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Plastic chemicals bioplastic crude oil 25-09-2018

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-Iluna Group bags Interfeel’ Award at Interfiliere Shanghai24

The Iluna Group, involved in knitting, dyeing, or finishing warp knit fabrics, along with Roica by Asahi Kasei, has been named the winner of the fourth edition of the Interfeel’ Award in the sustainability category at the Interfiliere Shanghai expo. The textile exhibition will be held on September 26 and 27, 2018. Iluna Group will be present in booth 1C11.

At the Interfeel ’Awards, a selection of worldwide recognised professional of the intimates, swimwear, and sportswear industry reward the know-how and expertise in the textile industry. The Interfeel’ Award Sustainability recognise the continuous commitment of Iluna Group in researching smart materials and developing responsible innovation. The awards ceremony will take place on September 26, 2018 in the Central hall of SEC, Iluna said in a press release.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Sep 24

US OLEFINS

US ethylene trade participants said they will continue monitoring feedstock ethane pricing, alongside reduced production rates this week. Spot ethylene prices peaked at 23 cents/lb last week as ethane rose to 61 cents/gal. By Friday though, ethylene spot levels came down to 19.25 cents/lb FD USG, alongside a decline in ethane prices. Meanwhile, Chevron Phillips Port Arthur, Texas, facility, remains on a 60-day turnaround, while Dow’s LHC #8 unit remains at reduced rates, sources said. Trade participants have also said they were expecting the recent increase in prices to impact September ethylene contracts.

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-U of T startup that turns food waste into high-quality bio-plastic eyes next phase of growth

Luna Yu, founder and CEO of Genecis, completed her master’s degree at U of T Scarborough. Genecis is scaling up operations and looking at developing other materials from food waste (all photos by Don Campbell)

Luna Yu is passionate about not wasting food.

“I was taught at an early age by my grandparents never to waste food since it was throwing away the hard work of farmers and food producers,” says Yu, a recent graduate from the Master of Environmental Science program at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

“More than $1 trillion worth of food is wasted globally every year. What we’re able to do is take this waste and turn it into something of higher value.”

It’s no wonder that passion led Yu to team up with a talented group of scientists and engineers – many of whom are U of T students or recent graduates – to form Genecis. The company uses recent advancements in biotechnology, microbial engineering and machine learning to take food destined for the landfill and convert it into PHAs – a high-quality, fully biodegradable form of plastic.

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-Indorama Ventures and Loop Industries JV to Introduce New Era in Pet and Polyester Recycling Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Indorama Ventures’ world-class manufacturing and Loop’s state-of-the-art recycling technology combined to invest in multi-billion dollar sustainable PET resin and polyester market opportunity  Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Demand for supply of sustainable PET sees explosive growth from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies adopting significant circular and sustainable packaging targets

Indorama Ventures/Loop Industries partnership plan to begin production in Q1 2020

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies, and Loop Industries, Inc. , a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic resin and polyester today announced a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize sustainable polyester resin to meet the growing global demand from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies.

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-US-China trade war heightens as new tariffs on $260bn goods hit

The US-China trade war escalated as a third round of tariffs involving $260bn worth of goods was implemented on Monday, concerns for which have been rattling Asia’s equities and currency markets.

The US’ 10% tariffs on $200bn Chinese goods and China’s retaliatory 5-10% tariffs on $60bn US goods took effect at 04:01 GMT, barely three months since the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies officially started.

The US will raise the tariff rate on the products covered by the latest round to  25% by 1 January 2019.

In the first two rounds – on 6 July and 23 August – 25% tariffs were slapped on a total of $50bn worth of goods on each side.

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-Crude oil futures higher on potential US sanctions on Venezuela

Singapore — Crude oil futures were higher in mid-morning trade in Asia Monday as the US signaled preparedness to ramp up pressure on the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

Register Now  At 10:27 am Singapore time (0227 GMT), November ICE Brent crude futures were up 94 cents/b (1.19%) from Friday’s settle at $79.74/b, while the NYMEX October light sweet crude contract was 76 cents/b (1.07%) higher at $71.54/b.

Analysts said while US pressure on the regime of Nicolas Maduro would not include restrictions on US imports of Venezuelan crude oil, it could include new prohibitions on US light oil exports and refined product exports to Venezuela, S&P Global Platts reported.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo indicated Friday that the Trump administration was developing retaliatory measures against the Maduro regime.

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-Should plastics be a source of energy?

The plastics crisis has some asking if we should burn more plastic waste and at least get energy out of it

In Rahway, N.J., near Route 1&9, looming cooling towers and a huge white smokestack dwarf the nearby car dealerships, fast-food joints, and motels. The installation is visible for miles and is a familiar landmark to the highway’s regulars, but likely few of them know what is going on inside.

The structure is the Union County Resource Recovery Facility, a waste-to-energy facility that Covanta operates on behalf of the local government. Instead of the usual coal or natural gas, it burns garbage to make electricity.

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-Saudi Aramco Trading aims for 50 pct rise in oil trade volume in 2020

SINGAPORE, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Saudi’s Aramco Trading Company (ATC) expects to increase its oil trading volume to 6 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2020, 50 percent higher than current levels, the company’s top official said on Monday.

“Currently … we’re at 4 million barrels per day and with expansion I think our target is 6 million barrels per day,” President and Chief Executive Ibrahim Al-Buainain said at the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC).

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-APPEC: Crude oil could go ‘north of $100/b’ because of supply uncertainty: Jaeggi

Singapore — Crude oil prices could surpass $100/b as the global oil market does not have an adequate supply response for about 2 million b/d of oil disappearing from the market, Daniel Jaeggi, co-founder of Mercuria, said Monday.

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-‘Strength of economy, demographics drive nonwovens demand’24

The strength of the economy and demographic trends are the main drivers of demand within the nonwovens market, according to European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) statistics. EDANA said that the capacity for nonwovens production has increased over the past few years by about 7 per cent per annum and will be even higher in the years to come.

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-“This crisis is totally the fault of Erdogan but he blames America and people believe him.”

The cost of everything, from tomatoes to toys, from sugar to schoolbooks, is rapidly rising. Imported items have been hit the worst, thanks to a 40 percent slump in the value of the Turkish lira against the U.S. dollar since the start of the year.

“Bananas have risen the most,” said Emin Celekoglu, 30, a fruit seller. “Customers are choosing different things in order to keep their costs down.”

At the start of the year, he said, 100 lira would buy his weekly groceries and household supplies; now, the same basket of goods costs him 180-200 lira a week. But his income remains unchanged.

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-Venezuela Can Wreck U.S.-Chinese Relations

When the New York Times earlier this month reported that President Trump had met with Venezuelan military officers unhappy with the country’s government to discuss a coup against Nicolas Maduro, some observers of the events in the South American country probably winced. The implications of a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela would be way too severe for comfort. In fact, it might aggravate an already regionally spreading crisis. Besides aggravating the crisis, any more severe blow to Venezuela might well put Washington at further odds with Beijing.

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-Trade deals could be great opportunity in eurozone

The European economy looks like it will recover its footing in the second half of 2018 after a sluggish start to the year.

On net, the growth rates for developed European economies will lag the gains experienced by the less-developed countries in Eastern Europe, but they will still be in line with the longer-term average of the past 10 years.

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-All systems automotive for Asahi Kasei

When a chemicals and fibre producer decides to build a concept car, it’s clear that some profound changes are imminent for the automotive industry, but then this is an era when, without any previous skin in the game, entrepreneurs like Tesla’s Elon Musk are in any case threatening to turn it on its head.

And Japan’s Asahi Kasei, of course, is a little more than a chemicals and fibre producer, with sales of €15.8 billion in 2017 across its three divisions – Materials, Homes and Healthcare – and employing 34,670 people globally at the end of March 2018.

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-BLUE PET starts blowing petainerKegs

The first blown petainerKegs have started rolling off the production line at Petainer’s Brazilian partner BLUE PET’s factory in the south of Brazil.

The blow moulding plant in Tijucas, Santa Catarina serves the domestic market and will become the manufacturing hub for the South American region for the one-way PET kegs.

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-RECYCLABILITY REVOLUTION IN HIGH-BARRIER FILMS

Amcor has set out to transform the circular capability of flexible packaging with the launch of a new polyolefin barrier film – a platform technology for packaging a huge variety of products. The culmination of several years’ R&D and a major step toward achieving Amcor’s pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, this innovation appears to have reached the El Dorado of flexibles: a polyolefin-based substrate that can be used for ambient and retort high-barrier applications – and can be recycled. Amcor spoke exclusively about the launch with Packaging Europe’s Tim Sykes.

