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Plastic chemicals bottles recycling circular economy 17-11-2018

-Polestar Evaluates Strength of Carbon Fibre in Successful First Crash Test

Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1.

This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation.

“We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar.

“This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

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Teijin Develops Highly Modified Cross-section Crimped Yarn: SOLOTEX OCTA 

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed SOLOTEX OCTA, a highly modified cross-section crimped yarn that is extra bulky, lightweight, stretchable and shape-recovering. Samples will be provided in the fiscal year 2018.

Teijin Frontier expects annual sales of staple-fiber SOLOTEX OCTA to reach 400 tons and sales of filament SOLOTEX OCTA to reach one million meters as textiles by the fiscal year ending in March 2023.

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-Kosme expands portfolio to include two new stretch Blow-moulding Machines

Kosme’s stretch blow-moulding machines, so far, consisted of four, six, seven or eight cavities. For small output, Kosme is now expanding its portfolio with the inclusion of two new systems: the rotary machines KSB 3R Compact and 4R Compact. Later on 4R Compact will replace the KSB 4R from the standard series.

Beverage producers can save up to 35 % air and five % energy with the use of the new KSB 3R and reach with three cavities o machine the same performance as a linear machine with four cavities.

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-UB study describes presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors

A study led by researchers of the UB quantifies the presence of textile microfibers in south European marine floors, from the Cantabrian Sea to the Black Sea.

The study has analysed the amount of these colored fibers, which vary between 3 to 8 mm but are extremely fine, with less than a 0.1 mm diameter, and which come mainly from home and industrial washing machines.

The results show the dominance of cellulosic fibers over synthetic polymers, and highlight that several oceanographic processes pile and transport microfibers to marine hollows.

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-Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces

ANN ARBOR–Inspired by the extraordinary characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could bring us coatings that are sticky, repellant, insulating or light emitting, among other possibilities.

“This is so removed from anything I’ve ever seen that I would have thought it was impossible,” said Joerg Lahann, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan and senior author of the study in the journal Science.

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-Eastern European buyers out in force at BrauBeviale

Sipa’s marketing manager Roberta Gualtieri pointed to a strong year for the Italian firm

Companies from Russia and Ukraine have shown considerable interest in Western European technology at this week’s BrauBeviale exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, according to Italian machinery manufacturers Sipa and SMI.

Speaking to Plastics in Packaging at the show, Sipa’s marketing manger Roberta Gualtieri also explained how the company has performed above expectations this year on an innovative and sales level: “This year has been great for us, with a 10 per cent increase on sales compared to the previous year.”

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-NE Asia ethylene surges on restocking activity in China

Northeast Asia’s ethyleneprices rose at an accelerated pace this week,despite broad-based declines in downstreamprices.

Container port inQingdao, Shandong Province, east China (Photo byYu Fangping/Pacific Press via ZUMAWire/REX/Shutterstock)

The market upswing, now in its second week, isdriven by restocking activity, the start-up ofa standalone downstream plant, as well asreduced domestic supply due to continued weakmethanol-based production and an extendedturnaround at a cracker in China.

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-Unravelling draft Brexit agreement horrifieschemical industry

The European Commission’s draftagreement on Brexit is the best deal in townfor the chemical industry but the likelihood ofit being ratified by the UK’s parliament areslim.

The sector is a spectator to a divisivepolitical battle which threatens free trade andthe robust regulatory environment within whichit operates with EU counterparts.

“We watch with horror,” Chemical IndustryAssociation president Tom Crotty said onThursday as UK government ministers resigned inthe face of the draft withdrawal agreement. Ona day of political turmoil, the UK trade groupstressed the importance of a continuing,positive relationship with the sector’s majortrading partner.

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-China trade proposal unlikely to be game changer: US official  China trade proposal trade war

Proposal viewed skeptically with Beijing failing to follow through on prior pledges

Containers pile up at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. The tariff rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods is set to increase to 25% from 10% on Jan. 1.   © Reuters

China’s written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday.

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Plastic chemicals recycling circular economy 16-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain move upward.

PET Bottle grade export 1,070/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 885/900 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,700/6,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 695/710 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,050/6,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,085/1,100 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,650/10,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,050/9,150  yuan/ton

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-PET bottle recycling rate rises to 29.2 percent

The U.S. PET bottle recycling rate inched upward last year, helped in part by domestic reclaimers gobbling up volumes no longer being consumed by foreign buyers.

The recycling rate was estimated at 29.2 percent in 2017, up from 28.4 percent the year before, according to a report from The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). The report was released today.

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-MEGlobal lowered the December contract price of MEG in Asia by USD150 per ton 

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the December MEG contract price for Asia at USD950 per tonne, which is USD150 per tonne lower than in November, an ICIS source told the company.

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Indorama Ventures acquires major shareholding in Egyptian concert Medco Plast 

Indorama Ventures (IVL) has completed the acquisition of 74 per cent of the share capital of Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE (Medco Plast) from Middle East Glass Manufacturing Co (MEG) and the Samaha family.

MEG will retain a 16-per-cent shareholding in Medco Plast, and the Samaha family 10 per cent.

Medco Plast is the largest manufacturer of recyclable PET preforms, injection moulded products, and closures for all the multinational soft drink and water manufacturers operating in Egypt, with a 25-per-cent market share.

Medco Plast currently has 11 state-of-the-art production lines with a combined annual production capacity of 70,000 metric tons of PET preforms.

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-UK polymer buyers looking at options for post-Brexit market

Polyethylene (PE) andpolypropylene (PP) buyers are beginning to talkto their suppliers about the best way toprepare for a post-Brexit scenario, and manyare considering buying more volume.

Photo by NilsJorgensen/REX/Shutterstock. UK Prime MinisterTheresa May makes statement after Cabinet agreesdraft Brexit deal

– Buyers ready to commit to morestock

– Situation uncertain

– More imports to come from outsideEU

Some buyers have already been building stock,particularly in the PP sector, which is inbetter balance than PE.

“One of our customers was asking our advice onwhat to do,” said a distributor, “and there isconcern for quarter one.”

“It is being considered,” said a buyer. “…thethought is we probably will put stocks insometime during quarter one. We’ve talked toall suppliers to see what plans they’ve got inplace. Basically if you want extra you need toforecast it.”

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-‘Krone’ weakens as oil prices fall

Norway’s krone has been losing value again this week, after oil prices sunk back to where they were last spring. It cost just over NOK 8.50 to buy one US dollar Wednesday afternoon, even after oil prices slightly recovered.

The price of a barrel of Norway’s North Sea crude oil, the country’s most important export product, has fallen from around USD 86 in early October to just USD 65 on Wednesday morning.

A barrel of the North Sea crude edged up to USD 66.85 early Wednesday evening but that’s still around USD 20 less than where it traded just a month ago.

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-New research reveals consumer demand for green packaging

Three-quarters of shoppers across Europe prefer to buy products with environmentally friendly packaging, according to new research from IRI.

The European Shopper Insights Survey of more than 3,300 consumers from seven European countries asked shoppers a range of questions regarding their shopping habits and expectations for the future of grocery retail. It also examined the shopping behaviour of younger generations of millennial consumers.

Young millennials (aged 18 to 24) are said to be less concerned than older shoppers about buying products that respect the environment.

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-Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose technology company

Stora Enso has increased its ownership up to 100% in the Sweden-based company Cellutech AB.

The company specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood-based components.

The acquisition of Cellutech supports Stora Enso’s vision of replacing fossil-based materials with renewable ones originating from wood.

The acquired company works, among others, in the areas of foams for packaging and hydroponics where the markets are continuously growing.

Cellulosic foams can, for example, be used in packaging to replace polystyrenes which are the most widely used plastics.

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-AMERIPEN calls for “collaborative approach” to US circular economy

Lee Anderson (left) and Ron Cotterman of AMERIPEN believe that a collective US strategy is essential in order to tackle infrastructure challenges

As the vision of a circular economy grows, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has called for a collaborative effort to formulate a comprehensive US strategy to achieve ambitious 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging goals in line with the global commitment spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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US plastics recycler has big plans at home and abroad

US recycling company rPlanet Earth has launched what it says is the first plant in the world to convert packaging waste into finished rPET products with properties comparable to those of virgin PET.

The new 302 000 sq ft facility in Vernon, California, takes in bottles, clamshell containers and other packaging waste from kerbside collection. It has an annual capacity of 36 000 tonnes.

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PrimLoft follows insulation innovation with new biodegradable fabric

Hot on the heels of its announcement on a new biodegradable recycled insulation material, PrimaLoft has unveiled its latest development: a biodegradable fabric.

Like its insulating cousin, the brand’s Bio Performance Fabric is made totally from recycled plastic.

The company said it expects both new technologies to be commercially available from autumn 2020.

President and chief executive Mike Joyce said: “From the beginning of this process, we have always considered fabrics to be a particularly important part of the development of biodegradable materials.

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-Bioplastics: Great green hope or a false promise?

Bioplastic is meant to be eco-friendly and biodegradable. But on closer inspection, it loses its green sheen. Can packaging made from algae and cooking oil really help fight the plastic scourge?

If Josefine Staats is to be believed, the red algae Kappaphycus could be our environmental savior — at least when it comes to plastic.

“Algae doesn’t need any land to grow. It doesn’t need fertilizer or pesticides and it grows quickly,” said the entrepreneur from Berlin. Staats runs a natural foods company and sells, among other things, algae snacks.

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-There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, moot told

Experts at a moot described mismanagement of plastic waste as the main hindrance to recycling and the largest cause of pollution of rivers and oceans in the world.

The plastic waste that ended up in the ocean every year could be expected to double by 2025 and there would be more plastic therein than fish by 2050, they said.

They said this while speaking to participants of a three-day 5th International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development-2018 (EESD-2018) held at the auditorium of US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro here on Wednesday, organised by the Energy Environmental Engineering Research Group (EEERG).

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-Wrap launches uk plastics pact roadmap

WRAP has published its The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025, outlining  key actions businesses should take to help curb pollution caused by plastic packaging by moving plastics from being a single-use disposable material to a valued resource, in line with the circular economy model, while avoiding unintended environmental consequences of actions such as substitution or blanket removal which could lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions and/or increased food waste.

The actions relate to a series of important milestones aligned with the targets of The UK Plastics Pact, a programme to tackle the issue of plastic waste through collaboration across the entire supply chain; with the UK acting as a testbed for a planned network of country-specific, global Plastics Pacts.

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-What you need to know about plant-based plastics

Can bioplastics truly relieve pressure on the environment? Experts weigh in.

More than eighteen trillion pounds of plastic have been produced to date, and eighteen billion pounds of plastic flows into the ocean every year. It ensnares the marine animals we cherish and the fish we put on our plates, it appears in the table salt we use, and it’s even found in our own bodies.

As more research on the impact of using so much plastic comes to light, consumers and manufacturers are left scrambling for an alternative to the ubiquitous material, and bioplastics have emerged as a potential alternative.

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-How sustainable is recycled polyester?

About 49 percent of the world’s clothing is made of polyester and Greenpeace forecasts this percentage to nearly double by 2030, since the athleisure trend has led a growing number of consumers to be interested in stretchier, more resistant garments.

But polyester is not a sustainable textile option, as it is made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the most common type of plastic in the world.

In short, the majority of our clothes come from crude oil, while the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is calling for drastic actions to keep the world’s temperature to a maximum of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

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Plastic petrochemicals recycling biopolymers 15-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,070/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 860/880 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 685/700 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,850/6,000 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,085/1,100 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,950  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,650/10,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,050/9,150  yuan/ton

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-Focus on lightweighting at Composites Europe  

Glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics are in demand when lightweight and forward-looking solutions are called for.

This trend towards lightweight construction is currently one of the strongest drivers for the composites industry.

Just as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itself: the major technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain enables this sector of industry to increasingly automate and shorten manufacturing processes.

Both developments dominated this year’s edition of Composites Europe, held for the 13th time with 365 exhibitors from 30 nations.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Patagonia’s most sustainable collection to date

For the Fall 2018/2019 season, Patagonia’s range of snow garments built with recycled materials continues to increase, diverting about 215,000 pounds of factory scraps and plastic bottles from the waste stream and into the snow gear it makes.

In total, nearly 80% of Patagonia’s snow collection is now built with recycled fabrics. “And we continue to streamline our designs, making every Patagonia Snow garment easy to repair, because the longer a piece of clothing lasts, the smaller its impact on the environment,” said Corey Simpson, Patagonia.

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-Global textile industry waste management market to grow nearly 11% by 2021

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global textile industry waste management market to grow at a CAGR of nearly 11% during the period 2017-2021.

The textile industry, which is very important for many countries in terms of trade, GDP,  and employment rates, is known for its immense pollution and waste issues.

Textile industry waste management market driver

According to the report, one driver in the market is improvements in membrane technology. Membrane technology plays a vital role in wastewater treatment. Some technologies like wastewater treatment using membrane reactors and desalination by RO are already being implemented in the industry on a large scale.

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-Sustainability a variable driver of european shopper behaviour

The IRI’s new European Shopper Insights Survey, has found that environmental considerations occupy significant mind-space in consumers throughout Europe. However, both overall levels of concern for sustainability and the focus of those concerns vary considerably from country to country.

According to the survey, Italian shoppers are the most likely to want to buy products with environmentally-friendly packaging (81%) followed by Spain (75%) then Greece and France (74%). German consumers are least likely to buy products with recyclable packaging (62%).

Percentage of European shoppers identifying preference towards buying products

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-Wessex Resins now producing high-performance, bio-based ENTROPY RESINS®

Wessex Resins is delighted to announce it is now manufacturing ENTROPY RESINS, under license from Gougeon Brothers, Inc., for the European, Middle Eastern, African, Turkish, and Indian markets. ENTROPY RESINS is a range of high-performance, bio-based epoxy formulations. These products can help reduce the carbon footprint of companies manufacturing finished composite parts.

ENTROPY RESINS are largely plant-based formulations, utilising SUPER SAP® technology. They are used extensively in the production of snowboards, surfboards, paddle boards, sailboards, skateboards, kiteboards, ice hockey sticks, and other kinds of sporting equipment.

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-DyStar secures destruction of patent infringing dyes14

DyStar, a leading dyestuff and chemical manufacturer, has been successful in securing the destruction of 3.3 tons of textile dyes that infringed one of its patents for reactive red dyes. The dyes were detained at Mersin Free Zones following DyStar’s customs application. The specialised Istanbul IP court subsequently granted a preliminary injunction order.

The destruction took place earlier than expected on September 18, 2018 as the defendant agreed to the destruction and payment of compensation to DyStar before the final verdict of the court, according to DyStar.

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-Record U.S., Russia and Saudi oil production means supply well outstrips global demand: IEA

IEA says oil output from the world’s three biggest oil producers is holding global supply steady

The U.S., Russia and Saudi Arabia are pumping crude at record levels, causing global supply to significantly outrun demand, a monthly update from the International Energy Agency showed Wednesday.

The IEA said oil output from the world’s three biggest producers is holding global supply steady, at around 100.7 million barrels a day last month. That’s 2.6 million barrels a day higher than the same period last year.

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-Theresa May’s Brexit deal: everything you need to know

What does the agreement say? Which bits are controversial? And will it get now get through parliament?

After a mammoth meeting, Theresa May’s cabinet has backed the text of the draft withdrawal agreement drawn up this week in Brussels by EU and UK negotiators, two-and-a-half years after Britain voted to leave the bloc.

Brexit deal: May wins cabinet support but hints at ministers’ reservations – Politics live

Here is a brief guide to what the agreement says, which parts of it may prove controversial (and why), how likely the prime minister now is to get it through parliament, and what could happen next.

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-Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down?

The efficiencies of shale exploitation technology may be sowing the seeds of a rapid decline

Calgary’s Business and Troy Media are pleased to welcome Brad Hayes to our roster of contributors.

Brad is president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience consulting firm addressing technical and strategic issues around conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and development.

He earned a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, and a BSc from the University of Toronto.

He is a director for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources, an active member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and is an adjunct professor in the U of A Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

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-US shale oil forecasts too optimistic, even IEA agrees

The fracking of hard-to-reach oil reserves has helped the US regain its crown as the world’s top crude oil producer. But even the International Energy Agency (IEA) is now worried that the shale boom has been overhyped.

Since it first came on stream a decade ago, US shale oil has been hailed as the great black hope for a world still reliant on fossil fuels, despite the worsening effects of climate change.

Concerns about the depletion of Middle East oil reserves have been somewhat offset by the resurgence of US oil production, which last month reached 11.6 million barrels per day (bpd), up 20 percent on the previous year. That’s already more than a third of the 32 million barrels produced globally per day.

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-Borealis eyes large-scale Asian joint investments with Adnoc

Exclusive from Adipec 2018: Austrian petrochemicals firm part-owned by Mubadala Investment Company is also considering setting up a plastics recycling facility in Ruwais

Petrochemicals producer Borealis is considering joint investments with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in projects across growth markets such as India and China, and to set up a plastics recycling facility in the Ruwais region, its chief executive said.

The Austrian chemicals company, owned by the country’s state-backed producer OMV as well as Mubadala Investment Company, is a joint developer with Adnoc of Abu Dhabi’s biggest chemicals facility, Borouge.

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-Johnson Controls to sell auto battery unit in $13.2 billion deal

Johnson Controls International Plc said on Tuesday it would sell its power solutions business, which makes car batteries, to investment firm Brookfield Business Partners L.P., in a cash deal valued at $13.2 billion.

The deal will allow Johnson Controls to focus on its building technologies and solutions business, which makes heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as building access control and fire detection systems.

Reuters reported late last month that Brookfield and Johnson Controls were close to finalizing terms for the sale of the unit, whose batteries are used in about a third of cars globally.

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-Biome Bioplastics launches plastic educational channel

#ThinkBioplastic platform will help inform individuals about the already available solutions to the plastic problem

Biome Bioplastics has launched a digital educational channel, #ThinkBioplastic. The platform aims to help government, media and the public better understand the complexities of plastics and plastic pollution and learn more about available alternatives.

ThinkBioplastic will share content about the whole plastic life cycle (production, use and disposal) and investigate the science behind recent plastic’s headlines.

It will highlight the role of bioplastic in reducing the negative impact of polymer manufacture and disposal. All content will be in an easily digestible form.

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-Recycling business takes hit amid new rules from China

Residents are asked to be more careful about what gets thrown in recycling bins.

Take a walk with Steve Sargent through Rumpke’s recycling plant on Monument Avenue in Dayton and he readily points out what doesn’t belong there.

“Plastic bags, you’re seeing a water pipe, you’re seeing a garden hose,” said Sargent, Rumpke’s Director of Recycling.

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Coca-Coca initiates ‘Give Back Life’ PET plastic collection and recycling project with LAUGFS Petroleum

Further expanding the scope of its ‘Give Back Life’ PET plastic collection and recycling campaign, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd, with its recycling partner Eco Spindles joined hands with LAUGFS Petroleum, to place ‘Give Back Life’ PET plastic collection bins at the Koswatte service station to enable customers to dispose their PET plastic bottles responsibly when visiting the area.

Management from Coca-Cola and LAUGFS Petroleum gathered together with volunteers to educate customers as they drove through the service station during the launch.

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Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable 14-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,070/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 860/880 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,650/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/675 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,700/5,850 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,110/1,120 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,950  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,650/10,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,050/9,200  yuan/ton

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-Brexit: The final has begun

EU and UK negotiators have agreed on a strong text in the Brexit negotiations. Prime Minister May has begun a series of dramatic maneuvers. What are your prospects for success?

The Brexit negotiations seem to have reached a crucial interim target.  After the British government announced on Tuesday that there was an agreement with Brussels, there were increasing signs in the EU capital that EU and UK negotiators had worked out a robust paper on a technical level.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May wants to swear her cabinet on the Brussels agreement.

An official confirmation for a deal did not exist from Brussels at first.  However, the ambassadors of the 27 remaining EU countries want to discuss on Wednesday a timetable for a possible special summit at the end of the month, a move that would be pointless if there is no reason for cautious optimism.

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-Brexit deal: Theresa May to face cabinet showdown

Composite image featuring, clockwise from top left: Penny Mordaunt, Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Dominic Raab, Julian Smith, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox

Theresa May faces a crunch cabinet meeting later as she tries to win colleagues’ support for a draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU.

Senior ministers will gather in Downing Street at 14:00 GMT amid calls to reject the deal from both senior Brexiteers and some Remain supporters.

The PM is also continuing one-to-one briefings with ministers on the plans.

The BBC’s Norman Smith said No 10 were stressing it had pushed “right to the wire” and “gone as far as we can”.

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-Braskem again lowered November PE prices  

The only Brazilian producer of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) Braskem lowered domestic prices for all PE grades for the second time in November, a company source for ICIS said.

Thus, PE prices were lowered by R150 (USD40) per ton, while last week they were lowered by R200 (USD54-68) per ton.  Polymer prices include 10% tax.

PE prices declined amid a recovery in the real against the US dollar.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-ACC study: Replacing plastic packaging with other materials increases environmental impacts

Study expands on a 2014 life cycle assessment report.

The study “Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic Packaging Compared to Substitutes in the United States and Canada: Theoretical Substitution Analysis,” prepared by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), finds that replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would cause increases in energy use, water consumption and solid waste, as well as increase greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), acidification, eutrophication and ozone depletion.

“This report builds upon established data on the ener

gy and GHG benefits of plastics, compared to alternatives,” says Steve Russell, vice president of plastics, ACC, Washington. “It expands our understanding of critical environmental benefits beyond energy and highlights key environmental indicators like water use and waste generation.”

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-US Starts Investigations on Polyester Textured Yarn Imported from China and India  

Two major American synthetic yarn producers filed petitions that targeted the dumping of polyester textured yarn and unfair government subsidies from China and India. The petitions alleged harm to the U.S. domestic industry.

The petitions were filed by Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America on Oct. 18 with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The two federal bodies announced the initiation of antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations on Nov. 8.

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-Sonochemically sol–gel derived coating of textiles

Researchers recently developed an antibacterial sonochemical sol-gel-based coating of textiles using heterojunction SnO2/ZnO/Chitosan-bionanocomposites.

The researchers developed novel SnO2/ZnO/Chitosan bionanocomposites for the production of an antibacterial textile as a model for combating bacterial infections. Source: sasint / Pixabay.

The researchers developed novel SnO2/ZnO/Chitosan bionanocomposites for the production of an antibacterial textile as a model for combating bacteri…

The cellulose-based textiles currently used in hospitals are good conducive materials for cross-infection or transmission of diseases caused by microorganisms.

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-EMEA petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 12

London — Ethylene and propylene supplies in Europe are expected to remain long this week even as a few crackers that were set to restart in mid-November after more than month-long maintenance works are expected to delay their restarts or run at low rates.

OLEFINS

Length accumulation is seen particularly strong on the coasts for olefins. The butadiene market is closely watching developments in Asia, following a slight uptick in pricing last week. However, European market participants have questioned whether downstream demand and current availability in Asia will allow the uptick to continue.

POLYMERS

Unlike the ethylene market, supply of downstream polyethylene is tightening as transport along the Rhine remains difficult. Despite a small drop in November feedstock costs, polypropylene prices are set to remain stable this week, amid healthier demand.

Meanwhile, market participants continue to discuss contract prices for November. Polystyrene contract negotiations also continue this week amid rising demand in November.

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-Global tech player exhibits nozzles and microfilters at Compamed

Temicon is exhibiting its micro-structured titer plates nebulizer nozzles and microfilters at Compamed.

The company produces micro- and nanostructured films, components and functional surfaces. Their products are often found as components within lighting and optical systems, displays and life science products.

In life sciences, Temicon offers the technology platform for micro/-nanopatterning, electroforming, injection moulding and UV-nanoimprint. Small quantity production is possible as well as full production on a bigger scale of micro-or nanostructured components.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

-Applications of additive manufacturing in tool and mould making

No, additive manufacturing will not replace mass production processes any time soon. However, as a supporting technology, it can improve mould-making processes drastically, upgrading manufacturing efficiency.

For several years now, there has been a lot of talk about disruptive innovations and technologies. A number of trends are said to be able to change the manufacturing industry forever. Smart manufacturing, digitisation, Industry 4.0 and lately also 5G are set to disrupt how we work. In all these cases, what is meant is that if the technology succeeds, it will change and transform existing markets and value networks. The problem is that no one can truly say whether a technology succeeds or not.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

-Commodity Resin Prices Generally Trending Downward Heading to Year’s End

A downward trajectory as we approach the end of the year appeared to characterize the pricing trend for at least four of the five large-volume commodity resins. Going into the second week of November, key drivers were lower cost feedstocks, slowed demand, year-end destocking, and in some cases competition from lower-cost imports. Prices of PE, though also impacted by some of these factors along with slower exports activity, were expected to remain flat despite two looming price hikes.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

-Closed-Loop Bottle Control Saves Truckloads of PET for Blow Molder

Mexican beverage producer saves 3.5 tons of PET a day with Agr International’s Process Pilot.

For Mexican beverage producer GEPP, automatic control of the stretch-blow molding machine based on in-line bottle wall-thickness measurement has saved literally tons of PET resin every day. Line 1 at GEPP’s Hermosillo plant has trimmed the weight of its 2L low-carbonation PET bottle from 52 to 46 g. Given operating speeds of 24,000 bottles/hr, the 6-g (11.5%) reduction is saving the company approximately 7 tons of resin in each 48-hr production run. This impressive saving has been accomplished despite challenging environmental conditions at the plant, where temperature swings 40° F or more throughout the day. As noted by Jesús López, GEPP corporate technical manager, “You don’t want to put the same amount of heat on a 90° preform as a 70° preform.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

-Novel Material Could Make Plastic Manufacturing More Energy-Efficient

An innovative filtering material may soon reduce the environmental cost of manufacturing plastic. Created by a team including scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the advance can extract the key ingredient in the most common form of plastic from a mixture of other chemicals—while consuming far less energy than usual.

The material is a metal-organic framework (MOF), a class of substances that have repeatedly demonstrated a talent for separating individual hydrocarbons from the soup of organic molecules produced by oil refining processes. MOFs hold immense value for the plastic and petroleum industries because of this capability, which could allow manufacturers to perform these separations far more cheaply than standard oil-refinement techniques.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

-KHS Corpoplast promises strong 2019 for barrier coatings

Managing director Thomas Karell told delegates that the number of employees at KHS Corpoplast has increased by more than 30 per cent between 2008 and 2017

KHS Corpoplast’s technology for moulding and filling plastics containers in a single step will reach the serial production stage at the end of next year, when it will be delivered to a customer for the first time, said the company at an in-house exhibition in Hamburg, Germany.

The InnoPET FormFill concept powered by LiquiForm claims to reduce the energy consumption for stretch blow moulding by up to half compared to current BloFill systems, while the compact machine design allows flexibility and space savings of more than 40 per cent versus machines of comparable capacities.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

-German plastics packaging sales defy media onslaught

German plastics packaging sales are expected to rise by more than 5 per cent this year with volumes also on the up, according to trend assessments by the German Plastics Packaging Industry Association (IK).

“Generally very good economic conditions in Germany” are to thank for this trend, said IK industry expert Inga Kelkenberg, who added that negative reports and discussions in the media are having no effect on the market. Sales last year grew by 3.9 per cent.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Biodegradable

Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1.  Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

“We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar.

“This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

In contrast to a steel body where bending helps the integrated crumple zones to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches the vehicle’s occupants, carbon fibre dissipates energy by cracking and shattering. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

Close attention was given to the way the carbon fibre body reacted to the extreme forces involved in the impact. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

The engineers also focused on how the underlying steel body structure, and carbon fibre ‘dragonfly’ which strengthens it, managed the forces. Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

The Polestar 1 verification prototype, part of the first Polestar 1 build series, was propelled into a stationary barrier at 56 km/h, simulating a frontal collision.
Most of the energy was absorbed by the car’s crash structure, with the remaining energy mitigated by the carbon fibre body panels into the body structure which remained rigid and did not show signs of bending or misalignment after the crash.

Zef van der Putten, responsible for carbon fibre at Polestar, comments: “The outcome of this first crash test validates the decision to build the body of Polestar 1 in carbon fibre.

It also confirms that carbon fibre supports the highest safety standards.

This is an example of how Polestar spearheads the development of new technology in the Volvo Car Group.” Polestar Carbon Fibre Crash Test

The crash test was conducted at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, where cars and other vehicles are crash-tested in many real-world simulations.
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Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Develops Highly Modified Cross-section Crimped Yarn:
SOLOTEX OCTA  Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed SOLOTEX OCTA, a highly modified cross-section crimped yarn that is extra bulky, lightweight, stretchable and shape-recovering. Samples will be provided in the fiscal year 2018.Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Frontier expects annual sales of staple-fiber SOLOTEX OCTA to reach 400 tons and sales of filament SOLOTEX OCTA to reach one million meters as textiles by the fiscal year ending in March 2023. Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Synthetic staple fiber insulation that is extra shape-recovering after compression, bulky and lightweight is in demand as a substitute for natural feathers.

There also is demand for extra bulky, lightweight and stretchable synthetic filament, but until now, manufacturers have found it difficult to produce such fiber that is both bulky and stretchable.Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

Teijin Frontier developed SOLOTEX OCTA by transforming the cross-sectional shape of SOLOTEX, a stretchable, shape-recovering and high-cushioning material, into a highly modified cross section comprising eight projections aligned in a radial pattern around a hollow fiber.Teijin Crimped Yarn SOLOTEX OCTA

SOLOTEX OCTA offers the following features in addition to those of SOLOTEX:

  • Shape-recovering after compression, highly bulky, lightweight and stretchable owing to the clearance between fibers.
  • When used for staple fibers, maintains its coiled crimp structure with rigidity due to its cross-section shape, resulting in shape-recovering after compression, high stretchability and cushioning.
  • Textiles are absorbent, quick drying, anti-transparent, and provide thermal barriers and insulation due to SOLOTEX OCTA‘s large surface area.

Teijin Frontier envisions a wide range of promising applications for SOLOTEX OCTA, including fashionwear, industrial materials and more. The staple-fiber version will be used in place of feathers mainly for bedding. The filament version of SOLOTEX OCTA will be used in textiles for sportswear and fashionwear.

About the Teijin Group

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT.

The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY835 billion (USD 7.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 986.2 billion (USD 9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

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China trade proposal trade war

China trade proposal unlikely to be game changer: US official  China trade proposal trade war

Proposal viewed skeptically with Beijing failing to follow through on prior pledges

China trade proposal trade war

 Containers pile up at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. The tariff rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods is set to increase to 25% from 10% on Jan. 1.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China’s written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday.

Beijing provided the Trump administration with its document earlier this week, responding to a months-long request from U.S. officials to jumpstart trade talks, Reuters reported on Wednesday.China trade proposal trade war

It was a good sign that Beijing had put something in writing after months of declining to do so, the official said, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

But the offer should be viewed with skepticism, the official said, in part because China has previously made promises on economic and trade reforms that it had not fulfilled.

China has previously offered to do more to loosen restrictions on the percentage of Chinese companies that U.S. firms are permitted to own, for example, but then had not followed up that pledge by providing licenses for U.S. companies.

U.S. officials were still studying the list, which the official said was received on Monday night.China trade proposal trade war

The Chinese document included 142 items divided into three categories: issues the Chinese are willing to negotiate for further action, issues they are already working on and issues they consider off limits, the official said.China trade proposal trade war

With much work to do to sort through the list and the G20 summit only two weeks away, the official played down expectations of a major breakthrough on substantiative issues on trade during talks between Trump and Xi at the gathering of world leaders in Argentina at the end of November.China trade proposal trade war

A best-case scenario could be that the two leaders agreed to keep talking and declare the issue is moving in a better direction, the official said.

It was too early to tell whether China’s offer would be sufficient to preclude an increase in U.S. tariffs at the start of 2019, he said.

Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to force concessions from Beijing on the list of demands that would change the terms of trade between the two countries. China has responded with import tariffs on U.S. goods.

The tariff rate on $200 billion in Chinese goods is set to increase to 25 percent from 10 percent on Jan. 1.China trade proposal trade war

Trump has also threatened to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports, about $267 billion worth, if Beijing fails to address U.S. demands.

MEGlobal December price MEG

MEGlobal lowered the December contract price of MEG in Asia by USD150 per ton MEGlobal December price MEG

MEGlobal December price MEG

MOSCOW – MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the December MEG contract price for Asia at USD950 per tonne, which is USD150 per tonne lower than in November, an ICIS source told the company. MEGlobal December price MEG

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

Low sales in the downstream polyester market and pessimism about the uncertainty in the development of China’s economy have recently put downward pressure on MEG prices, which has led to an increase in activity in the MEG futures market in China.

It was noted earlier that MEGlobal reduced the November contract price of MEG for Asia compared to the level of October by USD20 per ton – to USD1,100 per ton, CFR Asia.

And in October, MEGlobal raised the contract price of MEG for the supply of material to the Asian market by USD20 per ton – to USD1 120 per ton, CFR Asia, from the level of USD1 100 per ton, CFR Asia, in September. MEGlobal December price MEG

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TFA), is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). MEGlobal December price MEG

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , the cost of Russian PET in November for spot and contract buyers will be in the range of 110,000-115,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

November is traditionally the market for PET buyers when the supply of material exceeds the demand for it. MEGlobal December price MEG

Last week, the ruble appreciated against the dollar.  This trend may mitigate the downward pressure on the prices of Russian material in December, which has a continuing decline in Asia.

MEGlobal, headquartered in Dubai (UAE) is the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG).

Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tons of DG per year worldwide.

DG is used as a raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothing and other textiles), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreeze and other industrial products.  MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company.

In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed the sale of its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of a strategy to optimize its equity participation in Kuwaiti joint ventures. MEGlobal December price MEG

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Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast
Indorama Ventures acquires major shareholding in Egyptian concert Medco Plast   Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

By THE NATION

Indorama Ventures (IVL) has completed the acquisition of 74 per cent of the share capital of Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE (Medco Plast) from Middle East Glass Manufacturing Co (MEG) and the Samaha family.

MEG will retain a 16-per-cent shareholding in Medco Plast, and the Samaha family 10 per cent. Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Medco Plast is the largest manufacturer of recyclable PET preforms, injection moulded products, and closures for all the multinational soft drink and water manufacturers operating in Egypt, with a 25-per-cent market share.

Medco Plast currently has 11 state-of-the-art production lines with a combined annual production capacity of 70,000 metric tons of PET preforms.

Egypt is one of the most developed and diversified economies in the Middle East, with economic growth of about five per cent.Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

This acquisition will give Indorama Ventures exposure to the East African PET packaging market, complementing its existing footprint in West Africa, where the company has a presence in Nigeria and Ghana.Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Indorama Ventures will bring best-in-class know-how capabilities as well as supply chain economies to further enhance Medco Plast’s leadership position and grow it into the leading regional player, according to IVL press release.

