficiency, while the European Commission will present a plan to reduce energy demand on 20 July.

“The cheapest energy is the energy you never use,” explained a senior Commission spokesperson on 11 July. “The plan that we are working on, which will be announced in the middle of July, has more of a focus on industrial uses,” he added.

In Germany, the tide is changing as well. “A manager who does not implement efficiency measures now has to ask himself whether he is doing his job properly,” said Patrick Graichen, a top-level public official, in June.

Czechia too is seeking to make industry energy savings obligatory, the responsible minister said on Monday (11 July).

Industry, so far, has been largely reluctant to whole-heartedly engage with energy efficiency measures.

There are two narratives regarding energy efficiency in industry, explained Clemens Rohde, in charge of business energy efficiency at Fraunhofer ISI institute.

“On the one hand, the energy efficiency community has been pointing out considerable savings potential for years, on the other hand, the industry points out that it is subject to the market and is accordingly already geared towards efficiency.”

But in reality, energy efficiency measures had often been considered to be something negligible. Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

“Until now, energy costs usually only accounted for 1-2% of turnover, which is why they were often ignored,” said Rohde. With energy prices exploding, this has now changed.

“Energy costs have multiplied, which is why the issue has reached the boardroom and action is now expected,” he added.

Other associations dealing in industrial energy efficiency have noticed similar changes in the tides.

“Things are happening in the industrial sector,” said Andreas Guertler, director of the European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF), whose association conducts company energy efficiency checks.

“At the moment, many companies where we carried out measurements years ago are coming forward and want to implement energy efficiency measures today,” he highlighted.

Now everyone wants to become more efficient and save energy. For companies, this is now also about strategic resilience; energy is no longer taken for granted, but is a strategic priority., Rohde highlighted.

The potential for savings is hard to estimate, especially in the short term. For thermal insulation in industry, EiiF is promising rather significant gas savings for relatively little effort.

Eyes wide shut, EU industry faces energy efficiency reckoning

-How plastic packaging can de-value perceptions of quality

Brand owners are being urged to embrace plastic-free packaging to avoid damaging the planet while also de-valuing their quality credentials.

According to Deloitte’s 2022 report on ‘Sustainability and Consumer Behaviour’, in the last 12 months, approximately 75% of consumers have recycled or composted waste whilst 64% of consumers have limited just how much single-use plastic they use.

However, despite notable changes in planet-friendly consumer behaviour, there are still amendments brand owners need to make to put the removal of plastic on the agenda

Luxury packaging provider Delta Global’s founder Robert Lockyer said: “Data such as this is proof that consumers’ needs and wants are changing, and it’s down to brands and businesses to ensure that these are being met.Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

If a consumer is actively avoiding using single-use plastic, but a brand is continuing to ship products using exactly that, then they’re not only going to lose customers, but they are simply de-valuing their brand.”

Lockyer explained: “A brand could provide the very best service or the highest quality product, but if they aren’t ethical, sustainable or at least recognised as trying to be, then the quality recognised elsewhere becomes obsolete.”

He added: “If a brand isn’t making those necessary changes to become more sustainable, or isn’t working towards a specific target, this is what it will become known for – irrespective of how popular or loved the products are.”

73% of consumers admit that they are willing to pay more for sustainable packaging, a number that reportedly rises to 83% among younger buyers

Other brands are innovating with fibre for secondary packaging. For instance, a recycled barley-straw six pack holder was introduced for the Corona beer brand and Saltwater Brewery based in Florida introduced an eco six pack ring called an E6PR, which has since been rolled out to a broad sweep of drinks companies to also use for their wares.

-How plastic packaging can de-value perceptions of quality

-Drinktec 2022: KHS will be presenting its latest machine and packaging systems

  • Line Efficiency: KHS and Ferrum develop filler/seamer block
  • Circular Packaging: PET bottle system for highly carbonated beverages
  • Smart Operations: automated line changeovers boost system availability
  • Reliable Services: digital systems improve machine efficiency

Experience the future of the beverage industry close up with KHS: at drinktec from September 12 to 16 the engineering company will be presenting its latest machine and packaging systems. The focus will be on the filler/seamer block SmartCan by KHS/Ferrum that provides clear benefits regarding hygiene, flexibility and simple operation. With its new Loop LITE PET bottle concept KHS is further helping to optimize the ecobalance of beverage packaging and promoting closed recycling loops. Furthermore, at its booth in Hall B4 the turnkey supplier will also be exhibiting a modular automation concept for PET lines plus its full range of services that include both on-site assignments and remote digital solutions. Packaging-systems – Recycled-PE-PP

After five long years, the wait is finally over: the beverage and liquid food industry can now again look forward to drinktec finally reopening its doors this September! Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, CSO of the KHS Group, is also eagerly anticipating the start of the trade show. “Messe München with drinktec is a close and indispensable partner for us. As the key innovative driver, this leading trade show enjoys a high standing in our branch of industry. True to this year’s KHS motto of ‘OUR PATH INTO YOUR FUTURE’, it’s the perfect platform on which to present our future-oriented systems and services to a large international audience.”

Dr. Grobe is especially delighted that drinktec can actually take place live in 2022. “In the past couple of years countless events have been canceled or staged in a purely virtual format. This was a difficult time for us all. Despite digital solutions, personal contact is essential. As one of the main exhibitors in Munich, we’re very pleased to be able to again welcome our customers and partners in person.”

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Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022 13-07-2022

Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022 13-07-2022

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-Drinktec 2022: NETSTAL presents new PET-LINE 3000

At drinktec NETSTAL will present the new PET-LINE 3000, producing CSD preforms with a thread for tethered caps.

By extending the series, the Swiss company is increasingly establishing itself in the market for preform systems with side removal. Thanks to innovative features, users benefit from higher productivity and lower manufacturing costs.

At drinktec, NETSTAL will present the new PET-LINE with side entry to the international trade audience for the first time as part of an exhibition appearance.

The market launch of the new series already took place in the fall of 2020 with models of 4000 kN clamping force or molds with up to 128 cavities.

Now NETSTAL has expanded the portfolio to include variants with 3000 kN and is bringing a PET-LINE 3000-4000 to its booth in Hall C5.Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

The system is suitable for molds with up to 96 cavities and impresses with its particularly fast lock-to-lock time of just 1.9 seconds. “Our strategy of re-sorting the market situation in the side-entry system sector is paying off. With the new PET-LINE, we are now winning significantly more new customers than before. The system convinces customers with lower manufacturing costs per preform. To reach further target groups soon, the 5000 kN model is already under development,” says Renzo Davatz, CEO of NETSTAL and member of the Executive Committee of the KraussMaffei Group.

The new PET-LINE 3000 can already be ordered and the first models are already running successfully at customer sites. NETSTAL will supply separate information on the sales launch of the larger PET-LINE 5000 later.Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

Fully compatible, higher productivity and less energy consumption

“In the production environment, the new PET-LINE was compared with similar machines from other manufacturers. Existing 96-cavity molds and post-mold-cooling stations were used in the tests. Energy consumption was reduced by 20-25% with the new PET-LINE. At the same time, material throughput increased due to the faster cycle time. The customer produced more preforms per unit of time at significantly lower electricity costs,” explains Stefan Kleinfeld, PET Product Manager at NETSTAL. The considerable energy savings are the result of many innovations developed and implemented at NETSTAL. In addition to the latest generation of drives and inverters, the electric toggle without ball screw and adaptive control play a key role. Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

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-Braskem Extends Relationship with Nexus Circular through MOU for Commercial Off-Take of Circular Plastic Feedstocks from New Advanced Recycling Facility

Nexus Circular and Braskem S.A.  (“Braskem”), the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, today announced that they have signed a detailed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to secure the production output from a new advanced recycling facility planned near Chicago, IL.  The new facility will have an initial capacity to convert over 30,000 metric tons annually of used plastic into new materials, with the potential to rapidly expand the processing capacity to over 120,000 metric tons annually.

Nexus Circular is a commercial leader in advanced recycling that uses proprietary technology and a leading process design to convert landfill-bound films and other hard-to-recycle plastics into high-quality materials used to produce virgin-quality sustainable plastics.  Since 2018, Nexus has been supplying consistent, on-spec commercial volumes of ISCC PLUS certified circular products.  In January 2022, Braskem made a strategic investment in Nexus Circular. Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

By the terms of the MOU, Braskem gains exclusive rights to the production output from this new advanced recycling facility, which supports Braskem’s strategic objective to sell 300 thousand metric tons of products with recycled content by 2025 and 1 million metric tons by 2030.  Braskem America’s CEO Mark Nikolich said, “With the new facility, we will leverage Nexus’ proven, commercial advanced recycling technology to secure high-quality feedstock for the production of Braskem’s certified circular PP resins. Braskem has dedicated substantial resources towards reducing plastic waste and is making significant progress towards a more sustainable portfolio of PP to support our clients’ goals.”

Eric Hartz, Nexus Circular’s Co-founder, and President added, “Nexus is rapidly expanding our production footprint, beyond our current commercial plant, with leading companies.  We are thrilled to have Braskem as a committed partner, in addition to being an investor, as we move decisively to address the outsized market demand for circular recycled products while helping to mitigate the plastic waste challenge.”

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-Hillenbrand to Buy Herbold

Move positions company to offer recyclers an integrated solution for material preparation—from washing and separation to compounding.

Hillenbrand announced it has agreed to purchase Herbold Meckesheim for $80 million. Herbold Meckesheim is a German manufacturer of recycling systems, specializing in washing, separating, drying, shredding, and pulverizing.

Hillenbrand, which began as a casket company in 1906 and still owns Batesville, began acquiring industrial companies in 2010. In 2012 it acquired Coperion, a manufacturer of compounding systems.

Herbold will become part of Hillenbrand’s Advanced Processing Solutions (APS) segment, along with Coperion and Rotex. The APS segment is focused on highly engineered industrial processing solutions and aftermarket parts and services for a variety of end markets and applications. The addition of Herbold will position Hillenbrand to offer recyclers an integrated solution for material preparation, from washing and separation to compounding. Plastics-recycling – Drinktec – Circular-plastic

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-Biomerics Acquires Dependable Plastics, Creates Medical Plastics Division

Biomerics, a vertically integrated contract manufacturer serving the interventional medical device market, announced today the acquisition of Dependable Plastics and creation of the new Biomerics Interventional Medical Plastics (IMP) Division.

With operations in Fairfield, CA, and Salt Lake City, Biomerics IMP is described as a full-service plastic component supplier to the interventional device market with a focus on robotic-assisted surgery. .Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

Dependable Plastics was founded in 1983 by Harry Marquez and Emil Eger and is specialized in advanced thermoforming, liquid cast resin molding, and additive manufacturing. Combining these capabilities with Biomerics’ injection molding operations will position the new IMP division as a full-service plastic component supplier to the interventional markets. The acquisition marks Biomerics’ second expansion into California, complementing its Micromachining Center of Excellence in Santa Clara, said the company in the news release.

Biomerics IMP has expertise in a variety of plastic component technologies including liquid cast resin, thermoforming, injection molding, and additive manufacturing. The division also offers secondary processes including pad printing, painting, shielding, and sub-assemblies. Biomerics provides design, development, and production services to help customers develop robot-assisted surgery systems.

Biomerics IMP will be led by Brett Poole, who will transfer responsibilities from the founders over the rest of the year.  Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

“I look forward to joining Biomerics to lead the Dependable Plastics team,” said Poole, adding that his goal is to continue the company’s “40-year history of excellence and integrating these new capabilities into Biomerics.”

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-Water Bottler Powers Recycling with Renewable Energy

CG Roxane gets 30% of its power for repalletizing rPET at San Bernardino, Calif., from SolarEdge solar panels.  Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

CG Roxane, the family-owned bottled-water company based in Novato, Calif., has completed a year of using solar panels to provide power for its PET reprocessing plant in San Bernardino, Calif. That plant, opened in 2019, can repelletize 35 million lb/yr of clean, washed rPET bottle flake from a recycler. The pellets are currently shipped to two California plants for molding into preforms and then PET bottles for Crystal Geiser Alpine Spring Water. In June 2021, CG Roxane installed rooftop SolarEdge solar panels. After a year in operation, those panels have generated over 1.42 GWh of electricity, supplying an average of 30% of the plant’s power needs. The panels can supply over 90% of its needs when the sun is at its zenith.

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-Expanding Freudenberg’s Eco-Check portfolio

Freudenberg Performance Materials is endorsing five further sustainable products with its Eco-Check label, introduced last year. Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

“The Eco-Check label is a quick and easy way for our customers to identify particularly sustainable solutions,” said CTO John McNabb. “The company’s sustainability label is only used to endorse products that either save resources during production, improve the manufacturing footprint of customers, can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner after use, or contain certain features that contribute to a long service life. The label indicates to our customers that a product offers significant direct advantages in terms of environmental protection, leading to more sustainable solutions.”

New Eco-Check products include an Evolon microfilament reinforcement material for leather goods that is manufactured with no solvent or binder. It contains up to 80% recycled PET and is suitable for a broad range of applications. The material is produced at Freudenberg’s facility in Colmar, France, where the manufacturing process is highly sustainable. It is certified to STeP by Oeko-Tex and fully complies with the Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex criteria. Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

In the field of healthcare, the bio-based M 1714 wound pad with superior absorption for more challenging wounds has now also been endorsed with the Eco-Check label. The dressing consists of a mix of bio-based fibres derived from natural sources and exhibits a smooth wound contact layer. The product has been evaluated for industrial compostability and conforms to ISO 13432.

Another labelled product is TF 400 Eco F mesh fabric for textile architecture from Mehler Texnologies. Its yarn is made of 100% recycled PET bottles and its characteristics are very similar to those of conventional mesh fabrics. In 2021, it received an award from the Architectural Membrane Association in recognition of its properties.

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-July contract price of phenol in Europe increased by EUR406 per ton

July’s contract price of phenol in Europe rose by EUR406 per tonne to a record high, ACCORDING TO ICIS.

The price increased as a result of the increase in benzene prices in July by EUR386 per ton and the increase in the cost of energy by EUR20 per ton. The supply and demand adder moved to the third quarter.Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

Currently, prices are EUR2,974–3,004 per tonne, FD NWE.

Earlier it was reported that the Chinese Sinopec Mitsui Chemicals, a subsidiary of the Chinese Sinopec and the Japanese Mitsui Chemicals, reduced the load at the plant for the production of phenol and acetone in Shanghai (Shanghai, China) to 80%. At this enterprise with a capacity of 250 thousand tons of phenol and 150 thousand tons of acetone per year, from July 2-3, the load was reduced from 90% to 80%.

Phenol is the main raw component for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which in turn is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).

July contract price of phenol in Europe increased by EUR406 per ton

-Up to 65% of collected plastic waste is incinerated

Plastics Europe: more room needed urgently for chemical recycling

With a recycling percentage of 45% of collected plastic waste, the Netherlands is the European leader in plastics recycling. The European average is 35%. It shows there is still much room for improvement. Plastics-recycling – Drinktec-2022

This is evident from figures from 2020 published earlier this year in the Circular Economy for Plastics report. They make it clear that opportunities remain, because more than half of the plastic waste collected is incinerated, even in our country that leads the way in recycling. Valuable raw materials for circular plastics are lost as a result, as is the opportunity to further reduce CO2 emissions.

Plastics Europe, the industry organisation, has been advocating at European level for some time now for an accelerated increase in the possibilities for chemical recycling, in addition to mechanical recycling. Firstly, by making plastic waste available for chemical recycling that is currently difficult to recycle mechanically, or for which separate separation and recycling do not break even.

Up to 65% of collected plastic waste is incinerated

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China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber 12-07-2022

China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber 12-07-2022

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-Recycling: Finding ways to recycle rubber

In the lead-up to the K trade fair 2022, industry association VDMA provides an interview with Daniela Dingfelder, COO of Deguma-Schuetz GmbH, on the potentials of recycling rubber.

Is rubber sustainable as a material?

Both natural rubber and synthetic rubber have advantages and disadvantages in terms of sustainability. Both are indispensable in everyday life – for everyday goods such as shoe soles as well as in the construction industry, the automotive industry or tunnel construction. The negative aspects are that natural rubber is mainly obtained from monocultures, while synthetic rubber is based on fossil oil. We need rubber, but we want it to be sustainable. That’s why for some time, we’ve occupied ourselves more intensely with recycling. Together with our customers, we are looking for ways to recycle the material and develop the right machines to do so. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

How much interest is there in that area?

Awareness of sustainability has grown enormously within the industry. We can see that in the number of projects that our sector alone is pursuing, as companies recognise their responsibility. At Deguma, we say, yes, we are building machines for rubber production and processing, but we see to it that we do so as sustainably as possible. For example, we have developed a new drive system that enables energy savings of up to 30%. We are also switching to a modular design, so that only components and modules need to be replaced rather than the entire machine.

Deguma is a specialist in retrofitting. Does this also contribute towards climate protection?

Deguma originally comes from the field of machine reworking. We have been working for years on making machines more energy-efficient when they are retrofitted, for example with our new drive system. This enables maximum torques to be achieved even at lowest speeds. One of our customers was able to save 100,000 kWh of electricity per year in production as a result. The machines are extremely durable. We currently have a machine from 1937 under revision. We can bring these machines up to current technical standards and return them to the market, where they can be used for many years to come. They are then very efficient, and raw materials for new machines are saved. But there are limits to what we can do in this field. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

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-Towards a circular, plastic-free and regenerative fabrics future

The 10th Future Fabrics Expo, held on the 28th and 29th of June in London, presented an extensive selection of commercially available fabrics to provide alternatives to conventional high environmental impact materials. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

In addition, the expo showcased emerging and speculative fabrics and technologies in the innovation hub and curated area of solutions, which focussed on materials created from agricultural waste and other bio-based ingredients, as well as promoting plastic-free fashion and the integration of biodiversity preservation and regenerative agriculture practices.

The journey to circularity

The fashion industry has to drastically reduce the use of virgin oil-based synthetics such as polyester and nylon and one of the first steps is the adoption of recycled fabrics, as these are generally considered to have a lower environmental impact. While industry is increasingly adopting recycled synthetics, it must be noted that most of these are made from discarded plastic bottles and other plastic waste, rather than pre or post-consumer textile waste.

Environmental organisation and global collaboration network Parley for the Oceans has been one of the success stories in this space and is working with brands including adidas, Dior and Byborre to prevent plastic from entering the oceans and transforming it into sportswear and fashion. More recently, innovators have turned their attention to post consumer tyre waste, which would otherwise be incinerated. Q-Cycle by Fulgar is a yarn created through the chemically recycling of old tyres, which involves breaking down the material into its chemical components and reprocessing it into new materials.

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-China’s textile and garment industry is in big trouble

Spotlight on China

Chinese media outlet Da Ji Yuan reported on July 07 that China’s textile and garment industry is suffering from a large number of orders moving out of the country like never before. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

According to the report, China is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of textiles and garments. The regime relies heavily on exports of textiles and garments to secure foreign exchange reserves and stable employment.

-China’s textile and garment industry is in big trouble

Chinese media outlet Da Ji Yuan reported on July 07 that China’s textile and garment industry is suffering from a large number of orders moving out of the country like never before. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

According to the report, China is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of textiles and garments. The regime relies heavily on exports of textiles and garments to secure foreign exchange reserves and stable employment.

In the first half of 2022, data from the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles (CCCT) estimated that the scale of China’s textile and garment orders transferred overseas was about 6 billion dollars. Among these, 1 billion came from textiles and 5 billion from garments.

More specifically, India was the main place for textile orders, while Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia took apparel orders.

An official at CCCT said that the transfer scale would increase to about 10 billion dollars in the second half of this year, 8 billion of which would relate to garment orders and the rest to textiles.

Yue Jin (pseudonym), head of a small textile firm in Wujiang of  Jiangsu province said, “This year’s performance is very weak, even more challenging than 2020, and all orders have dropped by at least 40% compared with last year.”

He added that other local small and medium enterprises are also in the same situation. Raw material prices have risen since the beginning of this year but companies have had to keep the same prices for their products to be competitive.

Meng Zhuo, manager of Anhui Garment Import and Export Co., Ltd. said that most factories have no customers’ orders by September this year. At the same time last year, the orders lasted until at least November. And the production of garment factories was too tight to complete all orders then. But this year, factories will have no orders two or three months earlier than expected. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

The China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles has recently conducted a survey where 30% of the surveyees were small and medium enterprises. The result shows that 85% of the companies think that the customers’ orders within the industry will be transferred overseas.

-Tüpraş and Honeywell sign licensing agreement for the use of Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology; renewable diesel and SAF

Honeywell announced that Turkish refiner Tüpraş will license Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology to produce biofuels from feedstocks such as used cooking oil and waste animal fat at their refinery in Izmir, Türkiye. The new Ecofining plant is being designed to convert approximately 8,300 barrels per day of waste feeds/feedstocks to SAF, renewable diesel, and other products. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

SAF and renewable diesel have similar molecules to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels and can be used as a drop-in replacement without engine modifications. In the case of SAF, it can be used in blends of up to 50% with the remainder as conventional (fossil based) jet fuel. Apart from SAF, Bio-naphtha and Bio-LPG are used in the production of plastics, specifically olefins that are building blocks for other chemicals and aromatics used to produce polyester and other packaging materials.

