Textile-to-textile – In the latest Chemical Trends Report from CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council highlights that the EU chemical sector is grappling with greater impacts from the energy crisis compared to other regions 17-04-2024

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Europe’s textiles sorting industry in crisis; urgent EU action needed

The industry responsible for sorting discarded textiles for reuse and recycling is on the brink of collapse across Eu­rope, with urgent alarms ringing from the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.

Without immediate intervention, this crisis will escalate, causing irreversible economic and environmental damage.

Rising costs, dropping sales due to intense competition and legislative gaps are putting valuable reusable textile resources and the circular economy at risk. The combination of unsold second-hand clothing due to a global drop in sales and lacking business models for recycling, discarded textiles threaten to end up directly in the incinerator without being reused or recycled. Textile-to-textile

Mariska Boer, the President of EuRIC’s Textiles Branch, stated:”The prospect of incineration becoming the only remaining option if sorting discarded textiles becomes financially unviable is deeply alarming. All industry efforts to create a sustainable textile value chain in a circular economy would be in vain when textiles can no longer be collected and sorted in Europe. When second-hand clothing can no longer be supplied to countries that depend on it, this will have a massive economic impact both locally and within the EU.”

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In the latest Chemical Trends Report from CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council highlights that the EU chemical sector is grappling with greater impacts from the energy crisis compared to other regions

According to Chemanager-online, structural challenges within the sector require immediate attention. Historically, the EU27 chemical industry has been losing ground in the global market, primarily due to its high energy costs. Textile-to-textile

This factor is particularly critical as it contrasts sharply with regions like the US and the Middle East, where energy is cheaper.

CEFIC points out that high energy prices are not the sole issue. Investment delays in Europe are also linked to regulatory ambiguities and unclear innovation support schemes, which together erode confidence in the EU’s industrial policies. This environment complicates conducting business in the EU. CEFIC emphasizes the need for a solid business framework as proposed in the Antwerp Declaration for a European Industrial Deal to attract investments.  Textile-to-textile

Despite these challenges, there is a silver lining as confidence within the chemical sector is improving and the trade balance is stabilizing, possibly marking the end of destocking phases. Based on European Central Bank projections, inflation is anticipated to decrease from 5.4% in 2023 to 2.3% in 2024, signaling potential economic stabilization. However, CEFIC remains cautious, suggesting it might be premature to declare this a start of a recovery upcycle. Further insights are provided in graphs and the complete report on the CEFIC website.

Additionally, data from January 2024 shows a 5.9% drop in the output of the EU27 manufacturing sector compared to the previous year. Textile-to-textile

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From wheat to Bioplastics

In a pioneering move for Europe’s green chemistry sector, Belgian company Futerro and French cooperative Tereos have teamed up to establish a biomanufacturing platform in Normandy. Futerro, a leader in producing lactic acid, lactide, and PLA (polylactic acid), and Tereos, a key player in the sugar, ethanol, and starch markets, have entered a strategic partnership aimed at creating a localized, sustainable supply chain. This involves converting dextrose extracted from eco-friendly French wheat into recyclable and compostable bioplastics at a facility planned for Port-Jérôme-Sur-Seine by 2027.

The agreement will see Tereos supply 150,000 tonnes of dextrose annually from its Lillebonne plant to Futerro’s adjacent biorefinery. Textile-to-textile

There, Futerro will transform the dextrose into bio-based products such as lactic acid, lactide, and PLA. This collaboration emphasizes a reduction in energy usage, particularly from fossil fuels, and strengthens the economic and environmental aspects of local production and logistics. Notably, the venture will utilize river transport and a pipeline system between the plants, significantly reducing road transport needs.

The initiative is set to infuse over €500 million into the local economy, generate about 1,150 new jobs, and support a substantial number of existing jobs at Tereos. This partnership not only promises significant environmental benefits by promoting decarbonization and sustainable logistics but also bolsters the regional workforce and economy through innovative agricultural and industrial advancements.

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Early April 2024, Asian and European PET Prices contrast with US PET Prices

During the initial days of April, the global Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) resin market displayed a varied sentiment, with both the Asia-Pacific and European markets mirroring similar trends. Conversely, the US market maintained a stable stance. The trend of PET prices was influenced by downstream demand and the fluctuating crude oil prices amid geopolitical concerns. Textile-to-textile

In the United States, the PET market maintained its steady course, a trend that took root in late March. This stability followed a notable increase in the third week of March, which was subsequently balanced by a 2.3% decline in the feedstock Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) prices. With ample inventory in MEG feedstock, Ethylene Oxide, and moderate demand from downstream industries, particularly the PET bottle and packaging sector, prices found equilibrium. Despite a 4% rise in Crude Oil prices, the impact on MEG prices remained minimal, thanks to modest fluctuations in crude oil inventories. The overall scenario in the US, including refinery operations at more than 88% capacity and a slight decrease in daily crude oil imports, influenced the commercial crude oil storage dynamics. Moreover, a marginal rise in inflation signalled potential challenges ahead, primarily driven by higher oil and raw material prices and increased transportation rates observed in March. Textile-to-textile

Early April 2024, Asian and European PET Prices contrast with US PET Prices

South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. has partnered with Ansan City in Gyeonggi Province to recycle waste vinyl into plastic raw materials, according to a report by Kedglobal

This collaboration was formalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting a circular economy and transforming Ansan’s waste vinyl into sustainable resources. The agreement, signed on Tuesday, underscores the mutual commitment to establishing a system for the circulation of plastic resources.

Annually, Ansan generates about 15,000 tons of waste vinyl, a number that continues to rise. Under this new agreement, Ansan City will supply waste vinyl to LG Chem’s upcoming pyrolysis oil factory in Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province, which is expected to commence operations this year. This facility will specialize in chemical recycling, a process that converts waste vinyl into plastic raw materials. Textile-to-textile

LG Chem’s initiative is set to not only reuse local waste materials but also to produce various eco-friendly products utilizing the recycled vinyl from Ansan.

This partnership reflects a strategic move towards sustainability and resource efficiency, leveraging technological innovations in chemical recycling to address environmental challenges.

South Korea's LG Chem Ltd. has partnered with Ansan City in Gyeonggi Province to recycle waste vinyl into plastic raw materials, according to a report by Kedglobal

Circular from the start

Recycling start-up to promote circularity in automotive components

Over the past year, the news from the plastics recycling industry has been, for the most part, sombre. Textile-to-textile

The low prices of virgin materials have attracted producers away from the use of recycled plastic, which has led to the shuttering of recycling plants across Europe.

Now, bucking this trend is a young, dynamic startup in Modena, Italy, called Circular Identity, which is convinced that now is the time to act. Textile-to-textile

“We envision a world where plastic waste is transformed into high-quality safety-critical components, reducing the negative impact of plastic waste on the environment and creating a more sustainable future for generations to come,” is how the company put it. Sustainable Plastics spoke with one of the co-founder owners of the company, Pierrick Cassin,  a plastics recycling veteran who is well aware of the challenges ahead.

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Exploring options for UK textile-to-textile recycling

Study will take lessons from first fully scaled automated textile sorting facility in Sweden.

Tomra Textiles and Circle-8 Textile Ecosystems have entered into a collaborative agreement to advance the first automated textiles sorting and pre-processing facility for non-reusable waste textiles in the UK. Textile-to-textile

The companies will conduct a feasibility study for an automated textile sorting and pre-processing facility, emphasising solution and process designs that can be scaled.

The explorative collaboration agreement is focused on the UK market where despite higher average re-use levels compared to the rest of Europe, an estimated 700,000 tons of non-reusable textile waste is still generated every year.

As a key member of ACT UK, a consortium set up to industrialise textile sorting in the country in 2023, London-based Circle-8 is working with stakeholders along the textile value chain to realise a circular textiles ecosystem. It will now draw on Tomra’s experience and know-how to develop solution designs for a future automated sorting and pre-processing facility for non-reusable textiles in the UK. Textile-to-textile

Tomra, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, was the main technology provider to the world’s first fully scaled automated textile sorting facility, SIPtex, in Malmö, Sweden and the Swedish research project has provided valuable lessons for optimising and reconfiguring Tomra’s technology for the industrial-scale sorting of post-consumer garments.

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PET bottle duty – EU ADD against Chinese PET bottle chip generally digested, pay attention to whether RPET can be removed 16-04-2024

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PET bottle duty – EU ADD against Chinese PET bottle chip generally digested, pay attention to whether RPET can be removed 16-04-2024

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Technopolymers with recycled carbon fibres

On April 11, 2024, UBE Corporation, under the leadership of President Masato Izumihara, announced the introduction of innovative composite products incorporating recycled carbon fiber, aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lessening environmental impact. These products integrate traceable recycled carbon fiber, capitalizing on UBE’s extensive experience in engineering plastics. In collaboration with Shinryo Corporation, led by President and CEO Masaaki Tsuchiyama, UBE has harnessed a method to reclaim high-quality carbon fiber from used components, addressing the growing accumulation of carbon fiber waste and the challenges it presents.  PET bottle duty

The newly developed composites blend recycled carbon fiber with various nylons, enhancing functionality for use in the automotive and sports industries. These advancements not only reduce component weight, thereby conserving energy, but also diminish GHG emissions produced during the original carbon fiber manufacturing process. The UBE Group is actively working towards a sustainable future by focusing on the reduction of GHG emissions and the promotion of eco-friendly products and technologies. Through these efforts, UBE aims to supply more customers with sustainable solutions, aligning with their 2030 vision to become a specialty chemicals leader that supports global environmental sustainability, human health, and a prosperous future society. PET bottle dutyPET bottle duty

Re-PET feedstock price trend analysis

Since recycled plants resume operation since the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, recycled PSF prices have experienced a round of slight rise before the Lantern Festival, and then prices maintained for about half a month. Later, as sales continued to be sluggish and inventory accumulated, market prices started to decline apparently around Mar 10. Close virgin PSF prices in Hebei market declined the most, and prices have lowered by 400yuan/mt compared to the level around Chinese Lunar New Year. For other products, prices of close virgin PSF in Zhejiang and Jiangsu and HC re-PSF decreased by around 200-300yuan/mt. As some plants continued to cut prices, market confidence lacked obviously, and downstream buyers were more cautious to purchase with weak demand, mainly buying for pressing demand. PET bottle duty

With the weak demand for recycled chemical fibers and low processing spread, many plants adjusted lower the procurement prices of feedstock. In Hebei, rough bottle bales prices kept downward after the holiday, down by 400yuan/mt. The price decline moved from North China to South China. Bottle bales and PET flakes trading prices went downward generally in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong, down by 200-300yuan/mt. During this round of decline, imported PET flakes prices in Zhejiang slipped obviously. Some traders were active to sell amid the panic mood and currently, some blue and white flakes prices declined below 6,000yuan/mt, down by nearly 500yuan/mt compared to some transactions of 6,400-6,450yuan/mt before. Part of orders is still on afloat and some losses may be seen for traders. PET bottle duty

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Renewed Efforts to Tackle Plastic Pollution Gain Momentum

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the urgent need to address plastic pollution, as mounting environmental concerns and public outcry prompt renewed efforts to tackle this global crisis. From bans on single-use plastics to innovative recycling technologies and community-led clean-up initiatives, momentum is building towards a more sustainable and plastic-free future.

Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to ecosystems, marine life, and human health, as plastic waste accumulates in landfills, waterways, and oceans, contaminating habitats and endangering wildlife.  PET bottle duty

Plastic debris, such as microplastics and macroplastics, can persist in the environment for hundreds of years, leaching harmful chemicals and disrupting ecosystems, with far-reaching consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem health.

In response to these environmental challenges, governments, businesses, and civil society organizations are taking decisive action to reduce plastic waste and promote alternatives to single-use plastics. This includes implementing policies and regulations to restrict the production, sale, and distribution of plastic bags, straws, and other disposable items, as well as incentivizing the use of eco-friendly alternatives, such as biodegradable packaging and reusable containers.  PET bottle duty

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Axpo has entered a partnership with French energy investor ENEGO to explore establishing a 100 MW green hydrogen plant in Sicily, focusing on the Priolo-Augusta industrial zone along the east coast

This collaboration aims to form part of a broader “hydrogen valley” spanning from Catania to Siracusa, aimed at supplying green hydrogen to local industries, thereby supporting regional decarbonization efforts.

The proposed facility would mark a significant stride in both Axpo’s and Europe’s green hydrogen initiatives, potentially expanding to 300 MW based on demand. This plant, which would integrate into the European Hydrogen Backbone, signifies a major step towards replacing grey hydrogen—currently produced using natural gas—with CO2-free hydrogen in local refineries and transportation.  PET bottle duty

Guy Bühler, Axpo’s Head of Hydrogen, emphasized the project’s importance for reducing carbon footprints in Sicily, particularly within the industrially crucial Priolo-Augusta district. Concurrently, ENEGO Holding’s CEO, Alfonso Morriello, highlighted the project’s inception through collaborations, including the University of Catania’s engineering expertise, aiming to leverage green hydrogen for Sicily’s economic benefit.

This initiative complements Axpo’s other hydrogen projects across Europe, including a significant venture in Italy’s Peligna Valley and a hydrogen-powered passenger vessel on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. Axpo’s engagement in the “Arve Hydrogène Mobilité” project in France further demonstrates its commitment to advancing hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier, underscored by its recent publication of a white paper on hydrogen’s potential in Switzerland.    PET bottle duty

Axpo has entered a partnership with French energy investor ENEGO to explore establishing a 100 MW green hydrogen plant in Sicily, focusing on the Priolo-Augusta industrial zone along the east coast

Recycling of plastic ‘a deception’

The global plastic industry’s long-standing narrative of recycling as the panacea for plastic pollution has been debunked in a new report by Planet Tracker (PT). 

In ‘The Plastic Recycling Deception’, PT sets out practices it claims are deceptive employed by the plastic industry. It urges stakeholders to re-evaluate their approach to plastic waste management.

For years, it insists, the plastic industry has promoted recycling as the solution to the world’s plastic pollution crisis. However, the report highlights that 91% of plastic is not recycled. The use of resin identification codes, often mistaken for recycling symbols, has further misled policymakers, regulators and consumers into believing in the circularity of plastic, it alleges.  PET bottle duty

‘Advanced recycling‘

PT is a non-profit think tank focused on sustainable finance. It quotes a report by the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) saying the plastics industry was initially focused on disposability (1950s and 1960s), then moved to incineration and landfilling as ‘solutions’ (late 1960s and 1970s), then followed with the promise of recycling (mid 1980s to mid-1990s).

‘With recycling failing to deliver meaningful results, by 2015, and public pressure to find a solution re-emerging, most lately the plastics industry has started to promote an old technology as a new “solution” to plastic waste – “advanced recycling”,’ according to CCI.

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IISc Scientists Develop Sustainable Hydrogel to Remove Microplastics from Water

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a sustainable hydrogel to remove microplastics from water, addressing the global issue of plastic pollution.

Microplastics, particles less than 5 millimetres in size, are pervasive in oceans, soil, and even the air we breathe, posing a threat to human health.  PET bottle duty

The hydrogel, made up of a unique polymer network, can bind and degrade microplastics using UV light irradiation.

Previous methods like filtering membranes have been unsuccessful due to clogging, making them unsustainable.

How it was Developed?

The IISc hydrogel, composed of three polymer layers and nanoclusters of a material called copper substitute polyoxometalate, has shown high efficiency in removing polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene microplastics from water.  PET bottle duty

As per IISc, the hydrogel consists of three different polymer layers – chitosan, polyvinyl alcohol and polyaniline – intertwined together, making an Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) architecture. The team infused this matrix with nanoclusters of a material called copper substitute polyoxometalate (Cu-POM). These nanoclusters are catalysts that can use UV light to degrade the microplastics.

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EU ADD against Chinese PET bottle chip generally digested, pay attention to whether RPET can be removed

Early April 2024, the European Commission announced the final ruling on the anti-dumping investigation of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) originating from China, imposing anti-dumping duties ranging from 6.6% to 24.2% on the products involved, with specific rates detailed in the attached table. The products in question are Polyethylene Terephthalate with a viscosity equal to or greater than 78 milliliters/gram. The EU CN (Combined Nomenclature) code for the products is 3907 61 00 (TARIC code 3907 61 00 10). The announced rates were actually preliminarily indicated in the announcement on November 28, 2023, with rates set at 6.6% for Sanfame, 10.7% for Wankai, 17.2% for China Resources, and 11.1-24.2% for other companies (specific rates can be found in the final table).  PET bottle duty

Since the initiation of the  investigation on PET bottle chip from China by the EU early March in 2023, the export volume from mainland China to EU has significantly decreased.

Taking Italy as one of the main destination markets, Chinese customs data shows that Italy imports from China were at 10,267 tons in January 2023, while dropped to 1.1 tons by December. Similarly, imports from China to countries like France and Belgium have notably declined.

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Sustainability Recycling – Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April 15-04-2024

Sustainability Recycling – Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April 15-04-2024

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At Techtextil 2024 in Frankfurt, from April 23-26, Germany’s ITA will exhibit Biotexfuture projects emphasizing sustainability and recycling

The Biobase project, in collaboration with Krall+Roth, has yielded interior textiles from biopolymers. These polymers were transformed into yarns and fabrics, with processes tailored to their properties, resulting in four partially bio-based polyamides for interiors.

The Bioturf project aims to create bio-polyethylene turf identical to conventional turf in performance but better for recycling and free of microplastics. CO2TEX is developing an elastane-free compression stocking using TPU yarns with up to 600% elongation, made from polymers with 18% renewable content.  Sustainability Recycling

Degratex focuses on bio-based, degradable geotextiles for temporary earth stabilization or vegetation protection, designed to be replaced by natural elements eventually. ITA’s other innovations include a durable polishing disc from hemp and insulation textiles from cellulose aerogels.

These advancements will be featured at Elmatex’s stand D63 in Hall 12, alongside Recycling Atelier’s display, showcasing efforts to hasten textile recycling.

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Exel Composites, Fairmat sign carbon fiber scrap repurpose deal

Exel material waste will go through Fairmat’s reconstitution process to produce second-generation CFRP chips, enabling a closed-loop ecosystem.  Sustainability Recycling

Exel Composites (Vantaa, Finland) and Fairmat (Paris, France) have announced a partnership to close the loop of carbon fiber waste. Fairmat will recycle Exel Composites’ carbon fiber composite scrap at its Nantes, France, manufacturing facility to produce second-generation carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) chips, high-performance composite units. Beginning in Q2 2024, the carbon fiber composite scrap will be transferred to Bouguenais from Exel’s two plants in Finland.

Traditional waste management techniques involving pyrolysis or solvolysis use significant amounts of energy, mitigating the environmental benefits of recycling used carbon fiber (read “Recycling end-of-life composite parts: New methods, markets”). In contrast, Fairmat’s reconstitution process uses proprietary cutting technologies — aided by robotic tools equipped with machine learning — to dissemble carbon fiber components and convert the pieces into CFRP building blocks. Sustainability Recycling

“Fairmat’s innovative recycling methodology enables its products to retain the high strength and stiffness of the original embedded fibers,” explains Kim Sjödahl, senior VP of technology and sustainability at Exel Composites. “This is often compromised by other recycling methods that involve chopping and milling carbon fiber. Combined with its minimal energy input, Fairmat’s process is game-changing for sustainability in the composites industry. What’s more, the successful recycling of process waste also opens possibilities to recycle the end-of-life waste from our customers.”

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Bühler launches fully automatic bagging station with Premier Tech

Swiss technology group Bühler, in partnership with leading Canadian packaging equipment manufacturer Premier Tech, announce the launch of the CHRONOS OMP-2090 B, a fully automatic bagging station. The new bagging station was developed for a wide range of powdery and other non-free-flowing products. It delivers maximum productivity through reliable, fully automatic operation, outstanding bagging accuracy and high product and operational safety.  Sustainability Recycling

As the need for advanced and efficient packaging solutions grows, this new system for powdery products is designed to increase productivity, ensure safety, and accommodate a wide range of bags, representing a significant advancement over traditional solutions. With decades of combined experience in the industry, Bühler and Premier Tech have once again demonstrated their commitment to innovation by expanding their portfolio to meet the increasing demand for higher packaging capacities in mills.

“The performance and reliability of the fully automatic bagging station CHRONOS OMP-2090 B lifts open mouth bag packaging to the next level. Operational safety and precision increase overall mill efficiency, maximize raw material yield, and ensure safe distribution of the valuable products of our customers and partners,” says Marco Chialina, Head of Business Unit Digital Sense at Bühler.  Sustainability Recycling

Bühler launches fully automatic bagging station with Premier Tech

AIMPLAS to Host Fourth Edition of EcoFRam

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is proud to host the fourth edition of the EcoFRam conference, an initiative of the French Chemical Society (SCF). Scheduled for 22nd and 23rd May, the event is set to convene experts and stakeholders in the field of eco-friendly flame retardants and additives.

The conference aims to shed light on the current state of eco-friendly flame retardants, exploring the latest advancements and research. With environmental concerns at the forefront, the development of sustainable materials that meet safety standards without compromising ecological integrity is more crucial than ever.  Sustainability Recycling

EcoFRam serves as a platform for scientists, researchers, and industry professionals to exchange knowledge and foster collaborations. The two-day event will feature presentations on innovative solutions that align with global sustainability goals.

As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, the role of eco-friendly flame retardants becomes increasingly significant. These substances are essential in reducing the flammability of materials, thereby enhancing safety. However, traditional flame retardants have raised environmental and health concerns, prompting the search for greener alternatives.

The fourth edition of EcoFRam is expected to highlight breakthroughs in non-toxic, effective flame retardants that can be integrated into various products, from electronics to construction materials. The discussions will also delve into regulatory frameworks, market trends, and future directions for this vital industry.  Sustainability Recycling

AIMPLAS to Host Fourth Edition of EcoFRam

China’s textile industry profits top 18 bln yuan in first two months   

In the initial two months of the current year, China’s principal textile firms witnessed a substantial profit surge, reaching 18.2 billion yuan (approximately 2.56 billion U.S. dollars).

This marks a significant increase in the industry’s financial performance. The total operational revenue of these companies was reported at 675 billion yuan, indicating a 13.7 percent growth compared to the previous year. Sustainability Recycling

This data was released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Furthermore, the industrial output of these key textile enterprises showed a 7.7 percent year-on-year increase.

Additionally, the period saw China’s textile and garment exports climb to 45.1 billion U.S. dollars, registering a 14.3 percent rise from the same timeframe last year.

These figures underscore the robust expansion and economic health of China’s textile sector.  Sustainability Recycling

China's textile industry profits top 18 bln yuan in first two months  

Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April

The company announced a hike in the gross market price for general-purpose polystyrene (PS-GP) by €60 per tonne, as reported by Kunststoffweb.

Similarly, high-impact polystyrene (PS-HI) will see an equivalent price rise, maintaining its premium at €100 per tonne over PS-GP.

This follows significant price surges in February and March, where increases were in the triple-digit range.  Sustainability Recycling

Additionally, the reference price for styrene monomer—a key PS component—went up by €44 per tonne in April.

Concurrently, the cost for butadiene, an essential additive, escalated by €70 per tonne.

These adjustments reflect ongoing market trends and input cost fluctuations, impacting the overall pricing structure for PS products.

Ineos Styrolution, based in Frankfurt, is set to increase polystyrene (PS) prices this April

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,130 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -30
Bottle grade PET chips export market 910 $/ton 905 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,970 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton -70
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,990 yuan/ton 6,910 yuan/ton -80
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,985 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton
-35
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 740 $/ton 740 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,450 yuan/ton 4,460 yuan/ton
+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 517 $/ton 522 $/ton +5
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,059 $/ton 1,048 $/ton
-11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,037 $/ton 1,026 $/ton -11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,150 $/7on 1,140 $/ton -10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,725  yuan/ton 7,680 yuan/ton
-45
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,450 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,250 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,420 yuan/ton -80
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,725 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton
+475
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,620 $/ton 1,620 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,910 $/ton 1,910 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,200 yuan/ton 14,600  yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton +550
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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22,200 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,400 yuan/ton 16,800 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,750 yuan/ton 19,150 yuan/ton- +400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,600 yuan/ton 17,850 yuan/ton +250
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,700 yuan/ton 33,500 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,200 yuan/ton 32,000 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,200 yuan/ton 29,000 yuan/ton -200
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,450 yuan/ton 9,650 yuan/ton +200
Benzene domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton 8,770 yuan/ton -30
Benzene overseas  market 1,068 $/ton 1,063 $/ton -5
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 873 $/ton 848 $/ton -25
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 10,000 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,000 yuan/ton -250
PP Powder domestic market 7,250 yuan/ton 7,220 yuan/ton -30
Naphtha overseas market  710 $/ton 705 $/ton -5
Phenol domestic market 7,425 yuan/ton 7,512 yuan/ton +87

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Japanese researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking bioplastic that combines durability with rapid seawater degradation, offering hope for ocean cleanup efforts

Made from polylactic acid derived from starches like sugarcane and corn, the material represents a significant step in combating the 30 million tons of plastic waste polluting oceans worldwide.

While traditional polylactic acid suffers from brittleness and production challenges, the team overcame these limitations by leveraging a bacteria’s plastic-producing capabilities. Through genetic modification, they achieved mass production of an enhanced degradable polylactide known as LAHB.

By blending LAHB with conventional polylactic acid, they achieved transparency, enhancing its versatility.

The Japanese government aims to boost bioplastic usage to 2 million tons by 2030, viewing this innovation as a pivotal step in their biomanufacturing initiative.

Seiichi Taguchi, a key figure in the project, believes this development will not only aid in mitigating global warming but also marks the industrialization of bioplastics.

With this advancement, the prospect of cleaner oceans and reduced reliance on petroleum-based plastics becomes increasingly attainable.

Japanese researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking bioplastic that combines durability with rapid seawater degradation, offering hope for ocean cleanup efforts

Microplastics are contaminating our water; IISc has now found a solution to the problem

Microplastics, a global water contamination crisis, faces a promising solution from researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Their innovative hydrogel, boasting a unique polymer network, effectively removes and degrades these minuscule plastic particles.

Microplastics, omnipresent in water bodies worldwide, threaten ecosystems and human health. Despite efforts using filtering membranes, these solutions often falter due to clogging. Led by Professor Suryasarathi Bose, the IISc team engineered a sustainable hydrogel with an Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPN) architecture. Infused with nanoclusters of a copper substitute polyoxometalate (Cu-POM), this hydrogel efficiently binds and degrades microplastics under UV light.

The hydrogel, comprising chitosan, polyvinyl alcohol, and polyaniline layers, exhibits remarkable adsorption and degradation capabilities. Mimicking real-world scenarios, the team crushed plastic products to generate common microplastics. Tracking their removal and degradation, they found the hydrogel excelled, especially at near-neutral pH levels.

Additionally, the hydrogel proves durable under varying temperatures, hinting at its potential for large-scale deployment. Once its lifespan concludes, it can transform into carbon nanomaterials for heavy metal removal.

Future endeavors involve collaborating to develop scalable devices for widespread microplastic cleanup. The IISc’s breakthrough heralds a sustainable remedy to combat waterborne microplastic pollution, safeguarding ecosystems and human well-being alike.

Microplastics are contaminating our water; IISc has now found a solution to the problem

Nylon fibers – The Challenge of PMMA Recycling: A Shift Towards Chemical Solutions 13-04-2024

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INVISTA, a key player in the nylon 6,6 and polypropylene sectors, has announced plans to explore strategic options for its nylon fibers division

This encompasses INVISTA’s fiber-centric portfolio, including airbag and industrial fibers, CORDURA® businesses, and five global manufacturing sites in Seaford, Delaware; Martinsville, Virginia; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Gloucester, UK; and Qingpu, China.

Francis Murphy, President and CEO of INVISTA, stated, “As part of our Principle Based Management™ approach, we regularly evaluate asset value to ensure optimal ownership for growth. While nylon fibers are valuable, we believe other companies may unlock greater potential. However, if not, we’ll maintain operations.”  Nylon fibers

Regardless of any potential divestment, INVISTA commits to serving its global nylon and propylene customers with intermediates, polymers, and specialty chemicals. Proceeding with the exploration would streamline operations, reinforcing focus on core upstream businesses.

The nylon fiber division forms a significant part of INVISTA’s operations, and specifics of any potential deal remain confidential. Barclays has been enlisted as Exclusive Financial Advisor for this process. Nylon fibers

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The Challenge of PMMA Recycling: A Shift Towards Chemical Solutions

In the realm of plastics recycling, Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), commonly known as acrylic or plexiglass, presents a unique challenge. PMMA is widely used for its clarity, strength, and resistance to UV light and weathering, making it a popular material in various industries, from construction to advertising. However, its recycling process is not as straightforward as other plastics.

Mechanical Recycling Limitations

Mechanical recycling, the process of grinding, melting, and remolding plastic waste, is limited when it comes to PMMA. Nylon fibers

This is due to PMMA’s properties, which can degrade when exposed to high temperatures during the recycling process. Additionally, PMMA waste streams often contain additives, colors, and other types of plastics, which can contaminate the recycled product. As a result, only PMMA waste that is clean, clear, and free from contaminants is suitable for mechanical recycling. This represents a small fraction of PMMA waste, leaving the majority either landfilled or incinerated.

Landfill and Incineration Issues

Landfilling PMMA waste is not a sustainable solution. It consumes valuable land resources and can lead to environmental contamination. Incineration, while recovering some energy, releases carbon dioxide and potentially harmful compounds into the atmosphere, contributing to air pollution and climate change.  Nylon fibers

Chemical Recycling: A Promising Alternative

Faced with these challenges, the plastic industry is increasingly turning to chemical recycling. This process involves breaking down PMMA waste into its molecular components using chemicals or heat. The resulting monomers can then be purified and repolymerized into new PMMA, effectively closing the loop on the plastic lifecycle.

Advantages of Chemical Recycling

Chemical recycling offers several advantages over mechanical methods. It can handle a broader range of PMMA waste, including contaminated or colored material. It also has the potential to produce PMMA with properties equivalent to virgin material, which is crucial for high-value applications.

Furthermore, chemical recycling reduces the reliance on fossil fuels for new PMMA production, aligning with the principles of a circular economy. Nylon fibers

Challenges and Future Outlook

Despite its benefits, chemical recycling is not without challenges. It requires significant energy input and the use of potentially hazardous chemicals. The infrastructure for chemical recycling is still in development, and the process must be optimized to be cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

As the industry progresses, advancements in catalysts and process design are making chemical recycling more viable. Companies are investing in research and pilot projects to scale up this technology.

With continued innovation and support from policies that encourage recycling and sustainability, chemical recycling could play a pivotal role in managing PMMA waste and reducing the environmental impact of plastics. Nylon fibers

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PE prices decreased at domestic trades in Uzbekistan

In the first quarter of 2024, Uzbekistan’s domestic polyethylene (PE) market saw a slight 1% decrease in sales volume year-on-year, with approximately 39,600 tonnes traded through the Uzbek Republican Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange (UZEX). The primary sellers were the Shurtan Gas-Chemical Complex and the UZ-KOR GAS CHEMICAL JV. Film and injection molded PE types dominated the market, holding 35% and 22% shares, respectively, followed by blown PE brands at 17% and pipe PE at 16%.

Price trends for all PE types on the stock exchange from January to March 2024 indicated a general decline. Nylon fibers

January prices started at 16.9 million soums per ton, which then fell to 16.5 million in February, and further dipped to 16 million soums per ton in March.

Geographically, Tashkent and its surrounding region accounted for nearly half of the PE purchases, with a 49% share. Notably, the Fergana region’s share rose from 11% to 18% compared to the previous year, while the Samarkand region also saw an increase from 12% to 15%. Additionally, the Namangan region contributed to 6% of the total sales. These figures reflect a shifting landscape in regional demand within the country’s PE market. Nylon fibers

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Toray Industries has indeed made a significant advancement by developing a biodegradable spherical polyamide 4 fine particle

This innovation is particularly important as it addresses the environmental concerns associated with microplastics in the oceans. The company’s efforts to replace conventional non-biodegradable particles used in cosmetics with these new biodegradable particles align with global regulatory moves to limit and eventually ban microplastics.

The development of these particles also showcases Toray’s commitment to overcoming technical challenges, such as finding suitable solvents for polyamide 4 and managing its high melting point and thermal properties. Nylon fibers

Their success in producing these particles using proprietary technology is a testament to their extensive R&D efforts.

With the safety verification process completed and cosmetic ingredient labeling obtained, Toray is now collaborating with cosmetics manufacturers to assess the particles and establish a mass production structure. This step is crucial for the commercialization of the product, which is targeted by the end of March 2025.

Furthermore, Toray’s ongoing R&D into biomass-based biodegradable polymer particles reflects its dedication to sustainability and its vision for 2050, aiming to contribute to a world where resources are sustainably managedNylon fibers

Toray Industries has indeed made a significant advancement by developing a biodegradable spherical polyamide 4 fine particle

Sabic is downsizing its operations in Europe, particularly at the Chemelot Industrial Park in Geleen, the Netherlands

As part of a scheduled maintenance shutdown, one of the cracking units, Olefins 3, will be halted for three months. This move is part of Sabic’s strategy to optimize its operations, improve efficiency, and invest in sustainability at the Geleen site.

Olefins 3, which started in 1973 and has a production capacity of 550,000 tonnes per year of ethylene and 260,000 tonnes per year of propylene, will not be restarted after the maintenance works. Instead, it will be dismantled. Meanwhile, Olefins 4, with a nominal capacity of 675,000 tonnes per year of ethylene and 485,000 tonnes per year of propylene, will continue operating as usual.  Nylon fibers

The company’s future plans for the Geleen site involve portfolio optimization and the ongoing construction of the Sabic and Plastic Energy chemical recycling plant, aligning with its sustainability goals.

Sabic’s financial performance in 2023 saw a significant decline, with sales dropping by 23% compared to the previous year, totaling 141.5 billion riyals (approximately $37.7 billion).  Nylon fibers

Sabic is downsizing its operations in Europe, particularly at the Chemelot Industrial Park in Geleen, the Netherlands

Swedish Tyre Recycling, or SDAB, has inked a deal to supply tyre raw materials for the forthcoming tyre pyrolysis plant in Uddevalla, Sweden

This plant, being constructed by a joint venture between Antin Infrastructure Partners and Scandinavian Enviro Systems, will employ Enviro’s pioneering technology. This technology facilitates the production of sought-after recovered Carbon Black (rCB) and Pyrolysis Oil from sorted and processed End-of-Life Tyres (ELTs), thus establishing a fully circular supply chain. Under the strategic agreement, SDAB will deliver a substantial volume of ELTs collected annually in Sweden, with shipments starting in 2025.

Fredrik Ardefors, CEO of Swedish Tyre Recycling, expressed satisfaction in being chosen to supply this innovative plant, emphasizing their commitment to quality and reliable delivery. Nylon fibers

Stefano Madeddu, General Manager of the joint venture’s Swedish operations, highlighted their significant investment in building this flagship ELT recycling plant. He sees it as a model for future endeavors across Europe, aiming to set the highest standards for a fully circular economy in tyre recycling.

Fredrik Ardefors emphasized their ongoing quest for better tyre recycling solutions and hailed Enviro’s pyrolysis technology as a milestone. He sees the agreement as validation of their sorting and customization efforts. Nylon fibers

Swedish Tyre Recycling, or SDAB, has inked a deal to supply tyre raw materials for the forthcoming tyre pyrolysis plant in Uddevalla, Sweden

Kobe University engineers bacteria to manufacture green plastic

Experts at Kobe University in Japan have pioneered an innovative method to produce green plastic.

The team of bioengineers are leveraging bacteria to create a plastic modifier that yields renewably sourced, more processable, green plastic.

The novel sustainable plastic process has industrial-scale production potential, a development that could make the industry more environmentally friendly.

A paradigm shift in plastic production

Plastic, an indispensable component of modern civilisation, has long been associated with environmental degradation due to its persistence and reliance on non-renewable resources like crude oil. Nylon fibers

Seeking a sustainable plastic alternative, researchers have turned to polylactic acid (PLA) derived from plants. However, PLA’s inherent brittleness and poor degradability have hindered its widespread adoption.

To surmount these challenges, Kobe University’s bioengineers and Kaneka Corporation ventured have collaborated.

Kobe University engineers bacteria to manufacture green plastic

Electric cars – Introducing Winter Proof: the solution to the cold weather dilemma faced by electric car batteries 12-04-2024

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Borealis invests €4.5M in Porvoo cracker to increase production of circular materials

Borealis is injecting a hefty €4.5 million into enhancing the cracker furnaces at its olefins unit in Porvoo, Finland, aiming to ramp up production of Base Chemicals (ethylene and propylene) using more renewable and recycled materials.

This move aligns with Borealis Strategy 2030, advancing towards a circular economy. The investment, set for completion by 2025, follows a similar upgrade last year at the Stenungsund facility in Sweden. Electric cars

Porvoo’s steam cracker, with an annual capacity of 430 kilotons of ethylene and 263 kilotons of propylene, is central to a petrochemical complex, cracking feedstock like naphtha and propane into smaller molecules. The investment focuses on modifying three out of ten cracker furnaces, increasing annual production by 120 kilotons from renewable and recycled sources, certified by ISCC Plus for sustainability.

Wolfram Krenn, Borealis Executive Vice President Operations and Base Chemicals, emphasizes the investment’s role in driving sustainability and circularity.

Borealis, a leader in polyolefin solutions, caters to various industries globally, boasting 6,000 employees and a €216 million net profit in 2023.

OMV, based in Vienna, owns 75% of Borealis, with the remaining 25% held by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Electric cars

Borealis invests €4.5M in Porvoo cracker to increase production of circular materials

Klöckner Pentaplast launches 100% recycled PET trays

Klöckner Pentaplast debuts 100% recycled PET trays, offering businesses a cost-effective solution amidst eco-tax and plastic legislation challenges.

Representing a milestone in food packaging, the Luxembourg-based company introduces trays crafted entirely from post-consumer tray-derived recycled PET (rPET).

While current trays integrate reclaimed PET, Klöckner Pentaplast’s Tray2Tray initiative elevates sustainability by exclusively using recycled tray material for new tray production. Thomas Kure Jakobsen, kp’s food packaging president, hails this innovation as a testament to their pioneering spirit and technological prowess. Electric cars

He emphasizes the significance of blending expertise with technology to achieve such milestones.

Presently, a mere 30% of recycled PET serves food tray production, with a considerable portion lost in the linear system, resulting in the wastage of valuable rPET material annually.

Klöckner Pentaplast’s 100% rPET trays signal a transformative shift in the packaging landscape, showcasing the potential unleashed through innovation and sustainable practices. Electric cars

Klöckner Pentaplast launches 100% recycled PET trays

Veolia has announced it has successfully commissioned a recycled PET plant in Tsuyama, Japan

This innovative facility, a joint venture between Veolia, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., represents a significant leap forward in the global movement towards a circular economy.

Commissioned by Veolia, a French multinational with a legacy in waste management, the plant is poised to transform the landscape of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling. With an annual production capacity of 25,000 tonnes of food-grade recycled PET resin, the Tsuyama plant is not just a marvel of modern recycling technology; it’s a testament to the collaborative spirit of international sustainability efforts. Electric car

The ‘Circular PET’ plant stands on the premise of recycling low-grade used PET bottles, which account for over half of Japan’s PET bottle waste volume. These are the bottles often discarded with caps, labels, or residual liquids still intact. The facility’s cutting-edge processes will convert these bottles into high-quality, food-grade resin, suitable for creating new PET bottles.

This initiative is not only a triumph for environmental stewardship but also for economic pragmatism. By recycling PET, the plant will reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 27,500 tons annually compared to virgin production. This is equivalent to taking thousands of cars off the road each year, a milestone in the fight against climate change.

The strategic location of Tsuyama, in Okayama Prefecture, was chosen for its proximity to sources of post-consumer PET bottles and its accessibility to major markets where the recycled resin will be sold. The plant’s operation aligns with Japan’s ambitious goals to reduce plastic waste and increase recycling rates, serving as a model for other nations to follow. Electric car

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Introducing Winter Proof: the solution to the cold weather dilemma faced by electric car batteries

SK On and Samsung are leading the charge in this field, aiming to revolutionize the market with advanced, cold-resistant models in the coming years.

Efficiency is key – these Korean companies are pushing boundaries to ensure batteries maintain peak performance even in freezing temperatures. Winter Proof batteries are designed to defy the challenges of cold weather, ensuring consistent efficiency during the toughest months.Electric cars

Renowned globally, SK On supplies batteries to industry giants like Volkswagen Ford Group and Hyundai, while Samsung is gearing up for solid-state battery production by 2027. The need for improved performance is evident; traditional lithium-iron-phosphate batteries can lose up to 70% of their range in sub-zero conditions.

The new Winter Proof models boast a 16% increase in charging capacity and a 19% energy boost, with rapid charging capabilities. Samsung’s solid-state battery, expected in 2027, promises even faster charging, greater energy retention, and compact size.

With plans to achieve 80% battery recharge in just 15 minutes by 2026 and a 20-year lifespan by 2029, the industry is driving towards a future dominated by electric vehicles. While challenges persist, investments in alternative battery technologies signal a promising shift away from traditional fuel reliance. Electric cars

The transition to electric vehicles is complex, but advancements like Winter Proof and solid-state batteries represent significant steps towards a sustainable automotive future.

Introducing Winter Proof: the solution to the cold weather dilemma faced by electric car batteries

In the early 2030s, Eni is set to pioneer the first industrial-scale fusion nuclear power plant

This announcement was made by Francesca Ferrazza, who leads Eni’s fusion group, during a Senate Environment Committee hearing.

Eni is a key player in the Commonwealth Fusion System (CFS) project, a United States initiative born from MIT’s spinoff, which utilizes magnetic confinement for fusion.

The Italian energy company is contributing to the construction of the inaugural Cfs-Sparc pilot plant, anticipated to be operational by the mid-2020s. Electric cars

Following this, the Cfs-Arc, Eni’s first industrial plant to be integrated into the power grid, is scheduled for the early 2030s.

The company also has plans to establish additional power plants later in the decade.

In the early 2030s, Eni is set to pioneer the first industrial-scale fusion nuclear power plant

BMW has struck a significant deal with Rimac Technology to advance battery technology for its future electric vehicles post-2025

This collaboration marks a substantial milestone for both companies, with Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Technology, describing it as their largest and most ambitious project to date.

While specific details of the partnership remain undisclosed, the focus will be on co-developing and co-producing innovative high-voltage battery solutions for BMW’s upcoming electric models. Mate Rimac has hinted at their prior involvement with BMW, noting that Rimac has been developing battery systems for the German company for the past two years.  Electric cars

The agreement signals Rimac’s evolution from a niche supplier to a key player in high-volume manufacturing for the automotive industry. Notably, a significant portion of Rimac’s Croatian campus is now dedicated to producing batteries exclusively for BMW.

However, the implications of this partnership on BMW’s existing battery supply framework remain uncertain. It’s unclear whether Rimac will refine the chemistry and production processes of BMW’s new cylindrical cell batteries or if BMW plans to incorporate additional battery types.  Electric cars

As Mate Rimac reflects on his journey from converting a 1984 BMW 3 Series into an electric car to collaborating with BMW today, he sees it as a perfect symmetry. This partnership signifies Rimac’s readiness to undertake large-scale projects for leading automotive brands, marking a pivotal moment in Rimac Technology’s growth.

BMW has struck a significant deal with Rimac Technology to advance battery technology for its future electric vehicles post-2025

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, speaking at the annual Freedom of Mobility Forum, emphasized hydrogen’s potential as a sustainable alternative to electric vehicles (EVs), citing advantages in economy, charging speed, and vehicle integration

However, he flagged a major hurdle: the steep cost of hydrogen technology, currently twice that of EVs.  Electric cars

Tavares expressed concerns over the affordability of hydrogen vehicles, suggesting they might be viable for corporate fleets but not yet for the average consumer. He stressed the urgency of addressing cost barriers to broaden access to hydrogen mobility.

Meanwhile, Stellantis Italia’s Davide Mele warned about the competitive landscape, particularly with the emergence of Chinese automotive firms enjoying a 30% cost advantage over European counterparts. This poses a threat to the sustainability of Italy’s automotive supply chain, impacting projects like the electric Fiat 500 and Italy’s global market competitiveness. Electric cars

Though hydrogen offers promise for a greener future, cost and competitiveness hurdles loom large. Overcoming these challenges is crucial to realizing the potential of hydrogen mobility.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares, speaking at the annual Freedom of Mobility Forum, emphasized hydrogen's potential as a sustainable alternative to electric vehicles (EVs), citing advantages in economy, charging speed, and vehicle integration

Sustainable Chemicals – De Nora, a historic Italian company established in Milan in the 1920s, is forging ahead in the production of electrolysers, key components for zero-emission energy 11-04-2024

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Sustainable Chemicals – De Nora, a historic Italian company established in Milan in the 1920s, is forging ahead in the production of electrolysers, key components for zero-emission energy 11-04-2024

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Neste and Lotte Chemical Forge Alliance for Sustainable Chemicals and Plastics

Neste and Lotte Chemical are joining forces to revolutionize the chemicals and plastics industry. Their strategic partnership aims to supplant fossil resources with renewable materials in chemical and plastic production, promising greener solutions across various sectors.

Neste will supply Lotte Chemical with its renewable raw material, Neste RE™, derived entirely from renewable sources.

Lotte Chemical will utilize Neste RE at its Korean facilities to manufacture a variety of plastics and chemicals from its extensive product range. Sustainable Chemicals

These eco-friendly alternatives will find application in diverse sectors including packaging, construction, textiles, and electronics, maintaining the quality and performance of conventional products.

Recognizing the imperative to transition from fossil fuels, both companies are committed to driving sustainability in their operations.

Jeroen Verhoeven, Vice President of Value Chain Development for renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste, expresses anticipation for the collaboration: “We eagerly anticipate advancing renewable solutions with Lotte Chemical. Sustainable Chemicals

Together, we can pioneer sustainable supply chains, reducing emissions across multiple sectors and applications.”

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BioPowder replaces synthetic components with bio-composites

R-PET market – Revolutionizing Waste: The Plastic Recycling Machine  10-04-2024

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U.S. R-PET Market Exhibits Remarkable Stability Amid Global and Domestic Shifts

Throughout March 2024, the U.S. R-PET (Recycled – Polyethylene Terephthalate) market has proven to be a bastion of stability in the fluctuating global economy. With its cornerstone product, the Clear Flakes, steadfastly priced, the sector has navigated through varying degrees of demand with a calm that belies the undercurrents shaping its trajectory.

As the month commenced, industry players were bracing for potential shifts in consumption patterns. Downstream sectors, notably textiles and bottle manufacturing, were adjusting to a softer demand environment. R-PET market

Yet, the R-PET market held its ground, maintaining a steady price point that was reflective of a finely tuned balance between supply and the demands of the market. Manufacturers found themselves in a cautious stance with the spot market, where the pace of trade was subdued, and the pulse of transactions was measured.

The domestic stability in the R-PET market was juxtaposed with a global backdrop where external demand pressures and international market sentiments exerted their influence. The U.S. Manufacturing PMI indicated an uptick in activity, suggesting a recovery in the industrial sector that could potentially ripple into increased demand for R-PET. Export orders, too, showed signs of vigour, marking a reversal from previous trends, and injecting a dose of optimism into market outlooks. R-PET market

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Lombardy (Italy) offers substantial incentives for eco-friendly plastics

Lombardy Region is dedicating 5 million euros towards fostering sustainability in the plastics and textile industries. Eligible businesses can receive non-repayable contributions of up to 300,000 euros, covering half of their sustainable expenses.

Open to small and medium-sized enterprises in Lombardy, the application window for accessing these incentives runs from May 7 to June 18, 2024.

Giorgio Maione, the Councilor for Environment and Climate, applauds Lombard companies’ progress over the past decade in balancing environmental and economic sustainability through strategic investments. R-PET market

These funds will further enhance waste management in plastics and textile supply chains through circular economy initiatives.

Eligible expenses encompass various stages of the supply chain lifecycle, including procurement, design, production, distribution, use, collection, and end-of-life management:

  • Repurposing production residues for material use, promoting industrial symbiosis and by-product integration.
  • Implementing measures for packaging reuse, including the establishment of returnable systems.
  • Initiating product reuse or extending their lifespan.
  • Adapting production lines to minimize raw material usage.
  • Modifying production processes to reduce waste.
  • Incorporating “end of waste” materials into production lines.
  • Adjusting production lines for product redesign to enhance durability and recyclability.  R-PET market
  • Supporting innovative waste collection projects for efficient reuse or recycling preparation.
  • Backing innovative projects for plastic, compostable bioplastic, and textile waste reuse or recycling preparation, with scalability and transferability.