Aloke Lohia, group chief executive of Indorama Ventures, commented: “The acquisition of Medco aligns with Indorama Ventures’ strategic focus, which includes capitalizing on growth opportunities in emerging markets.Indorama Ventures Egyptian Medco Plast

Medco’s strong presence in the domestic market and a longstanding customer relationship with all beverage majors operating in Egypt will enable the Company to support growing local customers’ demand and provide a platform for further growth in the Middle East and African regions.”

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

Focus on lightweighting at Composites Europe  Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

Glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics are in demand when lightweight and forward-looking solutions are called for.

This trend towards lightweight construction is currently one of the strongest drivers for the composites industry.Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

Just as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itself: the major technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain enables this sector of industry to increasingly automate and shorten manufacturing processes.

Both developments dominated this year’s edition of Composites Europe, held for the 13th time with 365 exhibitors from 30 nations.

Event organiser Reed Exhibitions registered 8,148 visitors from 71 countries. With these figures it underlined its importance as an international industry get-together, organisers believe.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

This is also reflected by the slightly higher share of international trade visitors – 46% over last year’s 42%.

Also, nearly the entire automotive industry – from Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Daimler through Ford, Honda and Mitsubishi to Opel, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen – was represented here.Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

It was a similar picture for the aerospace industry. One in four visitors represented an enterprise active on this market as an OEM or upstream supplier.

“This is a proof of quality underlining that the decision to hold the event annually in Stuttgart was driven by the market,” said Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

Growth goes on

At present, the market for glass fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) is growing by 2% against the previous year to a volume of 1.141 million tonnes.

This is the result found by the annual market report of the industry association AVK, which was presented at the beginning of Composites Europe in Stuttgart. This means the composites industry is following overall economic developments.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

“The outlook for the composites industry as a whole is good, the potential is enormous,” said Dr Elmar Witten, General Manager of AVK.Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

The automotive sector, which is the most important market for selling fibre reinforced plastics in Europe today, is currently undergoing a fundamental change.

In addition to higher requirements made on exhaust gas and emission values new drive concepts such as e-mobility are contributing to a restructuring of the sector and opening up new perspectives.

Big response to LTF

The lightweight construction theme plays a central role here, as Werner Lohscheider from the German Ministry of Economics and Energy stressed on the occasion of the opening of the Lightweight Technologies Forum (LFT): “To us lightweight construction is a key technology we use to modernise and strengthen Germany as an industrial location – in a sustainable manner. Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

After all, this is a broad and strong basis for adding value and creating jobs, also for today’s and tomorrow’s markets.”

Fibre reinforced composites bring their strengths to bear especially in multi-material lightweight construction. After all, the requirements of modern lightweight construction can be met less and less with a single material while hybrid lightweight construction is becoming increasingly important instead.

An approach that underlies the Lightweight Technologies Forum: “With this cross-material forum, we have created a format that brings together the composites industry and the application industries for integrative and hybrid lightweight construction,” said Olaf Freier, Event Director of Composites Europe.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

The forum celebrated its premiere in 2016 and has developed very successfully since then. A total of 26 companies presented materials, tools and exhibits this year – from fillers, bonding agents and presses for laminating different materials to hybrid semi-finished products.

One highlight was the feasibility study of a car seat that will weigh as little as eight kilograms.

Process live

The new Process live exhibition area showed that the industry is becoming increasingly successful in automating and shortening production processes with technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain.

Here, companies from mechanical and plant engineering industries presented coordinated processing and manufacturing processes.

An example of this was the live demonstration by cutting specialist Gunnar (Switzerland), composite automation expert Airborne (Netherlands) and gripping system supplier Schmalz (Germany), who jointly presented the entire production and processing chain with reliable processes from the roll material to the finished layer structure of a fibre composite component in a combined production cell.

The interlocking hardware components are completely interconnected on the software side.

Carbon fibre plastics Composites Europe

“Cooperation between processors is becoming ever closer. These cooperations within the process chain are accelerating the growth of the composites industry. We want to make this clear with our new ‘Process live’ format,” said Olaf Freier, Event Director of Composites Europe.

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Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Braskem again lowered November PE prices  Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Braskem  November Polyethylene prices 

MOSCOW – The only Brazilian producer of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) Braskem lowered domestic prices for all PE grades for the second time in November, a company source for ICIS said . Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Thus, PE prices were lowered by R150 (USD40) per ton, while last week they were lowered by R200 (USD54-68) per ton.  Polymer prices include 10% tax.

PE prices declined amid a recovery in the real against the US dollar.

Even after the price reduction, prices are still very high compared to world prices, which suggests that further price adjustments are expected in the short term.

According to ICIS, before this decline in prices for LDL in Brazil were in the range of USD1 794-1 912 per tonne, FOT. Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in Russia the demand for PE due to the seasonal factor in several segments has decreased significantly, while the supply is gradually increasing. Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Prices continue to gradually subside, LDL C4 has fallen the most seriously.  Last week, consumer activity in the market increased, but not in all segments.

Located in Sao Paulo, Braskem is the leading Brazilian petrochemical company and the main producer of polyethylene and polypropylene in the country.

The company owns the largest petrochemical facilities in Latin America and is the fifth largest petrochemical product in the world. Braskem November Polyethylene prices 

Braskem operates 18 chemical plants with a production capacity of more than 11 million tons of chemical and petrochemical products per year.

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November price paraxylene Europe

November contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR77.5 per ton  November price paraxylene Europe

 November price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for November deliveries was agreed at EUR1,060 per tonne, which is EUR77.5 per tonne lower than the October contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Monday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market. November price paraxylene Europe

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe). November price paraxylene Europe

Prices in Europe were mainly pressured by falling quotes in a more liquid Asian market, which, as a rule, influences pricing in Europe.

The supply of material on the European market remains rather limited, since the two plants are currently standing. November price paraxylene Europe

The November contract price of para-xylene was approved quite early in the region compared to the past few months, when negotiations lasted longer.

Earlier it was noted that the October contract price of paraxylene in Europe decreased by EUR22.5 per ton compared with the level of September – to EUR1 137 per ton.

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

According to ICIS-MRC ‘s Price Review , the cost of contract and spot volumes of Russian PET dropped sharply in November. November price paraxylene Europe

Especially noticeably fell spot prices. In November, the cost of material for spot and contract buyers will be almost the same due to the low season.

The stable exchange rate of the ruble and the continuing fall in prices on foreign markets make it possible to count on the continuation of the downward trend in prices on the Russian market until the end of this year.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

Production biobased plastic bottles

New method enables large-scale production of bio-based plastic bottles   Production biobased plastic bottles

Hokkaido University

Production biobased plastic bottles
Conventional methods produce by-products making large-scale FDCA production difficult, while this new method yields FDCA efficiently without by-products formation. Credit: Kim M., et al., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, May 14, 2018

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with biomaterials in plastic bottle applications. Production biobased plastic bottles

The chemical industry is under pressure to establish energy-efficient chemical procedures that do not generate by-products, and using renewable resources wherever possible.

Scientists believe that if resources from non-food plants can be used without putting a burden on the environment, it will help sustain existing social systems.

It has been reported that various useful polymers can be synthesized from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF), the biomaterial used in this study.

A high yield of FDCA can be obtained when HMF is oxidized in a diluted solution under 2 weight percentage (wt percent) with various supported metal catalysts.

However, a major stumbling block to industrial application lies with the use of a concentrated solution of 10-20 wt percent, which is essential for efficient and scalable production of FDCA in the chemical industry.

When HMF was simply oxidized in a concentrated solution (10 wt percent), the FDCA yield was only around 30 percent, and a large amount of solid by-products was formed simultaneously.

This is due to complex side reactions induced from HMF itself.

In the study published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a Japan-Netherlands research team led by Associate Professor Kiyotaka Nakajima at Hokkaido University and Professor Emiel J.M. Hensen at Eindhoven University of Technology succeeded in suppressing the side reactions and producing FDCA with high yields from concentrated HMF solutions (10~20 wt percent) without by-products formation.

Specifically, they first acetalized HMF with 1,3-propanediol to protect by-product-inducing formyl groups and then oxidized HMF-acetal with a supported Au catalyst.

About 80 percent of 1,3-propanediol used to protect formyl groups can be reused for the subsequent reactions.

In addition, drastic improvement in the substrate concentration reduces the amount of solvents used in the production process.

Kiyotaka Nakajima says “It is significant that our method can reduce the total energy consumption required for complex work-up processes to isolate the reaction product.”

“These results represent a significant advance over the current state of the art, overcoming an inherent limitation of the oxidation of HMF to an important monomer for biopolymer production.

Controlling the reactivity of formyl group could open the door for the production of commodity chemicals from sugar-based biomaterials,” says Kiyotaka Nakajima. This study was conducted jointly with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with biomaterials in plastic bottle applications.

The chemical industry is under pressure to establish energy-efficient procedures that do not generate by-products, and using renewable resources wherever possible.

Scientists believe that if resources from non-food plants can be used without putting a burden on the environment, it will help sustain existing social systems.

It has been reported that various useful polymers can be synthesized from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF), the biomaterial used in this study.

A high yield of FDCA can be obtained when HMF is oxidized in a diluted solution under 2 weight percentage (wt percent) with various supported metal catalysts.

However, a major stumbling block to industrial application lies with the use of a concentrated solution of 10-20 wt percent, which is essential for efficient and scalable production of FDCA in the .

When HMF was simply oxidized in a concentrated solution (10 wt percent), the FDCA yield was only around 30 percent, and a large amount of solid by-products was formed simultaneously.

This is due to complex side reactions induced from HMF itself.

In the study published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, a Japan-Netherland research team led by Associate Professor Kiyotaka Nakajima at Hokkaido University and Professor Emiel J.M. Hensen at Eindhove University of Technology succeeded in suppressing the side reactions and producing FDCA with high yields from concentrated HMF solutions (10~20 wt percent) without by-products formation.

Specifically, they first acetalized HMF with 1,3-propanediol to protect by-product-inducing formyl groups and then oxidized HMF-acetal with a supported Au catalyst.

About 80 percent of 1,3-propanediol used to protect formyl groups can be reused for the subsequent reactions.

In addition, drastic improvement in the substrate concentration reduces the amount of solvents used in the production process.

Kiyotaka Nakajima says “It is significant that our method can reduce the total energy consumption required for complex work-up processes to isolate the reaction product.”

“These results represent a significant advance over the current state of the art, overcoming an inherent limitation of the oxidation of HMF to an important monomer for biopolymer production.

Controlling the reactivity of formyl group could open the door for the production of commodity chemicals from sugar-based biomaterials,” says Kiyotaka Nakajima.

This study was conducted jointly with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

Explore further: New catalyst with a dual function for hydrogen and plastic production

More information: Minjune Kim et al. Aerobic Oxidation of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural Cyclic Acetal Enables Selective Furan-2,5-dicarboxylic Acid Formation with CeO2 -Supported Gold Catalyst, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2018). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201805457

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic 13-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,080/1,120 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,100 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 865/885 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,900 yuan/ton – MEG $ 680/690 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,800/5,950 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,110/1,125 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,700/10,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/ton

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-Europe chems enters new age of uncertainty, but alsoopportunity – Cefic DG

Europe’s chemical industry isbeing subject to new global political andeconomic forces which create uncertainty butalso offer exciting opportunities, according tothe director general at Europe’s trade groupCefic.

Whilst tradetensions, Brexit, and an economic slowdown arecreating nervousness about the future,longer-term issues such as the circular economyand digitisation mean it is also an excitingtime to be working in the chemicals industry,said Marco Mensink.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-November contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR77.5 per ton  

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for November deliveries was agreed at EUR1,060 per tonne, which is EUR77.5 per tonne lower than the October contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Monday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe)

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling Bioplastic

-China gets $58bn deals from import expo; consumption stays strong

China has generated dealsworth $57.8bn from its first-ever import expo,while consumption in the world’s second-biggesteconomy still proved to be strong as asingle-day shopping spree in the countryregistered record sales.

The final tally forAlibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival alsoknown as Singles Day. A new record of more than$30bn in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ng HanGuan/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

The five-day China International Import Expo(CIIE) in Shanghai which closed on 10 Novemberhas attracted more than 3,600 companies from130 countries and regions keen on tapping theChinese market.

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-Feature: UK plastic packaging tax proposal receives mixed reception

PET best placed to take share of other polymers

Market participants have met the UK Government’s new plans to tax plastic packaging with a mix of concern and optimism, while questioning whether the planned tax will be effective.

The announcement in the government’s 2018 Autumn Budget last month of a tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content has promised to “reduce the problem of excessive and environmentally harmful plastic packaging.”

Some market participants believe the introduction of the tax in 2022 — which has yet to go through a consultation period — will give further impetus to a “plastic pact” that many in the plastic bottling industry have already signed up to.

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-A Line in the Sand: Inside the Global Commitment to Circular Plastics

Following the announcement that over 250 major stakeholders have signed up to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s groundbreaking pledge, Tim Sykes spoke to Sander Defruyt (lead, New Plastics Economy initiative) about the vision and its practical implications.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) introduced the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment in Bali on 29-30 October at the Our Oceans conference, establishing a new benchmark in the drive for a circularity in polymers.

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-NUS researchers offer solution in fight against fake graphene

A lack of quality control in the graphene market has led to inferior products being touted as high-grade, so now an NUS research team has developed a reliable way to test graphene quality

Ever since the isolation of graphene was first achieved in 2004, there has been an explosion in graphene-related research and development, with hundreds of business opportunists producing graphene to capitalise on this rapidly expanding industry.

However, a new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has uncovered a major problem – a lack of production standards has led to many cases of poor quality graphene from suppliers.

Such practices can impede the progress of research that depend fundamentally on the use of high-quality graphene.

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-Solving Microplastic Pollution Means Reducing, Recycling—and Fundamental Rethinking

New practices, and new chemistries, are needed to end the scourge

Solving Microplastic Pollution Means Reducing, Recycling—and Fundamental Rethinking

Rubbish left stranded by the tide on the River Thames. Credit: Anthony John West Getty Images

This is the third of a three-part series that examines our growing understanding of the scope and impacts of microplastics pollution.

At several locations around London last winter and spring, researchers stalked the streets counting the number of discarded plastic water bottles they encountered, as if tallying species across a coral reef.

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-Creating a Circular Economy for Plastics

This is the third in a six-part series that explores five focus areas for businesses to address in plastic strategies, accelerate change and pursue the necessary scale of innovation and collaboration to address the plastics challenge. You can read the second blog in this series here.

Our current system is failing to capture the economic benefits of plastics. According to Helen Jordan from the British Plastics Foundation, “we need to stop thinking of plastic as ‘waste,’ but as a renewable resource that needs to be disposed of correctly.”

Society needs to stop thinking of plastic as ‘waste,’ but as a renewable resource that needs to be disposed of correctly.

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-Bakken Oil Prices May Drop Further On Capacity Constraints

It’s not only the Permian that is suffering pipeline capacity constraints while oil production is soaring—production in the Bakken in North Dakota has been steadily rising to records while takeaway capacity dwindles, and crude-by-rail offers few options during the coming cold winter months.

Crude oil prices in the Bakken, which have already weakened over the past month with a lot of U.S. refineries out for maintenance, could further slip going forward because production continues to rise while the crude could freeze on the crude-by-rail in cold winters, executives and analysts tell Reuters.

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-EU mulls imposing tariffs on Cambodian garments

The European Union (EU) is mulling over imposing tariffs on Cambodian garments.

As Cambodia has failed to respect the democratic and humanitarian principles of the UN charter, the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on workers’ rights, European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom sent a warning to Cambodia last month.

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-A digital and sustainable future for warp knitting

Karl Mayer, the leading German warp knitting machinery manufacturer, welcomed 760 visitors at last month’s five-day-long ITMA Asia + CITME trade fair, with the company’s stand being particularly busy during the first three days of the fair.

Roughly 300 participants also visited the in-house show at Karl Mayer (China), which was held at the same time.

“ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 was a successful show, with many visitors from China and also from other countries in and around Asia.

Our stand was THE meeting-point for the sector, with its modern design, innovative machines and solutions designed to cater for current trends.

 

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-US crude falls for 11th straight session, its longest losing streak on record

Oil prices turned negative amid a sell-off in the U.S stock market and renewed dollar strength, which makes crude more expensive in emerging markets.

U.S. crude fell for an 11th straight day, posting its longest longest losing streak on record.

Crude futures fell despite growing signs that OPEC and its allies are moving towards a fresh round of production cuts aimed at preventing oversupply.

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-New method enables large-scale production of bio-based plastic bottles   Production biobased plastic bottles

Conventional methods produce by-products making large-scale FDCA production difficult, while this new method yields FDCA efficiently without by-products formation. Credit: Kim M., et al., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, May 14, 2018

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with biomaterials in plastic bottle applications. Production biobased plastic bottles

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Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

              Polyestertime

ITEM05/11/201812/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,000 yuan/ton8,450 yuan/ton-550
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,180 $/ton1,130 $/ton-50
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

8,825 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton-825
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

8,800 yuan/ton8,025 yuan/ton-775
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

6,945 yuan/ton6,755 yuan/ton-190
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

920 $/ton880 $/ton-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,720 yuan/ton6,000 yuan/ton-720
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

793 $/ton705 $/ton-88
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,187 $/ton1,113 $/ton-74
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

9,800 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton-950
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,100 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton-600
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

11,700 yuan/ton10,800 yuan/ton-900
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

 11,100 yuan/ton 10,100 yuan/ton-1,000
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

10,050 yuan/ton9,350 yuan/ton-700
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

9,900 yuan/ton9,190 yuan/ton-710
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,500 yuan/ton16,300 yuan/ton-200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,100 $/ton2,100 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,450 $/ton2,430 $/ton-20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,400 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,500 yuan/ton18,000 yuan/ton-500
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,500 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

21,600 yuan/ton21,300 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,400 yuan/ton24,000 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,300 yuan/ton22,800 yuan/ton-500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,000  yuan/ton33,500  yuan/ton-500
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

9,500 yuan/ton8,650 yuan/ton-850
Benzene domestic market

 

6,150 yuan/ton5,925 yuan/ton-225
Benzene overseas  market

 

740 $/ton689 $/ton-51
Ethylene South East market

 

835 $/ton860 $/ton+25
Ethylene NWE  market

 

996 $/ton956 $/ton-40
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

14,000 yuan/ton11,500 yuan/ton-2500
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,050 $/ton1,850 $/ton-200
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

14,800 yuan/ton14,400 yuan/ton-400
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,400 yuan/ton10,150 yuan/ton-250
Naphtha overseas market         

 

610 $/ton543 $/ton-67
Phenol domestic market 12,238 yuan/ton

 

12,200 yuan/ton

 

-38
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,440 $/ton

 

1,405 $/ton

 

-35
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,540 $/ton

 

1,495 $/ton

 

-45
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,092 $/ton1,042 $/ton-50
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,082 $/ton1,042 $/ton-40
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,071 $/ton1,022 $/ton-49
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,060 $/ton1,018 $/ton-42
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,211 $/ton1,170 $/ton-41
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

1,202 $/ton1,202 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,244 €/ton1,244 €/ton

Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

Now Plastics Introduces 60 to 90% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET Films

Groundbreaking New Product Offers Reduced Environmental Impact and Lower Costs

News provided by Now Plastics 

Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. /PRNewswire/ — Now Plastics, one of the largest suppliers of films and aluminum foil, is now offering post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET films made from 60 to 90% PCR PET resin, it was announced today.

This groundbreaking line of products uses an extremely high content of recycled PET materials which have been fully sanitized and reconfigured into film grade resin, making it environmentally sensitive and 100% compliant with sustainability requirements.

The resins used to produce PET films are manufactured from recycled post-consumer grade PET bottles using state of the art technology, and are fully approved by the FDA and EU for use in food contact and other product applications.Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

They exhibit the same performance specifications of other PET films, offering high impact strength and extremely effective barrier properties against water, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen. Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

According to Now Plastics CEO, Larry Silverstein, “As both regulators and consumers demand that industry reduce its carbon footprint, the advantages of converting post-consumer waste into reusable products are clear.Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

By using these very high PCR content films in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, businesses can deliver on corporate sustainability goals.

Moreover, as governments announce new tariffs on packaging made with solely virgin resins, these PCR films will allow our converter customers, and ultimately consumers, to avoid these new costs and achieve the lowest packaging cost possible.”

Now Plastics is a Global Supply Chain Solutions Organization, providing world class products, logistics, financing and product warranties, among other services to assure a seamless import experience.  Plastics PostConsumer Recycled PCR PET Films

We serve the flexible packaging, label and industrial converting industries in North America, Central and South America, the UK, Europe and North Africa.

The company’s products are sourced from multiple manufacturers in diverse locations to mitigate currency fluctuations and political and other risks. www.nowplastics.com

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Crude oil producers price slide

Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide Crude oil producers price slide

Crude oil producers price slide
The meeting will be attended by key players in the oil industry. (File/AFP)
  • Oil prices shed a fifth of their value in just one month after surging to a four-year high in early October
  • Energy ministers of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will join other OPEC and non-OPEC officials for the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which oversees production levels

DUBAI: Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.

Oil prices shed a fifth of their value in just one month after surging to a four-year high in early October, driven by a combination of factors centered on higher supply and fears of sluggish demand.Crude oil producers price slide
Brent crude dropped below $70 a barrel on Friday for the first time since April while the New York’s West Texas Intermediate (WTI) sank below $60 a barrel, a nine-month low.

The United States has upped production of shale oil, while Saudi Arabia, Russia and others have raised supplies of crude amid signs of slowing demand.

The slide also comes during signs of a softer-than-expected impact from US sanctions on Iran oil exports.Crude oil producers price slide
“Prices have been falling amid a continued rise in crude supplies from big producers, such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and the US, more than compensating for lost Iranian barrels,” Forex.com analyst Fawad Razaqzada told AFP. Crude oil producers price slide

“With the Iranian sanctions not being as severe as initially feared, officials from the OPEC and non-OPEC producers may discuss at the weekend the need to bring compliance back down toward the 100-percent level or risk another 2014-style slide in prices,” he said.

Energy ministers of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will join other OPEC and non-OPEC officials for the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which oversees production levels. Crude oil producers price slide
The world’s second and third crude producers — after they were overtaken by the United States thanks to shale oil — Russia and Saudi Arabia are the core of an alliance of producer nations that succeeded in solidifying oil prices after the 2014 crash.

Through large production cuts starting at the beginning of 2017, they managed to push up oil prices from below $30 a barrel to over $85 a barrel in October, strongly improving their revenues. Crude oil producers price slide
But the producer nations eased the output cuts in June after signs of a tight market and higher prices, allowing hundreds of thousands of extra barrels into the market.

Saudi Arabia raised its production from around 9.9 million barrels per day in May to around 10.7 million bpd in October, according to Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
Kuwait, Iraq, Russia and the United Arab Emirates also boosted their output.

Cailin Birch, analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said a slowing oil demand is beginning to appear in China, the world’s largest importer of crude oil.

“The recent drop in oil prices reflects a combination of factors. For one, signs of slowing oil demand are beginning to appear; the rate of GDP growth in China is beginning to ease,” Birch told AFP. Crude oil producers price slide

The meeting, which will also be attended by the oil ministers of Kuwait, Venezuela and host nation the UAE, is not due to make decisions but will most likely send signals.

The JMMC, a technical committee, is expected to make important recommendations on production cuts to a key ministerial meeting in Vienna next month for the OPEC and non-OPEC producers. Crude oil producers price slide
Commerzbank, Germany’s second-largest lender, said Friday oil producers must act to prevent a free fall of prices. Crude oil producers price slide

“If they fail to signal any intention to reverse the latest increase in production, oil prices threaten to slide further,” the bank said in a note.

Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

Why are people afraid of waste-to-energy technology?  Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

By: Clare Goldsberry

Given that plastic has a much greater British thermal unit (BTU) value than coal pound-for-pound, it would seem that waste-to-energy (WTE) would be a viable method for ridding the world of plastic waste.Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

You would think that it’s ultimately more environmentally friendly than collecting, transporting, sorting, cleaning, baling, more transporting, grinding and reprocessing plastic waste.Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

However, when WTE is mentioned in any social setting, whether it’s among friends and family or folks from the plastics industry, it’s like suggesting that their first-born be sacrificed to the gods.

Several people I spoke with at the recent AIMCAL/SPE Flexible Packaging Conference commented to me that WTE would seem to be a very commonsense solution to an overwhelming problem, particularly in developing countries that have a recycling infrastructure and lack energy resources.

WTE could be the solution to two problems!

Yet, in many industry settings, particularly among those that promote recycling, WTE is looked upon as “wasting” a valuable resource.

WTE should be, in the minds of many, a last resort to the problem of plastic waste. I get it: If your business is recycling, everything is seen as recyclable and recycling is the best solution.

In a recent press release from Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the group noted that dealing with unwanted plastic waste has become a huge issue.

China’s ban on plastic waste imports has many countries “struggling to process mountains of plastic waste,” said PRE. Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

“Consequently, some municipalities are prompted to end the collection of plastics for recycling and collect them with mainstream waste, which is destined for waste-to-fuel and other recovery facilities.”

As a recycling group, the PRE is not happy about plastics waste going to any type of facility other than a recycling plant, claiming that it “violates the waste hierarchy, the overarching principle of the Waste Directive and the circular economy model itself.”

The group proposes overhauling the “unsustainable, inefficient practices that have negative environmental impacts and result in the loss of valuable resources.”

Speaking of “inefficient practices,” that term comes to my mind every time I see the big, green recycling truck drive down my street once a week to pick up the co-mingled paper, plastic, glass and metals in the blue bins in my neighborhood.

When I list the extensive number of processes and the energy and resources each process takes to get that milk jug from my hands back into some other HDPE product, I’m truly amazed! Is this really all that environmentally friendly?

The PRE wants to change the “old waste management model,” which was created by plastics not being properly collected and sorted. “Co-mingling results in poor quality of waste due to high contamination by other materials,” said the PRE.

“Additionally, properly collected plastics must be sorted per polymer type before being sold to plastics recyclers to ensure quality. Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

EU waste exports are driven by poor quality of waste, as appropriate schemes to treat this waste are lacking within Europe. Well-functioning collection and sorting systems would enable the industry to overcome this challenge.” Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

As I understand it, Europe has a number of WTE plants throughout the region that supply a good percentage of energy requirements locally.

Certainly, the glass and metal components of recyclables collected would have to be sorted out, but the paper (8,000 BTUs per pound) and plastics could go to the WTE plant. Plastics are extremely valuable as energy producers.

According to Penn State University’s Plastic Fuel Project, the mantra should be, “recycle when possible, but if recycling is not an option why not capture the high heat content of plastics?” Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

Its report noted that polyethylene contains 19,900 BTUs per pound; polypropylene has 19,850; cross-linked PE (PEX), 19,780; gasoline, 19,200; and polystyrene, 17,800. In comparison, fuel oil contains 20,900 BTUs per pound (the most of fossil fuels); Pennsylvania coal contains 13,900; and Wyoming coal has 9,600.

Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

This may look like a detail of an impressionist painting but it’s actually a picture of Plastofuel nuggets. Image courtesy Penn State.

Penn State extruded “logs” of waste plastics that melted the surface of the plastics as it moved through the extruder so that the logs would hold together to be used as a fuel called Plastofuel.

They also tested the air quality for three primary emissions—acid gases, particulates and furans/dioxin—and found negligible amounts in each category.

Plastofuel can be easily stored and burned with coal in a coal-fired boiler, or eventually combusted directly in the boiler system, said Penn State’s information.

“High-temperature combustion (2,000o F) ensures clean burns with minimal emissions,” said the group’s report.  Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

“The key to Plastofuel is that the production process is tolerant of dirt and debris, and because only the outer portions are melted during processing, it requires only about one-tenth the energy to form when compared to producing plastic pellets.”

Obviously, that means minimal sorting and no hot water/chemical baths to remove labels, adhesives and so forth prior to selling the material.

That would seem to me to be a very eco-friendly solution to plastic waste and it captures the valuable energy in the plastics waste rather than using valuable fossil fuel energy to create more plastic pellets. Plastic waste reprocessing energy technology

While the PRE calls for “separate collection and high-quality sorting schemes in order to make valuable raw materials,” they might want to consider Penn State’s solution.

That would require the use of fewer resources and lower CO2 emissions to collect, transport, sort, wash, grind, transport, reprocess . . . you know the drill.

It would also mean capturing the high-heat value of plastics and provide much-needed energy to people in developing countries—to all of us, really—to help offset the need for other types of fuel sources.

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 12

The Asian petrochemicals market continues to be impacted by US-China trade tensions this week after paraxylene, purified terephthalic acid and polyethylene posted price declines last week while butadiene and ethylene posted modest gains ahead of seasonal spot buying in December.

Sentiment in the Asian ethylene market was expected to turn bearish this week after prices rebounded $20-$25/mt day on day Friday as additional spot cargoes were expected to be offered for December business. The operating rates of naphtha-fed steam crackers in Asia were expected to remain high, while the price spread between ethylene and naphtha has started to widen.

The ethylene-naphtha price spread rose $33.75/mt day on day to be calculated at $396.63/mt last Friday, remaining above the typical breakeven spread of $350/mt, S&P Global Platts data showed.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Polymers PET Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Now Plastics Introduces 60 to 90% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) PET Films

Groundbreaking New Product Offers Reduced Environmental Impact and Lower Costs

Now Plastics, one of the largest suppliers of films and aluminum foil, is now offering post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET films made from 60 to 90% PCR PET resin, it was announced today.

This groundbreaking line of products uses an extremely high content of recycled PET materials which have been fully sanitized and reconfigured into film grade resin, making it environmentally sensitive and 100% compliant with sustainability requirements.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Benzene 2019 onwards – growth in key derivatives to provide some outlet for additional supply

Investment and new capacity in paraxylene (PX) will result in more supply of by-product benzene, but that extra volume will have additional outlets in some key derivative sectors.

Speaking at the 17th World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference in Amsterdam this week,Rob Peacock, Consultant at ICIS,said growth downstream would help absorb some of the additional benzene and that indeed extra benzene was needed.

– Over 600,000 tonnes of surplus benzene could come onstream by 2022

– MDI and CX markets show fast growth levels

– Growing population contributing to ongoing strength in PX demand

Peacock said that from 2019 onwards there would be investments in aromatics and new supply in BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) from new refineries and refinery upgrades, as well as additional naphtha crackers.

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-Saudis Study Potential OPEC Collapse

Saudi Arabia is studying the theoretical dissolution of OPEC, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources from government think-tank King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, which is in charge of the study.

The cartel has gone through a turbulent couple of years after the 2014 price collapse, when its pump-to-the-max strategy failed to bring down U.S. shale producers and only caused a glut that hurt OPEC members themselves.

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-APLA ’18: Braskem Idesa ethane contract with Mexico’s Pemex ‘robust’ – Idesa CEO

Braskem Idesa’s supply contract with Mexico’s Pemex is solid and not likely to be changed, the CEO of Grupo Idesa said on Sunday.

“The government likes the investment we made[in Braskem Idesa]. The contract is very robust. There is no signal at all from the government or from Pemex questioning it. They realise this is a huge investment with all the benefits for Mexico,” said Jose Luis Uriegas,CEO of Grupo Idesa.

Uriegas spoke to ICIS on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA).

One major benefit to Mexico is that $1.2bn-$1.4 bn of annual polyethylene (PE)imports have been substituted by local product produced by Braskem Idesa in Coatzacoalcos,Mexico, he added.

In previous media reports, officials in the coming new administration in Mexico had indicated it would review the ethane supply contract with Braskem Idesa.

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-The UK’s largest packaging event unveils plans for 2019 event

James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, offers a first look at Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print 2019 and discusses why it is a must-attend for all packaging professionals when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019.

Why should Packaging Innovations be marked in all packaging professionals’ calendar?

The Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print shows have always served two main purposes. Firstly, we want to provide a place for suppliers and the procurement community to meet, network and do business.

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-LANXESS Increases Prices for Engineering Plastics

LANXESS is raising its prices due to the increasing raw material costs with immediate effect for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate PBT, blends).

LANXESS is raising its prices due to the increasing raw material costs with immediate effect for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate PBT, blends).

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Global Geopolitical Series: U.S. initiates investigations on polyester yarns from China and India

In a continuation of the toughened stance against trade practices, even after the Mid-term outcome, the U.S.  Commerce Department has initiated investigations on imports certain Chinese and Indian goods.

Yesterday, the Commerce Department announced that it is looking into imports of polyester textured yarn from China &India, as a petition was filed by a group of companies; Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Nan Ya Plastics Corp. America.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-PEF compliance for Radigreen® synthetic turf yarn study

Environmental impact study validated by Certiquality

Certiquality has recently issued a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Statement of Compliance to Tessiture Pietro Radici for its Radigreen® MFL PE, a yarn ideal for the manufacture of synthetic turf. In line with the RadiciGroup sustainability strategy (the first Group PEF certification dates back to 2013), Tessiture Pietro Radici, a Group company engaged in the production of artificial grass yarn, decided to pursue the approach of voluntary environmental impact measurement of its products.

The PEF Statement of Compliance refers to a study of the entire yarn production process – from the extraction of crude oil to the production of polyethylene polymer (used as raw material for the process), down to the manufacture of yarn ready for delivery to customers.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Cleantech startup programs bacteria to turn table waste into bioplastics

Genecis Bioindustries contributes to a greener economy by making PHAs a feasible alternative to conventional plastics

‘We program bacteria to convert low-value waste into high-value materials,’ says Luna Yu ,CEO and founder of Genecis Bioindustries Inc. in Toronto.

Soon your table scraps could turn from trash to plastic bottles, medical equipment or 3D-printing filament. One Canadian small business is using clean technology to turn carbon-packed food waste into biodegradable plastic.

Founded in 2016, Genecis Bioindustries Inc. is a biotechnology company that uses “recipes of bacteria” to turn food waste into polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a high-quality bioplastic.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-PPRCE 2018: Asia’s uncertain future

Panelists examine the future of paper and plastics scrap trade with Asia.

The volume of China’s recovered fiber and plastic scrap imports have changed dramatically within the last year.

Speakers during the session An Uncertain Future in Asia at the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe shared the impact of these changes on their businesses as well as their forecasts for scrap trade with Asia going forward.

“I don’t need to tell you that it’s been a turbulent year and a year of change,” said Lydia Burchnall, purchasing manager for the Cycle Link UK subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Cycle Link International Holdings Ltd., the buying arm for Chinese paper manufacturer Shanying International Holdings Co. Ltd.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Kenya eyes law to promote recycling of plastics bottles

Kenya is developing a legal framework to promote recycling of PET bottles.

Ministry of Environment and Forestry cabinet secretary Keriako Tobiko said his ministry is in the process of finalizing the Waste Management Bill and Policy.