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-OPEC: US shale oil plays major role until 2027

Tight oil sourced from shale plays located in the U.S. will continue to grab market share in the global supply market until 2027, according to OPEC.

Tight oil produced from the U.S. will drive non-OPEC oil supply increases expected until 2027. In the next 8 years, OPEC expects non-OPEC supply to increase by 9 million barrels per day. In its yearly world oil outlook report, OPEC outlined several key factors it expects will shape the global oil market all the way to 2040.

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-LANXESS has announced it will focus on materials for new forms of mobility, at Fakuma 2018.

LANXESS expects the number of electric and electronic components in the automobile of the future to rise sharply.

The specialty chemicals company says it is also focusing on the possibility of replacing the currently expensive polyamide 66 with polyamide 6 and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounds.

Polyamide 6 compounds instead of polyamide 66 compounds

LANXESS will be presenting its new Durethan Performance product range for the first time at Fakuma.

The polyamide 6 material grades are several times more resistant to fatigue under pulsating loads than standard products with the same glass fibre content.

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-Europe LDPE spot below ethylene for first time since 2013

European low density polyethylene (LDPE) spot prices have slipped again and are now below those of feedstock ethylene for the first time since May 2013.

There are just a few euros difference between LDPE spot prices this month and those in May 2018,  at their lowest point since March 2015.

Prices have fallen this week on the back of ample supply and reduced demand.

“There’s too much material in the market. Everybody wants to sell. It’s inevitable that prices are going down,” said one distributor.

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-Why Crude Oil Could Spike to $100 Very Soon

U.S. sanctions on Iran are set to bite into supply soon, while OPEC and Russia are in no hurry to boost production.

The global crude oil market is reacting to the geopolitical uncertainty of further U.S. sanctions on Iran with a spike in prices. Brent crude, which has rallied almost $10/barrel since mid-August is currently at $80.80 a barrel. We think the recent rally is a market reaction rather than a major shift in supply/demand fundamentals. However, this reaction could drive prices close to $100 a barrel near term.

This comes at a point when President Trump has been blaming OPEC, though a tweet, for the recent rise in commodity prices. While Trump’s tweets have nothing to do with the increase in crude oil prices, they do come with a “fear factor,” something that Oman Oil Minister Mohammed Al Rumhy has called the “Washington Premium.”

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-Unilever East Africa CEO Justin Apsey

Unilever has injected Sh30 million in Mr Green Africa in a pact that will see the plant’s collection centres rise from the current 25 to 100 across the country in two years.

Unilever reckons the venture will cut pollution and boost Kenya’s recycling business as part of its global plan to make the plastic it uses recyclable or reusable by 2025.

M Green Africa uses waste to manufacture products such as buckets and water tanks while Unilever’s products like Blue Band and Vaseline are packaged in plastics.

Consumer goods manufacturer Unilever East Africa has signed a partnership with a Nairobi-based plant to recycle plastic containers and cut pollution.

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-Freudenberg Sealing Tech Develops New Plastic Piston Freudenberg Sealing Tech Plastic Piston

When automotive manufacturers use smaller hydraulic systems to actuate transmission gears, it helps to optimize energy efficiency.Freudenberg Sealing Tech Plastic Piston

When a steel piston is used in the accumulator, it needs an elaborate sealing package and limits the compactness of hydraulic systems.

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has now come up with a new plastic piston that uses single-part sealing technology thus making installation of smaller hydraulic systems feasible in order to save energy

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-New Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre launched 

Invista’s Cordura brand has announced its latest innovation in solution-dyed nylon (SDN) 6,6 fibre technology with mill partner MMI Textiles, a premier supplier and one-stop shop supplying fabric, webbing and elastics. MMI Textiles is the exclusive North American provider of fabrics and webbing made with the new Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre, now through December 2018.

Cordura TrueLock fibre is created from Invista nylon 6,6 multi-filament fibre that is solution dyed, locking the colour in at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable colour throughout the entire fibre structure. Colour consistency is crucial when pairing fabric with other materials, such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear, the company explains.

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-$100 Oil Isn’t as Outlandish as You Might Think

If you came here to find out when oil will reach $100 a barrel, I’m sorry to disappoint. The thousands of factors that go into the price of oil at any given time make it hard to put a timestamp on prices. Demand can wax and wane with global economic growth, and supplies can’t always react fast enough to keep prices consistent. Plus, since the word of OPEC carries such gravity with the global market, those without a Being John Malkovich – style door into the minds of OPEC ministers have no chance of knowing what prices will do over the next few weeks or months.

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-US September PS prices settle at increase

US September polystyrene (PS) contracts have settled at an average increase of 2 cents/lb ($44/tonne) following higher feedstock prices in August.

The price increase comes amid mixed pressure in the market between the higher August feedstock prices and some falling feedstock prices this month.

ICIS benzene, ethylene and styrene spot prices increased in August, but only ethylene prices have notched further gains in September.

Typically, September is a lower demand month for PS, but it is still better than it will be later in the year.

Lower benzene and styrene spot prices this month are in contrast to higher ethylene spot prices. That scenario will add mixed pricing pressure heading into October.

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-Is This New Super Carbon Better Than Graphene?   

Scientists have been searching for schwarzites for decades, here’s how their discovery could change our world.  Graphene is heralded as a wonder-material that could completely change our world. Its incredibly flexible, strong and conductive carbon structure promises to revolutionize energy storage, computing, and technology as we know it.

However, graphene isn’t the only nanocarbon out there with promising applications.

There’s one in particular that’s been capturing scientists’ attention for decades, and it has the potential to be even more game-changing than our fan favorite graphene.

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-The circular economy opportunity for urban and industrial innovation in China  

Applying circular economy principles at scale in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens, while at the same time making cities more liveable, reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by 50%, emissions of greenhouse gases by 23%, and traffic congestion by 47%, by 2040.

The analysis, which identifies opportunities across five focus areas, built environment, mobility, nutrition, textiles and electronics, shows that applying circular economy principles at scale could save businesses and households approximately CNY 70 trillion by 2040 (16% of China’s projected GDP).

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-Sidel Group to champion market-tailored innovations at China Brew China Beverage – CBB 2018 

At China Brew China Beverage 2018, taking place in Shanghai from the 23rd to 26th of October, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will present solutions that help Greater China producers, co-packers and brand owners achieve long term superior performance throughout the lifecycle of their packaging lines.

With an expected 2.1% growth of all packaging materials in Greater China between 2018 and 2021[1], the soft drinks, beer, food, home & personal care producers in the region need to be ready to address trends like packaging mass customisation in a fast-changing market environment.

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-OPEC and non-OPEC allies have reportedly agreed to review current oil production as a countermeasure to the lack of Iranian oil caused by the US sanctions.

On Friday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reported that in August, the organization’s countries supplied less oil to world markets than they did in July, which eventually led to a rise in the price of oil in September to $80 a barrel, three OPEC and non-OPEC sources told Reuters.

“There are discussions to increase production by another 500,000 barrels per day (bpd). They [OPEC and non-OPEC producers] can increase output when they meet in December,” the sources said, referring to the next scheduled OPEC meeting on December 3. But if the organization wished to address the shortage before then, it would have to convene an “extraordinary meeting.”

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-Recycled PET use held back by collection rates

Beverage multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Bottling South Africa (CCBSA) uses 10% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and has completed technical and production validation of 25% rPET content, but is constrained by the availability of rPET, Coca-Cola Bottling Gauteng and inland regional supply chain manager Henry Peek said on Friday.

CCBSA energy and sustainability manager JP Blumenthal detailed the company’s engineering work to make their PET beverage bottles lighter, called lightweighting, which has seen the weight decrease from 54 g for a 2 litre bottle about 11 years ago to 45.7 g currently, with a wall thickness of about 0.3 mm. The company has validated further lightweighting and can reduce the weight of a 2 litre bottle to 41.8 g, which it would phase in over the next six months.

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-Balaji Multiflex’s greenfield gets India’s first W&H Heliostar

Rajkot-based Balaji Multiflex opened its doors for the industry to come and see its latest W&H and Nordmeccanica equipment. Director Pranav Bhalara ushered 200+ visitors to the demonstration of W&H Heliostar, India’s first and Varex blown film line along with Nordmeccanica laminators.

Director Pranav Balhara ushered the over 200 flexible packaging technocrats to the machine demonstrations across the greenfield factory situated in the outskirts of Rajkot.