Lombardy’s incentives signal a commitment to sustainable development, fostering greener practices in key industries.

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Revolutionizing Waste: The Plastic Recycling Machine 

  1. Introduction

Plastic pollution has become an ever-growing threat to our planet’s ecosystems. With landfills overflowing and marine life suffering, the need for effective waste management solutions has never been more urgent. Recycling stands as a beacon of hope in this crisis, offering a way to reduce the environmental impact of plastic consumption. Among the innovations leading the charge is the Plastic Recycling Machine (PRM), a revolutionary technology designed to streamline the recycling process and maximize efficiency.

  1. Understanding the Plastic Recycling Machine

The Plastic Recycling Machine represents a paradigm shift in waste management. Unlike traditional recycling methods, which often rely on manual sorting and processing, the PRM automates much of the recycling process. R-PET market

At its core, the machine consists of several key components: a shredder, a washer, a dryer, and an extruder. These components work in tandem to transform discarded plastic waste into reusable material.

The process begins with the shredder, which breaks down plastic items into smaller pieces, facilitating the recycling process. These shredded pieces then pass through the washer, where they are cleaned to remove any contaminants or impurities. Once cleaned, the plastic undergoes drying to prepare it for the next stage.

Finally, the dried plastic is fed into the extruder, where it is melted down and formed into pellets or other reusable forms.  R-PET market

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China’s spunlace nonwovens export experiences robust growth amidst intense price rivalry

Customs data reveal a 15% year-on-year surge in Jan-Feb 2024, totaling 59.514kt—nearly rivaling 2021’s annual volume. However, the average price plummeted by 7% to $2,264/mt, indicative of stiff competition among fabric mills despite ample orders.

During the same period, exports to key destinations—Republic of Korea, United States, Japan, Vietnam, and Brazil—reached 33.851kt, marking a 10% uptick and constituting 57% of total exports. While shipments to the US and Brazil flourished, those to Republic of Korea and Japan saw marginal declines.  R-PET market

Originating mainly from Zhejiang, Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangdong, and Fujian, Jan-Feb exports hit 51.53kt, escalating by 15% year-on-year and accounting for 87% of total exports.

Although Jan-Feb exports slightly surpassed expectations, fierce pricing competition persists, with many mills hovering near break-even levels. The surge in export volume is chiefly propelled by the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Russia, while exports to Republic of Korea and Japan saw declines. Zhejiang remains China’s primary source of spunlace nonwovens.  R-PET market

China's spunlace nonwovens export experiences robust growth amidst intense price rivalry

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares aims to halve the weight of EV batteries within a decade, addressing environmental concerns and lithium scarcity

Current electric vehicles, with a 250-mile range, carry around 1,000 lbs more in raw materials than traditional ICE models. Tavares envisions slashing this weight by 50%, reducing environmental impact and raw material usage significantly.

Speaking at Stellantis’ Freedom of Mobility Forum, Tavares emphasized the need for lighter battery packs, hinting at breakthroughs to achieve this goal. Although specifics on how Stellantis plans to achieve this weren’t provided, the company is heavily investing in electrification. It targets 100% of European sales being electric by the decade’s end and aims for BEVs to constitute 50% of its U.S. sales.  R-PET market

Moreover, Stellantis plans to sell 5 million BEVs annually by 2030 and will introduce over 75 BEVs by then.

Stellantis’ electric lineup will rest on four platforms: STLA Small, Medium, Large, and Frame, the latter embracing a body-on-frame design. Additionally, the company is developing three electric drive modules, multiple battery chemistries, and various drivetrain configurations, offering ranges from 300 to 500 miles.

Despite the buzz around hydrogen, Tavares remains skeptical about its viability due to high costs, suggesting it may only be practical for large company fleets in the foreseeable future, not for average consumers.  R-PET market

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares aims to halve the weight of EV batteries within a decade, addressing environmental concerns and lithium scarcity

UPM Raflatac’s BOPP labels recognized for HDPE, PP recycling

UPM Raflatac’s BOPP Labels Acknowledged by APR for HDPE & PP Packaging Recyclability Supporting Circular Economy with Certified Sustainable Labeling Solutions UPM Raflatac, a global provider of eco-friendly self-adhesive paper and film products, has received formal recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for three variants of biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) labels suitable for recycling in HDPE and PP packaging. These variants encompass Undecorated BOPP with hotmelt adhesive, Undecorated BOPP with RW85C, and Metalized undecorated BOPP with general purpose acrylic adhesive.

Kyle Strenski, Business Director of UPM Raflatac Americas, expressed gratitude for the acknowledgment, highlighting their dedication to fostering a circular economy.

He stated, “This validation enables us to offer even more sustainable solutions to our clientele and brand proprietors.” R-PET market

APR Design® for Recyclability Recognition serves as third-party validation, confirming a package or its components’ compatibility with North American recycling systems.

UPM Raflatac’s BOPP products have successfully met the stringent recyclability criteria outlined in the APR Design® Guide, specifically tailored for HDPE and PP recycling.

Steve Alexander, President & CEO of APR, commended UPM Raflatac’s efforts, emphasizing the importance of recyclable packaging in minimizing waste and maximizing resource efficiency.  R-PET market

He remarked, “Recyclable packaging translates to reduced waste, optimized use of scarce resources, and a greater supply of high-quality post-consumer resin for manufacturing new goods.” UPM Raflatac's BOPP labels recognized for HDPE, PP recycling

 

Utilizing modular battery configurations, manufacturers such as Tesla, GM, and Porsche have capitalized on the efficiency of 800-volt electric vehicles

Unlike cell-to-pack structures, which directly integrate cells into the battery pack, modular designs divide the battery into separate units. Examples include the Tesla Cybertruck and GMC Hummer EV, both employing a “split” battery approach.

In the case of the Hummer EV, its dual modules, when connected in series, achieve an 800-volt capacity, enabling rapid charging of up to 350 kW. Similarly, the Cybertruck utilizes four 200-volt modules, enabling it to reach 800 volts during charging, offering similar rapid charging capabilities.  R-PET market

Notably, the Cybertruck, besides its 800-volt platform, supports vehicle-to-load functionality. When connected to a Supercharger V3, it seamlessly switches to 400 volts, optimizing performance. The absence of a DC-DC converter simplifies the architecture, reducing costs and space requirements.

This modular approach also facilitates future upgrades. Tesla has hinted at a potential 1,000-volt Cybertruck variant, achieved by adding another module. Other manufacturers, such as Porsche with the Macan EV and Audi with the Q6 e-tron, are adopting similar 800-volt architectures. R-PET market

Ford has even patented designs for 800-volt electric vehicles, further indicating the industry’s shift towards modular battery configurations.

Utilizing modular battery configurations, manufacturers such as Tesla, GM, and Porsche have capitalized on the efficiency of 800-volt electric vehicles

Circular Plastic – NILIT, a global leader in Nylon 6.6 production for apparel and the owner of the SENSIL® brand, introduces SENSIL® Flow, an innovative approach to Nylon 6.6 circularity 09-04-2024

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Circular Plastic – NILIT, a global leader in Nylon 6.6 production for apparel and the owner of the SENSIL® brand, introduces SENSIL® Flow, an innovative approach to Nylon 6.6 circularity 09-04-2024

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Indorama Ventures is reassessing the future of its Rotterdam PET and PTA plants amidst industry challenges

The move aligns with its strategic goals for sustainable solutions amid competitive pressures.

The evaluation involves discussions with site employees to determine the plants’ future activities.

Rising costs and industry shifts are driving the need for asset optimization to boost resilience.

Despite challenges, Indorama Ventures assures seamless operations globally, minimizing customer impact. Mr. DK Agarwal highlights the importance of prudent decision-making amidst economic uncertainties.  Circular Plastic

The company emphasizes its global reach as a strength to ensure continued customer service excellence.

Mitigation measures will be implemented to support affected individuals. This decision coincides with the launch of ‘IVL 2.0,’ emphasizing financial optimization and customer value.

Strategic actions include maximizing asset efficiency, operational excellence, and market leadership maintenance.  Circular Plastic

Indorama Ventures, a PET industry leader, operates across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Indorama Ventures is reassessing the future of its Rotterdam PET and PTA plants amidst industry challenges

EU imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET imports

The European Commission has enforced definitive anti-dumping duties on specific polyethylene terephthalate (PET) imports from China, safeguarding EU companies and over 1,500 jobs while protecting the €5.5 billion PET market. These duties, ranging from 6.6% to 24.2%, were finalized following a comprehensive investigation exposing dumping practices that undercut EU industry prices. Lasting five years, these measures aim to uphold market stability.

The imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties on certain PET imports from China by the European Commission aims to protect EU companies and preserve more than 1,500 jobs while securing the €5.5 billion PET market.  Circular Plastic

The duties, which range from 6.6% to 24.2%, were confirmed after an extensive investigation revealed dumping practices undermining EU industry prices. Set for a duration of five years, these measures seek to maintain market integrity.

The European Commission has instituted lasting anti-dumping duties on particular PET imports from China, aiming to shield EU companies and sustain over 1,500 jobs, thus safeguarding the €5.5 billion PET market.

Ranging from 6.6% to 24.2%, these duties were affirmed post a thorough investigation exposing dumping practices eroding EU industry prices. Implemented for five years, these actions are intended to ensure market stability. Circular Plastic

EU imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese PET imports

NILIT, a global leader in Nylon 6.6 production for apparel and the owner of the SENSIL® brand, introduces SENSIL® Flow, an innovative approach to Nylon 6.6 circularity

SENSIL® Flow facilitates yarn, fabric, and apparel recycling, aiming to eliminate waste and reduce environmental impact. It engages the entire supply chain, emphasizing product design and partnerships to achieve true circularity.

Ilan Melamed, NILIT General Manager, emphasizes the necessity of a sustainable textile industry mindset shift. SENSIL® Flow enables yarn and fabric recycling, setting the stage for apparel recycling. Collaboration is key to this transformation.

Michelle Lea, NILIT’s Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer, highlights the massive apparel waste issue. SENSIL® Flow reduces waste throughout production, enabling brands to design longer-lasting apparel that is easier to recycle. Circular Plastic

Current apparel recycling challenges include material sorting complexities, especially with blended fibers. SENSIL® Flow addresses these obstacles by providing mono-component fabrics, suitable for various end uses. These fabrics offer comfort stretch and are easily recyclable post-consumption, promoting circularity.

NILIT partners with recycling experts to efficiently recover and recycle fabric waste. High-quality recycled Nylon chips are reintroduced into the manufacturing process, promoting circularity. Certificates ensure transparency and accountability among partners committed to a circular textile economy. Circular Plastic

NILIT celebrates 50 years of excellence, offering premium Nylons like SENSIL® ByNature, BioCare, EcoCare, and WaterCare, all promoting sustainability. These responsible yarns provide designers with environmentally considerate performance fabrics to meet consumer demands.

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Is natural hydrogen the key to a green revolution?

Burning it for electricity produces only water, paving the way for eco-friendly cities. In Mali’s Bourakebougou village, a plant has been running successfully for twelve years, setting a precedent for hydrogen extraction and management. Surprisingly, there’s been no pressure drop in 11 years of operation, unlike traditional gas and oil plants. Shallow basins are proving most promising, with hydrogen replenishing as it’s used.

This success sparks a global race for hydrogen, with investments pouring in from the US, Brazil, Morocco, France, and Australia. Circular Plastic

Estimates suggest vast untapped reserves underground, offering a potential solution to climate change and geopolitical energy concerns.

At the recent CERAWeek conference, hydrogen demand was a hot topic. The Biden administration is planning subsidies to boost its use, especially in energy-intensive industries where electricity falls short.

Natural hydrogen eliminates costly production processes, offering a cheaper, carbon-free, and renewable alternative. Projects like Neom in Saudi Arabia and European investments in green hydrogen are already underway. France may harbor the world’s largest natural hydrogen deposit. Circular Plastic

Italy too is exploring natural hydrogen, reflecting a global rush towards this promising energy source. With demand expected to skyrocket, the race for hydrogen supremacy has officially begun.

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Talent New Energy, a Beijing-based company founded in 2018, has unveiled a breakthrough in solid-state batteries crucial for electric vehicles (EVs)

Solid-state batteries represent a significant advancement in energy density and charging capacity for EV batteries. Talent’s latest development boasts an impressive energy density of 720 Wh/kg, surpassing existing technologies.  Circular Plastic

Compared to WeLion’s cells for NIO’s semi-solid-state battery, which offer 360 Wh/kg, Talent’s innovation demonstrates a substantial leap. This breakthrough holds promise for enhancing EV performance, particularly in extending their range. Current EV batteries, including those utilized by WeLion, offer even lower energy densities.

The potential of Talent’s solid-state cells lies in their ability to significantly enhance EV autonomy while enabling the creation of lighter and smaller battery packs. This advancement could revolutionize EV efficiency and mileage.

However, it’s important to note that Talent’s announcement is still in the realm of laboratory results, with no immediate plans for mass production or collaboration with automakers. Nevertheless, it underscores the potential of solid-state battery technology, signaling a promising future for electric mobility.  Circular Plastic

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The inauguration of the new Iren “Circular Plastic” plant marks a significant step towards addressing the challenges posed by plastic waste

Recognizing the pivotal role of plastics in Italy’s industrial landscape, efforts to align its use with long-term climate goals are imperative. In response, the Iren Group has unveiled Circular Plastic, a cutting-edge facility dedicated to the sorting and storage of plastic waste.

Representing an investment of 45 million euros, Circular Plastic boasts state-of-the-art technology capable of processing up to 100 thousand tons of plastics annually. Situated in Borgaro Torinese, the plant covers 77 thousand square meters and handles loose waste from separate collection systems or pre-selected operations. Its construction involved a three-year effort with 150 workers.  Circular Plastic

Operational efficiency lies at the core of Circular Plastic’s design. With 130 conveyor belts and 22 optical readers, the plant meticulously sorts incoming materials. Following size-based selection, further separation occurs based on rigidity, flexibility, and color, with PET bottles receiving additional scrutiny. Recyclable plastics are stored for processing by authorized consortia, while non-recyclables are prepared for energy recovery.

Luca Dal Fabbro, President of the Iren Group, emphasizes the project’s contribution to waste management and energy production. Moreover, Circular Plastic‘s advanced capabilities extend to artificial intelligence, as it participates in the ReBioCycle project to enhance bioplastic selection using robotic systems and AI algorithms.

Circular Plastic represents a beacon of innovation, promoting significant circularity in material reuse and advancing Italy’s position in sustainable waste management practices. Circular Plastic

The inauguration of the new Iren "Circular Plastic" plant marks a significant step towards addressing the challenges posed by plastic waste

StoreDot’s latest testing reveals a significant breakthrough with its XFC battery, maintaining over 80% of its initial capacity after 2,000 charge and discharge cycles

This achievement guarantees a remarkable 600,000 km of travel, marking a historic milestone according to the Israeli company.

“We have demonstrated that drivers of electric vehicles can quickly recharge their cars, allowing for worry-free travel with just a few minutes of charging at the station,” stated StoreDot.  Circular Plastic

Let’s crunch the numbers. With an estimated total mileage surpassing 600,000 km, even factoring in battery degradation and partial recharges, this advancement is substantial. Laboratory evaluations indicate over 400 miles (approximately 650,000 km), surpassing typical market standards.

Furthermore, StoreDot’s XFC battery complies with the upcoming Euro 7 regulations, ensuring durability and maintaining at least 80% performance over 5 years or 100,000 km, meeting stringent industry requirements.

“The results obtained provide ample margins even against external aging factors encountered in real-world scenarios,” affirmed the company. Circular Plastic

Named 100×5 for its ability to gain 100 miles (160 km) in just 5 minutes of charging, this battery has undergone independent testing by 15 automakers and is slated for market release later this year. StoreDot’s roadmap outlines plans for even faster charging, with a battery set to gain 160 km in 4 minutes by 2026 and 160 km in just 3 minutes by 2028.

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StoreDot's latest testing reveals a significant breakthrough with its XFC battery, maintaining over 80% of its initial capacity after 2,000 charge and discharge cycles

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Bottle Environmental Impact – Origin Materials has achieved a significant milestone in the production of biobased intermediates at its Origin 1 commercial plant in Sarnia, Canada 08-04-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,130 yuan/ton -20
Bottle grade PET chips export market 910 $/ton 910 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,890 yuan/ton 6,970 yuan/ton +80
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 6,990 yuan/ton +90
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Bottle Environmental Impact

5,985 yuan/ton 5,985 yuan/ton

Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 750 $/ton 740 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,490 yuan/ton 4,450 yuan/ton
-40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 517 $/ton -8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,052 $/ton 1,059 $/ton
+7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,030 $/ton 1,037 $/ton +7
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,175 $/7on 1,150 $/ton -25
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,625  yuan/ton 7,725 yuan/ton
+100
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,000 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Bottle Environmental Impact

8,175 yuan/ton 8,250 yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,470 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,450 yuan/ton 12,725 yuan/ton
+275
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,650 $/ton 1,620 $/ton -30
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,910 $/ton 1,910 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 13,950 yuan/ton 14,200  yuan/ton +250
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle Environmental Impact

22,200 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,450 yuan/ton 16,400 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,800 yuan/ton 18,750 yuan/ton- -50
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,600 yuan/ton 17,600 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,800 yuan/ton 33,700 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,300 yuan/ton 32,200 yuan/ton -100
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,300 yuan/ton 29,200 yuan/ton -100
Adipic Acid domestic market

Bottle Environmental Impact

9,350 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 8,650 yuan/ton 8,800 yuan/ton +150
Benzene overseas  market 1,037 $/ton 1,068 $/ton +31
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 855 $/ton 873 $/ton +18
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,800 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

Bottle Environmental Impact

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,250 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,250 yuan/ton +100
Naphtha overseas market  712 $/ton 710 $/ton -2
Phenol domestic market 7,320 yuan/ton 7,425 yuan/ton +105

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Recycled polymer prices have been steadily rising across various material types

Recycled polymer prices have seen a consistent uptick across various materials. Let’s explore further:

  1. R-PET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate): Demand for R-PET has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. Beverage bottle converters are restocking their inventory, driven by concerns over potential future price hikes. This surge in demand marks a significant rebound after a prolonged period of subdued activity.
  2. Standard Recycled Plastic Prices: In February, prices for standard recycled plastics witnessed an upward trend, with R-PET experiencing the most notable increase. Producers upped the price for clear food-grade pellets and clear flakes by €70-80 per tonne, while colored flakes saw a hike of €40-50 per tonne.

Despite these positive shifts, overall demand for most material types still lags behind pre-pandemic levels. Nonetheless, the recent improvements hint at a promising trajectory for the recycled polymer market.

Recycled polymer prices have been steadily rising across various material types

Origin Materials has achieved a significant milestone in the production of biobased intermediates at its Origin 1 commercial plant in Sarnia, Canada

By transitioning from corn starch-based feedstocks to wood processing residues, such as sawmill waste, the company has made strides in sustainability. Utilizing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) verified wood waste, lumber by-products, and wood floors from local sawmills, Origin Materials has successfully generated sustainable intermediates. These intermediates, derived from wood chips and sawdust, serve as alternatives to petroleum-based counterparts, catering to a wide array of product applications. Bottle Environmental Impact

John Bissell, Origin Materials’ co-founder and co-CEO, highlights the versatility of these intermediates, emphasizing their potential to replace traditional petroleum-derived materials. Initial production batches are earmarked for process refinement, aiming to enhance efficiency and yield optimization.

Employing biomass feedstocks, Origin Materials commenced production of chloromethyl furfural (CMF) and hydrothermal carbon (HTC). CMF serves as a precursor for paraxylene, pivotal in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and FDCA, an intermediate for producing polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Bottle Environmental Impact

PEF, a biobased and recyclable polyester, presents a sustainable alternative to PET in various applications including films, bottles, and textile fibers. Meanwhile, HTC facilitates the production of sustainable carbon-black for tires.

Origin Materials has achieved a significant milestone in the production of biobased intermediates at its Origin 1 commercial plant in Sarnia, Canada

KazMunayGas cuts its share in Silleno, a company that develops a multi-billion polyethylene project

KazMunayGas (KMG, a subsidiary of Samruk Kazyna) has sold a 20% share in Silleno, a joint venture developing a $7.7 billion polyethylene project.

As KMG reported, the move happened on March 29. Now, the national oil company controls a 29.9$ stake in the company. No details of the deal were provided.

At the same time, according to eGov there are several shareholders in Silleno: KMG, KMG PetroChem, Russian Sibur Holding and Chinese Sinopec Overseas Investment Holding (Singapore) PTE LTD. Bottle Environmental Impact

In October 2023, while on an official visit to China, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Ma Yongsheng, chairman of the board of Sinopec Corp. The two sides agreed to launch the construction of a polyethylene production facility in the Atyrau region in the second half of 2024. The total cost of the projects was evaluated at $7.7 billion.

President Tokayev emphasized that Sinopec has significantly contributed to bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and China and described the Chinese company as a strategic partner for Kazakhstan’s oil and gas industry. Bottle Environmental Impact

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Enzymatically recycled polyester – Plant-based plastic releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic 08-04-2024

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Samsara Eco and lululemon introduce first product made from enzymatically recycled polyester

Australian enviro-tech startup Samsara Eco and its partner, athletic apparel, accessories and footwear brand lululemon, have today launched the first product made from enzymatically recycled polyester. The lululemon limited edition Packable Anorak jacket is made from a variety of inputs, including mixed plastic waste, lululemon apparel at the end-of-life stage, and converted carbon emissions. The jacket is available for purchase online in Australia, the US and Canada beginning today.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

Polyester is the most widely used fibre worldwide, accounting for around 80% of the synthetic fibre market and equating to over 63 million tonnes made each year. It is lightweight, durable, versatile and resistant to fading, crinkling and stains making it a prime choice for apparel, yet the vast majority of discarded polyester items end up in landfills, incinerated or are leaked into the environment.

Samsara Eco’s patent pending recycling technology, EosEco™ uses a combination of biophysics, chemistry, biology and computer science (including AI) to create plastic-eating enzymes.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

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Nio, the Chinese automaker, has achieved a major milestone with the commencement of mass production for its revolutionary 1,000 km semi-solid state battery, developed in partnership with WeLion New Energy Technology

This cutting-edge battery technology promises outstanding performance and convenience for electric vehicle (EV) owners.

Key Highlights:

  • Battery Specifications: The Nio semi-solid state battery boasts a remarkable 150 kWh capacity with cells achieving an internal density of 360 Wh/kg and the entire battery pack reaching 260 Wh/kg density, all while weighing only 676 kg.
  • Record-Breaking Range: In a recent real-world road test, the Nio ET7 sedan equipped with the 150 kWh battery achieved an incredible 1,044 km (650 miles) on a single charge, with Founder and CEO William Li personally testing the battery under real conditions.  Enzymatically recycled polyester
  • Universal Compatibility: Nio’s semi-solid state battery is universally compatible, easily swapped at any of China’s battery swap stations, offering existing customers significant range extensions.
  • WeLion’s Technological Advancements: WeLion’s battery technology includes a highly efficient cooling system, ensuring stable performance even under demanding conditions.
  • Future Prospects: Nio plans to integrate this battery into its flagship model, the NIO ET9, by 2025.

In conclusion, Nio’s semi-solid state battery signifies a significant advancement in EV technology, offering extended range, universal compatibility, and impressive energy density, all contributing to a more sustainable future. Enzymatically recycled polyester

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Plant-based plastic releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic

A newly developed plant-based plastic material releases nine times less microplastics than conventional plastic when exposed to sunlight and seawater, a new study has found.

The research, led by the University of Portsmouth and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), in Belgium, looked at how two different types of plastic break down when tested in extreme conditions. Enzymatically recycled polyester

A bio-based plastic material made from natural feedstocks held up better when exposed to intense UV light and seawater for 76 days – the equivalent of 24 months of sun exposure in central Europe – than a conventional plastic made from petroleum derivatives.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Hom Dhakal, from the University’s School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, and member of Revolution Plastics said: “Bio-based plastics are gaining interest as alternatives to conventional plastics, but little is known about their potential source of microplastics pollution in the marine environment.

“It’s important to understand how these materials behave when they’re exposed to extreme environments, so we can predict how they’ll work when they’re used in marine applications, like building a boat hull, and what impact they might have on ocean life.

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It will be used i CATL presents the 1.5 million km battery (guaranteed for 15 years)

CATL unveils a groundbreaking 15-year, 1.5 million km battery, initially targeted for buses and commercial vehicles.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

Yutong Bus, known for unfortunate incidents in Italy, eagerly adopts it. CATL asserts 1,000 cycles without degradation.

Since 2012, CATL and Yutong have collaborated, developing batteries for urban transport. Now, leveraging the new battery, they aim to venture into untapped markets abroad, expanding their reach from 40 countries.

Next up: solid-state batteries, seen as ideal for certain commercial vehicles due to their high energy density and fast charging.

China spearheads collaboration among battery giants like CATL and car manufacturers to accelerate solid electrolyte battery development.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

This move aims to solidify China’s dominance in the battery sector, where CATL and BYD alone hold over 50%. In 2023, CATL doubled its sales in the USA and Europe, cementing China’s position as a global leader.

It will be used i CATL presents the 1.5 million km battery (guaranteed for 15 years)

Amandina Bumi Nusantara, an Indonesian plastics recycler, provides rPET for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, and Sprite Waterlymon bottles using two Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling systems

Operating on the outskirts of Jakarta, Amandina’s PET recycling plant processes 3,000 tons of PET bottles monthly, producing clear bottle-grade rPET pellets for carbonated beverages and spring water, along with hot-washed flakes in clear and light-blue colors.

Installed in autumn 2022 by local technicians from Starlinger’s Indonesian branch office, these recycling systems enable Amandina to support companies in meeting sustainability goals. Collaborating with the Mahija Parahita Nusantara Foundation for post-consumer PET bottle collection, Amandina champions waste pickers as essential contributors to recycling efforts.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

CCEP Indonesia aims for 100% recyclable packaging by 2025, with at least 50% of plastic bottles made from rPET. By 2030, they plan to collect all plastic bottles for recycling and eliminate virgin plastic from their products.

PT Amandina Bumi Nusantara is the first PET recycler in Indonesia to receive the SNI Marking Product Certificate, ensuring compliance with the Indonesian National Standard for recycled PET resin quality. This standard, established in 2017, emphasizes safety and sustainability, supported by certifications from BPOM, Halal, and FSSC 22000, allowing rPET use in food and beverage packaging. Enzymatically recycled polyester

Amandina Bumi Nusantara, an Indonesian plastics recycler, provides rPET for Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, and Sprite Waterlymon bottles using two Starlinger recoSTAR PET 165 HC iV+ bottle-to-bottle recycling systems

Formerra and Evonik have formed a strategic alliance, expanding Formerra’s reach with Evonik’s high-performance polyamides, including sustainable solutions

This partnership enables Formerra to distribute Evonik’s polyamides and sustainable materials in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. PA12 and polyamides from Evonik are now part of Formerra’s lineup for automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications.

Doug Zupan, Formerra’s VP of Operations, is excited about this new partnership, stating that it allows them to provide top-tier materials for critical applications.

Craig Schmidter, Evonik’s Americas Director of Granules and Compounds, sees Formerra as the ideal distributor for their polyamide products due to their vast network and technical support.  Enzymatically recycled polyester

Evonik’s products enable Formerra to enter new markets like aerospace and oil & gas, while Formerra will support customers with logistics, warehousing, and technical service. The collaboration aims to fuel customer innovation in multiple markets.

Formerra will showcase their offerings at NPE2024: The Plastics Show in booth S39025 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Formerra and Evonik have formed a strategic alliance, expanding Formerra's reach with Evonik's high-performance polyamides, including sustainable solutions

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Renewable plastic solutions – Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project 06-04-2024

Renewable plastic solutions – Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project 06-04-2024

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Bioplastics manufacturer Gaia Biomaterials secure $5 million rights issue

Gaia Biomaterials, a Swedish bioplastics manufacturer, recently concluded a successful $5 million rights issue, supported by the Swedish state-owned greentech venture capital fund Almi Invest Greentech and various private investors. The funds will facilitate the expansion of market reach into the United States, India, and other selected markets. Gaia’s flagship product, Biodolomer, crafted from limestone, offers a home-compostable alternative to fossil-based plastics, promising minimal carbon footprint and no micro-plastics post-composting.  Renewable plastic solutions

CEO Peter Stenström highlights their revolutionary technology and production capacity, emphasizing the need for market expansion. The investment will be directed towards bolstering the global network of commercial agents and providing them with necessary training and support.

Almi Invest Greentech, a significant investor, underscores Gaia’s potential for both commercial success and environmental impact.

Gaia’s materials have already found applications in various sectors, including Formula 1 events in Abu Dhabi and everyday disposable products such as health-care items, food containers, and planting pots. Renewable plastic solutions

Stenström notes the versatility of their material across different production techniques without requiring machinery alterations, enabling significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Gaia currently boasts a production capacity scalable up to 50,000 tons/year, aiming to meet the surging demand for sustainable alternatives globally. The company is actively expanding its network of commercial agents to cater to the growing market demand for plastic replacements. Stenström notes the versatility of their material across different production techniques without requiring machinery alterations, enabling significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Gaia currently boasts a production capacity scalable up to 50,000 tons/year, aiming to meet the surging demand for sustainable alternatives globally. The company is actively expanding its network of commercial agents to cater to the growing market demand for plastic replacements.

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Introducing the batteries of the future: highly durable and environmentally friendly

Cobalt, a significant cost and environmental concern in battery production, poses challenges for electric vehicles. Yet, MIT researchers have developed a solution: a lithium-ion battery with an organic cathode, sidestepping the need for cobalt or nickel.

Mircea Dincă, an energy professor at MIT, believes this innovation holds immense promise. Not only does it perform exceptionally well, but it also addresses cost, extraction difficulties, and environmental issues associated with current battery metals.

In a recent study, researchers demonstrated that this organic cathode material rivals cobalt-containing batteries in conductivity and storage capacity. Moreover, it boasts faster recharging capabilities, all at a significantly reduced cost. Renewable plastic solutions

This breakthrough heralds a new era for electric vehicles, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional batteries. With superior performance and reduced environmental impact, these batteries pave the way for a cleaner, greener future on the roads.

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UFlex, an Indian leader in flexible packaging, embarks on a journey of expansion and innovation

Commencing commercial production of poly-condensed polyester chips in Panipat, India, and CPP packaging film in Russia, marks significant milestones.

The company’s Panipat facility, with an annual capacity of 168,000 metric tons, focuses on poly-condensed polyester chips production, essential for BOPET packaging films. Besides meeting in-house demands, it serves third-party clients, fostering India’s packaging film industry. Renewable plastic solutions

This expansion supplements UFlex’s existing facilities in Noida, NCR, and Dharwad, Karnataka, enhancing its nationwide service capabilities.

Simultaneously, in Russia, UFlex’s subsidiary, Flex Films Rus, inaugurates a 6.5-meter-wide CPP film line with an 18,000 MTPA capacity. This addition complements the existing BOPET film and metallizer lines, strengthening UFlex’s global presence.

Ashok Chaturvedi, UFlex’s Chairman and Managing Director, expressed enthusiasm, emphasizing the company’s commitment to meeting industry demands for reliability, speed, and quality. Renewable plastic solutions

Leveraging vertical integration, advanced technology, and sustainable practices, UFlex aims to deliver innovative solutions, tailored to evolving market needs.

In conclusion, UFlex’s expansion signifies its dedication to serving customers worldwide with superior packaging solutions, reflecting its ethos of quality, innovation, and sustainability. Stenström notes the versatility of their material across different production techniques without requiring machinery alterations, enabling significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Gaia currently boasts a production capacity scalable up to 50,000 tons/year, aiming to meet the surging demand for sustainable alternatives globally. The company is actively expanding its network of commercial agents to cater to the growing market demand for plastic replacements.

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Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project

Jiangsu Weiming New Materials is investing 10.8 billion yuan into a nylon project.

The project, located in Rudong, Jiangsu, includes an annual production capacity of 200,000 tons of nylon 6, 60,000 tons of nylon 66, and 10,000 tons of nylon 666, along with supporting facilities. Renewable plastic solutions

Divided into two phases, the project aims to produce 340,000 tons/year of caprolactam, 360,000 tons/year of hydrogen peroxide, 320,000 tons/year of cyclohexanone, 25,000 Nm³/h of natural gas hydrogen, 30,000 tons/year of hexanediamine, and 0.4 million tons/year of para-tert-butylphenol.

Of these, 200,000 tons/year of nylon 6, 60,000 tons/year of nylon 66, 10,000 tons/year of nylon 666, and 0.4 million tons/year of para-tert-butylphenol are designated for external sales. Renewable plastic solutions

The company, founded in May 2013, is a subsidiary of Taiwan China Petrochemical Corporation and Hong Kong Union Chemicals Limited.

Jiangsu Weiming New Materials invests 10.8 billion yuan to build nylon 6, 66 project

Haitian’s trajectory in 2023 shows signs of improvement, though it falls short of its peak performance in 2021

The Chinese press manufacturer witnessed a 6.2% rise in turnover to 13 billion RMB, approximately $1.84 billion, with exports totaling $726 million, up 17% from the previous year. Despite this rebound, it lags behind the record-breaking sales of 2021 when turnover reached 16 billion RMB, and deliveries amounted to 56 thousand units, compared to 38 thousand in 2023. Renewable plastic solutions

The previous year saw a 5.7% growth in press turnover to 12.4 billion RMB, accompanied by a 15.7% surge in spare parts and services sales, reaching 622.5 million. This performance is commendable amid a global economic landscape characterized by uncertainty and inflationary pressures.

In the domestic market, Haitian faced challenges such as slowed export growth and decreased investments, although conditions improved in the latter half of the year. Reduced raw material costs positively impacted margins, leading to a 10% increase in net profit to RMB 2.49 billion. Renewable plastic solutions

Looking ahead to 2024, Haitian aims to prioritize its fifth-generation machines introduced in August 2023 and enhance its service offerings. It has designated 2024 as the “Year of Quality and Service,” intending to elevate quality control, standardize procedures, and provide proactive pre-sales and post-sales services to enhance customer satisfaction.

Haitian's trajectory in 2023 shows signs of improvement, though it falls short of its peak performance in 2021

Monforts coaTTex debut at Techtextil 2024

End-use applications range from window blinds to abrasive cloths and from airbags to sails.
At the upcoming Techtextil show for technical textiles which will take place in Frankfurt from April 23-25, Monforts will launch its new coaTTex coating unit exclusively dedicated to air knife and knife-over-roller coating.For single-sided application with paste or foam, the versatile coaTTex is suitable for both incorporation into existing finishing ranges as well as installation with new Monforts lines, notably the industry-leading Montex stenter systems.A wide range of coatings can be applied to fabrics for providing functions such as waterproofing, liquid and gas protection and breathability, in addition to foam lamination and coating, including black-out coating. Renewable plastic solutionsThe considerable technical textile end-use applications envisaged for the coaTTex range from window blinds to abrasive cloths and from airbags to sails.More…Monforts coaTTex debut at Techtextil 2024

NPE 2024 – Otto Hofstetter AG: Discover Swiss excellence in PET preform production

Experience Swiss excellence in PET preform production at NPE 2024 with Otto Hofstetter AG! For the first time, our renowned Swiss craftsmanship will be on display at our booth, showcasing our wide array of high-performance injection molds. From 2 to 192 cavities, our molds cater to both top-entry and side-entry systems. Explore precision molds for medical applications, thin-wall packaging, cartridges, and in-mold labeling solutions.

As pioneers in the field, Otto Hofstetter AG has been setting industry standards for over four decades. Our expertise spans every stage of PET preform processes, from conception to final product quality assurance. Renewable plastic solutions

Our dedicated team of mold specialists ensures an efficient project workflow, delivering high-quality, cost-effective PET preforms. Join us in Orlando and discover why our Swiss-engineered molds are trusted by industry professionals worldwide.

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Swiss innovation firsthand at NPE 2024. Visit Otto Hofstetter AG’s booth and unlock the potential for significant savings in high-volume production. Experience excellence, experience Otto Hofstetter AG.

NPE 2024 - Otto Hofstetter AG: Discover Swiss excellence in PET preform production

Price Volatility in European Polyamide 6 Market Linked to Raw Material Shortages and Automotive Sector Growth

The price of Polyamide 6 in the European market witnessed an initial rise during the first half of March, followed by stabilization in the latter half of the month. This price movement was primarily driven by a combination of factors, including a shortage of feedstock Caprolactam, which is a key raw material for Polyamide 6 production. Additionally, there were increases in raw material prices across the industry, further influencing the cost of Polyamide 6. Another contributing factor was the improvement observed in the downstream automotive market, which led to an uptick in demand for Polyamide 6. As a ripple effect, the price of Polyamide GF 6 settled at USD 3928/MT on a DDP Hamburg basis at the end of the first quarter.  Renewable plastic solutions

In Germany, the market for Benzene has experienced a notable upswing in prices, primarily attributed to heightened demand from industries reliant on styrene, phenol, and other solvent applications. Concurrently, rising domestic production costs have further contributed to the price surge. The effects of these developments have reverberated across the European market, notably influencing the Polyamide 6 sector.

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Recycling technologies – PET Flakes Manufacturing Plant Project Report 2024: Cost Analysis, Machinery Requirements and Profit Margin 05-04-2024

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Ascend to increase prices on nylon polymers, compounds

Ascend Performance Materials, the leading producer of nylon 6,6, has announced a global price hike on its polyamide polymers and compounds effective April 15, 2024. The price increase applies to Neat PA66 polymer and PA6 and PA66 compounds, with a rise of $0.30/kg and €0.28/kg respectively. Customers are advised to connect with their sales representative for further details.  Recycling technologies

Based in Houston, Texas, Ascend Performance Materials specializes in crafting high-performance materials for both everyday necessities and cutting-edge technologies.

With regional offices in Shanghai, Brussels, and Detroit, as well as manufacturing facilities across North America, Europe, and China, we are committed to innovating for a better tomorrow. Recycling technologies

Our diverse global workforce is dedicated to producing plastics, fabrics, fibers, and chemicals that contribute to safer vehicles, cleaner energy, improved medical devices, smarter appliances, and more durable apparel and consumer goods.

We prioritize safety, sustainability, and the success of our customers and communities in all that we do. Recycling technologies

Ascend to increase prices on nylon polymers, compounds

PET Flakes Manufacturing Plant Project Report 2024: Cost Analysis, Machinery Requirements and Profit Margin

Syndicated Analytics’ latest report titled “PET Flakes Manufacturing Plant Project Report 2024: Industry Analysis (Market Performance, Segments, Price Analysis, Outlook), Detailed Process Flow (Product Overview, Unit Operations, Raw Materials, Quality Assurance), Requirements and Cost (Machinery, Raw Materials, Packaging, Transportation, Utility, Human Resource), Project Economics (Capital Investments, Operating Costs, Profit Projections, Financial Analysis, Revenue), and Investment Opportunities” covers all the aspects including industry performance, key success, and risk factors, manufacturing requirements, project costs, and economics, expected returns on investment, profit margins, etc. required for setting up a PET flakes manufacturing plant. Recycling technologies

The study, which is based both on desk research and multiple waves of qualitative primary research, is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, consultants, business strategists, and all those who are planning to foray into the PET flakes industry in any manner.

What is PET flakes?

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) flakes are small pieces of recycled plastic derived from post-consumer PET bottles and containers, undergoing a process of cleaning, sorting, and shredding to produce uniform flakes suitable for reuse in various applications. The recycling process begins with collection and sorting of discarded PET bottles, which are then washed, sterilized, and crushed into small flakes. Recycling technologies

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Trützschler’ Truecycled: A holistic approach to textile recycling success

Trützschler has taken a bold step to tackle the global problem of textile waste: We expanded our portfolio to become the first full-liner in the preparation of textile waste – from mechanical recycling to the spinning preparation of torn secondary fibers. Tearing and spinning preparation are both key processes for achieving the best possible quality from secondary fibers. That means our customers can tap into a competitive advantage by embracing this holistic approach. Recycling technologies

Our new complete TRUECYCLED solution is the result of our cooperation with the company Balkan Textile Machinery INC.CO. in Turkey, which we announced at the ITMA 2023 trade event in Milan. Since then, Trützschler has received many inquiries for recycling systems. More and more customers are now producing recycled yarns on a TRUECYCLED line: State-of-the-art recycling installations, configured and fine-tuned by Trützschler experts based on the customer’s specific requirements. Recycling technologies

Recycling systems face significant technological challenges. On average, torn fibers are much shorter thanvirgin fibers. The percentage share of short fibers in the fiber mass is much higher.

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RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers has restructured its UK sales network, effective April 2, 2024

Plastoplan Polymers Ltd is now one of its primary distributors, handling a diverse range of products, including renowned brands like Radilon®, Radiflam®, Radistrong®, Raditer®, Heraflex®, Torzen®, Heraform®, and Raditeck®.

Plastoplan will exclusively distribute Renycle®, RadiciGroup’s sustainable technopolymers, derived from recycled post-industrial and post-consumer polyamide. This move addresses the escalating demand for eco-friendly products while upholding market standards of quality, reliability, and safety.  Recycling technologies

John Rae, RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers’ UK Country Manager, expressed confidence in the partnership with Plastoplan Polymers, emphasizing the necessity of a strong, dependable collaborator to ensure top-notch quality and flexibility for British clientele.

Plastoplan Polymers (Hromatka Group), a significant player in the European polymer distribution market, already shares a fruitful partnership with RadiciGroup across multiple European nations. Kai Arnold, CEO of Plastoplan Polymers Ltd, noted the alignment of this new agreement with both partners’ shared strategy, focused on enhancing trade exchange and broadening the array of products and services available to UK customers, including logistics and technical support.

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers has restructured its UK sales network, effective April 2, 2024.

From left: Peter Shakeshaft and Kai Arnold of Plastoplan Polymers, John Rae and Abhi Sharma of Radici Plastics UK

New capabilities in Asia in bioBDO

Hyosung TNC plans to pioneer new capabilities in Asia with the production of biobased 1,4 butanediol (bioBDO) in Vietnam, integrating it into the manufacture of spandex fibers.

The initial plant aims for an output of 50,000 tons annually by 2026, with potential expansion to 200,000 tons per year across multiple facilities, requiring an investment nearing a billion dollars. Recycling technologies

Employing Geno BDO technology from Genomatica, the process utilizes fermentation of sugars, proven to slash carbon emissions by about 90% compared to traditional fossil-based BDO.

This initiative signifies a strategic shift towards sustainability.

The Vietnamese complex, declared by Hyosung, will establish the world’s premier vertically integrated facility for spandex polyurethane fiber production from sugarcane.

BioBDO manufactured in Ba Ria-Vung Tau will undergo conversion into PTMG at a nearby Dong Nai facility, further processed into regen BIO branded spandex fiber at the Dong Nai Spandex plant. Recycling technologies

This pioneering venture aligns with global trends towards eco-friendly materials and signifies Hyosung’s commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility.

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Japan’s First PS Chemical Recycling Plant Goes Online with Agilyx Technology

In a significant milestone for sustainable plastics management, Japan has inaugurated its first polystyrene (PS) chemical recycling facility. Denka and Toyo Styrene, two prominent Japanese chemical companies, have jointly completed the construction of this groundbreaking plant. The facility employs cutting-edge Agilyx technology to address the growing challenge of PS waste.  Recycling technologies

The Birth of a Sustainable Solution

A Collaborative Effort

Denka and Toyo Styrene invested approximately JPY 4 billion (€24.6 million) in the construction of this state-of-the-art facility. The plant, located at Denka Chiba Factory, boasts a capacity to process around 3,000 tonnes of PS waste per year. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in Japan’s commitment to circular economy practices and environmental stewardship.

Agilyx Technology: The Driving Force

The heart of this recycling plant lies in the innovative technology provided by Agilyx. The US-based company specializes in advanced chemical recycling solutions. Their expertise in pyrolysis—a process that breaks down plastics into their constituent monomers—has been harnessed to create a sustainable solution for PS waste. Recycling technologies

Pyrolysis: Transforming Waste into Resources

The new facility utilizes a pyrolysis modular system developed by Agilyx. Here’s how it works:

  1. Collection and Preparation: Post-use PS waste is collected and prepared for processing.
  2. Pyrolysis: The waste undergoes controlled high-temperature pyrolysis, breaking down the PS polymer chains. This results in the production of styrene monomers.
  3. Monomer Recovery: The styrene monomers are recovered and can be used to create new PS products or other materials.  Recycling technologies

By converting PS waste back into its raw material form, this recycling process significantly reduces the environmental impact of discarded plastics. It also helps close the loop, ensuring that PS waste doesn’t end up in landfills or incinerators.

A Blueprint for the Future

Japan’s PS chemical recycling plant sets a precedent for other nations and industries. As global awareness of plastic pollution grows, more companies and governments are seeking sustainable alternatives. Agilyx’s technology, combined with the commitment of Denka and Toyo Styrene, demonstrates that circular solutions are not only feasible but also economically viable.

Conclusion

The opening of Japan’s first PS chemical recycling plant is a beacon of hope in the fight against plastic waste.  Recycling technologies

As we move toward a greener future, collaborations like this one will play a pivotal role in preserving our planet for generations to come.

Japan’s First PS Chemical Recycling Plant Goes Online with Agilyx Technology

Toray develops chemically recycled BOOP film for polymer bank notes

Toray Plastics America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Toray, has achieved a significant milestone in the world of polymer banknotes . For the first time, they have developed a chemically recycled BOOP (Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene) film that is being used to produce polymer banknotes .  Recycling technologies

Here are the key details:

Background:

    • Polymer banknotes, which replaced paper currency, were first introduced by Australia in 1988. Since then, over 60 countries have adopted this technology due to its longevity, cost-effectiveness, and advanced security features.
    • The polymer of choice for these banknotes is Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film.
  1. Security Challenge:
    • One of the critical security challenges in polymer banknotes is ensuring that the BOPP substrate cannot be easily counterfeited.
    • To address this, security tags are embedded into the BOPP film during the extrusion process, resulting in highly transparent film with a thickness between 60 and 80 micronsRecycling technologies
  2. Recycled Content:
    • Toray Plastics America has taken a groundbreaking step by using attributed recycled content in their new polymer banknotes.
    • They achieved this by developing the BOOP film using ExxonMobil’s ISCC Plus certified recycled polymers.
    • The recycled content is attributed via a mass balance method, meaning that for every kilogram of polymer utilized in the substrate, an equal amount of polymer was recycled and repurposed as part of a sustainable supply chain.  Recycling technologies
  3. Exclusive Partnership:
    • Toray Plastics America is the exclusive partner of Spectra Systems Corporation, a US-based banknote security company.
    • Spectra Systems Corporation is producing these innovative polymer banknotes.
  4. Upcoming Launch:
    • Spectra Systems will unveil this new substrate at the Banknote 2024 conference in Fort Worth, Texas, from May 13 to 16.

This development marks a significant leap forward in sustainable currency production, combining advanced security features with environmentally responsible practices.

It’s exciting to see mass balance plastics being used in polymer banknotes for the first time! Recycling technologies

Toray develops chemically recycled BOOP film for polymer bank notes

Sustainable Packaging – Recyclers Recovered Five Billion Pounds Of Post-Consumer Plastic For Recycling 04-04-2024

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Specialty and Sustainable Materials for Packaging to Be Showcased by Avient at Propak Vietnam 2024

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialty and sustainable materials solutions and services, will showcase its extensive range of sustainable and specialty colorants and additives for both rigid and flexible packaging at Propak Vietnam 2024, one of Vietnam’s premier trade fairs for the packaging industry. The exhibition runs from today through April 5th.

At the event, Avient will feature its latest polymer additive innovations for post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins, such as recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and polyolefins. These innovations include Avient’s PCR Color Prediction Service, ColorForward™ 2025, and new grades of polymer additives for flexible film. Avient is dedicated to helping customers enhance the quality and functionality of their packaging while simultaneously improving its sustainability.  Sustainable Packaging

“Manufactures and consumers are increasingly demanding better recyclability efforts from the packaging industry,” said Say-Eng Lee, Vice President and General Manager, Color & Additives Asia for Avient. “As a packaging materials specialist, we strive to improve production efficiency, provide sustainability support, and offer innovative materials and technologies that benefit our customers globally.”