Speaking at an environmental forum in Nairobi, Tobiko said the plan is to encourage as many manufactures as possible to partner with the government to improve disposal and recycling of plastic bottles.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Hanoi strives to reduce plastic use

Hanoi – Hanoi aims to reduce the use of plastic bags in the traditional markets, supermarkets and trade centres to protect the environment as well as ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem.

This is the action plan of the Hanoi People’s Committee that aims to implement the sustainable production and consumption programme

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Tekni-Plex acquires Belgian PE packaging manufacturer Beyers Plastics

Packaging materials manufacturer Tekni-Plex has completed the acquisition of Belgium-based extruder and converter of polyethylene (PE) film Beyers Plastics from investment company Famo.

Established in 1970, Beyers Plastics provides flexible packaging solutions to pharmaceutical companies and other blue-chip companies in various industries. by 2020.

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-Third quarter brings plastic exports strife

Containers stacked at the Kwai Tsing port in Hong Kong.Southeast Asian countries continue to place restrictions on scrap plastic imports, affecting movement from U.S. ports.

The U.S. Census Bureau released September trade figures last week. Here, Plastics Recycling Update presents some of the top importing countries of U.S. recyclables during the third quarter of the year.

Plastics Recycling Update previously reported on the top second-quarter export destinations for plastics.

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-Why are people afraid of waste-to-energy technology?  

Given that plastic has a much greater British thermal unit (BTU) value than coal pound-for-pound, it would seem that waste-to-energy (WTE) would be a viable method for ridding the world of plastic waste.

You would think that it’s ultimately more environmentally friendly than collecting, transporting, sorting, cleaning, baling, more transporting, grinding and reprocessing plastic waste

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-New LaserProFusion additive manufacturing technology claims to rival injection molding

Industrial 3D-printing systems maker EOS (Krailling, Germany) announced today that it will introduce a “revolutionary technology for polymer additive manufacturing” at formnext 2018.

The company claims that the process can replace injection molding in a number of applications. Formnext comes to Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 13 to 16.

EOS’ new LaserProFusion technology employs nearly one million diode lasers to melt the material and additively build parts instead of having a single CO2 laser move back and forth, as is customary in laser sintering.

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-National Graphene Assn. partners with Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

The purpose of the GEIC is to foster the commercialization of graphene by providing a cutting edge international research and technology facility.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling polymers

-Time to close the loop

The chemicals industry cannot simply carry on using toxic materials in its products, however safely it manages them

It is readily apparent, to people who take the time to think about it, that the way in which the global chemistry enterprise operates is completely unsustainable.

From the use of fossil carbon in the form of petroleum and natural gas, to the routine use of extremely rare elements for catalysis, electronics and other applications, the industry will be existing on borrowed time if it continues to carry on with a ‘business as usual’ mentality.

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-Scientists design fabrics that can store charge for smart clothes

The method uses a micro-supercapacitor and combines vapour-coated conductive threads with a polymer film

Scientists have developed a method that can allow fabrics to store charge, paving the way for self-powered smart garments that can monitor health in real time.

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-Arab producers pushing for unachievable targets – Lack of investments a drawback

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) last week announced its objective to increase its crude oil production to four million barrels by the end of 2020, and to five million barrels by 2030 at a cost of $130 billion.

With its current production level being close to three million barrels, it means ADNOC must produce an additional one million barrels in the coming two years.

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Kamel Al-Harami

-Major oil producers to consider cuts after price slide Crude oil producers price slide

Oil prices shed a fifth of their value in just one month after surging to a four-year high in early October

Energy ministers of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia will join other OPEC and non-OPEC officials for the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, which oversees production levels

DUBAI: Major oil producers meet in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to consider reverting to output cuts after a sharp slide in crude prices revived fears of a 2014-style crash.

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-Octal highlights importance of competitiveness in logistics

Octal, the world’s largest PET sheet producer and leading integrated packaging company, participated in the IRU World Congress 2018, a global event for road transport, mobility and logistics, held in Oman and the Middle East for the first time, to debate the challenges within the logistics industry.

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-Swiss-based Sika acquires Propex Holding’s Concrete Fibers business

Switzerland’s specialty chemical company, Sika Corp. has recently acquired Propex Holding’s Tennessee-based Concrete Fibers business, which includes a U.S. plant that manufactures synthetic fiber used in concrete reinforcement.

According to Sika spokesperson, the acquired business would be a perfect addition to the company’s concrete systems for value-added solutions required in the construction of multi-story buildings and challenging infrastructure projects.

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-US Trinseo expects Europe autos, China demand to improve in’19

Trinseo expects Europeanautomobile production and Chinese demand torecover in 2019, which should benefit thecompany’s polycarbonate (PC) and acrylonitrilebutadiene styrene (ABS) businesses, the CEOsaid on Friday.

Both had fallen at the end of the thirdquarter, causing Trinseo to lower run rates atits PC operations in Germany and for Asian ABSproducers to idle capacity by 20%, said ChrisPappas, CEO. He made his statement during anearnings conference call.

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-APLA ’18: US-China trade war spurs demand concerns for basicchemicals – Oxiquim

While direct impacts from the US-China trade battle have been minimal to Oxiquim, there is concern about the wider impact on basic chemicals demand, a company official said on Sunday.

Chile-based Oxiquim is a chemicals production,distribution and logistics company.

“We have not seen specific impacts on our business but our concern is whether the tariffs reduce demand and thus prices for basic raw materials and chemicals,” said Edmundo Puentes,general manager of Oxiquim.

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-APLA ’18: US PVC set for growth in 2019 despite tariff headwinds

Demand growth for US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will continue into 2019 in tandem with organic US economic growth and construction activity despite the tariff threats that have worried market participants,a plastics consultant said on Sunday.

The US economy shows no signs of slowing and construction activity is running strong, Bob Bauman of Polymer Consulting International saidon the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA).

Additionally, the tariffs imposed and threatened between the US and China are of such small portions of global supply and demand as to be insignificant and the tariffs will be bypassed by the establishment of alternative trade routes, Bauman said.

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China green prices high end plastics

China’s push to go green drives up prices of high-end plastics  China green prices high end plastics

Emissions controls make feedstocks costlier for Japanese producers

 China green prices high end plastics
Prices are poised to rise for high-performance plastics used in vacuums and other appliances.

TOKYO – Material manufacturers are raising prices on high-performance plastics as tighter environmental regulations on Chinese production squeeze supplies of raw materials.

Toray Industries has entered talks with customers to lift the price of polybutylene terephthalate by at least 25 yen (22 cents) per kilogram, or about 5% to 6%, starting this month. China green prices high end plastics

Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics is weighing a similar increase. The material, which boasts high durability and heat resistance, is often used in parts around electronic components in autos and home appliances.China green prices high end plastics

The attempts at hikes owe mainly to higher prices for purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, a key feedstock derived from naphtha.China green prices high end plastics

While naphtha prices have fallen with crude oil’s recent drop, PTA stood at around $960 per ton in late October, up 15% from May.

Tougher emissions restrictions on production facilities in China, which accounts for 80% of global production, have reduced supply.China green prices high end plastics

Both Toray and Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics announced price increases of about 10% on polybutylene terephthalate last spring, citing rising feedstock and transport costs, but these met with resistance from customers.

If customers accept hikes this time around, the polymer’s market price would climb to 450 yen or more per kilogram.

Stricter Chinese regulations and trouble at production facilities are also spurring price increases on ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) resin which sees use in a wide range of applications, including appliances and other household goods.

Techno-UMG, Japan’s largest producer of the resin, in July began negotiating toward a hike of at least 10%, with Toray pushing for a similar rise.

But convincing customers to accept price increases on high-end plastics is likely to prove an uphill battle. China green prices high end plastics

Though producers face little competition from imports, unlike with commodity-grade plastics, there is by no means a shortage.

Japanese production of polybutylene terephthalate grew 8% on the year to 87,330 tons for the eight months through August, while ABS resin output edged down 4%, according to the Japan Plastics Industry Federation. China green prices high end plastics

Production trends for both plastics are linked to Japanese output of autos and home appliances, for which domestic demand is flat or falling slightly.

This stands in contrast to commodity-grade plastics, which benefit from growing demand in such applications as food packaging.

“We can’t pass on the cost increase to automakers,” said an auto parts supplier that buys high-performance plastics.

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-North American PET prices slide down 1 cent in October

North American PET bottle resin prices declined by an average of 1 cent per pound in October, ending a streak of two consecutive monthly price hikes.

Prices had jumped 6 cents per pound in September after a 2 cent hike in August. Market watchers cited improving supplies of purified terephthalic acid and other raw materials as reasons for the October decline.

Sources added that buyers may see more price declines for PET in November. Demand for bottle resin typically declines in the fall and winter months, the result of declining sales of bottled water and carbonated soft drinks.

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-China’s push to go green drives up prices of high-end plastics  

Emissions controls make feedstocks costlier for Japanese producers

Material manufacturers are raising prices on high-performance plastics as tighter environmental regulations on Chinese production squeeze supplies of raw materials.

Toray Industries has entered talks with customers to lift the price of polybutylene terephthalate by at least 25 yen (22 cents) per kilogram, or about 5% to 6%, starting this month.  Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics is weighing a similar increase.

The material, which boasts high durability and heat resistance, is often used in parts around electronic components in autos and home appliances.

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-Novozymes CFO: innovating for sustainable growth

Finance leader Prisca Havranek-Kosicek is playing a key role in supporting innovation at one of the world’s most sustainable companies.

When Novozymes wanted to hire a new CFO, it took a year to find the right person.

That’s no great surprise, given that finance plays a pivotal role driving innovation at the Danish company that was spun out of pharma giant Novo Nordisk 18 years ago.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation controls just over a quarter of Novozymes share capital and 70.1% of the votes.

It’s a formula that has resulted in Novozymes being named as one of the world’s most sustainable large companies by organisations such as Corporate Knights- owing to the strong position it has developed in enzymes and related markets.

Last year, total sales were Kr 14.6bn (£1.7bn), of which 13% was reinvested in the company for future value generation.

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-How Industrial Biotech is Opening the Way to the Bioeconomy

Clara Rodríguez Fernández Clara Rodríguez Fernández on 08/11/2018

Claus Crone Fuglsang Novozymes Industrial Biotechnology Bioeconomy

Biology is helping us find more sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.

Claus Crone Fuglsang, Senior VP of Research and Technology at Novozymes, gave me an insight into the rapidly moving field of industrial biotech.

Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, is one of the oldest players in the field of industrial biotech. “We’ve been around since 1927, close to 100 years now,” said Fuglsang.

“Our enzymes go into all sorts of applications across laundry detergents, starch processing, brewing, bread making, textiles, biofuels and more.”

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-Ralph Moody receives INDA’s lifetime achievement award

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recognised Ralph Moody, PE, Senior Director of R&D, Berry Global, with its prestigious 2018 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award before 500 nonwoven and engineered fabric professionals, during at the association’s annual Hygienix Conference, in Orlando, FL, this week.

INDA’s Lifetime Technical Achievement Award honours those individuals with long established technical careers in the nonwovens industry and an accomplished history of technical innovation.

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-ANDRITZ To Supply A Complete Needlepunch Line To Grupo SARI (Rubi Industrial), Spain

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Grupo SARI (Rubi Industrial), to supply a neXline needlepunch line for the production of needlepunched felts.

The line will process several types of raw material such as polyester, polypropylene, bi-component fibers, and viscose, and will produce needlepunched felts for technical markets (automotive, construction, filtration, etc).

The line is scheduled for start-up towards the end of 2018.

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-Practicing what we preach – on plastics

Everything is degradable – whether it takes 500, or 1,000 years to break down. That doesn’t necessarily make it environmentally sound – sitting in landfill for all that time, or floating across the oceans and breaking down into microplastics.

It may not degrade at all if it’s hidden from sunlight in a mountain of landfill.

Although many of you have led the change, there are those who still expect a plastic coating on many of their products. Why else would Sainsbury’s have coined the concept of “touch-free” packaging? Sorry, Millennials, they’re blaming this on you.

Positive alternatives

Let’s not forget a commercial interest in plastic. Companies have a vested interest in this convenient material.

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-Techtextil and Texprocess 2019: almost fully booked up

With half year still to go before the doors open, the international trade-fair duo of Techtextil and Texprocess is almost fully booked up and companies wanting to exhibit should hurry.

Proposals for the new Techtextil Forum can still be submitted.

With around six months still to go before they open their doors, the trade-fair duo of Techtextil, Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, and Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, is almost fully booked up.

The number of registrations received for the two fairs (14 to 17 May 2019) is already significantly over that of the previous editions.

Although companies can still register to exhibit at both events, they should not delay as the remaining exhibition space is limited.

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-AIMPLAS workshop ‘How to formulate plastics: understanding additives, fillers and fibres’ to be held in Brussels

AIMPLAS has organised the first edition of its workshop ‘How to formulate plastics: understanding additives, fillers and fibres’ to take place in Brussels at Leopold Hotel on 20th-21st November 2018.

Luis Roca, head of the Compounding Department of AIMPLAS, will be talking about additives, fillers and fibres and colouring plastics.

Aimed at R&D, quality control or other technical roles in compounders and recycling, extrusion and injection moulding companies, the workshop is also suitable for fillers/fibres/additive suppliers who are interested in strengthening their knowledge in the field of polymer modification.

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China tax exports PET polyethylene terephthalate

China has increased the amount of tax refunds on exports of PET  China tax exports PET polyethylene terephthalate

China tax exports PET polyethylene terephthalateMOSCOW – China has increased the amount of tax refund for the export of polyethylene terephthalate from the country to 16%, according to ICIS .

This legislative decision came into force on November 1 of the current year.

PET granules according to the HS code 39076110, 39076190, 39076910 and 39076990 have long been on the list of tax changes. Previously, manufacturers returned 13% of tax payments. China tax exports PET polyethylene terephthalate

According to market participants, this, together with the recent weakening of the Chinese yuan, will increase the competitiveness of Chinese PET exports.

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , last week, the cost of bottled PET, including delivery to the port of Vostochny, by Chinese manufacturers dropped sharply to the range of USD1,190-1,115 per ton, excluding VAT.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

NGR: Post-consumer and PET recycling on the move  NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

Source:China Plastic & Rubber Journal

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From the perspective of NGR, the post-consumer recycling market is full of potential as the circular economy is our planet’s future. NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

“The PET recycling market is also growing very, very fast,” Josef Hochreiter, CEO of Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH, told CPRJ at Fakuma 2018.

According to Josef Hochreiter, there are three key factors for a successful circular economy and post-consumer recycling market. NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

“We have to optimize and reduce the necessary material input for the process. Therefore, collecting materials for recycling and good product design are very important,” he explained.

He continued: “We also see PET as a driver because we expect that its consumption and applications will further increase in the next years. PET is a very good material and can be used in different kinds of products.”.

“In addition, the industry is changing the products so that they can be brought back to the value chain, for example, the bottle to bottle concept is a very good example. Such example will be more and more in the future,” he added.

Three main trends in the recycling sector

NGR specializes in three applications: post-industrial recycling, PET recycling and post-consumer recycling. Josef Hochreiter summarized three main trends in the above applications: automation, inline recycling, quality control.

The benefits of automation speak for themselves. It saves costs as well as increases productivity and quality. For inline recycling, he said industrial scraps left behind by the industrial production of plastic products are a high-quality and valuable raw material.

The latest innovation of NGR for post-industrial recycling is the E:GRAN, the reprocessing technology for thermoplastic film edge trims and roll scraps. It is one step process and fits well in both the trends of automation and inline recycling.

E:GRAN can be used as a stand-alone solution or integrated with a film production process. The chopped film material is pre-compressed and fed directly to the extruder.

Besides, the control concepts adjusts the extruder speed to fluctuating edge trim amounts automatically, thus facilitating maximum product quality.

For quality control, apart from the quality of pellets produced, Josef Hochreiter also emphasized the importance of efficient sorting and filtration.

In the recycling circle, washing and extrusion processes have to be state-of-the-art technologies, and sorting and filtration control the quality of materials to be recycled, he explained.NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

“At the end of the production process, more good materials with high value have to be easily used in high-end applications,” he elaborated. “In this way, more materials can go back to the value chain.” NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

P:REACT the shapes the future of PET recycling

With the new P:REACT technology, NGR provides high quality and clean recycled PET (rPET) with high level of process stability.

P:REACT is said as the next dimension of PET recycling. It only takes a few minutes to take PET from industrial waste or post-consumer PET and turn it into food-safe rPET.

“The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both confirm the LSP process is fully food-safe,” emphasized Josef Hochreiter.

Thanks to the advanced LSP (Liquid State Polycondensation) process, the PET melt phase is used to trigger the polycondensation of PET. The reaction speed in the PET melt is significantly higher than in the solid state. The clear advantage is that the IV values, controlled with pinpoint accuracy, can be even higher than those of the original starting material and depends entirely on the objectives.

In addition, the highest energy efficiency was taken care of during the development process. The efficiency is significantly higher than conventional SSP applications, according to Josef Hochreiter.

Josef Hochreiter also unveiled that NGR will introduce the next generation of recycling technologies in next year, which feature optimized output and adopt Industry 4.0 functions. NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

He agreed that Industry 4.0 can connect the whole process from sorting to pellets production, ensuring a stable and efficient process that produce high quality products.

Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture

Trade tensions give way to US-Korea joint venture Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture

Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture
Left to right: Lee Sung-gyun, global team senior manager, Huvis Corporation; Mark Holden, vice president for operations, Auriga Polymers; and Marc Buchert, project manager, Auriga.

In the Upstate, recent jitters over trade relations with South Korea are giving way to collaboration.Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture

A 50-50 joint venture between Seoul-based Huvis Corp. and Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd., now getting underway at Indorama’s Auriga Polymers subsidiary in Spartanburg County, may end up serving as an example of how global disputes can be overcome in ways that unleash mutual opportunities.Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture

Huvis is the world’s leading supplier of low-melting fiber, an eco-friendly adhesive fiber used in composites in the automotive, furniture, and bedding industries for insulation, sound absorption, and other functions.

Automotive applications account for 53 percent of global LMF consumption, according to a July 2018 report from Global QY Research.Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture

The joint venture’s $48 million investment at Auriga, which produces fibers, resins, and specialty polymers, is intended to grow U.S. market share in LMF and help sidestep prolonged trade tensions, said Lee Sung-gyun, Huvis’ senior manager for the LMF project.

“We believe we better be here and avoid the trade risk and then use all the benefits here and better circumstances here,” Lee said as he met with his new American counterparts.

Last year, the U.S. Commerce Department initiated 79 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations against foreign companies believed to be selling products abroad at less than fair value — a 52 percent increase over 2016 — with the government scrutinizing the sale of certain polyester staple fibers from four countries, including South Korea.

This past June, Huvis announced that Washington had decided to impose zero-percent anti-dumping duties on its low-melting fiber exports in a separate review and “this final determination is expected to boost sales further.” Tensions also spiked this year as the U.S. threatened tariffs on South Korean steel.

Huvis now holds a 40 percent share of the U.S. LMF market but there is concern over how long the trade skirmishes might last, Lee said.

“We believe in the future there will be more pressure for that, so that we decided to be here and coupling with IVL, who has the capability to supply the polymer technology and facilities … and people who we can hire from here,” Lee explained.

Hiring is beginning for 50 workers who will operate the new facility after it is constructed, said Mark Holden, vice president of operations at Auriga.

Once hired, they will undergo intensive training and will work in concert with South Korean and American engineers and business-development officers.

“We picked a great partner who’s an expert in the field,” Holden said.

Initial distribution of domestically produced LMF is expected in early 2020 after
construction of the new facility is completed, said Marc Buchert, the project manager, with sales in Mexico and Canada to follow.

According to Holden, migrating LMF production from South Korea to the Upstate will allow Huvis to ensure that its customers here have “the least possible supply interruptions to trade … you have a stronger position for your customers by having an asset in the region that you’re currently selling.” Trade tensions USA Korea joint venture

With BMW, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Kia plants located across the Southeast, Buchert added, the region represents a top market for the joint venture’s LMF.

“If you look at all the automotive suppliers around us, why would you not do this?” he asked.

Indorama, a Thailand-based petrochemicals producer with 85 facilities in 29 countries, will ship bulk chemicals used in LMF production into the plant by rail from Texas, Alabama, and Canada. Trade tensions USA Korea joint ventur

The recent drop in the corporate tax rate and inducements to attract foreign investment are expected to “significantly help the joint venture reinforce its cost competitiveness,” Huvis Corp. said in a statement.

John Lummus, president and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance, said he sees more foreign investment in the region, including more joint ventures, which generally arise when companies have similar business lines or have worked together in other markets.

“I think we will continue to see more of that as we get more foreign direct investment in the region,” drawn here by workforce and manufacturing capabilities, Lummus said.

As for trade tensions, “I think you are going to see some situations where companies would be able to take advantage of that, and that’s great for us, but I think in the overall big picture, we’re seeing that it’s a negative,” he said.  Trade tensions USA Korea joint ventur

Currently, the Upstate hosts 466 foreign-owned companies, according to Alliance data. Spartanburg County is home to more than 200 of them.

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,090/1,130 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,250/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,300/8,400 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 860/880 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 715/730 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,100/6,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,130/1,140 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,000/9,100  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,950/11,050  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,300/9,400  yuan/ton

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-China has increased the amount of tax refunds on exports of PET  

China has increased the amount of tax refund for the export of polyethylene terephthalate from the country to 16%, according to ICIS .

This legislative decision came into force on November 1 of the current year.

PET granules according to the HS code 39076110, 39076190, 39076910 and 39076990 have long been on the list of tax changes. Previously, manufacturers returned 13% of tax payments.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-NGR: Post-consumer and PET recycling on the move  NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

From the perspective of NGR, the post-consumer recycling market is full of potential as the circular economy is our planet’s future. NGR Postconsumer PET recycling

“The PET recycling market is also growing very, very fast,” Josef Hochreiter, CEO of Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH, told CPRJ at Fakuma 2018.

According to Josef Hochreiter, there are three key factors for a successful circular economy and post-consumer recycling market

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-TOMRA first to launch digital vouchers for container recycling payout  

Latest system from TOMRA Collection to enable recycling to go paperless

TOMRA Collection Solutions has become the first reverse vending provider to offer digital vouchers as a payout option for container deposit schemes, where consumers receive refunds when they return their empty bottles and cans for recycling at a reverse vending machine.

Part of the new myTOMRA app, the digital voucher means recyclers scan a barcode on their smartphone to access their refunds, instead of scanning a printed paper voucher from the reverse vending machine.

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-Constantia Flexibles unveils new sustainable packaging line

Photo by Constantia FlexibleThe mono PE laminate EcoLam is lightweight, and its OPE/PE structure is fully recycle-ready

Leading Austrian packaging firm Constantia Flexible has unveiled a new line of solutions named “Ecolutions” specifically designed to meet the requirements of sustainability.

The Vienna-based company, the world’s fourth-largest flexible packaging specialist, said the new line was developed in response to the challenge of increasing post-consumer waste and consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly options.

Ecolutions consists of the three packaging lines EcoLam, EcoCover and EcoTrainerAlu, which together reduce the carbon footprint of packaging, focus on recyclable solutions and decrease the impact on the environment.

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-Trade tensions give way to US-Korea joint venture 

Left to right: Lee Sung-gyun, global team senior manager, Huvis Corporation; Mark Holden, vice president for operations, Auriga Polymers; and Marc Buchert, project manager, Auriga.

In the Upstate, recent jitters over trade relations with South Korea are giving way to collaboration.

A 50-50 joint venture between Seoul-based Huvis Corp. and Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd., now getting underway at Indorama’s Auriga Polymers subsidiary in Spartanburg County, may end up serving as an example of how global disputes can be overcome in ways that unleash mutual opportunities.

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-US export PE prices enter annual destocking season at near 10-year lows

US export pricing for spot volumes of linear low density polyethylene sits at a near 10-year low as it enters the typical destocking season this year and appears poised to hold — or even soften further — amid weak domestic demand and bearish global markets.

Register Now  On a global scale, PE is the most commonly used resin in plastic manufacturing.

PE pricing has been under pressure in the US for much of the second half of the year, with butene-grade LLDPE declining the most since July 2, by 18.1% to close at $948/mt FAS Houston on Tuesday.

That is the lowest since May 20, 2009, when it was assessed at $937/mt FAS Houston, according to S&P Global Platts data.

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-Start-up smart-textile company receives $50,000 investment

KYMIRA, the original producer of smart textile woven with infrared technology, has been named by the Kairos Society, an organisation that aims to find world-changers, as one of the world’s most innovative seed stage companies founded by young entrepreneurs worldwide.

Founded in 2008, the Kairos Society began as a small group of ambitious friends who wanted to take on “today’s big challenges.” The group now counts more than a thousand members around the world and has raised over $3bn for enterprises. The highly selective program aims to identify the best global entrepreneurs who are going to shape the world.

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-Wanhua To Use Honeywell Connected Plant Technology

First application of software-based Process Reliability Advisor service in China

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd. will use the Honeywell Connected Plant Process Reliability Advisor to provide prescriptive monitoring of its UOP C3 Oleflex™ unit at its plant in Shandong Province in Eastern China.

This is the first application of the Process Reliability Advisor service in China. Wanhua operates the world’s largest Oleflex unit, which converts propane into 750,000 tons per year of propylene, the primary component in many plastic resins, films and fibers.

Process Reliability Advisor continuously feeds plant data through Honeywell UOP process and fault models with sophisticated software to provide key performance information and process recommendations.

It helps plants run more smoothly and detects problems before they can affect production and plant profitability.

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-How would a PET deposit scheme work in Slovakia?

Plastic bottle producers and retailers will pay for the deposit return scheme. Not all the retailers will buy empty PET bottles, though.

All shops in Slovakia will have to deposit plastic bottles and cans, but not all of them will buy them back.

This is one potential deposit return scheme, presented by the Environmental Policy Institute (IEP), which runs under the Environment Ministry.

The compulsory purchase of bottles will apply only to retailers whose shops are no bigger than 400 square metres, the SITA newswire reported.

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-Recycling of plastic waste is achievable

Environmental sustainability is at the heart of major global concerns, particularly at this critical point when many countries are grappling with the vagaries of climate change.

During this year’s World Environment Day, world leaders and policymakers converged in New Delhi, India to refocus the efforts against the fight to safeguard the environment.

Kenya for one has not been an exception to the global discourses around sustainable environmental conservation.

In 2017, the national government, through the Ministry of Environment imposed a ban on the production, importation, distribution and usage of single-use carrier bags, used mostly in retail outlets.

Despite the ban on single-use plastics bags, our country continues to face a huge challenge in waste management.

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-North American BOPET market in for bumpy ride

Strong demand for biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) in 2018 has resulted in tightening supplies in North America and globally, according to Rob Gilfillan, PCI Wood Mackenzie research analyst.

Gilfillan spoke to attendees of the SPE Flexible Packaging Division conference on Oct. 29 in Phoenix.

The BOPET market represents a $12 billion industry annually. Demand is at just over 5 million tons this year, which is “relatively small” compared to PE and BOPP.

Currently demand is rising higher than production, Gilfillan commented.

“Mexico is the only country to be a net exporter of BOPET film in the North American region,” he added. “Canada has no domestic BOPET production.”

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-BioAmber plant buyer exploring new products

The plant manager with LCY Biosciences, the company that has taken over the idle former BioAmber manufacturing site in Sarnia, says it will be several months before production begins again.

The bio-succinic acid plant, which opened in 2015, was sold last month during a court-supervised liquidation process to LCY Biotechnology, a new company formed by Visolis and LCY Group.

“It’s going to be a little bit slow for a while,” said plant manager Trevor Macleod.

“Basically, we’re going to keep the plan idle for a little while – up to six months – while they work on bringing some new products into the facility to make it financially viable.”

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-This Oil Boom Is Going Under The Radar

If anyone needed any further proof that Africa is shaping up as the next major hot spot in oil and gas, this year’s edition of Africa Oil Week will provide it.

The event launched amid higher oil prices and booming exploration activity across the continent with supermajors and independents both upbeat about their prospects there.

If we ignore the waywardness of oil prices, which served as the basis for Africa’s oil and gas recovery, and which can once again plunge local oil producers into recession should they drop, prospects are bright.

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-LyondellBasell Licenses Hostalen ACP technology to China Petrochemical International Co., Ltd and Sinopec-SK (Wuhan) Petrochemical Company Ltd

LyondellBasell the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, today announced that China Petrochemical International Co., Ltd (Sinopec International) and Sinopec-SK(Wuhan) Petrochemical Company Ltd., (Wuhan) have selected the LyondellBasell Hostalen “Advanced Cascade Process” (Hostalen ACP) technology.

The low-pressure slurry process technology will be used for a 300KTA high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit to be built in Wuhan, Hubei Province, P.R. China.

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-Krones strengthens PET capabilities with MHT acquisition

Packaging and filling systems manufacturer Krones has acquired MHT Holding, a provider of injection moulding tools and services to the PET industry based in Hochheim, Germany.

The deal for MHT, which generates sales of €25 million ($28.5m) and employs 125 staff, closes a gap in the Krones PET value chain by extending the company into PET preform tooling.

The company already manufactures the stretch blow moulding machinery and PET recycling systems.

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-Almarai installs Sidel’s PET lines at Al Kharj processing plant

Liquid dairy and juice maker Almarai has installed two complete PET lines from packaging equipment manufacturer Sidel Group at its Al Kharj central processing plant (CPP) in Saudi Arabia.

Almarai chose Sidel Combi to increase its orange juice production capacity in the single-serve format. The 200ml juices are bottled in PET and handled under cold chain distribution.

Each PET line is capable of handling 54,000 bottles per hour (bph). The PET lines also feature the packaging firm’s efficiency improvement tool (EIT) data acquisition and plant intelligence system.

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-Dasani launching a nationwide plastic recycling innovation competition

Dasani, the purified bottled drinking water brand of The Coca-Cola Company will be launching a nationwide plastic recycling innovation competition.

Dasani, the purified bottled drinking water brand of The Coca-Cola Company will be launching a nationwide plastic recycling innovation competition

“The Dasani Discovery Challenge” at the second annual technology conference 021Disrupt being organized by the The Nest I/O, the technology incubator and community hub of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) on November 10 and 11 in Karachi.

The open competition will seek innovative, efficient, doable and cost-effective ideas to reduce and recycle plastic waste of all types, in line with the Company’s global commitment to work for a World Without Waste.

The Dasani Discovery Challenge will invite participants to submit brilliant new ideas which are practically doable and highly effective to counter growing plastic pollution.

Ideas submitted can focus on any area within the broader domain of plastic waste management, i.e. reduction in plastic use, collection of plastic waste, its sorting and recycling.

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-Covestro receives Sustainability Award from Henkel

For the third time, Covestro received a Sustainability Award from Henkel Adhesive Technologies

For the third time, Covestro received a Sustainability Award from Henkel Adhesive Technologies.

With this prize, the adhesive manufacturer acknowledges its supplier’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable product and process pipeline.

Particular focus was placed on the cooperation in the development of biobased polyurethane raw materials and concepts to increase product safety, as well as the very good rating of Covestro’s sustainability by the international rating agency EcoVadis.

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TOMRA digital vouchers container recycling

TOMRA first to launch digital vouchers for container recycling payout  TOMRA digital vouchers container recycling 

Latest system from TOMRA Collection to enable recycling to go paperless

TOMRA digital vouchers container recycling

TOMRA Collection Solutions has become the first reverse vending provider to offer digital vouchers as a payout option for container deposit schemes, where consumers receive refunds when they return their empty bottles and cans for recycling at a reverse vending machine. TOMRA digital vouchers container recycling 

Part of the new myTOMRA app, the digital voucher means recyclers scan a barcode on their smartphone to access their refunds, instead of scanning a printed paper voucher from the reverse vending machine.

As well as being more environmentally friendly, the flexible, personalized payout option means no more losing or forgetting to redeem paper vouchers.

The digital voucher service first launches in the Australian state of Queensland, which has kicked off today its new container deposit scheme to increase recycling rates and combat drink container litter.TOMRA digital vouchers container recycling 

TOMRA runs in Queensland modern depots where recyclers can return their beverage containers.

The digital vouchers can be redeemed at leading Australian supermarket Woolworths, which also partners with TOMRA on container refunds in New South Wales.

Vouchers can be redeemed as cash or in-store credit toward grocery purchases.

The popular myTOMRA app, launched in December 2017, also offers electronic payout of refunds direct to a PayPal account of the user’s choice, and the ability to see reverse vending machine locations and their live status. myTOMRA is part of the TOMRA Connect portfolio of digital products, which seeks to add value to using and owning reverse vending systems.

“With our planet’s resources high on the international agenda and the movement toward paperless working, we thought it was counter-intuitive that a machine that enables recycling should rely on paper,” explains Aleksander Mortensen, Head of TOMRA Collection Solutions Digital.   TOMRA digital vouchers container recycling 

“TOMRA reverse vending machines have long offered charity donations as an alternative to refund vouchers, and the launch of the myTOMRA app offered even more flexibility with digital payout via PayPal.

It is our latest digital voucher functionality though that truly replaces the need for paper, even for those who prefer retail credit for their refund.”

HOW IT WORKS
The digital voucher functionality in the free myTOMRA app is available for Queensland recyclers in Google Play and the App Store, with log-in also possible via the web at mytomra.com.au.

Consumers simply create a myTOMRA profile to get started.

Users scan their personal myTOMRA barcode at a reverse vending machine when they return their beverage containers.

Once they finish their recycling session, the consumer selects digital voucher on the reverse vending machine screen as the payout method, and their refund amount appears in the myTOMRA app within seconds.

Recyclers can then scan their digital voucher at the cash register or service desk at participating retailers to receive their recycling deposit back as cash or in-store credit.

Retailers with TOMRA reverse vending machines in selected regions can now offer their shoppers the new digital voucher service.

The card reader and additional software is easy to install and integrate.

“In myTOMRA, we are striving to build the ultimate app to make container returns easy and convenient both for end users and for sites providing reverse vending systems,” adds Aleksander Mortensen.

“We are excited to take the next step for myTOMRA in making the recycling experience even more flexible and environmentally friendly.”

INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

INVISTA’s Orange, Texas, Site Sets Adiponitrile Production Record  INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

INVISTA ADN pilot plant in Orange, Texas (Photo: Business Wire)

INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

ORANGE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–INVISTA’s site in Orange, Texas, set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibers.

“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records”

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“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records,” said Bill Greenfield, president, INVISTA Intermediates.INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

“In today’s market, every pound is really important to our customers and the industry. I’m proud the team has continued this production trend through the third quarter of 2018 with another 12-month record.” INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

The performance increases can be attributed to the company’s latest ADN technology, which was developed at INVISTA’s global R&D facilities and piloted at the Orange site where it has been deployed for nearly five years.