The new Heliostar II at Multiflex is a nine-colour gravure press with a width of 1400mm and maximum printing speeds of 500 metres per minute. During the demonstration, the machine printed a seven-colour print job on a 15-micron BOPP film. Running at 82 metres per minute in the beginning, the machine speed was ramped up to 500 metres per minute within a few seconds without losing the registration. Noteworthy is that the machine is extremely quiet even when operating at a high speed.

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-Coca-Cola’s Simply Orange more sustainable, still structurally sound  

New 89-oz juice bottle with integral handle switches from PETG to new PET formulation, goes from resin code PETE 7 to code PETE 1.

The Coca-Cola Co. finished a three-year project with plastic producer Indorama Ventures and converter CKS Packaging to create a new recyclable bottle for its Simply brand juices. The 89-oz bottle with integral handle, named Diamond Award Finalist, uses Indorama’s Polyclear EBM PET 5507 resin

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-UK premier vows to stick to Brexit plan despite EU council setback

The UK’s sterling pound fell sharply on Friday after the country’s Prime Minister vowed to stick to her own Brexit strategy, despite the cold reception other EU leaders gave to the plan this week.

Theresa May had hoped positive comments by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier earlier in September would lead to progress on her Chequers plan to leave the EU in March 2019.

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-Hand sanitizers, antibacterial wipes: Bad for you?

Your friend may be onto something. The so-called “Hygiene Hypothesis”—first put forth by British epidemiologist David Strachan in a 1989 paper in the medical journal Thorax—suggests that a lower incidence of infection during early childhood (thanks to more sterile, less crowded environments as compared to earlier times) could explain the rapid rise in allergic diseases in the late 20th century. As the theory goes, in the modern world our immune systems no longer have to deal with the vast numbers of potential real pathogens we experienced during the previous stages of our evolution. With so much more time on their hands, our antibodies rise up against other perceived dangers—gluten, peanuts, milk—which in fact are not really threatening. Our immune systems’ over-reaction manifests itself in the form of pesky and occasionally life-threatening allergies.

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-Asia-Pacific trends to Intertextile Shanghai Apparel

Trends from the Asia-Pacific region will mark Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics during September 27–29 with pavilions from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, India, Pakistan and Taiwan all set to become major attraction among visitors. It has been observed that apparel brands and consumers are increasingly turning to Asian trends.

With the Asia-Pacific region’s apparel industry booming, economic growth can extend throughout the supply chain, creating unlimited opportunities for textile innovation. Highlighted exhibitors will show the latest fabrics and fabric technologies on the market, designed with global trends and catwalks in mind.

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-Danimer Scientific, PepsiCo win Innovation in Bioplastics award

Washington — Danimer Scientific and PepsiCo Inc. are joint winners of the 2018 Innovation in Bioplastics award.

The two companies developed the next generation of bio-based and compostable flexible packaging using Danimer 24365B and Danimer 01112 resins.

Pepsi uses the resins in a new compostable snack bag that has the right balance of sustainability, performance and cost, according to the award sponsor, the Bioplastics division of the Washington-based Plastics Industry Association.

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-South Africa’s Ramaphosa unveils stimulus plan             

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday unveiled his stimulus and recovery plan to boost economic growth after the economy entered a technical recession in the first half of this year.

“Fellow South Africans, it is generally agreed that in order for our economy to grow at a rate that will lead to job creation on a meaningful scale we need to significantly increase the level of investment,” said Ramaphosa in Pretoria.

In recent months, structural weaknesses such as a low skilled workforce, inefficient state-owned enterprises and a lack of trust between government and the private sector due to “state capture” have been compounded by a higher oil price, weaker sentiment towards emerging markets, and global trade tensions.

The plan focuses on youth, women and small businesses, but was short on detail and seemed to lack urgency as the timelines were given in terms of months, not days.

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-Multicomponent injection moulding solutions from i-mold

The focus of i-mold’s presentation at Fakuma will be on a varied range of space-saving tunnel gate inserts, fast high-precision servo motor drives for turntables and indexing plates as used in multicomponent injection moulding, and particularly rugged hot runner nozzles.

Moreover, the company offers further intelligent system solutions for the manufacture and automation of injection moulds, including hot runner nozzles for tight cavity pitches, easy-to-install “Fast Half” systems, and low-height linear actuators for rack and plate movements, sliders and core-pulling operations.

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-DSM’s carbon fibre filament for 3D printing

Royal DSM, a leading science-based company, has announced its new carbon fibre filled grade PA6/66 filament Novamid ID1030 CF10 for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fibre loading of 10% – much lower than other carbon filled materials – it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection moulding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics, according to the manufacturer.

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-Trump’s trade war with China is about to get a whole lot bigger

The trade fight between the United States and China is set to intensify Monday when the two economic superpowers hit each other with their biggest round of tariffs yet.

The Trump administration will impose new 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods just after midnight ET (noon in Beijing), spanning thousands of products, including food seasonings, baseball gloves, network routers and industrial machinery parts. China has said it will retaliate immediately with new taxes of 5% to 10% on $60 billion of US goods such as meat, chemicals, clothes and auto parts.

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-Vacuums, tires, and computer parts: These are the goods that will be hit the hardest by Trump’s new China tariffs

President Donald Trump announced a new tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on Monday.

The tariff, which goes into effect September 24, will hit a wide range of goods, from furniture to industrial chemicals.

These are the biggest imports that are going to get hit, ranked by the monetary value of total imports to the US from China in 2017.

President Donald Trump’s latest broadside against China could drive up the cost of some very important imports.

The  latest round of tariffs, which  hit goods ranging from from agricultural products like fruit, to consumer goods like furniture to industrial items like chemicals, are set to go into effect on Monday. Economists expect that the items hit by the 10% tariff will increase in price, making those goods more expensive for US consumers and businesses.

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-LANXESS to expand German site with a new plastics compounding plant 

The Germany-based specialty chemical producer LANXESS is reportedly planning to launch a new plastics compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. As per trusted sources, besides the plant, the company will also be constructing a new warehouse and silo facility at the site.

The expansion is aimed at bolstering its position in the global plastics market, the firm said at a press release. The company also expects to create 20 new job opportunities as a result of the expansion, cited sources

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-Saudi Arabia Rejects Claims of Its Comfort With Rising Oil Prices

Oil prices rose this week on continuing market tightness. With the price rise, some Saudi-bashing has begun. (Shutterstock)Oil prices rose this week on continuing market tightness. With the price rise, some Saudi-bashing has begun. (Shutterstock)

Oil prices rose this week on continuing market tightness. With the price rise, some Saudi-bashing has begun. Bloomberg reported that increasing prices were due to Saudi Arabia’s comfort with Brent crude above $80 per barrel. Such “analysis” is hogwash.

Due to market tightness, Brent rose to nearly $80 per barrel but deteriorated to $78.80 on Friday. WTI rose above $70 per barrel for the first time in three months and settled at $70.78 per barrel by the week closing.

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-Iran confirms S. Korea’s halt of oil imports

“It it for three successive months that South Korea has not imported oil from Iran,” public relations of the ministry announced.

“South Korea was the first country to halt Iran’s oil imports following the U.S. sanction threats against the country,” Kasra Nouri, the public relation manager of the ministry, was quoted as saying by SHANA news agency.

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-Maduro Looks To China For A Bailout

Venezuelan President cum dictator Nicolas Maduro has announced that his nation is set to increase its oil exports to China to a staggering one million barrels per day (bpd) over the next months. Returning from a trip to China, Venezuela’s greatest foreign financier, Maduro also said that each nation plans to invest “around five billion dollars” into this initiative by August of next year.

Additionally, Maduro announced that he sold nearly 10 percent of shares in Sinovensa, a joint venture partly owned by state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), to an undisclosed Chinese oil company. This will bring China’s stake in the company to a total of 49 percent. Maduro said that the sale will play a role in his plan to invest $5 billion into Chinese projects in the effort to double oil production and bump exports to China to a million bpd.

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-Spain’s circular knits finisher installs new Montex stenter

Spain’s circular knits finishing specialist Tinfer has commissioned a new six-chamber Montex stenter by Monforts at the Pineda de Mar plant. Founded in 1973, originally as Tintes Fernández, in Arenys de Munt, the company shortened its name, expanded and relocated to its present plant in Pineda de Mar just down the coast from Barcelona at the beginning of the 1980s.

Over the years, Tinfer has established a reputation as Spain’s specialist in swimwear and sportswear – and especially in the dyeing and finishing of circular knits with a high degree of stretch, based on elastanes with polyesters, polyamides, cottons and their blends.

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-Vietnam to work with Japan in marine plastic waste reduction

Vietnam will cooperate with Japan in reducing marine plastic waste, according to head of the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) Ta Dinh Thi.