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Iranian Nanotechnology Firm Produces Antibacterial Yarn with Constant Color Spectrum

Specialists at an Iranian knowledge-based company succeeded in producing antibacterial fibers and thread by using nanotechnology.

“The knowledge-based product of our company is fancy yarn which is often used in the fashion and clothes industry,” Haman Shahbakhti, the managing director of the knowledge-based company, told ANA.

“We managed to produce four different types of fibers with nanotechnology that are antibacterial,” he added. Sustainable Packaging

“We were able to equip various fibers, including cellulose and viscose yarns, with permanent color stability by using nanotechnology after obtaining the necessary licenses,” Shahbakhti said.

Noting that antibacterial fibers enjoy self-cleaning properties, he said, “When these fibers are exposed to sunlight, they are disinfected and self-cleaned.”

Iranian technologists in textile industry had also earlier succeeded in production of antibacterial nano polyester yarn. Sustainable Packaging

Polyester fibers enjoy high strength, low water absorption and minimal water loss compared to other industrial fibers and are widely used in the clothing industry.

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In the European market, ethylene prices have recently softened despite previous firm pricing

This trend is notable even in the face of high upstream and energy prices. Let’s delve into the details:

  • Market Situation:
    • Subdued Fundamentals: Persistent market fundamentals remain subdued due to geopolitical risks and dwindling end-sales.
    • Discounts Applied: Price hikes have been kept in check as discounts were applied to deals.  Sustainable Packaging
    • Weak Demand Outlook: Market participants anticipate softer ethylene prices in the upcoming weeks, citing a weak demand outlook.
    • Potential Supply Relief: There is hope for potential relief in supply.
  • German Market Insights:
    • Declining Ethylene Prices: In the German market, ethylene prices have significantly declined. Buyers are cautious, and muted derivative orders persist.
    • Polyethylene Industry Demand: Demand for ethylene from the downstream polyethylene industry has been average within the domestic market.
    • Consumption Slowdown: Consumption from end-user packaging and the plastic industry has slowed down toward the end of March 2024.
    • Import Cargo Expectations: Consumers are ready to wait for the arrival of import cargoes in April 2024.  Sustainable Packaging

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Plastics Recycling Conference 2024: The more things change …

Reclaimers discuss their successes and the ongoing challenges they face.

The plastics recycling industry has changed considerably in the last 40 years. Despite that, it remains a difficult industry that has claimed many companies over time, according to panelists at the Plastics Recycling Conference session Reality Check with Reclaimers.

Scott Saunders, general manager of high-density polytheleyene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) KW Plastics, Troy, Alabama, said when his company first began recycling plastics in 1981, equipment wasn’t commercially available. “You had to design it yourself or adapt equipment designed for another industry.” Sustainable Packaging

He added that customers had KW sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) because they didn’t want people to know they used recycled content. “Now, we sign NDAs because they don’t want people to know who they are getting their PCR [postconsumer resin] from.”

Brian King, executive vice president of marketing at HDPE and PP recycler Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), Hilliard, Ohio, said that company began recycling in the 1970s as a competitive advantage from a pricing perspective. He said ADS was quiet about its use of recycled content “because we didn’t think anyone would want a recycled product.”

Now the company is vocal about its use of recycled content and its recycling operations because it is a great story, he said. “It’s amazing the number of jobs we create and bottles we keep out of landfill.” Sustainable Packaging

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Recyclers Recovered Five Billion Pounds Of Post-Consumer Plastic For Recycling

Recyclers recovered just over five billion pounds of post-consumer plastic for recycling in the U.S. in 2022 with the vast majority staying in North America to be processed and remanufactured into new products, according to new data released by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), ISRI, and the U.S. Plastics Pact. Prepared by Stina Inc., and based on surveys conducted by Stina Inc. and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the 2022 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Dashboard details U.S. sourced post-consumer plastic recovered for recycling.

North American reclaimers acquired 93.7 percent of plastic recovered for recycling in the U.S. while export overseas fell to 6.3 percent. Sustainable Packaging

Although total volumes recovered were down by 1.4 percent (71.2 million pounds), U.S. reclaimers acquired 21.4 million pounds more U.S. sourced post-consumer plastic over 2021, for a total of 4,307.8 million pounds or 85.9 percent of the total.

The 2022 data shows that the five billion pounds of plastic recovered in 2022 include Bottles (2,784 million pounds, 55.5 percent of total); Non-Bottle Rigids (1,111.8 million pounds, 22.2 percent of total), Film (1,110.3 million pounds, 22.1 percent of total) and “Other Plastics” (11 million pounds, 0.2 percent of total).

While the volumes reported as recovered for recycling in Non-bottle Rigids and Film categories held steady or increased in 2022, as compared to 2021, the volumes in Bottle and Other Plastics categories decreased. Sustainable Packaging

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Borealis has expanded its advanced mechanical recycling capacity with the acquisition of Integra Plastics AD, a Bulgarian player in the field

This acquisition adds over 20,000 tons per year to Borealis’ recycling capacity, meeting rising demand for sustainable solutions. It’s a testament to Borealis’ commitment to a circular economy.

The transaction, announced on November 29, 2023, has now successfully closed, with Borealis acquiring 100% of Integra Plastics AD. The Bulgarian company runs a modern recycling plant established in 2019, capable of producing high-quality polyolefin recyclates from post-consumer waste. Sustainable Packaging

This move enhances Borealis’ portfolio, enabling it to better cater to customers seeking sustainability. By combining Integra Plastics’ expertise with Borealis’ innovation, the company is advancing circularity in the industry, aligning with its EverMinds™ commitment.

Craig Arnold, Borealis Executive Vice President, expresses excitement about the progress in their circularity journey and the ability to meet sustainability targets. Julian Stefanov, CEO of Integra Plastics AD, sees this as a step towards growth and innovation, ensuring a broader range of advanced recyclates for customers. Sustainable Packaging

Borealis has expanded its advanced mechanical recycling capacity with the acquisition of Integra Plastics AD, a Bulgarian player in the field

Shell and Verdagy are set to collaborate on renewable hydrogen projects, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of sustainable energy solutions

Verdagy, a seasoned player in renewable hydrogen electrolysis, announced Shell’s endorsement of their eDynamic® electrolyzers after a thorough year-long evaluation process encompassing technology, design, and safety reviews.

Based in Moss Landing, Calif., Verdagy brings over a decade of expertise in technology and product development to the table. Shell’s technical endorsement positions Verdagy as a supplier for its forthcoming green hydrogen initiatives. This endorsement follows the successful completion of a meticulous safety review (HAZOP) and comprehensive Design and Technology Development Review conducted by Shell. Sustainable Packaging

Andrew Beard, Shell’s Vice President of Hydrogen, expressed excitement about the outcomes of the evaluations, underlining Verdagy’s prowess in developing dynamic and cost-competitive electrolyzers for large-scale projects. The collaboration entailed detailed assessments of Verdagy’s 20 MW eDynamic Electrolysis system, crucial for infrastructure-scale renewable hydrogen installations exceeding 100 MW.

Marty Neese, Verdagy’s CEO, highlighted the successful culmination of the year-long collaboration, anticipating widespread adoption of Verdagy’s advanced electrolyzers within the industry post-Shell’s technology endorsement. Verdagy’s electrolyzers boast the lowest levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH), achieved through high current densities, broad operating ranges, and rapid response capabilities, facilitating seamless integration with renewable power sources. Sustainable Packaging

Shell and Verdagy are set to collaborate on renewable hydrogen projects, marking a significant milestone in the advancement of sustainable energy solutions

Life Cycle Assessment – GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris 03-04-2024

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Life Cycle Assessment – GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris 03-04-2024

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ArabPlast 2023 – A Transformative Showcase of Innovation and Sustainability in the Plastics and Petrochemical Industry

ArabPlast, the premier trade fair for the plastics, recycling, petrochemical, packaging & rubber industry, unfolded its grandeur on the 13th of December 2023. The three-day spectacle not only celebrated the latest advancements, and innovations, but also delved into sustainable solutions, positioning itself as a pivotal player in shaping the future of the global plastics, petrochemical and allied industries. The inauguration ceremony on the 13th was graced by the esteemed presence of His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Member of the Ruling Family & Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, further emphasizing ArabPlast’s unparalleled significance.  Life Cycle Assessment

The promise of an exceptional experience for industry professionals, enthusiasts, and stakeholders was not a mere declaration; it became a tangible reality. As the curtains were drawn on the 15th of December 2023, the resounding success of ArabPlast firmly endorsed its unrivaled position in the Middle East’s industrial landscape and extended its influence beyond regional boundaries.

A defining feature of ArabPlast 2023 was the participation of more than 750 exhibitors, representing 35 countries across the globe.  Life Cycle Assessment

This impressive gathering of industry leaders, innovators, and visionaries created a dynamic environment under a single roof.

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PE market is in the extended downcycle of low operating rates and margins

The polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets are both in the midst of an extended downcycle of low operating rates and margins sparked by massive overbuilding and delayed rationalization, according to industry experts who spoke at the World Petrochemical Conference by S&P Global, as per Chemweek.

“By our estimation, [the polyethylene] industry went into a downcycle in the second half of 2022, and the conditions that drove us there persist,” said Jesse Tijerina, head of global polyolefins at S&P Global Commodity Insights. “It’s this oversupply that we’ve been talking about … and then also [the] somewhat weaker global economic demand that we experienced in ‘23 and expect it to go into ‘24 as well. Life Cycle Assessment

Much like in ethylene, there is additional excess capacity still planned in the next three years, which complicates the matter from a recovery perspective. Without action, these conditions will continue to put pressure on profitability, and we think this could go into 2027 or beyond.”

PE capacity additions outpaced demand growth by 13.5 million metric tons (MMt) over the last four years, Tijerina noted, pulling the global operating rate down from 87% in 2020 to 79% in 2023. Under current demand projections, this excess capacity will not be absorbed for another two or three years; meanwhile, more new capacity is slated for start-up, so the operating rate will remain mired near 80% through 2027. Life Cycle Assessment

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is increasingly adopted in various industries to gauge a product’s environmental impact

Essentially, LCAs evaluate the environmental footprint from raw material extraction to disposal. For manufacturers striving to reduce carbon emissions and environmental harm, LCAs are pivotal. These assessments inform decisions on sustainable materials and processes. Consequently, manufacturers are pressuring Tier suppliers to disclose carbon footprint and environmental data. But what exactly is an LCA?

An LCA analyzes a product’s environmental impact across various categories like resource depletion, water usage, and global warming potential. Typically, there are two types: cradle-to-gate, evaluating from raw materials to product readiness, and cradle-to-grave, covering a product’s entire lifecycle including its disposal. Both aim to quantify carbon emissions along the supply chain. Life Cycle Assessment

These emissions are categorized into scopes: Scope 1 refers to direct emissions like those from fuel-burning equipment, while Scope 2 pertains to indirect emissions like those from electricity usage.

In summary, LCAs are pivotal in understanding a product’s environmental impact. They guide decisions towards sustainability, driving ripple effects throughout the supply chain. Manufacturers, alongside Tier suppliers, must adapt to this shift towards environmental accountability by embracing LCAs and taking proactive measures to mitigate their carbon footprint. Life Cycle Assessment

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GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris

This system involves the use of interlocking blocks, similar to game pieces, designed to accommodate more efficient cooling channels. This concept was revealed through a recent patent filed by General Motors.
Current technology used to cool batteries, as in the case of the Hummer EV, often leads to inconsistent results and premature battery deterioration. However, GM offers an innovative solution by introducing “L” or “C” shaped cells that allow cooling channels to be integrated more efficiently.  Life Cycle Assessment
This new cell shape could increase the overall efficiency of the cooling system. However, producing thes alternative cells would require additional industrial effort. To overcome this, GM proposed an alternative: to use traditional prismatic cells, but combine them in a different way.
In the proposed alternative, two of the four cells would be shorter and thicker, while the other two would be longer and thinner. This would allow the same results to be achieved without having to revolutionize existing production lines. In both cases, the goal remains to improve the efficiency of battery cooling for electric cars.  Life Cycle Assessment
GM has developed an innovative cooling system for electric car batteries, inspired by the famous game Tetris

CARBIOS joins Paris Good Fashion to accelerate textile circularity and contribute to more sustainable fashion

CARBIOS (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a pioneer in the development and industrialization of biological technologies to reinvent the life cycle of plastic and textiles, announces its membership to Paris Good Fashion, the association that unites over 100 French players in the sector – brands, designers and experts – around their commitment to sustainable fashion. CARBIOS is the first recycling technology supplier to join, demonstrating the importance given to recycling to achieve textile circularity. By contributing its revolutionary solution for the biorecycling of polyester, the world’s most widely used and fastest-growing textile fiber, CARBIOS aims to contribute Paris Good Fashion’s mission, which focuses on concrete actions, best practice sharing and collective intelligence to accelerate change in the fashion industry.  Life Cycle Assessment

Developing the “fiber-to-fiber” industry

CARBIOS will be particularly involved in the association’s project to set up a working group dedicated to the development of a “fiber-to-fiber” industry, one of Paris Good Fashion’s top priorities over the next five years. While only 1% of textiles are currently recycled fiber-to-fiber (circular), this working group will identify levers for significantly increasing the share of recycled fibers in the industry.

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Coke’s ‘First in Decades’ PET Lightweighting Project Sends Supply Chain Ripples

A new lightweighting project reduces the weight of 12-, 16.9-, and 20-oz PET bottles from 21 to 18.5 g. That’ll help reduce PET by 3 million metric tons by 2025, but how will the supply chain react? We asked Alejandro Santamaria, Coke’s senior director.

All small PET bottles in 12 oz, 16.9 oz and 20 oz will be lightweighted from 21 g to 18.5 g for all The Coca-Cola Company’s sparkling brands, Minute Maid Refreshments, and Minute Maid Aguas Frescas in the U.S. and Canada.  Life Cycle Assessment

The Coca-Cola Company has completely redesigned its range of small PET bottles with its latest lightweighting initiative, reducing the weight of these bottles and in many cases, changing the shape. Starting now and through 2024, all small PET bottles in 12 oz, 16.9 oz and 20 oz will be lightweighted from 21 g to 18.5 g for all The Coca-Cola Company’s sparkling brands, Minute Maid Refreshments, and Minute Maid Aguas Frescas in the U.S. and Canada.  Life Cycle Assessment

Coca-Cola Trademark’s 20-oz 100% recycled PET (rPET, excluding caps and labels) bottles will soon be available in the new lightweighted bottle, as well.

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TOMRA’s deep learning solutions sort and separate food- from non-food plastics

TOMRA seeks to separate food-grade PET, PP, and HDPE from their non-food-grade counterparts with a new sorting technology utilizing deep learning, as well as purify plastic and paper waste streams with deinking and cleaning machinery.

Deep learning is a subset of AI. TOMRA’s continued investment in GAIN, its deep learning-based sorting add-on for its AUTOSORT units, has allowed the company to develop a solution claiming to ‘quickly and efficiently’ separate food-grade and non-food-grade plastics on a large scale.  Life Cycle Assessment

Now rebranded as GAINnext, the technology is reportedly capable of identifying objects that are difficult or even impossible to classify with optical waste sensors. TOMRA explains that these traditional solutions can struggle to separate food- and non-food packaging by sight alone, as they often look similar and/or are made of the same materials.

By bringing deep learning technology to conventional near-infrared, visual spectrometry, and other sensors, TOMRA claims to exceed purity levels of 95% for packaging plants and open up new revenue streams for its customers. It also intends to overcome the challenges posed by hygiene concerns and stringent industry regulations in the recycling processes for food packaging.  Life Cycle Assessment

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Polyamide6,6 Automotive – Escalating trend of virgin PSF replacing recycled PSF 02-04-2024

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Pushing the Limits of Large PET Containers at NPE2024

Cypet Technologies, known for its cutting-edge one-stage injection stretch-blow molding (ISBM) machines, is unveiling its latest advancements in large PET products. Among these innovations are expanded sizes and designs of handled and stackable PET containers, including some groundbreaking offerings:

• In Mexico, a pioneering PET agricultural solution emerges in the form of a 434-mm-long, 40-mm wide tube with a pointed base for easy insertion into soil, manufactured in 16 cavities. With precise engineering, its base seamlessly interlocks with another identical part, allowing for the creation of sturdy structures reaching 2 meters in height.

• Introducing Cypet’s inaugural 60-L stackable industrial container featuring twin built-in handles, catering to a market dominated by 20-L counterparts. Polyamide6,6 Automotive

• Additionally, Cypet showcases three previously unseen containers: a PET jar with a lightweight blown neck achieved by molding a dome above and then trimming it with a spin trimmer; a 20-L container designed for edible oils and chemicals boasting a four-high stackability, an improvement from the previous three-high configuration; and a series of PET jars ranging from 1.3 L to 2.2 L with a distinctive deep groove grip.

Cypet continues to redefine possibilities in PET container manufacturing, expanding horizons and meeting diverse industry demands. Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Pushing the Limits of Large PET Containers at NPE2024

The 2024 Plastics Recycling Conference kicked off in Grapevine, Texas, sparking dynamic discussions on industry trends like policy, investment, and recyclability design

From March 25-27, this annual event drew 2,500 participants and featured a bustling exhibit hall with over 240 booths.

The inaugural session, titled “The State of Plastics Recycling,” moderated by Nina Bellucci Butler, CEO of Stina, engaged industry leaders including Steve Alexander, CEO of The Association of Plastic RecyclersJon Vander Ark, CEO of Republic Services, and Scott Saunders, GM of KW Plastics. Topics ranged from economic pressures to sustainability goals, the interface between recycling operators and consumer goods companies, and strategies to enhance recycling efforts.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Saunders emphasized consumer demand for increased recycling, stressing the urgency for cities to initiate recycling programs to supply materials for industry investments. Alexander underscored the importance of collaboration between industry and communities, advocating for consumer education and improved access to recycling facilities.

Flexibility in plastic packaging emerged as a central theme, with Vander Ark exploring chemical recycling solutions for composite materials arising from e-commerce. Despite challenges like contamination, industry leaders remain optimistic about recycling innovation and market potential.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Looking ahead, the conference promises further insights into resin markets, collaborative initiatives, and advancements in film and flexible recyclingAs the industry evolves, collective action is essential to address pressing environmental concerns and foster sustainable practices1.

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In January 2024, the U.S. witnessed an unprecedented surge in scrap PET imports, reaching a staggering 52.5 million pounds – more than double the amount imported in January 2023

This influx coincided with a year that already set records for post-consumer resin imports. The situation has created what one reclaimer aptly described as a “brutal” scenario.

Paul Bahou, president of Global Plastics Recycling in California, lamented how the influx has depressed sale prices for reclaimers in the state. Many are now selling at cost just to secure orders. The reasons behind this surge are multifaceted: a global economic slowdown in China, coupled with increased shipping availability, has fueled the imports. Meanwhile, California’s processors find themselves caught in a bind: while scrap PET bales are being snapped up by Mexican reclaimers, they struggle to find enough inbound material.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Sally Houghton, executive director of the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California, aptly called it a “perfect storm situation.” California reclaimers are paying more for bales and then selling their output of RPET (recycled PET) at lower prices due to fierce competition from imports. It’s a challenging market for them.

The surge in January 2024 follows a remarkable year in 2023, during which recovered PET imports surged by 33%, reaching a new high of 450 million pounds. The driving force behind this increase was a spike in RPET imports from southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, which jumped from 20 million pounds in 2022 to 51 million pounds in 2023. Canada also contributed, sending 21% more RPET than the previous year. Interestingly, the RPET entering the U.S. is primarily in flake form, processed abroad but in high demand by U.S. end users – a twist for a commodity that was once a major export1   Polyamide6,6 Automotive

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Escalating trend of virgin PSF replacing recycled PSF

Recently, the trend of virgin PSF replacing recycled PSF has been escalating.

The price difference between virgin PSF and recycled PSF is low, leading to more downstream spinners switching from recycled PSF to virgin PSF.

In some factories, as many as one-third to half of the downstream spinners are making this switch.

The trend of this substitution is particularly seen in Hebei, followed by North Jiangsu.

Additionally, some factories in Jiangyin, Wujiang, and Sichuan have also reported instances of such substitution, around 20%. Polyamide6,6 Automotive

While there is still some lack of precise data, but sales of recycled PSF have shown a declining trend this week.
Why is this happening?
For example, on Feb 29, 2024, CCFGroup virgin PSF price was 7,405yuan/mt, with processing fees of 4,350yuan/mt, making the total cost 11,755yuan/mt.

Jiangsu-origin polyester yarn 32S price was at 11,650yuan/mt, resulting in a loss of 105yuan/mt.

Meanwhile, a large recycled plant in Hebei (Hebei Jinyi) offered 1.4D HTLS close virgin PSF at 7,350yuan/mt after-tax ex-works, with processing fees of 3,500yuan/mt, making the total cost 10,850yuan/mt.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Hebei-origin polyester yarn 32S made of close virgin PSF was 10,200yuan/mt, resulting in a loss of 650yuan/mt.

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Nylon filament new orders weak, but processing fees improves

Entering the second half of March, nylon textile filament market, which was thriving at this time last year (many specifications in 1 month or even longer of pre-sales), is now lukewarm. Although it is now in the traditional peak season for nylon filament, the order taking has fallen short of expectations. New orders taken by filament plants are generally not as active, resulting in increasing equity inventory. Even sun-protection related products, which were popular in 2023, are showing signs of stagnation, with no significant increase in demand. However, despite the lackluster performance in new orders, processing fees for nylon filament have improved overall.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

The improvement in processing fees is reflected in several aspects:

1. Pre-holiday presales prices with minimal pressure for post-holiday deliveries

Before the Chinese New Year holiday, from late January to early February, downstream stocked up nylon filament until the end of March or partly until mid to late April, with nylon filament priced based on the basic cost of CPL at 14,000-14,200yuan/mt. The February contract settlement of CPL rose slightly by 105yuan/mt compared to the previous month’s price, but the settlement in March is expected to be significantly lower than the pre-holiday stocking price.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

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In 2023, the European Union marked a notable turnaround in its trade performance, boasting a trade surplus of €38 billion (about $40.9 billion), as per Eurostat data

This is a stark contrast to the previous year’s €436 billion deficit ($469.8 billion). The shift can be attributed to a 16% decrease in non-EU imports, particularly in energy products (down by 34%) and manufactured goods (down by 21%), driven by both lower prices and reduced volumes.

The EU’s transformation from deficit to surplus in just a year underscores significant economic shifts. Notably, Luxembourg exhibited robust intra-EU trade, with 90% of its imports originating from fellow member states, highlighting its deep integration into the EU market. Conversely, Czechia emerged as a major intra-EU exporter, with 82% of its total exports destined for other EU nations, emphasizing its pivotal role within the bloc’s export landscape.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Conversely, Ireland displayed the lowest intra-EU import share, at a mere 39% of its total imports, primarily due to its reliance on non-EU trading partners, notably the US and the UK. This underscores the diversity of trade patterns within the EU and the varying degrees of integration among its member states.

In 2023, the European Union marked a notable turnaround in its trade performance, boasting a trade surplus of €38 billion (about $40.9 billion), as per Eurostat data

Polyamide 6,6 in Automotive Applications: A Sustainable Shift

Introduction

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability. As concerns about environmental impact and resource scarcity grow, manufacturers are seeking alternatives to traditional petroleum-based polymers. One such promising material is polyamide 6,6 (PA 6,6), which offers a balance of performance, durability, and eco-friendliness.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Why Polyamide 6,6?

  1. Superior Mechanical Properties: PA 6,6 exhibits excellent tensile strength, impact resistance, and fatigue endurance. These properties make it ideal for critical components in automobiles.
  2. Heat Resistance: PA 6,6 can withstand high temperatures, making it suitable for engine parts, exhaust systems, and under-the-hood applications.
  3. Chemical Resistance: It resists oil, fuel, and other automotive fluids, ensuring longevity and reliability.
  4. Lightweight: PA 6,6 contributes to weight reduction, enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Recent Advances

1. Interior Components

  • Seatbacks: PA 6,6-based materials are used in seatbacks, providing comfort and structural integrity.
  • Door Panels and Dashboards: These components benefit from PA 6,6’s impact resistance and dimensional stability.
  • Trunk Liners and Headliners: PA 6,6 ensures durability and aesthetics in these areas.

2. Exterior Applications

  • Bumpers and Grilles: PA 6,6 withstands impacts and harsh weather conditions.
  • Wheel Covers: Lightweight PA 6,6 wheel covers enhance aerodynamics.
  • Electrical Components: PA 6,6 insulates wiring and connectors.

3. Environmental Impact  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

  • PA 6,6 reduces greenhouse gas emissions throughout its life cycle.
  • It is biodegradable, addressing end-of-life disposal concerns.

Challenges and Future Prospects

While PA 6,6 has made significant strides in automotive applications, challenges remain:

  1. Cost: PA 6,6 can be expensive compared to traditional plastics.
  2. Property Requirements: Meeting stringent aviation industry standards remains a hurdle.
  3. Supply Chain: Ensuring a reliable supply of biopolymers is crucial.

Conclusion

Polyamide 6,6 is poised to revolutionize the automotive sector. As automakers embrace sustainability, PA 6,6 will play a pivotal role in shaping the cars of the future. From steering wheels to engine components, this versatile material is driving positive change on our roads.  Polyamide6,6 Automotive

Remember, as we drive towards a greener future, polyamide 6,6 is steering us in the right direction!

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Solid-state battery – Lotte Chemical introduces a groundbreaking translucent polypropylene (PP) compound tailored for innovative automotive designs 01-04-2024

PET Bottle Polymers -EU beverage bottles: 24% recycled content, progress towards circularity, but more work for 2025 targets 01-04-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 900 $/ton 910 $/ton +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,830 yuan/ton 6,890 yuan/ton +60
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,900 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,840 yuan/ton 5,985 yuan/ton
+145
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 725 $/ton 750 $/ton +25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,480 yuan/ton 4,490 yuan/ton
+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 525 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,028 $/ton 1,052 $/ton
+24
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,006 $/ton 1,030 $/ton +24
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,175 $/7on 1,175 $/ton
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,500  yuan/ton 7,625 yuan/ton
+125
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,950 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,850 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,100 yuan/ton 8,175 yuan/ton +75
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,470 yuan/ton +70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,600 yuan/ton 12,450 yuan/ton
-150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,700 $/ton 1,650 $/ton -50
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,975 $/ton 1,910 $/ton -65
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,100 yuan/ton 13,950  yuan/ton -150
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,550 yuan/ton 14,300 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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22,200 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,550 yuan/ton 16,450 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton- -100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  17,900 yuan/ton 17,600 yuan/ton -300
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 33,800 yuan/ton 33,800 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,300 yuan/ton 32,300 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,300 yuan/ton 29,300 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,300 yuan/ton 9,350 yuan/ton +50
Benzene domestic market 8,555 yuan/ton 8,650 yuan/ton -95
Benzene overseas  market 1,030 $/ton 1,037 $/ton +7
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 832 $/ton 855 $/ton +23
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,800 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,300 yuan/ton 13,250 yuan/ton -50
PP Powder domestic market 7,150 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  714 $/ton 712 $/ton -2
Phenol domestic market 7,487 yuan/ton 7,320 yuan/ton -167

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,300 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   –

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Veolia calls on government to escalate Plastic Packaging Tax

Veolia urges the government to ramp up the Plastic Packaging Tax, aiming to boost the market for recycled materials, instill investor confidence, and spur eco-friendly economic development. With a £1.1 billion investment required for ten new plastic sorting and 30 reprocessing facilities, Veolia, in collaboration with WRAP, scrutinized the tax’s effects.

Despite the tax, set at £217.85 per tonne from April 1, 2024, for plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content, only 22% of plastic packaging materials originate from recycled sources, Veolia noted.

By increasing the tax, Veolia aims to stimulate demand for recycled content, aligning with consumer preferences for sustainability.PET Bottle Polymers

Based on YouGov’s February 2024 survey showing strong public support for more recycled packaging, Veolia’s “Resource the Future” report suggests elevating the tax to 35% recycled content and £275 per tonne initially, reaching 50% and £500 per tonne by 2030. This move necessitates a £1.1 billion investment, creating 2,500 jobs and reducing annual carbon emissions by 1.8 million tonnes.

Veolia emphasizes the importance of adapting the tax to maintain competitiveness with EU standards, where mandatory recycled content targets are set to hit 65% by 2040. Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s Senior Executive Vice President, Northern Europe Zone, underscores the need for recalibration to foster a sustainable market, advocating for swift action to unlock private investment, job creation, and carbon reduction. PET Bottle Polymers

Veolia calls on government to escalate Plastic Packaging Tax

EU beverage bottles: 24% recycled content, progress towards circularity, but more work for 2025 targets

The average recycled content in beverage bottles across the EU has reached 24 percent, marking progress towards circularity, but further efforts are necessary to meet the 2025 EU targets. In 2022, PET collection and recycling surged ahead of the new EU Single-Use Plastic Directive objectives.

Despite uncertainties, the latest PET Market in Europe report reveals significant advancements, yet discrepancies in PET collection, sorting, and recycling persist across Europe, posing challenges to EU recycling goals in the medium and long term.

PET collection rates soared to 60 percent in 2022, up from 45 percent in 2020, with a staggering 75 percent of PET beverage bottles sorted for recycling, compared to 61 percent in 2020. PET Bottle Polymers

This growth is expected to continue, driven by the expanded adoption of deposit-return systems throughout Europe. Additionally, nearly 2.7 million tonnes of PET waste were sorted for recycling, with a total installed recycling capacity of around 3 million tonnes, including 1.4 million tonnes earmarked for food contact applications.

In 2022, packaging, particularly bottle-to-bottle recycling, dominated rPET end-use, comprising 48 percent, while 25 percent was utilized in sheets (trays), and the remainder in non-packaging applications like polyester fibers (15 percent), strapping (six percent), and others (six percent).

To achieve true circularity, the EU must address discrepancies among member states in collection, recycling, and uptake, as some risk missing 2025 targets without sustained investment. PET Bottle Polymers

Tailored actions are necessary per member state to enhance waste collection, recycling infrastructure, and meet set targets, alongside implementing the SUPD and further investing in waste management and recycling sectors to uphold EU industry competitiveness.

EU beverage bottles: 24% recycled content, progress towards circularity, but more work for 2025 targets

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PP market suffers from a surge in excess production capacity

The PP market has also been suffering from a surge in excess production capacity, said Pooja Jain, associate director at S&P Global Commodity Insights, as per Chemweek.
She noted that while the current PP investment cycle began in 2019, the initial overbuild was relatively modest, totaling around 3 MMt per year (MMt/y) through 2021.
“It wasn’t until 2022 that we started to feel the heat,” said Jain.

Demand growth dropped close to zero that year while new capacity surged, and though demand rallied in 2023, more than twice as much new capacity came online, resulting in another 8.5 million metric tons of excess capacity in just two years.

“It’s going to take us some time to absorb, and thus, in our estimation, we expect the market to remain long for at least two more years before showing any strong signs of recovery,” Jain said.  Solid-state battery
Rationalization will be necessary, and S&P Global expects close to 2 million metric tons of capacity to be shut down in 2024, much of it in China.

“China has this long tail of very small, old, nonintegrated assets running at suboptimal [rates],” said Jain.

“Will that help with prices? Not so much. … Northeast Asia prices have essentially bottomed out, and we don’t expect any strong recovery, at least this year.”
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SABIC Fujian Petrochemicals, in partnership with Lummus Technology, is advancing a significant ethylene project in Fujian Province, China

Lummus, renowned for its process technologies and energy solutions, will provide ethylene and co-monomer technologies for the grassroots complex. Solid-state battery

Established in 2022, SABIC Fujian Petrochemicals is a joint venture between SABIC Industrial Investment Company and Fujian Fuhua Gulei Petrochemical Co., Ltd. Majority-owned by SABIC, the venture announced its final investment decision on January 22, 2024, for the SABIC Fujian Petrochemical Complex. Construction is set to commence this year, with completion expected in 2026, marking the largest foreign investment joint venture in Fujian Province.

Leon de Bruyn, President and CEO of Lummus Technology, commended SABIC Fujian Petrochemicals for their investment decision, expressing anticipation for future milestones. Lummus’ involvement encompasses technology licensing, basic design engineering for ethylene and propylene units, a butene-1 unit, and BTX products. Additionally, Lummus will supply proprietary heater equipment and CDModules®. Solid-state battery

As a leading licensor of ethylene technology globally, Lummus has licensed over 200 ethylene plants, constituting 45% of global ethylene capacity. Moreover, Lummus has completed over 250 ethylene projects, including grassroots, revamp, and expansion designs, surpassing other technology licensors in this field.

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New solid-state battery prototypes shipped for testing and evaluation

QuantumScape, an American innovator in solid-state batteries, has initiated deliveries of their latest prototype, Alpha-2, to their customer companies, marking a significant step forward in their journey towards commercialization. These batteries, designed for electric cars, bridge the gap between the initial A0 prototypes and the forthcoming QSE-5 B0 models, serving as a crucial testing ground for refining the final product.

Compared to their predecessors, the Alpha-2 samples boast a reduction in layers from 24 to 6, resulting in a remarkable enhancement in energy density.

This improvement is attributed to advancements such as higher load cathodes and more efficient packaging techniques, optimizing both materials and space within the battery cells.  Solid-state battery

Looking ahead, QuantumScape plans to leverage customer feedback, notably from major investors like the Volkswagen Group, to iterate on their product design and production processes. Their commitment to continuous improvement is underscored by President and CEO Siva Sivaram, who emphasizes the importance of customer input in refining their offerings. With ongoing advancements in production techniques like Raptor and Cobra slated for 2025, QuantumScape remains steadfast in their pursuit of bringing cutting-edge solid-state battery technology to the automotive industry.

New solid-state battery prototypes shipped for testing and evaluation

Lotte Chemical introduces a groundbreaking translucent polypropylene (PP) compound tailored for innovative automotive designs

Engineered to offer superior light transmission and minimal opacity, this compound presents unprecedented possibilities for electric and self-driving vehicles.

Designed with versatility in mind, Lotte’s translucent PP compound finds its niche in the automotive realm, particularly in crafting front-end modules including bumpers and light grilles.  Solid-state battery

These components boast enhanced aesthetics and functionality, accommodating concealed lighting elements for visual effects and integrating sensors for advanced driving assistance systems seamlessly into the vehicle’s structure.

The compound’s formulation not only prioritizes light transmission but also reinforces rigidity and durability, essential for structural integration within the vehicle.

Unlike traditional materials like polycarbonate or PMMA, which compromise impact resistance, Lotte’s PP compound ensures robust protection while maintaining transparency.

Beyond frontal modules, Lotte Chemical envisions applications extending to exterior panels and interior trim, offering design opportunities for next-generation vehicles. By pushing the boundaries of material innovation, Lotte paves the way for automotive designers to explore new realms of creativity and functionality, ultimately enhancing both the aesthetics and performance of modern automobiles.  Solid-state battery

Lotte Chemical introduces a groundbreaking translucent polypropylene (PP) compound tailored for innovative automotive designs

Sacmi brings AI to NPE 2024

Sacmi is set to revolutionize NPE 2024 with cutting-edge AI integration into cap and preform molding, even accommodating 100% recycled materials. This digitalization-focused showcase promises groundbreaking advancements in artificial intelligence.

Advanced Controls: Sacmi unveils Smart Pack 2, elevating control capabilities in continuous compression molding (CCM) of plastic caps. This suite enables comprehensive machine control, incorporating hydraulic management, consumption monitoring, and self-adapting processes. Predictive maintenance functionality forecasts potential issues, minimizing downtime risks.  Solid-state battery

AI Virtual Assistants: Introducing Classy AI for automated defect identification and classification, seamlessly integrated into SACMI Computer Vision systems. Gilda AI, a chatbot expert, offers real-time troubleshooting assistance based on years of accumulated technical expertise.

Recycled Caps and Preforms: Highlighted hardware includes the CCM64 cap press with vision system and PVS156, alongside the IPS 300 preform press. These innovations enable compression molding of FDA-compliant, food-grade recycled HDPE caps, fostering closed-loop polyethylene capsule recovery. The IPS press, showcased at NPE 2024, produces 96 11.5g preforms in 100% rPET within 6.6 seconds, advocating for a transition to 26/22 mm neck-cap standards, particularly in the tethered sector.  Solid-state battery

Sacmi brings AI to NPE 2024

Aliplast has initiated the establishment of an upcycling facility in Modena, in collaboration with NextChem

The plant aims to recycle up to 30,000 tons annually of polyolefin-based rigid packaging waste. The project, totaling about 50 million euros, with 7.7 million euros financed through PNRR funds, is set to conclude by the end of 2025.

Located within the Modena plant hub, owned by Herambiente, a Hera Group company, the construction site commenced recently. It will utilize water from the waste water purification plant and energy from the waste-to-energy plant for operations. The incoming plastic waste will largely originate from Hera Group’s existing processing lines or local sources, ensuring zero-kilometer material.  Solid-state battery

NextChem Tech, a subsidiary of the Maire group, has been chosen as the engineering and technological partner for the project. Leveraging their expertise in upcycling, they will transform waste into high-quality recycled polymers suitable for various industrial applications.

The Modena plant aligns with Hera Group’s commitment to decarbonization and plastic recycling, outlined in their 2022-2026 Industrial Plan.

Aliplast’s investments also extend to expanding PET recycling capacity and establishing a chemical recycling plant in Imola for carbon fiber from composite materials used in the Emilia-Romagna automotive district.  Solid-state battery

Aliplast has initiated the establishment of an upcycling facility in Modena, in collaboration with NextChem

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Post-consumer packaging – The demand for recyclable packaging is on the rise globally, particularly in developed nations 29-03-2024

Injection molding technology – Covestro has unveiled its latest achievement: a cutting-edge production facility for polycarbonate copolymers at its Antwerp site in Belgium 30-03-2024

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EU PET recycling progress advances, yet disparities hinder circularity goals. More effort required for 2025 targets

The journey towards circularity for PET faces challenges due to disparities, impeding progress despite reaching a 24% recycled content rate for EU beverage bottles. While strides were made in 2022, achieving the 2025 EU targets demands further efforts.

PET collection and recycling surged in anticipation of the new EU Single-Use Plastic Directive. Collection rates rose to 60% in 2022, up from 45% in 2020, with PET beverage bottle sorting for recycling hitting 75%. Expansion of deposit-return systems across 12 EU countries contributed to this growth, with nine more set to follow suit.

Nearly 2.7 million tonnes of PET waste were sorted for recycling in 2022, with a total recycling capacity of 3 million tonnes, 1.4 million tonnes earmarked for food contact applications. Packaging, notably bottles, dominated rPET end-uses, showcasing a positive shift towards bottle-to-bottle recycling.  Injection molding technology

Addressing inter-country disparities is crucial to sustain progress. Without further investment, some nations may miss 2025 targets. Tailored actions per Member State are necessary to enhance waste collection, recycling infrastructure, and compliance with targets. Implementation of the SUPD and increased investment in waste management and recycling sectors are pivotal to uphold the EU industry’s competitiveness.

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US plastics recovery dips in 2022

In 2022, the United States witnessed a slight dip in plastics recovery, with a decrease of 1.4 percent compared to 2021, amounting to 5 billion pounds of postconsumer plastics recovered for recycling. Despite this decline, 93.7 percent of the recycled plastic was processed within North America, marking a significant localization of recycling efforts. The majority of plastics collected remained on the continent for processing, with only 6.3 percent exported overseas, a significant shift from 2013 when 30.6 percent of collected plastics were exported.  Injection molding technology

Bottles constituted the largest portion of the recovered plastics at 55.5 percent, followed by nonbottle rigids at 22.2 percent, film at 22.1 percent, and “other plastics” at 0.2 percent. Notably, PET bottles exhibited the highest recycling rate within North America at 96.5 percent. However, overall bottle recycling rates experienced a slight decline from the previous year.

Despite challenges such as inflation impacting consumer goods markets and manufacturing, the increase in processing by U.S. reclaimers is a positive indicator. There’s a call for enhanced collection programs to meet the capacity of recyclers, alongside the necessity for policy interventions to bolster demand for recycled materials.

Transparent reporting is emphasized as crucial for gauging progress and fostering a circular economy for plastics, reinforcing the commitment of stakeholders toward sustainable practices.  Injection molding technology

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MEGlobal announces ACP for April 2024

MEGlobal has disclosed its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG), set at USD 840 per tonne CFR Asian main ports for April 2024 arrivals. This adjustment reflects the current dynamics of supply and demand within the Asian market.

The pricing structure is based on CFR (Cost & Freight) terms specific to Asia. Notably, the ACP for March 2024 stood at USD 850 per tonne CFR Asian main ports, indicating a slight decline in the latest announcement.

This adjustment underscores MEGlobal’s response to evolving market conditions, striving to maintain competitive pricing while considering the prevailing supply and demand dynamics.  Injection molding technology

The Asian MEG market remains influenced by various factors, including raw material availability, regional demand fluctuations, and global economic trends. MEGlobal’s regular ACP announcements serve as a barometer for market participants, providing insights into price trends and market sentiment.

As stakeholders navigate through these dynamics, MEGlobal’s transparent pricing mechanism offers clarity and facilitates informed decision-making within the industry.

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Krones has successfully finalized the acquisition of Netstal Maschinen AG, a renowned injection molding technology company based in Näfels, Switzerland

The acquisition, announced on February 7, 2024, and subject to regulatory approval, has now been approved without conditions. Netstal will be integrated into Krones’ Filling and Packaging Technology segment starting March 28, 2024. With over €200 million in revenue and approximately 560 employees in 2023, Netstal will enhance Krones’ offerings despite its current lower profitability compared to the Krones Group.

This acquisition marks a significant strategic move for Krones, aligning with its focus on providing comprehensive solutions for the beverage market, particularly in PET preforms and closures.  Injection molding technology

With Netstal onboard, Krones gains access to additional innovative products and technologies, completing its portfolio for circular PET solutions—from preform injection molding to bottle production, filling, packaging, and bottle recycling.

Moreover, Netstal’s expertise in injection molding for medical applications and thin-wall packaging supports Krones’ diversification strategy into the medical/pharmaceutical, food, and body care sectors.

Netstal will maintain autonomy in managing its business while leveraging the international presence and economies of scale offered by the Krones Group. Strategic measures will be implemented to enhance Netstal’s profitability, bringing it in line with the Krones Group’s standards over the medium term.  Injection molding technology

Krones has successfully finalized the acquisition of Netstal Maschinen AG, a renowned injection molding technology company based in Näfels, Switzerland

FDA Clears Borealis’ Borcycle™ M Recycled Plastics for Food-Grade Packaging

Borealis has received two Letters of No Objection (LNOs) from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), permitting the use of its Borcycle™ M post-consumer recycled plastics in food-grade packaging under FDA governance. This regulatory milestone aligns with Borealis’ commitment to meeting the rising demand for premium recycled materials suitable for demanding applications.

The approval signifies a significant advancement in Borealis’ EverMinds™ initiative, aimed at fostering circularity in plastics.

Borcycle M, Borealis’ innovative mechanical recycling technology, rejuvenates post-consumer plastic waste in an eco-friendly manner. The FDA’s LNOs open avenues for Borcycle M-derived materials to serve various sensitive applications, including food contact, cosmetics, and personal care.  Injection molding technology

Issued for Borcycle M PCR high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), the LNOs authorize their use in dry food contact applications up to 100%, with allowances for up to 10% in packaging for products with surface oil and moist bakery items. Effective from January 2024 for HDPE and February 2024 for PP, these clearances underscore Borealis’ dedication to advancing plastics circularity.

The FDA’s endorsement empowers Borealis to fulfill market demands for premium recycled materials, reducing reliance on virgin resources and diverting plastic waste from incineration and landfills. Jonatas Melo, Borealis Vice President for Performance Materials, anticipates expanded opportunities for customers to integrate recycled plastics into their portfolios, aligning with sustainability objectives.  Injection molding technology

With this regulatory approval, Borealis embarks on developing food packaging applications using recycled HDPE and PP, a significant stride towards sustainable living. Mirjam Mayer, Borealis Vice President Circular Economy Solutions, underscores the global impact of FDA clearance, facilitating discussions in regions under FDA governance, such as the EU, on utilizing these materials in high-value applications like cosmetics and personal care packaging.

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TOPPAN to Launch Indian Production of BOPP-based GL-SP Barrier Film for Sustainable Packaging

TOPPAN Inc. announces the launch of Indian production for BOPP-based GL-SP Barrier Film, enhancing competitiveness through end-to-end production of base and barrier films. GL-SP applies a transparent barrier to BOPP substrate, meeting mono-material packaging demands.

Developed by TOPPAN and its India-based subsidiary, TOPPAN Speciality Films Private Limited (TSF), GL-SP utilizes BOPP as the substrate. It joins TOPPAN Group’s GL BARRIER series, renowned for transparent vapor-deposited barrier films. Sales of GL-SP targeting dry content packaging markets in the Americas, Europe, India, and ASEAN will commence from April.  Injection molding technology

Notably, GL-SP represents TOPPAN’s first product where both BOPP film manufacturing and barrier film production occur at a single site, ensuring consistent quality control and reducing development timelines, lead times, and costs.

BOPP, in high demand for sustainable packaging, serves as the base film for GL-SP. Its attributes, including superior oxygen and water vapor barrier properties, transparency, and thinness, address diverse market needs, particularly for dry content packaging, while contributing to plastic reduction efforts.  Injection molding technology

TOPPAN to Launch Indian Production of BOPP-based GL-SP Barrier Film for Sustainable Packaging

Covestro has unveiled its latest achievement: a cutting-edge production facility for polycarbonate copolymers at its Antwerp site in Belgium

This marks the fifth polycarbonate production line at the location and introduces a groundbreaking solvent-free melt process for a diverse range of copolymers. This pioneering technology allows for the rapid development and market launch of customizable copolymers, catering to various industries such as electrical/electronics and healthcare.

The innovative platform, developed in-house by Covestro, combines a solvent-free melt process with a novel reactor concept, enabling the production of polycarbonates with adjustable properties. This investment, totaling in the mid double-digit million euro range, encompasses both pilot and production facilities.

The streamlined production process not only reduces complexity but also seamlessly integrates with Antwerp’s existing infrastructure, leveraging four existing polycarbonate production lines. Such integration combines global production scale with the agility of a standalone unit.  Injection molding technology

According to Sucheta Govil, Chief Commercial Officer at Covestro, this breakthrough in production enables the company to swiftly introduce a broad portfolio of material innovations to the market. Lily Wang, Global Head of the Engineering Plastics business unit, emphasizes the potential of copolymers to enhance material functionalities, catering to evolving customer demands.

Covestro will showcase these innovative material solutions at the upcoming Chinaplas exhibition in Shanghai, seeking to engage with customers and understand their evolving needs. This new production facility exemplifies Covestro’s commitment to innovation and customer-centricity, positioning them at the forefront of material science advancement.

Covestro has unveiled its latest achievement: a cutting-edge production facility for polycarbonate copolymers at its Antwerp site in Belgium

Post-consumer packaging – The demand for recyclable packaging is on the rise globally, particularly in developed nations 29-03-2024

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Graham Packaging reports recycling progress

Global plastics packaging producer, which runs its own recycling facility, also advocates for national clarity on recyclability messaging.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Graham Packaging, within its 2023 environmental, social and governance (ESG) report, says the mechanical recycling plant it operates in York, Pennsylvania, reprocessed some 17,850 tons of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic scrap last year.

“Our mechanical recycling facility is one of the largest plastic recycling plants in the United States,” the company says in its recently released report.  Post-consumer packaging

The York-based Graham Recycling Co. (GRC) is focused on recycling No. 2 HDPE bottles into postconsumer resin (PCR) in an effort that has helped Graham to become a “leading supplier of bottle-grade recycled plastic containers in North America.”

“The GRC plays a critical role in our mission to create a circular economy by providing access to large volumes of recycled content for packaging production,” the company says. “It also represents Graham’s commitment to leadership in environmental responsibility—saving energy and natural resources while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by diverting hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic from landfills.”  Post-consumer packaging

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At Techtextil Frankfurt, slated for late April 2024, Kelheim Fibres and Gebrüder Otto will jointly unveil a more sustainable and efficient concept for period underwear

Positioned at the BW-i and IVGT joint stands in Hall 12.1, these innovation partners will showcase their solution crafted from biobased materials, featuring exceptional performance metrics. The specialized viscose fibers, provided by Kelheim, are skillfully spun by Gebrüder Otto into tailored compositions.