Depending on feedstock choice, renewable diesel and SAF, which are produced from the Ecofining process, are expected to result in a significant reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional diesel or aviation fuel from petroleum. Honeywell is an early pioneer in SAF production with its Ecofining technology, which has been used to produce SAF commercially since 2016.

Tüpraş and Honeywell sign licensing agreement for the use of Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology; renewable diesel and SAF

-Sharp rise in the price of recyclable materials

Ontario will run out of landfill space at over the next decade.

The value of recyclable materials has jumped in the province year over year. Materials like plastic, cardboard and aluminum have brought in millions to waste management agencies.

Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA) recycling revenue more than doubled in 2021.  China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

The agency that handles solid waste in Windsor-Essex raised nearly $2.8 million more last year than in 2020, thanks to recycling, according to its annual report.

The document explains that prices have increased for the majority of recyclable products. Only the prices of a few, including glass, have not increased, it says.

A ton of polyethylene terephthalate plastic, sometimes used to make plastic bottles, has gone from less than $200 in 2020 to around $900 this year. The price per tonne of newsprint has quadrupled, from $50 in 2019 to $200 in 2022.

According to EWSWA CEO Michelle Bishop, the last time her agency made nearly $5 million in profits was about 10 years ago. I believe it was around 2012. We indeed had a banner year at the time and we received about $4.8 million, she says.

“REVENUE FROM THE PROCESSING, SORTING AND SALE OF THESE MATERIALS HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY FROM 2020. WE WERE AT $4.9 MILLION FOR 2021. MICHELLE BISHOP, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EWSWA

The agency is still expecting high prices this year and has already exceeded its forecast, adds Bishop.

She thinks the change in consumer habits during the pandemic has caused the prices of recyclable materials to skyrocket. Since the pandemic, it’s been no secret that many of us are shopping online and getting products delivered right to the door […] This has increased the demand for cardboard , she says.

Sharp rise in the price of recyclable materials

-Solving the problem of plastic waste

The challenge

Plastic is a fantastic material with many beneficial applications and has become part of our everyday lives. For this reason, forecasts suggest that up to a billion tonnes could be produced every year by 2050. However, just 12% of the plastic that is produced today is recycled. The majority of plastic is either landfilled, incinerated or leaked into the environment, as seen through the rising levels of plastic in our oceans.

Given technological challenges with current recycling methods, new solutions are required to solve this growing problem, and chemical recycling is becoming recognised as a key component in the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy, decoupling plastic production from fossil-fuel sources and recovering value from plastic waste.

The solution

Chemical recycling is the broad term used to describe a range of emerging technologies that allow plastics that are either technically difficult to process or uneconomic to recover, to be recycled.  China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

By turning plastic waste back into base chemicals and chemical feedstocks, chemical recycling processes have the potential to dramatically improve recycling rates and divert plastic waste from landfill or incineration.

Feedstock Recycling

Converts residual plastic waste, that would normally be landfilled or incinerated, into oil that can be used by the petrochemical industry as the feedstock for producing virgin quality plastic.

Monomer Recycling

Cracks long polymer molecules back into the monomer building block, for example polystyrene into styrene, from which more polystyrene can be produced.

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-Caps and bottles are now inseparable – especially when it comes to recycling

Due to an impending directive set forth by the European Union (EU), tethered caps which remain permanently attached to the bottle after opening and during use will soon be widely available for consumers across Europe. The aim of the new directive is to prevent unintended environmental waste and facilitate the recycling of caps and closures alongside their containers. A multinational beverage manufacturer shares the EU’s commitment and has introduced tethered caps from Affaba & Ferrari, a TriMas Packaging brand, for its iced tea brand.

The company has set the goal of reducing the impact of its bottles on the environment, while offering its customers an opportunity to enjoy their drinks sustainably. With Affaba & Ferrari’s new 1P23 tethered cap, the established beverage manufacturer has found a solution to meet the upcoming directive as well as its own sustainability goals.

Progressive design fulfills both sustainability requirements and customer demand

Affaba & Ferrari specialises in the production of precision caps and closures used in food, beverage, agrochemical and industrial applications. Its latest product, the tethered cap, supports companies in meeting their sustainability goals.

“Bottle caps can in fact be recycled but they are often lost, discarded or simply end up as waste. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

The design of our tethered caps goes a long way toward ensuring this will no longer occur,” explains Guglielmo Ferrari, Plant Manager at Affaba & Ferrari. The new tethered cap closure is attached to a safety ring through a tab which enables an ideal opening position, allowing the consumer to easily drink out of the bottle, while guaranteeing that it cannot separate from the container and be discarded. Additionally, the innovative, lightweight cap with a horizontal hinge is suitable for aseptic filling and is fully customizable to enhance the customer’s brand identity.

Entire beverage portfolio to be equipped with tethered caps over time

The beverage manufacturer has already launched the tethered cap in the Italian market, beginning with its iced tea brand. With the introduction of the new caps, the company has also reduced the amount of plastic required for each iced tea bottle cap by 14%. This is only one of the first steps in the company’s strategy to drive forward a circular economy for its plastic products. Just recently, the well-known beverage manufacturer announced its plans to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030. It also plans to make its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

Caps and bottles are now inseparable – especially when it comes to recycling

-Neste, MAN and Altens sign a partnership to promote biofuels in France

Sharing a common vision where biofuels have a key role to play in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in transportation – Neste, MAN and Altens have signed a partnership contract aimed at promoting biofuels in France, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

France is a strong market for biodiesel and FAME, but many OEMs would like to see more renewable diesel, also known as HVO100, on the market. The objective of this partnership is to promote the common vision of Neste, MAN and Altens of the crucial role that biofuels can and must play in the sustainability transformation of the transportation of goods and people. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

“This partnership with Neste, a world leader in producing renewable diesel, and Altens, a multi-biofuel supplier in France reinforces MAN’s multi-biofuel approach,” says Jean-Yves Kerbrat, Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus France. “MAN advocates sustainable biofuels as opposed to fossil fuels because they allow significant reductions in CO2 emissions and are easy to implement solutions in the short term,” Jean-Yves continues.

MAN Truck and Bus France as an industrial vehicle manufacturer offering several biofuel solutions (HVO100, B100 and biogas) is convinced that biofuels is a solution that is available here and now, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the already existing vehicle fleets and engine technologies, not requiring any additional investments into these.

“Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a high-quality, high-performance fuel, a more sustainable alternative to fossil diesel, helping its users reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%* when emissions over the fuel’s life cycle are compared with fossil diesel. With Neste MY Renewable Diesel, companies can reduce their climate emissions significantly in an instant by just changing the fuel,” says Peter Zonneveld, Vice President Sales, Europe and APAC, Renewable Road Transportation at Neste. “We are committed to supporting our customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 MMtpy by 2030,” Peter Zonneveld said. China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

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China-textile-garment-trouble – recycled-rubber

Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle 11-07-2022

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-Faurecia to close French seat-frame plant

French supplier Faurecia said today that it plans to close a plant producing seat frames in eastern France, with the loss of 78 jobs.

The Nompatelize seat-frame factory will close at the end of the year, the company said in a statement.

Domestic vehicle production by French carmakers Renault and Faurecia’s parent, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, has fallen 40 percent since 2007 to 1.5 million last year as demand for new cars slumped and manufacturers transferred assembly lines to lower-wage economies. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

Over the past three years, the Nompatelize site has responded to falling sales with temporary layoffs and staff transfers to other Faurecia sites, the company said.

“The current levels of activity and forecasts are not sufficient to maintain operations in the face of ongoing losses,” the statement said.

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-Demand for Recycled Resin to Outpace Supply

Report cites limitations in waste collection and recycling infrastructure.

Corporate sustainability goals and new legislation are driving increased demand for recycled plastics. Notably, a new California law targets a 30% recycling rate for single use plastics by 2028, increasing to 65% by 2032. However, the ambitious targets set by companies and governments may be beyond the reach of current recycling infrastructure.

An article by Paula Leardini, senior analyst at ICIS, describes the gap between current capacity and expected demand. ICIS estimates that in 2021 there were 53 million tons of input capacity for rPET, rPE, and rPP and that global recycle output reached 12% of global virgin consumption. Recycled content targets adopted by corporations and mandated by governments are generally far higher. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

To estimate expected global demand, an ICIS model assumed a recycled content target of 50% by 2025 for PET, 25% by 2025 for PE and PP, and 35% by 2030 for PE and PP.

The model predicts that an annual growth rate of over 45% would be needed to reach recycled content rate targets by 2025. Leardini writes that at least 1800 new recycling plants with an average output of 27,500 tons per year would be necessary for PET alone.  An annual growth rate of over 20% would be required to meet the targets for 2030, requiring 600 new recycling plants in each of the next nine years.

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-Covestro’s focus on sustainable PU at K

Covestro will focus on its sustainability drive at K 2022  in October, following up on its recently announced collaboration with two petrochemical companies, Finland’s Neste and South Korea’s SK Geocentric, to supply mass-balanced benzene for MDI production in China.

The company had already committed to making TDI from renewable raw materials, including biomass, bio waste and residual materials, allocated to products using a mass-balance approach. This, it claims, generates no net CO2 from production “cradle” to the factory gate. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

It is gradually converting production sites to the ISCC Plus sustainability standard. This is already in place at Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdigen in Germany; Antwerp, Belgium and Shanghai, China. Covestro has signed contracts with energy suppliers including Ørsted, EnBW, ENGIE and Datang Wuzhong New Energy, among others to supply these sites with electricity from renewable sources.

Covestro and its partners have developed a chemical recycling process to recover polyol and the precursor to TDI from PU mattress foam, with results at the pilot plant in Leverkusen said to be promising. The partner companies now intend to extend the project to the industrial processing of flexible foams.

The company is also a co-ordinator of the Circular Foam project. This EU initiative includes 22 partners from nine countries, dedicated to the chemical reprocessing of rigid PU from building insulation and used refrigerators.

The project aims to save up to 1 million metric tons of waste, and 2.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, annually in Europe by 2040. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

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-SAP and DIC to develop plastic tracing system using blockchain

The GreenToken by SAP blockchain solution will be used to track raw materials along the supply chain.

Japanese chemical company DIC Corporation (DIC) has partnered with application software firm SAP to develop a waste plastic traceability system to increase the recycling of plastic resources. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

The pilot project will use GreenToken by SAP, a private blockchain solution, to track raw materials along the supply chain from the initial stage of material generation.

The process aims to improve the visibility of manufacturing and inspection processes, as well as that of data related to quality and physical properties.

GreenToken by SAP records information such as unique attributes related to the origin of raw materials, carbon footprint, the origin of collected polystyrene containers and sustainability certification data using tokens.

The digital twin technology allows materials to be tracked even if they are combined with other raw materials and processed into new products.

DIC packaging material products division executive officer and general manager Yuji Morinaga said: “Consumer awareness of the circular economy is high. This has increased demand for sustainable packaging.

“Our work with the GreenToken helps substantiate environmental claims and supports our mission to advance the recycling of plastics and build a closed-loop recycling system that employs chemical recycling.”

SAP developed GreenToken by SAP through its intrapreneurship programme.

The technology makes the supply chain transparent at all points, from origin to manufacture, sale, use, collection, pulverisation, recycling and reuse.

GreenToken by SAP co-founder James Veale said: “Our solution proves that it really is circular plastic and provides complete, auditable supply chain transparency.

“That means more trust in recycling from customers and ultimately less waste in the environment.”

DIC manufactures polystyrene, a polymer widely used in containers for food products and other applications. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

SAP and DIC to develop plastic tracing system using blockchain

-Two US states pass supportive chemical recycling legislation

New Hampshire and Missouri have passed legislation supporting chemical recycling, bringing the total number of states with similar legislation to 20, with six bills having been passed since the start of 2022. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

US PLASTICS AND RECYCLING SNAPSHOT

Under New Hampshire Senate Bill 367 and Missouri House Bill 2485, the legal definitions of chemical recycling processes such as pyrolysis, solvolysis and depolymerisation will be amended to no longer be categorised under “disposal” and “solid waste management facility”.

This would mean the investment, construction and running of chemical recycling facilities covered under these laws could grant them funding, taxation or environmental regulation as a recycling facility rather than as a waste to fuel or disposal facility.

Moreover, adopting the legal definition of recycling opens the door for chemically recycled material to be used in future post-consumer recycled (PCR) content mandates or as marketable recycled material.

Many chemical recycling technologies have existed for years, although companies have only recently commissioned production units.

Chemical recyclers estimate that it will take at least another seven to 10 years to reach true commercial scale. The bulk of the industry remains at pilot stage, with most prices being negotiated via tolling agreements. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

While chemical recycling technology could provide complementary opportunities for plastic waste streams that are difficult to mechanically recycle, often chemical recycling facilities can utilise the same feedstocks as mechanical recyclers.

Two US states pass supportive chemical recycling legislation

-MEG rebounds on further output contraction

MEG spot and futures prices increased Thursday on news of further output contraction after hovering low for a while.

Besides planned maintenance, some producers were inactive to keep the units running due to poor economics. Operating rate of MEG units in China is expected to fall to a quite low level in mid-August. Coal-based MEG plant operating rate is expected to fell to around 35% or even lower. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

China domestic MEG supply will further decrease in July-August. Based on the estimation of 81%, 85% and 87% for polyester polymerization rate in July, August and September, total MEG inventory is expected to decrease by around 200kt.

However, MEG inventory remains high and the supply-demand structure remains weak. Meanwhile, a lot of MEG cargoes are expected to arrive in end-July. The upward momentum may weaken with the improvement of production margins.

MEG rebounds on further output contraction

-Kao uses chemically recycled PET material for the inner plate in foundation makeup

Beginning with the materials used to make the inner plate of the makeup brand media’s new powder foundation, the Kao Corporation is incorporating the use of chemically recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) material manufactured by PET Refine Technology Co., Ltd., a group company of JEPLAN Inc., using the chemical recycling technology* maintained by JEPLAN. Kao will progressively introduce chemically recycled PET materials starting in July of this year. Petrochemicals – Recycled Resin – PET-bottle

Through this initiative, Kao will reduce the amount of virgin plastic used in the makeup category of the Kao cosmetics business, promote sustainable manufacturing, and further promote efforts to realize horizontal recycling of plastic cosmetic containers.

Kao began using chemically recycled PET materials from the skin care product containers of the cosmetics brand Twany in June 2021, and has been gradually expanding their use to a number of brands. In collaboration with JEPLAN, Kao is also working on a horizontal recycling field test where used cosmetics bottles collected from customers at stores are turned into new plastic cosmetic bottles.

On the other hand, powder foundations have traditionally been able to be used by repeatedly refilling the compact case. Depending on the features of the product, the refill can be an inner plate made of virgin PET material or aluminum.

The inner plate, which is made of virgin PET material, will be gradually switched to chemically recycled PET material of the same quality. Kao continues to promote more environmentally friendly and sustainable manufacturing.

Kao uses chemically recycled PET material for the inner plate in foundation makeup

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-Confoil and BASF cooperate to develop certified compostable dual ovenable paper tray for packaging of ready-to-eat meals

The Australian food packaging manufacturer Confoil and BASF have cooperated to develop a certified compostable and dual ovenable food tray based on paper. The paper tray is coated on the inside with BASF’s ecovio® PS 1606, a partly bio-based and certified compostable biopolymer especially developed for coating food packaging made of paper or board. The trays called DualPakECO® are certified according to the Australian standard AS4736-2006 and food contact approved according to international requirements. They can be used for ready-to-eat meals like lasagne, curries and stir-fries available as cold or frozen in supermarkets as well as for catering and take-away from restaurants.

The trays extend the end-of-life options for paper-based packaging by being organically recyclable: They can be commercially composted with the organic waste collected in organic waste bins. Thus the new packaging solution supports organics recycling of food residues and food-soiled packaging which increases the diversion of food waste from landfill and incineration.

Alternative to PET plus sustainability benefit

This new certified compostable solution is an alternative to conventional PET packaging for ready-to-eat meals: The trays can be heated in conventional ovens and microwaves, can be chilled or frozen. They show excellent barrier properties against fats, liquids and odors helping to preserve freshness and flavors. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

“We wanted to create a paper-based food tray that meets all the food industries’ requirements but with the added benefit that it is certified compostable”, said Alison Buxton, CEO of Confoil. “With BASF’s certified compostable biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606 we have found the ideal component to take the next step towards sustainable solutions in our portfolio and to help our customers reach their sustainability targets at the same time. Our joint development represents a shift to paper-based and certified compostable material in order to support the Australian 2025 National Plastics Plan which aims at reducing the impact of packaging on the environment.”

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-Asia does not reach agreement on July contract prices for paraxylene

Negotiators to agree on July’s contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have failed to reach an agreement for the current month, market sources told ICIS.

According to them, the approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers.

Price offers in Asia for July are in the range of USD1,020 -1,130 per ton, CFR Asia, against counter-bids at USD1,350 – 1,380 per ton, CFR Asia. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

This is the seventh time this year that no major agreement has been reached.

Earlier it was reported that major Asian producers of paraxylene announced their contract prices for material for May supplies at the level of USD1,250-1,300 per ton, which is USD50-70 per ton lower than the level of April contract price offers.

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

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-July contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR100 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for July shipments has been agreed at EUR1,495 per tonne, down EUR100 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS said.

The contract price was approved on the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This contract price has been expressly confirmed by two producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum sufficient configuration necessary to approve the contract price of ethylene. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

The decline was driven by lower naphtha prices and the long-term balance of supply and demand.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,665 per ton, which is EUR230 per ton higher than the level of the previous month.

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

July contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR100 per ton

-Romania prepares for deposit return system

Romania is on a rapidly approaching deadline to launch its deposit return system in October 2022 (in accordance with Government Decision 1074/2021), to align with the targets of the European Union’s Single-Use Plastics Directive and to tackle beverage container pollution. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

In Europe alone, more than 25 million tons of plastic waste are generated every year, yet less than 30% of such waste is collected or recycled. The Single-Use Plastics Directive requires member states to separately collect 77% of single-use plastic bottles with caps and lids by 2025, with an ultimate target of 90% by 2029.

In October 2021, the Romanian government approved a decision regulating the deposit return system for single-use primary packaging, according to which consumers will pay a RON 0.50 (USD 0.11) deposit when they buy beverages from retailers. Consumers will receive their deposit back when they bring the empty beverage containers to one of the return points for recycling. Romania’s deposit return system will cover single-use beverage packaging in glass, plastic or metal, with volumes between 0.1 and 3 liters.

Reverse vending technology company for deposit return systems, Tomra, opened an office in Romania in 2021 and already has a national service network ready to support stakeholders who will operate the return points. The first machines were installed in Romania starting in 2012 to support a voluntary project and since then have collected more than half a billion (571 million) plastic bottles, 63 million aluminium cans and 34 million glass bottles.

Deposit return systems have already proven to be highly efficient: for example, the European average collection rate for plastic beverage bottles in countries without a deposit is 47%, whereas European countries with deposit systems collect 94% of eligible plastic beverage bottles. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

A number of states or countries have committed to update existing deposit return systems or develop new systems.

Romania prepares for deposit return system

-JP Morgan warns that oil prices could surge to $380 a barrel

The price of oil may rise to a “stratospheric” $380 per barrel if US and European sanctions lead Russia to reduce its crude supply in retaliation.

This was disclosed by JPMorgan analysts endorsed by Natasha Kaneva in a note to clients seen by Bloomberg. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

Back story

The Group of Seven (G7) leaders recently discussed a plan to cap the price of Russian oil in order to put pressure on Moscow, which is benefiting from rising energy prices, and cut off its sources of funding for the invasion of Ukraine, which prompted the note.

A price exception could work through a mechanism to restrict or ban insurance or financing for Russian oil shipments above a certain amount. It could prevent spillover effects to low-income countries that are struggling with high food and energy costs.

In order to accomplish this objective, the G7 needed the support of oil-exporting nations in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies in a bloc known as OPEC+, which includes Russia.

The European Union still plans to ban imports of most Russian oil from the end of the year. The US, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan will also ban Russian gold imports. France also supported the move.

What they are saying

JPMorgan warned that if US and European penalties prompt Russia to inflict retaliatory crude-output cuts

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Plastic-Munching Bacteria Offer Hope for Recycling

Our lakes, rivers and oceans are increasingly clogged with plastic, plus trillions of microscopic fragments thereof, from all the useful and disturbingly durable products made possible by the petroleum industry. This deluge of waste has grown exponentially over 60 years. Some 10 million tons of bottles, nets, bags, buckets and food wrappings are deliberately or indifferently dumped each year into our waterways, where they entangle and kill marine life and damage the organs of the creatures, including, possibly, humans, that ingest them. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

What can we do? For 70 years, we’ve been trying to recycle plastic, without much success. Some think it will never truly work, in large part because there are many different types of plastics, and they generally can’t be recycled together. Also, recycling is still more expensive than manufacturing new plastic; the plastics industry is expected to produce three times as much plastic in 2040 as it does today.

Plastic has become so enmeshed in our ecosystem that bacteria have evolved to digest it.

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-PE: weak demand weighs more than turnaround plans

In Jun, PE market moves down affected by the pullback of upstream crude oil, the decline in the cost side, and the poor downstream demand.