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The official highlighted the effective cooperation between Vietnam and Japan in sea and island-related issues, saying his administration has drafted possible contents for cooperation with Japan such as sharing experience in management of maritime environment and resources, sea-based economic development and marine science.

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Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM17/09/201825/09/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

10,750 yuan/ton10,000 yuan/ton-750
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,340 $/ton1,310 $/ton-30
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

10,700 yuan/ton9,875 yuan/ton-825
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

10,650 yuan/ton9,850 yuan/ton-800
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

8,660 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton-810
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

 1,050 $/ton 1,040 $/ton-10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,300 yuan/ton7.140 yuan/ton-160
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

 887 $/ton 870 $/ton-17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

 1,344 $/ton 1,268 $/ton-76
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

 11,850 yuan/ton 11,200 yuan/ton-650
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton-300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

13,100 yuan/ton 12,650 yuan/ton-450
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

13,100 yuan/ton 12,600 yuan/ton-500
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

11,850 yuan/ton11,400 yuan/ton-450
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

11,270 yuan/ton10,820 yuan/ton-450
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

18,100 yuan/ton18,250 yuan/ton+150
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,150 $/ton2,170 $/ton+20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2,470 $/ton2,470 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

19,450 yuan/ton19,150 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,600 yuan/ton19,600 yuan/ton 
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

40,000 yuan/ton40,000 yuan/ton 
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

22,050 yuan/ton22,200 yuan/ton+150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

25,000 yuan/ton25,100 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

24,000 yuan/ton24,100 yuan/ton+100
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

 34,200 yuan/ton34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,550 yuan/ton10,500 yuan/ton-50
Benzene domestic market

 

6,870 yuan/ton6,950 yuan/ton+80
Benzene overseas  market

 

847 $/ton843 $/ton-4
Ethylene South East market

 

1,195 $/ton1,160 $/ton-35
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,172 $/ton1,160 $/ton-12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

19,100 yuan/ton19,100 yuan/ton 
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

15,100 yuan/ton15,100 yuan/ton 
PP Powder domestic market

 

10,150 yuan/ton10,450 yuan/ton+300
Naphtha overseas market         

 

683 $/ton699 $/ton+16
Phenol domestic market 11,300  yuan/ton11,400 yuan/ton

 

+100
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,495 $/ton1,495 $/ton

 

 
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,550 $/ton 1,560 $/ton

 

+10
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,117 $/ton1,117 $/ton 
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,090 $/ton 1,102 $/ton+12
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,094 $/ton1,102 $/ton+8
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,067 $/ton1,082 $/ton+15
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,247 $/ton 1,262 $/ton+15
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

 1,232 $/ton 1,227 $/ton-5
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,262 €/ton 1,259 €/ton-3

Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices Polymers ACN Nylon Petrochemicals Prices 

Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Indorama Ventures and Loop Industries JV to Introduce New Era in Pet and Polyester Recycling Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Mr. Aloke Lohia

By GlobeNewswire,  

BANGKOK, Thailand, and MONTREAL(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

 

 

Indorama Ventures’ world-class manufacturing and Loop’s state-of-the-art recycling technology combined to invest in multi-billion dollar sustainable PET resin and polyester market opportunity  Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

  • Demand for supply of sustainable PET sees explosive growth from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies adopting significant circular and sustainable packaging targets
  • Indorama Ventures/Loop Industries partnership plan to begin production in Q1 2020

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies, and Loop Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOOP), a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic resin and polyester today announced a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize sustainable polyester resin to meet the growing global demand from beverage and consumer packaged goods companies.

This partnership brings together Indorama Venture’s world-class manufacturing footprint and Loop’s proprietary science and technology to become a reliable world leader in the ‘circular’ economy for 100% sustainable and recycled PET resin and polyester fiber.

The Indorama Ventures/Loop Industries partnership launches a commercial solution for consumer packaged goods companies in response to the rapid growth in global plastic consumption for which there is a great need to responsibly collect and reuse these materials. Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Through this joint venture, Indorama Ventures and Loop Industries will be able to perpetually recycle the ever increasing amounts of PET plastic and polyester fiber proving the promise of and encouraging the shift to a circular economy.

The 50/50 joint venture will have an exclusive world-wide license to use Loop’s technology to produce 100% sustainably produced PET resin and polyester fiber with plans to begin commercial production in Q1 2020.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

The production from the facility will be fully subscribed by leading global consumer brands.

Commenting on this new venture, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures, Aloke Lohia, said, “At Indorama Ventures, we continue to pursue the right opportunities to fill gaps that are intrinsic to our sustainable and profitable business by deploying resources in order to support the circular economy.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

This joint venture with Loop Industries emphasizes our belief in recycling and is aimed at investing in new technologies that can steer further our aspiration of being a world-class chemical company making great products for society.”

“We are excited to launch this partnership with Indorama Ventures, who provide a global leadership platform in petrochemical manufacturing and a shared commitment to sustainability.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

This joint venture combines each of our companies’ area of expertise so that we may both play a leading role in the global shift by business and consumers to the circular economy,” said Daniel Solomita, Founder and CEO of Loop Industries.

“This is a first strategic step in our global commercialization plan and mission to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable plastic and away from the traditional, take, make and dispose economy.”Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

About Indorama Ventures

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand (Bloomberg ticker IVL.TB), is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The company’s portfolio comprises Necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of Polymers, Fibers and Packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured Ethylene Oxide/Glycols and PTA where economical.

Indorama Ventures products serve major FMCG and Automotive sectors, i.e. Beverages, Hygiene, Personal Care, Tire and Safety segments. Indorama Ventures has approx. 16,000 employees worldwide and consolidated revenue of US$ 8.4 billion in 2017.

The Company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).  Indorama Ventures is headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand with operating sites in:

  • EMEA – The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, France, UK, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, Nigeria, Ghana, Portugal
  • The Americas – USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil
  • Asia – Thailand, Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, Myanmar

About Loop Industries, Inc.

Loop’s mission is to accelerate the world’s shift toward sustainable plastic and away from our dependence on fossil fuels.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Loop has created a revolutionary technology poised to transform the plastics industry.

This ground-breaking technology decouples plastic from fossil fuels by depolymerizing waste polyester plastic to its base building blocks (monomers).

The monomers are then repolymerized to create virgin-quality polyester plastic that meets FDA requirements for use in food-grade packaging.Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

For more information, please visit www.loopindustries.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @loopindustries and Instagram: loopindustries Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

For More Information:

Richard Jones

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

Tel: +662.661.6661 ext. 680

richard.j@indorama.net

Nelson Switzer

Loop Industries

+1 (450) 951-8555 ext. 230

nswitzer@loopindustries.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements.” Such statements may be preceded by the words “intends,” “may,” “will,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “predicts,” “estimates,” “aims,” “believes,” “hopes,” “potential” or similar words.  Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, are based on certain assumptions and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Loop’s control, and cannot be predicted or quantified and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) commercialization of our technology, (ii) development and protection of our intellectual property, (iii) unexpected industry competition, (iv) the need to raise capital to meet business requirements, (v) our manufacturing facility, and (vi) and our ability to sell our products in order to generate revenues.  More detailed information about Loop and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward looking statements is set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. Loop assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Indorama Ventures Loop Industries Polyester Recycling

Source: Loop Industries, Inc.

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Referenced Stocks: LOOP

Freudenberg Sealing Tech Plastic Piston

Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

New Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre launched Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

Invista’s Cordura brand has announced its latest innovation in solution-dyed nylon (SDN) 6,6 fibre technology with mill partner MMI Textiles, a premier supplier and one-stop shop supplying fabric, webbing and elastics. MMI Textiles is the exclusive North American provider of fabrics and webbing made with the new Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre, now through December 2018. Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

Cordura TrueLock fibre is created from Invista nylon 6,6 multi-filament fibre that is solution dyed, locking the colour in at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable colour throughout the entire fibre structure. Colour consistency is crucial when pairing fabric with other materials, such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear, the company explains. Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre

“Gray is one of the most commonly used colours in military/tactical applications but was previously one of the most difficult to match, with several varying proprietary versions of Wolf Gray on the market,” said Nick Rivera, director of operations at MMI Textiles. “One of our customers – TyrTactical – was having challenges matching webbings and fabric and came to us for a solution. We then turned to Cordura brand.”