Women typically consume around 15,000 hygiene products in a lifetime, predominantly disposables notorious for generating substantial waste. These products, laden with plastic, endure decomposition times of up to 500 years, fragmenting into increasingly smaller pieces over time. The shift towards sustainable female hygiene products, spanning biodegradable disposables and reusable alternatives like washable period panties, has gained momentum.  Post-consumer packaging

Kelheim Fibres and Gebrüder Otto intervene in this space, endeavoring to optimize the comfort, performance, and sustainability of period underwear. Crafting such garments resembles piecing together a complex puzzle, considering their multifaceted layers with distinct functions. For instance, the topsheet must swiftly absorb and redirect liquid away from the body, while the acquisition-distribution layer (ADL) ensures efficient liquid distribution within the absorbent core, which subsequently encloses the liquid to prevent potential leaks. This concerted effort aims to enhance both the sustainability and functionality of reusable products, aligning with evolving consumer preferences and ecological imperatives. Post-consumer packaging

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PET, production and recycling in Europe

An extensive report on packaging applications in Europe has been released jointly by ICIS and four supply chain associations, referencing data from 2022

ICIS, in collaboration with Plastics Recyclers Europe, Petcore Europe, Unesda, and NMWE, delved into the European PET market, covering production, transformation, recovery, recycling, and reuse of recycled materials, all within the scope of 2022. The study encompasses the 27 EU Member States along with Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Analysts report that in 2022, approximately 5 million tonnes of PET were introduced to the packaging market, with 3.1 million tonnes utilized for beverage bottles, and 2.69 million tonnes collected for recycling (30% via DRS systems), yielding roughly 1.9 million tonnes of rPET.  Post-consumer packaging

Collection rates for PET packaging from consumption sources reached 60%, a significant increase from 40% in 2020. For bottles alone, the recycling collection rate surged to 75% from 61% two years prior.

The average recycled content in PET beverage bottles across the EU stands at 24%, falling short of the 2025 target, while for trays it reaches 44%. PET recycling capacities, estimated at 3 million tonnes, exceed short-term demand triggered by the SUP Directive, which is approximately 800,000 tonnes annually. To meet the new Packaging Regulation’s target of 65% recycled content by 2040, an additional 3.5 million tonnes of recycling capacity will be necessary.  Post-consumer packaging

However, despite positive strides, the study highlights regional differences in collection rates and recycled content, emphasizing the importance of enhancing waste sorting and collection infrastructure to achieve long-term self-sufficiency in PET recycling.

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Italy : Corepla and RES have joined forces in a partnership aimed at advancing the recycling of PET trays, focusing on post-consumer packaging recovery

The collaboration targets enhancing collection and recycling methods to notably elevate plastic packaging recovery rates.

RES will contribute its research center in Pozzilli (IS), featuring state-of-the-art equipment for characterizing polymeric materials and facilities for compounding and molding processes. This partnership signifies more than a mere agreement for Giovanni Bellomi, Corepla’s Director, who envisions it as a catalyst for addressing environmental challenges and promoting global waste management reform. By embracing a multifaceted approach to research and innovation, they aspire to bolster the circular economy’s principles, minimizing waste and maximizing material recycling while prioritizing environmental and social sustainability.  Post-consumer packaging

Antonio Lucio Valerio, RES’s CEO, underscores their commitment to sustainable waste management practices, emphasizing their comprehensive approach from waste selection to transformation. Through investments in advanced technologies, RES aims to valorize waste materials, converting them into valuable resources. Their dedication to sustainability and innovation positions them to effectively turn waste into assets, contributing to a more environmentally conscious future.

Italy : Corepla and RES have joined forces in a partnership aimed at advancing the recycling of PET trays, focusing on post-consumer packaging recovery

SIBUR is shifting its business management approach from product-oriented divisions to an industry-centric model starting April 2024

This transformation aims to bolster sectors like polypropylene, polyethylene, and synthetic rubber. Departing from its current structure, the company will introduce industry-based segments including Agribusiness, Recycling, Flexible Packaging, Rigid Packaging, Engineering and Transportation Infrastructure, Healthcare, Oil & Gas Processing and Production, Consumer Goods, Construction, Transportation, E-commerce, and Partnerships.  Post-consumer packaging

Since 2014, SIBUR has consistently expanded its capacity, with core product output more than doubling. In 2023 alone, it introduced 27 new petrochemical grades with an annual sales potential of 111,000 tons. The ongoing augmentation of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex and the forthcoming launch of the polypropylene production facility (DGP-2) in Tobolsk will further elevate Russia’s polymer consumption. These initiatives are expected to advance import substitution programs for products crafted from contemporary synthetic materials.

SIBUR envisions nurturing every petrochemical-consuming industry comprehensively, catering to escalating demands, and advocating for the utilization of cutting-edge materials.  Post-consumer packaging

SIBUR is shifting its business management approach from product-oriented divisions to an industry-centric model starting April 2024

Businesses in Russia see no problem with banning some types of PET bottles

Russian businesses are largely unperturbed by the Industry and Trade Ministry’s suggestion to prohibit certain varieties of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles. However, there is apprehension that this initiative might expand to target other PET packaging types, according to the food industry association Rusprodsoyuz.

Dmitry Vostrikov, executive director of Rusprodsoyuz, stated that the proposed ban isn’t causing significant concern among businesses as it’s unlikely to disrupt food production processes, given the infrequent use of the targeted packaging materials. The Ministry’s draft resolution aims to ban specific PET packaging types deemed non-recyclable or difficult to recycle from September 1, 2024.  Post-consumer packaging

The resolution, available on regulation.gov.ru, proposes banning semitransparent PET bottles of all colors except blue, green, and brown, as well as nontransparent PET bottles except white ones. Additionally, PET packaging with wrap-around PVC labels and multilayer PET bottles would be prohibited.

However, Vostrikov expressed discontent with the approach to imposing bans, warning of potential negative repercussions for the sector. He emphasized the need to enhance packaging material recycling technology rather than pursuing a ban-centric strategy.

Rusprodsoyuz, comprising over 450 stakeholders in Russia’s food industry, including farmers, processors, distributors, and technology suppliers, underscores the industry’s diverse concerns and perspectives.  Post-consumer packaging

Businesses in Russia see no problem with banning some types of PET bottles

The demand for recyclable packaging is on the rise globally, particularly in developed nations

In response, US beverage manufacturers are increasingly transitioning from traditional PET bottles to recycled PET (rPET) bottles to reduce carbon emissions and promote a circular economy, reports GlobalData.

Consumer Analyst Mani Bhushan Shukla notes the US’s commitment to a circular economy, with targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency to achieve a 50% national recycling rate by 2030. Shifting to rPET packaging is seen as the most feasible way for consumer goods companies to meet sustainability goals.  Post-consumer packaging

To meet these targets, beverage manufacturers are actively adopting rPET bottles. Major players like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Asahi have already introduced 100% rPET bottles for their popular brands, with Califia Farms joining in March 2024.

Shukla emphasizes the role of consumer interest in driving this shift, citing GlobalData’s consumer survey where 62% of US consumers considered recyclable packaging claims important in their purchasing decisions.

Looking ahead, Shukla predicts that companies will face increasing pressure from various stakeholders, including the government and environmentally conscious consumers, to further adopt rPET packaging. This adaptation will be crucial for long-term consumer attraction and retention.  Post-consumer packaging

The demand for recyclable packaging is on the rise globally, particularly in developed nations

Molecular recycling – Dow and Procter & Gamble to develop a new proprietary recycling technology targeting hard-to-recycle plastic waste 28-03-2024

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Molecular recycling – Dow and Procter & Gamble to develop a new proprietary recycling technology targeting hard-to-recycle plastic waste 28-03-2024

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Eastman recently celebrated the successful commencement of operations and revenue generation at its new molecular recycling facility in Kingsport, Tennessee

As production gradually scales up in the coming months, the company anticipates significant growth across various markets, aiming to generate approximately $75 million in incremental EBITDA by 2024 from this facility alone. Mark Costa, Board Chair and CEO, emphasized the company’s commitment to advancing the circular economy by showcasing large-scale molecular recycling capabilities.

In addition to the Kingsport facility, Eastman is poised to expand its molecular recycling footprint with two new plants—one in France and another in Longview, Texas, USA. The selection of Longview was strategic, considering factors such as existing infrastructure, operational synergies, favorable energy resources, feedstock accessibility, and ample space for renewable energy generation.  Molecular recycling

The Longview facility is expected to process around 110,000 metric tonnes of challenging plastic waste annually.

Eastman’s innovative polyester renewal technology enables the transformation of hard-to-recycle plastic waste into virgin-quality material, thereby reducing reliance on landfills and incineration. By preserving valuable molecular components through a high-yield material-to-material loop, Eastman significantly lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional methods. This approach ensures the continuous utilization of resources, paving the way for sustainable material solutions.  Molecular recycling

For more information, visit Eastman’s website.

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3M has invested in EVōLOH as part of a broader fundraising effort totaling $20 million

The investment aims to bolster the expansion of EVōLOH’s innovative alkaline electrolyser technology. Unlike traditional methods, EVōLOH manufactures electrolysers with core components that eschew precious metals and rare materials, thus reducing installation and maintenance costs significantly.

This move aligns with 3M’s commitment to advancing materials science-based climate technologies. In addition to supporting EVōLOH, 3M recently engaged in a collaborative research endeavor with Hyundai KSOE to develop liquid hydrogen storage tanks.

Through its venture capital arm, 3M Ventures, the company participated in EVōLOH’s Series A fundraising round, aimed at scaling up manufacturing capabilities and introducing new solutions under its Nautilus™ platform.  Molecular recycling

Mark Copman, Senior Vice-President at 3M New Growth Ventures, emphasized the investment’s role in promoting the hydrogen economy and facilitating a shift towards cleaner energy sources. He highlighted 3M’s expertise in membrane electrode assembly and its shared vision with EVōLOH to make clean hydrogen accessible globally.

Dr. Jimmy Rojas, Founder and CEO of EVōLOH, expressed confidence in the company’s market leadership aspirations. He emphasized the funding’s significance in enabling EVōLOH to revolutionize electrolyser manufacturing, using locally sourced materials.

Following successful testing of its liquid alkaline electrolysers in February 2023, EVōLOH is poised to embark on demonstration projects with various partners throughout the year, showcasing stable and efficient performance.

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Saudi chemical manufacturer Sabic and India-based PET and polyolefins recycler Pashupati Group have teamed up to explore recycling opportunities in India

Their focus is on assessing the viability of establishing a pyrolysis plant in the country to provide Sabic with feedstock for its circular polymers.

Pashupati, operating under India’s Extended Producer Responsibility legislation since 2016, utilizes its innovative Waste Circularity mobile app to manage waste collection. With daily collection rates of 12 million PET bottles and 2 million polyolefin bottles across varied terrains, from mountains to coastal areas, Pashupati showcases its extensive reach.

The collaboration entails Sabic and Pashupati sharing expertise in plastic recycling processes, incorporating both virgin and recycled polyolefins. Pashupati brings its mechanical and chemical recycling knowledge to the table, while Sabic focuses on marketing and selling the recycled products.  Molecular recycling

Sanjay Mishra, Sabic’s general manager for engineering thermoplastics & performance polymers, underscores the importance of this partnership in propelling India’s plastics economy towards circularity. Sabic’s commitment to producing 1 million tonnes of circular materials by 2030 aligns with its consideration of a substantial chemical recycling investment, with potential annual capacity around 200 kilotons, as deliberated at the World Economic Forum 2023 Meeting in Davos.

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Dow and Procter & Gamble to develop a new proprietary recycling technology targeting hard-to-recycle plastic waste

  • Vision is to recover polyethylene from hard-to-recycle waste for reuse in consumer packaging.
  • Partnership brings together both companies’ intellectual property to create a novel process with low greenhouse gas emissions footprint.

Dow and the Procter & Gamble Company today announced a joint development agreement (JDA) to create a new recycling technology. The vision is to enable efficient conversion of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging into recycled polyethylene with near-virgin quality and a low greenhouse gas emissions footprint.  Molecular recycling

To create the new technology, the companies will combine their patented technologies and know-how in the dissolution process. The development program will focus on using dissolution technology to recycle a broad range of plastic materials with a focus on polyethylene and targeting post-household plastic waste (especially rigids, flexible and multi-layer packaging, which are harder to recycle).

The technology aims to deliver high quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer with a lower greenhouse gas emissions footprint than fossil-based polyethylene. P&G anticipates using this PCR polymer in their packaging, thereby enabling a path to circularity which helps maximize resource utility and reduces materials treated as waste.

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JERA, Japan’s largest power generator, and ExxonMobil, a major oil and gas company, have agreed to collaborate on a project to develop a large-scale low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production facility in the United States

This agreement entails JERA becoming a co-owner of an existing Exxon-owned blue hydrogen project located in Texas, USA. Blue hydrogen, derived from fossil natural gas with CO₂ emissions captured using on-site carbon capture technology, will be the focus of this venture.  Molecular recycling

The anticipated plant is poised to be the world’s largest blue hydrogen production facility, with an estimated annual output capacity exceeding 900,000 tonnes of low-carbon hydrogen and more than one million tonnes of low-carbon ammonia. Furthermore, JERA aims to procure around 500,000 tonnes per year of low-carbon ammonia from the plant to meet Japan’s demand.

This collaboration aligns with JERA’s commitment to achieve net-zero CO₂ emissions from its domestic and international operations by 2050. Additionally, JERA is actively pursuing the development of zero-emissions thermal power technology for deployment in Japan, where thermal power comprises a significant portion of the energy mix and is anticipated to remain essential for the nation’s power infrastructure for the foreseeable future, according to GlobalData.  Molecular recycling

JERA, Japan’s largest power generator, and ExxonMobil, a major oil and gas company, have agreed to collaborate on a project to develop a large-scale low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production facility in the United States

Tata Cummins JV, through TCPL Green Energy Solutions Private Limited (TCPL GES), a subsidiary of Tata Cummins Private Limited, has launched a cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Jamshedpur

This facility spans seven acres and is geared towards producing hydrogen-based internal combustion engines for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, along with other low to zero-emission technology products in India. The inauguration of this facility underscores a shared commitment to fostering a cleaner and sustainable future for the nation.

Situated in Jamshedpur, the facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure, showcasing Tata Motors and Cummins’ dedication to innovation, manufacturing excellence, and environmental sustainability.  Molecular recycling

The rapid establishment of this plant within a year of signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State of Jharkhand reflects the determined progress made by both organizations in advancing their decarbonization strategy.

Girish Wagh, Executive Director of Tata Motors, emphasized the significance of this new facility in propelling India towards smarter and greener mobility solutions. He reaffirmed Tata Motors’ commitment to collaborating with customers to embrace emission-free and commercially viable transportation solutions.  Molecular recycling

Ashwath Ram, Managing Director of Cummins Group in India, highlighted Cummins’ dedication to providing advanced low to zero-emissions technology products to accelerate decarbonization efforts. He emphasized that this commitment is not just a promise but a responsibility backed by concrete action, facilitated by global expertise, strategic partnerships, and technological capabilities.

Tata Cummins JV, through TCPL Green Energy Solutions Private Limited (TCPL GES), a subsidiary of Tata Cummins Private Limited, has launched a cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Jamshedpur

Leveraging technology to propel recycling market growth

The advent of new integrated technology has revolutionized the recycling industry by introducing a decentralized and immutable ledger system.

This innovative platform meticulously tracks the journey of recyclable materials from the point of collection through to processing and further stages. Each transaction and movement is securely recorded, providing stakeholders with unparalleled transparency into the lifecycle of recyclables.  Molecular recycling

This level of detail in tracking ensures that every participant in the recycling chain, from consumers to processors, can monitor the progress of materials with ease. The system’s design inherently promotes trust among users by offering a clear and verifiable trail of transactions. This transparency is crucial in fostering a sense of accountability among all parties involved.

Moreover, the platform’s decentralized nature means that no single entity has control over the information, which prevents tampering and ensures data integrity. The immutable record-keeping aspect guarantees that once data is entered into the system, it cannot be altered, further enhancing the reliability of the process.  Molecular recycling

As a result, this technology empowers stakeholders to make informed decisions based on accurate data, streamlines operations, and supports the commitment to sustainability. It also encourages responsible recycling practices by highlighting the importance of each step in the recycling process, thus contributing to a more sustainable and efficient circular economy. This integration of technology into waste management represents a significant leap forward in our collective effort to preserve the environment.

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Waste depolymerization – Chinaplas, slated for Shanghai in its 2024 edition, is set to break records once again, boasting over 4,400 exhibitors across a sprawling 380,000 square meters 27-03-2024

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An environmental organization initiated legal action against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

The lawsuit’s objective is to compel the DOE to disclose documents detailing its interactions with the plastics industry. This request for transparency centers around a DOE research initiative aimed at enhancing chemical recycling and advancing alternative methods to manage plastic waste.

The environmental group’s legal challenge underscores the growing public concern over plastic pollution and the need for effective waste management solutions. By targeting the DOE, the group seeks to shed light on the department’s efforts to collaborate with the plastics industry in developing technologies that could mitigate the environmental impact of plastic waste. Waste depolymerization

Chemical recycling is a process that breaks down plastic polymers into their constituent monomers, which can then be repurposed to create new plastics. This technology is seen as a potential game-changer in the recycling industry, offering a way to handle plastics that are currently non-recyclable through traditional mechanical methods.

The lawsuit reflects the tension between environmental advocacy and industrial interests in the context of environmental policy and innovation. The environmental group’s action is a call for accountability and transparency, emphasizing the public’s right to know how government agencies are addressing the critical issue of plastic waste in collaboration with industry stakeholders.

The outcome of this legal battle could have significant implications for the future of plastic waste management and environmental protection. Waste depolymerization

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Side embarks on its US market journey with Side America Corp., a testament to its commitment to global expansion

This move marks a significant milestone, as the company aims to bolster its presence and cater directly to the American market’s needs. By establishing sales and service operations within the USA, Side ensures seamless interactions for its clients, emphasizing its dedication to tailored solutions and support.

The introduction of Side’s advanced linear PET blow moulding machines signifies a leap forward in efficiency, precision, and production capacity, pushing the boundaries of PET blow moulding technology. Moreover, Side prioritizes sustainability by offering eco-friendly packaging solutions, aligning with the growing demand for environmentally-conscious options among bottle makers’ clientele. Waste depolymerization

The expansion into the USA demonstrates Side’s readiness to forge enduring partnerships and thrive in the region, supported by a dedicated team proficient in navigating the complexities of the American market. With expertise in crafting intricate PET designs, Side showcases its ability to shape unique forms and structures, while maintaining operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness to deliver tangible value to clients.

At NPE, Side America Corp. will unveil cutting-edge PET preform blow moulding solutions tailored to the American market’s needs. Attendees can expect a diverse range of innovative technologies and equipment designed for efficiency, precision, and optimal packaging performance.

Our team of experts will be available to offer personalized guidance and solutions, ensuring each customer’s specific requirements are met. Waste depolymerization

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Denka and Toyo Styrene have recently finalized the construction of a styrenic waste depolymerization plant in Ichihara, Japan

Situated within the Denka Chiba complex, this innovative facility utilizes cutting-edge process technology licensed from Agilyx, a US-based company, as per an agreement established in early 2022.

Upon reaching full operational capacity, the plant will have the capability to process up to 10 tons of pre- and post-consumer polystyrene waste per day.

Through a proprietary purification process developed by Toyo Styrene, the plant will yield high-quality styrene monomer, primed for reuse in the manufacture of new styrenic resins.

To ensure traceability and promote recycled content, the Japanese consortium is undergoing ISSC Plus certification for its Goi and Kimitsu plants. Waste depolymerization

This certification will enable the application of mass balance principles to allocate circular styrene in their plastic resin production.

With an annual production capacity of approximately 330,000 tonnes of polystyrene, Toyo Styrene stands as Japan’s foremost styrenic producer. Established in 1999, the company is a joint venture between Denka (50% ownership), Nippon Steel Chemical & Material (35%), and Daicel (15%).

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Dow introduces new polyolefin elastomer-based leather alternative for the automotive market

Dow unveils a pioneering polyolefin elastomer-based leather substitute tailored for the automotive sector, marking a groundbreaking stride in the quest for animal-free materials. This innovative alternative, developed in partnership with HIUV Materials Technology in China, has already secured its debut in electric car seating applications.

Dow’s polyolefin elastomer (POE) leather stands out for its plush texture and enhanced color stability, offering designers greater freedom, especially with lighter hues.

Notably, it meets rigorous automotive standards with its resilience to aging and low temperatures while eschewing hazardous chemicals, plasticizers, and heavy metals. Moreover, it boasts low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and odors, and its lighter density makes it 25% to 40% lighter than PVC leather. Waste depolymerization

Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, expressed excitement about Dow’s expertise in material science delivering this high-performance, eco-conscious leather alternative. He anticipates further collaborations to explore its potential across diverse industries beyond automotive.

This versatile solution holds promise beyond automotive applications, extending its reach to sporting goods, furniture, and fashion. It caters to brand owners seeking cost-effective options without compromising on product appearance or customer experience.

For further details on Dow’s innovative solutions driving progress, visit MobilityScience™ | Dow Inc. Waste depolymerization

Dow introduces new polyolefin elastomer-based leather alternative for the automotive market

Chinaplas, slated for Shanghai in its 2024 edition, is set to break records once again, boasting over 4,400 exhibitors across a sprawling 380,000 square meters

With just under a month remaining until its commencement, this event has cemented its status as the premier international gathering for the plastics, rubber, and composites industries.

The sheer scale of Chinaplas is evident in the numbers: a substantial 12% increase in exhibition space compared to 2018, accommodating the expanded roster of exhibitors. Anticipating a turnout of 270,000 visitors—up from 180,000 six years prior—the event promises a comprehensive showcase, featuring over 3,800 machines and 17 specialized thematic zones. Waste depolymerization

Despite its brevity, spanning only four days, the event’s organizers attribute the packed schedule to the bustling activity in the exhibition center, particularly during the spring season.

Chinaplas also serves as a pivotal platform for the ASEAN region, reflecting its economic growth trajectory. While not reaching the heights of previous years, the region still sees an impressive annual growth rate of approximately 5%.

Meanwhile, within China, the plastics industry continues its upward trajectory, with production increasing by 3% to nearly 75 million tons last year. Waste depolymerization

This growth extends downstream, with the automotive sector witnessing an impressive 11.6% surge, producing over 30 million vehicles, 10 million of which are alternatively fueled—a staggering 30% increase.

Chinaplas, slated for Shanghai in its 2024 edition, is set to break records once again, boasting over 4,400 exhibitors across a sprawling 380,000 square meters

Cars : Hydrogen vs Electric

The future of energy transportation is increasingly shaped by two contenders: hydrogen and electric cars. While both promise sustainability, they diverge significantly in operation, charging infrastructure, and costs.

Electric vehicles (EVs) rely on lithium-ion batteries to power electric motors, rechargeable at home or public stations. In contrast, hydrogen cars utilize fuel cells to convert hydrogen gas and oxygen into electricity, emitting only water.

Charging infrastructure poses a challenge for both technologies. EVs struggle with developing widespread fast charging stations, while hydrogen cars face scarcity in refueling stations. Waste depolymerization

However, efforts are underway to expand hydrogen refueling networks.

Cost plays a crucial role in choosing between EVs and hydrogen cars. EVs typically boast lower initial prices due to cheaper infrastructure, but hydrogen cars may offer lower long-term operational costs with faster charging and comparable range to traditional vehicles. Yet, hydrogen production and storage remain costly.

Currently, EVs dominate the market due to affordability and infrastructure. However, hydrogen cars could become more competitive as refueling infrastructure expands and production costs decrease. Waste depolymerization

In conclusion, both technologies contribute to sustainable mobility, with EVs currently more accessible but hydrogen cars potentially offering long-term cost advantages. The expansion of infrastructure and technological advancements will shape the future landscape of energy transportation, vital for reducing environmental impact in the transport sector.

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Baystar, the polyethylene joint venture between Borealis and TotalEnergies, commenced its production operations in October 2023

Despite the initial anticipation, the venture faced financial challenges, reporting a loss of €158 million.

This figure starkly contrasts with the previous year’s loss of €58 million, indicating a significant increase in financial strain.

The Baystar facility holds the distinction of being the first in North America to implement the proprietary Borstar technology developed by Borealis.

This technology is renowned for its advanced approach to polyethylene production, offering enhanced product properties and process efficiencies. Waste depolymerization

However, the financial performance of Baystar has not mirrored the technological advancements, as evidenced by the substantial losses incurred.

The increase in losses may be attributed to various factors, including market dynamics, operational costs, and the expenses associated with the implementation of new technology.

The joint venture’s financial results have drawn attention to the challenges faced by companies in the petrochemical industry when adopting new technologies.

Despite the promise of improved production capabilities, the integration of such technologies can be fraught with financial risks. Waste depolymerization

Baystar’s experience serves as a case study for the industry, highlighting the need for careful financial planning and risk assessment when embarking on technological upgrades.

As Baystar navigates through these financial difficulties, the industry will be watching closely to see how the joint venture adapts and strategizes for future success.

The outcome will not only impact Borealis and TotalEnergies but also set a precedent for other companies considering similar technological investments. Waste depolymerization

Baystar, the polyethylene joint venture between Borealis and TotalEnergies, commenced its production operations in October 2023

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UNSW collaborating with FP Paradigm on new recyclable packaging technique

UNSW researchers, in collaboration with FP Paradigm, have devised a groundbreaking method for recycling plastics, offering a significant advancement in the recycling landscape. This innovative process efficiently converts various forms of plastic waste into polymer nanoparticles suspended in water, presenting a promising avenue for enhanced recycling endeavors.

The resulting nanoparticles can be extracted for reuse in manufacturing new consumer goods or utilized in applications such as asphalting and waterproof coatings, even eliminating the need for separate dye treatment. Recyclable packaging

Spearheaded by Professor Per Zetterlund and Dr. Vipul Agarwal from the School of Chemical Engineering, this collaboration targets PET recycling, a major global challenge. By licensing relevant aspects of the UNSW patent to FP Paradigm, the initiative aims to revolutionize PET recycling, potentially mitigating the significant energy and resource requirements of conventional methods.

Paco Industries, acting as FP Paradigm’s research and development subcontractor, recently secured a deal with the Arnott’s Group to explore implementing this technology across their product range. Recyclable packaging

This method, applicable to a variety of plastics including polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, and PET, shows promise in reducing polymer degradation during recycling. UNSW researchers anticipate that their technique could enable multiple cycles of plastic recycling without mechanical or chemical degradation, offering a more sustainable approach. Moreover, it streamlines the recycling process by eliminating the need for extensive cleaning and separating polymers from additives like dyes. Arnott’s Group recognizes the potential of this method to isolate and reclaim PET for food-grade packaging, reflecting their commitment to innovative sustainability practices. PET, a widely used plastic, faces challenges due to contamination, hindering efficient recycling; however, this collaborative effort seeks to address these obstacles and usher in a new era of sustainable plastic reuse.  Recyclable packaging

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Tomra equips Autosort sorting systems with artificial intelligence

Tomra has implemented artificial intelligence in its Autosort sorting systems, allowing it to separate food packaging from non-food packaging with greater precision and speed. This advancement, presented at the headquarters in Koblenz, Germany, is part of the GAINnext program, which uses deep learning models.
The main objective is to encourage closed-circuit recycling, such as that of plastic bottles, to obtain increasingly pure materials at the end of the selection process. This complies with EU regulations, which require a higher percentage of recycled material in packaging, even those intended for food. Recyclable packaging
Through the use of near-infrared sensors, visual spectrometry and other sensing methods, Autosort can quickly distinguish various types of packaging, including separating films from rigid containers. The addition of an RGB camera and the implementation of AI algorithms enable even more precise separation, distinguishing between food and non-food packaging even within similar plastic fractions.
This system can also be installed on existing machines, guaranteeing a separation accuracy of over 95%. It is capable of learning over time and can be trained to detect specific fractions or contaminants in the waste stream. Recyclable packaging
Artificial intelligence is already operational in numerous sorting plants, demonstrating a notable improvement in overall performance and opening up new opportunities in the field of recycling and resource recovery.
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Turkey’s central bank responded to worsening inflation by raising the policy rate from 45% to 50%, a 500 basis point increase

This adjustment aims to address the 67% inflation rate recorded last month, which exceeded expectations. To support this move, the bank emphasized its commitment to maintaining a tight monetary stance until a substantial and consistent decrease in monthly inflation is evident.

Additionally, the bank announced changes to its monetary policy operational framework. The overnight borrowing and lending rates will now be set 300 basis points below and above the one-week repo auction rate, respectively. Recyclable packaging

Despite resilient domestic demand, inflationary pressures persist due to factors such as services inflation stickiness, elevated inflation expectations, geopolitical risks, and food prices. The central bank’s release underscored the necessity of sustaining the tight monetary stance until inflation trends downwards and expectations align with forecasted ranges.

Looking ahead, the central bank anticipates disinflation in the latter half of the year. This forward-looking perspective suggests a cautious optimism regarding the efficacy of the rate hike in stabilizing inflationary pressures. Recyclable packaging

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APR report studies pyrolysis as a complement to mechanical recycling for FFP plastic

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has released a report that models the potential of pyrolysis technologies – as a complement to mechanical recycling – to recycle FFP back into plastic resins to be remanufactured into new plastic products. Prepared by Eunomia Research & Consulting, How to Scale the Recycling of Flexible Film Packaging: Modeling Pyrolysis’ Role in Collection, Quantity and Costs of a Comprehensive Solution, details the opportunities for increased FFP recovery volumes, the logistics, and costs necessary to get materials to pyrolysis and other reprocessor markets, as well as the package design and policy necessary for change. Recyclable packaging

FFP packaging is a significant and growing segment that includes a broad array of snack packaging, pouches, bread bags, and other applications. While the challenges and potential opportunities for recycling FFP packaging have been discussed for nearly a decade, the industry is now at an inflection point for these materials. Several countries and U.S. states are setting recycling goals for FFP, and numerous brand companies have publicly committed to producing only reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2030.

While over 1.1 billion pounds of polyethylene film were recovered for recycling in 2021, the vast majority of flexible film packaging is not recycled. Recyclable packaging

 

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Electric car manufacturers are actively exploring future technologies to enhance their vehicles, contemplating whether lithium-ion batteries still hold potential for advancement

While current dominance rests with liquid electrolyte lithium-ion batteries, research is shifting towards sodium-ion and solid electrolyte lithium-ion alternatives. However, skepticism exists regarding further enhancements to existing lithium batteries, presumed to have reached near-maximum development.

Despite doubts, scientists persist in refining liquid electrolyte lithium-ion batteries, acknowledging room for improvement in this established yet evolving technology. Safety, charging speed, and capacity retention under low temperatures remain prominent challenges. Recyclable packaging

Addressing these concerns, a team led by Chong Yan and Jia-Qi Huang from the Beijing Institute of Technology, published a breakthrough in Nature. Their research introduces a novel electrolyte solution, showcasing exceptional performance in testing.

Their findings reveal that incorporating organic solvents significantly enhances ion mobility within the electrolyte, leading to accelerated charging. Notably, these solvents mitigate capacity loss even at extreme temperatures, down to -80°C.

Fluoroacetonitrile, a specific solvent employed, features smaller molecules than conventional solvents. These molecules envelop lithium ions, facilitating their swift movement through the electrolyte. Tests demonstrate a remarkable fourfold increase in ionic conductivity compared to standard batteries, with operational capacity unaffected even in freezing conditions. Recyclable packaging

Electric car manufacturers are actively exploring future technologies to enhance their vehicles, contemplating whether lithium-ion batteries still hold potential for advancement

Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions At The Domotex Middle East In Dubai

 DOMOTEX Middle East is the leading event for the carpet and flooring industry in the Middle East. It focuses on machine-made carpets, textile carpets and handmade carpets. Oerlikon’s Polymer Processing Solutions division and its joint venture partner BB Engineering will also be on hand to provide information about their sustainable machines and plant technologies at the ATAG Export & Import stand E10.

The company will be presenting trade fair visitors with complete solutions ranging from melt to yarn, fibers and nonwovens. Recyclable packaging

“Our customers are showing great interest in factory projects that cover everything from our in-house polycondensation plant or extrusion to textured yarn and the corresponding digital solutions. This holistic approach enables us to supply all process steps from a single source and to guarantee coordinated technology that ensures the high quality of the yarn produced,” explains Sales Director Jilali Lakraa.

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“First plastic demonstrated to not create microplastics” has been tested

Even when it’s ground into microparticles, 97% of an algae-based plastic biodegrades in compost and water in under seven months, a new study has reported. The researchers hope their plastic will eventually replace existing petroleum-based ones, which have caused concern due to their effects on health and the environment.

In recent years, there has been a great deal of chatter about – and research into – microplastics, the tiny, almost indestructible fragments shed from everyday plastic products. Much of that research has focused on devising ways of collecting and removing microplastics from the environment to prevent the health problems they can cause.  Recyclable packaging

In a new study, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and materials-science company Algenesis have attacked the problem from another angle, developing a plant-based polymer that biodegrades, even when it’s ground into a microplastic, in under seven months.

“We’re just starting to understand the implications of microplastics,” said Michael Burkart, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, Algenesis co-founder and one of the study’s authors. “We’re trying to find replacements for materials that already exist, and make sure these replacements will biodegrade at the end of their useful life instead of collecting in the environment. That’s not easy.”  Recyclable packaging

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Nylon price trend – Eastman proudly announces the successful initiation of on-spec production and revenue generation at its new molecular recycling facility in Kingsport, Tennessee 25-03-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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ITEM 18/03/2024 25/03/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 905 $/ton 900 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,870 yuan/ton 6,830 yuan/ton -40
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,890 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton -40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,895 yuan/ton 5,840 yuan/ton
-55
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 735 $/ton 725 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,565 yuan/ton 4,480 yuan/ton
-85
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 525 $/ton 525 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,043 $/ton 1,028 $/ton
-15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,021 $/ton 1,006 $/ton -15
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,170 $/7on 1,175 $/ton +5
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750  yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton
-250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 8,950 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,100 yuan/ton 8,850 yuan/ton -250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,350 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton -250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 12,600 yuan/ton
-300
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,700 $/ton 1,700 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,975 $/ton 1,975 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,300 yuan/ton 14,100  yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,650 yuan/ton 14,550 yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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22,000 yuan/ton 22,200 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 16,700 yuan/ton 16,550 yuan/ton -150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 18,900 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton-
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,100 yuan/ton 17,900 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 34,200 yuan/ton 33,800 yuan/ton -400
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,700 yuan/ton 32,300 yuan/ton -400
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,700 yuan/ton 29,300 yuan/ton -400
Adipic Acid domestic market

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9,500 yuan/ton 9,300 yuan/ton +200
Benzene domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,555 yuan/ton -45
Benzene overseas  market 1,046 $/ton 1,030 $/ton -16
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 840 $/ton 832 $/ton -8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,300 yuan/ton -100
PP Powder domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,150 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  725 $/ton 714 $/ton -11
Phenol domestic market 7,685 yuan/ton 7,487 yuan/ton -198

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,350 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton   -50

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Eastman proudly announces the successful initiation of on-spec production and revenue generation at its new molecular recycling facility in Kingsport, Tennessee

This achievement marks a significant step towards Eastman’s goal of expanding production capacity in the months ahead, fostering growth across diverse markets. Anticipating a substantial impact, the company foresees approximately $75 million in additional EBITDA for 2024 from this facility, reinforcing its commitment to a circular economy.

Mark Costa, Board Chair and CEO, expressed gratitude towards Eastman’s team for their tireless efforts in bringing the facility online, solidifying Eastman’s leadership in circular economy initiatives. Demand for recycled material of premium quality from the new facility remains robust, signaling a promising trajectory for Eastman. Nylon price trend

Eastman’s innovative polyester renewal technology addresses the challenge of recycling difficult-to-process plastics, diverting them from landfills or incineration. By breaking down waste into molecular components and reconstructing them into virgin-quality materials, Eastman ensures high performance without environmental compromise. This approach facilitates the continual reuse of materials, contributing to a sustainable, high-yield loop with lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional methods.

With the completion of the Kingsport facility and plans for two additional recycling plants in France and the U.S., Eastman continues to lead the charge towards a greener, more sustainable future.  Nylon price trend

Eastman proudly announces the successful initiation of on-spec production and revenue generation at its new molecular recycling facility in Kingsport, Tennessee

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Composites continue to face challenges in Europe, marked by a notable downturn last year despite global expansion

As per a recent AVK association report, 2023 witnessed a significant 8% decline in the production of polymer matrix fibre-reinforced and composite materials in Europe, in stark contrast to the 5% global market growth.

This downward trajectory, which commenced in 2018, is influenced by uncertainties and macroeconomic factors such as escalating raw material and energy expenses.

Despite a rebound in the automotive sector, a major consumer of these materials, it has yet to reach pre-pandemic levels.  CO2 capture

Additionally, the crisis in the European construction and large infrastructure sector has contributed to the production contraction.

Globally, the composites market expanded to 13 million tons last year, up from 12.3 million tons the year prior.

In Europe, however, production dwindled from 2.78 to 2.56 million tonnes, reflecting an 8% decrease following a 6% decline in 2022.

Thermosets accounted for 1,073,000 tonnes, down from the previous year’s 1,138,000 tonnes, comprising 43% of Europe’s composite production. CO2 capture

Currently, European production constitutes approximately 20% of the global output, with America and Asia holding 30% and 50% respectively.

The automotive sector remains the largest consumer of composites, followed by electrical/electronic and construction and infrastructure industries. For more comprehensive market data, please refer to the report.

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CarpeCarbon, an Italian initiative aiming to capture CO2, stands apart in the quest to curb climate change

The latest IPCC report underscores the urgency of reducing atmospheric CO2 to limit global warming to +1.5°C. CarpeCarbon, headquartered in Turin, is pioneering Italy’s first direct carbon capture plant, driven by the conviction that solely halting emissions is insufficient.

Traditional Direct Air Capture (DAC) technologies face hurdles akin to electric cars, namely, energy-intensive operations and reliance on critical minerals, rendering them unsustainable. In contrast, CarpeCarbon adopts an innovative approach emphasizing scalability and energy efficiency. CO2 capture

By leveraging renewable energy and eschewing harmful chemicals, CarpeCarbon significantly reduces costs and environmental impact.

Moreover, the company ensures supply chain resilience by sidestepping critical raw materials. Their method involves filtering air to trap CO2 emitted from fossil fuel combustion, resulting in negative emissions.

CarpeCarbon’s uniqueness has garnered recognition, securing funding exceeding 1.7 million euros from Tech4Planet initiative, Cdp Venture Capital, 360 Capital, and other backers. This financial boost will aid in establishing Italy’s first DAC system.

Additionally, CarpeCarbon explores diverse industrial applications for captured CO2, aligning with UN SDG 12 for a circular economy.  CO2 capture

CEO Giuliano Antoniciello envisions a future where their plant operates off-grid, decoupling CO2 removal from energy production. This approach, distinct from Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), enables capturing existing atmospheric CO2, not just new emissions.

As global emissions soar, CarpeCarbon emerges as a beacon of hope, poised to address climate challenges. With 2024 potentially marking a pivotal year for the startup, the world anticipates their contributions to a sustainable future.

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Gazprom Neft opens plastic recycling plant with capacity of 8,600 tpy

Gazprom Neft has inaugurated a plastic recycling facility in Gatchina, Leningrad Region, capable of processing 8,600 tonnes annually, as reported by Interfax. The plant will manage the entire process of converting polypropylene and polyethylene packaging into secondary granules for further utilization. These granules will be distributed to domestic plastic manufacturers and used internally for crafting waterproofing materials in both industrial and civilian construction.

Equipped with modern recycling machinery and a closed-loop water treatment system, the plant ensures eco-friendly production. According to the company, advanced filtration tools enable the extraction of minute plastic particles, ensuring water purity for reuse in the production cycle.  CO2 capture

By 2030, Gazprom Neft anticipates internal consumption of secondary granules to reach 3,200 tonnes annually. Igor Korolev, Gazprom Neft’s head of petrochemicals and LPG, emphasized the economic advantages and environmental safety of recycling processes, highlighting their significance in fostering a closed-loop economy. He asserted that the project signifies a pivotal stride towards reintegrating plastic waste into the production chain, as stated in the press release.

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Eni announced that it has obtained authorization from the UK Department of Energy Security (DESNZ) for the CO2 transport infrastructure of the HyNet North West project, where it serves as the operator responsible for CO2 transport and storage

This marks a significant milestone as it represents the first cross-border infrastructure project of national significance between England and Wales to receive approval from DESNZ via a Development Consent Order (DCO).

According to a statement released by the oil group, the authorization process spanned 18 months, culminating in this approval. The CO2 transport network is a vital component of the HyNet North West initiative, which aims to establish a comprehensive low-carbon infrastructure in the region.  CO2 capture

Eni’s role as the project operator underscores its commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions. The approval sets the stage for further progress, with the Final Investment Decision (FID) anticipated by September 2024. This decision will mark a pivotal moment in the project’s timeline, signaling the commencement of investment activities to bring the CO2 transport infrastructure to fruition.

The authorization underscores the collaborative efforts between governmental entities and private stakeholders to address climate challenges and promote the transition towards a more sustainable energy landscape.  CO2 capture

Eni announced that it has obtained authorization from the UK Department of Energy Security (DESNZ) for the CO2 transport infrastructure of the HyNet North West project, where it serves as the operator responsible for CO2 transport and storage

Clothing, when worn, washed, and dried, can release tiny, often invisible polyester fibers into homes, soils, and waterways, contributing to microplastic pollution

These fibers, which take centuries to degrade, pose a significant environmental and public health risk. Addressing this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s BOTTLE™ consortium has developed a potential solution: replacing petroleum-derived polyester with biodegradable alternatives made from PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates).

Scientists from the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and the BOTTLE consortium, with funding from the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies Office, have created a range of PHAs in the lab.

These PHAs mimic conventional polyester’s properties but are bio-based, biodegradable, and easier to recycle. Partnering with The North Face, the consortium aims to introduce these sustainable materials to the outdoor apparel industry.  CO2 capture

Over the next year, BOTTLE will scale up production to create several pounds of PHA fiber for testing by The North Face. This collaboration seeks to assess the viability of PHA-based textiles in The North Face’s product lines, potentially revolutionizing the industry’s approach to sustainability.

Learn more about this innovative plastics research and the collaborative efforts driving the development of eco-friendly textiles for the market.

Clothing, when worn, washed, and dried, can release tiny, often invisible polyester fibers into homes, soils, and waterways, contributing to microplastic pollution

Hydrogen holds promise for automotive use, but its convenience hinges on several factors

While battery electric vehicles (BEVs) gain traction in Europe, concerns about component shortages loom. Could hydrogen be the answer? In Asia, particularly Japan and China, hydrogen’s potential is being vigorously explored, with ambitious targets set for adoption.

Unlike BEVs, which rely on grid recharging, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) generate electricity on-board, emitting only water vapor. They refuel swiftly, akin to traditional cars, offering comparable range without emissions. Despite these advantages, hydrogen confronts obstacles.  CO2 capture

Efficiency poses a challenge; electrolysis, the cleanest method of hydrogen production, suffers energy losses. Additionally, transporting and storing hydrogen incur further inefficiencies and costs. Infrastructure remains a major hurdle—though refueling is quick, stations are scarce. This creates a catch-22: without vehicles, stations won’t proliferate; without stations, adoption stalls.

Solving these issues demands coordinated efforts among governments, industry, and investors. While some automakers, notably Toyota and Hyundai, champion hydrogen, broader commitment is lacking. BMW’s recent re-engagement signals potential, yet challenges persist.  CO2 capture

In conclusion, hydrogen offers swift refueling and emissions-free driving, but its efficiency and infrastructure deficiencies impede widespread adoption. Addressing these barriers requires collaborative action, ensuring hydrogen’s viability in the future of automotive technology.

Hydrogen holds promise for automotive use, but its convenience hinges on several factors

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Caprolactam Price Hike in Europe: Impact of Raw Material Costs and Auto Sector Demand

Since the start of March 2024, the price of Caprolactam in the European region has shown a steady increase. This upward trend can be attributed to several factors, most notably the significant cost pressures stemming from raw material prices. Additionally, the uptick in demand from the downstream automotive sector has played a role in driving this price movement. The cost of Caprolactam increased by 4% on a FOB Hamburg basis during the week ending on March 15th.

Raw material Benzene prices rose firmly, a key determinant in Caprolactam pricing, and have been experiencing notable volatility, largely influenced by various factors including global economic conditions, geopolitical events, and supply chain disruptions. These factors have collectively led to increased costs, ultimately impacting the overall pricing of Caprolactam.  Technical Polymers

Furthermore, the improvement seen in the downstream automotive sector has added to the upward pressure on Caprolactam prices. As the automotive industry continues its recovery from recent challenges, there has been a corresponding rise in demand for Caprolactam, a crucial component in the production of automotive parts and components.

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Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim unveil plastics recycling solutions at Chinaplas 2024, showcasing their expertise in technology and process solutions

The highlight is the STS 75 Mc PLUS twin screw extruder, boasting increased torque for up to 20% higher throughput and superior product quality. Alongside, visitors can explore a virtual PET recycling installation demonstrating the efficiency of each component.

Additional exhibits include the Coperion ZSK 26 Mc18 extruder, a K-Tron T35-QC feeder with a 2415 vacuum receiver, and a K-ML-SFS-KT20 feeder. Coperion K-Tron introduces the ProRate PLUS line of gravimetric feeders in China, featuring the PLUS-S feeder with refill, and a CVH 550 rotary valve for granulates.  Technical Polymers

The STS 75 Mc PLUS achieves higher throughput and compound quality through enhanced torque and optimized drive components. Its increased fill level reduces shear stress and melt temperature, ensuring gentle handling at high throughputs. The extruder’s construction benefits from Coperion’s technical expertise and experience, offering an economical solution with rapid ROI.

Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim provide comprehensive plastics recycling plants, covering mechanical processing, bulk material handling, extrusion, and compounding. They offer solutions tailored to various recycling methods and plastic types.

Coperion K-Tron demonstrates feeding expertise with the K2-ML-D5-T35 feeder featuring ActiFlow technology and the 2415 vacuum receiver.  Technical Polymers

The ProRate PLUS feeder line offers economical and reliable feeding solutions, including a twin screw option for powders. Overall, Coperion and Herbold Meckesheim present integrated solutions for efficient plastics recycling at Chinaplas 2024.

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An international consortium of scientists has achieved a groundbreaking feat: the creation of solar panels printed with perovskite, boasting record-breaking efficiency

This innovation promises a future where solar energy is ubiquitous, integrated seamlessly into buildings, electric vehicles, and even clothing.

Led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the team has devised a method for mass-producing these cutting-edge photovoltaic cells using the roll-to-roll (R2R) technique. The key ingredient, perovskite, imbues the panels with flexibility and lightweight properties, enabling their application in diverse settings.

The remarkable efficiency of these cells, at 11%, surpasses traditional standards by a significant margin, typically hovering around 1-2%. This leap in efficiency addresses longstanding challenges associated with large-scale production, thereby driving down costs and enhancing commercial viability.  Technical Polymers

Imagine a world where solar panels are as commonplace as newspapers, effortlessly harnessing solar energy wherever they are placed. This vision, once confined to the realms of science fiction, now stands on the brink of realization, thanks to the pioneering efforts of this international scientific coalition.

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CHT and Fulgar have forged a novel partnership, prioritizing sustainability in the textile industry

At the forthcoming Performance Days event in Munich on March 20 and 21, 2024, they will unveil CHT’s BeSo Responsible initiative, aimed at revolutionizing resource efficiency in textile dyeing.

BeSo, shorthand for “Best Solution,” offers versatile solutions adaptable to diverse performance and sustainability needs

The BeSo Responsible Shortcut process, a highlight of the project, innovatively dyes Fulgar’s Q-Cycle yarn while simultaneously fixing it in a single cycle, resulting in substantial time, water, and energy savings.  Technical Polymers

CHT’s Bemacid acid dyes, like Bemacid N-TF and Bemacid F-T, further elevate the process by enhancing color fastness and overall yarn quality and durability.