The technology brings improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies. INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

Role of INVISTA’s advanced ADN technology in short-term support for the global nylon 6,6 value chain

INVISTA is deploying its latest ADN technology in existing facilities and working to optimize production to increase yield even further. INVISTA Adiponitrile Production Record

  • INVISTA Orange: Since deployment in 2014, improvements in performance have enabled the Orange facility to set numerous production volume records.
  • Butachimie (INVISTA joint venture with Solvay in France): Announced approval to deploy the latest technology in 2017. The project is scheduled to come online in 2019.
  • INVISTA Victoria: Announced $250 million project at Victoria site to upgrade its manufacturing technology and increase production of ADN. Targeted to come online in 2020.

INVISTA’s long-term support for the global nylon 6,6 value chain

INVISTA recently announced a new world-scale ADN plant that will be located in China. Engineering is underway for a minimum 300,000-ton plant at an estimated investment in excess of $1 billion. Construction is targeted for 2020 and production would begin in 2023.

About INVISTA

With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products. A wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries and headquartered in the United States, INVISTA has more than 50 locations around the world. For more information, visit INVISTA.com, Facebook.com/INVISTAglobal and Twitter.com/INVISTA.

Contacts

INVISTA Public Affairs
Kim Conlee, +1-316-828-1647
Kim.Conlee@invista.com

BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

BASF invests in Chinese 3D printing specialist Prismlab BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

  • Unique, patented 3D printing process enables production of large-scale components
  • First direct investment by BASF Venture Capital in a company in China

Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Shanghai, China – November 6, 2018 – BASF Venture Capital GmbH is investing in Prismlab, a leading provider of 3D printing processes and 3D printers, headquartered in Shanghai, China. BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

Prismlab has developed a patented printing process that is characterized by a very high printing speed, high level of precision and lower printing costs.

BASF’s venture investment will enable Prismlab to further accelerate its product development and innovation while strengthening its market reach to the global market.

“This is our first direct investment in a Chinese company,” said Markus Solibieda, Managing Director of BASF Venture Capital GmbH.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

“The trailblazing technology from Prismlab allows large and stable components, such as medical braces and anatomical models, to be 3D printed for the first time.

This investment supports BASF’s strategy of actively advancing our technologies and expanding our product offering in the 3D printing sector.”

“China is transforming from a manufacturing-driven to an innovation-driven economy.

This investment in Prismlab reflects our commitment to further expanding our innovation capabilities in China, and BASF Venture Capital plays an important role in helping us identifying potential partners that lead us to success,” said Dr. Zheng Daqing, BASF’s Senior Vice President, Business and Market Development Greater China.

“The 3D printing technology must continue to evolve before it is set to change the world. At Prismlab, we aim to spearhead and accelerate that change by providing solutions through specialized customization.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

The investment allows us to stay laser-focused on our R&D capability, a key factor to achieve that goal,” said Mr. Hou Feng, Founder and Chairman of Prismlab.

Prismlab has developed a patented 3D printing process, “Pixel Resolution Enhanced Technology”, based on stereolithography (SLA).

SLA allows comparatively large components to be produced using light-curing resins. Prismlab’s technology increases the printing resolution without compromising printing speed.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

In order to increase the amount of energy brought into a pixel, Prismlab’s technology divides each pixel in the resin into several small sections, which can be cured individually by exposure to LCD light.

This makes the energy input into each pixel significantly higher than similar processes that expose each pixel to light once.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

This allows comparatively large and stable components or numerous parts to be printed in the same production step. With the use of LCD light, it also reduces process costs.

This advantage opens opportunities in the footwear and furniture industry.

Along with this patented process, Prismlab also markets 3D printers and other related services.

The Prismlab technology can be used in various key customer applications, including invisible braces, and anatomical models for medical, and education and training purposes.

SLA uses a laser for layer-by-layer curing of a photopolymer solution to shape the required workpiece.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

SLA and LCD based printing processes determinate the size, stability, and usability of the components to be produced as they are limited by the size of the light spot and the intensity of the light.

About BASF Venture Capital
BASF Venture Capital GmbH (BVC) was founded in 2001 and has offices in Europe, the U.S., China and Israel.

The aim of BVC is to generate new growth potential for BASF by investing in new companies and funds.

The focus of investment is on chemical products and new materials, software and services as well as innovative and digital business models in the broader field of chemistry. Further information at   www.basf-vc.com.

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future.

We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.

The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.

Our portfolio is organized into four segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions and Agricultural Solutions.

BASF generated sales of more than €60 billion in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at  www.basf.com.BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

About Prismlab
Prismlab is China’s leading provider of 3D printing products and solutions. In 2013, it successfully developed Sub-Pixel Micro Scanning (SMS) light-cured 3D printing technology.

The company’s vision is to be the leading industrial service provider for 3D Printing. Based on its patent technologies, Prismlab received funding from the National Key R&D Program of China. It is also the leading company of Additive Manufacturing Process and Equipment of Nanostructure project. Further information at  www.prismlab.com/.

 

Media contact at BASF:
Inga Franke
+49 173 3099242
 inga.a.franke@basf.com
Media contact at Prismlab:
Ouliyuan
+86 18721428108
 ouliyuan@prismlab.com

 

Spot Prices benzene Europe November

Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10%   Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

MOSCOW – Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10% compared to last week, reaching the lowest level in 23 months, according to ICIS , citing market participants.

This is also 17% below the price level in the last two weeks.  The last time such prices were observed in December 2016.Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

The range of spot prices for benzene for November deliveries in Europe amounted to USD710-730 per ton, where USD720 per ton is for supplies in the first half of November.

December benzene prices in the region were at USD730 per ton, while January prices were estimated at USD740-750 per ton.Spot Prices benzene Europe November 

Deliveries were made under the terms of CIF, Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam (ARA).

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, at the end of autumn the cost of polystyrene on the Russian market dropped sharply.

The prices of Russian material in November decreased by 4,000–5,000 rubles / ton on the background of the continuing trend of a fall in the cost of styrene monomer in foreign markets.

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic 08-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,110/1,150 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,650/8,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,400/8,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,450/8,600 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 890/900 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 735/750 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,200/6,350 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,130/1,140 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,100/9,200  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,100/11,200  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,450/9,600  yuan/ton

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

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-The Sustainability Report 2018 presented at Ecomondo. Eight out of ten packages do not go to landfill. Thanks to recycling, were saved last year 400,000 tons of plastics last year.
The Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi (Conai) presented yesterday at Ecomondo the 2018 edition of the Sustainability Report entitled “Packaging in the circular economy”, where the benefits deriving from the recycling of packaging waste on the Country System are presented and analyzed and on the environment.
EIGHT PACKAGING ON TEN DO NOT GO TO WASTE DUMP. Last year 67.5% of packaging waste sent for consumption was recycled, in the various material chains (steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic and glass), for a total of 8.8 million tons, with an increase of + 3.7% compared to 2016.
Of these, just over 4 million tons are managed directly by Conai and the Consortia di Filiera, while the rest comes from independent operators.
Considering also energy recovery, 10.2 million tons of packaging waste were valorised last year. In other words, eight out of the 10 packages were removed from the landfill and transformed into new raw materials and energy to be re-introduced in the production cycles.
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Mr. Giorgio Quagliolo President of CONAI

-INVISTA’s Orange, Texas, Site Sets Adiponitrile Production

INVISTA’s site in Orange, Texas, set a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibers.

“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records”Tweet this

“Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records,” said Bill Greenfield, president, INVISTA Intermediates

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-BASF invests in Chinese 3D printing specialist Prismlab BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

Unique, patented 3D printing process enables production of large-scale components

First direct investment by BASF Venture Capital in a company in China

BASF Venture Capital GmbH is investing in Prismlab, a leading provider of 3D printing processes and 3D printers, headquartered in Shanghai, China. BASF China 3D printing Prismlab

Prismlab has developed a patented printing process that is characterized by a very high printing speed, high level of precision and lower printing costs.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10%   

Spot prices for benzene in Europe decreased by 10% compared to last week, reaching the lowest level in 23 months, according to ICIS , citing market participants.

This is also 17% below the price level in the last two weeks.  The last time such prices were observed in December 2016.

The range of spot prices for benzene for November deliveries in Europe amounted to USD710-730 per ton, where USD720 per ton is for supplies in the first half of November.

December benzene prices in the region were at USD730 per ton, while January prices were estimated at USD740-750 per ton.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Bedding brand uses DNA technology to trace rPET

Leading manufacturer of home textiles GHCL has launched Cirkularity, a new brand of eight lines of bedding supporting the circular economy.

These lines centre on “reduce, reuse and recycle”. Rekoop, the inspiration behind Cirkularity, is a brand of bedding products made from recycled plastic (rPET) and is the first bedding product to use Applied DNA Sciences’ CertainT platform. Rekoop bedding products will be available for sale in the US beginning first quarter 2019.

Rekoop uses Applied DNA’s CertainT platform to trace and authenticate the post-consumer recycled polyester plastic in its bed sheets, pillowcases, and shams throughout the entire supply chain.

This technology provides forensic proof that guarantees brand authenticity, a growing concern for manufacturers as counterfeiting continues to escalate – rising from US$ 1.2 trillion in 2017 to an anticipated US$ 1.82 trillion by 2020.

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-Oil falls amid concern about Iran sanction exemptions

Brent slips as worry about how an economic slowdown may curb fuel demand growth weighs on sentiment

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday, weighed down by exemptions from Washington that will allow Iran’s biggest oil customers to keep buying from Tehran, as well as concerns that an economic slowdown may curb fuel demand growth.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $62.95 a barrel at 3.55am GMT, down 15c, or 0.2%, from their last settlement.

International Brent crude oil futures were down 28c, or 0.4%, at $72.89 a barrel.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Xinjiang farmers ‘plant’ nylon in cornfields

Ma Guoyi, a farmer in Wusu city in Northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, was blown away when he realized that his harvest nylon could be used for green textile materials as opposed to food and forage.

Wusu is a leading producer of corn and cotton in Xinjiang, and as a major stop of the China Railway Express, the city lies along the new Eurasian Continental Bridge. Farmers like Ma in Wusu are benefiting from such convenience and the new uses of their crops.

“Normally, nylon is made from petroleum, but we can use crops such as corn and wheat to make recyclable and environment-friendly nylons,” said Wang Hongbo, deputy manager of Cathay Industrial Biotech’s Wusu branch, a Shanghai-based producer of bio-based materials.

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-INVISTA Introduces THERMOLITE® T-Down EcoMade Insulation at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

A sustainable alternative to down feathers, THERMOLITE® T-Down EcoMade Insulation is GRS Certified, engineered with 100% recycled fiber and offers key benefits over feather insulation

INVISTA, owner of the THERMOLITE® brand, announced today that synthetic insulation manufacturers Shinih Enterprise Co. Ltd. of Taiwan, and Mainland China based Ziran Non-Woven Co. Ltd. will be exhibiting the first commercially available THERMOLITE® T-Down EcoMade insulation at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Denver, Colorado. With its 500+ fill power, this insulation delivers lightweight warmth to cold weather outerwear, sleeping bags and accessories.

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-Lenzing reports solid business development

The Lenzing Group recorded a solid business development in the first three quarters of 2018. The decline in revenue and earnings compared with the same period of the previous year was essentially based on a mix of lower prices for standard viscose, more unfavourable exchange rates and price increases for key raw materials, the company reports. The Lenzing Group’s strategic orientation with a focus on specialty fibres had a positive impact in this environment.

Net profit for the period dropped by 39% from EUR 219.3 million in the previous year to EUR 133.8 million. Revenue decreased by 5.2% to EUR 1,636.2 million over the comparative period of the previous year.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Recent developments in non-biodegradable biopolymers: Precursors, production processes, and future perspectives

During the last decades, biopolymers experienced a renaissance.

The increasing limitation of fossil resources in combination with a public demand for environmental-friendly and sustainable processes has led to the formation of a market for biobased plastics.

Especially non-biodegradable bioplastics are very interesting materials, as they combine the benefits of reduced carbon footprint during production and increased resource efficiency with the persistence to microbial degradation.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Hyosung to Build a New Tire Cord Production Plant in Vietnam

Hyosung Advanced Materials will accelerate the expansion of its presence in the global market by establishing a new tire cord manufacturing subsidiary in Vietnam.

After the Hyosung Group’s conversion to a holding company structure, group chairman Cho Hyun-jun is stepping up his global business moves.

Hyosung Advanced Materials announced on Nov. 5 that the company will build a polyester and nylon tire cord production facility in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam by investing a total of US$152 million.

The company will invest US$30 million this year.

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-Weekly resin report: PE up a penny; PP drops in spot trading

Spot resin trading remained healthy as November rolled in, although it did not maintain the rapid pace of the previous few weeks, writes the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. Some buyers took advantage of special month-end deals; then, toward the end of the week, a drop in fresh railcar offers helped earn commodity polyethylene (PE) grades a penny gain on Friday, Nov. 2. Polypropylene (PP) offers continued to flow and spot values fell a hefty $0.03/lb. While the PP market is far from awash in resin, rapidly eroding PGP costs point to a sharply lower contract settlement for November monomer.

There are also price increases on the table for November resin contracts, with producers generally seeking to add $0.03/lb to PE contract levels.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Novelis puts fresh focus on automotive sector

Solihull aluminium manufacturingAluminium rolling company Novelis is setting up a network of bases to increase product development specifically for the automotive industry. Its customer solution centres (CSCs) will be located close to OEM plants in North America, China and Europe and will be used to encourage the use of aluminium in applications from car doors and electric battery enclosures to full body-in-white design.

“Novelis’ CSCs will provide an environment to demonstrate product concepts, simulate customer processes and performance in use, as well as leverage data to educate stakeholders throughout the supply chain about elements ranging from forming to costing,” the US company stated.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Audi to develop closed loop for battery recycling

Audi Brussels: Audi e-tron final inspectionGerman carmaker Audi has begun working with Belgian materials technology and recycling partner Umicore to investigate the potential for recycling the materials in electric car batteries.

The companies are looking to adopt a closed-loop approach in which valuable elements such as cobalt, nickel and copper from end-of-life batteries are recovered for use in new ones. Initial tests show that more than 95% of some elements can be recovered and reused.

Umicore is carrying out research with the aim of gaining insights into purity of the recovered materials, recycling rates and the economic feasibility of various ideas such as a raw materials bank.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-IVL takes major step towards Circular Economy

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), headquartered in Thailand, has committed to further increase its use of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester waste materials as feedstock for the future. By 2025, IVL is targeting to establish a substantial footprint in this direction across all the regions where it is present.

Plastic petrochemicals recycling bioplastic

-Call to put more effort into developing Belarusian chemical industry

The development of the chemical industry in Belarus should become a national project, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich on 6 November.

The head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament was made familiar with the implementation of the investment project designed to start making technical carbon in IOOO Omsk Carbon Mogilev.

Prospects of modernization of OAO Mogilevkhimvolokno were also reviewed.

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Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling 07-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are always very weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,110/1,150 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,750/8,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,500/8,600 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 890/900 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,850 yuan/ton – MEG $ 745/760 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,450/6,600 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,160/1,170 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,200/9,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,150/11,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,500/9,650  yuan/ton

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Braskem Joins Europe’s Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) 

Chemicals company Braskem announces it has joined European network Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) as a full member.

BIC represents the private sector in the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a public-private partnership (PPP) with the EU worth €3.7 billion.

By joining BIC, Braskem has become part of a wider network committed to bringing bio-based products to market.

Established as a pillar of the European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy, BBI JU operates under EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

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-Formosa Plastics foresees holiday gloom as orders slow

Bellwether petrochemical group says trade war saps market confidence

Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan’s biggest industrial conglomerate and an international provider of petrochemical, plastics and electronic materials, signaled tepid holiday season demand on Monday, citing the escalating U.S.-China trade war and global economic slowdown.

The group’s four crown jewels and publicly traded companies — Formosa Plastics, Nanya Plastics, Formosa Petrochemical and Formosa Chemicals and Fibre — have long served as a gauge of demand for industrial and consumer products. Their products are used in industries covering construction, transportation, textiles, footwear, food, daily necessities and consumer electronics.

But executives from each of the four forecast a revenue decline for their company in the October-December quarter compared with the July-September period.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Sustainability – how to buy responsibly

With the announcement of the latest Circular Economy Package, an even greater onus has been placed on industry to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable business.

Lorcan Mekitarian, RPC bpi recycled products sales director, explains how, for cleaning firms looking to expand their environmental behaviour, procurement is the best place to start.

To the untrained eye, contract cleaning is all about keeping the client’s work environment free from litter, germs and visible dirt.

Throw in a paper recycling bin for good measure and many will think they are doing their best for the environment.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-China chemical markets to stay weak during Shanghai import expo

China’s domestic chemical markets may stay soft this week after a heavy slump despite restrictions in production and logistics during a major import expo in Shanghai.

The price downtrend since October might not be reversed given volatile global political and economic environment, the stronger US dollar and falling crude oil values.

Among actively traded petrochemicals, monoethylene glycol (MEG) and styrene monomer (SM) had plumbed to new lows last week and their prices are expected to continue falling.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-The Rapid Acceleration Towards Peak Oil Demand

The drumbeat towards peak oil demand is accelerating, but since much of the acceleration is happening outside of the United States, its cadence is muted.

To be clear, the developed world passed peak oil demand a decade ago and has for years been forecast to continue reducing its demand.

Increasing demand in industrializing countries, particularly China and India, each with a population tantamount to that of the OECD, slightly overpowers declines in the developed world, and as a result, global demand continues to increase.

In its 2015 World Energy Outlook, the IEA forecast 1.5% y/y increase outside the OECD, -1.2% y/y in the OECD, and an overall growth of 0.5%. Global peak demand will likely occur while developing world demand is still growing.

Increased decline in the first world could crest demand, but merely slowing the growth in the rest of the world is the more likely to tip the global balance to plateau then decline.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Indonesia to draw final conclusion on Vietnamese packaging

The Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI) has recently issued its essential facts in the sunset review of the anti-dumping taxes levied on Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film imports from Thailand and Vietnam.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the essential facts include important information which provides a basis for KADI to give its final conclusion of the case.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Taghleef Industries expands Latin American presence with acquisition of Biofilm

MergerTaghleef Industries (Ti; Dubai, UAE) is set to acquire Biofilm, one of Latin America’s leading producers of BOPP films for flexible packaging, labels and industrial applications. The transaction, first announced August 21, was approved by the Board of Directors of all parties and is subject to regulatory approval. It is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2018.

With this acquisition, Ti secures its position as a leading supplier of BOPP films in Latin America and throughout the world, increasing annual production capacity to more than 500,000 tons. The facilities in Cartagena, Colombia, and Altimira, Mexico, will join existing manufacturing sites in the United States, Canada, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Egypt, U.A.E., Oman and Australia.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Iran says U.S. “cruel” sanctions cannot stop crude oil exports

The United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil exports, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.

Iran will continue to sell its crude oil in the international market despite “cruel” U.S. new sanctions, Rouhani said.

Iran will break the sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran in the “appropriate” way, Rouhani said shortly after a fresh round of anti-Iran sanctions by the United States took effect on Monday.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Saudi Arabia to invest in Russian petrochemicals plant

Oil major Saudi Aramco and the kingdom’s petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) are ready to invest into building a processing plant in Russia, according to Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih.

The minister said that the Saudi partners are hoping to cooperate with Sibur, Russia’s largest petrochemicals firm.

“I hope our cooperation with Sibur will allow Saudi Aramco and SABIC to invest into building of a petrochemical plant in Russia,” al-Falih told Rossiya 24, Russia’s 24-hour news channel.

The minister also said that Saudi Arabia is currently discussing the opportunity of building a synthetic rubber plant in the Saudi city of Jubail with French energy major Total, China’s Sinopec, and Russia’s Sibur.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-US Tronox finds new potential buyer for Cristal TiO2 plant – CEO

Tronox has found a potential buyer for Cristal’s pigment site in Ashtabula, Ohio, a deal that could allow Tronox to placate US regulators and proceed with the acquisition of Cristal, the CEO of the US-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer said on Tuesday.

The potential buyer is a well-capitalised, global chemical company that is not currently in the TiO2 industry, said Jeffry Quinn, Tronox’s CEO.

Quinn did not identify the potential buyer.

He made his comments during an earnings conference call.

The three companies are in ongoing talks with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and these could conclude in the coming days, Quinn said.

“While the FTC must complete its work and internal processes, we are optimistic that the FTC will come to the conclusion that the proposed remedial transaction addresses their concerns about the Cristal transaction,” Quinn said.

Tronox expects that the FTC will find that the proposed buyer is well qualified and capable of being a strong competitor in the North American TiO2 market.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-Oil tumbles, briefly enters bear market, after Trump grants Iran sanctions waivers

Oil prices tumbled more than 2 percent on Tuesday, briefly entering a bear market.

The Trump administration on Monday reinstated sanctions on Iran’s energy, banking and shipping industries.

However, Washington granted temporary waivers to eight countries, including China and India, the biggest purchasers of Iran’s oil.

Oil prices fell on Tuesday, briefly entering a bear market, after the United States took measures to allow some of Iran’s biggest customers to continue importing its oil without violating U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

-EU policy changes favour R-PET market but some players want bolder steps

Recent legislative decisions in the EU are pushing recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) in the right direction, but not all European market participants consider them a bold-enough step.

– European Parliament moves towards higher recycling rate targets

– UK government announces plans to introduce plastics tax

– R-PET market says further action necessary

On 24 October, the European Parliament approved draft plans that would result in plastic bottles being collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

On 29 October, the UK government announced that it would introduce a tax on produced or imported plastic packaging that does not include at least 30% of recycled content.

The UK’s decision would lead to an increase in demand for R-PET, while the European Parliament’s approval could result in more upstream post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in the market.

Biodegradable plastic petrochemicals recycling

Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium

Press Release: Braskem Joins Europe’s Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Chemicals company Braskem announces it has joined European network Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) as a full member. Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

BIC represents the private sector in the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a public-private partnership (PPP) with the EU worth €3.7 billion.

By joining BIC, Braskem has become part of a wider network committed to bringing bio-based products to market. Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Established as a pillar of the European Commission Bioeconomy Strategy, BBI JU operates under EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

It supports the development and production of bio-based products in Europe via biorefining research and demonstration projects, including large-scale commercialisation, through investment in innovative manufacturing facilities and processes.

Dirk Carrez, BIC’s Executive Director, said, “One of the objectives of BIC is structuring the European bio-based economy and developing a new industrial ecosystem by setting up innovative value chains, and mobilising private and public investments. We are convinced that Braskem can play a leading role.” Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Gustavo Sergi, Director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem, said, “By joining BIC, we are now members of a key bio-based network in Europe.

As producers of bio-based plastic I’m green™ and as a company strongly dedicated to developing and bringing new renewable products to the market, Braskem is looking forward to future discussions and collaborations with other BIC members from across the value chain.” Braskem Europe Biobased Industries Consortium 

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

-Versalis, RadiciGroup and Safitex team up to recycle synthetic grass for sports fields according to Circular Economy principles  Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Rimini, 6 November 2018 – Versalis (Eni), RadiciGroup and Safitex have joined forces to make synthetic grass for sports fields recyclable in line with the principles of the circular economy. Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

The project was presented today at Ecomondo and is the result of collaboration between Versalis, which supplies the raw material (polyethylene), RadiciGroup, a manufacturer of fibres for sport applications, and Safitex, a manufacturer of synthetic grass turf.

The project involves an all-Italian supply chain and is aimed at reinforcing the circularity of this application in order to reduce its end-of-life impact. Currently, synthetic grass turf is disposed of through landfill or incineration, which produces greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Thanks to the collaboration between these three Italian industrial leaders pursuing the path of “Made Green in Italy”, at the end of its life, synthetic grass turf can now be recycled like other plastics: it is collected, shredded and processed for other applications in the sports sector (shin guards, elbow pads and bibs) or for furnishings (vases, accessories and garden equipment). Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy
In order to assess the project’s environmental performance, the three companies carried out a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), each for its own product, quantifying the environmental impact with scientific data and calculation rules valid in all European countries in a reliable and transparent manner.

The results of the studies carried out on the polymer (Versalis), fibres (Radigreen by RadiciGroup) and turf (EcoNext by Safitex) have been verified by an independent certification body (Certiquality), which issued each with a Product Environmental Footprint (*PEF) certificate, a method recognised Europe-wide that allows the environmental performance of products to be measured throughout their entire life cycle.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

*PEF
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a method based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), used to calculate the environmental performance of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle. Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

Information on the PEF is provided with the general aim of reducing the environmental impact of products and services, taking account of the activities of the supply chain (from the extraction of raw materials through to production, use and final management of waste).

The product environmental footprint project was launched in order to develop a harmonised method for studying the environmental footprint that could incorporate a broader series of relevant environmental performance criteria based on the life cycle concept. Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy 

This approach is vital in order to ensure effective management, due to the fact that certain significant environmental effects can occur “upstream” or “downstream” and so not be immediately evident.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Versalis (Eni)

Versalis, the leading Italian chemicals company in terms of turnover and number of employees, is a European producer of chemical intermediates, plastic and rubber materials, and has also developed chemical platforms from renewable sources in recent years.

The company markets its broader product portfolio (intermediates, polyethylenes, styrenes and elastomers) at the global level, leveraging proprietary technologies for licensing and business development activities and an extensive marketing network in Europe, Asia (China, India, South Korea, Singapore) and the United States (Houston).

It is engaged in Africa (Congo, Ghana) in developing the new business line of oilfield chemicals for the Oil & Gas industry.

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy

Radicigroup – With more than 3,000 employees, turnover of 1,147 million euros in 2017 and a network of production units and commercial branches located in Europe, North and South America and Asia, RadiciGroup operates in three business areas: Speciality Chemicals, Performance Plastics and Synthetic Fibres & Nonwovens.

This latter business area includes Tessiture Pietro Radici, a specialist company in the production of Radigreen® brand fibres for synthetic grass in polyethylene or polypropylene, used in turf for sports (football and hockey pitches, tennis courts and golf courses etc.) or decorative applications (gardens, children’s play areas).

Recycle synthetic grass Circular Economy
Safitex – The company was founded in 1968 in the province of Bergamo, operating in the field of carded fibres of wool and mixed fabrics, dedicated to the production of covers and carpets.

Over time, Safitex has constantly engaged in experiments and research into new products and markets and, in 2002, welcomed a new product: synthetic grass. This led to the establishment of Safitex Turf, which specialises in processing synthetic grass through exclusive solutions.

The company oversees and coordinates all the phases: from the selection of the fibres to weaving, coating and packaging in rolls in sizes that can be customised by the client.
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BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR: Malaysia is said to have announced a permanent ban on plastic waste imports  BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR has received news that Malaysia has announced a permanent ban on the import of plastic waste as from Friday 26 October 2018. BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

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According to an article by the Malaysian news service The Star, Ms. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Housing and Local Government Minister, announced the permanent ban of plastic waste import and also that Malaysia would be phasing out the import of other types of plastic within three years.BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

According to BIR the decision was made in a meeting last Friday between Malaysia’s Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Prior to this, the Malaysian government had imposed a three-month freeze on the issuance of approved permits (AP) for the import of plastic waste.

India rumoured to increase import duties on non-ferrous scrap

According to a recently published article on the website of The Business Standard, the Government of India might be considering raising import duties for non-ferrous metal scrap to 7.5-10 per cent from the existing 2.5 per cent.

Source: Bureau of International Recycling (BIR)

Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market Revenue & Growth Analysis 2024 By Top Players Arkema, DSM, BASF SE, Evonik, UBE INDUSTRIES, LTD., Asahi Kasei Corporation, DowDuPont Inc., Grupa Azoty  Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Press release from: Global Market Insights Inc.
Biobased and Synthetic Polyamides Market
Biobased and Synthetic Polyamides Market

GMI presents a most up-to-date research on “Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market”– Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, By Product (Polyamide 6, Polyamide 66, Polyamide 10, Polyamide 11, Polyamide 12, Aramids), By End-user (Transportation, Textiles, Electrical & Electronics, Construction, Consumer Goods, Energy, Healthcare), Growth Potential, Trends Statistics, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia)and Forecast 2018 – 2025”.

Major manufacturers have been: Arkema, BASF SE, DSM, UBE INDUSTRIES, Evonik, DowDuPont Inc., EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG, Asahi Kasei Corp., Lanxess, Grupa Azoty, RTP Company and others.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Companies have been engaged in strategic mergers & acquisitions for strengthening their geographical footprint in order to serve the growing demand for polyamides.

BASF’s acquisition of Solvay polyamide business in September 2017 was a notable move in the global polyamide industry.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

According to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market Size will surpass USD 42 billion by 2025.

Strong demand for 3D printing from various end-user industries including: transportation, healthcare and consumer products industries will propel global biobased & synthetic polyamides market size by 2025.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

The product will hold a substantial potential in a range of 3D printing applications in healthcare segment, such as: orthopedic devices, MRI machines casings, prosthetic body parts, etc., thus driving the overall demand for polyamides.

The most common applications of biobased & synthetic polyamides have been: fuel lines, corrugated tubes, hydraulic hoses, transmission oil cooler hoses, coolant & degassing pipes, pneumatic tubes, clutch tubes, servo brakes, filaments, gas transportation, sensors connectors & solenoids, sporting goods, hand held devices, industrial tubes and other hydraulic applications.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Polyamide is an ideal solution for vehicle weight reduction. They have been replacing metal parts in automotive with the ease of mass production and molding.

These trends depict strong growth aspects for the biobased & synthetic polyamide industry by 2025.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Global manufacturing sector has been marked with an overall change in consumer preferences, with rising awareness regarding the impacts of the consumption of non-renewable energy sources on the environment.

Demand for renewable source based high-performance materials has been expanding substantially across the globe which is projected to result in an increased consumption of biobased polyamides such as PA 11, PA 10, etc. during the forecast span. Higher production costs of polyamides might have a negative impact on the overall market growth.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

In 2017, PA 6 and PA 66 together held massive market share surpassing 80% in global biobased & synthetic polyamides market.

Biobased Polyamide 11 is expected to witness a faster growth in the next seven years.

The robust growth traits of global bioplastics industry present a brighter outlook for the overall biobased polyamides segment during the forecast span.

Textiles was a significant end-user segment in global biobased & synthetic polyamides market in 2017. The segment will rise with a CAGR above 4.5% by 2025.

Aramids will have strong growth aspects in this area, for their use in military and occupational protective apparels.

Stringent guidelines by the U.S. OSHA regarding the occupational safety is likely to boost the protective clothing consumption by 2025, which shall have a positive influence on the overall market size during the forecast span.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Asia Pacific led biobased & synthetic polyamides market in 2017 and contributed a market share exceeding 40%. The massive share was attributed to the vast growth indicated especially by the regional construction and automotive industries. According to a report by the UN, the number of cities with 500,000 inhabitants or more is projected to grow by about 30% in Asia by 2030.

The rising urbanization and the population feeding requirements in geographies including: India, Taiwan, South Korea and others will lead to significant escalations in the regional industries: construction, healthcare, energy, automotive, food, etc.

These traits will have a remarkable potential for biobased & synthetic polyamides market in various applications such as: 3D printing, packaging, industrial coatings, engineering plastics, chemical processing, optical fibers, etc.

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Our business intelligence and industry research reports offer clients with penetrative insights and actionable market data specially designed and presented to aid strategic decision making.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

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Swiss company plastic recycling

Swiss company’s approach to plastic recycling ‘like unmaking pasta’

Swiss company plastic recycling

You have probably heard the news by now: plastic is everywhere. It is polluting our water, oceans, soils, even our own intestines — and it is very difficult to recycle properly.

At least it was, until Gr3n, a Swiss company based in Lugano, invented a new chemical process to recycle PET, a plastic present in bottles and food containers.

PET is difficult to recycle because it is made of mixed materials.

Gr3n is one of 10 projects nominated for the 2018 Innovation Radar prize in the Tech for Society category.Swiss company plastic recycling

“Currently, almost 90% of the plastic in textile and food packaging is not really recyclable”, said Matteo Bertelè, one of Gr3n’s co-founders.

“That’s because recycling systems use the mechanical recycling process, in which various plastic items are melted together and turned into small flakes of mixed plastic. But this mix cannot produce the same items it came from,” he added.

Mr Bertelè, who is Italian, likes to compare this process to pasta: “If you make pasta and put tomato sauce or ragù in it, the pasta becomes ‘contaminated’ by the sauce, you can’t separate them again.” Swiss company plastic recycling

Unlike mechanical recycling, Gr3n’s process, called Dem3to, can separate the different types of plastics, he said. Swiss company plastic recycling

“Our process is putting the pasta into the reactor, and it comes out as water and flour, the original pasta ingredients. Then we can make pasta — well, plastic — again.”

The separation of the monomers, which together forms the plastic material (polymer) is nothing new, but depolymerisation consumed far more energy than mechanical recycling.

Gr3n’s reactor makes it more efficient and less energy-consuming thanks to Bertelè’s team’s discovery — when applied with microwave vibrations, polymer gets “excited” and its group of molecules can be broken down to monomers again.

Gr3n started its research in 2011 and has since then received €12 million in funds through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.Swiss company plastic recycling

Swiss company plastic recycling

The Gr3n team – nominated for the 2018 Innovation Radar prizeGr3n

Before the end of the year, Gr3n will start testing its recycling technique on items made by various partnering brands: first plastic bottles from Coca-Cola and Nestlé, then Ikea carpets and H&M textiles. Swiss company plastic recycling

Other “stakeholders” include Adidas, Suez and Unilever. Pepsi and L’Oreal have also expressed interest. Swiss company plastic recycling

In the long run, Bertelè hopes that Gr3n will sell the Dem3to machines directly to big plastic manufacturers, so that they will “source their plastic waste and produce virgin plastic.”

The European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize 2018 in the Tech for Society category recognises new technologies impacting society and citizens, developed in EU-funded research and innovation projects. Swiss company plastic recycling

Other nominees in this category are Friedrich-Schiller-University JENA, Ifinity, Health Leads, Electronic Record Services, University of Iceland, CNET Svenska, CERTH/ITI, Signum Bildtechnik, and Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS.

You can vote online for the project of your choice.

SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

Customers came from far and wide for premieres of XTREME SINCRO CUBE and XTRA rotary stretch-blow-molding system SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

SIPA’s latest Open House in Vittorio Veneto drew customers from all over the world for a first look at a unique line taking PET pellets to filled and capped bottles via ground-breaking XTREME preform injection-compression molding, latest generation bottle blowing, and Flextronic filling.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

They also saw a brand-new baby stretch-blow molding machine, which is already up and running – very quickly! The new XTREME SINCRO CUBE system and the XTRA 14 SBM unit were put through their paces every day from October 22 to 26.