The operating rate of PE has declined in June, as many plants shut accidentally in the second half of the month, mainly LLDPE/HDPE plants and LDPE plants. The supply side has tightened slightly. At the same time, according to the current information, more plants are expected shut for maintenance in Jul, such as Shenhua Yulin, PetroChina Daqing PC, and Shaanxi Yanchang ChinaCoal and so on, and the supply pressure in the late market has weakened. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

In terms of demand, downstream is in the traditional slack season, and orders are limited. Moreover, the unblocking of Shanghai has not boosted demand. Although the logistics and transportations has improved compared with the previous month, the downstream transaction has not been significantly improved under the overall weak market situation. Since the ex-works price of petrochemical plants is relatively high and more plants shut for maintenance, market supply is tight and the downward potential of market price is limited. Downstream is in wait-and-see stance, and buying intention is not strong except for some replenishment requirements.

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-PLA: becoming a market leader in bioplastics

To meet the challenge of climate change, we are exploring the most promising pathways for converting biomass, including polylactic acid (PLA), a 100% biobased and biodegradable plastic produced from renewable raw materials (sugar or starch). In March 2017, we created a joint venture with the world leader in lactic acid, Dutch company Corbion. Our ambition is to become a major player in the fast-growing bioplastics market.

Producing and Marketing Bioplastics

Driven by strong demand, the bioplastics market is expanding steadily, with an estimated annual growth rate of between 10% and 15% by 2025. A fully biobased and biodegradable polymer, PLA is one of the first renewable polymers able to compete with conventional polymers in terms of performance. It is also three times less carbon intensive.

By partnering with Corbion, our ambition is to become the world’s number two supplier of PLA. This joint venture aims to produce and market a new range of PLA polymers under the Luminy® brand: from standard PLA to innovative, high heat PLA and PDLA1 with unique properties. Contract-paraxylene – PLA-Bioplastic

The products will meet customers’ needs in a wide range of markets notably packaging, consumer goods, 3D printing, fibers and automotive.

Location: 
– Headquarters: Netherlands
– PLA polymerization plant: Thailand
Partners: TotalEnergies, Corbion (50:50 joint venture)
Start of production: December 2018

75,000 metric tons  production capacity for polylactic acid (PLA), a fully biobased polymer

With this additional 75,000 tonnes per year facility, the global production of PLA bioplastics will increase by almost 50% to 240,000 tonnes per year.

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Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling 04-07-2022

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-World’s largest direct air carbon capture facility will reduce CO2 by .0001%

The world’s largest carbon direct air capture facility has started construction in Iceland, run by Swiss startup Climeworks AG.

When construction finishes in 18-24 months, their facility, named “Mammoth,” will be able to remove 36,000 tons of CO2 from the air per year – which is .0001% of the 36 billion tons of CO2 emitted per year by humanity.

Climeworks currently operates their “Orca” plant which captures 4,000 tons per year and began operations last year. This new plant will increase their capacity by an order of magnitude. Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

Direct air carbon capture is the Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling that carbon can be sucked out of the air through industrial and chemical processes. Climeworks’ new plant will use geothermal power to operate, sucking carbon from the air and mixing it with water, then injecting it into the ground where it reacts with basalt to form solid carbonate rock.

It is favored by large polluters like Exxon as a way to reverse the enormous damage they continue to cause, though currently it is “too expensive” to be scaled in any meaningful way.

Due to this expense and difficulty of scaling, environmentalists question its usefulness. The fear is that the promise of this technology will delay action in reducing carbon emissions today, as humanity may think that a technological answer will eventually come for the chaos we are currently causing to our world.

At the scale of this plant, a million similarly sized plants would be needed just to get humanity carbon neutral. But that’s just net zero – we would then need even more plants to bring CO2 down from the current 420ppm back to 350ppm, which is the number we need to hit to bring the climate back into stasis. To get to this concentration, we need to remove roughly half a trillion tons of carbon out of the atmosphere in total.

Climeworks sells credits for the carbon they remove from the air at a price of 1,000 euros ($1,048) per ton, and companies like Microsoft, Audi, and Shopify have already purchased credits to offset their impact. This is one of the world’s most expensive carbon credits, and is much higher than EPA estimates of the social cost of carbon and Exxon’s “target” number of $100/ton.

Climeworks hoped to get this number down to $100/ton by somewhere in the latter half of this decade, at which point they would like to be responsible for removing 1% of carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

But given that these predictions were made 5 years ago, progress doesn’t seem to be going as quickly as they’d like (or as all of us need).

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-Macquarie invests in PET recycler

Circularix, led by Leon Farahnik, will open the first of five facilities later this year in Pennsylvania.

HPC Industries LLC, Los Angeles, the former owner of defunct bottle-to-bottle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycler CarbonLite, which also was based in Los Angeles, and Australia-based Macquarie Group’s Commodities and Global Markets group have formed a joint venture to produce recycled PET (rPET) pellets that will operate under the name Circularix. Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

Leon Farahnik, chairman of HPC and the former chairman and CEO CarbonLite, serves as chairman and CEO of Circularix, while Alex Delnik, also formerly of CarbonLite as well as being the former CEO and founder of PET recycler Verdeco Recycling, will serve as president and chief operating officer. In addition to its investment as a partner in the joint venture, Macquarie is assisting Circularix with project debt, equipment finance, foreign exchange hedging and other risk management solutions to support its growth.

Farahnik declines to tell Recycling Today the stake that Macquarie has taken in Circularix, saying the information is confidential.

According to a news release issued on behalf of Circularix, plans include building and operating five recycling facilities across the U.S. with a total annual production capacity of more than 275 million pounds of rPET. The first facility, in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, is expected to be operational by December 2022.

Farahnik says the 100,000-square-foot plant is near Allentown, Pennsylvania, which serves as a “major hub for all of our customers.” It will have the capacity to produce 55 million pounds of food-grade rPET pellets from flake rather than bottles, which it will purchase from within a 200-to-250-mile radius of the plant.

He says he expects the next site, which will be in Florida, to be operational in the second quarter of 2023. After that, roughly every six months, the company plans to open sites in Texas, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest, having chosen these locations because of their proximity to customers that Circularix intends to supply.

Farahnik adds that the sites are each expected to have 55 million pounds of capacity and will feature a high degree of automation as well as equipment from Austria-based Starlinger.  Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

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-SD Polymers: ‘One-Stop Solution for Mechanical Recycling’

‘Passionate’ recycler invests in people and technology to meet commitment to innovative, sustainable solutions for its processor customers.

For SD Polymers, a rapidly expanding recycler and compounder, investing in technology and finding and training people who are “passionate” about recycling are keys to meeting current industry challenges such as material price swings, logistical obstacles and inflationary pressures. Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

Family owned since 1998, the Macon, Ga., company has diversified into three business segments, headed by its core Plastics Extrusion Division, which focuses on closed-loop recycling and compounding—90%  custom in-house  compounding and 10% toll compounding. The other two divisions focus on industrial rubber recycling and compounding and non-woven roll converting.  According to Stefano Danese, the company’s managing director, SD Polymers is committed to finding innovative, sustainable solutions for its customers to save time and money, increase efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint while improving the bottom line.

‘One-Stop Solution for Mechanical Recycling’

The company traces its roots to Marco Danese, Stefano’s father, who  founded the company in 1998, drawing on decades of roofing experience, including the establishment of five roofing manufacturing plants in three countries. SD Polymers originally focused on supplying nonwoven PET mat and densified PP to a wide range of commercial roofing manufacturers, primarily in Latin America. Over time, the company expanded its offerings to include fiberglass PET mat and materials for TPO membrane roofing applications.

Today, the Macon facility of more than 160,000 ft2 includes a full-scale laboratory for raw-materials and finished-goods testing. The company recycles a variety of materials into pellets, densified flake and regrind for injection molding and extrusion—mainly PP, HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, TPO and  PS. Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

SD Polymers: 'One-Stop Solution for Mechanical Recycling'

-Eneos sets The July contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,290 per tonne

Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of Eneos Holding, a major petrochemical producer in Japan, has set the July contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,290 per tonne, down USD15 per tonne from June’s contract price, a company source told ICIS.

In June, the company set the price of benzene at USD1,305 per ton. The company had previously denominated its July price at USD1,320 per tonne.

Earlier it was reported that Eneos set the May contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,180 per ton, which is USD15 per ton lower compared to the contract price of April.

Benzene is the raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, serves as the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

According to MrC’s ScanPlast, in the first four months, the total estimated consumption of polystyrene and styrene plastics in Russia amounted to 186.02 thousand tons, which is 1% less than the same indicator in 2021.  Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

In April, total estimated consumption was 41.49 thousand tons, which is 15% lower than the volume of consumption in April 2021.

Eneos Holding (formerly known as JXTG) is Japan’s largest oil company. Its activities include the exploration, import and refining of crude oil; production and sale of petroleum products (ethylene, propylene, butadiene, styrene, paraxylene, orthoxylene, etc.), including fuels and lubricants.

Eneos sets The July contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,290 per tonne

-Polynt Announces Investment for New Special Plasticizers Plant in Atlacomulco, Mexico

Special high-performance plasticizers, with their superior technical performances in electrical and high temperature applications, are a main component for the electrification of cars and transportation, a general trend so important for improving environmental sustainability. Trimellitates represents the most effective family of products that can satisfy those outstanding performance characteristics. Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

Polynt has a long history of developing and marketing a wide range of these products for different technical needs. To support their growth and demand, Polynt has started the process for the installation of a new esterification plant to produce Special Plasticizers, and among those mainly trimellitates, in its site in Atlacomulco (Mexico).

The design and permitting activities will begin during H2 2022. The erection of the plant is planned during 2023 and will take place also using part of the equipment of the Polynt trimellitates plant of the Changzhou site (China), closed in 2021. Mechanical completion is expected by the end of 2023 and the start-up is scheduled in Q1 2024.

Polynt Announces Investment for New Special Plasticizers Plant in Atlacomulco, Mexico

-Measuring recycled content: why mass balance accounting matters for plastics

Paul Davidson, Director, UKRI Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, discuses the importance of accurately auditing recycled content derived from the chemical recycling of plastics.  Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

As the UK Plastic Tax goes live and the European Commission deliberates on an EU-wide recycled content target for plastics packaging, the question of how to accurately measure and provide an audit trail for recycled content derived from the chemical recycling of plastics has become the subject of much debate.

Conventional mechanical plastics recycling typically produces recycled feedstock of a single polymer type (e.g. PET) destined for use as a feedstock by a particular packaging producer (convertor).

For chemical recycling routes, however, recycled plastic is taken back to the basic building blocks (oligomers, monomers, etc) for polymer manufacturing.

Where the recycled feedstock is a pyrolysis oil (pyrolysis being the most advanced technology in terms of commercial development at present), it enters the petrochemical supply chain much earlier in the production cycle (and often intermittently) as a bulk raw material (pyrolysis oil).  Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

It is then mixed with virgin feedstock (naphtha) before being piped, potentially over long distances, to the cracker. The cracker then converts the combined feedstocks into a number of outputs, the predominant one being ethylene.

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-Swiss EMS Group Picks 3D Systems for New Nylon 3D Printing Material

3D Systems has announced a partnership with EMS-GRILTECH  to develop new 3D printing materials.  Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

Leveraging the polyamide manufacturing expertise of EMG-GRILTECH, a business unit of Swiss chemical company EMS Group, the duo have released a new nylon copolymer dubbed DuraForm PAx Natural for use in selective laser sintering (SLS).

3D Systems is the exclusive distributor of the powder, which can be used on any SLS machine. DuraForm PAx Natural is meant to demonstrate properties similar to injection molding, with high impact resistance and elongation at break in any direction. Because it can be printed at a low temperature of 120°C, it is described as more efficient for printing and post-processing. In turn, it enables high throughput and can be shipped the day after printing, compared to PA12, which may require two days.

he partners claim that it remains stable in terms of mechanical properties and color for over five years indoors. Vapor smoothing additionally increases the elongation at yield over that of PA-11 and PA-12. Suggested applications include “orthotics, tooling handles, splints, and braces, ducting in rugged environments, living hinges, liquid reservoirs, and enclosures requiring high impact and high toughness.”

“We’re very excited to be able to collaborate with EMS-GRILTECH in a way that allows us to not only advance our innovation roadmap but also advance materials performance for the industry,” said Dr. Edwin Hortelano, senior vice president, materials engineering & development, 3D Systems. “With DuraForm PAx Natural, we’re not only bringing a superior product with leading mechanical properties, we’re also delivering a new material for use with any SLS printing technology, which we intend to expand to other powder-bed fusion platforms. This is our first step in opening 3D Systems’ materials portfolio to the entire industry which allows a broader pool of manufacturers to realize the benefits of this unmatched material. We look forward to introducing more PAx-based materials among others in the future.”    Carbon-capture – Mechanical-Recycling

Simon Maier, head of sales and marketing at EMS-GRILTECH, said, “The EMS Group is an established worldwide leader in high-performance polymers for injection molding and powder-based applications. EMS-GRILTECH has observed the powder bed fusion (PBF) additive manufacturing industry with keen interest over the last years, realizing that the technology is limited by the performance of the available materials. Thus, together with 3D Systems, we decided to use our expertise to develop materials that exhibit excellent performance in PBF systems and at the same time show technical properties that match those of injection molding. EMS-GRILTECH is excited about the capabilities of DuraForm PAx Natural and we’re looking forward to creating added value for the additive manufacturing industry with further material novelties in the future.”

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Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46 01-07-2022

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-Biobased, High-Performance Aliphatic Nylon 46

DSM’s Stanyl B-MB 100% biobased version of the company’s flagship Stanyl 46 and said to be an ‘industry-first launch’ of a biobased high-temperature nylon.

A new 100% biobased content high-performance aliphatic nylon 46 has been added to the Stanyl nylon 46 portfolio of DSM Engineering Materials.

Designated Stanyl B-MB (Biobased Mass Balanced), this more sustainable version of the company’s flagship material, reportedly offers the same high performance offered by its virgin counterpart. Polyurethane-recycling – Loop-battery-recycling

Its excellent high-temperature mechanics (melting temperature of 554 F/290 C), superior flow and processing, and distinguished wear and friction resistance make it ideal for high-temperature applications in automotive, electronics, electrical, and consumer goods industries, such as USB connectors, automotive and industrial actuator gears, powertrain timing chains, bearing cages, and food contact conveyors.

Using the maximum possible levels of biomass-waste feedstock, it enables DSM to halve the carbon footprint of this product line and, in turn, of the Stanyl B-MB-based products of its customers. This ‘industry-first launch’ of a 100% biobased high-temperature nylon underlines the company’s ongoing commitment to helping customers fulfil their sustainability ambitions by making planet-positive choices and supporting the transition to a circular and biobased economy. Polyurethane-recycling – Loop-battery-recycling

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-Avient debuts next-generation solutions to facilitate use of recycled plastics in packaging applications

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, today introduced its breakthrough PCR Color Prediction Service for polyolefins and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins, and the company’s new polyolefin antioxidants, Cesa™ Nox A4R Additives for Recycling.  Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

These sustainability solutions are specifically designed to improve the customer experience of working with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content for materials used in packaging. Both align with the eight ways Avient helps customers be more sustainable.

“Avient is fully committed to increasing opportunities to expand the use of recycled polymers, addressing any barriers that arise either during the recycling process or when customers want to incorporate PCR content into existing or new applications,” said Norbert Merklein, vice president and general manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions of Color, Additives and Inks at Avient. “Our Cesa Nox A4R Additives for Recycling, together with the PCR Color Prediction Service, help overcome these roadblocks. These are two new ways Avient is contributing to the circular economy and empowering customers to meet their sustainability goals.”  Polyurethane-recycling – Loop-battery-recycling

Calculating the Color Gamut

The PCR Color Prediction Service, helps brand owners understand what colors are achievable based on the amount of PCR used. It uses sophisticated technology to determine – through prior color matching – if colors are feasible in a new application that incorporates PCR content. A first of its kind for the plastics industry, this internally developed solution also calculates how much PCR content can be added to an existing application without affecting its signature color.  Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

Using proprietary software, Avient experts measure resin characteristics to identify the gamut of colors that can be successfully reproduced in a specific PCR-based material.

Avient debuts next-generation solutions to facilitate use of recycled plastics in packaging applications

-thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for Merions in Turkey

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer signed a contract to build new world-scale polymer plants for MERINOS HALI SANAYI VE TICARET A.S., Turkey, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary patented MTR (Melt-to-Resin) technology to produce 330,000 tpy of resin for the production of PET bottles as well as bright chips for textile applications.

Ali Erdemoglu, Chairman of Merinos Hali San. Ve Tic. A.S.: “The foundations of the companies and brands of Erdemoglu Holding, which have become a giant company by adding new ones to its achievements day by day, were laid in 1970. Merinos Hali, one the major group of companies of Erdemoglu Holding, will secure his international quality standard and global leadership in the carpet industry with its state-of-the-art production facilities.Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

It is an honor to cooperate with UIF for our growth strategy.”

Werner Steinauer, CEO of Uhde Inventa-Fischer: “We are very proud that Merinos chose us to build a MTR plant for bottle grade and textile application. Scope of delivery for all plants includes basic and detail engineering, delivery of all necessary components, technical services regarding plant erection as well as supervision of erection and commissioning.”

MTR – a cost-effective solution for producing high-quality PET resin The MTR process eliminates the SSP (solid-state polycondensation) and leads to substantial energy savings. It reduces investment, operating and maintenance costs, has a higher raw material yield and results in products of superior quality. The MTR process is based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary 2-Reactor technology which uses the patented ESPREE and DISCAGE reactors to obtain the desired high melt viscosities.

As per MRC, Thyssenkrupp suspended its 2021/22 forecast for free cash flow before mergers and acquisitions for due to the Ukraine crisis and said it was unclear if it would still be able to spin off its steel division, said the company.

Although the group’s sales from Russia and Ukraine are negligible at significantly less than one percent of total sales, the Executive Board estimates that the group’s business performance will be impacted by the far-reaching macroeconomic and geopolitical consequences of the war in Ukraine. Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for Merions in Turkey

-Covestro says investments boost polyurethane recycling

European company establishes partnerships to close loops for tarps, mattress foam and other products.

German-based polymers producer Covestro AG says it is working to “align itself comprehensively with circularity and help make it the global guiding principle” as it develops technologies to reuse plastics and return them to the value cycle, “often in close cooperation with partners.”

The goal of one new collaboration, with Switzerland-based backpack and messenger bag producer Freitag, is “the unlimited recycling of truck tarps, based on thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs),” Covestro says. At the end of their useful life, the tarps are to be recycled via a chemical recycling process and used for new tarps or other products, the firm says. Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

Covestro says its focus to date has been on proven mechanical recycling to obtain materials. More recently, it sees chemical recycling processes, in which polymer molecules are broken down chemically, as a way forward.

Calling mechanical recycling “particularly suitable for polycarbonates,” Covestro says numerous corresponding products from Covestro are already on the market, including polycarbonate blends for IT applications with up to 75 percent recycled material.

“In addition, new plastic products are designed from the outset to be easier to recycle at the end of their useful life,” the company says.

A consortium of industrial partners in the Circular Foam project is researching processes for the chemical recycling of rigid polyurethane foam, according to Covestro, which says it is guiding that effort.

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-Can closed loop battery recycling and geothermal lithium help solve the supply crunch?

Analysts warn that a lithium supply chain crunch could come as soon as 2023 — and put a potential damper on U.S. vehicle electrification goals.

Five- to tenfold growth is expected in the global lithium battery market over the next decade as people shift to electric vehicles (EVs), but already lithium supplies are tight.

“Big companies probably feel like there’s a lot of lithium in the world right now, and I’m going to get access to it,” Venkat Srinivasan, director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science and deputy director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told GreenBiz. “But for everybody else, if you don’t have that long-term contract, what do you do?”Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

Companies that use lithium outside of the EV market are especially feeling the pain, he told GreenBiz. Some can’t get anyone to answer their calls.

President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act in March to encourage domestic production of minerals for lithium batteries. But with China, Australia and Chile producing most of the world’s lithium, and China manufacturing roughly 70 percent of the world’s EV batteries, the U.S. has a lot of catching up to do.

Nevertheless, Srinivasan is optimistic that the U.S. will solve its supply chain crunch. A lot of people are “throwing ideas at the wall,” he said, and that means something has to stick. Plus, he’s excited that many companies finally have market funding in the $100 million range. “People like me who are feeding the R&D pipeline have companies that are now looking at these solutions very carefully because they have the funding to scale,” he said.

Here’s what looks promising in the near-to-medium term:

A closed loop lithium-ion battery economy

A handful of companies have cracked the challenges of lithium battery recycling and are commercializing a promising new technology for recovering lithium, cobalt and nickel from spent batteries. Investors are pouring in hundreds of millions to the industry, while the Biden administration earmarked $3.16 billion toward it.