Fulgar’s Q-Cycle, a 100% recycled polyamide fiber, employs a controlled mass balance approach without using virgin raw materials from crude oil. Instead, it relies on pyrolysis oil from end-of-life tires, slashing CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

The application of CHT’s Shortcut process to Q-Cycle ensures the same level of functionality, aesthetics, and comfort as products made from virgin polyamide, while championing environmental stewardship.  Technical Polymers

In essence, this partnership between CHT and Fulgar pioneers sustainable solutions in textile manufacturing, embodying a commitment to both innovation and eco-consciousness.

CHT and Fulgar have forged a novel partnership, prioritizing sustainability in the textile industry

Piovan, based in Italy, concluded 2023 on a high note, particularly propelled by the Technical Polymers segment

The group achieved a remarkable turnover of €570.5 million, marking a 7.4% increase compared to the previous year (+4.6% under the same perimeter), with an adjusted EBITDA soaring to €78.9 million, up by 25.8%. Consolidated net profit surged by 40.5%, reaching €48.9 million, an increase of €14.1 million from 2022.

Nicola Piovan, the group’s executive president, expressed satisfaction with the results despite geopolitical uncertainties like the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. He emphasized the strategic overhaul aimed at bolstering Piovan Group’s identity internationally and fostering integration.  Technical Polymers

CEO Filippo Zuppichin highlighted the group’s resilience in capturing market share despite challenges, citing expansions in India and other emerging markets.

Technical Polymers, contributing 77% to the turnover, saw sales rise by 8.3%, driven by demand from technical, automotive, and medical sectors. While sales dipped in the Food & Industrial Applications (-9%), they surged in the Services segment (+13.8%).

Geographically, sales flourished in North America (+10%), Asia (+22.2%), and South America (+14.1%), while remaining stable in Europe (+0.2%).  Technical Polymers

In 2023, Piovan expanded its global footprint by establishing branches in Indonesia and South Korea, acquiring assets of ProTec Polymer Processing in Germany, and gaining control of Nu-Vu Conair in India.

Listed on the Italian Stock Exchange, Piovan, headquartered in Santa Maria di Sala (VE), specializes in automation systems for polymers, plastics, and food powders, employing 1,800 people across 14 plants, with 91% of revenue from international markets.

Piovan, based in Veneto, concluded 2023 on a high note, particularly propelled by the Technical Polymers segment

Netstal showcases its pinnacle injection molding prowess at the NPE (Booth W223), promising unrivaled productivity and efficiency in beverage closure production

Partnering with US client Alltrista®, Netstal unveils a cutting-edge production system, setting a new standard in closure manufacturing. Witness live the marvel of producing 26 mm water closures with a staggering 128-cavity mold, boasting an impressive cycle time of just 1.9 seconds.  Technical Polymers

Central to this groundbreaking application is the CAP-Line, boasting a formidable clamping force of 4500 kN. Tailored specifically for closure applications, the CAP-Line represents Netstal’s commitment to optimized machinery. Built upon the robust Elios platform, the exhibition model comes equipped with a suite of features finely tuned for efficient closure production. Its all-electric clamping unit, boasting a swift dry cycle time of 1.4 seconds, facilitates blistering cycle times under 2 seconds. Enhanced by an optimized barrier screw and a smaller injection unit, the design ensures superior plasticizing performance and homogenization.  Technical Polymers

Moreover, the CAP-Line offers customizable options for further optimization, including the intuitive Smart Operation control panel and adaptive system pressure reduction for added energy efficiency. Horst Kogler, Head of Business Unit Caps and Closures, underscores the customer-centric approach, stating, “With the new CAP-Line concept, we tailor our offerings precisely to our customers’ needs, expediting consultations and quotations to minimize machine delivery times.” Netstal’s CAP-Line sets a new benchmark, delivering bespoke solutions for closure manufacturers while streamlining the acquisition process for unparalleled efficiency. Technical Polymers

Netstal showcases its pinnacle injection molding prowess at the NPE (Booth W223), promising unrivaled productivity and efficiency in beverage closure production

The primary discovery of the study reveals that circular plastics presently constitute 13.5% of newly manufactured plastic products in Europe

This statistic indicates a significant milestone, positioning the European plastics system at the halfway mark towards achieving its interim goal, as outlined in the ‘Plastics Transition’ roadmap. The aim set forth in this roadmap is to incorporate 25% of plastics sourced from circular channels into new products by the year 2030.

This finding underscores a noteworthy shift in the approach to plastic utilization within Europe, signaling a growing embrace of circularity principles. By integrating more recycled materials into the manufacturing process, the region is not only reducing its reliance on virgin plastics but also mitigating environmental impacts associated with plastic production and disposal.  Technical Polymers

Moreover, achieving such a substantial proportion of circular plastics within the production stream demonstrates the feasibility of transitioning towards a more sustainable plastic economy. It suggests that with continued efforts and strategic initiatives, the European plastics industry can indeed meet its ambitious targets for circularity by the designated timeline.

This milestone serves as a testament to the efficacy of collaborative efforts between industry stakeholders, policymakers, and environmental advocates in driving meaningful change towards a more circular and environmentally conscious plastic ecosystem.

The primary discovery of the study reveals that circular plastics presently constitute 13.5% of newly manufactured plastic products in Europe

Carbon dioxide plastic – Balrampur Chini Mills, the Indian conglomerate, has unveiled its partnership lineup for the forthcoming polylactic acid (PLA) plant project 22-03-2024

 

Carbon dioxide plastic – Balrampur Chini Mills, the Indian conglomerate, has unveiled its partnership lineup for the forthcoming polylactic acid (PLA) plant project 22-03-2024

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LG Chem will showcase carbon dioxide-based plastic containers at Cosmoprof Bologna 2024, starting March 21 in Bologna, Italy, aiming to attract customers

Cosmoprof, a major event in the beauty industry, hosts around 3,000 cosmetics companies displaying various materials, packaging, ODM, and brands.

The company will reveal cosmetic containers made from Poly Ethylene Carbonate (PEC), an eco-friendly material developed in collaboration with COSMAX. PEC, derived from captured CO2 and ethylene oxide, signifies a leap in sustainable materials. LG Chem has developed catalysts and processes crucial for converting CO2 into plastic, achieving high productivity compared to existing CO2-based plastics.Carbon dioxide plastic

PEC finds applications in cosmetic and food packaging, and can be blended with other plastics for diverse uses, from flexible films to durable cases. With the cosmetics industry increasingly shifting towards eco-friendly packaging, LG Chem’s initiative aligns with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, exemplified by regulations like the EU’s Carbon Border Tax.

An LG Chem spokesperson stated, “By leveraging PEC, a next-gen material synthesized from captured CO2, we aim to forge stronger ties with cosmetic partners and combat global warming.” This move underscores LG Chem’s commitment to sustainability and addresses the demand for environmentally responsible packaging solutions in the cosmetics sector. Carbon dioxide plastic

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Balrampur Chini Mills, the Indian conglomerate, has unveiled its partnership lineup for the forthcoming polylactic acid (PLA) plant project

Sulzer, Alpine Engineering, and Jacobs have been selected as key technological collaborators for this initiative.

Sulzer, renowned for its expertise, will provide licensing for PLA production from sugarcane, a primary resource for Balrampur Chini Mills. Their role encompasses the entire process chain, from lactide synthesis to polymerization. Alpine Engineering will contribute fermentation, distillation, and purification technologies under a separate agreement. Meanwhile, Jacobs Solutions India will oversee Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) services. This involves configuring and integrating lactic acid and PLA production facilities, alongside managing engineering for utilities and civil infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency. Carbon dioxide plastic

Stefan Barot, President of Balrampur Chini Mills’ Chemicals division, expressed excitement about the collaboration, highlighting the project’s significance in advancing sustainable innovation. This alliance aligns with the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, in line with governmental directives.

The new PLA plant, anticipated to cost around 220 million euros, will boast an annual production capacity of 75,000 tonnes.

Strategically located near a group-owned sugar factory, it ensures access to raw materials and essential utilities, streamlining operations. This venture signifies a significant step towards sustainable manufacturing and underscores the company’s dedication to future generations. Carbon dioxide plastic

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PlasticsEurope has released its biennial report on plastic circulation in Europe, shedding light on production, transformation, and recycling trends

The 2024 edition, titled “The Circular Economy for Plastics: A European Analysis,” delves into various facets including production, transformation, consumption, waste management, recycling, and use of recycled materials in Europe as of 2022. Notably, this report marks the inclusion of data on biobased plastics and chemical recycling for the first time.

Analysts highlight that circular plastic, comprising recycled, biobased, or carbon capture materials, constitutes approximately 13.5% of newly manufactured plastic products in Europe, amounting to 7.3 million tonnes, with 6.8 million tonnes being post-consumer recycled. This signifies significant progress, positioning the industry halfway towards the target outlined in the ‘Plastics Transition’ roadmap, aiming for 25% of plastic from circular sources in new products by 2030. The use of recycled plastics has surged by nearly 70% compared to 2018. Carbon dioxide plastic

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Despite this progress, challenges persist. While 26.9% of plastic waste generated in 2022 was recycled, surpassing landfill disposal for the first time, incineration remains prevalent, with waste-to-energy plants processing 16 million tonnes, a 15% increase since 2018. Mechanical recycling dominates, contributing 13.2% of processed products, while biobased and chemical recycling represent minor shares.

Virginia Janssens, Managing Director of Plastics Europe, underscores the urgent need to address these challenges, emphasizing the necessity of transitioning towards circularity. She stresses the importance of chemical recycling alongside mechanical recycling, particularly for applications demanding high-quality plastics. However, she notes that regulatory clarity and support from policymakers are imperative to incentivize investments and accelerate the adoption of chemical recycling. Carbon dioxide plastic

The report also reveals disparities across sectors, with packaging, construction, and agriculture demonstrating stronger demand for recycled materials compared to automotive or electrical and electronics industries. Despite progress, achieving EU recycling targets for plastic packaging remains a challenge, necessitating a concerted effort towards embracing innovative recycling solutions and clearer legislative frameworks.

PlasticsEurope has released its biennial report on plastic circulation in Europe, shedding light on production, transformation, and recycling trends

Toray Plastics launches Torayfan with certified-circular resins

Toray Plastics has introduced Torayfan polypropylene film made with ExxonMobil’s certified-circular resins, a move advancing the packaging industry towards a circular plastic economy. Carbon dioxide plastic

Leveraging ExxonMobil’s Exxtend technology for advanced recycling, Toray’s decision underscores its commitment to plastic circularity and customer value. Chris Nothnagle, Toray’s senior director of new business development, highlights the significance of choosing certified-circular resins, which not only diverts plastic from landfills but also ensures accountability through mass balance accounting.

Toray’s technologically advanced film maintains quality and performance standards expected by customers, utilizing ExxonMobil’s resin without requiring requalification due to its virgin-quality nature. Carbon dioxide plastic

ExxonMobil’s advanced recycling process, certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS, facilitates the production of high-quality packaging film crucial for efficient manufacturing.

This process transforms plastic waste into raw materials at a molecular level, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based feedstocks.

The partnership between Toray and ExxonMobil aims to explore new opportunities for deploying certified-circular resins in common packaging applications, promising substantial benefits for consumers and brand owners keen on participating in the circular economy.

Toray Plastics launches Torayfan with certified-circular resins

Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyoda, has sent shockwaves through the automotive industry, unveiling plans for an engine that could upend the electric vehicle (EV) sector

Toyoda’s assertion of an engine set to “destroy the entire electric vehicle industry” has sparked intrigue and debate. Carbon dioxide plastic

Central to Toyoda’s stance are his apprehensions about the rush towards electric vehicle adoption. He contends that a swift transition could yield dire economic and environmental consequences. Toyoda predicts exorbitant costs not only in development and manufacturing but also in the necessary infrastructure. This, he argues, could render cars unaffordable for many and potentially lead to energy shortages in nations, with minimal environmental gains due to increased CO2 emissions from battery production.

Using Japan as a case study, Toyoda highlighted the potential electricity shortfall during peak seasons if all vehicles were electrically powered. Estimates suggest Japan could face costs ranging from 14 to 37 trillion Yen for such a transition, approximately 110-290 billion euros. Carbon dioxide plastic

This announcement has ignited a contentious industry dialogue. Some view Toyota as a prudent guardian against rash electrification, while others accuse the company of hindering progress to safeguard its interests.

Toyoda’s pledge of a groundbreaking engine symbolizes a broader discourse on mobility’s future. Its impact on the market and the validity of Toyoda’s concerns remain uncertain. Ultimately, the market’s response will determine whether innovation and sustainability can reconcile economic and environmental imperatives.

Toyota's CEO, Akio Toyoda, has sent shockwaves through the automotive industry, unveiling plans for an engine that could upend the electric vehicle (EV) sector

New Energy Blue, a US-based biofuel and biochemicals developer, has launched New Energy Chemicals, a subsidiary with Dow as a key client

This new arm will supply Dow with biobased ethylene for eco-friendly plastics production.

Utilizing crop residues, New Energy Chemicals will produce biobased fuels and chemicals. By late 2025, its biomass refinery in Mason City, Iowa, will churn out 16 to 20 million gallons yearly of low-carbon cellulosic ethanol and 120,000 tons of clean lignin. Lignin holds significant value as a fossil fuel substitute, particularly in decarbonizing steel production. Carbon dioxide plastic

The produced ethanol will be sent to Texas for conversion into bio-based ethylene, which will then travel via pipeline to Dow’s Gulf Coast facilities. Here, it will be used in renewable plastics manufacturing, catering to burgeoning markets like packaging.

Dow’s adoption of New Energy Blue’s bio-based feedstocks is set to receive ISCC Plus certification, ensuring sustainability and carbon traceability. This certification allows Dow to incorporate agriculture-based ethylene into its production process, enabling its clients to track bio-based materials within their supply chains. Carbon dioxide plastic

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New Energy Blue, a US-based biofuel and biochemicals developer, has launched New Energy Chemicals, a subsidiary with Dow as a key client

The LYCRA Company, renowned for pioneering innovative and sustainable apparel solutions, joins the Performance Days seminar on textile recycling

The event, hosted by Accelerating Circularity, focuses on polyester recycling from textile waste, exploring commercial-scale systems.

Jean Hegedus, The LYCRA Company’s Director of Sustainable Business Development, participates as a panelist at Performance Days in Munich, Germany, from March 20 to 21. Hegedus will feature in the Recycled Polyester Database Launch session, facilitating discussions from 3 to 4:30 p.m. daily in the Reality Zone. This platform connects polyester recyclers and fabric producers incorporating textile feedstocks. Carbon dioxide plastic

Panelists will address challenges associated with textile waste utilization and solutions, followed by breakout sessions enabling direct interaction between brands, retailers, and providers.

Since 2021, The LYCRA Company has led in specialty polyester fibers development, offering COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade fibers entirely sourced from textile waste.

These high-quality fibers, available in staple, filament, and insulation forms, find application in various fields from performance wear to outdoor apparel.

The company introduced “Waste for Good” campaign last year, advocating circularity in the industry through COOLMAX® and THERMOLITE® EcoMade technologies.

Hegedus appreciates Accelerating Circularity for highlighting the importance of transitioning to textile waste, especially as recycled bottles face imminent supply shortages, urging the industry towards closure of its loop. Carbon dioxide plastic

The LYCRA Company, renowned for pioneering innovative and sustainable apparel solutions, joins the Performance Days seminar on textile recycling

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Red Sea freight – This adjustment entails an increase of EUR 250 per metric tone for adipic acid, effective immediately 21-03-2024

Red Sea freight – This adjustment entails an increase of EUR 250 per metric tone for adipic acid, effective immediately 21-03-2024

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LANXESS has announced a global price hike

This adjustment entails an increase of EUR 250 per metric tone for adipic acid, effective immediately

The decision comes in response to a notable surge in raw material expenses witnessed over recent months.

This strategic move underscores LANXESS’s proactive approach in navigating market dynamics, particularly amid fluctuating raw material costs. Adipic acid, a critical component in various industries including textiles, automotive, and pharmaceuticals, experiences demand fluctuations influenced by market trends and supply chain intricacies.

By implementing this price adjustment, LANXESS aims to sustain operational efficiency while ensuring product quality and reliability. The company’s commitment to maintaining competitiveness amidst evolving market conditions is evident in its swift response to cost escalations. Red Sea freight

Furthermore, this announcement reaffirms LANXESS’s dedication to transparency and communication with its stakeholders. By providing timely updates on pricing adjustments, the company fosters trust and collaboration within its customer base and the broader market.

As LANXESS navigates the complexities of global markets, this pricing strategy demonstrates its resilience and adaptability in safeguarding business sustainability and enhancing shareholder value. Through strategic pricing initiatives, LANXESS aims to uphold its position as a leading provider of adipic acid, delivering value to customers while effectively managing cost pressures. Red Sea freight

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March 2024 presents challenges for the global freight industry due to disruptions in the Suez Canal and US rail routes

Rerouting through the Cape of Good Hope elongates transit times, leading to delays, higher costs, and potential port congestion in Europe. Closure of US rail routes adds to supply chain woes, hindering Europe-US trade. Moreover, draft restrictions in the Panama Canal may cause traffic backlog, affecting shipments between Europe and the Americas, and escalating freight rates.

France’s proposed reconstruction plan for the Port of Beirut could alleviate European freight concerns by enhancing operational efficiency, reducing congestion, and optimizing traffic flow, facilitating smoother import-export processes. Red Sea freight

Germany’s LNG import capacity is set to rise with the arrival of FSRU Energos Force in Stade, boosting security of gas supply post-Ukraine crisis.

Freight rates from China to North Europe dipped by 11% post-Red Sea normalization, reflecting a demand deficit and price mismatch. Despite surplus units in Russia, depot saturation hasn’t significantly altered price dynamics.

The stable container prices post-Red Sea crisis indicate demand decrease, offering predictability for stakeholders and forwarders. Red Sea freight

China aims for 5% growth, relying on fiscal expansion to stimulate economic recovery.

March 2024 presents challenges for the global freight industry due to disruptions in the Suez Canal and US rail routes

Global Recycling Day 2024 – ALPLA Milestones

The ALPLA Group has been involved in recycling plastic and converting it into new packaging for over 30 years. Global Recycling Day 2024 will focus on the most important developments and measures that have taken place in the area of recycling in recent years.

Used packaging is anything but useless waste. Quite the opposite, in fact – for ALPLA, it is a valuable raw material that is processed into high-quality recyclates at 13 of ALPLA’s own plants around the world using state-of-the-art technologies. By using recyclates, new packaging is created from used packaging in line with the bottle-to-bottle principle. This promotes the elaboration of efficient recyclables collection, allows regional loops to be closed and boosts the further development of sustainable recycling technologies. Recycling is therefore a fundamental part of a functioning circular economy. Red Sea freight

The international ALPLArecycling network now comprises 13 plants – including four joint ventures – in nine countries: Germany, Italy, Mexico, Austria, Poland, Romania, Spain, South Africa and Thailand.

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Biodegradable Plastic Bottle Cap

Beyond Plastic introduces first all-natural plastic bottle cap for the beverage industry, a sustainable solution designed to replace conventional petroleum-based plastic bottle caps.

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Beyond Plastic has introduced the first-ever completely biodegradable plastic bottle cap to hit the market. The closure is made from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a biopolymer created using bacteria fermentation. Red Sea freight

The new, eco-friendly cap looks, feels, and performs just like traditional petroleum-based plastic caps but brings transformative advantages—it’s recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable even in the most sensitive conditions. The Beyond Plastic bottle cap contains zero microplastics and causes no harm to the environment, unlike traditional plastics.

Plastic pollution stands as a formidable and persistent challenge confronting our planet. According to a recent study, our oceans harbor an estimated 17 million bottle caps worldwide. Adding to the urgency, the University of Newcastle estimates that the average person ingests 250 g of plastic annually, with microplastics detected even in newborns, highlighting the pervasive nature of this issue. Red Sea freight

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Alliance for Hose Recycling in the USA

The Flexible Film Recycling Alliance (FFRA), launched by the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) in the USA, aims to promote the recycling of flexible packaging in North America. FFRA is committed to educating consumers about the importance of responsible recycling, improving the image of flexible packaging and encouraging the final recycling of materials.

FFRA’s priorities include the creation of a guide to best recycling practices for industry and consumers, recycling education programs for consumers, promotion of recycling techniques and responsible use of films and packaging, and efforts to highlight environmental benefits of flexible packaging for consumers and policy makers.

Patrick Krieger, Sustainability Manager at Plastics, underlines the importance of informing consumers about correct recycling and the transformation of recycled materials into new products. Red Sea freight

The FFRA enthusiastically welcomes this challenge and prepares to offer a modern recycling directory with new features.

The Flexible Packaging Association has already joined the initiative, and other supply chain organizations are invited to participate. FFRA remains open to collaborations to promote the recycling of flexible packaging and support environmental sustainability.

Alliance for Hose Recycling in the USA

Collaboration launches film packaging from recycled plastic

A collaborative effort within the flexible food packaging industry has yielded a breakthrough: the introduction of new snack packaging composed of 50 percent recycled plastic, meeting rigorous food contact standards. Launched in late 2023 in the UK and Ireland for PepsiCo’s Sunbites brand, this packaging utilizes an advanced recycling process, ensuring compliance with EU regulations for food-contact applications.

Several companies contributed to this circular packaging initiative: GreenDot sourced postconsumer plastic scrap, processed into pyrolysis oil called Tacoil by Plastic Energy. Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe converted this oil into recycled propylene, then virgin-quality recycled polypropylene resin in France. Red Sea freight

Irplast S.p.A. produced biaxially oriented PP films using this resin, meeting food contact requirements.

Amcor handled the printing and conversion of these films, maintaining technical performance standards for PepsiCo. This collaboration aligns with PepsiCo Positive, aiming to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in European crisp and chip packaging by 2030.

Archana Jagannathan, PepsiCo Europe’s Chief Sustainability Officer, emphasizes the importance of such partnerships in advancing sustainable packaging solutions, expressing excitement about the Sunbites packaging launch in the UK. Red Sea freight

The recycled polymer content is certified under the ISCC Plus scheme, meeting forthcoming EU regulations on packaging waste recycling targets. Ineos underscores the role of advanced recycling technologies in achieving the EU’s 2030 objectives for recycled content in plastic packaging, contributing to emissions reduction.

Collaboration launches film packaging from recycled plastic

IMS Technologies Introduces Goebel IMS Portfolio for Nonwoven Applications

Company also announces a new partnership with CFA Tekstil for the Turkish market

IMS Technologies, a leader in the mechanical engineering and construction of slitter rewinder and automatic winders, presents the Goebel IMS portfolio for nonwoven applications. With a remarkable legacy spanning over 170 years and more than 11,000 machines installed globally, Goebel IMS – a brand of IMS Technologies – has always excelled in converting a wide range of materials. Red Sea freight
Leveraging its strong know-how, the company provides tailor-made machinery to meet each customer’s specific technical needs, including the possibility of advanced automated solutions. Two slitter rewinders are part of its nonwoven portfolio: Hyperslit, its integrated and flexible slitter, and Hyperslit Giant with a fully automatic handling system for rewinding shaft and core positioning, minimizing the distance between cores without the need for spacers. The Hyperslit Giant, equipped with cutting-edge technology, demonstrates high performance and quality in handling various nonwoven materials, including spunbond, meltblown, sms, smms, and more. Red Sea freight
To complete the nonwoven portfolio, its complete range of slitting and winding solutions includes Revowind and Jumbowind.
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Bottles sorting recycling – The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) has recently been approved, marking a significant step in addressing packaging waste 20-03-2024

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Arkema commemorates three decades of specialized polymer recycling while broadening its certified product range

Agiplast, a pioneer in high-performance thermoplastic recycling since 1994, became part of the Arkema group in 2021. Through Agiplast, Arkema’s Virtucycle® program now offers over 15 certified grades.

Operating from Arkema’s advanced recycling center in Italy, specialty polyamides and PVDF undergo mechanical recycling using renewable electricity. Arkema’s proficiency in polymer analysis and regeneration enables collaboration with clients to enhance eco-design and minimize carbon footprints. Bottles sorting recycling

Partnering with various market players, Arkema develops high-performance polymer grades comprising at least 30% recycled content, certified by SCS Global Services.

Nicole Munoz, VP of Environmental Certification Services at SCS Global Services, advocates for recycled content integration to reduce environmental impact and raw material extraction, praising Arkema’s growing portfolio.

Francois Tanguy, Arkema’s Recycling business and Virtucycle® program manager, celebrates their 30-year legacy, emphasizing collaboration with global clients to foster sustainability. Clients seek advanced materials with reduced climate impacts and uncompromised performance, a demand Arkema is poised to meet.

Arkema collaborates worldwide to tailor high-performance grades to client needs, fostering true circularity. Some clients contribute to the recycling loop, while others prefer sourcing polymers with recycled content. Bottles sorting recycling

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Trinseo plans to permanently shut down the German polycarbonate plant in Stade

The imminent closure of the polycarbonate plant in Stade is near, as Trinseo has reached an agreement with unions to permanently halt operations by the end of this year. This decision comes after at least five years of evaluations on the closure of the plant in Germany, with various announcements and second thoughts over time.
Now, with the decision apparently made, Trinseo is preparing to close the polycarbonate production plant and source the polymer needed for the compounds from the external market. This move is estimated to bring financial benefits of between $15 million and $20 million  .Bottles sorting recycling
The group’s CEO, Frank Bozich, explains that the decision was influenced by the weakness of demand and the decrease in prices due to the excess supply from foreign producers saturating the EMEA market. These conditions, Bozich predicts, will continue to impact the industry into 2024 and beyond, as fixed costs at Stade challenge the facility’s financial sustainability.
Operational since 1990, the Stade plant specializes in the production of polycarbonate granules and related compounds, marketed under the Caliber brand.Bottles sorting recycling
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On this Global Recycling Day, the Dutch Waste Management Association (DWMA) is issuing a dire warning about the crisis gripping plastic sorting and recycling facilities in the Netherlands and Europe

These facilities are encountering significant challenges, with dwindling demand for recycled plastic from the processing industry leading to stagnant turnover, mounting plastic waste stocks, and the reduction of production by recycling companies, putting jobs at risk. The primary culprit behind this crisis is the influx of cheap virgin plastic imports from Asia and America, exacerbating the situation.

In response, the DWMA has urgently reached out to the caretaker environment minister, Vivianne Heijnen, proposing three critical measures. Firstly, they advocate for supporting the market price of recycled plastic until the implementation of the EU’s recycled content obligation for plastic. Secondly, they call for aligning government circular procurement objectives with plastic recycling targets to bolster demand for recycled plastic. Lastly, they propose the introduction of a carbon credit system to incentivize the use of recycled plastic and recognize its contribution to climate goals.Bottles sorting recycling

Additionally, the DWMA emphasizes the need for European manufacturers to prioritize sourcing recycled plastic from within Europe, aligning with circularity principles, environmental protection, and job retention. They stress the importance of establishing a level playing field in Europe to enable fair competition among waste collectors and manufacturers. With these measures, the DWMA aims to navigate through the crisis, sustain the recycling industry, and advance towards a circular economy.

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Beyond Plastic has unveiled a groundbreaking biodegradable plastic bottle cap crafted from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a biopolymer synthesized through bacteria fermentation

This innovation mirrors the appearance, texture, and functionality of conventional petroleum-based plastic caps while boasting recyclability, compostability, and biodegradability, even under delicate environmental conditions.

Fred Pinczuk, CTO of Beyond Plastic, emphasized the urgency of addressing plastic pollution, particularly with plastic bottle caps ranking as the second most prevalent pollutant on shores.  Bottles sorting recycling

He underscored the mission of Beyond Plastic to revolutionize packaging by replacing single-use plastics with sustainable alternatives like PHA, which offers equivalent performance without harming the planet.

To realize this vision, Beyond Plastic has forged strategic alliances with CJ Biomaterials and Techlong International. Max Senechal, Chief Commercial Officer at CJ Biomaterials, highlighted their commitment to eco-friendly solutions, while Keith Boss, CEO at Techlong International, stressed the necessity of comprehensive solutions to integrate PHA effectively into existing systems.

Despite the promising potential of PHA, its widespread adoption requires rigorous testing and adaptation of equipment. Boss emphasized the need for a complete solution encompassing both PHA resin and modified machinery to ensure seamless integration into manufacturing processes.

By partnering with industry leaders and prioritizing innovation, Beyond Plastic aims to catalyze the shift towards sustainable packaging solutions, mitigating the environmental impact of plastic waste. Bottles sorting recycling

Beyond Plastic has unveiled a groundbreaking biodegradable plastic bottle cap crafted from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a biopolymer synthesized through bacteria fermentation

Black & Veatch, a global leader in critical infrastructure solutions, is embarking on a groundbreaking study in Australia

Their mission? To explore and extract natural hydrogen and helium. This ambitious endeavor is part of an engineering services agreement between Black & Veatch and the Australian-owned natural hydrogen company, H2EX Limited. The project receives funding from the Australian Federal Government, with H2EX leading the charge.

Natural hydrogen, also known as gold or white hydrogen, occurs in its pure form as a free gas. Bottles sorting recycling

It’s a potential game-changer for clean energy in the Asia Pacific region. Black & Veatch boasts an impressive 80-year legacy in hydrogen and ammonia production across various industries. Notably, they pioneered the first hydrogen power generation conversion project and established the United States’ inaugural major hydrogen fueling station.

As part of the development study, Black & Veatch will present two concept designs for H2EX’s exploration license PEL 691 on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. One design focuses on drilling and completing an exploration well, while the other tackles surface facilities for purifying, processing, and delivering natural hydrogen and helium. If these resources are found together, co-production strategies will be explored.

The study aims to unlock Australia’s first-mover advantage in this emerging sector, offering local and export opportunities while retaining technical expertise. Bottles sorting recycling

By adapting gas industry practices, Black & Veatch seeks to make natural hydrogen extraction up to 75% more cost-effective than traditional manufacturing methods. The project, partly funded by Australia’s Federal Department of Science and Innovation, is expected to conclude by mid-20241

Black & Veatch, a global leader in critical infrastructure solutions, is embarking on a groundbreaking study in Australia

Portuguese conglomerate Bondalti has made a bid to acquire Ercros, a Catalan chemical company

Through its Spanish arm, Bondalti seeks to purchase the entire capital of Ercros, which operates in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, particularly in chlorine, derivatives, and PVC.

Should the acquisition succeed, Bondalti plans to delist Ercros while maintaining its headquarters in Barcelona and safeguarding existing jobs.

The offer stands at 3.60 euros per share, presenting a 40.6% premium over the previous day’s closing price, totaling nearly 330 million euros.  Bottles sorting recycling

However, acceptance hinges on acquiring over 75% of Ercros’s shares and securing governmental and antitrust approvals.

Bondalti envisions the merger as a means to create an industrial powerhouse capable of navigating the complexities of today’s market.

They emphasize a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and addressing the challenges facing the European chemical industry, particularly in meeting the demand for eco-friendly products and contributing to the energy transition.  Bottles sorting recycling

Portuguese conglomerate Bondalti has made a bid to acquire Ercros, a Catalan chemical company

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) has recently been approved, marking a significant step in addressing packaging waste

Despite efforts by the European Commission’s trade directorate to stall the legislation, the final PPWR text has received the green light1. However, there were concerns surrounding the clause related to imported recycled plastic.

As of yesterday, European Commission officials were ‘confident’ they had persuaded enough governments to oppose the law. The disagreement over the import of recycled plastic remained a contentious issue. The European Commission had withheld its support for the final PPWR text since the Council and Parliament agreed on it last week.

The PPWR aims to reduce packaging waste and promote sustainable practices. While the approval is a positive development, the debate over imported recycled plastic highlights the need for further dialogue and collaboration to find common ground. As we move forward, it is crucial to balance environmental goals with practical considerations and ensure effective implementation of the regulation. Bottles sorting recycling

In conclusion, the PPWR represents progress in the fight against packaging waste, but challenges remain. Let us continue working together to create a more sustainable future for our planet.

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) has recently been approved, marking a significant step in addressing packaging waste

Bioplastics polylactic acid – Lenzing faced a challenging year in 2023, grappling with subdued demand and escalating raw material and energy costs 19-03-2024

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Sulzer supplying tech, gear to India’s debut bioplastics plant

Sulzer Ltd., based in Winterthur, Switzerland, is set to provide cutting-edge polylactic acid (PLA) production technologies to Balrampur Chini Mills Limited (BCML) for India’s inaugural bioplastics facility. This state-of-the-art plant, situated adjacent to BCML’s sugar cane processing facility, aims to churn out 75,000 tons of compostable, entirely recyclable bioplastic annually, utilizing sugarcane as its primary feedstock. By leveraging the nation’s main agricultural crop, BCML seeks to significantly contribute to India’s sustainability goals.

With single-use plastic pollution escalating globally, bioplastics adoption, especially in packaging, is being championed by many nations. Polylactic acid, a bio-based, compostable polymer derived from renewable sources like sugar cane, offers a promising solution.  Bioplastics polylactic acid

Sulzer has meticulously developed and optimized the requisite technologies to facilitate this production process, meeting the escalating demand for sustainable products economically.

As a prominent player in India’s sugar industry, BCML boasts a crushing capacity of 80,000 tons per day across ten plants, underlining its commitment to sustainability. Notably, they’re already India’s top bioethanol producer and utilize sugar mill waste for power generation. Introducing bioplastic manufacturing aligns with BCML’s journey towards Net Zero, bolstering their resource efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Sulzer’s pivotal role in realizing this venture involves delivering manufacturing technologies for key process stages such as lactide synthesis, purification, and polymerization. Bioplastics polylactic acid

Renowned globally for supplying essential equipment in bioplastics production, Sulzer’s expertise permeates numerous PLA plants worldwide. Post-completion, their field service experts will provide support during commissioning and start-up procedures, ensuring seamless operations.

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Cyclohexane Prices Decline in Feb 2024, Takes Support from Feedstock and Low Demand

The Dutch market saw prices of Cyclohexane marginally depreciate by approximately 2% during the middle of the first quarter of 2024, despite prices of feedstock Benzene witnessing a surge of approximately 14% during the same timeframe.

The prime reason for the depreciation in the prices of Cyclohexane is largely attributed to the reluctance amongst residential investors and declined demand for office spaces as bankruptcies increase amongst construction firms. Bioplastics polylactic acid

With capital market interest rates on the rise, investment confidence in commercial real estate continued to remain low, which consequently led to the cancellation of construction projects. Thereby having a detrimental impact on the demand for Cyclohexane, as demand from the downstream paints and coating industries subdued.

Investment volume in the real estate market fell by 53% in 2024 with further depreciations anticipated towards the end of 2024 and institutional volume (consisting of pension funds and insurers) fell by 70% in 2023 with depreciations likely expected towards the termination of 2024. Bioplastics polylactic acid

Despite positive effects seen across the Dutch construction sector so far, as evidenced by the stabilization of property prices, the outlook remains largely uncertain.

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Lenzing faced a challenging year in 2023, grappling with subdued demand and escalating raw material and energy costs

Despite maintaining a relatively stable revenue of €2.52 billion, compared to €2.57 billion in 2022, the company suffered an overall loss of –€593 million, a significant downturn from –€37.2 million the previous year. CEO Stephan Sielaff expressed disappointment at the lack of market recovery and emphasized the importance of resilience-building measures.

To counter these challenges, Lenzing implemented a performance improvement program expected to yield €100 million in annual savings, with half of the benefits realized in 2023. Capital expenditure in 2023 amounted to €283.6 million, following a substantial €698.9 million in 2022, primarily focused on enhancing production capabilities and reducing emissions in facilities like Nanjing, China, and Purwakarta, Indonesia. Bioplastics polylactic acid

Despite the setbacks, Lenzing maintained its commitment to sustainability, earning recognition from rating agencies like CDP and EcoVadis. Looking ahead, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised its 2024 growth forecast to 3.1%, global economic risks persist, including geopolitical tensions, inflation, and market volatility, notably in the Chinese real estate sector.

Consumer sentiment remains subdued due to inflation and stagnant incomes, impacting the clothing market crucial to Lenzing. Nonetheless, the company anticipates improved earnings in 2024, banking on gradual market normalization and continued strategic initiatives. Bioplastics polylactic acid

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European Benzene Prices Pulled up by the Increased Production Cost

Hamburg (Germany): Benzene prices in the European market remained unchanged from the previous week following a series of significant increases.

The previous weeks saw a sharp rise in prices due to increased demand from industries using styrene, phenol, and other solvents, as well as rising production costs domestically. The surge in demand for aromatics and styrene affected Benzene prices, with manufacturers having to maintain higher prices to balance supply and demand and cover production costs. Bioplastics polylactic acid

The price quotations of Benzene in the European market were observed at USD 1,230 per MT, FOB Hamburg, for the week ending March 8th, 2024.

The Manufacturing PMI increased slightly to 42.5 in February 2024 from the initial estimate of 42.3, indicating a contraction in the manufacturing sector.

Production declined, and new orders decreased at a faster rate due to lower domestic and international sales, resulting in fewer backlogs and job cuts.  Bioplastics polylactic acid

The Port of Hamburg is resilient in the face of potential supply chain disruptions caused by an upcoming strike by the German Union of Locomotive Drivers (GDL).

A study by the German Federal Logistics and Mobility Office (BALM) showed positive trends in container transport by water and rail, with an increased share of rail freight.

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Biocircular Data Center, the first project in the world starts in France

France heralds the initiation of the world’s pioneering Biocircular Data Center project through a collaboration between Data4, a prominent European data center operator and investor, and the University of Paris-Saclay. Set into motion in early 2024, this groundbreaking endeavor aspires to craft the globe’s premier biocircular data center.

Convening a diverse, interdisciplinary team, the project endeavors to erect a prototype capable of repurposing the heat generated by data center infrastructures. This recycled heat aims to benefit local communities and adjacent industrial sectors. Bioplastics polylactic acid

Spearheaded by experts from institutions like Centrale-Supélec, AgroParisTech, Inrae, and the ICMMO Laboratory of the University of Paris-Saclay, along with private entities such as Blue Planet Ecosystems, the endeavor unfolds at Data4’s Marcoussis campus near Paris.

The project’s agenda encompasses research, development, and testing of innovative solutions to harness and repurpose data center heat. By leveraging natural processes like photosynthesis, the aim is to capture CO2 emissions effectively.

Algae cultivation emerges as a potent tool, boasting a carbon capture capacity 20 times greater than trees, ultimately yielding sustainable energy sources such as biofuels and biogas. Bioplastics polylactic acid

Patrick Duvaut, vice-president of the University of Paris-Saclay, underscores the efficacy of this carbon capture method, which surpasses traditional tree-based approaches. Linda Lescuyer, Innovation Director of Data4, highlights the project’s dual focus on promoting healthier food practices and facilitating the energy transition. The partnership with the University of Paris-Saclay reflects a shared commitment to foster a circular energy economy, propelled by cutting-edge scientific research.

Biocircular Data Center, the first project in the world starts in France

Plastic chemicals are more numerable and less regulated than previously thought

A recent report by PlastChem reveals that less than 6% of over 16,000 chemicals associated with plastic production are regulated globally, highlighting a significant regulatory gap. PlastChem, a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, aims to address potential harm from plastics and polymers. The report underscores the proliferation of hazardous compounds from plastic production, use, and waste, with inadequate regulatory measures to safeguard against them.

Houston, Texas, known as the “Energy Capital of the World,” with over 600 oil and gas facilities, is particularly implicated. These facilities contribute to plastic production, compounding the issue of chemical exposure.  Bioplastics polylactic acid

Key findings of the report include:

  • Identification of 16,325 chemicals related to plastic production.
  • Only 6,276 chemicals have publicly available data, with less than 6% being regulated.
  • Chemicals categorized into hazardous, less hazardous, watch list, and not hazardous groups.
  • Concerns raised about the health impacts of plastic-related chemical exposure, with substantial healthcare costs attributed to plastics.

PlastChem advocates for increased transparency in disclosing chemicals by industry and government, targeted regulations focusing on specific chemical groups, and integration of research findings into global policies like the UN Global Plastics Treaty draft.

While the American Chemistry Council acknowledges the need for greater transparency, they raise concerns about the report’s methodology. However, experts like Karen Reubenheimer emphasize the importance of clear data to address the unseen pollution caused by unregulated chemicals.  Bioplastics polylactic acid

Plastic chemicals are more numerable and less regulated than previously thought

Shell Chemicals and Braskem have collaborated to introduce certified bio-attributed and bio-circular propylene and polypropylene to the U.S. market

This initiative responds to the increasing consumer demand for sustainable plastics. Braskem, a leader in bio-based materials, will leverage these feedstocks to manufacture bio-attributed and bio-circular polypropylene. This move targets various sectors such as packaging, film, automotive, and consumer goods, offering more eco-friendly options.

Mark Nikolich, Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins at Braskem North America, emphasized their commitment to sustainable solutions, highlighting the significance of partnerships with forward-thinking suppliers like Shell. Shell, in turn, is proud to contribute to the supply chain of everyday products through bio-attributed and bio-circular feedstocks, aligning with their strategy to lower emissions and achieve net-zero status by 2050.  Bioplastics polylactic acid

Their collaboration in Europe further underscores Braskem’s dedication to carbon neutrality and circular economy goals. Meanwhile, Shell has set ambitious emission reduction targets, aiming for a 50% decrease by 2030 compared to 2016 levels.

The introduction of mass balance, independently verified by a third-party certification body, allows the attribution of bio-circular and bio-attributed content to specific end products. This accounting process, widely adopted across industries, facilitates the integration of traditional and novel feedstocks, supporting the transition towards a more sustainable plastics industry.  Bioplastics polylactic acid

Shell Chemicals and Braskem have collaborated to introduce certified bio-attributed and bio-circular propylene and polypropylene to the U.S. market

Bottle waste recycling – Battery costs have plummeted, with Goldman Sachs foreseeing a corresponding drop in electric car prices 18-03-2024

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Bottle waste recycling – Battery costs have plummeted, with Goldman Sachs foreseeing a corresponding drop in electric car prices 18-03-2024

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Battery costs have plummeted, with Goldman Sachs foreseeing a corresponding drop in electric car prices

Lithium battery prices have halved since last summer, reports Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL), the world’s largest battery manufacturer. Publicly available prices in early summer 2023 ranged from $110/kWh to $130/kWh, notes Pv Magazine, initially decreasing by a third. Recent data from CnEVPost indicates that major electric vehicle battery purchasers are benefiting from a 50% to 56% price reduction. Leapmotor CEO Cao Li anticipates further drops, potentially reaching 60% to 64% this summer.

According to the Rocky Mountain Institute’s report, ‘X-Change: Batteries – The Battery Domino Effect’, battery costs and energy density follow learning curves. With every doubling of battery production, costs decline by 19%-29%, and energy density increases by 7%-18%. By 2030, battery cell costs could plummet to $32-54 per kWh, with high-end batteries boasting 600-800 Wh/kg.  Bottle waste recycling

Technological advancements and raw material price declines underpin this price collapse. Goldman Sachs notes past battery metal price hikes squeezed EV makers’ profits, but now, with supply catching up, prices for metals like nickel and lithium are cooling down. This trend should soon benefit electric vehicle manufacturers.

Goldman Sachs Research forecasts a nearly 40% reduction in battery prices by 2025, potentially achieving cost parity with internal combustion engine cars in certain markets. Long-term projections suggest electric vehicles could seize a significant market share, reaching 50% in the US and 68% in the EU by 2030.  Bottle waste recycling

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Berry Global increases film recycling capacity in Europe

The expansion will increase the amount of recycled films produced at Berry’s sites in the UK, Germany, and Poland by approximately 6,600 tonnes a year

Berry Global has announced it is increasing its flexible film recycling capacity across three sites in Europe.

The expansion will increase the amount of recycled films produced at Berry’s Heanor (UK), Steinfeld (Germany), and Zdzieszowice (Poland) plants by approximately 6,600 tonnes a year. Berry’s Heanor and Steinfeld flexible film plants are both certified as diverting over 99% of waste from landfillBottle waste recycling

The move is part of a pan-European project to expand production of Berry’s Sustane range of recycled polymers, part of its BPI packaging solutions. The product line has diverse film applications, from bags and stretch hoods to shrink wrap. On its website, Berry introduces the range as a way to avoid the UK’s plastic tax on material that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.

The packaging manufacturer aims to achieve 30% recycled content options across all its European flexible films by 2025. That will place it well above the recycling content targets set out in the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Bottle waste recycling

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Trade Disturbances Lead MEG prices to Rise in the US and Europe in Early March 2024

In the complex landscape of global markets, the month of March 2024 witnessed a mix sentiment in the United States’ Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) market. After a sudden incline, this week expressed declination, marked a 0.8% reduction in MEG prices compared to the previous week, which is primarily attributed to a slight decrease in demand from the MEG downstream Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) manufacturing industries. The reduction in demand observed from the areas such as PET bottle and food packaging sectors, influencing the general market sentiments. Concurrently, the prices of feedstock Ethylene Oxide experienced a surge of USD 10/MT during the same period, exerting additional pressure on MEG manufacturers’ margins.  Bottle waste recycling

The geopolitical tensions following the Ukrainian drone attack on Russian oil refineries contributed to the escalation of crude oil market prices. This recent event, coupled with disruptions in marine logistics due to incidents in the red sea, further enhanced challenges in the supply chain. As per the recent data (early March 2024), a hike of around 7-8% was observed in freight charges across US to China trade route in comparison to the last month.  Bottle waste recycling

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The Environmental Services Association (ESA) and British Plastics Federation (BPF) have jointly launched PlasticRecyclingFacts.org to address confusion about plastic recycling

The campaign was designed to increase consumer confidence in recycling by using online influencers and social media content together with an information hub to educate consumers.

“By demystifying the process, we hope to show that recycling isn’t just a black hole or wishful thinking – it’s a thriving industry and a vital part of solving the world’s environmental challenges,” said ESA executive director Jacob Hayler.

A survey commissioned by the two organisations found 60% of adults claimed to ‘always’ recycle plastic, with another 34% ‘usually’ did so. There were 61% of respondents who were confident their recycled plastic gets processed correctly.  Bottle waste recycling

The ESA and BPF said, however, that “stagnant national recycling performance figures don’t align with these high self-reported rates”.

Time pressures and confusion over which plastics can be recycled at home were the two main barriers to greater recycling volumes.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) and British Plastics Federation (BPF) have jointly launched PlasticRecyclingFacts.org to address confusion about plastic recycling

Industry tries to ‘demystify’ plastic recycling

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) and British Plastics Federation (BPF) have jointly launched PlasticRecyclingFacts.org to address confusion about plastic recycling.

The campaign was designed to increase consumer confidence in recycling by using online influencers and social media content together with an information hub to educate consumers.  Bottle waste recycling

“By demystifying the process, we hope to show that recycling isn’t just a black hole or wishful thinking – it’s a thriving industry and a vital part of solving the world’s environmental challenges,” said ESA executive director Jacob Hayler.

A survey commissioned by the two organisations found 60% of adults claimed to ‘always’ recycle plastic, with another 34% ‘usually’ did so. There were 61% of respondents who were confident their recycled plastic gets processed correctly.  Bottle waste recycling

The ESA and BPF said, however, that “stagnant national recycling performance figures don’t align with these high self-reported rates”.

Time pressures and confusion over which plastics can be recycled at home were the two main barriers to greater recycling volumes.

Industry tries to ‘demystify’ plastic recycling

BP increases stake in AREH hydrogen project; Macquarie withdraws

BP increases its share in the substantial AREH hydrogen plan as Macquarie departs. Macquarie Group of Australia has sold its 15% stake in the Australian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) project, a significant initiative for green hydrogen production in Western Australia, supported by 26 GW of wind and solar power capacity. Bottle waste recycling

BP Plc (LON:BP), already the primary investor and operator, acquired Macquarie’s interest. Robert Dunlop, Macquarie Capital’s global head of Resources, confirmed the exit in a LinkedIn post, without disclosing financial specifics.

BP’s share now stands at 63.57% in the AREH venture, with Intercontinental Energy and CWP Global holding 26.39% and 10.04%, respectively. Bottle waste recycling

Formerly named the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, AREH aims to establish one of the world’s largest renewable and green hydrogen centers. Located in the Pilbara region, it will undergo phased development and reach a full capacity of producing 1.6 million tonnes of green hydrogen or 9 million tonnes of green ammonia annually.