Visitors came from all across Europe, from North, South and Central America, from Africa and the Middle East. SIPA gave them a full demonstration of the capabilities of the systems, and provided them with typical Italian hospitality.
The XTREME SINCRO CUBE is compact, flexible and easy to operate. It is also very clean, since there is no intermediate handling step between preform molding and blowing. For the same reason, preforms don’t suffer any scratching.

Energy consumption is minimized too, since the preforms only go through minimal reheating prior to blowing. XTREME compression molding also helps produce bottles with an extraordinary performance. It goes almost without saying that SIPA’s Flextronic bottle filling is state-of-the art.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

SIPA unveiled its XTRA family of SBM machines only a few months ago, but it is growing already.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

At the Open House was the latest model, which has 14 blowing cavities. All XTRA units offer the highest unit output in the sector: 2,550 bottles per hour per cavity. That’s down in large part to the extra-wide processing angle they have, which allows for stress-free blowing at high speed.

Once again, reduced energy consumption is a key feature too. All this adds up to the best TCO in the market.SIPA rotary stretch blow molding system

The October Open House is over, but fireworks have only just begun. In November (19 to 23), SIPA has a second Open House, where it will premiere the fourth generation (GEN4) of its XFORM preform injection molding system, as well as its smallest injection-stretch-blow molding machine, the 25-tonne ECS SP 25.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil 06-11-2018

-Versalis, RadiciGroup and Safitex team up to recycle synthetic grass for sports fields according to Circular Economy principles  

Versalis (Eni), RadiciGroup and Safitex have joined forces to make synthetic grass for sports fields recyclable in line with the principles of the circular economy.  Economy

The project was presented today at Ecomondo and is the result of collaboration between Versalis, which supplies the raw material (polyethylene), RadiciGroup, a manufacturer of fibres for sport applications, and Safitex, a manufacturer of synthetic grass turf.

The project involves an all-Italian supply chain and is aimed at reinforcing the circularity of this application in order to reduce its end-of-life impact. Currently, synthetic grass turf is disposed of through landfill or incineration, which produces greenhouse gas emissions.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

 

 

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain continue to lose ground.

PET Bottle grade export 1,130/1,165 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,850/8,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,600/8,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,600/8,750 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 900/920 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,900/7,000 yuan/ton – MEG $ 760/770 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,450/6,600 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,160/1,170 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,400/9,500  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,450/11,550  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,600/9,750  yuan/ton

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-BIR: Malaysia is said to have announced a permanent ban on plastic waste imports  BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

BIR has received news that Malaysia has announced a permanent ban on the import of plastic waste as from Friday 26 October 2018. BIR Malaysia plastic waste imports

According to an article by the Malaysian news service The Star, Ms. Zuraida Kamaruddin, Housing and Local Government Minister, announced the permanent ban of plastic waste import and also that Malaysia would be phasing out the import of other types of plastic within three years

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

Swiss company’s approach to plastic recycling ‘like unmaking pasta’ 

Swiss company’s approach to plastic recycling ‘like unmaking pasta’

You have probably heard the news by now: plastic is everywhere. It is polluting our water, oceans, soils, even our own intestines — and it is very difficult to recycle properly.

At least it was, until Gr3n, a Swiss company based in Lugano, invented a new chemical process to recycle PET, a plastic present in bottles and food containers.

PET is difficult to recycle because it is made of mixed materials.

Gr3n is one of 10 projects nominated for the 2018 Innovation Radar prize in the Tech for Society category.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Customers came from far and wide for premieres of XTREME SINCRO CUBE and XTRA rotary stretch-blow-molding system 

SIPA’s latest Open House in Vittorio Veneto drew customers from all over the world for a first look at a unique line taking PET pellets to filled and capped bottles via ground-breaking XTREME preform injection-compression molding, latest generation bottle blowing, and Flextronic filling.

They also saw a brand-new baby stretch-blow molding machine, which is already up and running – very quickly! The new XTREME SINCRO CUBE system and the XTRA 14 SBM unit were put through their paces every day from October 22 to 26.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

GMI presents a most up-to-date research on “Biobased & Synthetic Polyamides Market”– Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, By Product (Polyamide 6, Polyamide 66, Polyamide 10, Polyamide 11, Polyamide 12, Aramids), By End-user (Transportation, Textiles, Electrical & Electronics, Construction, Consumer Goods, Energy, Healthcare), Growth Potential, Trends Statistics, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia)and Forecast 2018 – 2025”.

Major manufacturers have been: Arkema, BASF SE, DSM, UBE INDUSTRIES, Evonik, DowDuPont Inc., EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG, Asahi Kasei Corp., Lanxess, Grupa Azoty, RTP Company and others.Biobased Synthetic Polyamides Market

Companies have been engaged in strategic mergers & acquisitions for strengthening their geographical footprint in order to serve the growing demand for polyamides.
Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-How could the proposed UK tax on non-recycled plastic strain the packaging industry?

Food and beverage companies could be taxed on plastic packaging that contains less than 30 percent recycled content from April 2022, the UK Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the 2018 Budget speech last week. Kenton Robbins, the Managing Director of PFF, the UK’s largest independent producer of thermoformed plastic for food packaging, notes that applying a degree of pressure to deal with plastic waste is the right thing to do, but that there are hurdles facing the UK recycling industry that will make 30 percent recycled plastic levels difficult for some companies to achieve.

Speaking to PackagingInsights, Robins expands on the difficulties of producing and obtaining good quality recyclate, rising polymer prices and the importance of consumer education on recycling.

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling oil

-Biome Bioplastics unveils new tool to help detangle the ‘complexities of plastics’.

Biome Bioplastics unveils new tool to help detangle the ‘complexities of plastics’ and promote bioplastics.”We decided to take the matter into our own hands and form a necessary back-to-basic approach that puts the emphasis on science and fact.”

UK-based Biome Bioplastics has launched a new a digital educational channel to help government, media and the public better understand the complexities of plastics and plastic pollution and learn more about available alternatives.

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-Plastic packaging: time to pack it in?

The fact that fossil oil-based plastics are harmful to the environment is nowadays regarded as common knowledge, strongly supported by research and science. The problem becomes even more evident through images in the media of garbage-strewn beaches and islands of plastic waste floating around in the oceans. Like climate change, the environmental impact of plastic waste on our planet is a condition that is no longer open to doubt. As an example, it takes more than 400 years for an ordinary water bottle made from PET to decompose biologically. We don’t have that much time.

Achieving significant — and for our planet, necessary — progress in mitigating the greenhouse effect requires measures that yield considerable and measurable results.

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-Indonesia’s Premiere Plastics & Rubber Exhibition to Drive Innovative Packaging for Sustainable Business

Plastics & Rubber Indonesia 2018, the Indonesia’s premiere exhibition of global traders in plastics, rubber machinery, processing, and materials, is set to kick off on November 14, 2018, at the JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta.

In conjunction with Drinktech Indonesia, Plaspak Indonesia, Mould & Die Indonesia featuring Printech Indonesia, the four-day expo will present key trends in plastic industry, beverage processing, packaging technologies and solutions.

It connects more than 470 exhibiting companies with over 13,000 potential buyers, professionals, and industry leaders through the most-comprehensive showcase of plastic and rubber technology, including knowledge-sharing seminars with leading minds in the industry.

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-Oil prices fall as U.S. grants Iran sanction waivers to major importers

Oil prices fell on Monday as the start to U.S. sanctions against Iran’s fuel exports was softened by waivers that will allow major buyers to still import Iranian crude, at least temporarily.

Front-month Brent crude futures were at $72.40 per barrel at 0332 GMT on Monday, down 43 cents, or 0.6 percent from their last close.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 46 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $62.68 a barrel.

Brent has lost more than 16 percent in value since early October, while WTI has declined by more than 18 percent since then, in part as hedge funds have cut their bullish wagers on crude to a one-year low by the end of October, data showed on Friday.

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-WTO to take action on UAE grievance against Pakistan

Panel formed to probe anti-dumping duties levied on biaxially-oriented polypropylene.

The World Trade Organisation has agreed to form a committee on the request of the UAE to probe into anti-dumping duties levied by Pakistan on biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP).

“At a meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body [DSB] on October 29, WTO members agreed to a request from the United Arab Emirates for the establishment of a panel to examine anti-dumping duties imposed by Pakistan on biaxially-oriented polypropylene [BOPP] from the UAE,” the global trade body said in a statement.

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-Saudi Arabia cuts December Arab Light crude oil price to Asia

Saudi Aramco has cut its December price for its Arab Light grade for Asian customers by 10 cents per barrel versus November to a premium of $1.60 a barrel to the Oman/Dubai average, the state oil company said on Monday.

It raised its Arab Light OSP to Northwest Europe by 50 cents for December from the previous month to a discount of $2.20 a barrel to the ICE Brent.

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-Iran Sanctions and Oil Prices: Who’ll Feel the Pain?

Markets have taken the Trump administration’s move in stride so far. But experts differ on whether a reduction in output could yet prove disruptive.

The world’s oil producers and their customers entered a new period of uncertainty on Monday as renewed American economic sanctions against Iran took effect.

Having withdrawn from the seven-nation deal negotiated under his predecessor to curb Iranian nuclear efforts, President Trump is aiming to pressure Iran to curb its political and military activities across the Middle East.

And the administration is betting that its policy will inflict pain on Tehran without causing a spike in oil prices or an aggressive reaction.

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-Europe cracker margins firmer again on weaker naphtha, LPG feed

European ethylene cracker margins have risen for the second consecutive week on the back of an ongoing decline in euro-denominated feedstock costs, according to ICIS margin analysis on Monday.

In the week to 2 November, both naphtha and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) values softened by 7% week on week.

Naphtha-based contract cracker margins  increased by 15%, co-product credits dropped by 3% week on week.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Nov 5

US OLEFINS

US ethylene participants are expected to confirm a marketwide settlement for the October ethylene contract on Monday.

There was no confirmation of a marketwide contract settlement on Friday, but trade participants had reported some settlements at a 2.50 cent/lb decline from September.

A 2.50-cent decline would take October ethylene contracts to 31.25 cents/lb. Meanwhile, trade sources have said Chevron Phillips’s Port Arthur, Texas, facility, should be back online heading into this week, following a 60-day turnaround.

In the propylene market, with all three propane dehydrogenation units in the US, inventory is expected to continue growing.

Downstream, no other polypropylene producers have come out with price increases for November.

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Report notes surge in recycled polyester use Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Source : apparelinsider

Victoria Gallagher

MILAN – Leading global apparel brands have notably ramped up the use of recycled polyester in their collections since signing a pledge in January.

US not-for-profit Textile Exchange has announced a collective 36 per cent increase by signatory companies following the launch of the rPet Challenge at the start of this year.

Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, Target and Timberland were among 45 brands to make the initial commitment, which was announced at last year’s Textile Exchange’s annual sustainability conference.Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

The commitment was tracked via participation in the Polyester Module of Textile Exchange’s annual Preferred Fibre and Materials Benchmark Survey, with the baseline usage published in the Textile Exchange Preferred Fibre and Materials Market Report, released last week.

The surge in usage, which sees signatories smash through their 2020 target of 25 per cent, suggests recycled polyester is increasingly becoming the preferable option for brands.

Indeed, the news follows a commitment made by Adidas earlier this year to transition to 100 per cent use of recycled polyester in all its products by 2024.

Talking to Apparel Insider about the results in Milan, Karla Magruder, Textile Exchange Board Member and sustainability consultant, suggested a strong belief system by brands to use more sustainable fibres.Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

“Companies look at their portfolio and if they are using a significant amount of a fibre they want to use a preferred version and, today, recycled polyester is the preferred version alternative to virgin,” she told us.Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

There have been indications in previous years that cost is a significant factor when it comes to recycled polyester and has prevented some brands making the transition.

Magruder acknowledges that cost will always be important for brands and is something Textile Exchange’s rPet working group considers, with the wish always being to see cost parity between any fibre and its preferred or sustainable alternative.

Asked about trends in recycled polyester, Magruder said mechanically recycled polyester remains the most commonly used and most commercially viable.

“There is some chemically recycled polyester but not at the same scale and currently it is more expensive and doesn’t have the same environmental profile as mechanically recycled. But that may change,” she said.

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Exploring the structure and properties of new graphene-like polymers  Exploring structure graphene polymers

(Nanowerk News) A team of scientists from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with foreign colleagues described the structural and physical properties of a group of two-dimensional materials based on polycyclic molecules called circulenes.

The possibility of flexible design and variable properties of these materials make them suitable for nanoelectronics. Exploring structure graphene polymers

Exploring structure graphene polymers

The results are published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (“Strong Topological States and High Charge Carrier Mobility in Tetraoxa[8]circulene Nanosheets”).

Among three types of nanosheets, only two demonstrate semiconducting properties exhibiting 1.37 and 1.84 eV direct band gaps, while another one is found to be a semimetal, which hosts strong topological states and enhances the band gap (∼87 meV) induced by spin–orbit coupling (SOC) that exceeds by several orders of magnitude that gap in graphene. (© ACS)

Circulenes are organic molecules that consist of several hydrocarbon cycles forming a flower-like structure. Their high stability, symmetricity, and optical properties make them of special interest for nanoelectronics especially for solar cells and organic LEDs.

The most stable and most studied tetraoxa[8]circulene molecule could be potentially polymerized into graphene-like nanoribbons and sheets. The authors have published the results of simulations proving this possibility. They also described properties and structure of the proposed materials.

“Having only one building block – a tetraoxa[8]circulene molecule – one can create a material with properties similar to those of silicon (a semiconductor traditionally used in electronics) or graphene (a semimetal) depending on the synthesis parameters.

However, the proposed materials have some advantages. The charge carrier mobility is about 10 times higher compared to silicon, therefore, one could expect higher conductivity,” says the main author of the study Artem Kuklin, research associate at the department of theoretical physics of Siberian Federal University.

Having the equilibrium geometries and tested their stability, the scientists discovered several stable tetraoxa[8]circulene-based polymers. The difference between them lied in the type of coupling between the molecules resulting in different properties. The polymers demonstrate high charge carrier mobility.

This property was analyzed by fitting of energy zones near bandgap – a parameter represented by separation of empty and occupied electronic states. The mechanical properties exhibit that the new materials 1.5-3 times more stretchable than graphene.

The authors also emphasized existence of topological states in one of the polymers caused by spin-orbit coupling, which is not typical for light elements-based materials. The materials possessed such kind of properties are insulators in the bulk but can conduct electricity on the surface (edges).

“The proposed nanostructures possess useful properties and may be used in various fields, from the production of ionic sieves to elements of nanoelectronic devices. Further we plan to develop this topic and modify our compounds with metal adatoms to study their magnetic and catalytic properties. We would also like to find a research group that could synthesize these materials,” concludes Artem Kuklin.

Source: Siberian Federal University

Polymers PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM29/10/201805/11/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,200 yuan/ton8,950 yuan/ton-250
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,200 $/ton1,170 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,050yuan/ton8,725 yuan/ton-325
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,000 yuan/ton8,700 yuan/ton-300
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,100 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton-150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 955 $/ton920 $/ton-35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

6,810 yuan/ton6,680 yuan/ton-130
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

802 $/ton795 $/ton-7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,214 $/ton1,167 $/ton-47
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

10,050 yuan/ton9,525 yuan/ton-525
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,200 yuan/ton9,050 yuan/ton-150
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 11,900 yuan/ton11,500 yuan/ton-400
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

11.400 yuan/ton 10,600 yuan/ton-800
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

10,275 yuan/ton9,800 yuan/ton-475
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,050 yuan/ton9,750 yuan/ton-300
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,450 yuan/ton16,500 yuan/ton+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,200 $/ton2,100 $/ton-100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,450 $/ton2,450 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,300 yuan/ton17,500 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,600 yuan/ton18,500 yuan/ton-100
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,500 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

21,600 yuan/ton21,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,500 yuan/ton24,400 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,500 yuan/ton23,300 yuan/ton-200
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,000 yuan/ton34,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

9,800 yuan/ton9,450 yuan/ton-350
Benzene domestic market

 

6,475 yuan/ton6,100 yuan/ton-375
Benzene overseas  market

 

766 $/ton723 $/ton-43
Ethylene South East market

 

910 $/ton835 $/ton-75
Ethylene NWE  market

 

990 $/ton969 $/ton-21
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

16,000 yuan/ton14,000 yuan/ton-2,000
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,050 $/ton2,000 $/ton-50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,050 yuan/ton14,750 yuan/ton-300
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton-100
Naphtha overseas market         

 

637 $/ton594 $/ton-43
Phenol domestic market 12,175 yuan/ton

 

12,238 yuan/ton

 

+62
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,465 $/ton

 

1,440 $/ton

 

-25
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,555 $/ton

 

1,535 $/ton

 

-20
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,102 $/ton1,082 $/ton-20
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,092 $/ton1,073 $/ton-19
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,081 $/ton1,061 $/ton-20
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,070 $/ton1,048 $/ton-22
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,231 $/ton1,208 $/ton-23
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,222 $/ton1,202 $/ton-20
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,244 €/ton1,244 €/ton

 

Bioplastic petrochemicals recycling graphene 05-11-2018

-Report notes surge in recycled polyester use Recycled polyester chemically recycled polyester

Leading global apparel brands have notably ramped up the use of recycled polyester in their collections since signing a pledge in January.

US not-for-profit Textile Exchange has announced a collective 36 per cent increase by signatory companies following the launch of the rPet Challenge at the start of this year.

Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, Target and Timberland were among 45 brands to make the initial commitment, which was announced at last year’s Textile Exchange’s annual sustainability conference

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Polymers PET Resin Petrochemicals Prices

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-Exploring the structure and properties of new graphene-like polymers  Exploring structure graphene polymers

A team of scientists from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with foreign colleagues described the structural and physical properties of a group of two-dimensional materials based on polycyclic molecules called circulenes.

The possibility of flexible design and variable properties of these materials make them suitable for nanoelectronics. Exploring structure graphene polymers

The results are published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (“Strong Topological States and High Charge Carrier Mobility in Tetraoxa[8]circulene Nanosheets”).

Among three types of nanosheets, only two demonstrate semiconducting properties exhibiting 1.37 and 1.84 eV direct band gaps, while another one is found to be a semimetal, which hosts strong topological states and enhances the band gap (∼87 meV) induced by spin–orbit coupling (SOC) that exceeds by several orders of magnitude that gap in graphene. (© ACS)

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-Carbon fiber strength evaluated in first successful Polestar 1 crash test

The first series of crash tests of the Polestar 1 have been carried out. This was the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation.

“We were really excited about this. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO at Polestar.

“This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we needed to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.”

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-How Circular is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy – the newest magical word in the sustainable development vocabulary – promises economic growth without destruction or waste. However, the concept only focuses on a small part of total resource use and does not take into account the laws of thermodynamics.

The circular economy has become, for many governments, institutions, companies, and environmental organisations, one of the main components of a plan to lower carbon emissions. In the circular economy, resources would be continually re-used, meaning that there would be no more mining activity or waste production. The stress is on recycling, made possible by designing products so that they can easily be taken apart.

Attention is also paid to developing an “alternative consumer culture”. In the circular economy, we would no longer own products, but would loan them. For example, a customer could pay not for lighting devices but for light, while the company remains the owner of the lighting devices and pays the electricity bill. A product thus becomes a service, which is believed to encourage businesses to improve the lifespan and recyclability of their products.

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-Trump re-imposes Iran sanctions: Now what?

Donald Trump has signed a document that reinstates sanctions against Iran

The re-imposition of the full panoply of sanctions against Iran that were waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement marks a high-point for President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

He had long objected to the agreement, which was seen by most analysts as one of the more significant foreign policy achievements of his predecessor Barack Obama.

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-US October ethylene contracts settle down 7.4% on feedstocks

US October ethylene contracts settled for the majority of the market at a 2.5 cent/lb decline as costs for feedstock ethane eased.

The settlement puts October contract prices at 31.25 cents/lb ($689/tonne), down from 33.75 cents/lb in September. US ethylene contract prices are typically settled at the beginning of the prior month and take direction from production costs and spot prices.

September contract prices rose sharply on a spike in ethane feedstocks, which drove production costs and spot prices higher. Ethane prices was driven higher as stronger demand from new crackers and exports was met with the limited logistical systems in getting the ethane to market.

However, ethane prices weakened during October from the low 50s cents/gal to the mid 30s cents/gal amid an easing of demand and a downturn in the energy complex.

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-China Focus: Recycled construction waste helps firms go from trash to cash

For many years, pieces of debris from building projects in China have been randomly disposed of. But now, many of them are being reborn.

In Shahe Town of Beijing’s Changping District, several trucks of construction waste are sent into waste recycling facilities and turned into new building materials for a new park nearby.

The waste was generated by the demolition and renovation work of the town. According to local official Song Yan, increasing demolition and renovation work has generated a large volume of construction waste, which is expected to reach 2.3 million tonnes by 2020.

“If all the construction waste is disposed of using traditional landfill methods, it will occupy 15 hectares of land with a depth of 10 meters, equivalent to 22 football fields,” Song said.

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-US has allowed India to continue to buy oil from Iran after it agreed to cut the amount of crude oil imports

The US has allowed India to continue to buy oil from Iran after it agreed to cut the amount of crude oil imports by a third of the 2017-18 level.

The country is the second biggest buyer of Iranian crude after China.

During talks with the US officials, oil ministry sources said the country agreed to cap the oil import by a third to 15 million tonnes (mt), down from 22.6mt in 2017-18.

Sources, however, did not clarify whether the country would have to continue to cut the imports over a period of time and if so, by what percentage. They also did not disclose the payment method to be adopted for Iran crude.

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-NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial

World’s first PET aerogels cut plastic waste, and are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption, as well as fire safety applications

Researchers from the the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a significant contribution towards resolving the global issue of plastic waste, by creating a way to convert plastic bottle waste into aerogels for many useful applications.

Plastic bottles are commonly made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is the most recycled plastic in the world. The PET aerogels developed by the NUS-led research team using plastic bottle waste – a world’s first – are soft, flexible, durable, extremely light and easy to handle. They also demonstrate superior thermal insulation and strong absorption capacity. These properties make them attractive for a wide range of applications, such as for heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and also as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks that could be used during fire rescue operations and fire escape.

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-Plastics recycling technology roundup

A project seeks to inspire improvements in PA and PU recycling, ocean plastics make their way into surfboards, and a depolymerization startup inks a deal with PepsiCo.

System demonstrations: Equipment supplier Erema reports 130 plastics recycling industry professionals attended its Discovery Day in Ipswich, Mass. in late September. Three Intarema brand recycling systems for different applications were demonstrated: the RegrindPro with ReFresher and Erema Laserfilter (for HDPE bottle recycling), the TVEplus with SW RTF (for EPS), and the TVEplus with Erema laserfilter (for heavily contaminated LLDPE films).

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-Brazil kills off the BRICS dream with election of strongman Jair Bolsonaro

The bright future that then-Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill envisioned 17 years ago has had a rough few months.

In July, nations comprising the BRIC acronym held their annual summit. Yet by the time leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China converged in Johannesburg, the investment world was already sensing the BRICs lacked economic mortar.

Growth was losing momentum, members were turning inward and the much-vaunted convergence O’Neill predicted in November 2001 was nowhere to be found. America’s trade war, meanwhile, pushed emerging markets back to the brink of contagion. Time, pundits agreed, to put to rest talk of developing economies trumping the majors.

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-Equipment spotlight: AI capabilities boost sortation system

The Heavy Picker from ZenRobotics making a pick on a sort line.In order to achieve the cleanest possible stream, the Heavy Picker from ZenRobotics maximizes separation of heavy plastics before shredding.

The equipment can perform up to 2,000 picks per hour, per robotic arm, and the system can include up to three arms. The Heavy Picker uses an artificial intelligence system ZenRobotics calls ZenbrAIn.

The equipment can separate large objects that weigh up to 30 kilograms, according to the manufacturer. It employs a sensor unit that includes near infrared spectrum sensors, a 3D sensor system, a high-resolution camera, an imaging metal detector and a visual light spectrum sensor.

Other components include the robot’s control system, robotic arms with grippers that open up to half a meter, and a safety cage.

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-PTI, Big 3 enter into business alliance to help brand owners achieve PET bottle quality, speed-to-market goals

PTI has entered into a business alliance with Big 3 Precision Products, Inc., Centralia, Illinois, to help brand owners achieve quality and speed-to-market goals for products sold in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

For the past three decades, PTI has been the confidential development engine behind many well-known PET bottle commercializations. Big 3’s Mold Services Group has been a leader in producing molds for single-stage PET blow molding machines, as well as injection blow molding equipment.

“With this alliance in place, we will now be able to seamlessly pair our PET bottle development services with the mold making capability necessary to run production quantities. Integrating the mold supplier into the early stages of the development process eliminates compatibility issues.

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-LANXESS offers new polyamides and polyesters for laser transmission welding

LANXESS is expanding its range of laser-transparent polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 as well as PBT compounds (polybutylene terephthalate) for Laser transmission welding.

Frank Krause, welding technology expert in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit at LANXESS, said: “With these new products, we are primarily targeting the growing demand for housings for sensors, control units, and display systems, for example, which are needed for electrification of vehicle drives and for applications in driver assistance systems through to autonomous driving.”

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India becomes one of 8 countries to get waiver on Trump’s Iran sanctions; here’s how

India has become one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration.

India is one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration.

India one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration. (Image: Reuters)

India has become one of the eight countries to get a waiver on the sanctions re-imposed on Iran by the Donald Trump administration. United States secretary of state Michael Pompeo on Friday said that eight governments that have taken “important moves” towards reducing Iranian oil imports to zero are going to receive temporary waivers.

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-When it comes to recycling, plastic bottles are mre eco-friendly than glass

What is the environmental impact of choosing between glass or plastic bottles? In terms of recycling, the answer is clear: plastic.

Plastic bottles are easily recyclable if they are made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is usually labeled with the number “1” in a triangle made of chasing arrows. Soda and water are typically packaged in PET plastic.

High-density polyethylene, or HDPE, bottles (labeled with #2) are also easily recyclable. HDPE is used to package milk, laundry detergent and other products less likely to have glass alternatives.

Facilities for recycling these two plastic types are available in California, mitigating some of the recent concerns with China rejecting imports of certain types of American recyclables.

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-China and Russia Join Forces

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will make an official visit to China, during which he will attend the opening of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE 2018) and hold his 23rd meeting with Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

On the one hand, the visit is designed to boost China’s reforms and openness amid the rise of international protectionism and trade tensions between the United States and China. On the other hand, Russia will have an opportunity, which it is ready to use, to take over the US niche on the Chinese market. Dmitry Medvedev said the talks will focus on trade, energy cooperation, the development of infrastructure and coordination of positions on global issues, including international trade and protectionism.

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-Crude oil caps worst week since February as Iran supply fears subside

Futures slumped 6.3 percent this week, the biggest drop since early February.

New Delhi: Oil extended its slide to six-month lows as the US softened its crackdown on Iranian exports and American supplies surged, easing concerns of an impending shortage.

Futures slumped 6.3 per cent this week, the biggest drop since early February. The US has agreed to let eight countries — including Japan, India and South Korea — keep buying Iranian oil after sanctions kick in this weekend to prevent a spike in prices, a senior administration official said.

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-Can Iran survive sanctions?

New tough sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector, imposed by the United States, come into force on Monday.

Iran is heavily dependent on its exports of oil, and renewed sanctions, if effective, would hit the economy hard.

The EU has proposed supporting companies trading with Iran despite these new sanctions.

But will these companies risk being hit by secondary sanctions which would limit their own ability to trade with the US?

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-Technology Profile: Bio-based Butanediol Production

Butanediol (BDO) refers to all butylene glycol isomers. The most common isomer — 1,4-butanediol — is a versatile intermediate chemical used in the manufacture of plastics, elastic fibers and polyurethanes. Commercial processes for producing bio-based BDO from sugars have emerged in recent years as alternatives to petroleum-derived BDO. This one-page process description outlines the production of BDO by the fermentation of glucose.

Medium preparation. The preparation of the culture media involves dilution tanks, pumps and sterilizers. The culture media used in the batch and fed-batch phases of pre-fermentation and fermentation are prepared by mixing process water, glucose and nutrients.

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-Sustainable solution hinges on collaboration

Libby White asks Clark Ensminger, Market Development Manager, Cosmetic Packaging, Eastman Chemical Company, how its ecodesign collaboration with Groupe Rocher has led to the creation of a more sustainable compact case.

Many packaging solutions claim to be sustainable, eco-friendly and recyclable. However, how important is it to focus on the entire product life cycle of a solution, and why have you taken this approach in collaboration with Groupe Rocher?

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-Danone-Aqua Reveals Indonesia’s First 100% Recycled Plastic Bottle

Jakarta. Danone-Aqua, Indonesia’s oldest and largest brand of bottled water, unveiled the country’s first 100 percent recycled plastic bottle during the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali last week, as part of its commitment to helping reduce plastic pollution in the archipelago.

“We want to show that it is possible and achievable. [This is] the first 100 percent rPET bottle in Indonesia, meaning that this bottle has been made without using any virgin plastic. So all the plastic we use for this bottle is [from] recycled bottles,” Tirta Investama president director Corine Tap said in a recent interview, referring to recycled polyethylene terephthalate.

Tirta Investama is the company behind the Danone-Aqua brand.

The company can currently only produce the 100 percent rPET bottles in 1.1-liter format, which will be slightly more expensive than the 1.5-liter bottles commonly found in stores across the country.

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-Renewable energy no longer a luxury for OPEC

When it comes to the operations of oil companies, transparency is a scarce commodity in OPEC. Very little information is known about the finances of national oil companies operating the world’s largest fields.

A glimpse into the books of some countries such as Kuwait where there is an advanced system of transparency and disclosure, however, shows it is possible.

This can give an idea about how things are for other OPEC members.

On Nov. 2, Kuwaiti newspaper Alqabas issued a report citing “Diwan Almohasabah”, the Auditing Bureau in Kuwait. The Diwan had an interesting report on the cost of production in Kuwait, where it questioned the increases in costs in recent years.

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-Wind, another option in the Saudi renewable energy strategy

In my first article about the Saudi renewable energy strategy, I highlighted that the Saudi government is planning to develop a total of 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of a $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption in line with Vision 2030.

Talking about wind power as another option, the Arabian Peninsula has been a white spot on the world’s wind maps. One reason for this is that until recently Saudi Arabia was rather shielded from the rest of the world. On the other hand, almost infinite oil reserves were considered to secure the energy supply far into the future.

Saudi Arabia is characterized by regions of high wind power-density potential, mostly located along the Red Sea coast and in the southeast. However, according to a recent study, high wind energy potential can be also found in other regions during specific seasons.

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-US Universities Reconsider Ties with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman observes a showing of Saudi Arabian technology, including an exhibit by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, during a visit to

US Universities Reconsider Ties with Saudi Arabia

Colleges and universities in the United States have received more than $350 million from the government of Saudi Arabia over the past 10 years.

Yet some of these schools are reconsidering their ties with the government following the killing of Saudi journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi. His death has led to international criticism of the oil-rich nation.

The Associated Press, or AP, examined U.S. federal records for information about the flow of Saudi money to American higher education. The news agency found that at least $354 million from the Saudi government or organizations it controls has gone to 37 American schools since 2011.

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-‘Adopt new technology for biodegradable plastics’

BHUBANESWAR:  Odisha Assembly of Small and Medium Enterprises (OASME) on Friday urged manufacturers of polythene and plastic products to adopt new-age technology to produce bio-degradable and eco-friendly items.  Speaking at a workshop on ‘Next 2 Plastics’ organised in collaboration with Hoopoo Overseas Pvt Ltd, secretary general of OASME Satwik Swain said now it is high time that the manufacturers should upgrade their set up with the new technology to keep pace with the changing world.

“More than 500 Medium and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the State have been affected after the ban on single use plastics. The units will be shut down if required technological upgradation is not made,” he said.

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-Colorful new PEEKs at Fakuma

Bieglo GmbH Bieglo GmbH offers a variety of PEEK products, including in tubes, rods and sheets.

Friedrichshafen, Germany — Hamburg-based distributor Bieglo GmbH  exhibited special grades of natural polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer as well as PEEK functional and color compounds during Fakuma 2018.

High-performance polymers, due to their mechanical properties and their resistance to high temperatures, are becoming increasingly popular in industries and double-digit growth is estimated for their demand in the coming years, according to Bieglo CEO John Biesterfeld.

“The demand for PEEK and other materials in the top of the polymer pyramid is increasing as industrial equipment is getting more efficient and therefore hotter. On the other hand improvement of plastic machineries allow for more people to convert PEEK,” Biesterfeld said.

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ieglo GmbH offers a variety of PEEK products, including in tubes, rods and sheets.

-Kordsa bags Industry 4.0 award in textile category

Kordsa has been named as one of the global 100 enterprises and granted the Industry 4.0 award in the textile category, according to a study conducted by Platin magazine in co-operation with the independent market research company IPSOS.

Kordsa is the global player of tire, construction reinforcement, and composites technologies market, based in Turkey.

Leading economics and business monthly magazine Platin’s Global 100 Awards recognises Turkey’s most successful 100 companies.

Organised to acknowledge the value created by Turkey’s export champions promoting Turkey abroad and to share best practices to set a role model for the Turkish business world, Platin Global 100 Awards is considered as a reflection of the Turkish economy’s strength, Kordsa said in a press release.

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-Coca Cola envisions ‘a world without waste’ with their new packaging vision to combat their massive ecological footprint!

THE tab of the soda can is pulled off, before it’s tilted toward a glass filled with ice. The fizz is always mesmerising, a thirst-quenching lullaby on a blistering hot day. Coca-Cola or Coke remains the perennial favourite and is recognised as the world’s most valuable brand, often associated with happiness. What else could constitute happiness than a tall glass of iced coke on a sunny day? A noteworthy fact – Coca-Cola means “Delicious Happiness” in Mandarin!

It was Andy Warhol who put it bluntly: “You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the president drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.”

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-Iran oil sanctions: Saudi ready to boost supplies

The kingdom could turn to its huge strategic reserves of around 300 billion barrels to meet global demand.

With Washington poised to curtail Iran’s oil exports, Opec heavyweight Saudi Arabia and its partners stand ready to ramp up supplies even as market conditions remain uncertain,

The renewal of sanctions on the Islamic republic comes at a time of major supply disruptions in several producer nations and as US President Donald Trump aims to prevent an oil price hike.

Analysts expect that Iran’s oil exports, which reach around 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in normal times, to plunge by one million to two million bpd when sanctions take effect on November 5.

That is expected to strain an already tight market.

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HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

HeiQ And Patagonia Expand Their Partnership With HeiQ Fresh Tech HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia expand their 2017 partnership to include HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control technology, with best-in-class performances. HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

Recent consumer research shows that 72% of shoppers are interested in odor control technology in activewear. As we are social animals, humans want to be close to others without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel from ourselves or our surroundings.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

To expand on the Patagonia/HeiQ partnership, and as part of the R&D partnership launched in 2017, Patagonia will begin using HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control in their Fall 2019 collection.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

“While we were happy with our previous odor control solution, we were able to develop a better solution as part of our R&D Partnership with HeiQ.