Innovative fibre offering

“After examining six different shades of grey together, we worked hand-in-hand to create our latest innovative Cordura TrueLock fibre offering,” said Allen Mortimer, North American regional manager and product manager at Cordura brand. “The Wolf Gray shade of Cordura Truelock fibre offers colour that is uniform across the components of gear and apparel, and durable enough to stay true after exposure to the elements and intense military missions.” Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

The colour achieved with Cordura TrueLock fibre is said to have inherent Near-Infrared (NIR) capabilities, is abrasion and UV-fade resistant and does not bleed or crock. With colour-fastness locked in at the fibre level, shade consistency lot-to-lot and across multiple textile components (such as fabric and webbing), UV strength stability, and long-lasting vibrancy are made possible.

Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre

The process of colour encapsulation used in Cordura TrueLock fibre also offers several environmental benefits such as reduced water and energy consumption, and reduced dye and chemical usage in textile processing, according to the manufacturer.

Major milestone

The announcement is a major milestone for Invista’s Camden, SC facility, which expanded last year to increase US capacity of high-tenacity, specialty fibres for Cordura fabrics. The Camden investment has accelerated progress in the development of new SDN capabilities – which complement the facility’s existing high tenacity nylon 6,6 filament fibre manufacturing processes.Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

In addition to Wolf Gray, solution-dyed Cordura TrueLock fibre is available in Desert Sand, Tan, Coyote, Ranger Green, Camo Green and Black. Plans currently being put into action at Camden include expansion of the Cordura TrueLock filament product line to introduce additional standard colours and deniers, as well as the flexibility to work to smaller minimum order quantities and custom colourways. Invista Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre 

“Throughout our 50-year journey, we’ve worked to establish a foundation built on durable and long-lasting fibre technologies, including our legacy of solution dyed, high-performance nylon 6,6 offerings,” said Cindy McNaull, global Cordura brand and marketing director. “The launch of our latest Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre is a testament to the strength of supply chain collaboration – a joint effort between an end-user, gear manufacturer, fabric supplier and fibre business.”

Tyr-Tactical gear in Wolf Gray is currently being put to the test by the Phoenix, AZ, SWAT Team.

www.cordura.com

CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

Coca-Cola’s Simply Orange more sustainable, still structurally sound  CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

New 89-oz juice bottle with integral handle switches from PETG to new PET formulation, goes from resin code PETE 7 to code PETE 1.
     

The Coca-Cola Co. finished a three-year project with plastic producer Indorama Ventures and converter CKS Packaging to create a new recyclable bottle for its Simply brand juices. The 89-oz bottle with integral handle, named Diamond Award Finalist, uses Indorama’s Polyclear EBM PET 5507 resin. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

It’s molded using extrusion blow-molding equipment from Bekum. The resin’s high melt-strength and slow crystallization allow it to be processed on existing extrusion blow-molding equipment. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

“In support of our World Without Waste initiative, we are working to build better packaging that is 100 percent recyclable and includes more renewable and recyclable material,” says Jordan Mattison, Senior Engineer, Packaging Innovation, Coca-Cola North America.

“The commercialization of this material innovation allows for the recycling of the 89-oz Simply package with the Resin code#1 PET stream and aligns with our sustainability goals.

The conversion of the 89oz Simply package to a recyclable material was only possible through close collaboration and a shared commitment to sustainability with our resin supplier Indorama Ventures, our converter CKS Packaging and our equipment OEM Bekum.” CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

This new PET replaces the previous PETG bottles known to melt more easily than their PET counterparts, wreaking havoc on the PET recycling process.

In fact, recyclers traditionally have had to remove handled PETG bottles from the stream because of the material’s proclivity to stick to other materials and shut down the process. Because of this, PETG bottles were forced to carry the PETE 7 resin identification code.

Polyclear EBM PET is recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and was granted official Critical Guidance recognition for protecting the integrity of the PET recycling stream. The resin is a semi-crystalline polyester that, importantly, can carry the PETE 1 resin identification code. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

The 89-oz Simply juice bottle is the first commercial application for the plastic, but it may have the legs to make inroads in other arenas. One such area may be handled liquid laundry detergent or other household products with formats currently dominated by opaque PP or HDPE. CocaCola Orange sustainable Packaging Innovation

LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

The Germany-based specialty chemical producer LANXESS is reportedly planning to launch a new plastics compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. As per trusted sources, besides the plant, the company will also be constructing a new warehouse and silo facility at the site. LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

The expansion is aimed at bolstering its position in the global plastics market, the firm said at a press release. The company also expects to create 20 new job opportunities as a result of the expansion, cited sources.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

Hubert Fink, a member of the LANXESS board of management, stated that the high-performing plastics business is a substantial part of the company’s growth strategy. Through the expansion, the company will be further strengthening its position as a manufacturer of innovative product solutions that meet the requirements of modern mobility. Simultaneously, the company is making better use of its integrated value chain for these products, Fink added.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

According to sources familiar with the development, LANXESS’s investments for the project fall in the range of mid double-digit million euros and is scheduled to commence manufacturing after mid-2019. Reportedly, the new plant will be producing Durethan and Pocan plastics, which are commonly used in electrical, automotive, and electronics compounds.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

Michael Zobel, Leader of High-performance Materials Unit at LANXESS, was quoted saying that the site at Krefeld-Uerdingen is the central production platform of the company to manufacture plastics of premium-quality, particularly for the European markets. He further elaborated that the expansion will enable deployment of better services to meet the high demands expected from the European market in the future.

According to Plastic News, over the last few years, LANXESS has been scaling up its investments to develop compounding capacities in a bid to grow its value chain. In November last year, the company had announced investments worth 20 million euros in Changzhou, China to produce Durethan and Pocan plastics with a yearly capacity of 25 kilotonnes, reported sources.LANXESS German site plastics compounding plant

Super Carbon Graphene nanocarbons nanotubes 

Is This New Super Carbon Better Than Graphene?   

Scientists have been searching for schwarzites for decades, here’s how their discovery could change our world.  Super Carbon Graphene nanocarbons nanotubes 

Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage 

Sidel Group to champion market-tailored innovations at China Brew China Beverage – CBB 2018 Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage 
Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage

At China Brew China Beverage 2018, taking place in Shanghai from the 23rd to 26th of October, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will present solutions that help Greater China producers, co-packers and brand owners achieve long term superior performance throughout the lifecycle of their packaging lines.

With an expected 2.1% growth of all packaging materials in Greater China between 2018 and 2021[1], the soft drinks, beer, food, home & personal care producers in the region need to be ready to address trends like packaging mass customisation in a fast-changing market environment

Superior reliability and flexibility without compromising product and brand quality

At Booth 1B31 in Hall W1Sidel and Gebo Cermex will be showcasing the Group’s commitment to future-proof solutions with the Agility 4.0™ programme – bringing smart factories to life and creating a world of greater choice and unique consumer experience – and performance-based services, which focus on maximum equipment availability and a shorter time-to-market. Key to achieve those benefits is effective maintenance. Both Sidel and Gebo Cermex are showcasing their new modular maintenance agreements at CBB 2018: the ‘Time & Material’ for tailored preventive maintenance and the ‘Fixed Price’ agreement for condition-based maintenance at a fixed cost. These new additions are specifically designed to strengthen the Group’s Services portfolio through a holistic approach to preventive maintenance, which helps customers maintain performance at optimum level throughout their production. Additionally, another highlight at the show will be the Sidel Services Online platform, a user-friendly web interface for fast and easy ordering of original spare parts, options and upgradesSidel Group China Brew China Beverage 

At CBB 2018, Sidel and Gebo Cermex will highlight their market-tailored innovations, designed to increase reliability, flexibility, and agility in the production process. To name but a few:

  • The Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™, an integrated blow-fill-seal-filler solution  with dry preform sterilisation, ensures an aseptic production that is flexible, cost-effective and safe. The company recently received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for this solution.
  • Talking packaging innovations, Sidel will put a strong focus on the Base OverStroke System (BOSS), a new, patented base mould system adding versatility to production whilst securing maximum uptime.
  • The Sidel Super Combi, which integrates five process steps into one single system: preforms feeder, blowing, labelling, filling/capping and caps feeder. By encompassing equipment intelligence, it helps water and CSD producers gain continuous production optimisation and enhanced performance.
  • The new EvoFILL Can from Sidel, offering a high degree of flexibility and improved hygienic conditions for the filling of top quality, aluminium cans. Having undergone a complete redesign, the new solution is able to manage a wider range of cans, filling various temperatures and beverage types, thus bringing great filling performance to high quality beverages, like low-carbonated drinks or flash pasteurised beer.
  • Gebo Cermex’s AQFlex®, an all-in-one product handling technology, able to accommodate any product, whatever the application, whatever the market, in all container materials, formats and shapes, full or empty, while also enabling automatic changeovers and ensuring total care of product integrity. Thanks to its radically new approach of conveying and accumulation, AQFlex delivers unprecedented packaging line performance. It offers this, together with unique agility and smooth contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a very compact space. Sidel Group China Brew China Beverage 

Talking competitiveness, Laurent Bousselet, Zone VP Greater China, Gebo Cermex, comments on the Group’s EIT® (Efficiency Improvement Tool). This market-leading data acquisition and plant intelligence system, currently installed in more than 70 countries, is another company highlight at the show: “The system automatically records 24/7 raw production data, calculates a wide array of KPIs to help measure performance, analyses production issues, detects efficiency loss sources and performs root cause analyses. Designed to ultimately decrease unplanned downtime, it reduces waste and costs, and increases the plant’s output, as it gives employees at all levels real-time access to relevant and actionable information on production-related issues.”