BP increases stake in AREH hydrogen project; Macquarie withdraws

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Banning plastic bottles – Sabic introduces LNP Elcres SLX1271SR, a PC-based grade in the LNP SLX family offering scratch and UV resistance 16-03-2024

PET Botlle Resin – Plastics continue to experience a decline in Germany 18-03-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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ITEM 11/03/2024 18/03/2024 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,025 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton +75
Bottle grade PET chips export market 895 $/ton 905 $/ton +10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,830 yuan/ton 6,870 yuan/ton +40
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,850 yuan/ton 6,890 yuan/ton +40
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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5,760 yuan/ton 5,895 yuan/ton
+135
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 700 $/ton 735 $/ton +35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,565 yuan/ton 4,485 yuan/ton
-80
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 537 $/ton 525 $/ton -12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,003 $/ton 1,043 $/ton
+40
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 981 $/ton 1,021 $/ton +40
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,150 $/7on 1,170 $/ton +20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,750  yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,075 yuan/ton 9,050 yuan/ton -25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,100 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Polymers prices

8,350 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,320 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +80
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,700 $/ton 1,700 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,975 $/ton 1,975 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,150 yuan/ton 14,300  yuan/ton +150
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,850 yuan/ton 14,650 yuan/ton +400
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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22,000 yuan/ton 22,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,000 yuan/ton 16,700 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,200 yuan/ton 18,900 yuan/ton- -300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,350 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton -250
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 34,400 yuan/ton 34,200 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,900 yuan/ton 32,700 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,900 yuan/ton 29,700 yuan/ton -200
Adipic Acid domestic market

PET Botlle Resin

9,750 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton -250
Benzene domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,720 yuan/ton +120
Benzene overseas  market 1,024 $/ton 1,046 $/ton +22
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 929 $/ton 840 $/ton -89
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  701 $/ton 725 $/ton +24
Phenol domestic market 7,640 yuan/ton 7,685 yuan/ton +45

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,350 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton   –

Plastics continue to experience a decline in Germany

Plastics in Germany faced a sharp decline last year, with production plummeting by over 15% and sales dropping by 22 points, spelling out a bleak outlook for the industry in the near future. This downturn was evident not only in the financial reports of major German chemical corporations but also in recent data from the plastics converters’ association GKV.

Further evidence of the sector’s distress emerged from PlasticsEurope Deutschland, the association representing German plastics producers. According to its president, Ralf Düssel, primary plastic production nosedived by 15.3%, while sales and trade saw significant slumps of nearly 22%, with exports and imports each declining by 11% and 14%, respectively. PET Botlle Resin

Despite a slight uptick in employment (+1.7%), the overall scenario remains dire.

Düssel didn’t mince words, labeling the situation “dramatic” and suggesting that the industry was facing its worst crisis on record. Projections indicate that production will likely remain stagnant this year, lingering at a dismal 25% below 2022 levels. To weather this storm, Düssel emphasized the need for strategic and structural adaptations throughout the supply chain.

Though the outlook appears grim, some faint glimmers of hope emerge from regulatory initiatives at both national and EU levels. PET Botlle Resin

These measures aim to bolster German industry’s competitiveness and foster advancements in climate protection technologies, leveraging Europe’s edge in chemical innovation, particularly in the realm of non-fossil plastic production methods like biopolymers and recycling.

Plastics continue to experience a decline in Germany

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Banning plastic bottles – Sabic introduces LNP Elcres SLX1271SR, a PC-based grade in the LNP SLX family offering scratch and UV resistance 16-03-2024

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Dow ‘reinvents’ polyethylene

Researchers at Dow have developed a groundbreaking polymerization technique, revolutionizing the production of polyethylene. This innovative process enables the controlled synthesis of long-chain branched polymers, a feat previously unattainable under traditional methods.

Published in Science, their work unveils a polyethylene variant boasting an unprecedented long-chain architecture akin to LLDPE. Crucially, this achievement is made possible through a novel catalyst, characterized as dual-chain, which orchestrates the simultaneous assembly of two polymer chains on a single metal center. By incorporating a small amount of diene alongside ethylene, this catalyst facilitates the creation of ladder-like branching structures.  Banning plastic bottles

The implications of this breakthrough are profound. Not only does it pave the way for industrial-scale production of controlled long-chain branched polyethylene, but it also offers comparable rheological properties to LDPE or its blends with linear polyethylene at low density.

Moreover, this advancement promises enhanced resource efficiency and potential reductions in the carbon footprint of polymer manufacturing on an industrial scale. The versatility of this new polyethylene variant holds promise for various applications, including packaging, infrastructure, consumer goods, transportation, and healthcare.

Dave Parrillo, Vice President of Research & Development at Dow, highlights the transformative impact of this innovation, emphasizing its role in creating lower-carbon, circular, and safer products across diverse sectors. Banning plastic bottles

Led by Robert Froese and supported by a team of scientists from Dow laboratories in Texas, Michigan, and Holland, this research marks a significant milestone in polymer science and industrial innovation.

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The Nova Institute projects robust growth at 17% annually for bio-based polymers from 2023 to 2028, propelled by heightened demand from Asia and the USA

However, Europe trails in this sector. PLA capacities surged nearly 50% in 2023, alongside steady growth in polyamide and epoxy resin production. Expansion of 100% bio-based PE capacities occurred, with PE and PP from bio-based naphtha gaining ground. PHA expansions are in the pipeline. Despite promising growth, bio-based polymers only represent 1% of fossil-based polymer production, but their compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% far exceeds the overall polymer market’s 2-3% growth, a trend expected until 2028. Banning plastic bottles

Some global brands are diversifying their raw material sources to include renewable options like CO2 and biomass, driving demand for bio-based and biodegradable polymers. However, political support, particularly lacking in Europe, hampers progress, unlike in Asia and the USA where supportive legislation boosts demand.

In 2023, Asia leads globally with 55% of installed bio-based polymer capacities, followed by North America (19%) and South America (13%). Europe’s share dwindled to 13%, largely due to reliance on mass balance and free allocation methods. Asia is poised for significant growth, expecting a 35% CAGR from 2023 to 2028, driven by PA, PHA, and PLA expansions. Banning plastic bottles

For those in the coatings industry, understanding water-based acrylic dispersions is crucial. “Water-based Acrylic Dispersions” offers comprehensive insights into binders, systems, and testing methods, catering to beginners, specialists, students, and experts seeking deeper knowledge in this field.

The Nova Institute projects robust growth at 17% annually for bio-based polymers from 2023 to 2028, propelled by heightened demand from Asia and the USA

Sabic introduces LNP Elcres SLX1271SR, a PC-based grade in the LNP SLX family offering scratch and UV resistance

Tailored for automotive exterior components, this polycarbonate copolymer doesn’t require painting, cutting costs and environmental impacts associated with VOC release.

A finalist in the 2024 Edison Best New Product Awards, LNP Elcres SLX1271SR boasts resistance to atmospheric agents, UV stability, and solid mechanical performance. It promises long-lasting brilliance without the need for repainting.  Banning plastic bottles

Manufactured with a glossy finish, this copolymer rivals traditional painted polycarbonate or PC/ABS alloys in aesthetics and durability. It passes washing tests with flying colors, retaining gloss and scratch resistance akin to painted polymers.

Sabic’s comparisons with PMMA-based materials highlight SLX1271SR’s superior mechanical performance, color depth, and heat resistance (120°C). It’s ideal for exterior car parts like spoilers, grilles, and mirror housings, as well as electronic and computer housings.  Banning plastic bottles

Thanks to a self-protective layer that continuously absorbs UV light, SLX1271SR maintains its appearance for over a decade. Sabic’s innovation not only meets but exceeds industry standards, offering a game-changing solution for automotive and electronics applications.

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Napcor’s Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) underscores the adverse environmental impact of banning plastic bottles in venues like airports and stadiums

Despite intentions to benefit the environment, research reveals that recyclable PET bottles offer superior eco-friendliness compared to common alternative packaging.

Since San Francisco Airport’s (SFO) ban on plastic water bottles in 2019, Napcor’s LCA shows that replacing 9,000 daily water bottles with aluminum cans has resulted in an estimated 1,100 metric tons of extra CO2 equivalent emissions. These emissions equate to driving 2.8 million miles in a gas-powered vehicle or consuming 2,500 barrels of oil, among other comparisons.  Banning plastic bottles

Laura Stewart, Napcor’s Executive Director, highlights the misconception regarding plastic’s impact versus other materials. Research affirms PET’s sustainability in beverage packaging. Compared to aluminum and glass, PET bottles excel in environmental metrics like energy consumption, solid waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The LCA contrasts a 16.9 oz. PET water bottle with a 12 oz. aluminum can, showing PET’s significant advantages in energy use, waste production, and emissions reduction. Stewart emphasizes PET’s superiority and urges venues like SFO to focus on proper PET bottle recycling instead of blanket bans.

This report follows findings in New Jersey, where banning plastic bags tripled plastic usage, demonstrating the pitfalls of such measures.

Napcor promotes PET’s environmental benefits and advocates for recycling-focused policies to maximize its positive impact. Banning plastic bottles

Napcor and its members champion PET education and legislative initiatives to foster responsible consumer choices and recycling practices, recognizing that PET’s benefits are fully realized through conscientious actions throughout its lifecycle.

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INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, PepsiCo, and Amcor have collaborated to introduce new snack packaging for Sunbites crisps, containing 50% recycled plastic

Launched in late 2023 in the UK and Ireland, the packaging utilizes an advanced recycling process to transform plastic waste into food-grade packaging material. This approach, complementary to mechanical recycling, meets stringent EU regulatory standards for food contact packaging, sensitive applications, and medical devices.

The partnership spans the supply chain, with GreenDot handling the procurement and supply of post-consumer plastic waste, converted into TACOIL by Plastic Energy’s technology.  Banning plastic bottles

INEOS utilizes this pyrolysis oil as an alternative feedstock, producing recycled propylene and then high-quality recycled polypropylene resin in Lavera, France. IRPLAST utilizes the resin to create new packaging films containing 50% post-consumer recycled materials, meeting food contact requirements. Amcor transforms these films into printed packaging for PepsiCo.

PepsiCo’s launch of Sunbites packaging in the UK is part of their pep+ initiative, aiming to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in European crisp and chip bags by 2030. The recycled polymer content is certified under ISCC PLUS, ensuring accurate claims and adherence to mass balance principles.  Banning plastic bottles

INEOS asserts that this achievement showcases the role of advanced recycling technologies in meeting EU targets for recycled content in contact-sensitive plastic packaging. Recent developments include Solvay and Hegen’s partnership for the first baby bottle made with recycled content and air up’s reusable bottles made from Tritan Renew, with 50% ISCC-certified recycled content, reducing plastic use significantly.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe, PepsiCo, and Amcor have collaborated to introduce new snack packaging for Sunbites crisps, containing 50% recycled plastic

The Chinese alliance for an “intelligent” battery plant

Three Chinese industry giants, BAIC, CATL, and Xiaomi, have forged an alliance to establish an “intelligent” battery plant, catering specifically to electric vehicles. Their newly formed joint venture, Beijing Era New Energy Technology, will oversee the creation of this cutting-edge lithium-ion battery facility in Beijing.  Banning plastic bottles

Although specifics regarding the factory’s features are undisclosed, the companies reveal its location and a total initial investment of 1 billion yuan (approximately 127.25 million euros). BAIC will hold a 39% stake, while CATL and Xiaomi will contribute 51% and 5% respectively. Information regarding the remaining 5% ownership remains undisclosed.

Beyond electric vehicle batteries, the joint venture will delve into the development, production, and sale of storage batteries, along with providing after-sales services and technical consultation.

BAIC highlights its ongoing collaboration with Huawei on electric vehicles through the Arcfox brand.  Banning plastic bottles

Their upcoming project aims to introduce a high-end, “intelligent” fully electric sedan by 2024, with an ambitious production target of 120,000 units annually.

The Chinese alliance for an "intelligent" battery plant

LyondellBasell grants Inner Mongolia Rongxin licenses for Spheripol and Hostalen ACP technologies, enabling a joint capacity of 900,000 tonnes annually for polyolefins

These technologies will drive a new petrochemical facility in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, a northern Chinese autonomous region.

The endeavor encompasses two plants: one targeting 500,000 tonnes yearly of polypropylene via Spheripol, and the other aiming for 400,000 tonnes annually of high-density polyethylene with Hostalen ACP.

Inner Mongolia Rongxin gains access to LyondellBasell’s technical support for continuous manufacturing enhancement, sustainable product innovation, and catalysis systems.

The Spheripol technology, now in its fifth iteration, has already secured licenses exceeding 35 million tonnes globally.  Banning plastic bottles

The upcoming plant will initiate operations utilizing the Avant ZN catalyst.

Employing the Hostalen ACP process, the facility will produce high-performance multimodal HDPE resins with optimal attributes for pressure piping, film, and blow molding, striking a balance between stiffness, toughness, and resistance to impact and stress cracking.

The plant will utilize Avant Z501 and Avant Z509-1 catalysts to manufacture a comprehensive range of multimodal HDPE resins. Banning plastic bottles

LyondellBasell grants Inner Mongolia Rongxin licenses for Spheripol and Hostalen ACP technologies, enabling a joint capacity of 900,000 tonnes annually for polyolefins

Plastic waste crisis – Concerns raised over health effects of chemicals leaching from food packaging 15-03-2024

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Recycling industry welcomes France’s move to tighten EU packaging rules

The recycling industry in Europe has expressed its support for France’s initiative to add a clause to the EU packaging rules that would require producers of plastic packaging from outside the bloc to comply with the same environmental and health criteria as those within the EU.

According to the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, the clause aims to prevent the import of plastic packaging that contains substances that are banned or restricted in the EU, such as bisphenol A, phthalates, or brominated flame retardants. The clause would also ensure that imported plastic packaging is recyclable and does not hinder the circular economy objectives of the EU. Plastic waste crisis

The clause, which was proposed by France on 12 October, is part of the revision of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which sets the rules and targets for packaging materials in the EU. The revision is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

However, the European Commission is believed to see the clause as a ‘de facto ban’ on plastic imports from non-EU countries.

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Concerns raised over health effects of chemicals leaching from food packaging

Everyday plastic food packaging contains chemicals that can disrupt the working of human cells, two new studies from a Norwegian group reveal. The effects include interfering with cell receptors that are crucial for hormonal and metabolic control, as well as our body clock.

The Norwegian lab tested chemicals from plastic items purchased in five countries – US, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Norway – against four cell receptors.1 Non-target high-resolution mass spectrometry and reporter gene assays revealed that 18 out of 36 plastics contain chemicals that activate estrogen receptors and 14 contain compounds that block androgen receptors.  Plastic waste crisis

‘There are thousands of unique chemicals present in plastics and they are disrupting endocrine and metabolic receptors,’ says Molly McPartland, a PhD candidate in the lab of Martin Wagner at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Plastics consist of a polymer backbone with chemicals such as plasticisers, solvents and catalysts added during manufacture. Impurities and degradation products may also be present. These compounds can leach out into contact materials, including food, which has worried food safety researchers.  Plastic waste crisis

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How MRF technology made a contaminant a product

Rumpke’s new Columbus, Ohio MRF is key to a partnership with Eastman Chemical that will create an end market for opaque PET materials, among other hard-to-recycle products. Courtesy of Rumpke

A partnership between midwest recycling processor Rumpke and resin giant Eastman Chemical will create an end market for opaque and otherwise hard-to-recycle PET materials, driven by state-of-the-art sortation capabilities at Rumpke’s Columbus, Ohio MRF.  Plastic waste crisis

The companies in February announced that Rumpke will begin collecting and sorting hard-to-recycle PET products – specifically opaque and colored PET materials – and will bale and sell them to Eastman, which will process the feedstock using its methanolysis technology.

The project was driven as much by the ability to effectively sort different PET streams as it was by Eastman’s emerging demand for PE feedstock, which has increased significantly with the company’s U.S. processing facility, which started up last year in Kingsport, Tennessee.

On the sortation side, the project is tied to Rumpke’s new Columbus MRF, which has been in development for over two years and is slated to start up in June this year. With that facility’s impressive sorting capabilities – particularly its 19 optical sorters – Jeff Snyder, Rumpke’s director of recycling, said the facility is well-outfitted to make new types of bales, like opaque PET.  Plastic waste crisis

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Bioplastics: sustainable solution or distraction from the plastic waste crisis?

Biodegradable and plant-based plastics are booming — but still come with climate and chemical concerns.

From Chipotle’s compostable burrito bowls to Coca Cola’s plant-based bottles to supermarkets’ opaque produce bags, bioplastics are proliferating across the food industry.

And not just there: they are cropping up in car cushions, electronics, clothing, building supplies and more.

Bioplastics are defined as plastic materials that are either partly or wholly derived from renewable biomass like plants or are biodegradable or are both. The global bioplastics industry is booming: it’s projected to grow from $8.7 billion in 2023 to $31 billion by 2030 – a growth rate faster than the traditional plastics industry.  Plastic waste crisis

Though bioplastics comprise just 1% of the plastics market, some tout them as plastics’ more sustainable future. As delegates prepare for the next round of global treaty talks to tackle plastic pollution in April, some are angling to include bioplastics as alternatives and substitutes in the treaty.

“Bioplastics are driving the evolution of plastics,” the European Bioplastics Association claims on its website, citing “carbon neutrality” and biodegradability (in some cases) as bioplastics’ advantages over their conventional counterparts. But they fail to mention that bioplastics haven’t fully lived up to the hype of faster decomposition rates, safer materials and smaller carbon footprints. Still, experts say the material could be among a suite of solutions if end-of-life management and chemical safety were factored into their design, and stronger standards and regulations were put in place to prevent companies from greenwashing their materials.  Plastic waste crisis

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“Implementing mass balance in Domo Chemicals’ PA6 production process”

Domo Chemicals, a leading polyamide producer, has achieved ISCC Plus certification for its sites in Germany, Poland, and Italy, enabling the offering of polyamides 6 under the Technyl and Donamid brands with varied biobased or chemically recycled content.

This certification, based on certified mass balance, maintains properties and performance comparable to standard grades.  Plastic waste crisis

Giampaolo Buzzi, Domo Chemicals’ Business Recycling Manager, emphasizes ongoing advancements in recycling technologies to regenerate various polyamide waste types.

Vimar, an early adopter, will utilize ISCC Plus certified polyamide 6 in its Linea civil series for electrical components, showcasing reduced environmental impact without compromising mechanical, thermal, or aesthetic qualities.

Sandro Bernardi, Vimar’s Technical Director, underscores the significance of ISCC Plus in integrating sustainable materials into demanding applications.  Plastic waste crisis

This partnership reflects a shared commitment to environmental responsibility and innovation in material sourcing and product development

Implementing mass balance in Domo Chemicals' PA6 production process

GR3N, a Swiss company founded by Italian entrepreneurs, has launched a groundbreaking PET chemical recycling demo plant in the Como area, Italy

This innovative facility utilizes microwave-assisted depolymerization technology, capable of converting textile polyester or PET waste into food-grade PET, addressing recyclability challenges. The Microwave Assisted Depolymerization (MADE) process breaks down polyester molecules into monomers like ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid, employing microwave-accelerated basic hydrolysis. The resulting monomers are purified, ready for PET polymerization, yielding new PET suitable for various applications, including food-grade purposes.  Plastic waste crisis

Maurizio Crippa, GR3N’s CEO, highlights the plant’s capability to process up to 60 kg/h of waste, with plans for an industrial-scale facility in Spain, projected to produce 40,000 t/y of regenerated PET granules by 2027. This strategic location aims to combine chemical and mechanical recycling, optimizing waste management processes. While negotiations with potential licensees are ongoing, GR3N’s technology garners significant interest globally. Despite the absence of current plans for a plant in Italy, the success of this demonstration unit underscores the potential for sustainable PET recycling solutions on a larger scale, heralding a new era in waste management and environmental stewardship.

GR3N, a Swiss company founded by Italian entrepreneurs, has launched a groundbreaking PET chemical recycling demo plant in the Como area, Italy

BASF proudly announces the inclusion of its MDI production facility in Geismar, Louisiana, USA, into the esteemed ranks of ISCC PLUS and REDcert2 certified plants

This expansion enables BASF to extend its offerings of locally produced ISCC PLUS and/or REDcert2 certified isocyanates and polyamides to its global clientele, according to the company. Plastic waste crisis

Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, President of Monomers at BASF, emphasized the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainable transformation within its monomers divisions and the diverse industries it serves. He highlighted the continuous enhancement of BASF’s product portfolio, ensuring compliance with rigorous standards. “Our achievements underscore our dedication to delivering sustainable solutions and meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” Dr. Dhruva stated.

The certification of BASF’s manufacturing facilities worldwide signifies a significant milestone in supporting customers’ sustainability objectives with environmentally friendly products. Dr. Dhruva expressed satisfaction in the establishment of infrastructure to provide certified, sustainable isocyanate solutions to customers in the United States. He emphasized the company’s ability to offer tailored solutions to meet customers’ diverse product requirements effectively. Plastic waste crisis

In essence, BASF’s commitment to sustainability is reinforced through the expansion of its certified production sites, enabling the provision of eco-friendly solutions to customers worldwide, while ensuring optimal alignment with their sustainability goals.

BASF proudly announces the inclusion of its MDI production facility in Geismar, Louisiana, USA, into the esteemed ranks of ISCC PLUS and REDcert2 certified plants. This expansion enables BASF to extend its offerings of locally produced ISCC PLUS and/or REDcert2 certified isocyanates and polyamides to its global clientele, according to the company. Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, President of Monomers at BASF, emphasized the company's unwavering commitment to sustainable transformation within its monomers divisions and the diverse industries it serves. He highlighted the continuous enhancement of BASF's product portfolio, ensuring compliance with rigorous standards. "Our achievements underscore our dedication to delivering sustainable solutions and meeting the evolving needs of our customers," Dr. Dhruva stated. The certification of BASF's manufacturing facilities worldwide signifies a significant milestone in supporting customers' sustainability objectives with environmentally friendly products. Dr. Dhruva expressed satisfaction in the establishment of infrastructure to provide certified, sustainable isocyanate solutions to customers in the United States. He emphasized the company's ability to offer tailored solutions to meet customers' diverse product requirements effectively. In essence, BASF's commitment to sustainability is reinforced through the expansion of its certified production sites, enabling the provision of eco-friendly solutions to customers worldwide, while ensuring optimal alignment with their sustainability goals.

Battery recycling – CARBIOS Active: Enzymatic Solution for Compostable PLA in Food Contact Substances 14-03-2024

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China’s aromatics building boom rattles the petrochemical industry

The country’s massive oil-to-chemical complexes have led to oversupply in polyester, nylon, and other aromatic-derived chemicals

Zhejiang Petroleum and Chemical operates one of the oil-to-petrochemical megacomplexes in China. Such facilities are altering the world’s petrochemical landscape.

The global center of mass in aromatic chemical manufacturing is shifting toward China.

In 2019, Zhejiang Petroleum and Chemical (ZPC) opened a complex on Dayushan Island, near the Chinese ports of Shanghai and Ningbo, that had the capacity to refine 20 million metric tons (t) of oil per year. ZPC doubled output 3 years later, making the refinery one of the largest in the world. Battery recycling

But what really makes the complex extraordinary is its chemical capacity. It can produce 11.8 million t per year of aromatic chemicals, primarily benzene and p-xylene, and 4.2 million t of olefins. In just 6 years, ZPC built facilities with nearly the basic chemical output of LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world’s largest established chemical makers.

Integrated refining and chemical complexes typically produce 15–20% of their output as chemicals like olefins and aromatics. ZPC’s chemical yield is 40%.

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Battery recycling transforms energy storage landscape

Despite facing challenges, battery recycling holds the key to unlocking a sustainable future powered by renewable energy sources.

The renewable energy sector faces a critical challenge: energy storage. Solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy. It needs to be supported by a robust energy storage system to provide reliable and continuous energy to the grid. To truly transition away from fossil fuels, we need efficient and sustainable ways to store this captured energy for use. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have emerged as the frontrunners in this race, powering everything from electric vehicles (EVs) to portable electronics and potentially serving as the backbone of large-scale grid storage. However, their reliance on critical raw materials and the environmental impact of improper disposal raise concerns about their long-term sustainability. This is where battery recycling comes in, transforming the future of energy storage and ushering in a green revolution. Battery recycling

The global demand for Li-ion batteries is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, driven by the EV revolution and the increasing adoption of renewable energy. Battery energy storage systems (BESS) will have a CAGR of 30 per cent, and the GWh required to power these applications in 2030 will be comparable to the GWh needed for all applications today. This surge presents a significant challenge. Mining the raw materials needed for Li-ion batteries, such as lithium, cobalt, and nickel, can be environmentally destructive and often involves unethical labour practices. The world’s highest lithium stores are in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Australia. Mining utilises much of the water in these arid regions, leaving the area parched of its precious water resources. Sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide used in lithium extraction penetrate the soil and water, poisoning ecosystems and endangering species. Battery recycling

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CARBIOS Active: Enzymatic Solution for Compostable PLA in Food Contact Substances

In a world striving for sustainability, the recent achievement of CARBIOS Active represents a significant leap forward. Its inclusion in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances marks a monumental step in the harmonization of packaging innovation with ecological consciousness. This groundbreaking technology promises to redefine the standards of packaging materials, providing a 100% compostable solution at ambient temperatures. Battery recycling

Unpacking CARBIOS Active’s Impact

Polylactic Acid (PLA) packaging incorporating CARBIOS Active stands out not only for its compostable qualities but also for its capacity to support Food & Beverage brands in their sustainability commitments. Integrated directly into the plastic conversion processes, the enzyme fosters the creation of a new PLA generation. This material leaves behind no toxic residues or microplastics, embodying the ideal of a circular economy.

The encapsulated enzyme is integrated into manufacturing PLA packaging. It stays inactive during product use, maintaining mechanical properties. Upon collection with biowaste and composting, the enzyme activates for complete disintegration and biodegradation, resulting in non-toxic compost and soil enrichment.

“With the FDA’s clearance, we anticipate a surge in demand within North America for CARBIOS’ biodegradation solution. This is a testame nt to our team’s dedication,” affirms Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of CARBIOS.  Battery recycling

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LANXESS: Rubber Additives for Sustainable Tire Production

LANXESS, a leader in specialty chemicals, is showcasing its tire industry solutions at Tire Technology Expo 2024 in Hanover, booth 3022, with a focus on sustainability. Rhenodiv release agents ensure clean and efficient processes, while a revolutionary solution, Rhenocure DR/S, offers advanced rubber compound engineering.

LANXESS emphasizes reducing the environmental footprint in tire manufacturing. Sustainable rubber chemistry, highlighted under the theme “Less is more,” demonstrates how LANXESS products minimize resource usage and cleaning requirements.

A sustainable variant of the antidegradant TMQ, with over 50% sustainable raw materials, aligns with tire manufacturers’ goal of producing fully “green” tires by 2050. ISCC Plus certification ensures reliability and proper application.  Battery recycling

Rhenodiv BO-3300 Pearls provide a dust-free batch-off process, minimizing equipment cleaning. Silicone-free Rhenodiv release agents streamline tire manufacturing, enhancing cost efficiency and sustainability.

Rhenocure DR/S, engineered without aromatic moieties, offers precise control over crosslinking processes and enhances tire performance. LANXESS provides a comprehensive portfolio of rubber additives, including vulcanizing agents, accelerators, antidegradants, and release agents, contributing to optimized tire production.

With LANXESS, tire manufacturers can achieve sustainable practices without compromising performance, paving the way for greener, cleaner tire production.  Battery recycling

LANXESS: Rubber Additives for Sustainable Tire Production

Avient Introduces Versaflex™ TF Adhesive Tpes For Textile Fabrics

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable materials solutions and services, is proud to introduce its new Versaflex™ TF Adhesive Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) solutions for adhesive films in laminations with nylon and polyester textile fabrics. These new solutions help textile fabric laminations to be soft, stretchable, and breathable, enabling a uniform thickness and overall appearance in athletic apparel such as sportswear and underwear.  Battery recycling

Avient Introduces Versaflex™ TF Adhesive TPE Solutions for Athletic Textile Fabrics

Versaflex TF Adhesive TPEs offer easy processing and shaping, resulting in a strong adhesion between the TPE adhesive film and high-elastic fabrics. These solutions can support the strength and elasticity of the fabric for superior shape recovery of up to 99% after 300% elongation over 1 minute while also providing excellent washability in various washing machines and modes at temperatures up to 60 °C. This new TPE technology can provide a cost-effective alternative to TPU adhesive films and traditional glue.

“We are seeing a steady increase in the demand for fitness clothing, as people are becoming more health-conscious,” said Matt Mitchell, Director, Global Marketing, Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “This trend has created a need for functional and comfortable fabrics that are also visually appealing. With the new Versaflex TF Adhesive TPEs, manufacturers can create close-fitting bodywear textiles that offer consumers a more comfortable exercise experience. Additionally, this technology caters to the growing market for seam tapes.”  Battery recycling

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Tapping into PEF’s potential

Dutch company Avantium is on the verge of commercial production of recyclable bioplastic compatible with PET.

Avantium, a renewable chemistry company based in the Netherlands, plans to open a plant later this year that will enable commercial-scale production of a plant-based plastic that can be incorporated into packaging and recycled in traditional polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling streams.

Avantium’s YXY plant-to-plastics technology catalytically converts plant-based sugars into a chemical building block that can be used in a variety of chemicals and plastics, including polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a polymer used either as a replacement for PET or as a high-barrier liner in PET bottles.  Battery recycling

PEF’s oxygen barrier properties are 10-times greater than PET, and its carbon dioxide barrier properties are 16-times greater, according to the company. The improved barrier properties can lead to a longer shelf life for foods and beverages, and they maximize the taste and fizziness of soft drinks.

“PEF is a new polymer—it’s new to the world,” Avantium CEO Tom van Aken says. “It is something that has not been produced at commercial scale before. We have been working on this since 2005.”

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Indicor, LLC., a top diversified industrial firm offering specialized technologies crucial to various niche markets, has announced the acquisition of AGR International

AGR stands as a prominent provider of quality and process control technologies for global beverage packaging clients.  Battery recycling

AGR’s offerings encompass technology and services vital for global glass and plastic packaging clients, ensuring the fulfillment of quality, productivity, and sustainability objectives. Their portfolio includes laboratory and inline equipment, along with automated process systems, facilitating customers in meeting quality management demands for container manufacturing and brand ownership.

Doug Wright, CEO of Indicor, expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition, highlighting AGR’s market leadership, critical solutions, strong customer relationships, and dedication to meeting quality and sustainability requirements. He emphasized that this move aligns with Indicor’s strategy of prudent capital deployment, aiming to enhance long-term financial gains by collaborating with leading businesses.  Battery recycling

Following the acquisition, AGR’s management team will maintain leadership from its headquarters in Butler, PA. There will be no changes to AGR’s name, brands, or operational structure post-transaction. Sudha Jebadurai, AGR’s President, will continue to steer the business forward.

Indicor, LLC., a top diversified industrial firm offering specialized technologies crucial to various niche markets, has announced the acquisition of AGR International

Plastic Waste recycling – Experience meets quality: EREMA sets standards in PET recycling 13-03-2024

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Experience meets quality: EREMA sets standards in PET recycling

When it comes to the efficient and safe processing of PET waste, EREMA can draw on valuable experience. The bottle systems made by the Austrian recycling machine manufacturer have 25 years of proven experience on the market. Almost half of the bottle systems shipped in the past three years have been installed in Asia. The production of food contact compliant rPET is becoming increasingly important there – also in the textile industry. EREMA impresses with the highest quality standards and not only easily undercuts the strict limit values of the European and North American authorities for food safety recognised worldwide, but also meets the specifications of global brands. At Chinaplas in Shanghai from 23 to 26 April, 2024, EREMA experts will be on hand to share their expertise with trade fair visitors interested in recycling.  Plastic Waste recycling

The ongoing growth of the PET industry, especially in Asia and Africa, is boosting the demand for recycling solutions for PET waste. “We offer the right systems for specific requirements, including for direct food contact,” says James Qiu, General Manager at EREMA Shanghai. The central element is the tried-and-tested VACUREMA® technology, which the international machine manufacturer launched 25 years ago and has been continuously developing ever since. Over 400 PET systems for food grade are in operation worldwide using various technologies such as VACUREMA® Basic, Advanced, Prime, MPR, and VACUNITE®, notching up a total capacity of more than four million tonnes per year. In the last three years alone, EREMA has delivered 100 systems for the bottle market. Almost 60 percent of these are bottle-to-bottle solutions. The rest are divided between bottle-to-sheet, PET strapping and the bottle-to-fibre segment, which is going from strength to strength.  Plastic Waste recycling

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Polykemi’s subsidiary, Rondo Plast, has invested close to €1 million in new plastic recycling equipment, marking a significant expansion in their recycling capabilities

The investment includes the acquisition of a plastic compactor and a cutting machine, boosting the facility’s processing capacity by 4,000 tonnes annually. With this upgrade, Rondo Plast can now efficiently process a broader range of low-density materials in various forms.

The newly acquired machinery is equipped to handle fibers, ropes, non-woven textiles like diapers, as well as dust and shavings composed of PA6, PA66, PBT, PC, and PP, as confirmed by Patrik Lindqvist, strategic purchaser at Rondo Plast. Particularly, the cutting machine enables the processing of longer or entangled pieces, such as polyamide fibers from clothing or carpet manufacturing.  Plastic Waste recycling

Lindqvist emphasized the significance of this advancement, highlighting that previously disregarded materials like combustible waste can now be repurposed into high-quality recycled plastic compounds, contributing to sustainable production practices.

Rondo Plast’s Ystad facility now boasts an upgraded recycling capacity ranging between 25,000 and 30,000 tonnes annually, depending on the polymer processed, as detailed by Lindqvist. Plastic Waste recycling

This expansion is particularly notable amid a backdrop of declining production capacities and closures among European plastic recyclers, attributed to reduced demand, soaring energy costs, and challenges in competing with imported feedstock.

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Triple success in Australia’s circular plastic initiatives sees Circular Plastics Australia (PET) partnering with Amut for their recycling endeavors in Albury and Melbourne

Amut’s selection comes as a strategic move by the joint venture between Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management, Asahi Beverages, and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP).

In Melbourne, Amut also collaborates with the Circular Plastics Australia (PE) joint venture for the “Choir” project, targeting HDPE and PP recycling. These projects implement custom-engineered sorting and washing systems to establish a closed-loop cycle for bottles, promoting reuse and sustainability.  Plastic Waste recycling

The Duet recycling line, operational since 2022, surpasses its initial output target, now reaching 4,000 kg/h from the initial 3,400 kg/h. Amut’s Symphony project, celebrated in the presence of notable governmental figures, represents a significant stride in plastic recycling in Victoria. With approval for the Choir project secured, Amut reinforces its commitment to advancing recycling technology.

Symphony’s facility boasts state-of-the-art equipment capable of annually converting billions of PET beverage bottles into high-value food-grade PET pellets. The plant also processes low-viscosity PET tubs and trays, expanding its recycling capabilities.

Amut’s washing lines employ advanced technical solutions to ensure the purity of final PET flakes, reducing operational costs through efficient power, water, and chemical consumption. These advancements signify a positive shift towards sustainable plastic management in Australia.  Plastic Waste recycling

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Irish agribusiness group ClonBio to invest $500m in US biorefinery

Announcement just one of a number made during Enterprise Ireland’s programme of events in the US for St Patrick’s Day

Irish agribusiness group ClonBio is to invest $500 million (€457 million) in a US biorefinery in a move expected to support more than 1,000 jobs.

ClonBio earns revenues of about €400 million a year making proteins, animal feed, biofuel, ethanol and alcohol from grain in Europe and the US, and renewable gas at a plant in Co Kildare.

In a statement on Monday, it said it was planning a “dramatic increase” in its investment in a “formerly mothballed biorefinery” it acquired in Jefferson, Wisconsin in mid-2022.

The planned half-billion dollar cumulative investment will support more than 1,000 local jobs and support grain farmer incomes and the state economy “for decades to come”, the group said.

The announcement was just one of a number made during Enterprise Ireland’s programme of business events in the US for St Patrick’s Day.

ClonBio contracted to purchase a mothballed ethanol plant in Wisconsin several months prior to the passage of US president Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

Irish agribusiness group ClonBio to invest $500m in US biorefinery

Application of dissolution to recycle ABS plastics in a circular way

Developing technologies for a circular future is at the heart of our sustainability strategy at TNO. It’s the reason we’ve set ourselves a goal to produce half of all plastics circularly by 2030 – and we’re working towards that target in many different ways. To accelerate implementation, we are currently working with ABS producer ELIX Polymers where we are exploring the applicability of the process for recycling ABS polymers (Acrylonitrile, Butadiene, Styrene) derived from end-of-life electronics.  Plastic Waste recycling

One area of innovation is plastics recycling technologies. Improving recycling processes is key to addressing the alarming growth of plastic waste. Furthermore it will lower our dependence on oil to produce plastics, and reduce unacceptable levels of CO2 emissions – and we’ve already made exciting developments.

The crux of the dissolution process

With dissolution, a physical recycling technology that utilises solvents to dissolve post-consumer plastics, polymers can be recovered that are of superior quality than the recyclate from mechanical recycling.  Plastic Waste recycling

At the same time it has a higher material efficiency and requires less energy than chemical recycling. Put simply, it’s because the polymer remains intact throughout the process, rather than being broken down into monomers at high temperatures.

The topic has long been an area of exploration for TNO Senior Scientist, Mark Roelands. An expert in process integration, separation technologies and solvent-based plastics recycling.

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Busch Strengthens Autoclave Solutions Following Acquisition

Busch (UK) Ltd. has integrated the autoclave solutions from Vacuum Furnace Engineering (VFE) into its brand. This broadens Busch’s offerings to encompass all equipment and services required for autoclaves, ovens, and composite manufacturing.

Existing VFE customers will experience no change in personnel, as the Poole Autoclave Solutions Centre remains operational under Busch. Similarly, the Halesowen facility continues to specialize in vacuum furnaces.  Plastic Waste recycling

Busch positions itself as a comprehensive solution provider for autoclave needs, supporting all brands. Their offerings include new and upgraded equipment like autoclaves, ovens, cooling systems, and control systems. Notably, their in-house, customizable AMCS (autoclave management and control system) allows remote monitoring and global support. This enhanced portfolio caters to diverse needs in the composite manufacturing industry.

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LyondellBasell invests in catalysts in Italy

LyondellBasell is expanding its investment in catalysts at the Ferrara site in Italy, particularly in the production of catalysis systems for polyolefins, in response to escalating market demands. This initiative marks a significant step, occurring 70 years after Giulio Natta’s groundbreaking discovery of polypropylene. The expansion project at one of the plants is slated for completion by the latter half of 2025.

The surge in catalyst demand parallels the global uptick in plastic consumption, particularly in emerging economies, and the increased production of polyolefins through LyondellBasell-licensed technologies worldwide. Plastic Waste recycling

Corrado Rotini, Ferrara Site Manager of Basell Poliolefine Italia, emphasizes that this investment aims to ensure catalyst availability for clients utilizing their licensed technology worldwide, solidifying their position as the leading catalyst supplier for polymer production globally. Additionally, Rotini underscores the strategic significance of the Ferrara site within the group for pioneering innovative technological solutions and next-generation catalysts.

The Ferrara site boasts production facilities and the Giulio Natta Research Center, where polypropylene was first produced, featuring the catalysis system discovered by Nobel laureate Giulio Natta on March 11, 1954. Leveraging Spheripol and Catalloy technologies, the Emilian hub manufactures both catalysts and polymers. Furthermore, it hosts a pilot plant employing MoReTec technology for chemical recycling, enriching its petrochemical complex capabilities.  Plastic Waste recycling

LyondellBasell invests in catalysts in Italy

PET waste recovery – Pyrum Innovations AG and GreenTech Recycling Tires AB have set their sights on Sweden for their latest venture: a state-of-the-art recycling plant 12-03-2024

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PET waste recovery – Pyrum Innovations AG and GreenTech Recycling Tires AB have set their sights on Sweden for their latest venture: a state-of-the-art recycling plant 12-03-2024

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Amut, the renowned Italian manufacturer of extrusion and recycling plants headquartered in Novara, is actively engaged in initiatives aimed at PET recovery across Latin America

Their latest endeavors involve the establishment of three cutting-edge recycling facilities in Peru, Colombia, and Guatemala.

In Lima, Peru, Amut has successfully completed the installation and activation of the initial line, boasting a substantial capacity of 6,000 kg/h. This facility, situated within the region’s largest plastic recycling plant, caters specifically to the production requirements of rPET bottles, meeting the demands of the market effectively.

Meanwhile, in Guatemala City, Central America, a comprehensive sorting and washing solution with a capacity of 3,000 kg/h is currently under construction. Simultaneously, in Bogota, Colombia, progress is well underway for a comparable line with an equivalent capacity. PET waste recovery

The innovative lines supplied by Amut represent a fusion of superior production capacity and impeccable flake quality. This combination renders them ideal for closed-loop applications, particularly in bottle-to-bottle recycling scenarios where the rPET resin necessitates subsequent regrading processes.

Amut’s commitment to revolutionizing recycling practices in Latin America underscores its dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship on a global scale. Through these strategic endeavors, the company aims to significantly contribute to the advancement of PET waste recovery in the region, fostering a more eco-conscious and circular approach to plastics management.  PET waste recovery

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Pyrum Innovations AG and GreenTech Recycling Tires AB have set their sights on Sweden for their latest venture: a state-of-the-art recycling plant

The two companies have inked a contract to spearhead the development of a groundbreaking facility capable of handling 20,000 tonnes of end-of-life tires annually. This strategic move not only marks Pyrum’s pivotal entry into the Scandinavian market but also signifies a significant milestone for GreenTech in its tire recycling endeavors.

The groundwork for this ambitious project has already been laid, with the formalization of a consulting agreement between GreenTech Recycling Tires AB and Pyrum Innovations AG. Under this agreement, Pyrum will contribute up to EUR 3 million to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), contingent upon GreenTech securing full financing. Negotiations are underway to secure the necessary funding, while GreenTech has secured a suitable site in Billingsfors, Sweden, and initiated discussions with tire suppliers. PET waste recovery

Anticipated to commence operations in 2027, the plant will utilize Pyrum’s cutting-edge pyrolysis technology to recycle end-of-life tires efficiently. Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Innovations AG, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, highlighting its significance in penetrating the Scandinavian market.

Per-Olov Lindgren, Chairman of the Board of GreenTech Recycling Tires AB, emphasized the ecological importance of their partnership with Pyrum, emphasizing their commitment to a circular economy. With plans in place for tire-to-tire recycling, as well as the production of plastics and steel products, GreenTech aims to close the loop on tire waste.

This venture marks Pyrum’s third contractual agreement for constructing a recycling plant, in addition to projects in Greece and the Czech Republic, cementing its position as a leader in tire recycling technology.  PET waste recovery

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Indonesia withdraws import mandate for key PE, PP

The Indonesian trade ministry has withdrawn the enforcement of a mandatory import quota for most polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) grades, along with polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate and monoethylene glycol, which was previously expected to take effect on 10 March.

The official announcement was made on 6 March and supported with a decree released today, seen by Argus. Market participants have waited for an official statement following a semi-official announcement by the trade ministry on 29 February.

Imports of PP co-polymers will still require an import quota, which has been in force for years. The latest requirement of an additional surveyor report from 10 March has also been withdrawn.  PET waste recovery

The trade ministry announced on 11 December that domestic PE and PP importers will need to apply for specific quotas to be able to import polymer resins from 10 March, or risk cargoes being rejected during customs clearance.

Indonesia’s PE and PP import dependency and the short-notice enforcement have led to objections by local and international associations, with disrupted resin supplies likely to cause a significant impact on the production and competitiveness of finished plastics. The enforcement was earlier expected to be delayed possibly by at least three months, based on local associations’ appeal requests to the trade ministry. PET waste recovery

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Texcyle Adopts Sustainability With Bio-Elastane In The Socks Industry

Texcyle, a pioneering Indian sock supplier, officially launches into the global market, proudly introducing the first-ever use of Bio-Elastane in the production of socks. Founded in 2023 by Raunak Hasnani, an ambitious entrepreneur with a passion for revolutionising the sock industry, Texcyle is committed to producing 100% organic socks and partnering with brands dedicated to sustainable and ethical practices.

Texcyle’s mission goes beyond just providing socks; it aims to eliminate greenwashing claims in the fashion industry by offering a transparent and eco-friendly manufacturing process. The company’s unique selling point lies in its dedication to a low carbon footprint, top-notch quality, and customization services.  PET waste recovery

The socks produced by Texcyle are crafted from a combination of Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester, and revolutionary Bio-Elastane, making them pioneers of low carbon footprint socks. The company ensures a sustainable manufacturing process from start to end by sourcing ethical and certified materials. Texcyle has also taken a bold step towards sustainability by eliminating all virgin plastic packaging for shipping and distribution, replacing it with eco-friendly alternatives such as recycled paper, cotton, and compostable plastic.

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TotalEnergies and Sulapac to offer packaging for cosmetics industry

Sulapac will be incorporating TotalEnergies’ recycled biodegradable biopolymers into cosmetic packaging.

TotalEnergies Crbion has entered into a strategic alliance with Finland-based company Sulapac to advance the use of recycled and biodegradable materials in cosmetic packaging.

This collaboration aims to drive sustainable innovation by offering eco-friendly packaging solutions without compromising on quality.

The two companies intend to address the industry’s dilemma of choosing between biobased, biodegradable materials and recycled alternatives by offering Luminy polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics technology.  PET waste recovery

Developed by TotalEnergies Corbion, Luminy is a range of specially developed PLA polymer resins derived from renewable resources.

The company offers its Luminy PLA portfolio, comprising both high heat and standard PLA grades, for various industries, from packaging to consumer goods.

Sulapac will be incorporating TotalEnergies Corbion’s recycled biodegradable biopolymers into specific material grades, facilitating the integration of sustainable elements into cosmetic packaging.  PET waste recovery

Additionally, Sulapac plans to support the recycling initiative by collecting and supplying waste materials to TotalEnergies Corbion and promoting a circular economy system.

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Current market study forecasts annual growth of 17 % for bio-based polymers between 2023 and 2028

Demand from Asia and the USA in particular is driving growth, Europe is lagging behind.

Current market study forecasts annual growth of 17 % for bio-based polymers between 2023 and 2028. Demand from Asia and the USA in particular is driving growth, Europe is lagging behind.  PET waste recovery

New report released on the global bio‑based polymer market 2023 – a deep and comprehensive insight into a dynamically growing market

The year 2023 was a promising year for bio‑based polymers: PLA capacities have been increased by almost 50 %, and at the same time polyamide capacities are steadily increasing, as well as epoxy resin production. Capacities for 100 % bio-based PE have been expanded and PE and PP made from bio‑based naphtha are being further established with growing volumes. Current and future expansions for PHAs are still on the horizon. After hinting at a comeback in 2022 bio-based PET production dropped in 2023 by 50 %.

In 2023, the total production volume of bio‑based polymers was 4.4 million tonnes, which is 1 % of the total production volume of fossil‑based polymers. PET waste recovery

The CAGR of bio-based polymers is, with 17 %, significantly higher than the overall growth of the polymer market (2–3 %) – this is expected to continue until 2028 (Figure 1).

The new market and trend report “Bio‑based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2023–2028”, written by international biopolymer expert group of the nova-Institute, shows capacities and contains production data for 17 commercially available, bio‑based polymers in the year 2023 and a forecast for 2028.

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Homeboy Threads and TOMRA demonstrate textiles sorting unit to policymakers, fashion brands

TOMRA whitepaper highlights current state of textile recycling and strategies for a circular value chain

Homeboy Threads, the California Product Stewardship Council, the City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment Department (LASAN), and TOMRA have hosted an event in the City of Commerce, California, where they were joined by environmental advocates, fashion brands, and policymakers who are working to build circular economy partnerships in Los Angeles, create quality jobs, and reduce the harmful impact of textile waste.

In 2022, a Textile Recovery Pilot Report found that every year, more than 70,000 tons of commercially generated textile waste ends up in Los Angeles area landfills.