A lithium battery recycling industry could provide a new source of lithium within the next few years, and without the environmental and community impacts from mining new materials

Ascend Elements of Westborough, Massachusetts, is a pioneer of this technology. It shreds batteries, extracts the impurities and leaves behind valuable lithium, cobalt and nickel in a “black mass.” It then converts the black mass into battery cathodes in a closed loop system that produces minimal waste. The technology is a vast improvement over smelting or burning batteries, a simple but inefficient process that produces waste and toxic air emissions. Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

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-Faerch: Renaming of 4PET Recycling to “Cirrec” – Further recycling capacities for tray-to-tray recycling

Faerch Group, a manufacturer of rigid food packaging and integrated recycler, recently announced the renaming of its subsidiary 4PET Recycling to “Cirrec”. The new name therefore reflects the company’s commitment to circular recycling of food packaging. By ordering additional capacity, “Cirrec” aims to expand tray-to-tray recycling to countries across Europe and is driving the development of the establishment of food-grade tray RPET, regenerated from pots, tubs and trays, as a new commodity on the market.

The new name “Cirrec” underlines the company’s focus on “CIRcular RECycling”. In contrast to downcycling, circular recycling returns products to their original use without loss of quality and food safety. Functional properties such as food quality, color, impact resistance, etc. are retained or completely recovered.Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

According to a presee information, “Cirrec” already processes industrial quantities and recycles the equivalent of 1.2 billion food trays per year. This should roughly correspond to the entire Dutch market for sorted rigid PET food packaging for the household or alternatively to the total amount of sorted PET pots, cups and trays in Scandinavia.

According to the information, “Cirrec” has begun to expand its shell recycling capacities to other countries in Europe. The next two tray washers have already been ordered, which is expected to quadruple production capacity to more than five billion food trays per year by 2025.

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-Caprolactam drops below supporting line, may continue bottoming

In the past two weeks, due to the impact of the Fed’s interest rate hike, the global market has generally declined. In nylon industry, in addition to the impact of the decline in crude oil, the aromatic market was quickly giving up previous surge, and these had all accelerated this round of downward adjustment in CPL and nylon 6 market.

From June 13th to June 23rd, the price of CPL RMB spot plunged. In nine working days, it quickly dropped from 15,300yuan/mt to 14,000yuan/mt, with a cumulative drop of 1,300yuan/mt. As Brent crude rebounded, CPL fell to 13,900yuan/mt on June 27 after a two-day brief adjustment. During the same period, nylon 6 chip market also fell chaotically. Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

In terms of industry fundamentals, CPL and nylon 6 chip are still facing the extreme pull from cost and demand. But it is not enough to give a clear direction only from the consideration of the long and short factors of the macro and the nylon industrial chain alone.

Let’s talk about the conclusion first, considering the performance of crude oil, commodity index, bulk chemical indexes and related products, CPL market may continue bottoming downward. Here we just talk about two most related aromatic products, benzene and styrene.

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-The world’s first CO2 battery for long-duration energy storage is being commercialized

Italian startup Energy Dome has now begun to commercialize the world’s first CO2 Battery, which was launched earlier this month in Sardinia, Italy. The battery uses carbon dioxide to store renewable energy on the grid, and Energy Dome says the technology can be quickly deployed anywhere in the world.

June 28 update: Energy Dome today announced that it has secured $11 million in bridge funding, which will enable it to buy equipment for a 20-megawatt/200-megawatt-hour/10-hour duration facility for Italian utility A2A, with which it has a memorandum of understanding. Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

The Evolution Fund of asset management company CDP Venture Capital Sgr, together with existing investor Barclays, led the convertible funding. Swiss family office Novum Capital Partners, an existing shareholder in Energy Dome, also joined the round.

With the closing of this latest convertible round, Energy Dome has now raised a total of nearly $25 million since the company emerged from stealth mode in February 2020. Its series B round is planned for later in 2022

World’s first CO2 Battery

Energy Dome sited the CO2 Battery in Sardinia to favor speed to market and ease of execution, as it’s in an industrial area with an existing electrical connection. Further, Sardinia currently uses coal, but the fossil fuel will be phased out by 2025. The battery can be paired with both wind and solar.

Energy Dome began its operations in February 2020 and has progressed from a concept to full testing at multimegawatt scale in just over two years.

Energy Dome Founder and CEO Claudio Spadacini said:

The CO2 Battery is now commercially available to make cost-effective renewable energy dispatchable on a global scale.

Energy Dome asserted that its CO2 Battery facility in Sardinia uses off-the-shelf equipment available from a globally established supply chain, and said that rapid global deployment of the CO2 Battery is now possible without bottlenecks.

The company has secured multiple commercial agreements, including one with Italian utility A2A for the construction of the first 20 MW-5h facility. Earlier this year, Energy Dome also signed a nonexclusive license agreement with Ansaldo Energia, a power generation plant and component provider, to build long-duration energy storage projects in Italy, Germany, the Middle East, and Africa.

Energy Dome’s plan is backed by investors that include European deep tech venture capital firm 360 Capital, Barclays, Novum Capital Partners, and Third Derivative.

How the CO2 Battery works

CO2 is one of the few gases that can be condensed and stored as a liquid under pressure at ambient temperature, so, as Energy Dome states on its website, it’s the perfect fluid to store energy cost-effectively in a closed thermodynamic process. It allows for high-density energy storage without the need to go to extremely low temperatures.

Spadacini explained how it works to Bloomberg in May:

To charge the battery, we take CO2 at near atmospheric temperature and pressure and we compress it. The heat that is generated during compression is stored. When we exchange the thermal energy with the atmosphere, the CO2 gas becomes liquid.

To generate and dispatch electricity, the liquid CO2 is heated up and converted back into a gas that powers a turbine, which generates power. The CO2 gas is always contained and the entire system is sealed.Polymer-plants – Biobased-Nylon 46

We don’t use any exotic materials. The technology uses steel, CO2 and water. So there is no dependency on rare earth materials like cobalt or lithium. This makes our technology geopolitically independent. It can be produced everywhere and it can be used everywhere.

The world’s first CO2 battery for long-duration energy storage is being commercialized

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-Advanced Recycling Has Waste Plastic’s Number

Currently not all plastics are easily recycled or worth the ROI to do it, but three things are bringing the circular economy closer to fruition — artificial intelligence, a plastics-eating enzyme, and, yes, boundless inventory.

Much as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and cryptocurrency are morphing into something different by the day, the recycling industry is busy with its own version of Transformers as it comes to terms with the need to recycle all seven plastics types. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Public perception has it that we’re drowning in plastic waste: We are told that the oceans will contain by weight more plastic than fish by 2050 and that we ingest the equivalent of a credit card (5 g) of plastic each week.

In spite of the best efforts of the media, politicians, and legislators to maintain their fear-based dogma, a bit of research puts the lie to these statements. The myriad reasons for such false narratives are beyond the scope of this article.

San Francisco-based Brightmark founder and CEO Bob Powell sums up the exciting future that lies ahead for all seven plastic types. He states that because of their chemical make-up, “plastics 3 to 7, in particular, are not easily recycled with other technologies, and typically end up in landfills, incinerators, or, sadly, in our oceans. We’re proud to have a proven, breakthrough closed-loop solution for transforming these raw materials back into useful products.”

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-Carbon Capture Offers Great Advantages, Presents Big Challenges

The US Department of Energy’s $3.5-billion investment in carbon removal projects and similar initiatives worldwide are rapidly advancing the technology, but significant hurdles remain before it can be deployed at The harmful effects of climate change, caused by steadily increasing carbon emissions, are being felt worldwide.

While companies and research groups struggle to develop new technologies to reduce carbon emissions, some scientists are looking beyond a net-zero emission goal to a beyond-zero future that actively reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

This is known as carbon capture, the removal and subsequent storage or conversion of carbon dioxide. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

It is a nascent industry and also is referred to as direct air carbon removal, carbon utilization, carbon dioxide utilization, or carbontech.scale.

The harmful effects of climate change, caused by steadily increasing carbon emissions, are being felt worldwide. While companies and research groups struggle to develop new technologies to reduce carbon emissions, some scientists are looking beyond a net-zero emission goal to a beyond-zero future that actively reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

This is known as carbon capture, the removal and subsequent storage or conversion of carbon dioxide. It is a nascent industry and also is referred to as direct air carbon removal, carbon utilization, carbon dioxide utilization, or carbontech.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced in May a $3.5-billion investment in direct air carbon removal projects, in an effort to encourage an industry that might help get the world’s planet-warming emissions under control.

Direct air carbon removal projects are similar to giant vacuums that capture carbon dioxide from the air and contain it. These projects then use chemicals to remove the gas from the air and store it in underground rocks or use it in various materials, such as concrete or chemicals.

]Nature removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on its own in its forests, bogs, and oceans. But this natural process occurs at a rate that is far too slow to keep up with worldwide fossil fuel emissions. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

The DOE’s $3.5-billion project, funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law, aims to develop four direct air capture hubs, each capable of removing more than 1 million tons of CO2 per year. Removing 1 million tons of CO2 per year is equivalent to taking 200,000 gas-powered cars off the road.

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-US Eastman considers building PET chem-recycling complex in Texas

Eastman is considering developing a chemical recycling project in Texas that would break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and repolymerise the resulting monomers into plastic, according to an application for a tax break.

Eastman would develop the project at its complex in Texas City. It would include a processing unit that would sort out PET from plastic waste, according to an application it made with the Texas City school district.

Another unit would break down the recovered polyester resin into monomers by using methanolysis, according to the application. A third unit would repolymerise the monomers to produce PET.

The project could produce more than 150,000 tonnes/year of plastic from recovered polyesters and mixed textiles, it said in the application. The value of the investment could be $850m. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Eastman estimates that the board of the school district could ratify a final agreement on the tax break in the fourth quarter of 2022. Construction could start in the fourth quarter of 2024. Commercial operations could start in the fourth quarter of 2026.

If Eastman builds the project, it would be similar to the one it is building in Kingsport, Tennessee. It should complete that project by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

Eastman said its decision to develop the Texas City project would be heavily influenced by the tax break.

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-New funding for plastic-eating enzyme research

The research is to look for new naturally occurring enzymes that can degrade plastic back into its chemical building blocks.

The University of Portsmouth has been awarded funding to look for new plastic-eating enzymes. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Angie Beckett, a Specialist Research Technician in the University’s Centre for Enzyme Innovation, will receive £25,000 to use genome sequencing to search for new naturally occurring enzymes that have the potential to degrade plastic back into its chemical building blocks.

The University is pioneering the use of enzymes to digest plastics such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). 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.

The plastic-eating PETase enzyme breaks down PET back into its building blocks, creating an opportunity to recycle plastic infinitely and reduce plastic pollution and the greenhouse gases driving climate change. The University hopes to create similar cycles for other types of commonly used plastic.

“Nature often holds the key to these problems, so we intend to take samples from the environment and see if we can find the answers. Using sequencing to look at the DNA of bacteria living in close contact with plastic, we hope to discover new plastic-eating bacteria. I’m very excited to do this research and see what we can find.”

Angie said: “Although we have discovered enzymes that can break down PET, there is still some improvement needed to make it ready for plastic-recycling. There are also many other types of plastic that we need to figure out how to break down. Nature often holds the key to these problems, so we intend to take samples from the environment and see if we can find the answers. Using sequencing to look at the DNA of bacteria living in close contact with plastic, we hope to discover new plastic-eating bacteria. I’m very excited to do this research and see what we can find.” Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

New funding for plastic-eating enzyme research

-Circular economy for plastic in Malaysia — Are we on track?

PLASTIC, dubbed a miracle invention due to its durability and versatility, has made our lives substantially easier. However, 60 years after its invention, managing plastic waste has become one of the planet’s biggest problems.

The statistics are alarming, with mass production and consumption of plastic on the rise since 19501. According to a report published by WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia), post-consumer plastic waste generation in Malaysia is estimated to be more than one million tonnes (1,070,064 tonnes, to be precise).

Plastics can in fact be reused and recycled into usable products. However, 81% of the material value of plastics is lost due to failure to recover the material. This results in US$1.1 billion (RM4.86 billion) of potential material value lost to Malaysia’s economy, as reported in a study by the World Bank. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Just like any other packaging materials, plastic requires proper segregation, collection, material recovery, treatment and final disposals. Currently, the largest segment of demand growth for plastic production is predominantly single-use plastic.

Encouragingly, there have been global movements to advocate for a transition from a linear plastic system to a circular one. A circular economy for plastic builds on three key principles — the elimination of waste and pollution, circulation of materials at the highest value for as long as possible, and regeneration of resources.

Circular economy for plastic in Malaysia — Are we on track?

-New EDF tool reveals toxic chemicals in common food packaging

Web tool breaks down packaging types, materials and toxins

New research from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) confirms that hundreds of toxic chemicals are used in the making of food packaging. Toxic chemicals come in direct contact with our food through everyday packaging materials, increasing health risks for consumers and reputational and financial risk for major brands.

EDF analyzed where toxic chemicals are used today by companies and which ones are used most often. It found that over 80% of the chemicals that are most toxic to human health and the environment are used in packaging materials like paperboard, plastics and inks. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Here’s why this matters: Toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – known as PFAS chemicals have been found in the blood of nearly every person in the U.S. As scientists look to understand exposures, food packaging is emerging as a potential source. All of this exposure is impacting our planet and human health. Many companies are unaware of the chemicals in food packaging.

For companies, it’s a growing business risk: Earlier this year, Burger King was among companies being sued for the presence of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in their fast-food packaging. This risk is only going to increase as we see more regulations at the state level against the use of chemicals in products, including in places like Washington, announced this week. Retailers who wait for more stringent food packaging regulations to be enacted will have more work down the line playing catch up.

Where do we go from here? EDF turned the analysis into an easy-to-use web-based tool to help companies make environmentally sustainable and safer purchasing decisions. Companies can click on common food containers, like a pizza box, and see what materials it’s made out of and what chemicals those materials contain. With this data at their fingertips, companies can more easily identify hotspots and work with suppliers to create safe, circular and more environmentally sustainable packaging.

Toxic chemicals are used in the making of common food packaging materials. These toxic chemicals can then migrate into food, and many companies aren’t aware that their packaging contains harmful chemicals or what is required to make a proactive pivot toward safer food packaging. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

This tool is designed to help companies get started on working with their suppliers to identify which toxic chemicals exist in the food packaging they produce and how they got there. Information provided on this website builds upon the work of the SUM Decelerator, creator of the Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard and the Food Chemicals of Concern (FCOC) List. EDF is a member of the SUM Decelerator.

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-This Road Wirelessly Charges Electric Cars as They Drive

Coils in the asphalt charge EVs the same way the dock on your bedside table wirelessly charges your phone

As prices drop and availability increases, some of the last road blocks to mass adoption of electric vehicles is range anxiety and charging times. But a prototype test track in Italy solves both of those issues by borrowing the same technology that makes it easy to charge your smartphone without wires. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Although the earliest EVs were often recommended for shorter daily commutes or city driving because of their limited range, there are now many options promising well over 300 to 400 miles of travel before the vehicle’s batteries need a charge. But what still complicates a long road trip in an EV is that even the fastest charging stations require at least half an hour to replenish rechargeable batteries, and usually much longer than that depending on the range of the vehicle. Compare that to filling up a tank with gasoline, which takes just a couple of minutes, and it makes sense why some drivers are still hesitant to go electric.

Ranges and charging times will inevitably improve over time, but other companies are looking into completely different solutions that could eliminate charging pit stops altogether. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Stellantis isn’t exactly a household name as far as car makers go, but it’s the parent company for iconic brands like Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and even Maserati.

As with any car maker hoping to stay relevant over the next few decades, it’s investing heavily into research surrounding electric vehicles, and recently unveiled a unique new test track in Chiari, Italy, called the “Arena del Futuro” circuit (Arena of the Future) that could potentially allow EVs to run laps forever without ever needing to stop and charge.

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-Facing plight and moving forward by VSF-weakening expectation

China’s economic development is facing triple pressure of demand contraction, supply shock, and weakening expectation—by Premier Li Keqiang at the Fifth Session of the National People’s Congress on Mar 5, 2022.

Premier Li summed up the current pressure on economic development and accurately predicted the current situation of the manufacturing industry, which is also the status quo of VSF industry. When we review the market changes in the first five months of 2022, the core elements basically rely on the three points. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Weakening expectation

Compared with the two points (supply shock and demand contraction) mentioned before, the quantification of expectation is more difficult, but we can feel the objective influence of expectation.

Global economy

From a macroeconomic perspective, the IMF in Apr lowered the global economic growth rate of 2022 from 4.4% in 2021 to 3.6%.

The World Bank in Jun downgraded the global economic growth in 2022 to 2.9% from 4.1%.

OCED in June downgraded global growth of 2022 to 3.0% from 4.5%.

It is rarely seen that the major institutions significantly downgrade economic growth at the same time, and they warn that the world may experience stagflation occurring in the 1970s. Chem-recycling – Plastic-eating-enzyme

Based on the distribution of global wealth, some institutions even predict that the challenges facing by the global economy are likely to exceed those in the 1970s.

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Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles 27-06-2022

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-New Name and Logo for PET producers’ European Trade Association

The Committee of PET Manufacturers in Europe (CPME), has announced its rebrand: PET Europe – Producers’ Association. The non-profit trade association represents PET resin producers and was founded in 2010. The new name and logo will strengthen awareness of the institutional role of the association and its geographical horizon of activity. It is intended to build PET’s equity and reputation, starting from sustainability and circular economy. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

Chairman of PET Europe Antonello Ciotti said: “PET is a crucial material in our economies and society. Economic, flexible and light-weight, PET helps to prevent food waste and save energy. As a fully recyclable polymer, PET also contribute to the circular economy. By 2030, 9 out of 10 PET bottles will be collected for recycling in Europe, up from 6 out of 10 today.”

“The rebranding is the most visible sign of our development and growth. As a trade association, PET Europe addresses the issues impacting our industry, raising them with EU institutions and international organisations. PET Europe is an active member of Petcore Europe, our value-chain association.”

New Name and Logo for PET producers’ European Trade Association

-Versalis – ABS with bio-circular attribution
Versalis has introduced in the catalog new Sinkral Balance BCA grades from biobased raw materials or from chemical recycling attributed by means of ISCC Plus certified mass balance
Versalis continues with the introduction in the catalog of resins obtained from biobased raw materials or from chemical recycling, attributed through ISCC plus certified mass balance. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles
The benefit, in terms of a lower carbon footprint, is combined with a performance level equal to that of virgin resins, just as homologations and process conditions do not change.
The latest addition to the catalog concerns ABS, with Sinkral B432 / E Balance BCA65 and F332 Balance BCA65 grades.
BCA stands for Bio-Circular Attributed, where the share deriving from styrene, equal to 65%, is entirely attributed to bio-circular feedstocks. These grades are intended for applications where the technical and aesthetic requirements are high, such as in the case of footwear or furnishings, which are difficult to reach through mechanical recycling technologies. In these cases – says Versalis – the ideal solution for the decarbonisation of finished products is the use of feedstock of biological origin, in this case organic waste, traced and attributed to ABS Sinkral Balance polymers within the Versalis industrial chain through the system ISCC Plus certified.
The new grades are part of the Balance program, divided into the Bio Attributed (BA), Circular Attributed (CA) and Bio-Circular Attributed (BCA) lines, where feedstocks are attributed to the polymers from bionafta, from pyrolysis oil or both.

Versalis has already obtained the ISCC Plus certification in the Brindisi, Porto Marghera, Mantua, Ferrara and Ravenna sites for the production of monomers, intermediates, polymers and elastomers with biobased raw materials (bionafta) or from chemical recycling. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

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-Chemical recycling via pyrolysis – closing the loop in the plastics industry

“Chemical recycling closes the loop for the plastics industry by re-converting plastic waste into its original components – potentially opening the door to a multibillion euro market.”

The plastics waste issue is a growing global problem. But while recent recycling initiatives show promising results, there are limits on what conventional recycling can achieve. In particular, the recycled materials produced are often of lower quality than non-recycled materials and therefore of limited use. Post-consumer plastics are also often difficult to treat at reasonable expense. And a significant stream of mixed plastics waste exists for which conventional recycling is simply not an option. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

Pyrolysis – an established technology finds a new application

However, a partial solution to the problem may already exist. Pyrolysis is a well-known technology that is already established in certain applications, such as the production of charcoal. Its use in the treatment of plastic waste is still relatively new, but several pilot plants around the globe have successfully demonstrated the concept. It is particularly suitable for treating mixed plastic waste, and the circular products it produces – be they naphtha, distillates or waxes – come without any compromise in terms of quality or suitability for end-use applications.

Understanding the market

Existing pyrolysis plants currently have a processing capacity of just 20,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year. But a number of market players have announced the construction of new facilities over the coming five years that will have capacities of more than 200 kilotons each. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

As pyrolysis replaces landfill and incineration, we calculate the potential addressable market value of mixed plastic pyrolysis in 2022 to be around EUR 5.6 billion. This figure will remain largely stable over the coming decade, even with higher rates of mechanical recycling. Products with a circular end-use, such as naphtha to produce circular plastics and waxes, are in high demand and can achieve a premium in the market.

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-Polyurethane Foam Using Microwaves

Mitsui Chemicals and Microwave Chemical aim to commercialize technology for decomposing offcuts of foam used to manufacture car seats and mattresses.

Mitsui Chemicals and Microwave Chemical have launched a new initiative aimed at commercializing chemical recycling of flexible polyurethane (PU) foam via microwave technology. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

The project involves direct synthesis of PU raw materials by decomposing offcuts of the foam used to manufacture mattresses and similar items. Previously, the two firms had collaborated to develop recycling technology for automotive shredder residue (ASR). They are also working jointly to develop eco-friendly carbon-fiber manufacturing technology using microwaves.