Performance through Understanding

Scarlet Chen, VP Sales, Sidel Greater China, concludes, “Sidel has been supporting beverage producers in Greater China for over 20 years: China Brew China Beverage 2018 will provide an excellent live platform to explain the promise that we – as a Group – make to our clients every day: ‘Performance through Understanding’ and the strategy behind it. Our customers can really benefit from Sidel and Gebo Cermex working together, as the respective strengths and expertise of the two business units are perfectly combined to answer specific requirements of manufacturers based in this region.”

 

Circular economy urban industrial China

The circular economy opportunity for urban and industrial innovation in China  Circular economy urban industrial China

Circular economy urban industrial China

Applying circular economy principles at scale in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens, while at the same time making cities more liveable, reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by 50%, emissions of greenhouse gases by 23%, and traffic congestion by 47%, by 2040. Circular economy urban industrial China

The analysis, which identifies opportunities across five focus areas, built environment, mobility, nutrition, textiles and electronics, shows that applying circular economy principles at scale could save businesses and households approximately CNY 70 trillion by 2040 (16% of China’s projected GDP). Circular economy urban industrial China

The report was launched in September 2018 at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China. It was produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with Arup and McKinsey & Company, supported by UNCTAD and funded by the MAVA Foundation, with feedback from public institutions, academics and business circles in China. Circular economy urban industrial China

Supported by the country’s leadership on circular economy policies, continuing urbanisation, rapid development of digital technologies, and a boom in asset-sharing platforms, China’s cities are well placed to become internationally-recognised beacons of successful circular economy transitions, the report finds.

This report is available in English and Chinese.

Consumers Recycled Content Bottles Veolia

“Consumers Want at Least 50% Recycled Content in Their Bottles”  Consumers Recycled Content Bottles Veolia 

Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil 22-09-2018

-Commentary: US launches 3rd round of tariffs on China imports but blunts impact on chemicals

With the third round of US tariffs on $200bn in Chinese imports, the US is launching another phase in the US-China trade war. However, it is mitigating some of the impact by excluding a number of chemicals in the final list and setting a lower initial tariff rate.

The revised final list will initially have a tariff rate of 10% versus the 25% previously considered. In it, 142 chemicals and finished plastics (just two finished plastics) were removed compared with the preliminary list, according to an analysis by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The two finished plastics categories removed are plastic gloves – seamless and otherwise. Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

This third round will be implemented on 24 September, and the duties are set to rise to 25% by 1 January 2019 if there is no agreement on trade with China.

Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil

-Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia of Theft

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed is the former general manager of Al-Arabiya television. He is also the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly magazine Al-Majalla. He is also a senior columnist in the daily newspapers Al-Madina and Al-Bilad.

Iran has accused Russia and Saudi Arabia of stealing its share of oil, signaling the beginning of a long crisis! Iran knows very well that no one has stolen a barrel from it or from its share. The market has its rules that have not changed since ages ago; the oil market is for those who can sell oil and not those who sit on it.

Iran has a massive reserve underground but it produces a little and it will sell even less. Due to the American sanctions against it, it has lost half of its exports so far, although the US embargo on its oil purchases doesn’t go into effect before November.

Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil

-EU, Mercosur to re-initiate free-trade talks next week

EU and Mercosur negotiators will hold another round of negotiations next week in Uruguay with the aim of reaching a free trade agreement (FTA), a Commission spokesman has told ICIS.  Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

“The EU is committed to a successful conclusion of an ambitious, balanced and mutually beneficial agreement with Mercosur, as soon as all the necessary elements will be present,” they said late on Friday.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-China next holidays :

-OPEC unlikely to agree official output increase in Algeria, but pressure mounts

DUBAI (Reuters) – OPEC and its allies are unlikely to agree an official increase in crude output when they meet in Algeria this weekend, although pressure is mounting on top producers to prevent a spike in oil prices ahead of new U.S. sanctions on Iran, OPEC sources said.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is worried that any sanctions-related spike in oil prices will trigger fresh criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump but is concerned about a lack of spare oil capacity to offset shortages, the sources said.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-China PP prices rising on tight supply ahead of holidays

Spot polypropylene (PP) prices in China have been rising continually on the back of tight supply ahead of upcoming public holidays, a trend likely to continue in the near term.

– Domestic prices keep climbing amid tight domestic supply

– Chinese markets to close for Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day celebration

– Import market inches up on the back of soaring domestic prices

In the week ended 14 September, domestic PP flat yarn prices in east China were assessed at Chinese Yuan (CNY) 9,870-10,080/tonne, up by CNY170/tonne from the previous week, according to ICIS data.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-“Consumers Want at Least 50% Recycled Content in Their Bottles”  Consumers Recycled Content Bottles Veolia 

New research by Veolia reveals that the vast majority of people – 93%, think plastic bottles should contain recycled content and most are also willing to pay an average of 2.5p more for it.

Survey results published in Plan For Plastics, a new report launched by Veolia and plastics experts, RECOUP, describe an indisputable gap between what recycled content the public expect to be in plastic products and the reality

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-Lidl pledges scrap black plastic packaging

Lidl has become the first UK supermarket to announce the removal of black plastic from its entire fruit and vegetable range, as the anti-plastic movement in the sector continues to gather pace.

As part of a plan to make 100 per cent of its own-brand plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or refillable, the discounter has revealed plans to scrap the black plastic altogether saving an estimated 50 tonnes of plastic waste a year.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-Now near 100 million bpd, when will oil demand peak?

Sometime in the next few weeks, global oil consumption will reach 100 million barrels per day (bpd) – more than twice what it was 50 years ago – and it shows no immediate sign of falling.

Despite overwhelming evidence of carbon-fuelled climate change and billions in subsidies for alternative technologies such as wind and solar power, oil is so entrenched in the modern world that demand is still rising by up to 1.5 percent a year.

There is no consensus on when world oil demand will peak but it is clear much depends on how governments respond to global warming. That’s the view of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises Western economies on energy policy.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-TWD Fibres launch Diolen Thermo reference project21

TWD Fibres have launched their first successful Diolen Thermo reference project. The project is about the usage of polyester hollow fibre filament yarn in mattress covers. Diolen Thermo is a polyester hollow fibre by TWD Fibres. The company is a leading developer of fully integrated filament yarns, customised and tailored to specific customer applications.

Hollow fibres made of polyester have a long history as an animal-friendly alternative to classic down and feather core fillings for bedding such as blankets and pillows. Hollow fibres as filament yarns, on the other hand, have barely made a splash in the bedding sector up to now.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-BLACK PLASTICS MADE RECYCLABLE

Next month, gourmet dairy brand The Collective will introduce a novel near-infrared (NIR) colourant technology developed by masterbatch and additive specialist Colour Tone, to ensure its iconic black plastic yogurt pot lids can be effectively recycled.

Like most black plastics the original Collective lid featured carbon black and other pigments which absorb the infrared signal used to sort plastics packaging, which made it ‘invisible’ to the sensors used by recycling operations.

This meant The Collective’s black yogurt pot lids would end up as residual waste destined for landfill or incineration, while its clear polypropylene tubs are recycled. The brand responded to this challenge by tasking its sustainability team to find a more eco-conscious design solution for its distinctive packaging.

 Plastic chemicals plastic Biobased polymer oil  

-Master batches protect the environment from plastics pollution

Ampacet supplies manufacturers with high volume general purpose and specialty masterbatches.

At Fakuma, U:S.-based Ampacet, with establishments also in Argentina, Luxembourg and Thailand, will focus on its products that have been formulated to enhance post-consumer resins.

Ampacet places a lot of importance on its sustainable development programme, saying that it constantly works on new innovative and “green” solutions. Among its exhibits at the plastics processing trade fair in Freidrichshafen , Germany, will be the company’s master batches; Odor Scavenger 1000258-E; additive Blue Edge 78 (7600078-E); Rec-O-Black 216 and Ampacet Biorange, which have all been formulated to enhance post-consumer resin.