The event included demonstrations of a TOMRA Recycling unit that relies on sensor technology to sort textiles by fibre and colour at high volumes. PET waste recovery

In collaboration with textile recycling partners like Homeboy Threads, the TOMRA Recycling unit presents a solution to an otherwise labour-intensive process required to sort textiles by fibre type. By providing pure cotton material to emerging fibre-to-fibre recyclers and clothing manufacturers, the unit has the potential to change the apparel industries’ current take, make, and waste chain, and create a closed-loop textile waste recycling model that protects the environment.  PET waste recovery

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Recycled polyester textiles – Malaysian 2024 biofuel output could rise if B20 biodiesel usage expanded 11-03-2024

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Monterey Mushrooms unveils rPET with NIR Sortable Colorant

Monterey Mushrooms is championing sustainability by introducing a significant enhancement to its mushroom packaging this Spring. By incorporating near-infrared (NIR) sortable material into their recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) thermoformed tills, the company is taking strides towards a more recyclable future.

These rPET tills are manufactured using 100% post-consumer recycled materials, sourced entirely from North America, thereby reducing plastic waste in landfills and contributing to a circular economy. The use of NIR sortable colorant ensures effective sorting and recycling of the packaging into new products. Recycled polyester textiles

PET and PETE, both abbreviations for Polyethylene Terephthalate, are commonly used plastics denoted by recycling number 1. However, rPET stands out by virtue of its recycled content, denoted by the ‘r’. This recycled material grants a new lease of life to mixed-color PET materials, potentially offering long-term cost advantages over alternatives like clear rPET.

Through this initiative, Monterey Mushrooms not only fosters sustainability within the mushroom industry but also sets a precedent for other sectors to embrace eco-friendly packaging solutions.

By prioritizing recyclability and incorporating innovative materials, they pave the way for a greener, more environmentally conscious future.  Recycled polyester textiles

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H&M, Vargas Holding launch Syre: scaling recycled polyester textiles

H&M Group and Vargas Holding have joined forces to launch Syre, a new venture aimed at scaling textile-to-textile recycling of polyester.

Backed by TPG Rise Climate, the venture seeks to accelerate the adoption of recycled polyester in the textile industry, fostering sustainability.

H&M Group has secured a substantial USD 600 million offtake agreement with Syre over seven years, fulfilling a significant portion of its long-term demand for recycled polyester. This move is pivotal as it shifts focus from traditional bottle-to-textile recycling to a closed-loop alternative, reducing reliance on virgin polyester.  Recycled polyester textiles

CEO Daniel Ervér emphasizes the importance of Syre in H&M Group’s journey towards circularity, urging industry-wide participation in driving sustainability.

Additionally, H&M Group has bolstered its commitment to recycled materials, targeting 30 percent by 2025 and aiming for 50 percent by 2030, aligning with its broader goal of achieving 100 percent recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

This strategic shift reflects H&M Group’s dedication to decoupling growth from virgin resource consumption, marking a significant step towards a more sustainable future.

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Malaysian 2024 biofuel output could rise if B20 biodiesel usage expanded

Hydrocarbonprocessing predicts Malaysia’s biodiesel production could reach 1.8 million metric tons (MMt) in 2024 with the expansion of the B20 biodiesel program by the government. Currently, Malaysia has initiated a phased rollout of the B20 program, mandating a 20% blend of palm-based biodiesel with diesel for transportation, with most regions implementing a B10 program.  Recycled polyester textiles

According to MBA president U.R. Unnithan, the acceleration of blending facilities could facilitate the transition to B20, albeit with considerations of time and cost for nationwide implementation. The group has proposed expanding the program to the government, aiming for implementation in the latter half of the year, pending discussions with stakeholders.

Since its introduction in 2020, the nationwide 20% palm-based biodiesel blending program has faced obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental changes. Plans to extend the B10 program to the industrial sector and mandate a 30% palm oil blend by 2025 are under consideration.  Recycled polyester textiles

Malaysia exported approximately 300,000 tons of biodiesel in the previous year, with domestic consumption standing at around 1.1 MMt. Unnithan cautions that potential revisions in price controls and fuel subsidies by the government could impact domestic biodiesel demand negatively.

Malaysian 2024 biofuel output could rise if B20 biodiesel usage expanded

Indorama Ventures, Thai petrochem firm, plans asset sale, IPO

Thailand’s Indorama Ventures, a leading petrochemical firm, is set to divest assets and pursue organic growth by listing its businesses, according to founder and CEO Aloke Lohia. Facing industry shifts post-pandemic, the company aims to boost its EBITDA to $2.1 billion by 2026, prioritizing organic expansion over debt-driven acquisitions.

Acknowledging recent financial challenges, including a $310 million loss in 2023, Lohia emphasizes a strategic shift towards reducing debt by $2.5 billion and selling $1.3 billion worth of non-core assets, particularly in Europe. Additionally, Indorama Ventures plans to list certain segments, potentially raising $1 billion in funds. Lohia suggests listing the integrated oxides and derivatives business in the West and the packaging business in India or elsewhere in Asia.  Recycled polyester textiles

Since its establishment in 1994, Indorama Ventures has grown through 50 acquisitions, totaling a $10.9 billion enterprise value. With over 140 facilities across 35 countries, the company specializes in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production for plastic bottles and integrated oxides and derivatives (IODs) used in personal care and agriculture.

Forbes ranks Lohia, an India-born entrepreneur, as Thailand’s 17th richest, with a net worth of $1.96 billion. As Indorama Ventures adapts to evolving market dynamics, its strategic focus on organic growth and asset optimization underscores its commitment to long-term sustainability and profitability. Recycled polyester textiles

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Amazon invests in ai-powered sorting technology for MRS

MRF robotics company Glacier has raised $7.7m in funding from Amazon and other investors to refine AI-enabled sorting technology able to identify ‘novel packaging materials’.

Glacier, a US-based robotics sorting company, has announced that it has raised $7.7 million in funding from a combination of investors including Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, New Enterprise Associates and other venture capitalists. Glacier plans to allocate a significant amount of the investment towards the development of low-cost, high-performance AI-enabled robotics, which streamline the sorting of the recyclable materials and gather real-time data on the waste streams.  Recycled polyester textiles

AI systems for recycling

Amazon is hoping to use the data gleaned from the technology to reveal actionable insights about packaging’s end-of-life journey that can be fed back to its supply chain and help the retail giant meet its Climate Pledge Fund goals. Packaging suppliers would use the information to design more recoverable packaging formats to deliver higher volumes and higher quality of post consumer recycled (PCR) packaging materials, leading the way to greater circularity. And, Amazon is as much a consumer of PCR packaging material as it is a supplier – higher volumes would reduce the costs associated with PCR, to the point at which it may even become competitive with virgin materials. Higher quality would unlock a greater range of uses.  Recycled polyester textiles

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Global EV battery companies to unveil tech at Seoul’s ‘InterBattery’ expo

The InterBattery exhibition in Seoul, held from March 6 to March 8, will feature 579 electric vehicle (EV) battery companies from 18 countries. Hosted at the COEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul’s Gangnam District, renowned for its fashion and finance, the event will showcase cutting-edge battery-related technologies and products.

Organized by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, InterBattery stands as one of South Korea’s premier battery exhibitions. This year, it anticipates over 75,000 attendees, surpassing the 60,000 visitors in 2023.  Recycled polyester textiles

Leading South Korean battery manufacturers will unveil their latest innovations. Samsung SDI will present its solid-state battery mass production roadmap, promising higher energy density and faster charging. Additionally, Samsung will showcase its rapid charging technology, capable of reaching 80% capacity in nine minutes.

LG Energy Solution will highlight its cell-to-pack (CTP) technology, eliminating the need for intermediate modules, thereby enhancing pack energy density and cost-effectiveness.

Domestic exhibitors include SK On, SK Group’s battery arm, and Dongwon Systems, Dongwon Group’s packaging solutions developer. COEX President Lee Dong-ki expressed hopes for InterBattery to serve as a global platform for South Korea’s battery industry, reinforcing its position in the global secondary battery market.  Recycled polyester textiles

Global EV battery companies to unveil tech at Seoul's 'InterBattery' expo

 

Polymers prices – PET bottles banned? the environment doesn’t always thank you 11-03-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 
  • Colourless flake prices hit same levels as virgin PET

Polymers prices

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,025 yuan/ton -75
Bottle grade PET chips export market 905 $/ton 895 $/ton -10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,920 yuan/ton 6,830 yuan/ton -90
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,930 yuan/ton 6,850 yuan/ton -80
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,920 yuan/ton 5,760 yuan/ton -160
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 735 $/ton 700 $/ton -35
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,550 yuan/ton 4,565 yuan/ton
+15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 535 $/ton 537 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,026 $/ton 1,003 $/ton
-23
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,004 $/ton 981 $/ton -23
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,130 $/7on 1,150 $/ton +20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,875  yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton
-125
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton 9,075 yuan/ton -25
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,200 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

Polymers prices

8,480 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton -130
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,400 yuan/ton 7,320 yuan/ton -80
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton
-500
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,700 $/ton 1,700 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,975 $/ton 1,975 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,500 yuan/ton 14,150  yuan/ton -350
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,100 yuan/ton 14,850 yuan/ton -250
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Polymers prices

22,000 yuan/ton 22,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,300 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton -300
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,500 yuan/ton 19,200 yuan/ton- -300
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,500 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton -150
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 34,400 yuan/ton 34,400 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,900 yuan/ton 32,900 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,900 yuan/ton 29,900 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

Polymers prices

10,000 yuan/ton 9,750 yuan/ton -250
Benzene domestic market 8,400 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +200
Benzene overseas  market 996 $/ton 1,024 $/ton +28
Ethylene South East market 1,010 $/ton 1,010 $/ton
Ethylene NWE market CIF 952 $/ton 929 $/ton -23
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

Polymers prices

14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  688 $/ton 701 $/ton +13
Phenol domestic market 7,660 yuan/ton 7,640 yuan/ton -20

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =8,350 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton   –

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PET bottles banned? the environment doesn’t always thank you

The decision to ban or replace materials should ideally be preceded by thorough product life cycle analyses (LCAs) to assess the actual environmental impact. In hindsight, these analyses can only gauge the success or failure of such initiatives and potentially inform future decisions. An example of this is the ban on PET bottles at San Francisco airport in 2019, which prompted scrutiny due to its purported environmental benefits. However, a recent LCA study conducted in the United States challenges this notion, revealing unexpected consequences.

Commissioned by Napcor, a US association advocating for the producers of PET packaging, the study conducted by Franklin Associates compared the environmental impact of plastic bottles versus aluminum cans.  Polymers prices

The research focused on the replacement of approximately 9,000 PET bottles of water sold daily at the airport with aluminum cans. Surprisingly, the findings indicated that since the implementation of the ban, there has been an additional emission of 1,100 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent compared to the pre-ban scenario.

Contrary to popular belief, the study highlighted the environmental advantages of PET bottles over aluminum cans. PET bottles were found to consume 80% less energy during production, generate 80% less solid waste, utilize 53% less water, and exhibit a 74% lower global warming potential compared to aluminum cans. Additionally, PET bottles produced significantly fewer emissions contributing to acid rain and smog, ranging between 68% to 83% less than aluminum cans.  Polymers prices

Laura Stewart, director of Napcor, emphasized the significance of PET bottles as the environmentally superior choice among beverage containers. She expressed concern over the unintended consequences of plastic bans and advocated for investing in and supporting the proper recycling of PET bottles instead of outright prohibition. Stewart pointed out that large establishments like San Francisco airport, equipped with recycling infrastructure, could make a more positive impact on the environment by promoting PET bottle recycling rather than banning them.

The implications of this study extend beyond PET bottles, challenging the efficacy of blanket plastic bans. Another recent study in the United States, which gained attention, revealed surprising outcomes following the ban on plastic bags in New Jersey. Contrary to expectations, the ban led to a threefold increase in plastic usage for the same purpose. These findings underscore the complexity of environmental policies and the importance of evidence-based decision-making.  Polymers prices

In conclusion, the decision to ban or replace materials should be informed by comprehensive LCAs to assess their true environmental impact. The case of PET bottles at San Francisco airport serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the unintended consequences of such initiatives. Rather than imposing blanket bans, efforts should be directed towards promoting sustainable practices such as recycling, which can yield more positive outcomes for the environment.

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Neste signs agreement with Mura in chemical recycling

Neste has entered into an agreement with Mura Technology to purchase feedstock derived from chemical recycling of heterogeneous plastic waste at the new Teesside plant in Northeast England (pictured), which was inaugurated at the end of last year and is expected to be operational by mid-this year.

Neste will process the raw products supplied by Mura, certified with ISCC Plus, into raw materials for the production of new plastics, replacing fossil ones. Polymers prices

The Finnish company joins the American group Dow, which had already secured a portion of the new plant’s capacity through an off-take agreement. Based on the HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) process, the plant will be able to process up to 20,000 tons of heterogeneous plastic waste annually, including rigid and flexible types that are not otherwise recyclable.

The process employs supercritical steam – water, heat, and pressure – to convert plastic waste into naphtha, heavy oils, and distillates, which can be reused in cracking to produce new plastic materials.  Polymers prices

Neste signs agreement with Mura in chemical recycling

Cyclo olefin polymers – APR acknowledges Husky’s development in recyclable CSD barrier packaging 09-03-2024

Cyclo olefin polymers

Zeon Corporation has reached a significant milestone with the completion of its recycling plant for cyclo olefin polymers (COP) at the Takaoka Plant

This marks the company’s inaugural venture into recycling its own products, promising both innovation and sustainability. The new facility not only underscores Zeon’s commitment to advancing COP products but also aligns with its vision for a greener future by curbing CO2 emissions.

The completion ceremony, held on March 5 at the plant, was graced by 44 attendees, including dignitaries from Toyama Prefecture, Takaoka City, local councils, and construction personnel. Cyclo olefin polymers

Notable figures such as Zeon Chairman Kimiaki Tanaka, Corporate Officer and Takaoka Plant Manager Tomoyuki Kose, and other company officials were also present.

Initiated in the summer of 2022, the construction of the recycling plant is a response to the burgeoning demand for COP film, prized for its optical stability and low water absorbency. The plant will recycle waste resin generated during COP film processing, a feat previously challenging for conventional recycling methods to maintain quality, transparency, and purity.

Zeon’s pioneering technology has overcome these hurdles, ensuring recycled resin matches the original in quality. With plans to integrate the recycled resin into optical film production, Zeon anticipates meeting sustained market demand while championing environmental stewardship. This endeavor signifies Zeon’s stride towards circularity and sustainable practices in polymer manufacturing.  Cyclo olefin polymers

Cyclo olefin polymers

HD Hyundai Chemical, in collaboration with CJ CheilJedang Corp., is set to produce eco-friendly bio-naphtha and plastic products

The partnership, formalized through a memorandum of understanding, entails HD Hyundai Chemical receiving bio-raw materials, including soybean oil and waste cooking oil, from CJ CheilJedang for the production of 12,000 tons of eco-friendly plastic.

The companies have inked a business agreement to establish an eco-friendly bio-circular system at HD Hyundai Chemical’s headquarters in Daesan, South Chungcheong Province. This system will ensure a stable supply of bio-raw materials to HD Hyundai Chemical, which will utilize them to produce bio-naphtha. The resulting eco-friendly plastic will be supplied back to CJ CheilJedang for use in its home meal containers and packaging materials.  Cyclo olefin polymers

Initially, HD Hyundai Chemical plans to utilize 400 tons of bio-raw materials to produce the eco-friendly plastic, with the aim of reaching the 12,000-ton milestone by year-end. Notably, this endeavor marks a significant achievement as it secures International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) for the entire process, from inputting bio-raw materials to producing bio-naphtha and plastic products.

This milestone reinforces the commitment of both companies to environmental sustainability, with ISCC certification serving as an international validation of their eco-friendly practices.  Cyclo olefin polymers

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China Set to Lead Global PET Capacity Growth until 2028

In a trajectory set to reshape the global polyethylene terephthalate (PET) landscape, China emerges as the frontrunner, poised to dominate PET capacity additions by contributing an impressive 40% to the total growth expected from new plant constructions and expansion projects by the year 2028.

A closer inspection of the Chinese polyethylene terephthalate PET market reveals two pivotal projects set to significantly contribute to the anticipated surge in capacity. The first, an announced project, is the Zhejiang Petrochemical Daishan Polyethylene Terephthalate Plant 2, boasting a substantial capacity of 2 million tpy. Operated by Zhejiang Petrochemical, which holds a 100% stake, this project is strategically located in Zhejiang, China, with production slated to commence in 2026.  Cyclo olefin polymers

In tandem, the Hainan Yisheng Petrochemical Yangpu Polyethylene Terephthalate Plant is poised to add an extra 0.50 million tpy in capacity. Operated by Hainan Yisheng Petrochemical Co Ltd, with complete equity ownership, this plant is expected to commence operations in 2025 in Hainan, China.

The Zhejiang Petrochemical Daishan Polyethylene Terephthalate Plant 2 stands out as a flagship project in China’s pursuit of PET dominance. With a substantial capacity of 2 million tpy, this announced project is strategically positioned in Zhejiang, a key industrial hub. The choice of Zhejiang, known for its economic vibrancy and robust infrastructure, underscores the strategic planning behind China’s Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) capacity expansion.  Cyclo olefin polymers

Zhejiang Petrochemical Co. Ltd’s complete ownership and operation of the plant further emphasize the country’s commitment to controlling its PET supply chain.

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Eastman has partnered with Dentis Group/Nord Pal Plast, a renowned mechanical recycler, to enhance feedstock for its upcoming facility in France

Through a long-term agreement, Dentis will supply 30,000 metric tons annually of rejected PET post-consumer waste from their sites in France, Spain, and Italy to Eastman. These materials, currently lacking circular solutions, will undergo recycling at Eastman’s molecular facility in Normandy.

Corrado Dentis, CEO of Dentis/Nord Pal Plast, emphasized the partnership’s role in reducing PET waste and complementing European plastic recycling efforts.

Brad Lich, Eastman’s EVP and CCO, highlighted the company’s commitment to collaboration and sustainability. The agreement secures over 70% of the feedstock for Eastman’s Normandy plant, including materials typically rejected by mechanical recyclers, reinforcing their dedication to sustainable solutions.  Cyclo olefin polymers

Eastman’s Normandy facility, slated to be the world’s largest material-to-material molecular recycling plant, will have the capacity to recycle more than 200,000 tonnes of hard-to-recycle polyester waste annually post-phase 1 and 2. This investment in France underscores Eastman’s commitment to circular economy principles and sustainable practices.

Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies break down hard-to-recycle waste into molecular building blocks, enabling the creation of first-quality materials without compromising performance.

This process ensures materials retain their value across multiple cycles, aligning with Eastman’s vision for a more sustainable future. Cyclo olefin polymers

Eastman has partnered with Dentis Group/Nord Pal Plast, a renowned mechanical recycler, to enhance feedstock for its upcoming facility in France

APR acknowledges Husky’s development in recyclable CSD barrier packaging

Husky’s collaboration with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical has advanced our fully recyclable Multi-Layer PET solution for small-format carbonated soft drinks (CSD), earning recognition from the American Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for integrating 3.3% MXD6. This surpasses our previous accreditation of 2.5% MXD6 from APR in 2020. Our ongoing development now extends the technology to various bottle sizes, meeting the demand for recyclable barrier packaging across different applications.  Cyclo olefin polymers

The APR’s recognition underscores our dedication to sustainability, empowering customers to optimize operations, enhance design circularity, and reduce costs.

Despite PET’s popularity for CSD packaging, its permeability poses shelf-life challenges for smaller formats, often leading to reliance on aluminum cans with their own drawbacks. Husky’s solution strikes a balance between performance and sustainability, accommodating bottles as light as 12 grams with up to 3.3% MXD6 integration.

Key features of our Multi-Layer package include Mitsubishi Gas Chemical’s M6000 series barrier material engineered for CO₂ retention, precise injection into bottle sidewalls, and full recyclability. This innovation reduces PET resin usage, offering cost savings without compromising performance. Husky’s Multi-Layer equipment utilizes high-precision co-injection technology, allowing for tailored functional material placement and maximizing production output while ensuring part quality. Cyclo olefin polymers

APR acknowledges Husky's development in recyclable CSD barrier packaging

South Korean companies develop tire using chemically recycled PET

The collaboration of SK Chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials and Hankook Tire has resulted in high-strength tire cords and tires designed for EVs.

To reduce carbon emissions, three South Korea-based companies say they have developed and commercialized the country’s first tire using chemically recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

SK Chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials Co. Ltd. and Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. say they have successfully developed the electric vehicle- (EV-) exclusive tire, dubbed iON, by applying circular recycled PET fiber tire cords. Cyclo olefin polymers

The companies say circular recycling is an exclusive chemical recycling technology of SK that breaks down scrap plastics through chemical reactions into molecular units and then uses those raw materials to produce recycled plastics.

The three companies collaborated to develop the iON tire over a period of about two years. SK has supplied its SKYPET CR recycled PET, and Hyosung Advanced Materials developed the high-strength recycled PET-based tire cords using SKYPET CR as a raw material. The cords were applied to Hankook Tire’s premium EV tire brand, iON. The tire, with 45 percent sustainable material content, has recently passed reliability verification by a European automotive manufacturer, securing final approval for use and being mounted as tires for new vehicles, according to the companies. Cyclo olefin polymers

Hankook Tire is continuously conducting R&D (research and development) to use 100 percent-sustainable materials in all tires by 2050,” says Bonhee Ku, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Hankook Tire.

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China has reportedly approved the Stellantis-Leapmotor joint venture

China has granted approval for the Stellantis-Leapmotor joint venture, allowing Stellantis to manufacture and market Leapmotor electric vehicles (EVs) globally, except in China. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) gave the green light for the venture, though regulatory clearance in other jurisdictions is pending.

Stellantis’ move to acquire a 21% stake in Leapmotor for $1.6 billion last October signaled its strategic reorientation towards China, the world’s largest automotive market. The subsequent announcement of the joint venture solidified its commitment to this market. Under the terms, Stellantis gains exclusive rights to produce, export, and distribute Leapmotor EVs outside China, marking a pioneering collaboration between a Western automaker and a Chinese EV manufacturer. Cyclo olefin polymers

With a majority ownership of 51% in the joint venture, Stellantis aims to leverage Leapmotor’s technology to develop competitive EV models globally. CEO Carlos Tavares hinted at potential manufacturing locations in Europe, North America, or other markets where affordable EVs are essential to rival Chinese manufacturers.

Neither Stellantis nor NDRC provided comments on the approval. Nevertheless, this milestone underscores the growing collaboration between international automotive players and Chinese EV innovators, shaping the future landscape of electric mobility.

China has reportedly approved the Stellantis-Leapmotor joint venture

Oxo-biodegradable Bottles -Planet Green Bottle Corp. is proud to unveil what it heralds as a groundbreaking innovation: the world’s premier oxo-biodegradable PET plastic bottle 08-03-2024

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Nexam Chemical’s Reactive Recycling has been confirmed for the recycling of PP

Nexam Chemical has validated its Reactive Recycling technology for recycling polypropylene (PP), addressing the decrease in molecular weight during the rPP process. This advancement, crucial for polymer circularity, repairs degraded polymers, enhancing sustainability. Supported by extensive research, the additives restore molecular weight and improve processability, particularly benefiting high-demand engineering sectors. A study by Politecnico di Torino confirms the effectiveness of Nexam Chemical’s additive in preventing molecular weight decrease and enhancing melt structuring in PP.

Dr Alberto Frache highlights its potential for achieving recycled PP with modulable flow characteristics and improved processability, promoting sustainability and resource efficiency. Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

Marketed as Reactive Recycling, these additives are suitable for both post-industrial and post-consumer mechanical recycling, maintaining recycled PP quality and supporting the transition to a circular economy. CEO Ronnie Törnqvist sees this as a significant milestone, enabling increased use of rPP in processes previously reliant on virgin material, such as foaming and blow molding. This contribution underscores Nexam Chemical’s commitment to advancing the global plastics recycling industry.

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Two recently uncovered substances with the ability to manipulate light

Two materials akin to graphene, rhenium disulfide and rhenium diselenide, have been uncovered by a research team led by Konstantin Novoselov, Nobel laureate in 2010 for graphene’s discovery, and Luis Martin-Moreno, from the University of Zaragoza, as published in Nature Communications. These materials, like graphene, consist of thin atomic layers, possessing unique properties that allow them to manipulate light-matter interaction in unprecedented ways. This breakthrough opens avenues for novel diagnostic techniques and heat-resistant materials, alongside potential applications in augmented reality devices.  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

Valentyn Volkov, a study co-author and co-founder of XPanceo, a start-up specializing in advanced contact lenses for augmented reality, highlighted the materials’ promise in developing highly efficient biochemical sensors. Moreover, the simplicity of their production suggests broad industrial applications. Volkov anticipates significant cost reductions in hospital blood analysis equipment, potentially by several orders of magnitude, which could revolutionize early-stage detection of diseases such as cancer or Covid.

These materials represent a leap forward in harnessing light-matter interaction for practical applications. Their discovery paves the way for transformative advancements in various industries, promising more accessible and effective solutions for healthcare diagnostics and beyond. Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

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Analyzing the Advanced Recycling Sector

Research from nova-Institute investigates 127 technologies and the providers pushing advanced recycling forward.

  • More than 340 advanced recycling plants are installed or in planning stages worldwide
  • By 2027, Europe’s advanced recycling input capacity will more than triple, and global input capacity will double
  • Dissolution, solvolysis, pyrolysis, gasification, and enzymolysis technologies and providers come into focus  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

An updated and expanded report on advanced recycling from nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, explores technological advances, identifies key companies, and provides a view into the current state of advanced recycling in Europe and worldwide.

The report offers a structured overview of the advanced recycling landscape, defining the technologies and profiling providers of advanced recycling — particularly chemical recycling.

The report maps more than 340 planned and installed advanced recycling plants worldwide, with the majority in Europe; total input capacity is 1,477 kilotonnes/1,628 kilotons per year. Europe’s input capacity is expected to more than triple by 2027. Globally, input capacity is expected to double by 2027.  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

On the output side, global production capacity for advanced recycling is 1,082 kilotonnes/1,182 kilotons per year. Products include polymers, monomers, naphtha, secondary valuable chemicals, fuels, and energy.

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Regenyx chemical recycling joint venture dissolved

Agilyx and Americas Styrenics (AmSty) have successfully demonstrated the viability of depolymerizing styrenic waste, achieving the objectives set for their joint venture, Regenyx, founded in 2019 in Tigard, Oregon. Consequently, they have decided to dissolve the 50/50 partnership. The closure of Regenyx marks the culmination of its five-year mission.

The decision’s implications regarding future commercial plant construction remain unclear. AmSty currently markets polystyrene derived from post-consumer waste, branded as PolyRenew, showcasing identical characteristics and performance to virgin polystyrene.

Tim Barnette, AmSty’s vice president of polymers and sustainability, expresses pride in the project’s success, affirming advanced polystyrene recycling’s feasibility and significance for the future.  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

The Tigard demonstration plant, operating at a capacity of up to 10 tons per day, will cease operations by April 30, 2024, concurrent with the company’s liquidation. Over the five-year period, the venture has diverted 2,700 tonnes of styrenic-based plastic waste from landfills.

Russ Main, interim CEO of Agilyx, highlights the venture’s significance, noting its potential for future projects such as the upcoming Toyo Styrene plant in Japan. Additionally, Agilyx is engaged in the TruStyrenyx project with Ineos Styrolution, focused on establishing a chemical recycling plant for polystyrene waste through pyrolysis in Channahon, Illinois, USA. Regenyx chemical recycling joint venture dissolved

Planet Green Bottle Corp. is proud to unveil what it heralds as a groundbreaking innovation: the world’s premier oxo-biodegradable PET plastic bottle

In a series of meticulous presentations held in New York City, the company is showcasing this revolutionary product to esteemed brand owners and investment professionals.

This pioneering venture is made possible through a collaborative effort with Wells Plastics.

Patrick Rooney, the co-founder and director of corporate development at Planet Green, emphasizes the growing disdain towards plastic bottles among the public, driven by an increasing environmental consciousness.  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

Highlighting recent bans on plastic water bottles by institutions like the University of Washington and Winnipeg, Rooney expresses optimism that the public perception of plastic can be reshaped with the introduction of biodegradable alternatives. He underscores the minimal environmental impact of PET plastic production, citing that a mere 10 tablespoons of oil are utilized per average barrel, and extols the significant fuel savings achieved through PET bottles compared to glass alternatives.

The company’s innovative “revertable” or oxo-biodegradable bottle marks a pivotal shift in the industry.  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

Planet Green predicts that major beverage and water companies, which collectively distribute 75 percent of PET plastic bottles, will inevitably integrate oxo-biodegradability into their recycling strategies. Rooney reveals ongoing collaboration with one of these industry giants, indicating a proactive stance towards sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Planet Green Bottle Corp. is proud to unveil what it heralds as a groundbreaking innovation: the world's premier oxo-biodegradable PET plastic bottle

EuRIC, FEAD and NGOs back “polymer-only” allocation method for plastic from chemical recycling

In the coming weeks, the European Commission plans to adopt rules for calculating recycled content in plastics in an implementing decision of the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD). Specifically, the Decision will govern how the use of output materials from chemical recycling in the production of new plastics is to be allocated and verified.

The Commission’s most recent draft discussed at the end of February would allow use of the “fuel-use-exempt” mass balance allocation model.

This model is favoured by the petrochemicals industry, but rejected by a coalition of industry associations and NGOs. Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

It consists of the European Waste Management Association (FEAD), the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) as well as environmental groups such as Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS) and the Minderoo Foundation as well as by the European Sustainable Business Federation Ecopreneur.

These organisations sent a joint letter to policy officers of the European Commission’s DG Environment last week urging them to consider amending the proposal’s allocation rules. They warned that a decision for the wrong methodology today would “have implications beyond its immediate scope”. Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

Current decisions were likely to shape future legislation such as the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), the Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) and the End-of-life Vehicles (ELV) Regulation, they argued.

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What’s new in Chemical Recycling Europe

Chemical Recycling Europe undergoes a significant transformation with a fresh logo and leadership shift. Lilla Mezriczky assumes the role of Director (Secretary General), steering the association dedicated to advancing chemical recycling of polymers in Europe. Founded in 2019, Chemical Recycling Europe collaborates with EU institutions and fosters relationships across the supply chain.

Simultaneously, the association unveils a revamped logo and a redesigned website (chemicalrecyclingeurope.eu).  Oxo-biodegradable Bottles

Mezriczky brings a wealth of management expertise from her tenure at various associations including MedPharmPlast Europe, Epse, PCE, and EuPC.

Headquartered in Brussels, Chemical Recycling Europe boasts 23 members and is currently led by Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy. Under its new leadership and refreshed identity, the association is poised to drive innovation and advocacy for chemical recycling initiatives in Europe.

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Sustainability technologies – South Korean companies develop tire using chemically recycled PET 07-03-2024

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Maire is driven by sustainability technologies

Maire, the Italian engineering company, experienced a substantial surge in both revenues and margins, largely propelled by its Sustainable Technology Solutions (STS) division. In the fiscal year 2023, Maire’s revenues reached 4.3 billion euros, marking a 23% increase from 2022, with a gross operating margin (Ebitda) of 274.4 million euros, up by 31%, and a net result of 129.5 million euros, a 43% rise. New orders totaled 11.2 billion euros, boosting the backlog to 15 billion euros.

STS, encompassing NextChem, Myrechemical, and Myreplast, contributed significantly to this success, with revenues of 261.8 million euros, a 43% increase from 2022, and an Ebitda of 65.1 million euros, up by 84%. Throughout the year, STS secured nearly 300 million euros in new orders.  Sustainability technologies

Meanwhile, the Integrated E&C Solutions (IE&CS) division generated revenues of nearly 4 billion euros, a 22% increase, and an Ebitda of 209 million euros, up by 20%.

Maire unveiled its 2024-2033 strategic plan, anticipating revenues exceeding 10 billion euros and an Ebitda of approximately one billion euros by 2033. The company foresees significant growth in the first five years, particularly in volume, while profitability will be driven by technological advancements and high-value integrated projects. Over the next decade, Maire plans to invest over 1 billion euros, with a focus on expanding its technology portfolio and validating new solutions, primarily through selective acquisitions and internal R&D, especially within the STS division in the initial five years.  Sustainability technologies

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South Korean companies develop tire using chemically recycled PET

The collaboration of SK Chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials and Hankook Tire has resulted in high-strength tire cords and tires designed for EVs.

To reduce carbon emissions, three South Korea-based companies say they have developed and commercialized the country’s first tire using chemically recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

SK Chemicals, Hyosung Advanced Materials Co. Ltd. and Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. say they have successfully developed the electric vehicle- (EV-) exclusive tire, dubbed iON, by applying circular recycled PET fiber tire cords. The companies say circular recycling is an exclusive chemical recycling technology of SK that breaks down scrap plastics through chemical reactions into molecular units and then uses those raw materials to produce recycled plastics.  Sustainability technologies

The three companies collaborated to develop the iON tire over a period of about two years. SK has supplied its SKYPET CR recycled PET, and Hyosung Advanced Materials developed the high-strength recycled PET-based tire cords using SKYPET CR as a raw material. The cords were applied to Hankook Tire’s premium EV tire brand, iON. The tire, with 45 percent sustainable material content, has recently passed reliability verification by a European automotive manufacturer, securing final approval for use and being mounted as tires for new vehicles, according to the companies.

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Bekaert, Toshiba partner to boost green hydrogen production with MEA technology

Bekaert and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corporation (“Toshiba”) have forged a global partnership aimed at accelerating the production of green hydrogen on a large scale.  Sustainability technologies

This collaboration includes a strategic cooperation agreement and a manufacturing technology license for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA), a crucial component for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzers. The partnership builds upon their recent collaboration efforts since signing an MoU in September 2023.

PEM electrolyzers split water into oxygen and hydrogen using electricity, with zero greenhouse gas emissions when powered by renewable energy. The catalyst in PEM anode electrodes relies heavily on iridium, a scarce metal.

Hence, reducing iridium content is a significant breakthrough for wider adoption of these technologies.  Sustainability technologies

Through this agreement, Bekaert’s expertise in Porous Transport Layers (PTL) will merge with Toshiba’s iridium-saving MEA technology, enabling a remarkable 90% reduction in iridium usage. This reduction will ensure a more stable MEA supply, fostering the expansion of green hydrogen production.

Bekaert will commercialize MEA production leveraging its global network and manufacturing base in Belgium. Toshiba will license its iridium-saving MEA technology to Bekaert while focusing on further enhancing technical performance.

The agreement covers global operations, except for Japan-related projects, which will be addressed separately.  Sustainability technologies

Inge Schildermans, Senior Vice-President of Bekaert’s Energy Transition business, expressed enthusiasm for partnering with Toshiba to industrialize and commercialize the innovative PEM MEA technology. Shigehiro Kawahara, Vice-President of Toshiba ESS, believes their collaboration will effectively meet the surging demand for green hydrogen and contribute significantly to realizing a green hydrogen society.

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ColossusTex introduces a groundbreaking graphene yarn to the market

ColossusTex, an Indian textile supply chain firm, has introduced an innovative graphene yarn with a host of remarkable features.

This new yarn exhibits a remarkable antibacterial efficacy of 99%, effectively eliminating odors and reducing the risk of skin ailments. Moreover, it incorporates far-infrared healthcare technology, fostering microcirculation on the skin’s surface, enhancing blood flow, and augmenting cellular metabolism. Sustainability technologies

Offered in various polymers such as Polyester Filament, Nylon Filament, and Cotton Nylon Blends, the Graphene Yarn provides versatile solutions for diverse applications.

Rohit Dev Sethi, Managing Director of ColossusTex, expressed his excitement about the product launch, emphasizing its pioneering nature and contribution to sustainability. He remarked, “ColossusTex’s Graphene Yarn represents a significant leap forward in innovation and sustainability. We are excited to introduce this groundbreaking product, which underscores our commitment to pushing boundaries.

These advancements reflect our dedication to future-proofing businesses, ensuring sustainability, and delivering substantial returns on investments through tailored and pioneering approaches.”  Sustainability technologies

ColossusTex introduces a groundbreaking graphene yarn to the market

Reliance partners with Elephant House, a top Sri Lankan brand

Reliance Consumer Products Limited (RCPL), a subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures Limited (RRVL), has entered a partnership with Sri Lanka’s Elephant House to produce, distribute, and sell Elephant House beverages in India. This collaboration expands RCPL’s beverage portfolio, including esteemed brands like Campa, Sosyo, and Raskik, offering Indian consumers new products and value.

Elephant House, owned by Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s John Keells Holdings PLC, produces a variety of beverages under its brand, including Necto, Cream Soda, and Ginger Beer. Sustainability technologies

Ketan Mody, COO of RCPL, expressed enthusiasm, citing Elephant House’s esteemed reputation and rich heritage. He highlighted the partnership’s goal of providing quality options to Indian consumers. Krishan Balendra, Chairperson of John Keells Group, echoed this sentiment, noting the significance of expanding into the Indian market and the commitment to offering high-quality beverages.

This partnership emphasizes both parties’ dedication to excellence and innovation, leveraging synergies to enhance market presence. RCPL aims to provide Indian consumers with a diverse portfolio of globally recognized brands and products of exceptional quality. The company’s FMCG portfolio includes renowned beverage brands like Campa and Sosyo Hajoori, confectionery lines such as Lotus Chocolates, and household staples under the Independence brand. Sustainability technologies

With a focus on multi-channel operations, RCPL is expanding its reach to diverse markets, solidifying its position in the industry.

Reliance partners with Elephant House, a top Sri Lankan brand

Many returned and unsold textiles end up destroyed in Europe

Textile consumption in Europe causes significant pressures on the environment and climate.

Part of these pressures comes from returned and unsold textiles that are destroyed and never used for their intended purpose. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing looks at the issue and estimates the share of returned and unsold textiles that are destroyed in Europe and options to address this challenge.  Sustainability technologies

The EEA briefing ‘The destruction of returned and unsold textiles in Europe’s circular economy’ provides an overview of existing knowledge on returned and unsold textiles in Europe. The briefing is underpinned by a technical report by the EEA’s European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use.

Although data is scattered, best available evidence suggests that around 4-9% of all textile products put on the European market are destroyed without ever being used for their intended purpose. According to the EEA briefing, processing and destructing returned or unsold textiles can be estimated to be responsible for up to 5.6 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, a figure that is slightly lower than Sweden’s net emissions in 2021.  Sustainability technologies

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After Oronoco recycling center fire, are lithium-ion batteries a growing hazard?

The fire department spent six hours fighting the blaze and used 120,000 gallons of water, the equivalent of battling a structure fire in the middle of town

Jeremiah Watson sees some positives from the fire that broke out at his family-owned recycling center on Feb. 26.

No one was hurt. None of the business’ facilities or equipment was damaged. The wind pushed the fire in the most advantageous direction. And the fire occurred when workers were on site, not at night when a fire might have gone unnoticed for hours.

That said, a lot went wrong.  Sustainability technologies

The recycling center does not take lithium-ion batteries, which — despite no battery remains being recovered — both Watson and Pine Island Fire Chief Brandon Sather agree was the cause of the fire.

And the battery that did make its way into Watson Recycling on the south side of Oronoco, Minnesota, became damaged or stressed in a way that caused it to start the Monday morning blaze in the middle of a pile of scrap metal.

“It was a spontaneous event, which is typical of lithium-ion batteries when they start fires,” Watson said.  Sustainability technologies

A growing concern

These batteries, which are now showing up in more and more devices, tools and vehicles, are a growing concern for both public safety and environmental safety.

“Because those lithium-ion batteries are in everything, we need help from our customers,” Watson said. “If they know an item has a battery, we ask if they can remove that battery first.”

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Pyrolysis catalysts – Indorama Ventures undergoes a restructuring of its operations 06-03-2024

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Indorama Ventures undergoes a restructuring of its operations

Indorama Ventures (IVL), a leading polyester producer, unveils its IVL 2.0 strategic plan aimed at cutting costs, enhancing capabilities, and boosting profitability amidst evolving global chemical markets. CEO Aloke Lohia underscores the necessity for restructuring due to persistent shifts in market dynamics.

Several factors hamper the group’s profitability, including excessive Chinese exports driven by weak domestic demand, low raw material costs in North America, and global economic and geopolitical challenges affecting consumption. Despite a 53% profit dip in the last fiscal year, Indorama Ventures benefits from operational integration, employing “make or buy” strategies to mitigate raw material price fluctuations.  Pyrolysis catalysts

The IVL 2.0 strategy accelerates the transformation initiated in 2021, prioritizing profitability recovery amid market uncertainties. The plan includes downsizing operations, enhancing shareholder value, and preparing for long-term demand normalization.

Key initiatives involve optimizing capital, improving cash flow, and reducing debt by $2.5 billion to approximately $4.3 billion by 2026. Operational improvements aim to generate $800 million in cash flow, supplemented by $1.7 billion from strategic interventions like divestments and listings.  Pyrolysis catalysts

Resource optimization targets an operating rate increase from 74% to 89% over three years by reallocating capacity to cost-efficient structures. Project Olympus 2.0 seeks $450 million in efficiency gains by 2026. Non-core asset sales are projected to yield around $1.3 billion.

Indorama Ventures plans to leverage sustainability innovations to add $350 million in value annually. Already, restructuring efforts include renaming the oxides and derivatives business to Indovinya and reorganizing chemical intermediates under the Combined PET segment.  Pyrolysis catalysts

Asset optimization involves a non-monetary write-down of $308 million for the Corpus Christi plant, reflecting the challenging economic climate. Indorama Ventures remains committed to agile strategies to navigate market volatility and ensure long-term success.

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Mr. Aloke Lohia CEO Indorama Ventures

PET Enters March 2024 on a Stable Note in Europe and USA, Outlook Seems Bullish

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) price experiences a contradictory trend for the US and European market during early March 2024. In the US market, PET price remained stable during the first week of March 2024, due to the balanced supply chain and uninterrupted operation while market took a growth of around 4.5% in February 2024, attributed to the significant factors from feedstock shortage and logistics interruption. Eventually, PET prices marked stable price during first week of March 2024, However, Alpek Polyester USA, has announced to increase the PET price by around USD 110/MT, in effect from 1st March 2024, owing to the complexities from the upstream and logistics factors, that has been a complex factor in the import.  Pyrolysis catalysts

In recent months, the PET market has experienced a shortage of its feedstock i.e. Mono Ethylene Glycol, driven by the shutdown of manufacturing units or reduction in the operation capacities, due to the unfavorable climate conditions. The shortage of MEG (raw material for PET) coupled with the fluctuation in crude oil prices and geological tensions forced the key players to increase the price, including Indorama Ventures and MEGlobal.

European market has experienced the same trend for PET prices, In the first week of March 2024, the price escalated by around 1.2% in Germany while in previous month, price rose by 5.8% on month-on-month basis. This is attributed to the intense feedstock price and supply chain disturbance. Concurrently, the downstream market has lackluster demand during recent months that is why commodity prices hold price stability from the last multiple weeks. Pyrolysis catalysts

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SK Ecoplant and CSCEC have joined forces to construct a $2 billion green hydrogen project in Egyp

SK Ecoplant and China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) are joining forces to construct a $2 billion green hydrogen and green ammonia production plant within the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) in Egypt. This collaborative effort aims to have the facility fully operational by 2029, as announced by SK Ecoplant.

The project will leverage 778 MWs of renewable energy, including 500 MW of solar energy and 278 MW of onshore wind energy.

These renewable sources will facilitate the annual production of 50k tons of green hydrogen and 250k tons of green ammonia.  Pyrolysis catalysts

Upon allocation of land by the Egyptian government, SK Ecoplant and CSCEC will initiate feasibility studies to determine the project’s scale and timeline. This venture aligns with Egypt’s broader initiative, as the government recently signed seven agreements with international developers to implement green hydrogen and renewable energy projects in the SCZone over the next decade, with a total investment exceeding $40 billion.

Hala El Said, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, disclosed that the pilot phase alone will secure investments of $12 billion, while the first phase will attract around $29 billion. This collaborative endeavor underscores the commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions and economic development in Egypt’s strategic economic zone. Pyrolysis catalysts

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PTA Market in February 2024 Faces Turmoil Amidst Weak Downstream Demand

The UK market for PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) had volatility in February 2024 where the month began on an upward trajectory due to increased transportation costs and ended on a stable note due to low downstream demand dynamics.

The force majeure of Alpek UK, impacting 220,000 tonnes of annual production, has caused a short-term surge in inquiries for European PTA producers as UK buyers seek alternative sources. However, this was expected to be a temporary phenomenon where prices for PTA remained unchanged during the last week of February 2024 to settle at USD 927/MT, PTA FD Southampton, UK.  Pyrolysis catalysts

At Alpek’s Wilton facility (220kta), a hold period was necessary due to a PTA shortage brought on by the Red Sea delays. As per the market sources, it was revealed that Alpek had no choice but to shut down the plant for 30 days after experiencing production problems since restarting. Despite the initial supply hiccup, the bigger picture reveals a weak overall demand for PTA. Cautious buyers and slow downstream consumer demand limit the potential for sustained price increases which accounted for stability in the H2 of February 2024.

However, at the beginning of February, one factor influencing an upswing for the PTA market was the Red Sea crisis-related supply disruptions.  Pyrolysis catalysts

The prolonged crisis has delayed the arrival of import shipments from the Middle East and Asia, which directly affects the availability of PTA on the European market. While the current situation has tightened spot availability, restocking remains limited due to the weak underlying demand. Even though the immediate shutdown has caused a temporary disruption, the underlying market fundamentals point towards returning to a more stable pricing environment.

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Advancement of Green Ammonia Sees Multimillion-Dollar Capital Raise

Jupiter Ionics’ recent $9 million capital raise propels their electrochemical green ammonia technology, advancing a more sustainable approach to global food production and the energy transition. Traditional ammonia production, highly carbon-intensive, faces disruption as Jupiter Ionics pioneers electrolysis for potential zero-carbon emissions.

Green Ammonia’s versatility promises a low-carbon future, serving as fuel, supporting international shipping, and storing hydrogen. The funding targets scaling up a comprehensive system utilizing water, air, and renewable energy to produce ammonia efficiently.  Pyrolysis catalysts

CEO Dr. Charlie Day welcomes new investors – Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, CIMIC Group, and Breakthrough Victoria – alongside original backers. Their support amplifies efforts toward a net-zero future by integrating technology into larger prototypes and expediting market entry.

CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Juan Santamaria emphasizes the significance of carbon-neutral ammonia for transport and renewable energy export, underlining the capital raise’s role in commercializing Jupiter Ionics’ electrochemical technology.

Alastair Hick, Monash University CCO and Jupiter Board member, highlights the urgency of scaling up green ammonia production, noting Jupiter Ionics’ global impact potential.

Grant Dooley, CEO of Breakthrough Victoria, echoes this sentiment, expressing enthusiasm for investing in sustainable ammonia production to decarbonize agricultural systems and bolster Australian sovereignty.  Pyrolysis catalysts

This investment follows Jupiter Ionics’ recognition by prestigious international bodies like the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Nature Awards spinoff prize, affirming their technological prowess and global relevance.

Advancement of Green Ammonia Sees Multimillion-Dollar Capital Raise

Upcycling polyethylene into thermoplastic polyurethane

A groundbreaking plastics-recycling venture is underway in India with the inauguration of a pioneering pilot plant. Novoloop, based in Menlo Park, California, in collaboration with Aether Industries of Gujarat, India, is spearheading the development of an innovative pilot facility to upscale Novoloop’s Lifecycling technology. This technology represents a breakthrough in industrial processes as it transforms polyethylene (PE) waste into thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) through controlled oxidation, a process diagrammed here. By oxidizing PE waste, Lifecycling yields diacid monomers that can substitute fossil-based adipic acid conventionally used in TPU production.  Pyrolysis catalysts

According to Jennifer Le Roy, Novoloop’s chief technology officer, Lifecycling offers a superior alternative to pyrolysis, producing higher-value products within the petrochemical value chain rather than just oils for displacing fossil-fuel feedstocks. The scale-up initiative primarily targets various post-consumer PE waste sources, including challenging streams like heavily degraded and oxidized films, unsuitable for mechanical recycling or pyrolysis.

The versatility of the diacid monomers extends beyond TPU, finding utility in polyesters, polyamides, and other high-performance materials. By the close of 2024, Novoloop anticipates the pilot plant reaching a plastics-processing capacity of approximately 70 metric tons per year (m.t./yr).  Pyrolysis catalysts

Nedim Hasanbegovic, Novoloop’s vice president of engineering, sees the integrated pilot plant as a significant stride towards commercial viability, marking a pivotal phase towards continuous, full-scale production.