Flexible polyurethane foam principally consists of polyols and isocyanates. Its softness and high resilience have led to a wide range of applications, from industrial goods and materials to daily necessities, including mattresses, car seats, chair cushions, and kitchen sponges. However, chemical recycling of flexible PU foam and other PU products has not yet been achieved at a commercial level in Japan. Therefore, the development and commercialization of such technology is a pressing issue from the perspective of contributing to a circular economy.

Using PlaWave microwave-based plastic decomposition technology developed by Microwave Chemical, the processing time for decomposing flexible PU foam is expected to be at least cut in half, and a substantial reduction in energy consumption compared with existing technologies is also anticipated. Microwave technology will also contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, as its efficiency will reduce costs and enable the process to be powered by electricity generated from renewable energy.

The PlaWave platform for decomposing plastic using microwaves is able to be applied both to pyrolysis and solvolysis. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

PlaWave enables faster reaction speeds and greater energy efficiency in a more compact device, according to the companies.

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-Machinery: Processing rPET in thinwall injection moulding

In cooperation with partners Alpla Group, Brink and IPB Printing, Austrian machinery maker Engel is presenting what it says is a quantum leap for the packaging industry at K2022 show in October.

For the first time, thin – walled containers made of PET can be produced in a single injection moulding process step . Engel is process ingrecycled PET (rPET) at its stand. An Engel e-speed injection moulding machine with a newly-developed injection unit is being used to do this. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

Featuring a wall thickness of 0.3 2, the transparent, round 125-ml containers are representative of a whole genus of packaging, especially in the food industry . Thanks to integrated in – mould labelling (IML, the containers are ready-for-filling as soon as they leave the production cell. The special feature in this application is the material.

Containers are being produced directly from rPET

The thin-walled containers are produced directly from rPET in a single step. Up to now it has only been possible to process PET in thick-walled parts such as bottle preforms in injection moulding. The final packaging format was created in a second step of the process – by blow moulding for example.

Bottle-to-cup and cup-to-bottle as the target

Under the European Plastics Pact, the intent is for all plastic packaging to contain 30% recycled material and to be 100% recyclin g capable by 2025. The typical materials for packing foods in thin-walled containers are polyolefins or polystyrene. However, experts estimate that it will be impossible to achieve the stated objectives with these materials. And the recycling flows lack the approval of the European food authority, EFSA. rPET offers a solution for avoiding penalties and special taxes here. Although the price for PET is high right now, this makes the material a cost effective alternative.

EFSA has approved numerous recycling processes for PET, ensuring that the material is available in Europe  Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

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-Lamor to construct a chemical recycling plant with Resiclo

Lamor has signed an agreement with Resiclo Oy with the objective of constructing a chemical recycling plant to treat plastics in Kilpilahti area located in Porvoo, Finland.

In the first phase, the plastics chemical recycling plant in Kilpilahti is estimated to have an annual capacity of 10.000 tons.Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

The aim of Resiclo Kilpilahti is to build an annual capacity of approximately 40.000 tons of chemical recycling of plastics in Finland by the end of 2026. The construction work on the Kilpilahti recycling plant is expected to begin in the second half of 2022, and the commissioning of the recycling plant is scheduled to take place in 2023.

Lamor will invest EUR 1.2 million in the company established for the project (“Resiclo Kilpilahti Oy”), which corresponds to 50% of the shares of Resiclo Kilpilahti. The rest of the shares of the company will be owned by Resiclo Oy. The total investment of the first phase is estimated to be EUR 12 million. In addition, Lamor is committed to finance Resiclo Kilpilahti’s future investments with a sub-ordinated loan amounting up to a maximum of EUR 3 million. At the same time, Lamor will invest EUR 1.3 million in Resiclo Oy, where it will be acting as a minority shareholder with a 11.8% stake. The investments will be paid in cash. According to the plan, Resiclo Kilpilahti Oy will be consolidated as a subsidiary in Lamor’s consolidated financial statements.  Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

Lamor to construct a chemical recycling plant with Resiclo

-Erema Group acquires stake in start-up company plasticpreneur

As of 30 May 2022, Erema Group GmbH acquired 19.8 percent of plasticpreneur gmbh.

Plasticpreneur is an Austrian start-up company founded two years ago that manufactures at its production site in Klagenfurt recycling solutions for plastic waste that are mobile and can be operated without prior knowledge. The machine portfolio covers the recycling process and the production of new end-products. Due to it´s wide range of applications, it is in demand both in the Global South and in industrialised countries.

In the two years since the company was founded, plasticpreneur® has already sold 330 machines to customers in over 70 countries on all continents. In addition, they have made over 750 application-specific moulds, many of them custom-built to comply with individual customer specifications. An achievement that impressed Manfred Hackl, CEO Erema Group, from the moment he first met them: “The young founders and their dedicated team exude pioneering spirit, want to shape the future with their work and put their heart and soul into the circular economy and plastics recycling. Just like we do in the Erema Group!”  Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

While plastics recycling has gained enormous momentum in the industrialised countries, more remote and poorer regions of the world have hardly benefited from high-tech solutions for industrial recycling processes so far. They are held back by a lack of infrastructure and know-how. That is why waste is often incinerated or disposed of in landfills, rivers and the surrounding environment. “Our mission – Another life for plastic, because we care – is also aimed at supporting these regions with solutions for plastic recycling, and with plasticpreneur® we have found the ideal partner for this,” says Hackl.

The start-up company’s machines can process HDPE, PP, PS, LDPE, PLA, AB and TPU separately. Their product range includes a shredder, injection moulding unit, extruder unit for the production of end products, air filters as well as custom-built moulds. “For our machines to be used in regions with little infrastructure, they must be easy to operate without prior knowledge. The fact that we also develop end-product solutions needed locally makes our range of services particularly attractive here,” explains Sören Lex, CEO and co-founder of plasticpreneur. As soon as recycling also becomes a source of income for the operators, they become entrepreneurs.

That explains the name of the start-up, a word created from “plastic” and “entrepreneur”. plasticpreneur customers in these countries include e.g. social enterprises and operators of refugee camps, where everyday consumer goods – from clothes pegs and school supplies to toys and fence posts – are produced and sold using plastic waste. This means that the added value stays local. Bright-chips – Petrochemicals – PET-Bottles

Erema Group acquires stake in start-up company plasticpreneur

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PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles 25-06-2022

PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles 25-06-2022

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-A Revolutionary Solid-State Battery Is Nearly Here, Scientists Say

Faster-charging, safer, longer-lasting solid-state batteries are on their way. The only question now is: How soon until we can plug in?

QuantumScape’s San Jose campus in the heart of Silicon Valley is abuzz with confidence. The battery-technology company’s “QS Campus,” which includes QS-0, QuantumScape’s pre-pilot production line, and three adjacent buildings, is largely dedicated to manufacturing space. The scale of the campus itself and the company’s investment—each building is under a confirmed 10-year lease as of November 2021—signals QuantumScape’s assurance that it will be the first company to market with a solid-state battery for electric vehicles.

QuantumScape claims that you will be able to buy an Audi or Volkswagen with its batteries as soon as 2024, a vehicle that can go nearly 400 miles on a single charge, then recharge in 15 minutes. That capability would grant solid-state EVs a huge advantage over their competitors, which rely on the ubiquitous—but weaker—lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries. All-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) promise prolonged life, faster charge times, and safer chemistry compared to Li-on options, but producing them on the scale needed to power millions of vehicles won’t be easy, despite the billions of dollars already invested in the tech. Companies like QuantumScape are racing to reach the market ahead of other battery-focused outfits like Solid Power in Colorado and ProLogium Technology in Taiwan, as well as giant auto makers like Nissan. The competition begets, maybe even necessitates, bold claims, and QuantumScape isn’t short on those.

The all-solid-state battery at QuantumScape has reportedly weathered what chief marketing officer Asim Hussain calls, by the company’s own measure, “gold standard” testing. The ASSBs have fast-charged their cells (going from 10 to 80 percent in 15 minutes) 400 times consecutively, and some have gone through a total discharge and charge cycle almost 1,000 times.

A Revolutionary Solid-State Battery Is Nearly Here, Scientists Say

-LANXESS Introduces New Halogen-free, Flame-retardant PBT Compound for High-voltage Connectors

  • Flame-retardant and hydrolysis stabilized;
  • Electrical properties hardly dependent on temperature and moisture;
  • High level of volume resistance, dielectric strength and tracking resistance;
  • Enormous potential for use in electromobility.

Plastic connectors, for example, must remain electrically insulating under these conditions and must not allow tracking to occur. For these high-voltage connectors, LANXESS has tailored a new PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) compound that is halogen-free flame-retardant and hydrolysis-stabilized. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

“One strength of the structural material is that its outstanding electrical properties are hardly dependent on temperature and moisture in the typical operating conditions of high-voltage connectors. It can be used at temperatures of up to 150 °C,” explains Dr. Bernhard Helbich, Technical Marketing Manager Key Accounts at LANXESS’ High Performance Materials business unit.

Highest insulation class CTI A 600

The compound is a first representative of the new Pocan BFN HR product range and is characterized by a high level of volume resistance and dielectric strength. For example, the latter is well over 30 kilovolts per millimeter at temperatures of up to 140 °C (IEC 62431-1). In the CTI test (Comparative Tracking Index, IEC 60112), the material achieves CTI A 600, the highest class possible according to the standard. This makes it highly tracking-resistant, which reduces the risk of short circuits and defects caused by creepage currents and caters to the growing need for miniaturized connectors. “But it can also be used at voltages higher than 600 V. The connector design for direct current systems can be optimized for up to 1,500 V in accordance with the design guidelines of the standard IEC 60664 / VDE 0110-1,” says Helbich. The tracking resistance of the compound also hardly diminishes after long-term thermal aging at 120 °C or after climate testing.

Hydrolysis-resistant and flame-retardant

The material, which is reinforced with 25 percent by weight of glass fibers, is very stable to hydrolysis. In specimen tests based on the stringent SAE/USCAR-2 Rev. 6 long-term hydrolysis tests of the US Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), it achieved Class 3 a good rating. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

Its good flame-retardant properties are demonstrated by the fact that it passed the UL 94 flammability test of the US testing institute Underwriters Laboratories Inc. with the excellent classification V-0 with a test specimen thickness of 0.75 millimeters. With its mechanical properties, the structural material meets the common requirements that are set for high-voltage connectors.

Bright colors and permanently color-stable

The compound can also be colored in bright colors, such as orange. This color is increasingly being used in electric vehicles to identify live, plastic-encased components. “Our material and the colorants used remain permanently color-stable in high operating temperatures so that the identification is not lost,” explains Helbich. LANXESS wants to have the thermoplastic listed under “All Colors” on the Yellow Card by UL. “In doing so, we will save the processor from the time-consuming UL certification process if they were to color the plastic themselves,” explains Helbich. “They can simply use the compound that we have colored and thus reduce costs,” he adds. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

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-Polyester market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

Polyester market was in difficulty in May: macro market was volatile, demand remained meager and players held mildly recovering mindset, waiting for the dawn amid hardship.

In terms of macro, price of crude oil rose strongly again, supporting polyester industrial chain. On the other hand, the RMB exchange rate fluctuated greatly. Under such circumstance, players’ mindset was unsteady.

As for the market fundamentals, the spread of pandemic has been eased, while demand sustained mild. Downstream plants failed to follow the uptrend on feedstock market. Coupled with huge losses, the operating rate of downstream plants started falling from the second half of May. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

Actually, polyester market witnessed improving performance compared with Apr. Polyester companies actively traced the uptrend on feedstock market after slashing production in Apr. Prices climbed up on the whole. Price of PSF dropped after supply recovered but overall trading price still moved up on the month.

However, the improvement was very limited. The polyester polymerization rate hit periodical low in mid-Apr at 78% while started ascending later but the increase was slow, which was above 83% in end-May.

The inventory of PFY was still as high as one month around and that of PSF was relatively low but may rise after supply recovered. In fact, downstream market of PFY and PSF was very weak now.

Polyester market waiting for the dawn amid difficulties

-Carlsberg pilots bio-based bottles in its largest ever trial

In its largest pilot to date, Carlsberg Group has revealed the trial of its new Fibre Bottle with a plant-based PEF (polyethylene furanoate) polymer lining.

The pilot, which Carlsberg says is “vital” to its ambition of making the beer bottle a commercial reality, will see 8,000 Fibre Bottles being sampled in eight Western European markets: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and France. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

The bottles will be trialled by local consumers, customers and other stakeholders through select festivals and flagship events, as well as targeted product samplings.

Testing at this scale will give Carlsberg the opportunity to gather feedback on people’s experiences of the product, which will inform the next generation of design, it says.

A significant milestone for the Fibre Bottle is its plant-based PEF polymer lining, which has been developed by Carlsberg’s partner Avantium, a leading expert in renewable chemistry. PEF is made entirely from natural raw materials, is compatible with plastic recycling systems, and can degrade into nature should it end up outside national recycling systems, Carlsberg says.

Beyond its sustainable packaging benefits, Carlsberg says PEF functions as a “highly effective barrier between the beer and the fibre outer shell, protecting the taste and fizziness of the beer better than conventional fossil-fuel-based PET plastic”.

“Identifying and producing PEF, as a competent functional barrier for beer, has been one of our greatest challenges – so getting good test results, collaborating with suppliers and seeing the bottles being filled on the line is a great achievement”

The outer shell of the bottle, produced by the packaging company Paboco, consists of sustainably-sourced wood fibre and is also bio-based. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

“This shell has the added benefit of insulative properties which can help keep beer colder for longer, compared to cans or glass bottles,” it says.

The bottle is 100% bio-based apart from the cap, which is currently needed to ensure the quality of the product, Carlsberg says, and together the bottle and cap are fully recyclable. Going forward, Paboco, Carlsberg and partners in the wider Paper Bottle Community are exploring alternative fibre-based bottle caps, with a generic solution expected in 2023. Carlsberg will continue development, together with Avantium and Paboco, to arrive at a tailored 3.0 solution that is equally suitable for primary beer packaging, using this year’s consumer feedback and Paboco’s developments. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

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-Spray-on coating could replace plastic wrap

“We have come up with is a scalable technology, which enables us to turn biopolymers, which can be derived as part of a circular economy from food waste, into smart fibers that can wrap food directly,” says Philip Demokritou. “This is part of new generation, ‘smart’ and ‘green’ food packaging.”  PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

A new biodegradable, plant-based, spray-on coating may offer an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic food wrap and containers, researchers say.

The coating can guard food against pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms and transportation damage.

The scalable process could potentially reduce the adverse environmental impact of plastic food packaging as well as protect human health.

“OVER THE PAST 50 TO 60 YEARS… WE’VE PLACED 6 BILLION METRIC TONS OF PLASTIC WASTE INTO OUR ENVIRONMENT.”

“We knew we needed to get rid of the petroleum-based food packaging that is out there and replace it with something more sustainable, biodegradable, and nontoxic,” says Philip Demokritou, chair in nanoscience and environmental bioengineering at the Rutgers University School of Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, as well as director of the Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Research Center.

“And we asked ourselves at the same time, ‘Can we design food packaging with a functionality to extend shelf life and reduce food waste while enhancing food safety?’ And what we have come up with is a scalable technology, which enables us to turn biopolymers, which can be derived as part of a circular economy from food waste, into smart fibers that can wrap food directly. This is part of new generation, ‘smart’ and ‘green’ food packaging.”

The study in the journal Nature Food describes the new kind of packaging technology, which use the polysaccharide/biopolymer-based fibers.

Like the webs cast by the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man, the stringy material can be spun from a heating device that resembles a hair dryer and “shrink-wrapped” over foods of various shapes and sizes, such as an avocado or a sirloin steak.

The resulting material that encases food products is sturdy enough to protect bruising and contains antimicrobial agents to fight spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms such as E. coli and listeria. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

The research paper includes a description of the technology called focused rotary jet spinning, a process by which the biopolymer is produced. Quantitative assessments show the coating extended the shelf life of avocados by 50%. The coating can be rinsed off with water and degrades in soil within three days, according to the study.

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-Why sales of polyester filament yarn continue improving?

Sales of polyester filament yarn (PFY) continued improving since last Friday, with sales ratio at 370%, 130% and 160% on last Friday, this Monday and Tuesday by P.M.3:00 respectively. Why can sales of PFY keep rising amid sluggish downstream market?

Prices of PFY rapidly climbed up in May, with increment at above 1,000yuan/mt by end-May. However, price of grey fabric was hard to advance. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

There was no orders after offers increased in some plants. In addition, sales were mainly under previous price when orders were placed. DTY market witnessed similar performance. Price of POY rose much more than that of DTY. Fabric mills and DTY producers saw apparently increasing losses in May. Under such circumstance, downstream buyers showed bigger resistance to rising raw material prices from the second half of May and presented stronger intention to cut production. The operating rate of downstream plants dropped again, with the run rate of fabric mills down by 12 percentage points from early-May to 52% last week and that of DTY plants falling by 15 percentage points to 63% compared with early-May. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

With strong resentment and slipping operating rate, why can sales of PFY continue increasing? Downstream plants did not see obviously better orders and were under losses based spot raw material price, while sales of PFY were good, really hitting expectation. The root may be changing attitude toward feedstock price trend. Some downstream companies gradually accepted high-priced PFY.

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-LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Levima Green Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) announced today that Levima Green (Shandong) Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. will use LyondellBasell’s Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology at a new site. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

The Lupotech T process technology will be used for a 200 kiloton per year (KTA) vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) line. The new line will be located in the Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, P.R. of China.

“Being able to offer advanced process technology, combined with decades of resin experience, are key enablers which allow LyondellBasell to serve a rapidly growing market fueled by the green energy transition,” said Neil Nadalin, Director Global Licensing and Services at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added, “For significant scale production of both EVA and LDPE resins the Lupotech T process remains the benchmark for a cost effective investment for our customers around the world.”

Mr. Lao Daodan, Vice General Manager of Levima Green (Shandong) Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. stated, “Producing superior grades by using referenced, safe and reliable Lupotech T high pressure process technology is a tremendous benefit when competing in a rapid growing market. Despite global challenges, the teams concluded an accelerated technology implementation schedule designed for achieving the best possible time to market for such a complex project implementation.”

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech T process the preferred technology for LDPE/EVA plant operators. High conversion rates, demonstrated high plant availability and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech T process, designed to ensure this technology’s energy efficiency. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

More than 14 million KTA of the Lupotech T process for LDPE/EVA production capacity has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 70 lines around the world.

LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Levima Green Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.

-Sinopec raised MEG prices in China

Chinese petrochemical company Sinopec raised prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China in June by CNY75 per tonne to CNY5,115 per tonne, a company source told ICIS.

MEG prices rose and then fell in line with crude oil prices. Weak demand also weakened the sentiment of market participants. PBT Compound – Bio-based-bottles

Spot meg prices in East China on June 23 were at CNY4,540-4,610 per tonne, ex-tank compared to CNY4,900-4,955 per tonne, ex-tank on June 1.

The total capacity of the four Sinopec plants is 2.64 million tons of MEG per year.

According to MRC ScanPlast, in Russia, the estimated consumption of PET in January 2022 increased by 4% compared to the same indicator a year earlier. In total, according to the results of the first month of the year, 59.66 thousand tons of PET granulate were processed in the country (these data do not take into account the shipment of Russian material to the countries of the Customs Union).

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies. The business of Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products.

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Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens 24-06-2022

Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens 24-06-2022

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-Coca-Cola Beverages Collaborates with Namibia Polymer Recyclers to Set up PET Flaking Plant

The two businesses committed to working together by signing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), promising to increase the number of women and young people who are gainfully employed in the recycling of plastic waste in addition to accelerating PET collection and recycling nationwide.

In order to establish a plastic recycling facility in Namibia, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and Namibia Polymer Recyclers (NPR) have signed an investment agreement. The recycling facility will turn used PET flakes, which are valuable on the global market, into plastic beverage bottles.

Post-consumer bottles must be sorted, cleaned, and crushed into PET flakes before being shipped back to South Africa for further processing into recycled PET goods or R-PET material. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

In line with The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste initiative, this investment will broaden CCBA’s partnerships in Namibia that are centered on the collection of plastic waste. The Coca-Cola Company and all of its bottling partners are setting the standard for the industry by encouraging people to recycle and save one bottle or can for each one they sell by 2030.

“We are working on ways to develop a circular economy that is good for society and profitable for our company. According to Pottie de Bruyn, General Manager of CCBA Namibia, “We’ve set ambitious goals for our business, to take responsibility for our packaging across its lifecycle and reduce plastic waste pollution.

Coca-Cola Beverages Collaborates with Namibia Polymer Recyclers to Set up PET Flaking Plant

-Genuine multipolar order advocated by BRICS allows greater levels of dialogue to address challenges: former S.African envoy  

The 14th BRICS Summit will kick off on Thursday. The Summit will be held in virtual format under the theme of “Foster High-quality BRICS Partnership, Usher in a New Era for Global Development.” When the world is plagued by a pandemic, hunger, war, and division among many others, the BRICS members and a big number of emerging markets and developing countries will jointly demonstrate to the world the BRICS spirit of “openness, inclusiveness, and win-win cooperation.” Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

On the occasion of the Summit, the Global Times interviewed Argentina’s Ambassador to China Sabino Vaca Narvaja and Gert Grobler, a former senior South African diplomat, on the importance they attach to the multilateral mechanism.