We are always looking to improve quality of our products, and HeiQ Fresh Tech will help us meet our consumers demands.” said Matt Dwyer, director of material innovation and development at Patagonia.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

“We are excited to continue to expand our partnership with HeiQ to develop sustainable textile finishes.”HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology

HeiQ Fresh Tech is a family of highly versatile and effective odor-preventing and odor-absorbing textile technologies that continue to be effective even after prolonged use and frequent washings.HeiQ Patagonia odor control technology
This product family is comprised of technologies that either prevent odor from emerging, absorb odor from the surroundings, or take both into action.

“We are confident our HeiQ Fresh Tech solution will be a great addition to the Patagonia product line, and will create the highest value possible for the consumer,” said Carlo Centonze, HeiQ CEO.

He added, “The Patagonia and HeiQ partnership is based on our shared vision that technology can perfect our every-day textile products.”

Source:  HeiQ Materials AG

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Filament winding, reinvented

Robots and digital technology deliver speed plus larger, more complex parts,

while generative 3D winding obviates mandrels and waste for automotive applications.

Filament winding, one of the oldest composite manufacturing processes, was used to produce solid rocket motor cases after World War II. By the early 1960s and ‘70s, commercial winding machines were also being used to fabricate fiber-reinforced pipes, pressure vessels and streetlight poles. Well-suited to automation, filament winding is fast, cost-effective and creates lightweight, high-performance structures.

Traditionally, filament winding impregnated fibers in a resin bath just prior to application on a rotating mandrel (tool) while keeping them in tension. Though wet winding is still popular, processes have also been developed to use prepreg tapes, towpreg or dry fibers, the latter serving as preforms for liquid molding processes.

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-Plastic tax ‘discriminatory’, likely to increase prices – PlasticsEurope

A tax on plastics proposed this week in the UK could increase final consumer prices and would be discriminatory against the industry, an executive at European trade group PlasticsEurope said on Thursday.

Kim Christiansen, north region director at the trade group, added, however, that plastics are “high on the political agenda” and argued that polymers producers are already taking steps to increase the circularity of their products.

This week, the UK announced that it aims to introduce a tax on plastics with less than 30% recycled material from 2022 onwards, a tax opposed by the industry’s trade group the British Plastics Federation (BPF), according to its director general in an interview with ICIS.

The CEO of Austria’s polymers major Borealis also told ICIS this week that a plastic tax would not be efficient to increase recycling rates, and said the EU should develop further schemes like the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

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-DowDuPont sees ‘short and shallow compression’ in PE cycle in 2019

DowDuPont expects a relatively mild and quick downturn in the polyethylene (PE) cycle in early 2019 amid stable inventories and high operating rates, a senior executive said on Thursday.

“There are some predictions out there that everything is going to collapse. I’m not sure I believe that,” said Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow Chemical (Materials Science division of DowDuPont), on the company’s Q3 earnings call.

“We’ve seen that inventories are relatively under control. They’re actually down at the end of the third quarter slightly. Inventories are at 42 days, and that’s basically what you need to run the supply chain,” he added.

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-EU moves closer to ban on single-use plastics

After the European Commission and the European Parliament, representatives of EU Member States agreed at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday on a common position with a view to banning or reducing consumption of single-use plastics that often litter oceans and beaches.

On 6 November, the European institutions will begin efforts to reach a common position.

The Commission had proposed in May to ban a dozen disposable products for which there are already alternative solutions. These include cotton swabs, plates, cutlery, balloon sticks, and stirrers.

The Parliament, which discussed a report by Euro-parliamentarian Frédérique Ries (Reformist Movement, MR) two weeks ago, added polystyrene food and drink containers, along with plastic wrapping and straws that are oxy-degradable, i.e. break down into small bits, but are not entirely biodegradable.

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-Asia naphtha drops below $600/tonne on sharp crude oil losses

Asia’s naphtha prices plummeted to their lowest level in seven months, dragged down by steep losses in crude oil futures overnight and amid a supply glut.

Oilfield workers prepare supplies for oil rigs in Liaodong Bay of the Bohai sea in Tianjin, China.(Photo by Lou Linwei/REX/Shutterstock)

On Friday morning, open-spec naphtha prices for second-half December delivery stood at $593.75/tonne CFR (cost & freight) Japan, down by 2% from the previous day’s close.

Current prices are at levels not seen since April, according to ICIS data.

January ICE Brent crude oil futures were trading lower at $72.56/bbl early on Friday, following news of record crude production by Russia, Saudi Arabia and the US.

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-Chemours’ TiO2 volumes falling faster than expected – CEO

Chemours’ titanium dioxide (TiO2) volumes are declining faster than expected in the second half of 2018, due to destocking throughout the whole TiO2 chain across global regions, the CEO of the US-based producer said in an update on Friday.

Full-year 2018 volumes for Chemours’ Ti-Pure brand pigment are expected to be down in the mid-single digits, compared with “a very robust 2017”, Mark Vergnano told analysts during the company’s Q3 earnings call.

As a result, Chemours now expects total full-year 2018 adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to come in at the lower end of its $1.70bn-$1.85bn guidance, the CEO said.

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-Textile Flame Retardant Chemicals

Avocet manufactures a range of high performance, textile flame retardant chemicals marketed under the name CETAFLAM®. They can be applied during the dyeing process, by backcoating or padding to a wide range of textile fibres and their blends. Some are also OEKO-TEX® accredited “active chemical products”.

Avocet manufactures a range of high performance, textile flame retardant chemicals marketed under the name CETAFLAM®. They can be applied during the dyeing process, by backcoating or padding to a wide range of textile fibres and their blends. Some are also OEKO-TEX® accredited “active chemical products”.

Our philosophy is to innovate and develop products which have high flame retardant performance, low environmental impact, low energy use and are reliable.

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-U.S. And OPEC Flood Oil Market Ahead Of Midterms

OPEC and the U.S. are together adding enormous volumes of new supply, which together have softened the oil market.

In October, OPEC hiked oil production to the highest level since 2016, back before the oil production cuts went into effect, according to a recent Reuters survey. The higher output, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, come just as Iranian oil is going offline. Also, Libya saw a sharp rebound in production, although the country is not part of the OPEC+ production cuts.

The 15 countries in OPEC produced an average 33.31 million barrels per day in October, the highest since December 2016. That was also up 390,000 bpd from September. “Oil producers appear to be successfully offsetting the supply outages from Iran and Venezuela,” said Carsten Fritsch of Commerzbank.

Russia, which is not part of OPEC but part of the OPEC+ coalition, continues to produce at post-Soviet record highs.

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-Indorama Ventures Expands Presence In Brazil With Entry Into Fiber Market

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical producer, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire M&G Fibras Brasil, in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil.

The Cabo plant manufactures and supplies Polyester Staple Fiber, with total polymerization capacity of 75,000 tonnes/annum.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter 2018, subject to regulatory approvals.

This acquisition fills an important gap in IVL’s global footprint in fibers by establishing capacity in South America’s largest economy, Brazil.

It also offers IVL an opportunity to participate in the domestic market along with strategic and logistic advantages from established free trade agreements with other Latin America countries.

The demand in Brazil is expected to grow in response to a recent recovery in consumption.

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-Plastic packaging waste upcycled into technical materials

Multilayer packaging – good for food, tricky for recycling

A new recycling process for low-grade packaging plastics promises to produce high quality technical materials. If commercialised, this could make plastic recycling more economically attractive and reduce plastic pollution.

Multilayer packaging is an excellent barrier to oxygen and moisture, making it an ideal material for food packaging. It can contain a range of polymers such as polyethylene, polyamide and ethylene vinyl alcohol, so is difficult to recycle into anything of value – much of the associated waste is incinerated or sent to landfill.

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-Paper packaging solution to plastics crisis

Timber and plant-based packaging from recycled, certified and responsibly managed forests can replace plastic packaging.

Ever since Blue Planet II hit our screens last winter, plastic – and plastic packaging – has been at the forefront of the national and international policy debate. Indeed, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) research suggests as many as 88 percent of people want to reduce their consumption of plastic packaging.

One of the great questions in the quest to reduce waste plastic is whether paper or card offers a solution to the plastic crisis. We know some products need to be packaged in plastic for food safety reasons, to increase shelf life or for ease of transportation. But for those items that don’t need plastic, do paper or card offer a credible alternative?

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-HeiQ And Patagonia Expand Their Partnership With HeiQ Fresh Tech 

The Swiss textile technology innovator HeiQ and sustainable outdoor clothing brand Patagonia expand their 2017 partnership to include HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control technology, with best-in-class performances.

Recent consumer research shows that 72% of shoppers are interested in odor control technology in activewear. As we are social animals, humans want to be close to others without having to worry about bad smell on our apparel from ourselves or our surroundings.

To expand on the Patagonia/HeiQ partnership, and as part of the R&D partnership launched in 2017, Patagonia will begin using HeiQ Fresh Tech odor control in their Fall 2019 collection.

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-Developing environmentally friendly materials

The materials engineers are developing environmentally friendly materials

A new research article introduces a nanofiber material produced by the electrospinning device at the Laboratory of Polymers and Textile Technology in Tallinn University of Technology, and a range of applications.

The article, titled “A method for producing conductive graphene biopolymer nanofibrous fabrics by exploitation of an ionic liquid dispersant in electrospinning,” was published in Carbon.

It is not possible to produce fibers with a diameter smaller than a micrometer by using conventional fiber spinning methods.

However, via electrospinning technology, researchers can fabricate nanofibers by applying high voltage to a polymer solution. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in electrospinning.

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-Idle BioAmber facility buyer exploring new products

BioAmber’s plant in Sarnia is shown in this file photo. Courts in Canada and the U.S. have approved the sale of the idle plant to LCY Biotechnology. PAUL

The plant manager with LCY Biosciences, the company that has taken over the idle former BioAmber manufacturing site in Sarnia, says it will be several months before production begins again.

The bio-succinic acid plant, which opened in 2015, was sold last month during a court-supervised liquidation process to LCY Biotechnology, a new company formed by Visolis and LCY Group.

“It’s going to be a little bit slow for a while,” said plant manager Trevor Macleod.

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-Dow CFO says global operations can mitigate US-China trade war risks

Chemical giant DowDuPont does not expect tariffs imposed amid simmering trade tensions between the US and China to have a notable effect on its businesses during the fourth quarter, CFO Howard Ungerleider said Thursday.

The US has imposed $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting China to retaliate with $110 billion in tariffs on US products.

The second and third rounds of those tariffs were petrochemical-heavy from both sides.

In the August round, China’s tariffs on US products included two grades of polyethylene that make up more than 90% of 10.8 million mt in new publicly announced US PE production starting up, under construction or planned from 2017 through 2027.

All or most of that new output is targeted for export, and Asia — led by China and India — has the most demand growth.

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Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Versalis: closing of acquisition of the bio-run activities of Mossi & Ghisolfi  Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

San Donato Milanese (Mi) – WEBWIRE –
Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Versalis  (Eni) has acquired the bio-run activities Mossi & Ghisolfi as of 1 November 2018, including human resources, assets relating to the development areas, industrialization, the licensing of biochemical and biomass technologies and processes. Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

The Eni-owned chemical company has successfully completed the consultation procedure with unions and signed the sale and purchase agreement, and is now defining an action plan aimed at launching plant operations for bio-ethanol production at Crescentino (Vercelli), and the connected biomass-run power plant and research centre at Rivalta Scrivia (Alessandria).Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

The plan also includes the relaunch of the proprietary Proesa® technology’s international licensing activities to produce second generation bio-ethanol to meet the growing demand and sustainability criteria for bio-fuels, as required by global legislation.

Through this important acquisition, Versalis furthers its commitment to reinforcing its competitive position with regards to chemistry from renewables, merging its new activities into a dedicated business unit and developing an integrated technological platform in line with the company’s business strategy. Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Extrol polymer chemical production

Extrol may become a polymer chemical production site Extrol polymer chemical production 

Extrol polymer chemical production

MOSCOW – The authorities of the Sverdlovsk region can support the creation of a chemical cluster for the production of polymers, the base site of which will be the Ekstrol plant (Revda), the Minister of Industry and Science of the Sverdlovsk region Sergei Perestoronin said in an interview with local media.Extrol polymer chemical production 

“We are ready to support the initiative of the enterprise – it is only necessary to determine the main characteristics and specifics of the cluster.

This will facilitate the production of new types of products and the creation of jobs. We are also ready to provide state support to the plant in the manner prescribed by law,” said Sergey Perestoronin.Extrol polymer chemical production 

Recently, the plant hosted the II Ural International Scientific and Practical Forum, which brought together more than 100 participants from Germany, Canada, Poland, Austria and Russia.

“On our site, we combined raw material suppliers, manufacturers of materials and processors. We decided to show that the Middle Urals are not only the metallurgists’ edge.

Our chemical industry can and should be developed,” said plant director Yuri Holkin.

Earlier it was reported that Rosneft plans to actively develop petrochemicals based on several sites, including in Ufa. Extrol polymer chemical production 

According to the company’s vice-president Igor Slagiev, Rosneft intends to create three petrochemical clusters and invest a total of about USD30 billion in them.

The Extrol plant has been manufacturing extruded polystyrene foam since 2005.

Four years ago, the company launched an automated German-made line, and this year it acquired two polymers for the transport of bulk materials, excluding the cost of packaging and its recycling.

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Bedimensional has received €18 million to promote their main goal – discover new applications of graphene and related materials in consumer products.

The investment was made by Italian ‘Pellan Group,’ specialized in groundbreaking technical materials.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Bedimensional is an Associated Member of the Graphene Flagship, and is part of a network of companies associated to the Graphene Flagship developing new solutions in the field of composites for energy harvest and storage, such as batteries, super capacitors and solar cells, as well as foster the development of new composite materials, some of which are already available on the market.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

Pellan Group will become shareholders and sit on the Board of Directors, alongside the Camponovo Group, also investor in Bedimensional after its incubation phase at IIT. Francesco Bonaccorso, Deputy leader of the Graphene Flagship Innovation Work Package, is also a key partner of company.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

This investment will allow Bedimensional to build new headquarters.

“We identified and purchased space just 500 meters from IIT,” explains Bedimensional CEO Massimo Camponovo.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

The 4000m2 facilities, of which 3000m2 will be exclusively dedicated to the production of graphene and related materials and new composites, and over 500m2 will be devoted to a joint research lab with IIT.Graphene Bedimensional batteries capacitors

This investment will help IIT and Bedimensional develop new applications in the energy sector, a research area that is key for the future of the company.

“The entry of the Pellan Group will allow us to significantly accelerate our project” adds Camponovo. The investment will also stimulate job creation in the region.

“We expect to hire highly skilled and specialized figures,” concludes Camponovo.

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Aquafil Fishing networks clothes

Fishing networks to clothes: new initiatives to clean the seas. Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 

Aquafil Fishing networks clothes
Ilaria Bernardi
Some associations, including Healthy Seas and Aquafil, have studied a method to recover fishing nets dispersed in the sea and reuse them productively, so that the oceans return clean and reduce garbage.Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 
The waters we remember once changed.
The smells and the colors have changed because of the continuous waste that is thrown or lost in the oceans, polluting our environment and damaging the “health” of the sea and, together with it, our own and that of the animals.Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 
To prevent worsening and to buffer the current situation many associations were born with the aim of improving the environmental condition and cleaning up our planet.
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Dalle reti da pesca ai vestiti: nuove iniziative per ripulire i mari.

Alcune associazioni, tra cui la Healthy Seas e Aquafil, hanno studiato un metodo per recuperare le reti da pesca disperse in mare e riutilizzarle in maniera produttiva, affinché gli oceani ritornino puliti e si riduca l’immondizia.

Le acque che ricordiamo una volta sono cambiate. Gli odori ed i colori si sono trasformati a causa dei continui rifiuti che vengono gettati o smarriti negli oceani, inquinando il nostro ambiente e danneggiando la “salute” del mare e, insieme ad esso, anche la nostra e quella degli animali.
Per impedire un peggioramento e tamponare la situazione attuale son nate molte associazioni con lo scopo di migliorare la condizione ambientale e ripulire il nostro pianeta.

Una di queste è la non profit Healthy Seas, attiva da cinque anni. Nel suo ultimo progetto, attuato tra il 6 e l’8 ottobre scorsi, ha collaborato con diverse fondazioni (Aquafil, Aeolian Islands Preservation Fund, Blue Marine Foundation e Ghost Fishing Foundation) per ripulire le acque delle Isole Eolie, in Sicilia. L’idea è quella di recuperare il maggior numero di reti da pesca disperse nei fondali marini in quanto sono pericolose per gli animali, che rischiano di rimanerci incastrati, coprono il 10% dell’inquinamento marino e, inoltre, sono riutilizzabili.
Quest’ultimo è il passaggio chiave dell’iniziativa: rilavorare le reti affinché possano essere riutilizzate in maniera efficiente e produttiva. Alcuni studiosi, infatti, hanno scoperto che da questo materiale si può recuperare del nylon utile per la realizzazione di diversi tessuti.

Ad occuparsi di questa procedura sarà l’associazione Aquafilfondata nel 1965 è una delle principali produttrici di fibre sintetiche (sia in Italia sia nel mondo). Come afferma il direttore Giulio Bonazzi in una video-intervista pubblicata nel canale YouTube di Econyl, il lavoro si svolge in diversi passaggi tra cui separare e riunire più volte il materiale per dividerlo in diversi composti, tra cui del nylon (riconosciuto come “Econyl”). Bonazzi, inoltre, spiega che l’obiettivo principale è quello di non rilasciare ulteriori scarti nella discarica, per evitare di sporcare nuovamente le nostre acque (tutto l’elaborato è stato studiato e seguito per raggiungere tale scopo).
Alcune aziende di moda, come Gucci e Adidas, hanno già confermato la loro adesione nell’acquisto l’Econyl per la lavorazione dei propri tessuti e la creazione di nuovi prodotti.
L’importante è che da questi prodotti non si ottengano nuovi materiali dannosi per l’ambiente, altrimenti tutto il lavoro sarebbe privo di efficienza.

Negli ultimi mesi sono state recuperate decine di tonnellate di reti da pesca, ma non basta.
Gli studiosi vogliono mandare avanti il progetto e divulgarlo in tutto il mondo così da iniziare a ripulire il mare, evitare sprechi, poter alzare gli occhi e vedere acque limpide.

Recycling Technology Erema PET

New Recycling Technology Debuts At Erema Open House  Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Several new developments for PET recycling, as well as a new turnkey recycling systems program, made headlines at Erema’s recent customer demonstration day.

Nine speakers, two live demonstrations of PE film and flake recycling, and unveiling of several major new technical and business developments highlighted Discovery Day 2018 at the headquarters and technical center of Erema North America Inc. in Ipswich, Mass.

The September event was attended by around 130 guests, including recyclers, material suppliers, brand owners, and other users of recycled materials.

“Our goal is to take advantage of the growing awareness of the necessity of plastics recycling and drive forward networking within the industry,” says Martin Baumann, Erema’s v.p. of sales.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

The tech center houses four full Erema reclaim systems and a large shredder from Vecoplan LLC, Archdale, N.C. Live demonstrations included processing HDPE bottle flake to pellets using an Interema RegrindPro size-reduction unit and Intarema TVEplus extruder, ReFresher odor-removal system, and LaserFilter melt filter.

The system was switched over to run dirty PE film contaminated with large pieces of aluminum foil, which were removed continuously by the LaserFilter.

TURNKEY SYSTEMS LAUNCH

Perhaps the biggest news at the event was the first announcement in North America of a new global business unit for Erema, focused on supplying entire plastics recycling plants from a single source.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Michal Prochazka is head of the new Keycycle venture, which was launched a few months ago in Austria.

He said this new systems integration service leverages Erema’s plant-engineering expertise to plan all phases of the process from debaling to sorting, washing and pelletizing.

The service starts at the initial project phase with pre-investment support, feasibility studies, and cost analysis.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

This includes process definition, anticipated throughput volumes, quality targets, final product, and storage.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

This is followed by complete engineering and integration services. Keycycle provides overall management responsibility and interfacing between Erema and over a dozen supplier partners for shredding, sorting, washing and compounding.

The next step is plant layout and logistics, followed by detailed engineering, including all utilities like electric power, compressed air, and water treatment.

Then Keycycle integrates the actual building of the plant, including the civil engineering side.

NEW TECH FOR PET RECYCLING

Under the heading of “What’s new in PET recycling,” Christoph Wöss, business development manager for bottle applications of Erema Group GmbH in Austria, reviewed several recent and brand-new developments and previewed one major product announcement that will go public this month.

He noted that the first installation of a system for converting PET bottle flake to new food-grade preforms in a single step took place this past summer in Japan.

Suntory, the maker of a well-known whiskey, is the first commercial user of the Xtreme Renew system, which debuted in 2016.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

It uses Erema’s Vacurema system that decontaminates, degasses, dries and crystallizes PET flake before discharging it into a short-barreled extruder.

That extruder then feeds the Xtreme preform injection-compression system from Italy’s SIPA.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

According to Wöss, the system at Suntory can produce up to 60,000 preforms/hr while saving more than 30% in energy consumption compared with the normally separate systems for PET recycling and preform molding.

Another first is what Wöss described as “the first PET tray-to-tray recycling plant in the world,” which went into production in The Netherlands this past June.

The trays Wöss is referring to are thermoformed of 100% RPET by Sneltray BV, a unit of 4PET BV and sister company of 4PET Recycling BV. Wöss says the concept is also applicable to thermoformed PET clamshells widely used for packaging berries and other fresh fruit, as well as salads and sandwiches.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

The system involves washing the RPET flake, reprocessing through a Vacurema system, crystallizing and rebuilding the material’s I.V., and then thermoforming—which is not yet performed directly inline.

Wöss also discussed an Erema system called VOClear, which came out a year ago, for reducing VOCs in PET flake by up to 40%.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

This add-on to the Vacurema system removes VOCs coming from the PET itself, as well as from contaminants such as PVC or nylon.

In addition, he said Erema has a new extruder screw concept that can provide up to 6° C lower melt temperature and 25% lower acetaldehyde (AA) levels in recycled PET.

Also new is a new concept for inline crystallization of RPET immediately after pelletizing, which uses the latent heat in the pellet to save energy. The system is said to be compact and retrofittable.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Wöss concluded with a sneak preview of what he called a “brand-new, groundbreaking innovation” that will be announced this month at the PETnology 2018 conference in Paris.

It combines a modified version of the Vacurema technology with new, patented solid-state polymerization (SSP) technology that restores RPET I.V. while yielding the lowest color generation among existing technologies, and accelerating decontamination and removal of VOCs.Recycling Technology Erema PET 

Making use of Erema’s new inline crystallization technology mentioned above, this new system is said to achieve food-contact approval while achieving higher purity levels “surpassing existing brand-owner standards,” Wöss said.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastic 02-11-2018

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,150/1,180 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,950/9,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,750/8,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,750/8,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 910/930 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,900/7,000 yuan/ton – MEG $ 785/800 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,650/6,800 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,180/1,195 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,750/9,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,650/11,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,850/9,950  yuan/ton

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-Versalis: closing of acquisition of the bio-run activities of Mossi & Ghisolfi  Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

Versalis  (Eni) has acquired the bio-run activities Mossi & Ghisolfi as of 1 November 2018, including human resources, assets relating to the development areas, industrialization, the licensing of biochemical and biomass technologies and processes. Versalis bioethanol Mossi Ghisolfi

The Eni-owned chemical company has successfully completed the consultation procedure with unions and signed the sale and purchase agreement, and is now defining an action plan aimed at launching plant operations for bio-ethanol production at Crescentino (Vercelli), and the connected biomass-run power plant and research centre at Rivalta Scrivia (Alessandria)

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-Extrol may become a polymer chemical production site Extrol polymer chemical production 

The authorities of the Sverdlovsk region can support the creation of a chemical cluster for the production of polymers, the base site of which will be the Ekstrol plant (Revda), the Minister of Industry and Science of the Sverdlovsk region Sergei Perestoronin said in an interview with local media.Extrol polymer chemical production

“We are ready to support the initiative of the enterprise – it is only necessary to determine the main characteristics and specifics of the cluster.

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-European plastics group offers to ‘fine tune’ sustainability project

The European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) has welcomed a recent initiative by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aimed at making packaging more environmentally-friendly, but at the same time has also offered to help “fine tune” it.

Representing 50.000 small- and mid-sized companies, EuPC said in an Oct. 30 statement that it was ready to offer its expertise to improve the global commitment which, the association noted had been drafted “only by a few individuals without consulting the plastics converting industry.”

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-DowDuPont sees ‘short and shallow compression’ in PE cycle in 2019

DowDuPont expects a relatively mild and quick downturn in the polyethylene (PE) cycle in early 2019 amid stable inventories and high operating rates, a senior executive said on Thursday.

“There are some predictions out there that everything is going to collapse. I’m not sure I believe that,” said Jim Fitterling, CEO of Dow Chemical (Materials Science division of DowDuPont), on the company’s Q3 earnings call.

“We’ve seen that inventories are relatively under control. They’re actually down at the end of the third quarter slightly. Inventories are at 42 days, and that’s basically what you need to run the supply chain,” he added.

In the third quarter, DowDuPont’s packaging and specialty plastics segment where the PE business resides saw sales up 11% year on year to $6.1bn and operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) up 4%.

The operating EBITDA margin fell to 19.5% versus 20.9% in the year-ago period.

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-Bedimensional receives €18 million private investment  

Bedimensional has received €18 million to promote their main goal – discover new applications of graphene and related materials in consumer products.

The investment was made by Italian ‘Pellan Group,’ specialized in groundbreaking technical materials.

Bedimensional is an Associated Member of the Graphene Flagship, and is part of a network of companies associated to the Graphene Flagship developing new solutions in the field of composites for energy harvest and storage, such as batteries, super capacitors and solar cells, as well as foster the development of new composite materials, some of which are already available on the market.

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-Fishing networks to clothes: new initiatives to clean the seas. Aquafil Fishing networks clothes 

(Italian Language Only)

Some associations, including Healthy Seas and Aquafil, have studied a method to recover fishing nets dispersed in the sea and reuse them productively, so that the oceans return clean and reduce garbage.Aquafil Fishing networks clothes

The waters we remember once changed.

The smells and the colors have changed because of the continuous waste that is thrown or lost in the oceans, polluting our environment and damaging the “health” of the sea and, together with it, our own and that of the animals.

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-Sleep smarter, live healthier: Heimtextil presents the “Future of Sleep”

This press release is submitted and shown here in its original form, unedited by Furniture Today.

A balanced diet and sufficient exercise are naturally part of a healthy lifestyle. However, one of the most important building blocks for permanent physical and psychological well-being is constantly neglected: restful sleep. At the upcoming Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019), it will therefore be a particular focus for the first time. And there’s more: the international trade fair for home and contract textiles in Frankfurt am Main will thus guarantee a comprehensive insight into the “Future of Sleep”.

According to a Forsa study carried out last year for the Techniker Krankenkasse, one in three adults in Germany experiences mediocre, bad or even very bad sleep. ‘That doesn’t surprise me’, says Dr Alfred Wiater, former president of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM).

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-Recycling Breathes New Life into Textile Leader

Fiber producer Unifi reinvents itself as a plastics recycler that turns PET bottles into recycled fibers.

PET Bottles Recycled into Fiber

Recycling offers a new life to a used product. For Unifi, Greensboro, N.C, it also breathed new life into its business as a textile leader. Unifi is a global textile provider and one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. The company has 3000 employees with manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Through Repreve, one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new apparel, footwear, home goods and other consumer products. Building from that momentum, Unifi is targeting 20 billion bottles recycled by 2020 and 30 billion bottles by 2022.

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-Bottled water company takes ownership of C.R. Plastic Products

After two years as majority shareholder of C.R Plastic Products in Stratford, the Ice River Springs Water Company has taken full ownership of the Stratford-based recycled-plastic furniture manufacturer.

After two years as majority shareholder of C.R Plastic Products in Stratford, the Ice River Springs Water Company has taken full ownership of the Stratford-based recycled-plastic furniture manufacturer.

The bottled water company, which has its Canadian office in Shelburne, Ont., first purchased a minority share of the Stratford business back in 2014. A few years later, Ice River Springs co-owners Sandy and Jamie Gott decided to bump their ownership up to 51 per cent of the company, and over the coming days, the company is set to become the sole shareholder.

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-Apache Corp profit beats on higher oil prices, increased U.S. output

U.S. oil and gas producer Apache Corp (APA.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its U.S. production forecast for the year as it benefited from rising oil prices and increased output from the Permian basin.

Apache and its peers are reaping the benefit of a 44 percent surge in global crude oil prices from a year earlier. Oil prices are expected to rise further as U.S. sanctions on Iran remove a major supplier from the market.

Apache and its peers are reaping the benefit of a 44 percent surge in global crude oil prices from a year earlier. Oil prices are expected to rise further as U.S. sanctions on Iran remove a major supplier from the marke The Houston-based company said average realized oil prices jumped about 40 percent to $69.12 per barrel, while total production rose to 476,255 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) from 448,235 boe/d a year earlier.

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-New Recycling Technology Debuts At Erema Open House  

Several new developments for PET recycling, as well as a new turnkey recycling systems program, made headlines at Erema’s recent customer demonstration day.

Erema North America’s Discovery Day in September featured live demonstrations of recycling PE film (foreground) and bottle flake.

Nine speakers, two live demonstrations of PE film and flake recycling, and unveiling of several major new technical and business developments highlighted Discovery Day 2018 at the headquarters and technical center of Erema North America Inc. in Ipswich, Mass.

The September event was attended by around 130 guests, including recyclers, material suppliers, brand owners, and other users of recycled materials.

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-Full U.S. Energy Independence Is Impossible

Establishing American “energy dominance” has been a key policy objective of the Trump Administration.

Since coming to office, President Donald S. Trump has made increasing U.S. energy production and energy exports a priority. And for a time, it looked like he might pull it off.

Oil production has doubled since 2008. This year American oil output exceeded 10 million bpd for the first time in decades. Production from the shale revolution, particularly the Permian Basin of Texas, has been booming. Investment into new leases both onshore and off has increased, as the Trump Administration has opened up federal land and the entire coastal plain for drilling.

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-Higher Prices for Commodity Resins, Except PP

Higher feedstock prices and strong demand drive price hikes for PE, PS, PVC and PET.

A combination of higher feedstock prices, strong demand and the impact of tariffs drove prices of PE, PS, PVC and PET upward at the end of the third quarter, though PP prices dropped slightly. Overall projections for this month and next were for flat pricing with potential for a slight uptick in the case of PVC, PET, and PP.

These were the views last month of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire; and CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

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-Crude oil prices to average US$74 a barrel over 2019, says World Bank

Crude oil prices are forecast to average US$74 a barrel over 2019, only marginally up from a projected average of US$72 a barrel in 2018, while metals prices are expected to remain broadly stable in 2019, according to the World Bank.

In its October Commodity Markets Outlook released Oct 29, the World Bank said growing global trade tensions are weighing on non-energy commodity prices and are leading to downward revisions to 2019 price forecasts, the World Bank said.

The report said prices for energy commodities – which include oil, natural gas, and coal — are forecast to average 33.3% higher in 2018 than the previous year but to broadly stabilise in 2019.

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-Indorama Ventures concludes the takeover of Kordárna, the largest producer of tire cord fabrics in Europe

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe, and America has completed the takeover of Kordárna Plus a.s., the largest producer of tire cord fabrics in Europe.

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-Crude oil prices are down on Thursday

The crude oil prices are down on Thursday, expanding the loses from the previous sessions, against signs of growth in supply and signs of slowdown in global economic growth. The futures on US crude oil WTI with delivery in December fell by 0.40% to 65.05 USD per barrel. The Brent oil reported a price drop of 0.58% to 75.47 USD per barrel.

Both of the world’s most traded oil varieties registered their worst monthly results since July 2016, with Brent dropping by 8.8% and WTI by 10.9%.

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-Plastic tax ‘not efficient’ to increase recycling rates – Borealis’ CEO

A tax on plastics would only add costs to the supply chain and it is “not the most efficient” method to increase recycling rates, the CEO at Austrian polymers and fertilizers major Borealis said this week after the UK announced intentions to tax plastics production.

Alfred Stern said that packaging across the EU is already subject to “some kind of taxes” under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes through which a “significant amount of money” is already collected to organise the collection of packaging materials post-use.

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-China’s September Iran crude imports fall 34 percent, U.S. shipments doubled: customs

China’s crude oil imports from Iran in September fell sharply from the same month last year in a sign that China has curbed its purchases from the Islamic republic as Washington prepares to re-impose sanctions on Tehran’s oil sector.

Data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed China brought in 2.13 million tonnes of Iranian crude oil in September, or 518,300 barrels per day (bpd), down 34 percent from 3.22 million tonnes last September,

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Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price of ethylene in November in Europe decreased by EUR10 per ton Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

MOSCOW – The contract price of ethylene in Europe for November deliveries was finally agreed at EUR1,135 per tonne, which is EUR10 per tonne lower than October, ICIS reported.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price was approved under the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

Three manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price.

Naphta fell in Europe in October.  In addition, the low water level in the Rhine also affected the performance of cracking plants in the region.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price is considered fully agreed upon after confirmation from at least two manufacturers (suppliers) and from two consumers.

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to a survey of Scanport Company Market Report, for the first nine months of 2018, the production of polyethylene in Russia increased by 3% compared with the same indicator in 2017 and amounted to about 1 346.2 thousand tons.

Production volumes of low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL) increased.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

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Fungi research organisms break plastic

Fungi research lifts lid on shy organisms that break down plastic   Fungi research organisms break plastic

Fungi research organisms break plastic

Could fungi help us deal with our plastic addiction? Scientists at London’s Kew Botanical Gardens think so. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The first ever State of the World’s Fungi, produced by Kew Gardens and a team of around 100 scientists from 18 countries, reports that fungi successfully degrades polyurethane in a matter of weeks.

The plastic-busting potential was discovered last year by a team of scientists from China and Pakistan, who sought to isolate the fungi that were degrading polyurethane at a waste disposal site in Islamabad. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The fungi were identified as aspergillus tubingensis and the scientists observed how it broke down bonds between the different polymers in weeks, rather than the decades it can take plastic to naturally disintegrate.

The breakthrough comes as people across the world question the throwaway consumerist culture that has swamped the world in a toxic tide of plastic that is killing marine life and polluting seas.

Report authors argue that fungi deserve more specialist attention, saying further research into these oft-neglected organisms could provide answers to some of humanity’s greatest challenges. Fungi research organisms break plastic

There may be as many as 3.8 million fungal species but only 144,000 of them have been named.