Upcycling polyethylene into thermoplastic polyurethane

Five factors to watch in US and Asian recycling

Following on the heels of Will Collins and Chloe Kinner’s plastic recycling blog (Five things to watch out for in Europe in 2024), Argus’ US and Asian plastic recycling experts outline some of the key issues to watch in their regions in the year to come. 

New Jersey recycled content mandates

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) continues to be the fastest-moving legislation in the US for plastics recycling. Several states are considering new EPR schemes, although it’s been quite a few months since the latest EPR bill passed into law in Maryland. But a new law mandating recycled content in plastic packaging in New Jersey may be of particular interest for recyclers this year.  Pyrolysis catalysts

New Jersey on 18 January introduced a 10pc minimum recycled content requirement for rigid plastic containers and 15pc for plastic beverage bottles, becoming the first east coast state, and the third overall after Washington and California, to have such legislation. New Jersey’s is the first mandate to extend beyond beverage containers and waste disposal bags to include rigid plastic containers.

Three of 50 states is a small percentage, although they are home to more than 15pc of the US population, and there is no sign of a nationally binding requirement to use recycled plastic at this stage. But the laws may have an impact outside of their immediate jurisdiction, with companies likely to align their regional or even national supply chains to the strictest legislation to streamline their operations. It will be interesting to see what impact the New Jersey legislation has on recyclate demand – for rPET and recycled polyolefins – during this year.  Pyrolysis catalysts

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Catalysis R&D Agreement Between Maire and Polimi

Maire’s subsidiary NextChem and the Energy Department of Polytechnic University of Milan (Polimi) have inked a five-year pact focusing on crafting groundbreaking catalysts for eco-friendly chemistry and the shift towards sustainable energy. Spearheaded by Professor Isabella Nova, the collaboration delves into innovative catalyst research, process modeling, and reactor geometry.

NextChem, a part of the Italian Maire conglomerate, aims to fortify its role in the energy transition and sustainable chemistry domain through this alliance. rPET granules

Catalysts, pivotal in expediting chemical reactions by lowering activation energy barriers, hold paramount importance in this endeavor, constituting 90% of chemical processes.

This initiative not only underscores NextChem’s commitment but also seeks to harness the brightest minds via synergies between academia and industry. It builds upon existing collaborations, such as the Chemical Projects Engineering and Management chair established in 2017.

For Maire’s CEO Alessandro Bernini, this agreement signifies a renewed and reinforced bond between the conglomerate and Polimi.

He emphasizes the historical connection, tracing back to Giulio Natta’s Nobel-winning studies on polypropylene, as emblematic of fruitful industry-academia collaboration fostering innovative solutions for the future.  rPET granules

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Itelyum and Plasta Rei revolutionize recycling, turning food packaging into rPET granules

Itelyum and Plasta Rei have pioneered a revolutionary approach to recycling, converting food packaging waste into top-tier rPET granules, thus advancing environmental sustainability significantly. Collaborating, Itelyum, a division of Stirling Square Private Capital, and Plasta Rei, an expert in recycling technology, aim to redefine the standard for recycling food packaging waste, producing 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) granules. This partnership not only signifies a remarkable technological leap but also a crucial step toward sustainability.  rPET granules

Revolutionizing Recycling Plasta Rei’s chemical recycling process retrieves over 95% of PET waste, generating high-quality rPET granules that maintain their integrity through multiple recycling cycles, in contrast to traditional mechanical methods. The resulting rPET matches virgin PET in quality, revolutionizing recycling and offering sustainable packaging options.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability By converting food packaging waste into virgin-like rPET granules, the collaboration reduces reliance on virgin plastics, curbing plastic pollution and preserving petroleum resources. Studies underline the environmental sustainability of PET depolymerization, emphasizing its potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin fiber production. rPET granules

Advancing Towards a Circular Economy This innovation not only marks a technological breakthrough but also propels the plastics industry towards a circular economy. Enabling endless recycling of PET without quality loss, Itelyum and Plasta Rei set new benchmarks for sustainability and resource efficiency, showcasing the power of collaboration and innovation in fostering a more sustainable future.

Amid global concerns about plastic waste and environmental harm, Itelyum and Plasta Rei offer hope by transforming food packaging waste into high-quality, endlessly recyclable rPET granules. Their success demonstrates the promise of chemical recycling and sustainable practices, marking a significant milestone in the journey towards a circular plastics economy, where plastic waste becomes a valuable resource rather than a pollutant. rPET granules

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Freudenberg, a leading manufacturer of high-performance materials, introduces a new line of 100% synthetic wetlaid nonwovens made in Germany

These materials, incorporating various polymer-based fibers including ultra-fine micro-fibers, are tailored for filtration and industrial applications. They complement Freudenberg’s existing wetlaid capabilities.

The fully synthetic wetlaid nonwovens are ideal for liquid and air filtration, including support for reverse osmosis membranes, nanofibers, PTFE membranes, and oil filtration. They find use in construction, composites, and other industries. rPET granules

Marketeted under the Filtura® brand, these materials offer versatility and flexibility. They can be composed of polyester, polyolefin, polyamide, and polyvinyl alcohol fibers, with weights ranging from 8g/m² to 250g/m² and fiber lengths up to 12mm. Freudenberg’s manufacturing line combines various bonding technologies, ensuring precise weight, thickness, pore size, and porosity.

Freudenberg’s wetlaid capabilities extend beyond synthetics, incorporating glass fibers, viscose, and cellulose.

Applications range from surfacing veils in glass-fiber reinforced plastics to battery separators, acoustics, and apparel substrates. rPET granules

Freudenberg’s innovative wetlaid nonwovens cater to diverse filtration and industrial needs, offering reliability and performance across a wide spectrum of applications.

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Amut: The World’s One-of-a-Kind Recycling Trio

AMUT, a pioneer in recycling technology, has achieved a remarkable feat in Australia with its involvement in three groundbreaking projects: Duet, Choir, and Symphony under the Circular Plastics Australia initiative. This trio of projects marks a unique achievement globally, showcasing AMUT’s expertise in advanced recycling technologies.

The collaboration between AMUT and Circular Plastics Australia, comprising Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management, Asahi Beverages, and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), resulted in the establishment of state-of-the-art recycling plants in Albury and Melbourne. These plants aim to recycle approximately 60,000 tonnes of post-consumer plastic packaging annually, converting them into high-quality resins suitable for various applications, including food packaging.  rPET granules

Duet and Symphony focus on sorting and washing PET bottles, while Choir targets HDPE and PP materials. The success of these projects is evident, with Duet exceeding its initial output expectations within a year of operation.

Symphony, inaugurated in the presence of government officials, including Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek and Victorian Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos, is the largest plastic recycling facility in Victoria. With cutting-edge equipment, Symphony can process up to 20,000 tonnes of recycled PET resin annually, contributing significantly to the circular economy by converting PET bottles into high-value food-grade pellets.

AMUT’s washing lines ensure the purity of recycled flakes while minimizing operational costs and environmental impact, aligning with the global push towards circularity and climate change mitigation.  rPET granules

This success further solidifies AMUT’s position as a leader in recycling technology, garnering recognition and trust from customers worldwide.

Amut: The World's One-of-a-Kind Recycling Trio

Avient Corporation, a leading provider of specialized sustainable materials solutions, is thrilled to announce an expansion of its Gravi-Tech REC Recycled Formulations lineup

This new grade incorporates up to 60% ocean-bound plastic waste, alongside recycled fillers, resulting in a remarkable 98% recycled content. Specifically engineered for luxury packaging caps and closures, this innovative material offers enhanced design flexibility and more efficient processing compared to traditional metal options.

Introduced in early 2023, Avient’s Gravi-Tech REC recycled formulations provide density-modified engineered polymer materials with recycled content, offering a sustainable alternative to prime or virgin polymers.  rPET granules

This new grade, Gravi-Tech REC GT5200-5089 C I natural, utilizes up to 60% Social Plastic polymer resin material sourced from Plastic Bank, significantly reducing the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) by over 70% compared to virgin material.

Matt Mitchell, Director of Global Marketing at Avient, emphasized the dual impact of this advancement: not only does it drive material innovation, but it also contributes to social good by addressing plastic waste while supporting vulnerable communities through Plastic Bank’s initiatives.

Gravi-Tech REC formulations boast diverse visual effects suitable for luxury packaging applications like cosmetic and perfume caps, spirit bottle caps, and luxury boxes. Manufactured in Europe, the new Gravi-Tech REC GT5200-5089 C grade is commercially available, with additional food contact-compliant options within the broader Gravi-Tech REC portfolio.  rPET granules

Avient’s commitment to environmental sustainability and positive social impact is evident through its integration of recycled materials and ongoing pursuit of sustainable alternatives, showcasing a dedication to advancing both industry standards and global responsibility.

 Avient Corporation, a leading provider of specialized sustainable materials solutions, is thrilled to announce an expansion of its Gravi-Tech REC Recycled Formulations lineup

Rice University researchers and collaborators have devised an innovative method to address the challenge of managing glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) waste

GFRP, widely used in applications like windmill blades and aircraft parts, poses disposal difficulties due to its durability. Traditional disposal methods, such as incineration or solvolysis, are inefficient and environmentally harmful.

To tackle this issue, the team developed an energy-efficient upcycling process. By grinding GFRP into a mixture of plastic and carbon and subjecting it to high voltage, they transformed it into silicon carbide, a valuable semiconductor material. This process, known as flash Joule heating, involves heating the mixture to temperatures between 1,600-2,900 degrees Celsius.  rPET granules

The upcycling method not only converts GFRP waste into useful silicon carbide but also offers economic and environmental advantages over conventional disposal techniques. It eliminates the need for resource-intensive methods like incineration and minimizes toxic gas emissions.

The resulting silicon carbide can be utilized in various applications, including battery anodes, due to its superior performance characteristics. The proof-of-concept tests conducted by the research team have shown promising results, paving the way for wider adoption of this upcycling approach.  rPET granules

By transforming GFRP waste into a valuable resource, this method supports the principles of a circular economy. It demonstrates the potential to repurpose waste from diverse applications into new, beneficial products, contributing to sustainability efforts and resource conservation.

Rice University researchers and collaborators have devised an innovative method to address the challenge of managing glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) waste

In 2022, there was a reduction of 19 kilograms per person in municipal waste

In 2022, the European Union saw a reduction in municipal waste production, with each person generating an average of 513 kg, marking a decrease of 19 kg or 4% compared to the previous year’s figure of 532 kg. However, this remained 46 kg higher than the levels recorded in 1995, which stood at 467 kg per person.

There were significant disparities in municipal waste generation across EU member states. Citizens of Austria (827 kg per person), Denmark (787 kg), and Luxembourg (720 kg) produced the highest amounts, while Romania (301 kg), Poland (364 kg), and Estonia (373 kg) had the lowest figures.  rPET granules

These variations reflect diverse consumption patterns, economic conditions, and waste management practices across countries. Differences exist in how nations handle waste from households, commerce, trade, and administration.

Regarding recycling, the EU’s average stood at 249 kg per person in 2022, down from 264 kg per person in 2021. Austria (516 kg), Denmark (411 kg), and Germany (409 kg) were the top performers in terms of recycled waste per person, while Romania (36 kg), Malta (75 kg), and Greece (90 kg) recorded the lowest amounts.

Data Source: Eurostat

In 2022, there was a reduction of 19 kilograms per person in municipal waste

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R-PET Bottles – On Its Journey To Make Clothing That Leaves No Trace, The North Face Taps the BOTTLE Consortium To Scale Biodegradable Polyester Alternative 04-03-2024

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  • Polymers : PET – r-PET – Filament grade semidull chips -Filament grade bright chips – Ny6 – Ny66 – PP
  • Feedstocks  PX – PTA – MEG – CPL – Adipic Acid – Benzene – ACN – Ethylene – Phenol – Naphtha
  • Textile : Polyester POY – DTY – FDY – PSF – Recycled Polyester POY – Nylon POY – DTY – FDY Spandex 20-30-40 -Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  Acrylic Staple Fiber 

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 905 $/ton 905 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 6,950 yuan/ton 6,920 yuan/ton -30
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 6,960 yuan/ton 6,930 yuan/ton -30
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 5,870 yuan/ton 5,920 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 725 $/ton 735 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,635 yuan/ton 4,550 yuan/ton
-85
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 545 $/ton 535 $/ton -10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,037 $/ton 1,026 $/ton
-11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,015 $/ton 1,004 $/ton -11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,150 $/7on 1,130 $/ton -20
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,850  yuan/ton 7,875 yuan/ton
+25
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,050 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,200 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

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8,480 yuan/ton 8,480 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,370 yuan/ton 7,400 yuan/ton +30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,850 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton
-450
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,700 $/ton 1,700 $/ton
Nylon 6 chips overseas  market 1,920 $/ton 1,975 $/ton +55
Nylon 6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,950 yuan/ton 14,500  yuan/ton -450
Nylon 6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,100 yuan/ton -200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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21,500 yuan/ton 22,000 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,400 yuan/ton 17,300 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,650 yuan/ton 19,500 yuan/ton- -150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  marke 34,400 yuan/ton 34,400 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 32,900 yuan/ton 32,900 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market  29,900 yuan/ton 29,900 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market

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10,150 yuan/ton 10,000 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market 8,480 yuan/ton 8,400 yuan/ton -80
Benzene overseas  market 1,056 $/ton 996 $/ton -60
Ethylene South East market 970 $/ton 1,010 $/ton +40
Ethylene NWE market CIF 898 $/ton 952 $/ton +54
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 9,600 yuan/ton +400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,200 $/ton 1,200 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

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14,600 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 13,400 yuan/ton 13,400 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  686 $/ton 688 $/ton +2
Phenol domestic market 7,887 yuan/ton 7,660 yuan/ton -227

r-PET high end eco-friendly chips =7,900 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton   +450

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Europe, UK, Australia export record plastic waste to Asia

Europe, the UK, and Australia witnessed unprecedented levels of plastic waste exports to Asia in 2023, following the European Union’s decision to prohibit such exports to non-OECD nations. Data compiled by Plastic Waste Trade Watch reveals a 45% surge in Europe’s plastic waste exports to Asia from the previous year. The total European Union exports to non-OECD countries escalated to 750 million kg in 2023, marking a substantial increase from 517 million kg in 2022, representing the highest level since China enforced the National Sword policy in 2018. R-PET Bottles

The European Parliament’s recent vote in favor of banning plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries, anticipated to be enacted by 2027, underscores the urgency of addressing this issue. Despite an overall increase in exports to all destinations, Turkey remained the primary recipient of Europe’s plastic waste, although there was a slight decrease in exports. Among non-OECD countries, Malaysia and Vietnam saw significant rises in plastic waste imports from Europe.

Similarly, the United Kingdom experienced a notable increase in plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries, reaching 77 million kg in 2023, up from 47 million kg in 2022. Australia also saw a 13% surge in its plastic waste exports to non-OECD nations.

Meanwhile, Japan continued its trend of exporting significant quantities of plastic waste to other parts of Asia, particularly notable in November 2023. Conversely, the United States saw a slight decrease in plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries in 2023, indicating a potential shift in global waste management practices.  R-PET Bottles

Europe, UK, Australia export record plastic waste to Asia

On Its Journey To Make Clothing That Leaves No Trace, The North Face Taps the BOTTLE Consortium To Scale Biodegradable Polyester Alternative

BOTTLE Researchers To Determine Whether Novel PHA Fibers Are Fit for Outdoor Apparel That Is Easy To Recycle and Limits Long-Term Microplastic Pollution


When worn, washed, and dried, clothing sheds—dispersing tiny fibers throughout homes, soils, and waterways that can take centuries to degrade.

These fibers, often made of polyester and often too small to see, are a major—if invisible—source of microplastic pollution. By some estimates, fibers from polyester clothing account for nearly half of all microplastics in the natural environment, exacerbating a growing environmental and public health hazard.  R-PET Bottles

Preventing clothes from shedding may be impractical, if not impossible. But according to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) polymer scientist Katrina Knauer, a better solution is emerging that could address the challenge at its source: replace today’s petroleum-derived polyester with a nontoxic, biodegradable alternative made from PHAs, short for “polyhydroxyalkanoates.”

“PHAs have been found to be very compatible with tissues in the human body as therapeutics,” said Knauer, who is the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) consortium. “PHAs can also break down naturally without a highly controlled, composting environment.”

Already, BOTTLE scientists—including a team from NREL and Colorado State University—have developed a portfolio of PHAs with different properties, including some that behave like conventional polyester but are biobased, biodegradable, and easier to recycle.  R-PET Bottles

Now, in conjunction with The North Face, that team is bringing those sustainable materials into the outdoor apparel industry. Over the next 12 months, BOTTLE will scale the process to produce several pounds of PHA fiber, which The North Face will test and evaluate for use in its product lines.

BOTTLE Tailors PHAs for Textiles

Just a few years ago, research was inconclusive on whether making textiles from PHA was possible. Early production methods worked by extracting PHA from a bacterial synthesis, many of which naturally produce the polymer as they digest plant-derived products like glucose and fatty acids. However noteworthy at the time, that method made it difficult for scientists to control the resulting backbone and properties of the PHA.  R-PET Bottles

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Carbios and Landbell Group partner to boost PET waste circularity at pioneering biorecycling facility

Carbios, a frontrunner in advancing biological technologies for plastic and textile lifecycle reinvention, and Landbell Group, a global leader managing over 40 producer responsibility organizations (PROs) and offering closed-loop recycling solutions, have inked a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement focuses on sourcing, preparing, and recycling post-consumer PET waste using Carbios’ biorecycling tech at its inaugural commercial facility in Longlaville, France, set to launch in 2026.

Leveraging Landbell Group’s expertise and network, the partnership will streamline the procurement of PET packaging and textile waste for biorecycling. Carbios’ specialized enzyme minimizes sorting and washing needs, promising energy and water savings compared to existing recycling methods. PET waste circularity

Commencing 2026, Landbell Group commits to supplying 15 kt/year of PET flakes to Carbios, ensuring a steady sustainable PET production flow. These flakes will serve as crucial raw materials for food-grade PTA and MEG production, later repolymerized into PET.

With Landbell Group in Germany and partnerships with Indorama Ventures and Citeo in France, Carbios aims to secure over 70% of its required feedstock for the 50kt/year capacity at full operation. Situated near Belgium, Germany, and Luxembourg borders, the Longlaville plant strategically taps into nearby waste supplies. PET waste circularity

This collaboration aligns with Landbell Group’s mission to divert problematic PET fractions like multilayered trays and polyester textile waste towards recycling, bolstering their commitment to pioneering circular economy solutions.

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LLDPE Prices Hike in Europe and USA: Supply Shortages and High Demand Drive Surge

During the initial half of February 2024, there was a significant increase in the prices of Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) observed both in Europe and the United States. This escalation predominantly stemmed from supply shortages and heightened market demand. In Europe, constrained supplies exacerbated by delayed cargo arrivals drove the price surge, while in the US, increased demand from sectors such as construction and packaging propelled LLDPE prices upward. Further, the escalating costs of feedstocks Ethylene, along with upstream Naphtha and Crude oil, significantly impacted production expenses for LLDPE in both regions, intensifying the upward pressure on prices. Furthermore, disturbances in crucial pathways such as the Panama Canal and the Red Sea also played a role in increasing market instability during this timeframe, exerting added pressure on pricing trends.  PET waste circularity

During this timeframe, the demand for LLDPE in the US market experienced a robust upward trend, resulting in sustained price hikes, notably a 6% increase for Film Butene-based grade FOB Texas (USA). Trading remained brisk, with participants actively engaged in spot market transactions due to limited availability. The upward trajectory of LLDPE prices was propelled by rising costs of Ethylene and Naphtha, exerting additional pressure on product expenses. Moreover, heightened export demand, driven by ongoing logistical hurdles, enabled producers to command higher prices for their products. This surge in export activity facilitated the reduction of excess resin in the domestic market, leading to tighter domestic supplies and subsequent increases in domestic LLDPE costs. These price escalations align with anticipated patterns, as international LLDPE prices surged with rising freight costs. The recent uptick in LLDPE spot prices has supported producers to advocate for another price hike in February, building on a successful increase implemented in January.  PET waste circularity

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has acquired a 24.9% stake in OMV, a significant move indicating a potential merger with Borealis and Borouge

Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals Holding Company (Mubadala) sold its stake to Adnoc, while Österreichische Beteiligungs (ÖBAG) retains 31.5%, and the rest is publicly traded.

Financial specifics weren’t disclosed, but Adnoc plans to nominate two members to OMV’s Supervisory Board. This acquisition sets the stage for merging Borealis and Borouge, both prominent in the polyolefins sector.  PET waste cir cularity

Adnoc and OMV are in discussions to establish a new petrochemical holding company, leveraging their combined holdings in Borouge and Borealis.

Presently, OMV owns 75% of Borealis, while Adnoc owns 25%. Borouge is 54% owned by Adnoc, 36% by Borealis, with the rest publicly traded.

Borealis, a leading European polyolefins producer, reported €12.2 billion in sales and €2.1 billion in net profit in 2022, employing 6,900 globally.

Borouge, headquartered in Abu Dhabi and in its fourth expansion phase, is investing $6.2 billion to become the world’s foremost polyolefin production hub by 2025. Located in Ruwais, UAE, Borouge specializes in polyolefins and intermediates, with investments in a cracker and three polyethylene plants.  PET waste circularity

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has acquired a 24.9% stake in OMV, a significant move indicating a potential merger with Borealis and Borouge

Bosch Unveils Hydrogen Heat Engine: A Shift Away from Traditional Fuels

At the 2024 CES event in Las Vegas, Bosch introduced an innovative hydrogen-powered heat engine, marking a significant departure from conventional fuels.

The unveiling of Bosch’s hydrogen-powered heat engine at CES in Las Vegas surprised many, challenging preconceived notions about future automotive innovations.

Tanja Ruckert, a member of Bosch’s board of directors, emphasized the company’s commitment to exploring sustainable alternatives beyond traditional energy sources, particularly focusing on hydrogen.

Despite potential skepticism, Bosch is investing heavily in hydrogen technology, projecting investments of 2.5 billion euros between 2021 and 2026, with an anticipated revenue of 5 billion euros by 2030.  PET waste circularity

The hydrogen heat engine is poised to revolutionize the mobility sector, offering economic and environmental benefits by reducing pollution and increasing efficiency.

Bosch’s innovative internal combustion engine (ICE) utilizes hydrogen as a cleaner alternative to traditional fuels like diesel and petrol. The engine operates similarly to fossil fuel combustion but with hydrogen stored in a pressure tank and injected directly into the combustion chamber, leading to spontaneous ignition upon contact with air.

Key components developed by Bosch, including an optimized engine control system (ECU) and a lubrication-free hydrogen injector, enable the efficient operation of the hydrogen-powered heat engine.

Bosch’s commitment to zero emissions technology aligns with the company’s belief in hydrogen as a catalyst for accelerating the transition to eco-friendly transportation.

Electrification efforts, particularly in industrial vehicles, stand to benefit from hydrogen technology, offering a pathway to achieving emissions reduction targets in challenging sectors.  PET waste circularity

Bosch Unveils Hydrogen Heat Engine: A Shift Away from Traditional Fuels

The surge in US graphite prices stems from increased demand in the battery industry, both domestically and internationally

Major market players like Panasonic Energy and Syrah Resources have expanded graphite mining, aided by supportive government policies and financial backing. China’s dominance in global graphite production has led to supply constraints, affecting the US spot market and driving prices upward.

To counter supply shortages, the US government has initiated deals to boost graphite mining domestically and abroad. Westwater Resources, a US-based exploration company, has ramped up production at its processing plant in response to rising demand for battery anode materials. Regulatory measures, such as those related to electric vehicle (EV) batteries, further contribute to demand.  PET waste circularity

Nouveau Monde Graphite has secured significant investment and off-take agreements, reflecting growing interest in graphite for battery production. The shift towards renewable energy sources also bolsters the graphite market outlook.

ChemAnalyst predicts continued price increases in the graphite market, driven by ongoing demand from the battery industry. Demand for anode materials and electric vehicles is expected to remain strong, prompting suppliers to maintain high prices in the US spot market.

The surge in US graphite prices stems from increased demand in the battery industry, both domestically and internationally

Covestro is grappling with the challenges of low volumes and declining prices, echoing the struggles faced by other major players in the chemical industry amidst a daunting macroeconomic backdrop

In 2023, the company reported sales of €14.4 billion, marking a steep 20% drop from the previous year, with EBITDA standing at €1.1 billion, down by a third compared to 2022. Although there was a slight improvement, net profit remained negative, reducing from a loss of €272 million to €198 million.  PET waste circularity

Attributing these results to a harsh economic environment characterized by geopolitical tensions, a global recession, and soaring energy costs, particularly in Europe, Covestro’s CEO Markus Steilemann highlighted additional structural challenges, especially in Germany. The overall decline in demand across key sectors further dampened revenues.

Factors contributing to the decrease in turnover included reduced volumes (-6.8%), below-average sales prices (-11%), and currency fluctuations (-2.2%), while the portfolio remained unchanged.

Across different business segments, Performance Materials experienced a significant decline, with sales plummeting by 24% to €6.87 billion due to decreases in both volumes (-6.7%) and prices (-15.7%). In contrast, Solutions & Specialties managed to limit the decline to 15.1%, reaching €7.67 billion.  PET waste circularity

In response, Covestro is implementing measures outlined in its Sustainable Future plan, focusing on maximizing output from existing facilities, boosting sales volumes, optimizing capacity utilization, prioritizing high-margin demand, and prudent cost management. Through these efforts, the company aims to drive transformation and navigate the challenges ahead in 2024.

Covestro is grappling with the challenges of low volumes and declining prices, echoing the struggles faced by other major players in the chemical industry amidst a daunting macroeconomic backdrop

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Unifi Bottles Recycling – Brussels is deliberating the integration of mass balance into recycled content regulations for bottles, amid opposition from environmentalists advocating for stricter measures 02-03-2024

Unifi Bottles Recycling – Brussels is deliberating the integration of mass balance into recycled content regulations for bottles, amid opposition from environmentalists advocating for stricter measures 02-03-2024

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Brussels is deliberating the integration of mass balance into recycled content regulations for bottles, amid opposition from environmentalists advocating for stricter measures

In Europe, the discourse on chemical recycling hinges on mass balance, which allocates feedstocks from chemical recovery alongside traditional fossil raw materials in the petrochemical process. This method is crucial as certain feedstocks, like pyrolysis oil, are indistinguishable from fossil sources in the production process.

The allocation of circular “raw materials” through mass balance involves certified tracking to prevent fraud, ensuring accurate attribution without inflating feedstock volumes.

The current focus on mass balance stems from its potential to complement mechanical recycling in meeting regulatory demands, such as those outlined in directives on disposable articles and packaging waste. The aim is to include chemically recycled resin in content objectives, presently limited to mechanically recycled material.

Regarding the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, a proposed regulation addressing the calculation of recycled plastic content in bottles includes provisions for mass balance. This signals a potential role for chemical recycling with chain of custody in supplying regenerated material for bottles and closures.

Discussions persist regarding calculation methods, with options including “fuel-exempt” favored by industry and the more stringent “polymer-only” advocated by environmentalists.

Environmental groups argue for prioritizing segregation or controlled mixing over mass balance, particularly for non-mechanically recoverable plastic waste.

The draft regulation is subject to further debate and may undergo public consultation before review by the European Parliament, possibly within the current legislative term.

Brussels is deliberating the integration of mass balance into recycled content regulations for bottles, amid opposition from environmentalists advocating for stricter measures

Challenges in Supply and Demand Fundamentals Drive Fluctuations in R-PET Prices

The global Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (R-PET) market witnessed a surge due to strong market purchases and gradual depletion of inventory, apart from China, where Lunar New Year festivities-maintained prices at a steady level due to reduced purchasing activities during the holiday period. Southeast Asia demonstrated robust demand, although buyers remained cautious amid holiday-related closures. Globally, Food Grade FD Hamburg prices saw a modest 2.1% increase, primarily propelled by elevated clear bottle scrap costs. Meanwhile, in North America, R-PET Clear Flakes prices experienced a 1% rise fuelled by increased demand and disruptions in shipping. These market dynamics present pricing and environmental sustainability challenges.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

Following the established two-week pattern, R-PET prices in China maintained their stability for the third consecutive week, holding steady at USD 820/MT until the week ending on February 23rd. The Northeast Asian R-PET market continued to exhibit a subdued trend particularly in China, primarily influenced by the aftermath of the post-Lunar New Year holidays. Conversely, Southeast Asia displayed robust demand, yet prices remained resilient. Many buyers exercised caution, refraining from committing to definitive bids, especially as downstream production facilities underwent closures during the holiday period. In China, the stability in prices demonstrated resilience with minimal fluctuations, attributed to both subdued demand and heightened ocean freight charges. This unwavering stability persisted due to a combination of factors, including the absence of substantial demand and the impact of increased ocean freight charges. Challenges faced by exports due to these factors were further compounded by limitations in container availability.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

Simultaneously, Food Grade FD Hamburg prices of R-PET experienced a modest increase with narrowing profit margin among the significant manufacturers.

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Unifi is striving to expand its line of products made from recycled materials

Unifi, a textile manufacturer headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, saw its recycled-content fiber line contribute 30% to its revenue in 2023, with an ambitious goal to elevate this to 50% by 2025. With the release of its 2023 sustainability report, the company announced a new target: recycling the equivalent of 1.5 billion T-shirts worth of textile and yarn by 2030.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

In pursuit of its 2025 objectives, which include recycling 50 billion plastic bottles and having the REPREVE fiber line constitute over 50% of revenue, Unifi reported steady progress. By 2023, 38 billion plastic bottles had been recycled, and the REPREVE fiber accounted for 30% of revenue, indicating alignment with its trajectory.

The REPREVE line, which comprised 36% of revenue in fiscal 2022 and 37% in fiscal 2021, exemplifies Unifi’s commitment to sustainability.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

The company recycles commercial pre-consumer textile material and internal yarn, transforming them into products like REPREVE polyester, REPREVE powered by Textile Takeback, and REPREVE nylon.

Unifi’s Textile Takeback program epitomizes its dedication to minimizing waste, repurposing fabric production waste into raw materials. The report underscored Unifi’s ethos of eschewing waste within its own processes and extending this mindset to benefit the broader industry.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

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RePurpose Global and Vital Pet Life collaborate on ocean-bound plastic waste

Vital Pet Life has forged a strategic alliance with rePurpose Global, an organization dedicated to combating plastic pollution by empowering marginalized waste workers worldwide. Under the umbrella of rePurpose’s Impact Guarantee program, Vital Pet Life pledges to finance the removal of 18 grams of ocean-bound plastic for every bottle it sells.

This initiative, dubbed Project Laut Yang Tenang by Vital Pet Life, targets the prevention of ocean-bound plastic from reaching Indonesia’s shores, safeguarding the country’s ecosystems and biodiversity. The project specifically addresses the recycling of flexible low and high-density polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE) plastics, often overlooked by local waste collectors due to their minimal market value.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

Donie Yamamoto, CEO and founder of Vital Pet Life, emphasized the pressing need for proactive measures in the face of escalating climate change. Through this collaboration, the partners aim to confront the global plastic crisis head-on, while also enlightening their customers about the company’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. By intertwining environmental stewardship with business practices, Vital Pet Life and rePurpose Global aspire to effect tangible change while fostering awareness among their clientele.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

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Piaggio Aero progressing with EU hydrogen initiative

Piaggio Aerospace advances in the European Alright2t initiative, receiving 10 million euros from the EU Commission to promote sustainable airport operations. The project spans four years and focuses on using liquid hydrogen for aircraft refueling to accelerate aviation decarbonization.

Piaggio Aero’s role centers on developing technical specifications and safety protocols for direct refueling. Testing involves installing a liquid hydrogen tank and refueling interface on a P.180 Avanti aircraft.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

Alright2t includes test campaigns at Milan Malpensa airport (with Piaggio Aero’s involvement) and another in a Parisian airport, aiming to replace a tank filled separately.

The project comprises 20 international partners, contributing expertise in aeronautics and liquid hydrogen production, distribution, and utilization. Italian entities like Enea, Digisky, Sea, and Atena coordinate alongside renowned organizations such as the Austrian Institute of Technology, Technical University of Munich, and Linde.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

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As BRICS navigates the evolving global economic landscape, its trade, investment, and finance progress underscores its significance as a transformative force

In the current global economic landscape, the trajectory of multilateral institutions is undergoing a pivotal shift, and the BRICS alliance is a crucial player in this transformation. As we delve into the realms of trade, investment, and finance within BRICS, we find ourselves navigating the complexities of an ever-evolving geo-economic and geopolitical paradigm.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

The origins of the BRICS initiative can be traced back to the early 2000s when Brazil, Russia, India, and China formed a loose consortium known as BRIC. However, in 2009, South Africa’s inclusion solidified the alliance. The primary impetus behind this collaboration was a response to the shifting dynamics of the global economic landscape. A key driving force was the call for a more democratic and transparent decision-making process within international financial organisations, mainly focusing on affording emerging and developing economies a more influential voice.

The primary impetus behind this collaboration was a response to the shifting dynamics of the global economic landscape.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

BRICS has evolved into a unified and purposive entity, championing the cause of reforms in major multilateral institutions with a clear intention of democratising global governance. A pivotal milestone in this trajectory was the establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) in 2013. Endowed with an initial capital of US$50 billion, the NDB was conceived as a credible alternative to existing financial institutions, reflecting the group’s determination to challenge and reform the global economic landscape. The NDB, headquartered in Shanghai, has significantly increased its disbursements, catalysing infrastructure, and sustainable development across four continents. The equitable distribution of the initial subscribed capital among BRICS members underscores the commitment to collective action.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

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The fiscal year 2023 proved to be challenging for Sabic, the Saudi-based petrochemical giant, as global market conditions took a toll on its performance

Sales of petrochemical products witnessed a significant decline of 23%, amounting to 141.5 billion riyals or approximately 37.7 billion dollars. Despite these adversities, Sabic managed to achieve a profit from continuing operations of 1.30 billion riyals (350 million dollars). However, the net profit recorded a negative figure of 2.77 billion riyals (700 million dollars), a sharp contrast to the 16.53 billion riyals (4.41 billion dollars) earned in 2022.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, the CEO of Sabic, acknowledged the challenges faced by the chemical industry and global supply chains but emphasized the company’s resilience in navigating through the turbulence of 2023. He highlighted the strategic focus on optimizing expenses and seizing opportunities to deliver innovative solutions to customers worldwide.

Despite the economic headwinds, Sabic managed to maintain its market share in the petrochemical sector, experiencing only a marginal 2% decline in sales volume compared to the previous year.

Looking ahead, Sabic announced investments in projects like the Chinese Fujian initiative, a new 6.4 billion dollar petrochemical complex, and initiatives aimed at minimizing the environmental footprint of its operations.  Unifi Bottles Recycling

These efforts include the adoption of electric furnaces for cracking and the advancement of chemical recycling technologies.

The fiscal year 2023 proved to be challenging for Sabic, the Saudi-based petrochemical giant, as global market conditions took a toll on its performance

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Hydrogen Cars – The Ampack machine fills preformed plastic bottles with liquids in aseptic conditions 01-03-2024

Hydrogen Cars – The Ampack machine fills preformed plastic bottles with liquids in aseptic conditions 01-03-2024

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Hydrogen Cars vs. Electric Cars: A Sustainable Showdown

In the ongoing discourse about the future of energy, two contenders have captured the spotlight: hydrogen cars and electric cars. While both promise a cleaner, more sustainable tomorrow, they diverge significantly in operation, charging infrastructure, and costs. Let’s delve into the key differences between these burgeoning technologies and determine which might be the optimal choice for consumers.

  1. Electric Cars:
    • Propelled by lithium-ion batteries, electric cars power one or more electric motors.
    • Recharging options include domestic electrical outlets and public charging stations.
    • Environmentally friendly, electric cars emit no direct pollutants during operation.  Hydrogen Cars
  2. Hydrogen Cars:
    • Employ fuel cells that convert hydrogen gas and oxygen into water, generating electricity.
    • Like electric cars, hydrogen cars produce only water as a by-product.
    • However, hydrogen refueling stations remain scarce compared to electric charging infrastructure.
  3. Challenges:
    • Electric cars face evolving charging infrastructure issues.
    • Hydrogen cars grapple with limited refueling stations, but efforts are underway to expand availability.
  4. Cost Considerations:
    • Electric cars have a lower initial cost due to expensive fuel cells and hydrogen infrastructure.
    • Hydrogen cars may offer lower long-term operating costs with faster charging times and comparable range.

In summary, both electric and hydrogen cars contribute significantly to sustainability. The choice depends on factors such as charging infrastructure, upfront expenses, and individual preferences  Hydrogen Cars

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Eunomia finds bioplastic shortcomings

Consulting firm’s report lists lack of recycling infrastructure as one problematic aspect of polylactic acid bioresin.

While products made from bioresins may carry recyclability or compostability labels, Eunomia says such infrastructure is lacking.
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A life cycle analysis of the bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA) undertaken by Eunomia Research & Consulting has identified a disappointing recycling track record as one of several environmental and social impacts that are challenging prevailing perceptions of the material’s sustainability.  Hydrogen Cars

Eunomia collaborated with the Washington-based Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) to create the 18-page report on PLA. The report, “Bioplastics Are Trash: The Unforeseen Environmental Consequences of PLA from Production to Disposal,” was prepared by the New York office of United Kingdom-based Eunomia.

PLA and other bioplastics have been met with a critical eye by material recovery facility (MRF) operators and plastics reprocessors because they are not considered compatible with most established mechanical recycling processes.

Thus, recyclers of the most commonly recycled postconsumer plastics, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), treat PLA in the mixed container stream as a contaminant.

“If PLA is not sorted and removed from conventional plastic recycling streams, it acts as a contaminant and will have a detrimental impact on the final product in terms of strength and color,” Eunomia says.  Hydrogen Cars

Proponents of the bioplastic have recommended composting discarded PLA, but the Eunomia report identifies shortcomings in that process, too.

“PLA does not biodegrade at the same speed as other organic materials in composting facilities, which can lead to contamination of the final compost product” at most existing composting locations,” Eunomia says.

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The Ampack machine fills preformed plastic bottles with liquids in aseptic conditions

Ampack, from Syntegon, offers a solution for aseptic filling of liquids in preformed plastic bottles. Their versatile FBL filling machine, equipped with neck-handling capabilities, delicately fills HDPE, PP, and PET bottles with products like baby food, milk- and plant-based beverages, dairy items, and soups.

Capable of handling bottles ranging from 50ml to 1.5L, this multifunctional machine boasts a neck-handling system facilitating swift bottle format changes. It accommodates various bottle types, including collapsible formats like those used for enteral nutrition.

The machine’s maintenance is simplified with movable dosing stations, streamlining inspection and component upkeep, ultimately enhancing productivity and saving operational time.  Hydrogen Cars

Oguz Karcier, Ampack’s product manager, highlights the machine’s adaptability to different bottle formats, ensuring efficient production and transportation.

Additionally, the dosing stations are redesigned to incorporate multiple fillers, catering to highly sensitive products and facilitating gentle product filling. Special dosing processes have been developed to minimize foaming, particularly in liquids like clinical nutrition.

Ampack claims a high output rate of up to 36,000 bottles per hour, depending on volume, with the SmartFill dosing concept ensuring ease of use and precise filling.

Designed in compliance with 3-A requirements, the machine prioritizes product safety and hygiene. It features separate chambers for production and mechanics, reducing the risk of food contamination.  Hydrogen Cars

Moreover, the machine’s compatibility with other systems allows for seamless integration, further enhancing its versatility and utility in various production setups.

Ampack aims to showcase this solution at Angua FoodTec in Cologne, demonstrating its commitment to innovation and excellence in aseptic filling technology. Syntegon’s broader offerings, including the LFS filling solution and the GKF Capsylon 6005 capsule filling machine, reinforce the company’s leadership in the industry.

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Kelheim Fibres, the Bavarian manufacturer specializing in viscose fibers, will implement price increases effective April 1, 2024

The company anticipates raising prices for its viscose fibers by approximately 12% to 15%.  Hydrogen Cars

This decision comes in response to the significant surge in demand for viscose, particularly in Asia, driven by the recent upswing in cotton fiber prices.

Explaining the rationale behind the price adjustment, Kelheim highlights the substantial rise in various operational costs, including interest rates, wages, chemicals, and environmental expenses. Coupled with a prolonged period of subdued fiber prices, the company asserts that this move is essential to restore margins to sustainable levels.

Kelheim Fibres specializes in producing fibers for a diverse array of applications, spanning fashion, hygiene, medical products, nonwovens, and specialty papers. All of its fibers are crafted from 100% wood pulp sourced from PEFC or FSC certified origins, ensuring sustainability. Moreover, these fibers are fully biodegradable, offering an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials across a wide range of end products, while also maintaining or enhancing functional performance.  Hydrogen Cars

The manufacturing process is exclusively conducted in Germany, adhering strictly to the nation’s stringent environmental regulations.

Kelheim Fibres, the Bavarian manufacturer specializing in viscose fibers, will implement price increases effective April 1, 2024

Syensqo is set to unveil a unique iteration of its MTM 49-3 epoxy prepreg at the upcoming JEC World in Paris, showcasing advancements in sustainable materials

Among the highlights of the event will be Syensqo’s innovative MTM 49-3 epoxy prepreg, enriched with 30% monomers sourced from biological origins. Tailored specifically for structural applications within the automotive industry, such as body panels, chassis components, and spoilers, this prepreg offers a sustainable alternative without compromising on performance.  Hydrogen Cars

The integration of biobased resins significantly reduces the reliance on fossil raw materials, thereby diminishing the material’s carbon footprint. Despite its environmentally friendly composition, the prepreg maintains the same high standards of quality, workability, and mechanical performance as its conventional counterpart.

With a dry glass transition temperature (Tg) standing firm at 190°C, the material is compatible with both autoclave and press manufacturing processes. Polymerization can be achieved within 60 minutes at 135°C, ensuring efficiency in production. Moreover, the manufacturer emphasizes that the resin is devoid of any carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reproductive toxic agents, prioritizing safety alongside sustainability.

This groundbreaking development heralds a promising future for eco-conscious materials in the automotive sector, aligning technological innovation with environmental responsibility.  Hydrogen Cars

Syensqo is set to unveil a unique iteration of its MTM 49-3 epoxy prepreg at the upcoming JEC World in Paris, showcasing advancements in sustainable materials

Vietnam aims to produce 100,000-500,000 tons of hydrogen a year by 2030

Vietnam has set ambitious targets in its energy transition roadmap, aiming to produce between 100,000 and 500,000 metric tons of hydrogen annually by 2030, as outlined in its recently adopted hydrogen development strategy, reported by Hydrocarbonprocessing.

According to a government document reviewed by Reuters, this production volume is expected to escalate significantly to 10-20 million tons by 2050, encompassing green hydrogen.

The strategic focus on hydrogen production, distribution, and utilization is pivotal in achieving the nation’s objectives concerning climate change mitigation, fostering green growth, and attaining a net-zero status by 2050.  Hydrogen Cars

Hydrogen, particularly when sourced through electrolysis powered by renewable energy, earns the ‘green’ label and holds promise in decarbonizing various industries, albeit currently characterized by high costs and early-stage technological development.

By 2030, hydrogen output is projected to supplant a portion of natural gas and coal in power generation, with envisaged applications spanning transport, fertilizer, steel, and cement production. By 2050, hydrogen is slated to contribute 10% of the country’s electricity generation.

Vietnam intends to pool resources from public and private sectors for hydrogen production, leveraging mechanisms like green bond issuance and participation in the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), which involves equity investments, grants, and concessional loans from G7 members, multilateral banks, and private financiers.  Hydrogen Cars

Moreover, Ecolab, Inc. recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Ho Chi Minh City, underscoring its dedication to customer support, innovation, and sustainability in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Vietnam aims to produce 100,000-500,000 tons of hydrogen a year by 2030

NGO-business coalition calls on the decision-makers to consider a real compromise by voting for a “polymer-only” allocation method to account for recycled content in the implementing decision of the Single-Use Plastic Directive (SUPD)

The undersigned organisations – civil society organisations and companies operating along the value chain in relevant sectors – are writing to you to express their concerns and to highlight the importance of prioritising robust and transparent chain of custody models for calculating recycled content in the European Commissions implementing decision that establishes rules for the application of Directive (EU) 2019/904Hydrogen Cars

We believe it is important to consider amending the proposal’s allocation rules where it pertains to the ‘fuel-use excluded’ for mass balance accounting. Just like in 2019 with the SUPD, our current decisions will shape future legislation such as the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, the Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) and the End-of-life Vehicles Regulation. The rules adopted will play a significant role in either facilitating genuine circularity or retaining the status quo of relying on virgin feedstock.

The decisions made regarding the EU methodology in this implementing act will have implications beyond its immediate scope. Failing to establish a suitable chain of custody now will hinder Europe’s ambitions for carbon neutrality by 2050 and slow down progress towards a circular economy.

It is thus crucial to maintain ambitious goals and oppose opaque and distorting rules which run against environmental objectives.  Hydrogen Cars

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PVC recycling – Indorama Ventures (IVL) : FY 2023 revenue down 17% as EBITDA shrinks by half / PET, Fibre assets undergo strategic review 29-02-2024

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PVC recycling – Indorama Ventures (IVL) : FY 2023 revenue down 17% as EBITDA shrinks by half / PET, Fibre assets undergo strategic review 29-02-2024

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The Vinyl Institute has partnered with the Cyclyx Consortium to advance PVC recycling efforts

The Vinyl Institute (VI), representing leading manufacturers in the vinyl industry since its establishment in 1982, has recently joined the Cyclyx Consortium, an initiative by Cyclyx International aimed at elevating post-use plastic recycling from 10% to 90%. The inclusion of VI in this consortium marks a significant step forward in enhancing plastic recyclability.

The vinyl industry, encapsulated by VI, boasts a considerable presence in the United States, comprising 3,000 manufacturing facilities and providing employment for 350,000 individuals, with an economic valuation of $54 billion. VI champions vinyl material as indispensable across various sectors such as packaging, construction, water delivery, healthcare, and transportation.  PVC recycling

Notably, the recycling potential of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a key component of vinyl material, is substantial, with 1.1 billion pounds recycled annually in the US and Canada. Efforts by PVC manufacturers to divert pre-consumer scrap from landfills and the roofing industry’s recycling initiatives for post-consumer material contribute significantly to this recycling endeavor.

VI, alongside the vinyl industry, is steadfast in its commitment to recycling, particularly targeting installation scrap, post-use waste, and end-of-life materials. As a new member of the Cyclyx Consortium, VI aims to facilitate the recycling of 160 million pounds of post-consumer PVC by 2025.  PVC recycling

Ned Monroe, CEO of VI, expressed optimism about leveraging the Cyclyx Consortium’s network to enhance post-consumer PVC recycling. Ron Sherga, Vice President of Membership and Engagement at Cyclyx, echoed this sentiment, anticipating collaborative efforts to collect vinyl materials from diverse industries, diverting them from landfills and bolstering recycling initiatives within the vinyl community.

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SGT Makes €3 Million Investment in New Material Central Facility

SGT, a manufacturer specializing in PET and RPET preforms, proudly announces the installation and operational start-up of a new material central facility at its Reze site in Loire-Atlantique, France. This represents a major investment of €3 million12.

The material central facility streamlines the supply of PET and RPET pellets to the injection molding press park, operating autonomously since the beginning of the year. By eliminating the need for direct human intervention, it enhances efficiency while improving ergonomic conditions for employees, reducing strenuous tasks and repetitive movements associated with material transfers.  PVC recycling

To optimize operational processes, four kilometers of pipes have been strategically installed to ensure a continuous supply of raw materials. The state-of-the-art computer system, deployed by MAT Techno-Logic, offers precise management of material mixtures for each preform injection press, enabling automatic management of diverse mixtures and enhancing production versatility.

François-Xavier Ollier, Production Manager of the SGT Group, emphasizes, “This modernization initiative aims to boost productivity, efficiency, and the quality of our preforms, aligning with our commitment to exceed customer expectations.”

The implementation of this advanced system brings several key benefits, including increased production efficiency, significant time savings, expanded storage capacity with 280 tons of transition storage, and enhanced supply chain security by minimizing risks associated with human errors.