BRICS states are bringing economic and political clout to international relations during a period when the old Western-centric world system is under pressure to transform, and China is believed to be a linchpin in a much-needed economic dynamism and a key driver for inclusive global governance, Gert Grobler, a former senior South African diplomat, who served as an ambassador to Spain, Japan, and Madagascar, told the Global Times in a recent exclusive interview.

The BRICS summit is taking place against the background of increasing challenges such as weak global leadership, dismal economic growth, unilateralism, and the fueling of geopolitical tensions which affect world peace and stability, he said. “BRICS, however, has never had the intention to create an exclusive elite group but to jointly harness a common vision and its resources to benefit all its people through concrete mutual cooperation and to actually strengthen international cooperation toward a people-centered, better world.”

Grobler has high expectations over the bloc, reiterating that “the role of BRICS in the global governance system is destined to steadily increase as the countries have transformed a purely economic concept – BRICS – into a new and global governance institution.” Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

“BRICS states bring economic and political clout to international relations during a period when the old Western-centric world system is under pressure to transform,” Grobler said.

At the virtual meeting of BRICS ministers on May 19, member states reiterated their commitment to enhancing and improving global governance by promoting a more agile, effective, efficient, representative, and accountable system; exercising inclusive consultation and collaboration for the benefit of all on the basis of respecting sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, equality, and the legitimate interests and concerns of different countries.

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-Freudenberg Gives Eco-Check Label to Five More Products

Labeling program adds visibility to sustainability efforts

Freudenberg Performance Materials is endorsing further particularly sustainable products with its ECO-CHECK label introduced last year. These products comply with various environmental criteria. With immediate effect, five more of Freudenberg’s prodcuts bear the label making the company’s commitment to sustainability visible.

“Sustainability is firmly anchored in our corporate strategy. The ECO-CHECK label is a quick and easy way for our customers to identify particularly sustainable solutions,” John McNabb, CTO Freudenberg Performance Materials, explains. The company’s own sustainability label is only used to endorse products that either save resources during production, improve the manufacturing footprint of customers, can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner after use, or contain certain features that contribute to a long service life. “The label indicates to our customers that a product offers significant direct advantages in terms of environmental protection, thus leading to more sustainable solutions.”  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Newly-endorsed products for leather goods …

The newly-endorsed ECO-CHECK products include one Evolon® microfilament textile application. This is a reinforcement material for leather goods that is manufactured with no solvent and no binder. It contains up to 80% recycled PET and is suitable for a broad range of applications. The material is produced at Freudenberg’s facility in Colmar, France, where the manufacturing process is highly sustainable: it is certified to STeP by OEKO-TEX® and fully complies with the DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® criteria.

… Healthcare applications

In the field of healthcare, the bio-based M 1714 wound pad with superior absorption for more challenging wounds has now been endorsed with the ECO-CHECK label. The dressing consists of a mix of bio-based fibers derived from natural sources and exhibits a smooth wound contact layer. The product has been evaluated for industrial compostability and conforms to ISO 13432.  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

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-Continental tires made from recycled PET bottles available across Europe

German automotive part manufacturer Continental has announced that its tires containing polyester made from recycled PET bottles are now available to all dealers in Europe.

Continental tires use the company’s so-called ContiRe.Tex technology, which can completely replace the conventional polyester in the tire carcass. Unveiled in September 2021 for the first time, the technology uses high-performance polyester yarn, which is obtained from used PET bottles without any intermediate chemical steps and is not recycled in any other way. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

This makes the technology both eco-friendly and much more efficient than other standard methods for processing PET bottles into high-performance polyester yarns.

The plastic bottles used for the technology come exclusively from regions without a closed recycling loop. As part of a special recycling process, these bottles are sorted and mechanically cleaned after the caps are removed. After mechanical shredding, the PET is further processed into granulate and finally spun polyester yarn.

Continental says a set of standard passenger car tires uses the material from around 40 recycled PET bottles. The Continental tires are reliable and remain dimensionally stable at high temperatures and under high loads.

Recently, the company has been awarded the “Tire Manufacturer of the Year” prize by the international trade magazine Tire Technology International (TTI). Its ContiRe.Tex technology has been in series production since April 2022. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

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-Huntsman Textile Effects Introduces New PFC-free Durable Water Repellent in Performance Breakthrough

PHOBOTEX® R-ACE Raises the Bar for DWR Performance and Trouble-free Production

Huntsman Textile Effects has released PHOBOTEX® R-ACE, a breakthrough PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) that makes it possible for mills and brands to deliver high-performance outdoor and extreme sports apparel and everyday wear while meeting stringent environmental standards and optimizing production flow.

PHOBOTEX® R-ACE delivers excellent water repellence on all types of fibers. In addition to its outstanding performance on synthetic fibers and blends, PHOBOTEX® R-ACE offers excellent compatibility with resin finishing to ensure even application with unmatchable performance on cellulosic fibers. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

It offers outstanding rain and splash protection for garments that are water repellent and windproof, even under the toughest conditions. Additionally, it repels everyday stains, such as mud, coffee, ketchup and juice, so that garments stay cleaner for longer. Textiles treated with PHOBOTEX® R-ACE are breathable, retain their soft handle and continue to look good and perform well through repeated laundering and drying.

“There is growing worldwide demand for garments that deliver high-performance weather protection and stain-resistance with improved sustainability. Achieving these attributes in concert has been challenging, as traditional non-fluorinated DWR technologies can have undesired side effects that impact fabric quality. Drawing on Huntsman Textile Effects’ research expertise and global operational experience, PHOBOTEX® R-ACE is a true breakthrough that helps mills and brands deliver excellent water repellence with minimal impact on fabric performance,” said Lutfu Okman, Vice President of Global Revenue, Huntsman Textile Effects.

The robust chemistry of PHOBOTEX® R-ACE achieves high repellency with significantly less chemicals added on to the fabric as compared to the typical PFC-free DWRs in the market. This helps mills minimize unwanted consequences like chalk marks, seam slippage issues and harsh handle. The breakthrough DWR also offers best-in-class runability, for faster trouble-free production and good reproducibility. Its excellent compatibility with resin finishing ensures even application with unmatchable performance on cellulosic fibers.

Critically, PHOBOTEX® R-ACE meets current and upcoming industry standards. The new DWR is PFC-free and formaldehyde-free PHOBOTEX® R-ACE meets the bluesign® criteria (imminent approval pending) and will be published on the ZDHC Gateway with Conformance Level 3, and suitable for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified textile products. It also meets new bluesign® restrictions on 2-Butanone oxime in chemical products, which will come into effect in June 2022.  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Textiles treated with PHOBOTEX® R-ACE qualify for the High IQ® Repel Performance Assurance scheme.

With PHOBOTEX® R-ACE, Huntsman Textile Effects is affirmed as the leader of the industry’s DWR transition. The innovation continues more than a decade of DWR breakthroughs from the Huntsman research labs team and partners, including PHOBOTEX® R, a pioneering PFC-free C0 technology introduced in 2010; ZELANTM R3, Chemours’ renewably sourced PFC-free DWR, launched in 2015; and the market-leading PFC-free PHOBOTEX® RSY range, introduced in 2017 for extreme DWR performance.

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-Toyota to collaborate with Redwood Materials on a sustainable, closed-loop electrified vehicle battery ecosystem

Areas include end-of-life battery solutions for its battery ecosystem, including battery collection, testing & evaluation, remanufacturing, recycling and battery materials production Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Toyota Motor North America (Toyota), as part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint year after year and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, has embarked on a mission to create a sustainable, closed-loop battery ecosystem for its electrified powertrains. This mission focuses not only on the collection, testing and recycling of batteries into raw materials to create a sustainable supply chain, but also aims to develop second-life opportunities for remanufactured and repurposed Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries by leveraging battery health screening tools and empowering data from its vehicles.

In connection with these goals, Toyota and Redwood Materials (Redwood) will explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery ecosystem. Initially, this collaboration will focus on the collection, testing and recycling of Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries. The companies will then look to expand into other areas such as battery health screening and data management, remanufacturing and battery material supply throughout North America.

“We are excited to be working with Redwood Materials to identify solutions for our electrified powertrains at the end-of-life that contributes to our vision of creating a sustainable, circular battery ecosystem,” said Christopher Yang, group vice president of Business Development at Toyota. “We are committed to developing sustainable solutions that allow our batteries to provide value beyond the initial lifecycle in an electrified vehicle. This also contributes to our carbon neutrality goals and our mission to build a more sustainable world for all.”  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Redwood Materials is driving down the environmental footprint and cost of lithium-ion batteries by offering large-scale sources of domestic anode and cathode materials produced from recycled batteries. Redwood receives more than ~6 GWh of end-of-life batteries annually for recycling, which are then refined and remanufactured into critical battery materials.

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-Amcor, Minderoo Foundation partner to build plastic recycling plants

The partnership, called Sea The Future, will provide investment to build sorting and recycling plants. The first three hubs will be based in Indonesia, the Netherland and Brazil.

Switzerland-based packaging producer Amcor has partnered with the Minderoo Foundation Pty Ltd., a philanthropic initiative based in Australia, to launch Sea The Future, a project that will provide investment to build a global network of plastic recycling plants.

According to a news release from Amcor, the first three recycling hubs will be built in Indonesia, the Netherlands and Brazil. Minderoo (STF) plans to begin construction on the first sorting and recycling plants within two years.  Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

The first three recycling hubs aim to unlock about $300 million worth of investment in new plastic recycling plants worldwide, produce about 150,000 metric tons of recycled plastic per year and prevent 200,000 metric tons of plastic waste from being landfilled.

The project has received support from the government of Indonesia and the Port of Rotterdam. Amcor says this project is “designed to close the gap between ambitions for using recycled plastics and the actual supply of high-quality recycled plastics in large volumes.”

Amcor, Minderoo Foundation partner to build plastic recycling plants

-Coca-Cola Italy launches first bottles with caps that stay attached

Coke Every minute produces about 200 thousand plastic bottles and has repeatedly topped the ranking of the main polluters on the planet over the years, due to the dispersion of this material in the environment.Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

This should come as no surprise, given the more than 500 brands of soft drinks and bottled water it distributes in over 200 countries. Also in 2021 was indicated by Coca-Cola green Peace Among the multinational companies responsible for encouraging the expansion of plastics production. With such a course, the Atlanta-based company certainly cannot be at the bottom of the ranking of companies that are able to align with European objectives. EU Directive 2019/904 (Super, single use plastic). Its leading role among manufacturers of plastic packaging commits it to be one of the most active industrial realities in putting into practice the points envisaged by the single-use plastic reduction/elimination process.

after the announcement Last February, with which the company announced that it wanted to use 25% refillable bottles Globally by 2030, it is time for new announcements. In this case, these are less ambitious goals, which provide for the early fulfillment of one of the points envisaged by one of the Italian and United Kingdom branches. to swell, The point of consideration is that, starting from July 2024, plastic bottles with caps that remain attached to the neck of the bottle even when opened, in this way relate to the obligation to avoid their spill into the environment (cups and glasses). The same obligation shall apply to the lids of the These items have actually been identified among the products found on the beaches of the Union. Tires-from-recycled-bottles – Nonwovens

Coca-Cola Italy launches first bottles with caps that stay attached

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Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven 23-06-2022

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-Over 2 billion plastic bottles recovered for recycling in SA in 2021

According to figures released at the PET Recycling Company’s (PETCO) annual general meeting in June, 2.1 billion PET bottles were diverted from landfill last year thanks to the various recycling efforts in which it was involved.

On the back of waste management experts warning that parts of South Africa could soon run out of landfill space, CEO Cheri Scholtz said PETCO’s efforts had saved an area equivalent to 560,495 cubic metres and prevented potential associated carbon emissions of 135,604t in 2021.

Despite a challenging year for the paper and packaging sector, PETCO, which represents producers of PET packaging, grew its collection of post-consumer PET bottles for recycling by 14% – from 79,078t in 2020 to 90,402t in 2021. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

“In spite of the impact of prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns and curfews on collection rates, which restricted the movement of informal collectors, 63% of PET packaging that was placed on the market by PETCO members was collected for recycling in 2021,” Scholtz said.  “Once lockdown regulations eased, PETCO made a concerted effort to stimulate collection by supporting informal waste pickers and formal collection businesses, buy-back centres, and recyclers, and encouraging them to grow capacity and capability.”

With mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations laying down Year 1 targets for PET of 60% for beverage bottles, 7% for oil bottles, 9% for thermoforms and 60% for single-use products, she said the current collection rate places PETCO in good stead to meet these targets.

“Although these targets are applicable for year one of mandatory EPR, comparatively speaking, these figures would indicate that we are well placed to be compliant on behalf of our members. In 2021, we started to expand our reporting methodology in order to be able to track progress against all the identified products that our members place on the market for which we offer an EPR scheme. Using information provided by our members on exactly what they place on the market, in combination with assumptions provided by our recycling partners of the make-up of a typical bale that they purchase, we were able to measure collection of identified products such as beverage bottles, oil bottles, home and personal care bottles and non-PET elements such as labels and closures.

Over 2 billion plastic bottles recovered for recycling in SA in 2021

-Invista to Expand Nylon 66 Capacity

The company is making a significant investment in its South Carolina facility to transform it from carpet fiber to nylon 66 polymer focused production.

INV Polymers Nylon Americas, the polymers business of Invista, will undertake a significant investment in its U.S. facility in Camden, S.C., aimed at meeting increasing demand for nylon 66 spurred by such trends as eMobility and the Internet of things that can support electrification and increased complexity. This includes engineered plastics designed for modern connectors and sensors with ever-increasing performance and connectivity. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

Essentially, the investment will transform the facility’s production process and logistics capability—which was previously designed to support carpet fiber production—into a polymer-focused plant that can provide increased supply capacity for nylon 66 resin to the merchant market. Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in 2024.

Said Pete Brown, v.p., of Invista Nylon Polymers, “Invista is known for its high-quality nylon 66 polymer, supported by its world-class, upstream chemical intermediates technologies.

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-BASF makes battery recycling commitment

Company announces scrap batteries-to-black mass production facility to be built in Germany.

Germany-based chemical and materials company BASF has announced it will build what it calls a commercial scale battery recycling and black mass production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

The multinational company says the plant will have an annual processing capacity to handle 15,000 tons of electric vehicle (EV) batteries and battery production scrap.

“With this investment in a commercial scale battery recycling black mass plant, we take the next step to establish the full battery recycling value chain at BASF,” says Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, an executive there. “This allows us to optimize the end-to-end recycling process and reduce the CO2 footprint. The closed loop from end-of-life batteries to cathode active materials (CAM) for new batteries supports our customers along the entire battery value chain, reduces the dependency from mined raw materials and enables a circular economy.”

BASF describes battery recycling as “an important lever to reduce the CO2 footprint of battery electric vehicles, and is key to meet ambitious, circularity-driven policy requirements, expected under the proposed EU Battery Regulation.”

The investment will tie into the policy effort to improve the recycling efficiency of lithium-ion batteries, as well as material recovery and recycled content targets for nickel, cobalt and lithium.

“This investment strengthens BASF’s CAM production and recycling hub in Schwarzheide,” states BASF, which calls the site “an ideal location for the build-up of battery recycling activities given the presence of many EV car manufacturers and cell producers in Central Europe.” Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

BASF describes black mass production as the first step in the battery recycling process (following collection) and says it is based on mechanical treatment of batteries. The produced black mass contains marketable amounts of the metals used to produce CAM: lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese.

BASF makes battery recycling commitment

-IVL joint venture for circular nonwoven mattresses

Indorama Ventures has teamed up with Auping and TWE Group to deliver a fully circular initiative by closing the loop in mattress design, manufacturing and recycling across nonwoven applications. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

On show at Techtextil, the collaboration and innovation presents a certified cradle to cradle process that includes the inclusion of safe raw materials within mattress manufacturing that allows the materials to be easily disassembled at the product’s end of use in order to be further reused as same components or recycled into new raw material at the same quality level.

The manufacturing process begins with design, where the mattress is constructed using only two different base materials, 100% PET polyester textiles and steel wire pocket springs connected with Niaga, a non toxic reversible adhesive, making the mattress easy to disassemble and recover.

Auping collects, sorts and separates the collected fabrics, which then go to IVL Mullagh for processing, melting and extrusion to form polyester staple fibre. These staple fibres are then converted by TWE Group into nonwovens for use in Auping’s Evolve mattress, the world’s first fully circular mattress. Following the end of mattress use, the material recovery process simply starts again. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

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-MEG prices slump despite the shutdown of Shanghai Petrochemical

Shanghai Petrochemical closed its MEG units over last weekend due to the fire. On Monday morning, MEG price picked up shortly due to the accident, but then receded sharply to around 4,900yuan/mt by the late session of Monday. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

The drop was mainly due to:

  1. Falling crude oil and coal prices
  2. The drop in some commodity futures in China
  3. MEG port inventory up 57kt to 1,235kt
  4. Increasing short positions on high inventory and weak demand

The nameplate capacity of the two units is 605kt/year. However, the 225kt/year No.1 unit has been fully switched to EO production and #2 380kt/year unit was running at low rate. The effective MEG output of the #2 unit could be only around 100kt per year. So the impact of Shanghai Petrochemical fore on MEG market is limited.

Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical will fully switch to produce EO after the completion of maintenance of its 300kt/year unit. However, it is now uncertain whether the unit could be restarted as planned on June 24 after the accident at Shanghai Petrochemical. If the unit could not be restart as scheduled, EO price is expected to increase. And some producers may lower EG/raise EO operating rate. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

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-Ethylene prices slip in Asia

Last week, ethylene prices declined in Asia.

An industry source in Asia requesting to remain unidentified informed a Polymerupdate team member, “The price fall was prompted by persistent bearish buying sentiments and plentiful product availability.”  Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

The source added, “Sluggish downstream PE demand and pricing trends further pressured prices lower.”

On Friday, CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 985-995/mt levels, a fall of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week. FOB Korea ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 1025-1035/mt CFR levels, a week on week decrease of USD (-30/mt) from the previous week.

CFR South East Asia ethylene prices were assessed at the USD 1095-1105/mt levels, a plunge of USD (-50/mt) from the previous week.

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-Why hydrogen is not the answer to petrostates’ woes

Hydrogen production may help some petrostates diversify during the energy transition, but it will not replace oil and gas. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

As the world’s energy systems transition from those largely fuelled by hydrocarbons to those largely powered by renewables, there will be a profound shift in where our energy comes from.

Hydrocarbons are found in deposits that are the result of organisms alive millions of years ago undergoing particular geological processes, in particular climatic conditions. Coal, made from ancient swamp forests, is found in nearly every country around the world. Oil and gas tends to be less widespread – and therefore more expensive – stemming from plankton breaking down on the ocean floor.

Renewable power, by contrast, can be generated from sun and wind across the Earth’s surface. It is dependent on weather patterns that exist everywhere, not specific geological processes. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

This is great news for consumers, who can in theory generate or buy cheap, renewable electricity wherever they may be, but it is bad news for petrostates, which are oil and gas-producing nations whose economies have become overly dependent on the export of fossil fuels, with little success thus far at diversification.

Why hydrogen is not the answer to petrostates’ woes

-Quantafuel reveals plans for Sunderland chemical recycling plant

Plastics-to-oil firm Quantafuel has submitted a planning proposal to build a facility at the Port of Sunderland.

If it goes ahead, it will be the Norwegian firm’s first chemical recycling plant in the UK. It currently runs a commercial-scale plant in Denmark and a demonstrator project in Sweden. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

Quantafuel wants the Sunderland plant to start in 2024, with the ability to process around 100,000 tonnes a year of plastic through pyrolysis. It said 100 new jobs would be created.

The oil produced will be shipped to customers in the petrochemical industry and the gas produced would power the plant. The proposal will be considered by Sunderland City Council.

Last month, Quantafuel signed an option agreement with the council to develop the land at the Port of Sunderland.

Quantafuel chief executive Lars Rosenløv: “New facilities are needed to help deal with plastic waste, and we can offer a long-term, sustainable alternative to incineration and landfill that will provide significant environmental benefits, whilst also creating new jobs in Sunderland.

“We have considered our plans in detail, consulted widely with the community and are delighted to have now submitted a planning application. Chemical-recycling – Circular-nonwoven

“We look forward to further engagement with the community during the summer as we await the outcome of the planning decision in the autumn.”

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Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers 22-06-2022

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-OCSiAl expands graphene nanotube production capacities to Europe

The new synthesis facility near Belgrade, Serbia, will be launched in the first half of 2023, with a planned capacity of 40 metric tonnes/year. Production will be leveraged for various polymers and nanotube dispersions to boost EV battery density.

OCSiAl (Leudelange, Luxembourg and Columbus, Ohio, U.S.) is expanding its graphene nanotube production capacities in Europe through the launch of new synthesis facility near Belgrade, Serbia, in the first half of 2023, with a planned capacity of 40 metric tonnes/year. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

According to the company, the facility is to become the core of the graphene nanotube industrial hub and will be accompanied by production lines of nanotube concentrates for various polymers and nanotube dispersions to boost energy density of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Graphene nanotubes can also act as additional reinforcement to composites, providing new properties.