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-RISE accelerates new opportunities in nonwovens

Technology scouts and product developers attending INDA’s eighth edition Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics (RISE) Conference gave high praise to new technologies, new ideas and valuable connections discovered at the event held this month in Raleigh, NC.

The programme included presentations on bio-innovation in nonwovens, market dynamics and trends, e-textiles and standards, medical nonwoven developments, web formation and technologies, material science developments and microfibers in the marine environment. “RISE is a valuable eye-opener for new applications and market segments. It makes the neurons make new connections,” said Paul Latten, Director, R&D, SENW Southwest Nonwovens.

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USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

USA antidumping tariffs PET resin TaiwanThe US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The punitive tariffs on PET resin firms from Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan were imposed after the department on Tuesday issued an affirmative final ruling on its investigation into the alleged unfair trade practices.

For Taiwan, anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 45 percent have been imposed, the department said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Far Eastern New Century Corp (遠東新世紀), Far Eastern Textile Ltd (遠東紡織) and Worldwide Polychem (HK) Ltd (環世聚酯香港) face a 5.16 percent anti-dumping rate, while a tariff of 45 percent was imposed on Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp (新光合成纖維), it said.

Far Eastern Textile is the largest PET resin maker in Taiwan.

Tariffs ranging from 29.68 percent to 275.89 percent were imposed on PET resin exporters from Brazil; 8.23 percent to 101.41 percent on South Korean firms; 30.61 percent to 53.50 percent on firms from Indonesia; and 43.81 percent to 59.92 percent on exporters from Pakistan, the department said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

PET resin is the raw material used for the production of soda, juice and edible oil containers, as well as a wide range of other products, such as audio/video disks.

“The strict enforcement of US trade law is a primary focus of [US President Donald Trump’s] administration,” the department said in a statement.

“Since the beginning of the current administration, the [department] has initiated 122 new anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations — this is a 221 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration,” it said.

The US International Trade Commission is to issue its final determinations about Nov. 1, the department said, adding that if it makes an affirmative final injury decision, the department would issue anti-dumping orders on PET resin imports from the five nations.

The US is the second-largest buyer of PET resin from Taiwanese firms, Bureau of Foreign Trade data showed.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

PET resin exports to the US market last year totaled about US$140 million, 15.2 percent of total outbound PET resin sales by Taiwanese firms, the data showed.

As the tariff rates faced by Taiwanese exporters are relatively low compared with other major exporters to the US, Taiwan has a better chance of maintaining its presence in the US market, the bureau said.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

Some Taiwanese PET resin makers have begun relocating their production overseas to reduce the effects of the US tariffs, it added.

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Impossible recycling in the real world   Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

One of the many bales of household waste that can be fed into the recycling machines. [CeDo]  

In the Netherlands, one recycling plant is doing what many in the industry have labelled “impossible”, by recycling household packaging and making a financial success of it. EURACTIV went north of the Belgian-Dutch border to see the operation in action.

At a recycling facility in the town of Geleen, north of Liège and Maastricht, sorting machines, washers and industrial melters run around the clock every day of the year to convert problematic plastic waste into something useful.

Other recycling centres have carved out their own niches, buying up polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles or other readily available waste materials to convert into products like carpet, clothing or even back into bottles.

But the CeDo plant in Geleen, the first in Europe to start dealing in PET back in 1985, got out of the bottle game in 2012 when its management realised it could not compete due to low interest in the finished product.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Now CeDo pursues a new type of business model, where the recycling arm of the operation is directly linked to the manufacturing end. Essentially, the company has created a closed loop of sorts, where recycled material is guaranteed to be used within its own value chain.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Europeans will have to recycle half of their waste by 2025

European households and businesses will have to recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste by 2025, according to stricter new rules passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday (18 April).  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“We needed someone to use our recyclates,” explained managing director Ton Emans, who described to EURACTIV the virtues of abandoning the idea of independent recycling.

That is why the Geleen plant, the largest of its type in Europe, only recycles polyethylene film (PE), a material that lines the aisles of our supermarkets as many producers use it as food packaging.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

As of 2018, half the material processed by the plant comes from household waste, out of a total 80,000 tonnes recycled every year. That waste would otherwise likely have been landfilled or incinerated.

Once processed into plastic pellets, the recycled PE is shipped to CeDo’s manufacturing plants, which then use the pellets to make garbage and recycling bags. Retailers are keen to offer consumers a ‘made from recycled waste’ option and CeDo fills that market gap.

Some recyclers won’t touch PE film though, because they do not have an outlet for it once it’s been processed, leading many in the trade to label the idea of dealing in it as “impossible”. Recycling it is simple enough but making it profitable is the real challenge.

But Emans explained that his setup is part of an existing trend of producers taking over the recycling part of the chain: “They have to do it because recyclers are making plastic cheaper and damaging their account books”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Indeed, there are expectations that the plastic industry, whose output is expected to expand to 80 million tonnes a year in Europe, will not invest in new virgin plastic capacity, due to high start-up and maintenance costs.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Plastic bans among ‘most effective’ ways to beat pollution, says UN

A landmark report by UN environment experts on plastic pollution, published to coincide with World Environment Day (5 June), shows that governments across the world are starting to take action and that bans and levies are starting to take off.

Not impossible but imperfect

But Ton Emans has a problem and it’s located right at the beginning of the recycling line: the sorting stage.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

When plastic arrives at the Geleen plant in bales, collected from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the UK, it is only sorted to some extent.

In the bales, one can expect to find only 75% usable PE, 10% polypropylene (PP) and 15% unrecyclable multi-layered plastics, like crisp packets and chocolate bars.

PP is a recyclable material but not the target plastic, so it does not fit in with Emans’ “focus on one stream and you can be king” business motto.

So before anything can be washed and melted down and eventually turned into garbage bags, the PE has to be sifted out by complex sorting machines that use infra-red scanners to collect what can actually be used. [For a more in-depth description of the recycling process, see Background]

Is recycled plastic safe for food packaging? EU seems to think so

The European Commission is preparing to fast-track approval of 140 recycling processes for use in food and drinks packaging, despite warnings that second-hand plastics risk containing toxic chemicals that are dangerous for human health.

“For higher quality recycling, we want pure streams. That 75% PE mix should be over 90%. If it is over 90%, then I can run my machines beyond the current four tonnes limit to eight tonnes,” Emans said, adding that large-scale collection and sorting centres have a lot to gain from cleaning up streams.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Most bankruptcies in the sector are based on uncontrolled streams, where recyclers are unable to guarantee a quality end-product, which pushes down their prices.

According to Emans, more recyclers would take the leap and open up shop if that guarantee was in place, meaning more material would be bought and processed.

“If shit goes in, then shit comes out,” the Dutchman quipped, adding “that’s no good if we’re going to compete with virgin plastic”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Europe’s new focus on recycling and setting up a true and profitable internal market for waste was really kicked off by China’s recent decision to ban the import of waste, and Emans calls that move “a blessing in disguise”.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“It was totally wrong the way the rest of the world, Europe included, used it as a dumping ground for waste and unrecyclable material,” he said, urging the European Commission to follow through on its work on EU waste rules through monitoring and ensuring that member states implement the law.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Reiterating what EU leaders have said recently about plastic waste and January’s Plastic Strategy, Emans warned that “plastic is not bad, plastic waste is the problem”.

The Geleen plant runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is crewed by a multi-cultural team that are kitted out to work the machines during every public holiday. If Europe’s internal market for recycling kicks into overdrive, expect more operations like CeDo to spring up.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

“I encourage you, or anyone else to copy this business model. I relish the competition,” Emans shouted during a tour of the noisy shop floor in Geleen.

“And let me share my dream with you: toilet roll bags. People will always need them, rolls will always have to be packed in plastic like this, we just need the outlet,” the Dutchman concluded with a wink and a smile.

BACKGROUND

How PE recycling works in Geleen

Bales of collected waste are dropped off at the Geleen plant, after processing at a large-scale collection and sorting centre. One of the largest in the Benelux area is located in Rotterdam.

Those bales are then fed into large sorting machines, which filter out everything that is not polyethylene film, using infra-red scanners to monitor which materials are rigid. High-power fans blow the material onto separate conveyor belts.

Anything that is not PE but which is still recyclable is bundled up and sent on to plants that actually process the material.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Next, the mostly PE stream is shredded into tiny pieces or flakes. Another stage of sorting takes place here, as heavier and lighter flakes are separated.