“There is this hidden, mysterious kingdom that is underpinning the majority of life on earth,” says Dr. Ilia Leitch, senior scientist at Kew Gardens.

“We just don’t know enough about them… There are fungi inside plant cells and they can influence how resilient a plant is to climate change.

There are all these different links and impacts that we just take for granted but we ignore them at our peril,” she says.

Leitch says other fungi and microorganisms are also being explored for their potential to break down other types of plastic. Fungi research organisms break plastic

“By understanding how the fungi break down these bonds and what the optimal conditions are, you can then increase the speed at which they do it.”

Every year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans, sometimes breaking down into tiny microplastics that make their way into our food chain with, as yet, unknown effects. Fungi research organisms break plastic

Through its Clean Seas campaignUN Environment has mobilized governments, businesses and citizens to rethink how we produce, use and manage single-use plastics.

The Kew Gardens report showcases the kind of pioneering thought that will be at the heart of the fourth UN Environment Assembly to be held in March next year.

The theme for the meeting is innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The motto is to Think Beyond and Live Within: to think beyond prevailing patterns and live within sustainable limits to tackle environmental challenges and assure a prosperous future.

The Kew Gardens report certainly seeks to think beyond what is known about fungi, organisms that digest their food externally by secreting enzymes into the environment and absorbing the dissolved organic matter back into their cells.

“The first message we wanted to get across is that there is a huge diversity (of fungi)… What is clear is that fungi play a really important role (in the functioning of ecosystems) and it is perhaps not inconceivable to say that the world would not function without fungi,” says Leitch.

As well as recycling nutrients and helping plants and crop grow efficiently, fungi provide us with compounds that produce antibiotics, statins for treating cholesterol and immunosuppressants.

Some fungi – endophytes and mycorrhizas -can help plants respond to stresses such as increased temperature and drought.

Advances in their agricultural applications could translate into improved food security, environmental sustainability and increased production revenues.

Fungi themselves are also threatened by climate change, particularly temperature rises in high latitudes such as the Arctic. Fungi research organisms break plastic

These changes are already affecting fungi reproduction, geographic distributions and activity, with possible knock-on effects for our ecosystems.

There is mounting evidence that climate change is affecting the geographic ranges of species and biodiversity in ways we don’t yet understand.

“Species react differently to climate change, which disrupts the delicate interaction between them,” says Niklas Hagelberg, a UN Environment climate change and ecosystems expert.

“This further complicates conservation; we need to quickly add climate change to our ecosystem management effort.”

One obstacle to further fungi research is research funding, which has become more restricted and targeted, while expertise in taxonomy of fungi – classification – is declining, Leitch says.

“We don’t have the iconic giant panda image,” she says. “There are amazing fungi but in terms of our image, it’s tricky sometimes to sell them.

But maybe we can do it by making people realize the potential role of fungi in beating these environmental challenges.” Fungi research organisms break plastic

Ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly next March, UN Environment is urging people to Think Beyond and Live Within.

Join the debate on social media and use #SolveDifferent to share your stories and see what others are doing to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

October contract price paraxylene Europe

The October contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR22.5 per ton October contract price paraxylene Europe

October contract price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,137 per tonne, which is EUR22.5 per tonne lower than the September contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Wednesday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe).October contract price paraxylene Europe

Thus, the October contract price for the material was agreed on two levels: the first was EUR1,135 per ton, and the second was EUR1,140 per ton.

Thus, the contract price was approved at the average between the values ​​of these agreed levels.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,160 per tonne, which is EUR210 per tonne higher than the August contractual price of the material.

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

According to ScanPlast Company Market Report, in August compared to July, imports of PET to Russia decreased to 12.48 thousand tons. October contract price paraxylene Europe

At the same time, for the period January-August 2018, the import of PET into the country showed an increase of 10%.  108.20 thousand tons of PET were imported to the Russian market, of which 80.12 thousand tons accounted for the import of material for casting preforms, and 21.47 thousand tons for the manufacture of fibers.

Exports of Russian PET in August amounted to 6.55 thousand tons.  In January-August, total exports increased by 86% compared to 2017 and amounted to 57.49 thousand tons.

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Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices

Sinopec reduced November MEG prices for CNY300 per ton Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

MOSCOW  – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, on October 30 lowered November prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in East China by 300 yuan (CNY) or USD43 per tonne due to weaker demand from the finished goods market, a source at the company told ICIS .

Thus, the November prices of MEG companies are now at the level of CNY7,200 per ton or USD1,035 per ton.Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Spot MEG prices in China declined in October.  So, on October 29, MEG spot prices were in the range of CNY6 790-6 850 per ton (USD976-984 per ton), whereas on October 8 they were CNY7 400-7 500 per ton (USD1 063-1 078 per ton).

MEG prices in the region have fallen as a result of the uncertain macroeconomic situation and weaker demand in the polyester yarn market.

Earlier it was reported that on October 24, Sinopec set October contract prices for monoethylene glycol (MEG) in eastern China by 310 yuan (CNY) or USD44.7 per ton lower compared to the level of the previous month to CNY7 770 per ton or USD11 195 per ton.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.  In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year.

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

Sinopec Corp.  is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies.  Business Sinopec Corp.  includes oil and gas exploration, extraction and transportation of oil and gas, oil refining, petrochemical production, the production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

In terms of refining capacity, Sinopec Corp.  ranks second in the world, in terms of ethylene capacity – fourth.Sinopec November MEG monoethylene glycol prices 

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BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini

BIO-FED expands again its offer on the Italian market BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini

Ecomondo 2018

The Cologne-based company BIO-FED is exhibiting at Ecomondo 2018 in Rimini for the fourth time. The branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is specifically targeting its offer to the legislative framework on the European markets.

Italy is Europe’s leading country in the Green Economy Sector. They state an example regarding waste recycling, energy efficiency and productivity of resources.

After the Italian government banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in 2011, producers have been quite active in R&D.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

In general, BIO-FED offers a wide range of biodegradable materials for film applications and can so provide solutions to the market.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

Since 2014 BIO-FED produces and markets biodegradable and/or biobased compounds under the M∙VERA® brand.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

The BIO-FED product portfolio consists of a broad range of bioplastics compounds with different properties, such as biodegradability and/or high biobased content.

The M·VERA® products are already well-established in a number of applications and can be used with various processing methods. In addition, all M·VERA® compounds can be colored individually – for example with the AF-Eco® biopolymer based masterbatches which are certified by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium in accordance with EN 13432.

The AF-Eco® range consists of color and carbon black masterbatches as well as additive masterbatches.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini  

At Ecomondo 2018 BIO-FED will present its extended product portfolio that includes film extrusion materials with a variable biocontent.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

A large proportion of these compounds contain raw materials from renewable sources (biobased carbon content over 40 %) and meet the requirements for the relevant ‘end-of-life’ scenarios such as “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” and “OK compost HOME”.

All film materials are approved for food contact according to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011.The M∙VERA® portfolio offers biocompounds for traditional applications (shopping bags, garbage bags, etc.) as well as specialty products e. g. mulch film.

Furthermore, BIO-FED supplies a range of M∙VERA® injection moulding materials for applications such as coffee capsules.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

M·VERA® GP1012 has been awarded the “OK biodegradable SOIL” certificate as per ISO 17556 and EN 13432 by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium.

Engineering applications can be served by M∙VERA® ECS. Products for thermoforming applications are currently under development.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

With its updated portfolio, BIO-FED can offer solutions for sustainable packaging that meet the requirements of the Italian regulations. BIO-FED is also presenting its products compliant with the French regulation (Décret no. 2016-379 of March 30th, 2016) which are about to be commercialised.BIOFED AKRO PLASTIC Ecomondo 2018 Rimini 

The Ecomondo fair takes place in Rimini on Nov 6-9, 2018. The BIO-FED stand no 72 can be found in Hall D3.

Plastic Petrochemicals textile PET recycling oil 01-11-2018

Plastic Petrochemicals textile PET recycling oil

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,160/1,195 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,100/9,200 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,850/9,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,850/9,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 940/950 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,050/7,150 yuan/ton – MEG $ 770/780 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,205/1,215 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,750/9,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,650/11,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,900/10,000  yuan/ton

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-The contract price of ethylene in November in Europe decreased by EUR10 per ton Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for November deliveries was finally agreed at EUR1,135 per tonne, which is EUR10 per tonne lower than October, ICIS reported.Price ethylene Europe polyethylene

The contract price was approved under the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

Three manufacturers and two buyers directly confirmed this price.

Naphta fell in Europe in October.  In addition, the low water level in the Rhine also affected the performance of cracking plants in the region.Price

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-Asian paraxylene contract price fails to settle for second month in a row

Singapore — Discussions for the November paraxylene Asian contract price ended for a second straight month without a major settlement, market participants said Wednesday.

There was a partial settlement at $1,200/mt CFR Asia between ExxonMobil and China’s Yisheng Petrochemical, confirmed by counterparties.

The gap between the highest bid and the lowest remaining offers was $40/mt, at $1,200/mt CFR Asia against $1,240/mt CFR Asia.

“We were looking at how much upstream naphtha has fallen with respect to paraxylene, and considering the narrowing downstream purified terephthalic acid margins, we were not inclined to improve our bids beyond $1,200/mt,” a PX end-user said.

A producer said: “Given that Asian PX spot prices continue to remain firm and well above $1,200/mt, without any indications that there be more length in spot supply emerging before first quarter of 2019, we [producers] believe that the ACP value should reflect this. Also, given that the average of the October monthly price stands at around $1,290/mt CFR Taiwan/China, it is difficult for us to consider a value much lower than that.”

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-Sinopec reduced November MEG prices for CNY300 per ton 

China- China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.  (Sinopec), Asia’s largest oil refining company, on October 30 lowered November prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in East China by 300 yuan (CNY) or USD43 per tonne due to weaker demand from the finished goods market, a source at the company told ICIS .

Thus, the November prices of MEG companies are now at the level of CNY7,200 per ton or USD1,035 per ton.

The company operates four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Spot MEG prices in China declined in October.  So, on October 29, MEG spot prices were in the range of CNY6 790-6 850 per ton (USD976-984 per ton), whereas on October 8 they were CNY7 400-7 500 per ton (USD1 063-1 078 per ton).

MEG prices in the region have fallen as a result of the uncertain macroeconomic situation and weaker demand in the polyester yarn market.

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-Italian chemistry already in line with the EU targets

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The results of the Responsible Care report presented in Milan. In thirty years emissions in the atmosphere and in the waters reduced respectively by 95% and 78%.

In our country, the program was adopted by 1,651 companies associated with Federchimica, which with 30.3 billion euros represent 55% of the aggregate turnover of the chemical industry in Italy.

For safety, health and the environment, the companies participating in Responsible Care spend 2.6% of their turnover each year and make investments equal to about 20% of the total invested.

The results confirm that chemistry excels at an industrial level in the safety and health of employees, leaving behind now the image of a dirty and polluting sector.

As was noted yesterday, the Italian chemical industry is already in line with the EU objectives on climate change for 2020 and 2030, reduced greenhouse gases by 61% and improved energy efficiency by 55% compared to 1990.

Compared to 30 years ago, atmospheric emissions and effluents in water discharges drastically decreased, falling respectively by 95% and 78%.

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-KHS designs 100% rPET water bottle for German firm Share  

German start-up Share has collaborated with KHS to launch a new line of water, packaged in 100% recycled PET (rPET) bottles.

Share’s still and carbonated water is bottled at the Allgäuer Alpenwasser plant in Oberstaufen, Germany, using KHS technology. The bottles are blown on an InnoPET Blomax stretch blow moulder.

Next year, Berlin-based Share plans to fill water into about 1 million bottles per month made of rPET, a move which will save “over 200 metric tons of plastic waste a year”, according to the company.

Its water is now on sale in German retailer Rewe.

Iris Braun, head of product and social projects at Share, said: “It took a long time for the original idea to be implemented. Finalising the technology and obtaining certification are both lengthy processes. Your partners are thus crucial.”

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-BIO-FED expands again its offer on the Italian market

Ecomondo 2018

The Cologne-based company BIO-FED is exhibiting at Ecomondo 2018 in Rimini for the fourth time. The branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is specifically targeting its offer to the legislative framework on the European markets.

Italy is Europe’s leading country in the Green Economy Sector. They state an example regarding waste recycling, energy efficiency and productivity of resources.

After the Italian government banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in 2011, producers have been quite active in R&D.

In general, BIO-FED offers a wide range of biodegradable materials for film applications and can so provide solutions to the market.

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-The October contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR22.5 per ton 

The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for October deliveries was agreed at EUR1,137 per tonne, which is EUR22.5 per tonne lower than the September contractual price of material, ICIS reported on Wednesday confirming both buyers , and from the sellers in the market.

The contract price was agreed on the terms of free delivery – FD NWE (North-West Europe).

Thus, the October contract price for the material was agreed on two levels: the first was EUR1,135 per ton, and the second was EUR1,140 per ton.

Thus, the contract price was approved at the average between the values ​​of these agreed levels.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of paraxylene in Europe for September deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,160 per tonne, which is EUR210 per tonne higher than the August contractual price of the material.

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-UK government hard Brexit contingency plans for chemicals unworkable – CBA

The UK government’s current contingency plans for the chemicals industry regulation in the event of no deal being agreed with the EU on its exit from the 28-country club is unworkable and will cause huge damage to the sector, the Chemical Business Association (CBA) said.

The current plan to transpose EU Reach legislation into UK law in the event of a no-deal Brexit could force UK chemicals companies to go through the cost and expense of Reach registration for a second time, with significant implications for the sector and downstream industries, the trade group said.

Regulatory compliance is key to EU market access, CBA chief Peter Newport said in a letter to the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment Therese Coffey.

Converting EU Reach into UK law would necessitate the creation of a registered chemicals database equivalent to that held by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and most UK companies do not own or have access to the necessary data.

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-Europe chems enters new age of uncertainty, but also opportunity – Cefic DG

Europe’s chemical industry is being subject to new global political and economic forces which create uncertainty but also offer exciting opportunities, according to the director general at Europe’s trade group Cefic.

Whilst trade tensions, Brexit, and an economic slowdown are creating nervousness about the future, longer-term issues such as the circular economy and digitisation mean it is also an exciting time to be working in the chemicals industry, said Marco Mensink.

“The uncertainties towards the end of the year are increasing and we’re seeing some sort of slowdown,” he said.

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-Fungi research lifts lid on shy organisms that break down plastic   Fungi research organisms break plastic

State of the World’s Fungi

Could fungi help us deal with our plastic addiction? Scientists at London’s Kew Botanical Gardens think so. Fungi research organisms break plastic

The first ever State of the World’s Fungi, produced by Kew Gardens and a team of around 100 scientists from 18 countries, reports that fungi successfully degrades polyurethane in a matter of weeks.

The plastic-busting potential was discovered last year by a team of scientists from China and Pakistan, who sought to isolate the fungi that were degrading polyurethane at a waste disposal site in Islamabad. Fungi research organisms break plastic

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-Cosmo Films unveils metalised velvet lamination film

Cosmo Films has introduced a metalised velvet lamination film for clients in the luxury packaging segment.

The film is an intense silver colour and offers a rich velvety feel to the laminated paper / paperboard or package. It is glueable, stampable and printable.

Cosmo Films noted that users need to laminate the film to the unprinted paper before printing or adding post-lamination embellishments.

Available for both thermal and wet lamination in 32µ and 20µ respectively, the film is said to offer improved printability with offset, UV offset, screen, UV inkjet, and laser printing.

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-Moody’s: Proposed tax is credit negative for plastic packaging firms

The UK’s proposed plastic packaging tax could lead to an increase in recycled raw materials and alternative packaging being unavailable.

The government announced a consultation for a potential tax for plastic packaging products that contain less than 30% of recycled content.

Ratings agency Moody’s said the proposed tax is credit negative for plastic packaging manufacturers because it disincentivises the use of plastic packaging and as such has the potential to reduce industry growth rates.

Moreover, the required use of at least 30% recycled content to avoid the tax could drive up raw material prices for recycled materials and negatively affect the profitability of plastic packaging firms.

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-Indorama Ventures Takes Major Step Towards A Circular Economy

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), headquartered in Thailand has committed to further increase its use of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester waste materials as feedstock for the future.

Commenting on the recent global agreement to combat plastic waste, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Mr. Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures, said,

“We are proud to be part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy initiatives, and to work together with key players towards the vision of a circular economy for plastics. It is important for us to be able to offer added value to our customers with our product, while protecting the environment in the best possible way-

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-CPS completes Far Chemical acquisition

CPS Performance Materials completed its acquisition of Far Chemical, a developer and producer of specialty organic chemicals, from Edgewater Capital Partners.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, according to a CPS news release.

Arsenal Capital Partners created CPS, a specialty chemicals manufacturer, as a new platform focused on specialty polymers and chemicals through the acquisition of Cyalume Technologies.

Far’s chemistry capabilities in bromination, organometallics and cryogenic reactions are a complement to CPS, according to Jeremy Steinfink, CPS president and CEO. The combination will allow CPS to broaden its offerings to pharmaceutical, advanced composites, CASE and personal care customers.

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-Sidel acquires creative Italian packaging design company

Swiss Packaging machinery and equipment supplier Sidel Group has acquired PET Engineering srl, an Italian design firm, in a bid to expand its portfolio of packaging solutions.

Based in San Vendemiano, Italy, PET Engineering has solid blowing process knowledge and expertise and offers services in strategic analysis as well as container, label, cap and secondary packaging design.

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JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene

JXTG Nippon Oil lowered November contract price of benzene by USD45 per ton JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene

MOSCOW – JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy (part of Nippon Oil Corporation), a major producer of petrochemicals in Japan, announced the November contract price of benzene for USD45 per ton, compared with October deliveries to the Asian market to USD815 per ton, a source in the company told ICIS . JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

Prices were agreed on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The spot prices of benzene in the second half of October were on average at USD770 per tonne, FOB Asia as a result of falling oil prices and demand from styrene production.

Earlier it was reported that JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy set the October contract price of benzene in Asia at USD860 per ton, which is USD40 per ton lower compared to the contract price of September.JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

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

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the cost of Nizhnekamsk polystyrene is expected to decrease by 2,000–4,000 rubles in the Russian market next month.  per ton on the background of falling commodity prices in foreign markets.

The market for expandable polystyrene in October is characterized by a shortage of volumes.  Manufacturer Sibur-Khimprom many buyers reduced the purchase requisition.

There is a good demand for plastic material (Uzlovaya) and Angarsk polymer plant.  The main part of the November knot volumes is already reserved for customers.

Nippon Oil Corporation is the largest oil company in Japan.

Its activities include the exploration, import and processing of crude oil;  production and sale of petroleum products (ethylene, propylene, butadiene, styrene, para-xylene, ortho-xylene, etc.), including fuel and lubricants. JXTG Nippon Oil November price benzene 

In recent years, the company has been expanding its production capacity in other countries.  Its products are marketed under the brand name ENEOS.

 

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Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

Jiangyin Chengxing plans to launch production of PET on a new line in Qianjin Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

MOSCOW  – Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of petrochemical products, plans to start production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a new line in Qianzhin (Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China) this week, ICIS reported.

The capacity of the new line will be 600 thousand tons of PET per year.

Earlier it was reported that the company planned to launch this line on June 1 of the current year. Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.

In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year. Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group Co.  Ltd.  is a petrochemical company in China.  The company manufactures and sells phosphate chemicals, petrochemical products released from coal, liquid chemicals, etc.Jiangyin Chengxing production PET Qianjin 

The Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group sells its products worldwide.

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Dispatches from Europe: A step to stem the plastic tide Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

by Clarissa Morawski and Samantha Millette

Single-use plastics are everywhere, with most of us regularly relying on the convenience of products such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and water bottles.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

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Clarissa Morawski

But it’s also becoming clear we have made, used and disposed of too many. According to one recent academic analysis, only 9 percent of all plastic ever created has been recycled, 12 percent has been incinerated and the rest – 79 percent – has been dumped in landfills or littered in the natural environment (intentionally or not).Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

In an attempt to stem the tide of throwaway plastic pollution, European Union lawmakers on Oct. 24 voted to back a policy proposal that would ban some items directly and require ambitious recycling rates for others.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Leaders must still work out final details of the plastic effort, but the action last week nonetheless represents a major moment in Europe’s push to address single-use plastics (and the recovery of those items) in a direct and meaningful manner.

The path of the policy

The EU policy has been in development for some time.

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Samantha Millette

On Jan. 16 of this year, the European Commission published its communication laying out a strategy for plastics in a circular economy.

The first-ever EU Plastics Strategy identified key challenges, including low reuse and recycling rates for plastic waste, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastics production and incineration, and the presence of plastic waste in oceans.

The strategy then proposed a comprehensive set of measures to address these problems.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Then, in May, the European Commission published a directive focused on single-use plastics. It proposed a new law to tackle the 10 most common plastic waste items found on Europe’s beaches, as well as fishing gear (which, together, make up 70 percent of marine litter, according to some sources).Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

On Oct. 11, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety adopted a number of amendments to strengthen certain provisions of the proposal.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

That set the stage for the Oct. 24 vote, in which the committee’s version of the directive (a compromise text) won the backing of 571 parliament members (with just 53 against). The vote represented the clearing of a major legislative hurdle toward the proposal becoming EU law.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Under the proposal, single-use plastic items that have reusable or readily available, non-plastic alternatives would be banned from the EU market by 2021.

Examples of covered products are cutlery, cotton buds, straws, stirrers, oxo-degradable plastics, and food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene.

Member states would also be obliged to separately collect and recycle 90 percent of plastic beverage containers (including caps and lids), and ensure those items contain 35 percent recycled content by 2025.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

In addition, member states would have an obligation to reduce the consumption of several other plastic items, such as single-use food containers, by at least 25 percent.

And the proposal includes provisions that would involve manufacturers of single-use plastic packaging to cover the costs of waste collection for these products, including transport, treatment and litter collection.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Similarly, member states would also have to ensure that at least 50 percent of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15 percent by 2025.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

And finally, the policy states reduction measures should cover post-consumption waste from tobacco products, namely cigarette filters containing plastic.

The proposal requires member states to ensure that tobacco companies reduce the amount of plastic in its filters by at least 50 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2030.

Reinforcing EU’s leadership role on environment

Later this month, representatives of the 28 member states will meet to agree on a joint position, and then the final negotiations to make the plan binding legislation will begin between the national governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

It is expected those government stakeholders will reach an agreement (“compromise amendments”) on the text just before the end of the year, which would conclude with the official publishing of the legislation in May 2019.

Member states would then have two years to transpose the text of the directive into their own national legislation.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

The EU is often regarded as a world leader when it comes to environmental policies, and this latest directive is no exception.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

While news headlines around the world continue to reveal a grim picture of discarded plastics choking albatrosses, killing fish and creating islands of garbage, in the EU real action is taking place.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Last week’s vote gives hope that the tide is starting to turn on plastic pollution. It is now up to member states to translate words into action and ensure that the ambition stays high.

Clarissa Morawski is based in Barcelona and serves as the managing director of the Reloop Platform, which brings together industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations in Europe to form a network for advances in policy that create enabling system conditions for circularity across the European economy.

She is also principal of Canada-based CM Consulting Inc. She can be contacted at clarissa@cmconsultinginc.com.Europe plastic oxodegradable plastics beverage containers

Samantha Millette is an environmental consultant specializing in the areas of waste management research, policy, and planning. She is the owner of SAMI Environmental and can be contacted at samantha.millette31@gmail.com.

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,160/1,195 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,150/9,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,900/9,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,900/9,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 945/955 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,150/7,250 yuan/ton – MEG $ 795/815 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,800/6,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,210/1,220 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,750/9,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,650/11,750  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,950/10,050  yuan/ton

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-JXTG Nippon Oil lowered November contract price of benzene by USD45 per ton 

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy (part of Nippon Oil Corporation), a major producer of petrochemicals in Japan, announced the November contract price of benzene for USD45 per ton, compared with October deliveries to the Asian market to USD815 per ton.

Prices were agreed on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The spot prices of benzene in the second half of October were on average at USD770 per tonne, FOB Asia as a result of falling oil prices and demand from styrene production.

Earlier it was reported that JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy set the October contract price of benzene in Asia at USD860 per ton, which is USD40 per ton lower compared to the contract price of September.

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-Jiangyin Chengxing plans to launch production of PET on a new line in Qianjin 

Jiangyin Chengxing Industrial Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of petrochemical products, plans to start production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) on a new line in Qianzhin (Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, China) this week.

The capacity of the new line will be 600 thousand tons of PET per year.

Earlier it was reported that the company planned to launch this line on June 1 of the current year.

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

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-Spain’s chems sales, output to slow down in 2019 on crude prices, trade war and Brexit

Spain’s chemicals are expected to suffer a slowdown in 2019 on the back of the threats related to higher crude oil prices, the US-China trade war and the UK’s departure from the EU, the country’s chemicals trade group FEIQUE said on Tuesday.

Sales are expected to rise 4.6% in 2018, year on year, totalling €66bn, up from €63bn in 2017.

However, sales growth will slow down in 2019, up by 2.6% to €67.7bn, according to FEIQUE’s estimates.

The slowdown – already noted in the second half of this year – will come after Spain’s chemicals enjoyed a stellar 2017 on the back of strong domestic demand and higher selling prices. Sales rose 7% during 2017, year on year.

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-Solvay to debut polyamides for personal protection, safety systems in vehicles

Solvay Performance Polyamides plans to introduce a range of six Technyl and Technyl Star polyamide (PA) grades offering high degrees purity based on dedicated formulations and clean compounding. Two of these grades use bio-based, eco-friendly Technyl eXten technology for applications needing high temperature combined with glycol resistance. The range will be commercially available early 2019.

“Halogens and phosphorus contained in PA have been identified as major contributors to galvanic corrosion, a potential source of system failure and short-circuits which could lead to fire,” says Dr. James Mitchell, Automotive Market Director for Solvay’s Performance Polyamide global business unit. “Safety is not an option! We have developed a range of materials with high levels of purity to help automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers ensure the protection of systems from corrosion and ionic migration.”

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Technyl offers OEMs a range of electro-friendly products to adapt purity needs to the diversity of application requirements. Graphic courtesy of Solvay Performance Polyamides.

-Bio-on gives license for production of bioplastic in Russia to TAIF Group for euro 17.6 million

Bio-On Russia Licence for BioplasticsBio-on gives license for production of bioplastic in Russia to TAIF Group. Russia for Euro 17.6 million.

Signed in the presence of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Moscow, the agreement will improve technological and commercial relations between Italy and Russia.

Under the agreement, Bio-on, the Italian company, will get Euro 5.6 million for licensing the technology to produce 100% natural and biodegradable PHAs bioplastic from sugar by-products, and Euro 12 million for supplying high-tech fermenters design plants according to the Bi-on proprietary technology to the TAIF JSC group.

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-Evonik: 3D Printing Machinery Needs to Catch Up with Materials

Evonik Industries is the largest specialty chemical company in the world, and it has not been afraid to involve itself with 3D printing, working with HP on the development of high performance 3D printing materials.

The company is also a long term supplier of polyamide powder for laser sintering. The PA 12 polyamide powders (PA2200) used by both EOS and 3D Systems both came from Evonik. Recently, the company developed a PEBA powder for laser sintering, high speed sintering and binder jetting.

The flexible material will allow manufacturers to create soft structures like damping elements, tubes, hoses and sealants, according to Sylvia Monsheimer, Evonik’s Head of New 3D Technologies.

Evonik is poised to deliver more high-performance materials, too – but first, Monsheimer said, 3D printing machinery needs to catch up in terms of production capability.

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-UK to tax plastic packaging with less than 30% of recycled content

The UK government said on Monday it plans to introduce a tax on produced or imported plastic packaging that does not include at least 30% of recycled content.

The country’s Chancellor Philip Hammond said during his Budget speech that the cabinet is aiming to introduce the tax by April 2022, following a consultation process.

“This is a brand-new tax and will be a world leading approach. Business will have until April 2022 to adapt their processes before the introduction of the tax,” said the UK cabinet on its website.

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-SC Johnson boosts plastic recycling efforts

The company wants to triple the amount of postconsumer recycled plastic in its packaging.

Pictured above: Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, and David Katz, CEO of Plastic Bank, open the first of eight recycling centers in Indonesia.

SC Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin, made several commitments to further reduce its plastic footprint by boosting its recycled plastic content in its packaging. According to an SC Johnson news release, the company plans to do this by supporting reuse of plastic bottles through concentrated refills and launching an effort to make Ziploc bags recyclable at curbside.

“At SC Johnson, being an environmental leader has been a principle we have worked hard at for generations,” says Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, in a company news release.

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-Nova rolls October, November PE hikes for US, Canada markets: letter

Nova Chemicals is delaying a previously announced 3-cent/lb price increase on all grades of polyethylene sold in US and Canada, according to a letter to customers obtained Tuesday by S&P Global Platts.

Nova will now seek hikes of 3 cents/lb ($66/mt) on PE in each of the last two months of 2018, after previously announcing increases in October and November, the October 29 letter said. The separate 3-cent/lb hikes will now take effect November 1 and December 1.

While no other producers have been heard officially delaying increases, some US buyers were settling October contracts at a rollover to September prices, sources said, adding that all US producers had given up on the current month.

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-Pack Expo 2018: 5 breakthrough plastic packaging innovations

Pack Expo Intl. 2018 held October 14-17 presented a wide-angle view of packaging boasting 2,500 exhibitors across 1.25 million net square feet of Chicago’s McCormick Place and drew nearly 45,000 attendees.

It was an extravaganza of all things packaging including an impressively high level of plastics packaging innovation and product introductions. We’ve distilled an impressive and diverse number of notable developments in retail, ecommerce, beverage, food packaging and other markets down to this listing of five exemplary new products and will be reporting on others just as remarkable in the days ahead.

The list starts with the industry’s first look at the ecommerce-optimized Dromo PET packaging system from PTI (Holland, OH) that launched at the show. Pack Expo 2018 Dromo Thierry F

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-Sealed Air pledges packaging products will be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025

A focus on product design, recovery processes, renewable and recycled materials to drive innovations that enhance performance and efficiency.

Sealed Air Corporation has announced a sustainability and plastics pledge to design its packaging solutions to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The company will accelerate its use of recycled materials, expand reuse models for packaging and lead the collaboration with partners worldwide to ensure execution.

“At Sealed Air, we strive to leave our world, environment and communities better than we found them by leading innovative efforts to create differentiated, sustainable solutions,” said Ted Doheny, Sealed Air president and CEO. “Our history of sustainability is strengthened through our new sustainability and plastics pledge and, as an industry leader, it’s our responsibility to build a waste-free future, keep our oceans clean and leave a lighter carbon footprint.”

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-Reliance Industries: Traceable, recycled bedding to go on sale in US next year

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Monday said a new brand of bedding products by home textiles maker GHCL Ltd, Cirkularity, using its ecofriendly high-quality fibre will be available for sale in the United States from the first quarter of 2019.

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Monday said a new brand of bedding products by home textiles maker GHCL Ltd, Cirkularity, using its ecofriendly high-quality fibre will be available for sale in the United States from the first quarter of 2019.

The brand platform is inspired by Rekoop, the first bedding solution to use Applied DNA`s CertainT platform and Reliance Industries` Recron GreenGold fiber for source verification and traceability of recycled polyester across the supply chain, RIL said in a release.

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-Nine out of ten seabirds now have plastic in their stomach, report warns

A shock new report showed 90 per cent of all sea birds had plastic traces

Global wildlife populations are said to have fallen 60 per cent since 1970

Plastic pollution is driving down the numbers of sea creatures and birds

The percentage of seabirds with plastic in their stomach has increased to 90 per cent from 5 per cent in 1960, a shocking report reveals.

Plastic pollution is one of the worst ways man is adversely affecting the environment.

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources, driving climate change and pollution.

Only a quarter of the world’s land area is free from the impacts of human activity and by 2050 that will have fallen to just a tenth, the Living Planet Report 2018 says.

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-Dispatches from Europe: A step to stem the plastic tide 

Single-use plastics are everywhere, with most of us regularly relying on the convenience of products such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and water bottles.

But it’s also becoming clear we have made, used and disposed of too many. According to one recent academic analysis, only 9 percent of all plastic ever created has been recycled, 12 percent has been incinerated and the rest – 79 percent – has been dumped in landfills or littered in the natural environment (intentionally or not)

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-Lycra unveils new technologies at annual event

Invista, owner of the Lycra, Thermolite and Coolmax brands, and an innovation leader in the legwear segment, has introduced three latest hosiery innovations at the fifth edition of Lycra Fiber Moves conference that took place in Lake Como, Italy, on 18 October, marking the brand’s 60th anniversary. Held every two years, this exclusive event attracts around 200 representatives from leading knitters, coverers, distributors, brands and retailers to learn about new market insights and trends, as well as Invista’s latest technologies for socks and hosiery.

“Legwear is a very important market for Lycra. But ten years ago, we sat down and realised there is no seminar for this segment,” said Alistair Williamson, Sales Director at Invista, during his opening address. “There are events happening around the world for people working in the sportswear industry, like ISPO, or denim, such as Kingpins, which takes place in Amsterdam next week, but there has been nothing for those involved in hosiery.”

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Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

Data from the 2018 Greenitaly Report of Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere  Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere
A quarter of Italian companies (345,000) over the past 5 years have focused on the Green Economy to overcome the crisis and face the future.

They are more competitive, they export and take on more energy and talent to be exploited also for the fight against climate change: a challenge for the economy and innovation, and an opportunity for made in Italy.Presentation of the 2018 Greenitaly report by Symbola and Unioncamere. Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere
In Italy 3 Millions of Green Jobs, 13% of the employed this year 474,000 new contracts activated Italy first among the big EU for wealth produced per materia unit: 4 € of GDP / Kg and first for recycled waste: 79% of the total.Realacci: “The Green Economy in Italy crosses innovation, quality, beauty and brings new competitiveness to companies and the country. Italy is a superpower in the Circular Economy “Rome, 30 October 2018.

An antidote to the crisis before, an incentive to engage and support the recovery then.

It is an undoubted factor of competitiveness: which finds its roots in the peculiar national economic model, in which efficiency, quality and beauty, social cohesion and territorial ties feed the turnovers of companies. It is also an additional weapon to combat climate change, in line with the recent IP

CC report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

This proves to be the Italian green economy, thanks to those companies, a quarter of the total, which in the last five years have made green investments.

 

 I dati del Rapporto Greenitaly 2018 di Fondazione Symbola e Unioncamere

Un quarto delle imprese italiane (345.000) negli ultimi 5 anni ha puntato sulla Green Economy per Ssuperare la crisi e affrontare il futuro.