The graphene nanotube synthesis facility in Serbia will leverage OCSiAl’s production technology, which is said to be protected by more than 80 patents and patent applications, and trade secrets. The plant will reportedly contribute to lowering supply chain costs, and will make it possible to deliver European-produced nanotubes and nanotube industrial solutions to customers in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

According to OCSiAl, the nanotube synthesis facility will be accompanied by the production lines of more than 40 nanotube-based concentrates and dispersions designed to simplify industrial handling of nanotubes, to be launched in sequence from 2022-2023. Nanotube-based solutions, says the company, grant a unique combination of previously unachievable properties to most types of elastomers, thermoplastics, thermosets and lithium-ion batteries, that have gained rapid adoption in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, packaging and consumer goods. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

OCSiAl expands graphene nanotube production capacities to Europe

-Strategic partnership delivers best practice example of a closed recycling loop for PET-based multilayer

Four partners have collaborated on an industry-leading recycling approach

Closed-loop economy for PET-based multilayer Green Deal-compliant

Further collaborations are planned to optimize the process harnessing water-based adhesive technology Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

Multilayer packaging based on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) can have a bright and sustainable future. This is the message of the strategic partnership of four leading technology companies, whose closed-loop recycling model is sparking new discussions on the role PET-based multilayer will play in tomorrow’s packaging industry.

The European Green Deal requires all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2030 – a regulation that is perceived as particularly challenging for multilayer packaging, since its layers first need to be separated before entering recycling streams. However, that perception could be about to change. Sulayr, a recycling company operating in Europe, has successfully commercialized a multilayer recycling process that achieves ‘closed-loop’ status and enables PET to be reused with virtually zero waste. With this, a circular economy practice for PET containing packaging materials already exists, but this process can be improved and become more practical and effective, if the whole value chain works together with the target to make the separation of the layers easier.

Industrial adhesives specialist BASF, packaging machinery OEM Bobst and films expert Evertis are supporting Sulayr in this endeavour. Together, the companies form a strategic partnership combining expertise from across the entire packaging value chain. Their collaborative contributions are key to the success of this impressive recycling process, and its potential for adoption at a bigger scale.

At the core of the process is a multilayer film produced by Evertis, comprising PET and polyethylene (PE) layers, laminated with a BASF’ Epotal® water-based adhesive and processed with a Bobst coater. Multilayer films are used for various packaging materials; after use, the waste is delivered to sorting facilities. Sulayr can use the so-called waste as raw material, ensuring a closed-loop. The company separates the multilayers and makes the PET available for re-use, with recycled PET delivered to Evertis and other film producers who then restart the cycle. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

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-HeiQ : and Renewcell Partner-Up to Replace Polyester and Nylon with HeiQ AeoniQ Yarn Manufactured from Circulose® Pulp

Prioritizing the replacement of environmentally polluting polyester in textiles has led to Swedish Renewcell and Swiss HeiQ signing a strategic partnership to manufacture circular HeiQ AeoniQ cellulose filament yarn from textile-to-textile recycled CIRCULOSE® pulp supplied by Renewcell. This partnership enables the incorporation of recycled raw materials in the most modern, climate positive and environmentally friendly yarn production process to enable 100% circularity in the textile industry.

Capitalizing on their shared vision of a circular and bio-based textile industry, HeiQ and Renewcell have joined forces to commercialize 100% circular and biobased high-tenacity filament yarns as a viable replacement for fossil-based fibers like nylon and polyester at scale. Promising results in initial tests using Circulose® as a feedstock for production of HeiQ AeoniQ yarn create an opportunity to for collaboration between the partners in their effort to lead the current textile industry transformation, positioning both companies and Europe as a pioneer region incorporating recycled raw materials in the most modern and environmentally friendly yarn production processes that allow true circularity in the textile industry. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

Circulose® – a Circular Cellulose

Circulose® is a branded dissolving pulp product that Renewcell makes from 100% textile waste, such as worn-out jeans and production scraps. Dissolving pulp cellulose is what the textile industry uses to make viscose, lyocell, modal, acetate other types of regenerated fibers (also called ‘man-made cellulosic fibers’). The only difference with Circulose® is that it’s made from textile waste instead of wood. Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world. It’s what makes up the cell walls of most plants and trees. The purest cellulose found in nature is cotton.

HeiQ : and Renewcell Partner-Up to Replace Polyester and Nylon with HeiQ AeoniQ Yarn Manufactured from Circulose® Pulp

-HDPE for Machine Direction and Biaxially Oriented Films

Nova Chem’s new Surpass HPs153-A said to exhibit exceptional stability due to its broad orientation window. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

A highly specialized HDPE resin has been launched by Nova Chemicals for the production of 100% high-density machine direction and biaxially oriented films.  Due to its broad orientation, Surpass HPs153-A boasts exceptional stability during production run or manufacturing on commercial-scale inline MDO blown film equipment.

MDO-HDPE films can be used to replace BOPP and BOPET to produce fully recyclable all-PE laminates with high stiffness to maintain registration for printing and converting, excellent heat resistance to minimize shrinkage during packaging conversion, and outstanding clarity. According to the company,  its innovative technology marks a major advancement in the pursuit of a plastics circular economy, as it enables recyclable all-PE packaging.  Says Owen Lightbody, application development and circular economy leader,“Nova Chemicals has a bold ambition to create a circular economy for plastic materials. Being able to produce HDPE-based oriented films is a significant step towards our industry’s goal of 100% recyclable packaging.”

Oriented film structures allow easy-to-recycle all-PE packaging to replace traditional mixed material packaging which is not recyclable. In addition, orientation of PE films allows for property improvements otherwise not attainable in blown or cast films such as enhanced stiffness, toughness, and optical properties. Oriented films are ideal for use in food packaging, heavy duty shipping sacks, e-commerce and other demanding applications.

As reported in 2021, Nova introduced its transformative BOPE-HD technology that enables the manufacture of all-PE, recyclable multilayer film structures with significantly improved physical performance versus blown film. Surpass TX150-A was the world’s first HDPE resin designed specifically for the demanding tenter frame process.  It enables an all-PE biaxially oriented print web, which can be laminated to an all-PE sealant web for complete recyclability. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

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-Partnership Aims to Create Value Chain for Renewable-Attributed MDI

Covestro, petrochemical company SK geo centric, and Neste collaborate to enable production of polyurethane raw materials based on renewables.

Covestro, South Korean petrochemical company SK geo centric, and Neste announced today a collaboration to enable the production of a major polyurethane raw material based on renewable raw materials via mass balance. The cooperation will see Neste provide SK geo centric with renewable Neste RE, an ISCC-certified feedstock for polymers and chemicals made from 100% renewable raw materials such as waste and residue oil and fats. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

SK geo centric will process this feedstock into benzene at the company’s facilities in South Korea and supply it to Covestro for use as a raw material for methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) at its site in Shanghai. MDI is a key raw material for the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foam, used as an insulating material for buildings and in the cold chain. It helps to save CO2 emissions and reduce energy consumption during its product life, said Covestro in the news release.

Partnership Aims to Create Value Chain for Renewable-Attributed MDI

-Gneuss MRS extrusion technology nominated for Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022

Gneuss, a family-owned company based in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, has been shortlisted for the Plastics Recycling Awards 2022 in the category of Recycling Machinery Innovation with its unique MRSjump extrusion technology.

The MRSjump is a new extruder which uses the operating principle of the Gneuss MRS technology however with a vastly expanded devolatilising capacity.

Originally aimed at post-consumer PET recycling, the MRSjump extruder offers PET processors not only unparalleled decontamination performance but also the possibility of retaining or even lifting the intrinsic viscosity of the material without the need for any heat treatment of the material, either before or after extrusion.

The phenomenal devolatilisation performance of the MRSjump extruder offers massive advantages for post-consumer polymer recycling generally, especially for recycling polymers such as polyolefins and PS for food contact applications (to FDA and EFSA) where decontamination of the polymer is important. As in the case of PET, due to the decontamination performance of the extruder, additional, energy intensive heat treatment of the material can be avoided. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

This performance was made possible by enlarging the MRS multiple screw design. Both the surface area of the polymer melt under vacuum and the area exchange rate have been drastically increased.

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-EU targets tenfold increase in production of hydrogen electrolyzers by 2025

The European Commission launched an initiative June 16 to increase the European Union’s green hydrogen electrolzyer manufacturing capacity tenfold by 2025, said SP.

The Electrolyzer Partnership, first announced in May, will bring together manufacturers and component suppliers to ramp up the production of electrolyzers — the technology used to produce renewable-powered hydrogen — to 17.5 GW per year from an estimated 1.75 GW today. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

The initiative is linked to the commission’s REPowerEU plan — its wide-ranging strategy to end dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which includes an aim to reach 10 million tonnes of annual domestic hydrogen production by 2030, requiring between 90 GW and 100 GW of electrolyzer capacity.

“Hydrogen is an essential part of Europe’s future energy sovereignty,” Frans Timmermans, executive vice president for the European Green Deal at the commission, said in a statement. “The speed of development of the European hydrogen sector shows that we can decarbonize our economy and secure our independence from Russian fossil fuels.”

The Electrolyzer Partnershp was launched at the fourth meeting of the commission’s European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which brings together more than 1,600 organizations to support the deployment of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen.

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-SIBUR and REO to expand cooperation in the field of plastic recycling

SIBUR has signed a deal with recycler Russian Environmental Operator (REO) for the supply of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottles and packaging as feedstock for production of food-grade rPET granules at Polief facility in Bashkortostan, Russia, said the company. Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

Thanks to the supply of electronic equipment to the production of SIBUR, it is planned to send up to 600 million plastic bottles for processing annually.

To fulfill its obligations under the agreement, REO is implementing an investment project for the production of PET flakes from used food packaging. It is planned that PPC will purchase bottles at sorting, send them for processing and sell the resulting PET flex to SIBUR. The enterprise where the bottles will be processed is located in the Chelyabinsk region.

Transparent and blue flakes will be supplied to SIBUR’s Bashkir enterprise POLIEF for the production of food-grade rPET granules under the Vivilen brand with a recycled content of up to 25%. This contract provides a third of the company’s need for PET flex after reaching the design capacity.  Plastics-Recycling – Hydrogen-electrolyzers

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Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand 21-06-2022

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-RadiciGroup at Techtextil with innovative textile solutions

Target markets: automotive, furnishings, sports and technical apparel. New product entry: radipeople® line of personal protective equipment.

RadiciGroup is at Techtextil 2022, the leading European trade fair for technical textiles, taking place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 21 to 24 June. On display in the RadiciGroup exhibition area (Hall 9.1 – Stand D50) are the Group’s latest products for the automotive, furnishings and apparel markets: from nylon and polyester yarn, including biosource and recycled lines, to nonwovens and the new radipeople® line of personal protective equipment (PPE). Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

“Our focus at the trade fair is on technical applications,” noted Marco De Silvestri, sales & marketing manager of the Apparel and Technical Business Line of RadiciGroup Advanced Textile Solutions. “These sectors have always been the centre of attention at RadiciGroup: outdoors, workwear, automotive and sports, to mention just a few of the target sectors where RadiciGroup high performance products are used. In addition to our traditional range, we are presenting our sustainable offering. In recent years, we have expanded our line of solutions developed according to the principles of sustainability and the circular economy, with the awareness that this approach needs to move forward beyond theory and be put into practice. Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of materials, we offer to partner with our customers in designing and realizing innovative and environmentally friendly proposals.”

Indeed, at Techtextil, RadiciGroup is showcasing RENYCLE®, a yarn obtained from recycled nylon; REPETABLE®, a polyester yarn from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles; RESPUNSIBLE®, a nonwoven fabric from recycled polypropylene; and BIOFEEL®, a brand identifying a yarn line obtained from renewable sources of both nylon and polyester. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

Care for the environment and the protection of people. In fact, at the fair RadiciGroup is also presenting radipeople®, a new line dedicated to personal protective equipment for the medical and industrial sectors: coveralls, gowns and accessories with different levels of protection, depending on the intended use, for a variety of industries, such as construction, agriculture, oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food.

RadiciGroup at Techtextil with innovative textile solutions

-Klöckner Pentaplast awarded gold rating by EcoVadis

Klöckner Pentaplast, a leading global manufacturer of high barrier protective packaging solutions with industry-leading use of recycled content, has been awarded a gold rating for the second consecutive year by EcoVadis, the independent provider of global sustainability ratings for environmental, social, and ethical performance.

The gold rating ranks kp in the top 3% of plastic product manufacturers assessed by EcoVadis, with each company being rated on the material sustainability risks and issues for their size, locations and industry. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

The evidence-based assessment covers policies, actions and results across the key sustainability and ESG dimensions of environment, labour and human rights, business ethics and sustainable procurement.

“EcoVadis is an important rating that is widely recognised by our customers and stakeholders and we are very proud to have been awarded gold rating for the second consecutive year. The rating reflects our on-going commitment to our sustainability strategy “Investing in Better”, which continues to be well recognized by the industry broadly for our work toward the most sustainable future.”, said Yui Kamikawa, kp’s Vice President of Sustainability.

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-SKGC and partners to build recycled PET facility in Europe

The joint venture plant will produce fully recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic and polyester fibre.

South Korean chemical company SK Geo Centric (SKGC) has partnered with SUEZ and Loop Industries to build a recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) facility in Europe.

Under the partnership, SKGC will become an equal partner in the previously announced joint venture (JV) formed by Loop and SUEZ, which is developing what they claim to be Europe’s first Infinite Loop manufacturing facility.

The JV plant will produce 70,000 million tonnes of virgin quality, fully recycled PET plastic and polyester fibre for the European market. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

SKGC will provide petrochemical manufacturing experience while SUEZ and Loop will offer their resource management expertise and proprietary technology respectively.

The Infinite Loop facility is intended to help consumer goods companies increase the amount of recycled content in their products and/or packaging, as well as meet the growing demand for recycled PET resin and polyester fibre.

SK Geo Centric CEO Na Kyung-Soo said: “We are thrilled to participate in (the) Infinite Loop™ Europe project together with SUEZ, leading French environmental service and LOOP, which possesses an advanced recycling technology.

“This collaboration will be the first step for SK Geo Centric to move beyond Asia to be a global eco-friendly chemical company.”

Loop Industries is a Canadian plastic recycling company that manufactures fully recycled PET plastic and polyester, while SUEZ supports local communities and industrial companies in managing services such as water, waste and air quality. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

The partners will review the feasibility of the project and choose the best location to support European consumer brands’ 2025 target for recycled content.

SKGC and partners to build recycled PET facility in Europe

-Food crisis in 2023 may represent major threat to developing-world polymers demand

As the developing world confronts a major food crisis, expected to reach a critical point next year, polymers demand is of course hardly the most important issue. But the purpose of the blog is to support planning by chemicals and polymers companies – and the buyers of chemicals and polymers. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

A crucial factor in successfully navigating the multiple crises we face is making the right production and sales decisions, based on demand scenarios. The right decisions will make or save you many millions of dollars.

To this end – combining the knowledge of the ICIS fertilizer team, which points toward the food crisis getting worse next year, with the ICIS Supply & Demand Database – the blog has drawn-up a scenario where –

Instead of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) demand in the developing world growing by 800,000 tonnes in 2023, the ICIS base case, it contracts by 300,000 tonnes.

This would result in next year’s global demand growth for HDPE being at 2% rather than 4%.

These alternative outcomes are for demonstration purposes only, as they don’t involve the essential deep dive into country-by-country complexities.

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-RCS Plastics receives ”Grüner Engel” recoginition

The North Rhine-Westphalian family company RCS Plastics in Werne practices exemplary resource and environmental protection with its heart of the system, the VACUNITE bottle-to-bottle technology. For this, the progressive company was honored with the medium-sized company prize in the category “Innovative technology solution for recycling” at the bvse trade fair evening. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

“Know-how and innovative ideas paired with high-quality recycling technology is the combination that distinguishes the successful medium-sized companies in the industry. With this recipe for success and its innovative process for the production of food-grade regranulates of the highest quality, the sustainability-oriented company RCS Plastics impressively convinced the jury in the competition for “DIE GRÜNEN ENGEL 2022”, bvse CEO Eric Rehbock and Florian Lankes, managing director of “DIE GRÜNEN ENGEL – treatment center in Nuremberg, at the presentation of the award ceremony at the bvse trade fair evening. “With its groundbreaking technical solution, RCS is also an important part of the implementation of the new provisions of the Packaging Act that came into force in January 2019,”

“The accumulated experience in the extraction of secondary raw materials from commercial waste from 4 decades has already motivated us 10 years ago to invest in the field of plastics recycling and to develop it further,” said Managing Director Adelheid Hauschopp-Francke, explaining the development of the RCS Group’s youngest division Werne on the lip.

Quality expectations exceeded – high added value for environmental and resource protection

The company has been recycling PET bottles into sorted PET flakes since 2011. In the summer of 2020, the next important step towards sustainability was taken: With the help of the VACUNITE® bottle-to-bottle recycling system developed by the manufacturer EREMA, which was further optimized in cooperation with RCS, RCS-Plastics is now processing the previously produced PET flakes in a highly efficient process to regranulate for the food industry. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

Recycled-PET - Polymers-demand

-Nylon filament yarn plants to cut operation under deeper split with upstream

In May 2022, as upstream CPL RMB spot chased up benzene cost actively, the price increased by 7.2% to 14,900yuan/mt by May 25, and nylon 6 HS chip prices also followed up with a month-to-date increase of 4.1% to 16,240yuan/mt. However, the lift in nylon 6 textile filaments is only around 1.5-3%. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

With such gap in price movement, NFY plants are suffering increasing losses in the month. However, NFY plants’ operating rate has been nailed at around 72.5% in May. Why are NFY plants struggling in holding the relatively high run rate under deficits?

Since late April, benzene market kept strengthening continuously. CPL plant operating rate was below 70% in most time of the month and thus formed a balance between supply and demand. Due to heavy deficits, CPL plants actively raised their offers.

At the same time, nylon 6 semi-dull HS chip market was in tight balance and trading focused on contract, the spot offers for HS chip had lifted with CPL as well, and the increment was just a bit narrower than CPL.

The supply and demand pattern was basically healthy for both CPL and nylon 6 chip market, thus the price increase had been relatively smooth.

Smooth increase from benzene to CPL and chip stopped in filament sector. With rising frequency of raw material price lift, nylon 6 textile filament plants also raised offers appropriately. But what waited for them was not the active follow-up of fabric mills, but disregard. Trading for textile filament was more difficult with downstream resistance enhanced.

The May contract settlement for CPL jumped by 800yuan/mt month-on-month, and some specifications of nylon filament increased by 300-500yuan/mt or slightly more, but it was also common to see some other sources dropped 500-1,000yuan/mt even. DTY market suffered heaviest burden and the low-price competition was mostly seen.

The price increase was blocked in the link of nylon textile filament, thus filament plants suffered heavily expanded losses in the month. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

Recycled-PET - Polymers-demand

-Recycled PET prices to remain firm

Recently, international oil price trend is firm overall, leading to higher polyester feedstock costs, and polyester product prices climb up obviously. Driven by the bullish sentiment, recycled chemical fiber and recycled PET product prices also move upward. Though PX price has fallen somewhat, and PET bottle chip and PET fiber chip prices edge lower, recycled PET flakes and popcorn prices remain firm.

For the support of recycled market: first, recycling volumes of bottles reduce this year as consumption of beverages decreases impacted by the multiple outbreaks of epidemic. In the meantime, with the long-time lockdown measures in some key areas, the consumption has reduced significantly directly. Though the lockdown is lifted recently, the daily recycling volumes only recover to about 10-20% of the volumes in the same period of previous years. The reduction of recycling volumes is the main reason for the supply tightness of re-PET. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

Second, the large rise of PET fiber chip and PET bottle chip has shown the price edge of recycled PET flakes in sheet field. With the larger price spread between PET fiber chip/PET bottle chip and recycled PET flakes, the cost edge of recycled PET flakes for sheet plants expands further. Take 3A-grade white flakes as an example. Bright PET fiber chip prices are at around 7,500yuan/mt in early May, and 3A-grade white flakes are at 7,400yuan/mt, so it has no advantages. Prices of hot washed blue and white flakes for HC re-PSF are around 5,800yuan/mt. The quality of flakes used for sheet is slightly better than that of flakes for HC re-PSF. On Jun 15, the price spread between bright PET fiber chip and 3A-grade white flakes has expanded to 800-1,000yuan/mt, and prices of blue and white flakes for HC re-PSF are around 6,100-6,200yuan/mt. So sheet plants have more choice on feedstock, so the supply to recycled chemical fibers reduces.

Recycled-PET - Polymers-demand

-Movers & Shakers – June 2022: Techtextil, Frankfurt news

In the dynamic and global textile fiber industry with its various manufacturing processes and end-uses, news and information is breaking on a daily basis.

International Fiber Journal is tracking stories relevant to our industry from manmade to natural to bio-based fibers, innovations in nonwoven, woven, braided and technical textiles, technologies for additives, bonding, coatings and polymers, and applications from apparel to hygiene to transportation, and more. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

Here we will post news stories relevant to textile fibers and their downstream applications on an ongoing basis. Please check back for regular updates.