 Sono più competitive, esportano e assumono di più energie e talenti da valorizzare anche per la lotta ai mutamenti climatici:

 una sfida per l’economia e l’innovazione, e un’opportunità per il made in Italy

Presentazione Rapporto Greenitaly 2018 di Symbola ed Unioncamere

In Italia 3 Milioni di Green Jobs, Il 13% degli occupati  quest’anno 474.000 nuovi contratti attivati Italia prima tra i big Ue per ricchezza prodotta per Unita’ di Materia: 4€ di Pil/Kg

 e prima per rifiuti riciclati: Il 79% del totale

Realacci: “La Green Economy in Italia incrocia innovazione, qualita’, bellezza e porta nuova competitivita’ alle imprese e al paese. L’Italia è una superpotenza nell’Economia Circolare”

Roma, 30 ottobre 2018.

Un antidoto contro la crisi prima, uno stimolo per agganciare e sostenere la ripresa poi. E un indubbio fattore di competitività: che trova le sue radici nel peculiare modello economico nazionale, in cui efficienza, qualità e bellezza, coesione sociale e legami territoriali alimentano i fatturati delle imprese.

E anche un’arma in più per contrastare i mutamenti climatici, in linea con quanto indicato dal recente rapporto dell’IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Questo dimostra di essere la green economy italiana, grazie a quelle aziende, un quarto del totale, che negli ultimi cinque anni hanno fatto investimenti green.

Lo racconta GreenItaly 2018: il nono rapporto di Fondazione Symbola e Unioncamere – promosso in collaborazione con il Conai e Novamont, con il patrocinio del Ministero dell’ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare – che misura e pesa la forza della green economy nazionale (oltre 200 best practice raccontate, grazie anche alla collaborazione di circa trenta esperti).

Sono oltre 345.000 le imprese italiane dell’industria e dei servizi con dipendenti che hanno investito nel periodo 2014-2017, o prevedono di farlo entro la fine del 2018 (nell’arco, dunque, di un quinquennio) in prodotti e tecnologie green per ridurre l’impatto ambientale, risparmiare energia e contenere le emissioni di CO2.

In pratica un’azienda italiana su quattro, il 24,9% dell’intera imprenditoria extra-agricola. E nel manifatturiero sono quasi una su tre (30,7%). Solo quest’anno, anche sulla spinta dei primi segni tangibili di ripresa, circa 207 mila aziende hanno investito, o intendono farlo entro dicembre, sulla sostenibilità e l’efficienza.

Il rapporto è stato presentato stamattina a Roma presso la sede di Unioncamere da Ermete Realacci, presidente Fondazione Symbola e Carlo Sangalli, presidente Unioncamere, alla presenza di Catia Bastioli, amministratore delegato Novamont, Giorgio Quagliuolo, presidente Conai, Francesco Starace, amministratore delegato Enel, e del sottosegretario al Ministero dell’ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare Salvatore Micillo.

Green economy e competitività.

Non è difficile capire le ragioni di questi investimenti. Le aziende di questa GreenItaly hanno un dinamismo sui mercati esteri nettamente superiore al resto del sistema produttivo italiano: con specifico riferimento alle imprese manifatturiere (5-499 addetti), quelle che hanno visto un aumento dell’export nel 2017 sono il 34% fra chi ha investito nel green contro il 27% tra chi non ha investito.

Queste imprese innovano più delle altre, quasi il doppio: il 79% ha sviluppato attività di innovazione, contro il 43% delle non investitrici.

Innovazione che guarda anche a Impresa 4.0: mentre tra le imprese investitrici nel green il 26% adotta tecnologie 4.0, tra quelle non investitrici tale quota si ferma all’11%.

Sospinto da export e innovazione, anche il fatturato cresce: basti pensare che un aumento del fatturato nel 2017 ha coinvolto il 32% delle imprese che investono green (sempre con riferimento al manifatturiero tra 5 e 499 addetti) contro il 24% nel caso di quelle non investitrici.

Green Jobs: occupazione e innovazione.

Alla nostra green economy si devono già 2 milioni 998 mila green jobs, ossia occupati che applicano competenze ‘verdi’.

Il 13% dell’occupazione complessiva nazionale. Un valore destinato a salire ancora entro l’anno: sulla base delle indagini Unioncamere si prevede una domanda di green jobs pari a quasi 474.000 contratti attivati, il 10,4% del totale delle richieste per l’anno in corso, che si tratti di ingegneri energetici o agricoltori biologici, esperti di acquisti verdi, tecnici meccatronici o installatori di impianti termici a basso impatto; e nel manifatturiero si sfiora il 15%.

Focalizzando infine l’attenzione sui soli dipendenti e scendendo nel dettaglio delle aree aziendali, notiamo come in quella della progettazione e della ricerca e sviluppo il 63,5% dei nuovi contratti previsti per il 2018 siano green, a dimostrazione del legame sempre più stretto tra green economy e innovazione aziendale.Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

“In Italia – spiega Ermete Realacci, presidente di Symbola, Fondazione per le qualità italiane – questo cammino verso il futuro incrocia strade che arrivano dal passato e che ci parlano di una spinta alla qualità, all’efficienza, all’innovazione, alla bellezza.

Una sintonia tra identità e istanze del futuro che negli anni bui della crisi è diventata una reazione di sistema, una sorta di missione produttiva indicata dal basso, spesso senza incentivi pubblici, da una quota rilevante delle nostre imprese.

Una scelta coraggiosa e vincente. Per le imprese, che investendo diventano più sostenibili e soprattutto più competitive.

E per il Paese, che nella green economy e nell’economia circolare ha riscoperto antiche vocazioni (quella al riciclo e all’uso efficiente delle risorse) e ha trovato un modello produttivo che grazie all’innovazione, alla ricerca, alla tecnologia ne rafforza l’identità, le tradizioni, ne enfatizza i punti di forza.

Un modello produttivo e sociale che offre al Paese la possibilità di avere un rilevante ruolo internazionale: già oggi l’Italia è una superpotenza nell’economia circolare”.Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

“Fa piacere, anno dopo anno, constatare la forza ed i primati di questa Italia ‘verde’, svelarne il dinamismo imprenditoriale, scoprirne le capacità sui mercati e l’attitudine a creare lavoro di qualità”, sottolinea il presidente di Unioncamere, Carlo Sangalli.

“Oggi un quarto delle nostre imprese parla il linguaggio della green economy, che significa rispetto per l’ambiente, tutela del territorio e delle sue risorse.

Un linguaggio strettamente connesso con l’innovazione in tutte le sue forme, inclusa l’adozione delle tecnologie di Impresa 4.0.

E siamo contenti di poter dare il contributo del sistema camerale anche alla diffusione della cultura della sostenibilità, fondamentale per assicurare il benessere e il futuro dei nostri territori”. Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

Leadership europea nelle performance ambientali

Le imprese di GreenItaly, incluse le PMI, hanno spinto l’intero sistema produttivo nazionale e il Paese verso una leadership europea nelle performance ambientali. Leadership che fa il paio coi nostri primati internazionali nella competitività.

– Materie prime. Eurostat ci dice che l’Italia con 307 tonnellate di materia prima per ogni milione di euro prodotto dalle imprese è molto più efficiente della media Ue (455 tonnellate), collocandosi terza nella graduatoria a ventotto paesi, dietro solamente al Regno Unito (236 t) e al Lussemburgo (283 t), e davanti a Francia (326 t), Spagna (360 t) e Germania (408 t).

– Energia. Siamo secondi tra i big player europei, dietro al solo Regno Unito, per consumi energetici per unità di prodotto. Dalle 17,3 tonnellate di petrolio equivalente per milione di euro del 2008 siamo passati a 14,2; la Gran Bretagna (un’economia in cui finanza e servizi giocano un ruolo molto importante) ne consuma 10,6; la Francia 14,9; la Spagna 15,7; la Germania 17,0.Greenitaly Report Fondazione Symbola Unioncamere

– Emissioni. Italia da primato anche nella riduzione delle emissioni in atmosfera: terzi tra le cinque grandi economie comunitarie (104,2 tonnellate CO2 per milione di euro prodotto): dietro alla Francia (85,5 t, in questo caso favorita dal nucleare) e al Regno Unito (93,4 t; pesa, come nel caso dell’energia, il ruolo della finanza) ma davanti a Spagna e Germania.

– Rifiuti. Con 43,2 tonnellate per ogni milione di euro prodotto (1,7 t in meno del 2008) siamo i più efficienti nella riduzione dei rifiuti tra le cinque grandi economie europee, di nuovo molto meglio della Germania (67,6 t per milione di euro prodotto) e della media comunitaria (89,3 t).

– Economia circolare. Per ogni chilogrammo di risorsa consumata il nostro Paese genera (a parità di potere d’acquisto) 4 € di Pil, contro una media europea di 2,2 e valori tra 2,3 e 3,6 di tutte le altri grandi economie continentali, come stima l’Istituto di ricerche Ambiente Italia.

Siamo il Paese europeo con la più alta percentuale di riciclo sulla totalità dei rifiuti (urbani, industriali etc., inclusi quelli minerari): con il 79% di rifiuti avviati a riciclo l’Italia presenta un’incidenza più che doppia rispetto alla media europea (38%) e ben superiore rispetto a tutti gli altri grandi Paesi europei: la Francia è al 55%, il Regno Unito al 49%, la Germania al 43%.

Siamo il primo Paese in Europa per fatturato pro-capite nel settore dello sviluppo dei prodotti basati su processi biologici (come le bioplastiche), grazie al fatto che siamo i più avanzati in innovazione e sviluppo di tecnologia.

Siamo, insieme alla Germania, il Paese leader europeo in termini di quantità di materie seconde riciclate nell’industria manifatturiera: e questa sostituzione di materia nell’economia italiana comporta un risparmio potenziale pari a 21 milioni di tonnellate equivalenti di petrolio e a 58 milioni di tonnellate di CO2.

Tutti gli obiettivi fissati dalle nuove direttive europee sui rifiuti urbani al 2025 o sono già stati raggiunti (come, caso esemplare in Europa grazie al sistema Conai, per il totale degli imballaggi e per tutti i singoli materiali, ad eccezione della plastica) o sono prossimi ad essere raggiunti (come l’obiettivo di raccolta differenziata). Sono in ogni caso necessarie semplificazioni normative, un’incentivazione degli acquisti verdi e un’impiantistica adeguata.

Geografia degli eco-investimenti

Molte le imprese green nelle Regioni del Nord, ma la loro presenza è diffusa in tutto il territorio nazionale. La Lombardia è la Regione con il più alto numero di imprese eco-investitrici: ne conta 61.650, seguono il Veneto con 34.797 unità, il Lazio con 32.545 imprese green, l’Emilia-Romagna a quota 28.270 e la Campania con 26.176.

Quindi troviamo il Piemonte con 25.272, la Toscana (23.163),, la Sicilia (21.954), la Puglia (20.355) e la Calabria (9.818). A livello provinciale, in termini assoluti, Roma (25.082) e Milano (21.547) guidano la graduatoria delle imprese che investono in tecnologie green, staccando nettamente le altre province italiane. In terza, quarta e quinta posizione, con oltre 9.000 imprese eco-investitrici si collocano Torino, Napoli e Bari.

Dove sono più richiesti i green jobs

La prima Regione per numerosità assoluta di contratti relativi a green jobs la cui attivazione è prevista per il 2018 è la Lombardia, dove se ne contano 123.380, pari a poco più di un quarto del totale nazionale (26,1%); seguita a distanza dall’Emilia Romagna con 45.562 richieste di green jobs (9,6%), dal Lazio, con 45.480 attivazioni (9,6% del totale nazionale), quindi da Veneto a quota 42.654 (9%) e Piemonte con 38.869 (8,2%). Troviamo poi la Campania (29.467, 6,2%), la Toscana (23.637, 5% del totale nazionale), la Puglia (20.912, 4,4%), la Sicilia (19.994, 4,2%) e il Friuli Venezia Giulia (11.546, 2,4%).

Avvicinandoci ancor di più ai territori, le prime province per numerosità assoluta di attivazioni programmate di contratti relativi a green jobs sono quelle costituite dalle grandi realtà di Milano, con 63.242 nuove posizioni, e Roma, con 37.570. In terza posizione c’è Torino, dove la domanda di green jobs è di 23.478 unità, quarta Napoli con 16.761 attivazioni, quinta Brescia con 14.977.

Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Three para-xylene producers in Asia announce para-xylene prices for November Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

MOSCOW – Three major paraxylene producers in the Asian region have announced their contract prices for November supplies of paraxylene to Asia at USD1,320-1,350 per tonne, sources in the market told ICIS .Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

In particular, South Korean SK Global Chemicals (SKGC) set paraxylene contract prices for November at USD1,350 per ton, while Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and

JX Nippon Oil & Energy called their contract prices at USD1,330 and USD1,320 per ton, respectively.Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Meanwhile, in October, the contract prices of para-xylene were not agreed.

Para-xylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid (TPA), an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the supply of injection-molded PET granules from non -CIS countries to Russia in September amounted to 10.1 thousand tons against 10.5 thousand tons a month earlier and 3 thousand tons in September last year.

Imports from South Korea last month amounted to 0.5 thousand tons.

In the first nine months of 2018, imports of molded PET in the Russian Federation increased by 29% to 97.2 thousand tons against 75.4 thousand tons for the same period last year.Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

The share of South Korean imports from January to September was 10% (9.5 thousand tons), as was the share for the same period last year (7.6 thousand tons).

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

New system combines benefits of physical, chemical polymer foaming at industrial scale  Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) introduced its Somos Perfoamer physical plastics foaming system at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, last week.

The system comprises a conditioning and an impregnating unit, where the pellets are processed before being fed to the injection molding machine.

The Perfoamer lets plastics processors reap the benefits of the Plastinum Foam Injection Molding process, jointly developed by Linde and Kunstoff-Institut Lüdenscheid, at an industrial scale, said Hans Schnell, Senior Technical Expert, Projects and Processing.

Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Hans Schnell, Senior Technical Expert, Projects and Processing, at ProTec Polymer Processing showed the company’s new polymer foaming system at Fakuma 2018.

The polymer pellets are dried and maintained at the optimal processing temperature in the conditioning unit before being impregnated with CO2 in the adjoining autoclave.

An Industry 4.0–compatible PLC ensures consistent process quality. The CO2-doped pellets are stored in a 250-liter tank awaiting output to the injection molder.

The Perfoamer system is compatible with almost all injection molding machines.

The underlying Plastinum Foam Injection Molding technology was developed to combine the benefits of chemical and physical foaming.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Installation is simple, requiring few to no modifications of the injection molding equipment, and it costs up to 60% less than conventional physical foaming systems, according to Linde.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

PLASTEC Minneapolis is the hub to injection molding, materials and additives, product design, automation, and more.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Source new products explore breakthrough technology, and hear innovators reveal their latest discoveries and developments.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Most polymers, including bio-based and engineering-grade materials, sheer-sensitive thermoplastics and composites, can be processed by the Somos Perfoamer system. Foaming allows weight reductions of up to 60%, depending on the material, according to ProTec.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

Also, the CO2 content reduces the polymer’s viscosity, thus improving melt flow and accelerating production, adds the company.Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

ProTec Polymer Processing supplies material handling, treatment and recycling technologies as well as LFT pultrusion lines to plastics processing companies.

Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating is introducing a new generation of PET thermoforming sheet lines Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Source : Reifenhäuser

Press Releases

Following the big success of the 2013-release high-performance extrusion lines for PET thermoforming sheets with the patented mechatronic polishing stacks of the MIREX-MT-V design series, the next generation of this line type was presented this year.

As in the past, the heart of these lines is the tried-and-tested synchronous “REItruder” twin-screw extruders, which are now in their third generation.

In combination with dry-running high-performance vacuum pumps that work with an operating pressure of 5 mbar, and the degassing units on the REItruder that have continuously been optimized through the years, the systems meet the FDA requirements (N.O.L for Recycled Plastics #209) for films that are made of 100% recycled PET and are in direct contact with food.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

All required declarations confirming the line technology’s compliance with EFSA requirements are provided; the user is responsible for applying for the appropriate EFSA approval.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Depending on the customer’s requirements, various different coextrusion feedblocks are available from Reifenhäuser EDS, the youngest member of the Reifenhäuser Group. The customers have frequently expressed their desire for simple (quasi “plug and play”) production.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

To meet this need, feedblocks are now available both for fixed layer geometries and for the tried-and-tested and highly flexible REIcofeed 2.1 systems that can be configured during operation.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Additionally, completely modernized dies are available in the wide product portfolio of Reifenhäuser EDS.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

For example, the producer can choose between internal deckling for maximum flexibility in the film width, or a lip gap that can be configured during operation for fast thickness changes, as well as between manual or automatic operation with thermal expansion bolts.

After 5 years of successful worldwide use, the MIREX-MT-V high-performance polishing stack has also been fundamentally modernized.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

Depending on the system capacity, it has 3 or 4 polishing rolls. Additionally, an axis crossing for the first roll is available optionally, for the production of thin films with large widths.Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

The entire line has been prepared for the implementation of Industry 4.0 functions that are being developed group-wide by Reifenhäuser Digital.

Thanks to the modular concept, the customers can decide individually which functionalities benefit their business activities and which are not needed (for the time being).

The tailor-made solutions for individual needs are part of the portfolio of Reifenhäuser CSC, from “as simple as possible” to convenient fully automated solutions.

Reifenhäuser Sheet Coating PET thermoforming sheet

 New generation of PET thermoforming sheet lines

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate: Bottle Grade is steady while Filament Grade is always weak.The prices of upstream chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,170/1,200 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,150/9,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,900/9,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,900/9,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 945/955 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,100/7,200 yuan/ton – MEG $ 795/815 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,800/6,900 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,215/1,225 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 9,800/9,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,700/11,800  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 9,950/10,050  yuan/ton

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Data from the 2018 Greenitaly Report of Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere  

Italian Language Only

A quarter of Italian companies (345,000) over the past 5 years have focused on the Green Economy to overcome the crisis and face the future.

They are more competitive, they export and take on more energy and talent to be exploited also for the fight against climate change: a challenge for the economy and innovation, and an opportunity for made in Italy.Presentation of the 2018 Greenitaly report by Symbola and Unioncamere.

In Italy 3 Millions of Green Jobs, 13% of the employed this year 474,000 new contracts activated Italy first among the big EU for wealth produced per materia unit: 4 € of GDP / Kg and first for recycled waste: 79% of the total.Realacci: “The Green Economy in Italy crosses innovation, quality, beauty and brings new competitiveness to companies and the country. Italy is a superpower in the Circular Economy ”

Rome, 30 October 2018.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Vietnam emerges as key beneficiary of trade war

US and Chinese companies weigh Southeast Asia as new supply base

Both American and Chinese companies say that the trade war is causing them to lose market share to Vietnamese competitors. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

Vietnamese companies are emerging as key winners of the trade war between the U.S. and China, according to a new survey of companies from the two nations.

Both American and Chinese companies participating in the survey, published on Monday by the Guangzhou-based American Chamber of Commerce in South China, said that as a result of the trade conflict, they have been losing market share, especially to companies from Vietnam.

Chinese companies reported also losing sales equally to companies from India, the U.S. and South Korea. For American companies by contrast, Germany and Japan were the next keenest rivals.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Three para-xylene producers in Asia announce para-xylene prices for November Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Three major paraxylene producers in the Asian region have announced their contract prices for November supplies of paraxylene to Asia at USD1,320-1,350 per tonne, sources in the market told ICIS .Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

In particular, South Korean SK Global Chemicals (SKGC) set paraxylene contract prices for November at USD1,350 per ton, while Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and

JX Nippon Oil & Energy called their contract prices at USD1,330 and USD1,320 per ton, respectively.Paraxylene producers Asia prices November

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-New system combines benefits of physical, chemical polymer foaming at industrial scale  Chemical polymer foaming industrial scale

ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) introduced its Somos Perfoamer physical plastics foaming system at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany, last week.

The system comprises a conditioning and an impregnating unit, where the pellets are processed before being fed to the injection molding machine.

The Perfoamer lets plastics processors reap the benefits of the Plastinum Foam Injection Molding process, jointly developed by Linde and Kunstoff-Institut Lüdenscheid, at an industrial scale, said Hans Schnell, Senior Technical Expert, Projects and Processing.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Hammond opts for plastic packaging tax

Chancellor Philip Hammond is to impose a tax on plastic packaging with insufficient recycled content.

In his Budget speech he stopped short though of introducing a tax on disposable plastic drinks cups, but signalled the possibility of an incineration tax in future.

The chancellor (pictured) said: “There will be a new tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging which has less than 30% recycled plastic content.”

He is to consult on the scheme’s detail and timetable and said he had acted because the UK should: “Lead work to rid oceans and environment of plastic waste.”

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Pepsi parent company pledges to increase use of recycled plastic

The goal calls for 25 percent recycled plastic in packaging by 2025

PepsiCo has announced a new goal to reduce its use of plastic packaging and increase its use of recycled plastic.

The food and beverage manufacturer said it aims to use 25 percent recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025. The pledge comes at a time when businesses are under increasing pressure to curb the use of plastic, which often ends up in the world’s oceans.

The company said it will collaborate with suppliers and partners and try to increase consumer education about curbing plastic pollution. It also said improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform are needed to achieve its goal.

Specifically, PepsiCo has a goal of using 33 percent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) content in beverage bottles by 2025.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-SC Johnson and Plastic Bank to Open New Blockchain Rewards Recycling Centers in Indonesia

New-Blockchain-Rewards-Based-Recycling-Centers-Planned-for-Indonesia-Battling-Plastic-Pollution-Crisis

Plastic Bank has been slowly and steadily proving themselves as an eco-friendly platform, urging consumers to pick up plastic and recycle. In return, the participant is provided with digital asset rewards. They have already started their efforts in several areas, but their latest collaboration will involve SC Johnson, a United States manufacturer of household cleaning supplies.

SC Johnson owns many major brands in the grocery industry, like Glade, Ziploc, and Mr. Muscle. Every one of these brands tends to use a substantial amount of waste, and a recent study examined the effect that plastic pollution has on the ocean. The study revealed that over 55% of the waste that the ocean takes in come specifically from five Asian countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-How can holistic packaging design alleviate marine litter?

A new white paper distills scientific research on the effects of plastic on ocean ecosystems and recommends ways the packaging industry can help reduce the amount of marine litter.

A white paper released today by non-profit foundation Ocean Wise and PAC Packaging Consortium (PAC) addresses the issue of plastic pollution caused in marine environments by packaging litter.

The report, titled “Ocean Plastics: What the Packaging Industry Can Do,” notes that microplastics—bits of plastic smaller than 5 mm—pose a major hazard to aquatic life and recommends taking a more holistic approach to packaging design to help reduce the amount of plastic that makes its way into the ocean.

The white paper proposes that such elements as single-use and small-format packaging and lightweight 2D items like lids and caps be redesigned to discourage the separation of elements, so they’re recycled together.

Optimizing packaging would include re-evaluating the correct amount of packaging to avoid unnecessary waste.

Ensuring that packaging can be collected and reused is also key.

The paper is being released in conjunction with an on-site meeting today at Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, which is part of PAC’s Innovation Roadshow.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Borealis to ‘more than quadruple’ its plastics recycling by 2025

Borealis has committed to increasing its recycled plastics volumes by more than fourfold by 2025, as part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which the Austrian polymers and fertilizers major signed on Monday.

Plastics recyclingThe commitment, titled ‘A Line In The Sand’, is an initiative driven by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with the aim of creating a new normal for plastic packaging.

So far, it has been signed by over 250 organisations, including companies that collectively represent 20% of all plastic packaging produced globally.

Targets of the initiative also include:

– Eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reuse packaging models.

– Innovate to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be easily and safely reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating is introducing a new generation of PET thermoforming sheet lines 

Following the big success of the 2013-release high-performance extrusion lines for PET thermoforming sheets with the patented mechatronic polishing stacks of the MIREX-MT-V design series, the next generation of this line type was presented this year.

As in the past, the heart of these lines is the tried-and-tested synchronous “REItruder” twin-screw extruders, which are now in their third generation.

In combination with dry-running high-performance vacuum pumps that work with an operating pressure of 5 mbar, and the degassing units on the REItruder that have continuously been optimized through the years, the systems meet the FDA requirements (N.O.L for Recycled Plastics #209) for films that are made of 100% recycled PET and are in direct contact with food.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-EMEA petrochemical outlook, w/c Oct 29

The eagerly awaited European ethylene contract for November will settle this week.

OLEFINS

The ethylene market was expected to remain well supplied and pressure on prices was seen coming both from feedstock naphtha and downstream polyethylene. The November contract for propylene will also settle this week. Expectations in the market ranged from a rollover to a small fall. Propylene was expected to remain well supplied in the spot market as downstream demand has fallen on the back of downstream shutdowns. The butadiene market’s November contract price settled down Eur100/mt ($114/mt) to Eur1,075/mt last week, while the spot market also weakened on low demand from export markets and declining prices in Asia.

POLYMERS

The European PE market will keep its ears close to the ground for any US origin offers that may emerge. Imported cargoes, both from the US and the Middle East, were expected to keep the European PE prices under pressure. Competitively-prices PE from the US has already led to softening prices in African and Turkish markets, and some African market participants expected that trend to continue into November. Polypropylene prices have come under pressure and, with feedstock bearishness, that trend was expected to continue.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Faurecia bids to acquire all shares in Japan’s Clarion, intends to form alliance with Hitachi to develop autonomous driving products

Faurecia is bidding to acquire Clarion, in a move to strengthen its position as a major supplier of cockpit systems at a time when car interiors are being transformed.

The French automotive supplier said the acquisition of Clarion, which makes in-vehicle infotainment, HMI and connected driver-assistance systems, will give it a stronger position in the market for cockpit electronics.

“It would position us as a leading player for cockpit systems integration, able to offer unique user experiences,” Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller said in a statement.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Germany’s BASF scoops second China chemicals deal in four months

Chemical giant BASF said on Monday it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’sSinopec Corp to build a steam cracker in east China, the second major investment pledged by the German firm in four months.

China, the world’s top chemicals consumer, is allowing greater access by global majors and local independents to its massive chemicals market to feed plastics, coatings and adhesives to the fast-growing consumer electronics and automotive sectors, as well as polyesters for clothing.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-FENC Pushes Innovation and Furthers Collaboration with Global Brand Partners

Water Free Dyed Nylon and Innovative Recycling Process Launched

Far Eastern New Century (FENC) has announced that it will continue to build on its brand growth momentum with a 5-point strategic focus on integration, innovation, global leadership, capabilities/capacities and sustainability. For FENC, with approximately 27,000 employees, the global brand status it has in the textile industry generates annual revenues of more than US$ 7 billion (€6.1 billion). Being such a size brings responsibility, with FENC being right at the front in owning theirs.

FENC on Sustainability: “There’s No Other Way”

Sustainability is inherent to FENC, through its fully vertical processing, from fiber and fiber recycling through to garment manufacturing, and the R&D continue in force. “As a global corporate citizen, we must continue to develop with sustainability in mind. We believe there’s no other way,” said Eric Hu, President, Textile, FENC.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

-Faerch Plast UK introduces recycled PET material

British recycled plastic packaging firm Faerch Plast UK has introduced 100% recycled PET material under its Food to Go banner.

According to the company, the new material reduces the need for virgin materials and will be made available from 1 January.

Faerch Plast UK and Ireland sales director Mark Tollman said: “We see this as a great innovation for our customers and the environment, as we continue to develop sustainable packaging.

Plastic Petrochemicals recycling bioplastics

Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging

New plant goes from PET bale to rPET packaging Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging
New facility with an 80,000,000-lb annual capacity sorts, cleans, and purifies PET waste to produce rPET rollstock, thermoformed containers, and molded bottle preforms.

rPlanet Earth, a new company dedicated to closed-loop recycling of post-consumer plastics, has started up a large grassroots facility that is said to be the world’s first completely vertically integrated plant for converting PET packaging waste into finished rPET products with properties comparable to those made from virgin PET.

The 302,000-sq-ft facility in Vernon, CA, takes in bottles, clamshell containers, and other packaging waste from curbside collection; puts it through an extensive series of sorting and cleaning procedures; grinds it into flake and subjects it to rigorous wash and decontamination; raises the intrinsic viscosity (IV) of the material in accordance with end-use requirements; and processes it into food-grade sheet, thermoformed containers, and injection-molded preforms for bottles. The new rPlanet Earth plant has an annual capacity of 80,000,000 lb.  Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

The total investment at Vernon thus far is over $100,000,000. According to rPlanet Earth co-CEO Robert Daviduk, plans are in the works to add a second bales-to-end-product production line in the facility within the next two years.

“The utilities and other infrastructure are already in place to support a new line that can have a capacity 50-percent larger than that of our existing line,” Daviduk says. “Our company has plans to build three or more new plants at sites elsewhere in the U.S. and possibly in other countries.”Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Beyond recycling PET, rPlanet Earth also meets other sustainability goals, notes co-CEO Joseph Ross. “While our rPET packaging provides appearance, purity, and physical properties comparable to those of virgin PET, our carbon footprint is 60-percent less than that of packaging made from virgin resin and in fact is 20-percent less than that for rPET products from other companies,” he says.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Ross adds that the figures take into account curbside collection, baling, and transportation as well as the operation in the Vernon plant. “In addition, our recycling operation uses 90-percent less water per quantity of output than a PET resin plant.”

Among the reclaim and polymer processing systems in place at the Vernon plant are three Welex® sheet lines supplied by Graham Engineering Corp. and equipped with EDI® extrusion dies and BKG® melt delivery components from Nordson Corp.

Comprehensive process for reclamation and reuse

After bales entering the rPlanet Earth facility have been broken into a single stream of bottles and thermoforms, the material is subjected to multiple sorting procedures. Magnetized sorters remove foreign matter such as wire, near-infrared scanners identify PET and separate it from other polymers, and another sorting step separates PET materials by color.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Next comes a dry system for grinding the material into flake. Water is avoided because it is a carrier for inks and adhesives that can negatively affect the quality of the finished rPET. The first encounter with water is in the wash line, where the material is cleaned before it moves to a tank where PET, which is heavier than water, sinks, while labels, adhesives, and other matter are skimmed off.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

Subsequently the flake enters a Krones MetaPure® reactor where ~200°C heat and vacuum are used in a final decontamination process. Solid state polymerization (SSP) raises the IV of the rPET to various levels, depending on the target application.

rPlanet Earth bypasses the pelletizing step in favor of adding value to flake by using it in its own in-house plastics processing lines.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

“By skipping the pelletizing of rPET, we potentially avoid degrading our products’ appearance, since a melting step that can negatively affect color is completely eliminated,” explains Daviduk. “Our customers are looking for products that come from a truly closed-loop recycling system.”Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

He notes that rPlanet Earth can supply sheet, thermoformed packaging, or preforms with an rPET content that can range up to 100%, depending on whether or not a customer requires some percentage of virgin PET.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

The company currently operates seven plastics processing lines: two Husky injection molding systems for production of preforms, and three Welex extrusion lines that produce sheet for sale as rollstock to the merchant market or for use in-house on two large Lyle thermoforming machines from Brown Machine Group.

The thermoformed products manufactured by rPlanet Earth may include drinking cups, produce packaging, clamshell containers, and virtually any other food-grade thermoformed packaging currently made from PET.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

The three Welex sheet lines supplied by Graham Engineering include extruders that yield widths up to 75 in. and can be configured for coextrusion; XSL Navigator™ controls capable of integrating with plant-wide automation systems; Nordson’s BKG HiCon screen changers, BlueFlow gear pumps, and static mixers; and Nordson’s EDI® Ultraflex™ sheet dies. Graham Engineering also supplied thickness scanners, edge trim systems, winders, and other equipment.Plant PET bale waste rPET packaging 

“We spent an enormous amount of time researching plastics processing equipment suppliers and chose Graham Engineering because of their technical capabilities, their engineering and design support, and their Converge™ CTS [Conical Twin Screw] technology, which is more compact and streamlined in comparison with conventionaltwin-screw systems,” says Ross.

“It was a joint decision between us and Graham Engineering to include Nordson components.

The in-line backflush capability of the BKG screen changers was particularly attractive because this self-cleaning feature enables us to avoid shutdowns due to screen buildup. In addition, Nordson backed their EDI die with extensive experience in PET sheet processing, exceeding that of other die suppliers.”

Senior Editor, Packaging World

Polymers PET Bottle Resin Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET Bottle Resin Petrochemicals Prices

           Polyestertime

ITEM22/10/201829/10/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

9,550 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton-350
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,250 $/ton1,200 $/ton-50
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

9,500yuan/ton9,050 yuan/ton-450
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market

 

9,500 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton-500
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

7,150 yuan/ton7,100 yuan/ton-50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 970 $/ton 955 $/ton-15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,230 yuan/ton6,810 yuan/ton-420
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

860 $/ton802 $/ton-58
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,238 $/ton 1,214 $/ton-24
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

10,750 yuan/ton10,050 yuan/ton-700
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market9,750 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton-550
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

 12,400 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton-500
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

12,050 yuan/ton11.400 yuan/ton-650
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

10,950 yuan/ton10,275 yuan/ton-675
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,050 yuan/ton-450
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

16,500 yuan/ton16,450 yuan/ton-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,200 $/ton2,200 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,510 $/ton2,450 $/ton-60
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

17,400 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

18,800 yuan/ton18,600 yuan/ton-200
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

37,800 yuan/ton37,500 yuan/ton-300 
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,200 yuan/ton21,600 yuan/ton-600
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,900 yuan/ton24,500 yuan/ton-400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,900 yuan/ton23,500 yuan/ton-400
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200 yuan/ton34,000 yuan/ton-200 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,400 yuan/ton9,800 yuan/ton-600
Benzene domestic market

 

6,800 yuan/ton6,475 yuan/ton-325
Benzene overseas  market

 

805 $/ton766 $/ton-39
Ethylene South East market

 

1,000 $/ton910 $/ton-90
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,002 $/ton990 $/ton-12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

17,900 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton-1,900
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,100 $/ton2,050 $/ton-50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

20,800 yuan/ton20,800 yuan/ton –
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market

 

15,180 yuan/ton15,050 yuan/ton-50
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,800 yuan/ton10,500 yuan/ton-300
Naphtha overseas market         

 

670 $/ton637 $/ton-33
Phenol domestic market 12,175 yuan/ton

 

12,175 yuan/ton

 

 –
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,465 $/ton

 

1,465 $/ton

 

 
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS 1,560 $/ton

 

 1,555 $/ton

 

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LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,120 $/ton1,102 $/ton-18
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,102 $/ton1,092 $/ton-10
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,100 $/ton1,081 $/ton-19
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,080 $/ton1,070 $/ton-10
HDPE CFR Far East

 

 1,250 $/ton 1,231 $/ton-19
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,253 $/ton 1,222 $/ton-31
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

 1,261 €/ton 1,244 €/ton-17