Retech to present godet roll at Techtextil

Retech will address demand for technical yarns with maximum strength with a newly launched godet roll at Techtextil, Germany later this month. The roll has an ideal length of 420 mm to process 8-12 threads at a time. Its extended diameter of 250 mm allows a significantly increased speed with the same dwell time. Additionally, the higher motor torque guarantees the very best results in yarn tenacity. Further technical parameters are speeds that can be ramped up to 6500 m/min and the temperature reaches 250°C with an excellent temperature profile of +/- 1.5 °C. Recycled-PET – Polymers-demand

High-temperature godet rolls are used for high-performance fibers. High-performance fibers require temperature at extremely high levels, since fibers such as para-aramids have high glass transition temperatures nearing 370 °C. Retech high-temperature godet rolls have a heating power of up to 400 °C. They also offer outstanding performance in terms of precision within 0.5°C – guaranteed by the established Retech temperature controller – and repeat accuracy from 1 to 100 godets.

Movers & Shakers – June 2022: Techtextil, Frankfurt news

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PET- Bottle-grade – Petrochemicals – Spandex

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-Eni enters the world’s largest LNG project in Qatar

Eni has been selected by QatarEnergy as a new international partner in the North Field East (NFE) expansion project.

The Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President and CEO of QatarEnergy, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, and Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, signed the partnership agreement for the creation of the new Joint Venture company during an official ceremony today. QatarEnergy will hold a 75% interest while Eni the remaining 25% interest. The JV will hold 12,5% interest in the entire NFE project, including the 4 mega LNG trains with a combined capacity of 32 MTPA.

The NFE project will expand Qatar’s LNG export capacity from the current 77 million tons per annum (MTPA) to 110 MTPA. A $28.75 billion investment, NFE is expected to start production before the end of 2025 and will deploy state of the art technologies to minimize overall carbon footprint, including carbon capture and sequestration.

The agreement marks the completion of a competitive process started in 2019 and has a duration of 27 years. It is a strategic move for Eni, which expands Eni’s presence in the Middle East and gains access to a world leading LNG producer, detaining among the largest natural gas reserves in the world. It is also a significant milestone in the Company’s diversification strategy, adding a cleaner and reliable energy source to its portfolio.

In his remarks during the ceremony, Eni CEO Descalzi said: “We are honored and delighted for having been selected as partner in the North Field East expansion project. As a newcomer joining this world leading LNG project, we feel the privilege and the responsibility of being a strategic partner of choice for the State of Qatar. This agreement is a significant milestone for Eni and fits our objective to diversify into cleaner and more reliable energy sources in line with our decarbonization strategy.

Eni looks forward to working with QatarEnergy on this project to positively contribute to increasing worldwide gas security of supply.”

Eni enters the world’s largest LNG project in Qatar

-Plastics Recycling Show Europe opens on June 22

The two-day Plastics Recycling Show Europe exhibition and conference taking place at the RAI Amsterdam opens to visitors at 9.30 am on June 22.

This year’s event is set to be the biggest ever with over 200 exhibitors and more than 40 expert speakers. Winners of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 will also be announced on June 23rd.  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The two-day event draws together contributions from EU political leaders and every part of the plastics industry from major brands to material suppliers, plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastics recyclers and waste management specialists.

Companies and organisations from across Europe will be showing new technologies and applications for recycled plastics. Thousands of industry professionals are expected to attend the event, which has grown rapidly since it was first held in 2017.

Among the exhibitors will be Powerfil, a business unit of recycling machine manufacturer EREMA GmbH, launching a new high performance melt filter; REPI is expanding its portfolio of additives for PET recycling with the brand new Stabiplus line, its latest solution to boost a circular economy in polymer recycling; FIMIC is profiling its range of five different melt filter models suitable for highly contaminated plastic materials including post-industrial and post-consumer plastics; Sesotec presents its new Varisort+ Flex sorting module, developed to separate mixed material streams into separate fractions using up to three sensors for C (colour), M (metal) and N (plastics);

CHT Group will present intelligent auxiliaries for quality improvement and process optimisation in the aqueous plastics cleaning process; Gneuss will present three extrusion technologies for closed loop recycling: the Gneuss Process Unit (GPU), the MRSjump Extruder and the JUMP polyreactor; Nordsonis highlighting a new feature for its BKG continuous melt filters: melt pressure controlled venting start, which provides increased pressure consistency for all kinds of polymers and contamination levels; Barcelona-based Altero will show its latest pelletizing lines for recycling of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Plastics Recycling - Crude slumps

-Indaver and INEOS Styrolution sign offtake agreement for recycled styrene monomer

Indaver’s depolymerisation plant to be the first of its kind in Europe

From yoghurt pot to yoghurt pot – agreement closes the loop for polystyrene

Indaver, a leading player in the European waste industry, and INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, have signed an offtake agreement today giving INEOS Styrolution access to styrene monomer (“SM”) produced from post-consumer waste at Indaver’s planned depolymerisation plant. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

This agreement closes the loop towards a circular economy for polystyrene. It will enable INEOS Styrolution to produce polystyrene from recycled feedstock replacing styrene monomer produced from fossil feedstock.

“The benefits are tremendous”, explains Dr. Alexander Glück., President EMEA at INEOS Styrolution. “We recognise plastics waste as a valuable resource that must not end up in landfill or be incinerated. Together with Indaver we reduce waste, we produce polystyrene with identical properties as the virgin material with a lower CO2 footprint and we reduce the use of fossil feedstock.”

With the recycled polystyrene meeting stringent food grade specifications, an old dream has finally come true: The material that has been used to preserve food can be recycled and used for the same purpose again.

“We are very pleased with this agreement”, says Paul de Bruycker, CEO at Indaver. “Our companies share the same vision of a true circular economy for polystyrene. The material is eminently suitable to allow for depolymerisation, an advanced recycling method that we deploy in our new recycling plant.” Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The depolymerisation technology allows to recycle polystyrene by converting it back into its building block, styrene monomer. Thanks to this process, the recycled material can meet the strict food contact standards.

Plastics Recycling - Crude slumps

-The Recycling Partnership releases 2022 Impact Report

The report covers the Partnership’s commitment to communities, MRFs, materials manufacturers, brands and retailers and people. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The Recycling Partnership has released their 2022 Impact Report, detailing their work with communities, Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), materials manufacturers, brands and retailers and people. The report presents a system with goals related to their stakeholders. The system goes as follows:

  • all households can recycle,
  • people know what and how to recycle,
  • materials recovery facilities are fully modernized,
  • stakeholders work together to overcome material-specific obstacles to recycling,
  • packaging that enters the system is designed for, or on a path to, recyclability, and
  • recycling has a sustainable public-private funding stream based on smart policy.

With regards to economic impact, $95 million has been invested in The Recycling Partnership to date. The organization accumulated a total of $241 million in total value creation, including:  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

 

  • $163 million in capital and state investments in recycling
  • $24 million in new recyclables collected
  • $19 million in technical assistance to cities and states
  • $16 million in carbon savings
  • $13 million in avoided landfill costs
  • $6 million in member consulting

Plastics Recycling - Crude slumps

-Canada’s Nova introduces all-PE recyclable packaging

Canadian petrochemical producer Nova Chemicals has introduced a specialized high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin that can be used to produce recyclable all-polyethylene packaging. The resin technology, which can produce recyclable PE packaging, aims to help customers and brand owners to meet their sustainability goals.  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The special HDPE resin will be used to make 100pc high-density machine direction oriented film, which can then substitute for biaxially-oriented polypropylene and biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate to manufacture fully recyclable all-PE laminates. The PE laminates produced will have high stiffness, good heat resistance and clarity.

Oriented film structures can be used in replacement of traditional mixed material packaging that cannot be recycled.

These are suitable for applications in areas such as food packaging, heavy duty shipping sacks and e-commerce.  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Nova has been increasing its efforts to produce recyclable plastics as part of its sustainability efforts and ambition to create a circular economy for plastics.

Canada's Nova introduces all-PE recyclable packaging

-Oil Updates — Crude slumps; Russia says cutting oil production would have risks; Sinopec fire kills one

Oil prices went down to a four-week low on Friday on worries that interest rate hikes by major central banks could slow the economy and cut global energy demands.

On Friday, Brent futures fell 5.6 percent to settle at $113.12 a barrel, while the West Texas Intermediate crude fell 6.8 percent to settle at $109.56.

Russia says cutting oil production would have risks  Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The idea of cutting oil production in Russia to further increase prices has risks and would require calculation, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Sazanov told Reuters on Friday.

While Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told RBC business channel on Thursday that Russia had no need to cut its oil output in response to the EU’s embargo.

Novak earlier said he expected Russia’s annual oil production for 2022 would be about 500 million tons, down from 524 million tons last year.

Sovcomflot fleet fully covered by Russian insurers: CEO

Russia’s state-run Sovcomflot has insured all its cargo ships with Russian insurers and the cover meets international rules, its CEO said, after Western insurers withdrew cover.

Western insurers halted insurance cover for Russia’s biggest shipping group when Sovcomflot was hit by sanctions after Moscow sent troops across the border into Ukraine.

Sources told Reuters this month that state-controlled Russian National Reinsurance Company had become the main reinsurer of Russian ships, including Sovcomflot’s fleet.

“Technically, we meet all international trade requirements,” CEO Igor Tonkovidov told reporters. “Currently, the company’s fleet is almost fully busy in shipping hydrocarbons, cargoes are delivered to different parts of the world.” Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Sovcomflot is a key shipper of Russian oil and liquefied natural gas cargoes globally.

Oil Updates — Crude slumps; Russia says cutting oil production would have risks; Sinopec fire kills one

-Idemitsu and JERA Agree to Jointly Consider Establishing a Hydrogen Supply Chain Based in the Ise Bay Area

Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd. (“Idemitsu”) and JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) have today concluded a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) stipulating that they will jointly consider establishing a hydrogen supply chain based in the Ise Bay area.

On the back of demand for decarbonization, hydrogen—which emits no CO2 when burned—is expected to be used in large quantities at power plants and in industrial areas as a next-generation replacement for fossil fuels.

It is essential, therefore, to develop large-scale receiving and supply bases near areas where hydrogen will be in demand. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The Ise Bay area, where many industries are concentrated, has the future potential to become a large-scale receiving and supply base. Idemitsu is engaged in the business of receiving and refining crude oil and supplying petroleum products in the area. JERA, meanwhile, owns thermal power plants and LNG receiving terminals in the area and strives to ensure a stable supply of electricity in the Chubu region.

The MOU stipulates that the two companies will jointly consider the following as they look to establish a hydrogen supply chain based in the Ise Bay area where each operates businesses:

  • Establishment of hydrogen receiving, storage, processing, and supply bases
  • Technological and economic analysis of transportation methods for hydrogen in the Ise Bay area
  • Development of a hydrogen supply network

Idemitsu and JERA will utilize their accumulated technology, knowledge, and assets to contribute to the establishment of a stable, economical supply chain for hydrogen as part of their efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The two companies will also cooperate with “Hydrogen Utilization Study Group in Chubu”, which is working to establish cross-industrial hydrogen supply chain throughout the Chubu region.

Idemitsu has adopted the “CNX* Center” concept of transforming existing manufacturing bases such as refineries and complexes into new low carbon and resource-recycling energy hubs. Idemitsu aims to establish a supply chain that supplies CO2-free energy by taking advantage of the unique characteristics of each of the group’s sites while fulfilling responsibility for the stable supply of energy. Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

Under its “JERA Zero CO2 Emissions 2050” objective, JERA has been working to reduce CO2 emissions from its domestic and overseas businesses to zero by 2050, to promote the adoption of greener fuels, and to pursue thermal power that does not emit CO2 during power generation.

Idemitsu and JERA Agree to Jointly Consider Establishing a Hydrogen Supply Chain Based in the Ise Bay Area

-PyroTex® Classic Eases Aramid Shortage

Producers of for example asphalt and cement are forced to seek out alternative high-heat fabrics for particulate dust filtration amidst the global Aramid shortage.

“The merger of Dow and Dupont […] has significantly contributed to the shortage of fibers we’re seeing today. Supply chain is a huge problem with Meta-aramid […]; there doesn’t seem to be any changes in that issue until the end of 2022,” said Chris Plotz, director of education and technical affairs at the International Nonwovens and Disposables Associations (INDA). Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

The ongoing shortage is creating problems not only for the asphalt and cement industry, which relies heavily on Meta-Aramid filter bags to meet their environmental compliance mandates but equally for producers of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and aircraft supplies.

However, there is an available solution to take the strain out of the market and ease the current bottleneck: PyroTex® classic, the flame and heat resistant fiber produced by PyroTex Industries in Europe.

PyroTex® Classic Eases Aramid Shortage

Plastics Recycling – Crude slumps

PP-PE-polymerisation – PET-Recycling 18-06-2022

Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels 25-05-2022

Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

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-EssilorLuxottica : takes a step further with nylon circularity

Each year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste make their way into the world’s oceans. As part of ‘Eyes on the Planet’, the Group’s sustainability program, EssilorLuxottica is taking steps to reduce its environmental footprint and put an end to waste following the 4Rs: “Research-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.” With a dedicated pillar called “Eyes on Circularity,” the goal is to create a circular process that makes it possible to recycle waste materials into the Group’s production cycle – in order to limit and reduce plastic waste. One example is through the use of recycled nylon.

Nylon – a brief background

Nylon is a type of plastic derived from crude oil. It is a polyamide, made from reacting carbon-based chemicals found in coal and petroleum in a high-pressure, heated environment. It is transparent, resistant to heat and chemicals, and has a low absorbency rate. Due to these properties, nylon is used widely in many industries including agriculture, construction, clothing, and food processing. A particular variation of nylon is also used in the eyewear sector for the production of plastic frames. For instance, a process called injection molding is used, where nylon is melted and injected into a mold to obtain the shape of the glasses. This is a fast process which generates a low amount of scrap (‘sprues’).

Turning waste into endless possibilities

Waste management is a crucial part of EssilorLuxottica’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint. The Group uses approximately 800-900 tons of nylon a year with only a few tons of waste. Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Nonetheless, three years ago, its R&D teams in Italy began looking for solutions and into how the ‘sprues’ could be recycled. After two years of testing, they found that nylon could indeed be recycled and be reused up to seven times safely, with no compromise on quality, and an in-house process in Agordo, Italy, was launched to recycle and compound nylon plastic scraps derived from manufacturing of frames. Injection manufacturing is essentially where nylon is melted and injected into a mold to obtain the shape of the glasses and is a fast process which generates a low amount of scrap (‘sprues’).. The sprues are put into a granulator that grinds them into small pieces; then the material is transformed by a process called extrusion. During this process, the material is melted and extruded into “spaghetti ” shaped pieces, before they are finally cut into granules. The black granules which are derived can be reused and recycled several times, while maintaining their original properties. Today, at EssilorLuxottica,. In the first quarter of this year, the Company was able to recycle around six tons of nylon only in Agordo plant.

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-Poland calls for extra EU duty on Russian fossil fuels

Poland is appealing to the EU to impose additional import tariffs on Russian oil and gas, the government spokesperson has said, said Thefirstnews.

The European Union wants to mobilise around EUR 300 billion by 2030, including around EUR 72 billion in subsidies and EUR 225 billion in loans, to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

Piotr Mueller, the Polish government spokesperson, on Wednesday praised the plan but said that it was a shame it was introduced so late because Poland had for years warned against becoming dependent on Russian gas and oil.

At the same time he said that Poland is appealing “here and now” to the European Commission to introduce an additional tariff on Russian oil and gas “so that Russia does not take advantage of this armed conflict, this turmoil on the international arena in terms of fuel prices, does not divide the member states into better and worse… and does not dictate various types of discounts or higher prices.”

He added that Poland was proposing either a quick timely embargo on Russian oil, gas and coal, or “a punitive duty that would make EU entrepreneurs want to abandon Russian supplies. Nylon-circularity – Russian-fossil-fuels

Poland calls for extra EU duty on Russian fossil fuels

EssilorLuxottica : takes a step further with nylon-circularity

Poland calls for extra EU-duty on Russian-fossil-fuels

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PP futures in China fell by 1.4% amid a sharp decline in commodity-prices

Kuraray to increase June-prices of polyester-staple-fiber

-The Use of Plastic-Gears in Industries

Sustainable-technologies from Andritz at Techtextil-2022

LCA data on PureCycle-PP released

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MEG – PET -Petrochemicals 08-08-2022

MEG – PET -Petrochemicals

MEG - PET -Petrochemicals

Polyestertime
ITEM 01/08/2022 08/08/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton -100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,160 $/ton 1,145 $/ton -15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,225 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -125
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,175 yuan/ton 7,050 yuan/ton -125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

MEG – PET -Petrochemicals

6,080  yuan/ton 5,935 yuan/ton -145
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 940 $/ton 870 $/ton -70
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,340 yuan/ton 4,100 yuan/ton -240
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 540 $/ton 513 $/ton -27
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,121 $/ton 1,053 $/ton
-68
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,101 $/ton 1,033 $/ton -68
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,333 $/ton 1,166 $/ton -167
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 7,850 yuan/ton
-150
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,050 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton -150
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,930 yuan/ton 7,620 yuan/ton -310
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,750 yuan/ton 12,300 yuan/ton
-450
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,000 $/ton 1,980 $/ton -20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,250 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,950 yuan/ton 13,500 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 13,900 yuan/ton -900
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

MEG – PET -Petrochemicals

20,000 yuan/ton 20,200 yuan/ton -+200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,900 yuan/ton 16,000 yuan/ton -900
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,350 yuan/ton 18,600 yuan/ton- -750
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,850 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton -650
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 44,500 yuan/ton 42,000 yuan/ton -2,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 37,000 yuan/ton 36,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 34,500 yuan/ton 32,500 yuan/ton -2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,550 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton -450
Benzene domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 8,150 yuan/ton -600
Benzene overseas  market 1,068 $/ton 993 $/ton -75
Ethylene South East market 1,000 $/ton 980 $/ton -20
Ethylene NWE  market 1,062 $/ton 1,062 $/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton -300
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

MEG – PET -Petrochemicals

1,550 $/ton 1,550 $/tn
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,400 yuan/ton -100
PP Powder domestic market
7,980 yuan/ton 7,760 yuan/ton -220
Naphtha overseas market  762 $/ton 706 $/ton
-56
Phenol domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton -200

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 Petrochemicals – Bottle-grade-PET

 Petrochemicals - Bottle-grade-PET

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ITEM 25/07/2022 01/08/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,160 $/ton 1,160 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,225 yuan/ton +125
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,075 yuan/ton 7,175 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 Petrochemicals – Bottle-grade-PET

5,870  yuan/ton 6,080 yuan/ton +210
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 930 $/ton 940 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,170 yuan/ton 4,340 yuan/ton +170
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 518 $/ton 540 $/ton +22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,078 $/ton 1,121 $/ton
+43
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,058 $/ton 1,101 $/ton +43
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,416 $/ton 1,333 $/ton -83
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton
+200
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,125 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton +175
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,325 yuan/ton 8,550 yuan/ton +225
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,850 yuan/ton 7,930 yuan/ton +80
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,000 yuan/ton 12,750 yuan/ton
-250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,100 $/ton 2,000 $/ton -100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,400 $/ton 2,250 $/ton -150
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,450 yuan/ton 13,950 yuan/ton -500
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 14,800 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

 Petrochemicals – Bottle-grade-PET

21,300 yuan/ton 20,000 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 16,900 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,450 yuan/ton 19,350 yuan/ton- -100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,000 yuan/ton 17,850 yuan/ton -150
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 46,500 yuan/ton 44,500 yuan/ton -2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 39,000 yuan/ton 37,000 yuan/ton -2,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 36,500 yuan/ton 34,500 yuan/ton -2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 9,650 yuan/ton 9,550 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 9,350 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton -600
Benzene overseas  market 1,051 $/ton 1,068 $/ton +17
Ethylene South East market 1,030 $/ton 1,000 $/ton -30
Ethylene NWE  market 1,094 $/ton 1,062 $/ton -32
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton -400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 Petrochemicals – Bottle-grade-PET

1,550 $/ton 1,550 $/tn
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 19,000 yuan/ton 19,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 15,100 yuan/ton 14,500 yuan/ton -600
PP Powder domestic market
7,700 yuan/ton 7,980 yuan/ton +280
Naphtha overseas market  766 $/ton 762 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton

 Petrochemicals – Bottle-grade-PET

 

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Petrochemicals – Polyester-filament

Petrochemicals - Polyester-filament

Polyestertime
ITEM 18/07/2022 25/07/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,550 yuan/ton 8,650 yuan/ton +100
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,155 $/ton 1,160 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,050 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,025 yuan/ton 7,075 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Petrochemicals – Polyester-filament

5,825  yuan/ton 5,870 yuan/ton +45
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 930 $/ton 930 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,315 yuan/ton 4,170 yuan/ton -145
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 540 $/ton 518 $/ton -22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,021 $/ton 1,078 $/ton +57
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,001 $/ton 1,058 $/ton +57
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,475 $/ton 1,416 $/ton -59