The flakes are then washed with environmentally friendly detergent in order to remove contamination and pollutants, like sand and dirt. In fact, the Geleen plant removes so much sand from the waste that it is able to supplement its revenue by selling it on to construction companies.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Once dried, the flakes can then be melted down and made into the pellets that are needed for the manufacturing process. During this process, one of the few unusable by-products is created: ink. Mostly toxic, the ink used in wrappers and labels is removed and disposed of accordingly.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

Finally, the pellets or ‘nurdles’ are made by compressing the melted plastic pieces. They are then bagged up, given a final quality check and then transported to the manufacturing plant that needs them.  Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

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What it’s all about: the final product, plastic pellets, ready for use in manufacturing processes. [CeDo]

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain is always in downward

PET Bottle grade export 1,260/1,310 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 9,950/10,100 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,750/9,950 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 850/865 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,950/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,235/1,245 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,200/11,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,700/12,850  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,700/10,900  yuan/ton

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-US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.US

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Japan begins to use bioplastics to replace petroleum-based plastics, ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole-owned petrochemical project settles in Guangdong | Global Chemical Industry News  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

As a material industry supporting the industry, chemical industry should also match the overall industrial output value to more than 50%.  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical

In the future, with China’s efforts to promote the localization of chips, the matching photoresist, electronic specialty gases, packaging materials, high-purity reagents and other industries will undoubtedly usher in great development.

The development of China’s automobile lightweight and large aircraft also provides a huge market space for high-end engineering plastics such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

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-Poland, Lithuania, Romania urge close EU-UK ties after Brexit

The foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Romania have urged close EU-UK ties after Brexit.

Britain’s impending withdrawal from the European Union poses a number of challenges on both sides of the Channel, but the EU and the UK need each other on post-Brexit security, the three foreign ministers said in an article published by the Politico news service.

Poland’s Jacek Czaputowicz, Lithuania’s Linas Linkevičius, and Romania’s Teodor Meleșcanu said in the article that Brexit would leave a gaping hole in Europe’s foreign policy and that, without Britain, the EU’s position on the global stage might weaken, making it more vulnerable to external threats.

They argued that Britain, “in its capacity as a UN Security Council member, a nuclear power and a guarantor of approximately one-fourth of European defense capabilities — is one of the key pillars of the EU’s external action.”

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-New Method Uses Sunlight to Convert Plastic waste into Usable Hydrogen

UK-based researchers have invented a simple sunlight-driven method for transforming plastic waste into usable hydrogen and some chemicals. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have discovered a method that employs quantum dots made of cadmium sulfide for the photocatalysis and degradation of plastics.

In the process of transforming plastic waste into usable hydrogen, referred to as photoreforming, the photocatalyst is dropped onto the plastic, which is then immersed in an alkaline solution. With the help of irradiation using sunlight, the water from solution is reduced to hydrogen and the plastic is simultaneously oxidized to tiny organic molecules.

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-China announces 10% tariff on US paraxylene in retaliation, but impact likely limited

China’s Ministry of Commerce Tuesday evening announced in a statement that Beijing would be imposing retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of US imports, including a 10% tariff on US-origin paraxylene.

Initial feedback from market participants suggests that the impact of the tariffs on the Chinese polyester industry will likely be limited. The US accounted for around 8% of the world’s total PX production in 2017, and is not a major exporter of PX to China, industry sources said.

“The current import [volume] from the US to China is small, with South Korea, Japan, and the Middle East accounting for most of the PX imported last year. US exports to Asia can go to other countries, such as Taiwan, which in turn will displace some Asian-origin cargoes to China,” a Chinese end-user said Tuesday.

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-Just How Low Can Iran’s Oil Exports Go?

Iran’s oil exports started to fall noticeably in August as key customers in Asia began to curtail oil purchases to either comply with the U.S. efforts to bring Iranian exports to zero, or to win waivers with the U.S. Administration.

Iran’s crude oil and condensate sales fell in August to below 2 million bpd—the lowest level in more than a year, according to tanker tracking data compiled by Bloomberg.

In September, the trend of reduced Iranian oil exports has continued, and analysts expect further cuts from some of Iran’s oil customers.

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-To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%

According to Repak, Ireland’s plastic recycling must increase to 175,000 tonnes by 2030 to reach new EU targets.

IRELAND NEEDS TO increase its plastic recycling by 80% to reach EU targets set for 2030, according to Repak.

The not-for-profit recycling company has published its Plastic Packaging Recycling Strategy 2018-2030, calling on the government to establish a plastics working group to help encourage recycling.

According to the company, for Ireland to meet the EU’s targets, the government needs to play a critical leadership role in the coordination of the new strategy in order to achieve a major attitudinal change in society.

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-Netstal to showcase Smart Operation at Fakuma

Netstal will be introducing its Smart Operation control option at Fakuma 2018.

The new option for the aXos machine controller offers a sensible separation of the development of applications and the subsequent operation of the machine in the production environment.

Smart Operation is optionally available now for all Netstal machines of the ELIOS and ELION series and existing plants that use an aXos controller can be retrofitted.

Based on the application, all processes can be flexibly defined by in-house experts and the Smart Operation provides users with an innovative operating concept to be used in a production environment.

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-Danimer PHA verified as a viable biodegradable alternative to traditional packaging.

Untitled design (28)Danimer Scientific,  a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastics announced this week that its PHA based product has been verified as an eco-friendly alternative to petrochemical plastics by the University of Georgia (UGA). The polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material is a naturally occurring polyester, which can be incorporated into a flexible packaging structure and one that is certified for marine degradation. UGA’s New Materials Institute found that PHA degrades in both aerobic and anaerobic environments.

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-Opec’s problems aren’t over yet! Here’s a new one that the cartel is facing

Exporters’ group has navigated both supply and demand crises

A global recession, both $140 and $30 oil, the US shale revolution, a market-share war, and output cuts. Opec’s 60-year history has rarely confronted a more challenging period than the past decade.

Now, instead of enjoying the higher prices resulting from 18 months of joint production cuts with a coalition of other major producers, the cartel faces new problems. A tweet-happy American president is ramping up geopolitical risk, renewed sanctions are hammering Iran’s exports, Venezuelan production is tanking as its economy collapses, and a political attack from Washington in the form of the NOpec bill.

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-OPEC seeks new way forward after decade of turmoil

A global recession, both $US140 and $US30 oil, the US shale revolution, a market-share war, and output cuts. OPEC’s 60-year history has rarely confronted a more challenging period than the past decade.

Now, instead of enjoying the higher prices resulting from 18 months of joint production cuts with a coalition of other major producers, the cartel faces new problems. A tweet-happy American president is ramping up geopolitical risk, renewed sanctions are hammering Iran’s exports, Venezuelan production is tanking as its economy collapses, and a political attack from Washington in the form of the NOPEC bill.

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-Swiss consumption of bottled water rises significantly

Before the 1970s, few in Switzerland drank water from anywhere other than kitchen taps or fountains. By 1998, 680 million litres of bottled water a year were consumed. Now the figure is an eye watering 977 million litres, 115 litres per person every year. That is equivalent to nearly 350 small single-use plastic bottles per person per year.

In addition, Switzerland has some of the best drinking water in the world. Some communes get their water from mountain springs, making it better than bottled water – it’s from a similar source but fresher.

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-Impossible recycling in the real world   Recycling polyethylene terephthalate PET bottles

In the Netherlands, one recycling plant is doing what many in the industry have labelled “impossible”, by recycling household packaging and making a financial success of it. EURACTIV went north of the Belgian-Dutch border to see the operation in action.

At a recycling facility in the town of Geleen, north of Liège and Maastricht, sorting machines, washers and industrial melters run around the clock every day of the year to convert problematic plastic waste into something useful.

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-Small traders’ revenue drops as shoppers avoid plastic packaging

As scrutiny increases on plastics use across all industries, new research* from Paymentsense reveals over half (54%) of small retailers have seen sales of plastic packaged goods fall over the last six months.

The research shows that sales of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic are most commonly highlighted as down, closely followed by fruit juice and water in plastic bottles. It also underlines how shoppers purchasing habits are evolving, in light of months of mainstream media attention on the subject.

Almost half (49%) of the small retailers surveyed said the number of customers requesting products without packaging has increased over the last six months. Over a third (36%) reported that consumers are now buying more unwrapped goods and using their own bags or containers to transport them. Nearly a quarter (23%) said they had seen a growth in customers requesting products with plastic-free packaging.

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-Smart clothing start-up selected for acceleration programme

As part of its recently launched New Business and Innovation Division, ASICS has announced five innovative businesses to benefit from TENKAN-TEN, a unique growth catalyst programme for start-ups disrupting the sports and wellbeing sector.

The five ambitious start-ups – varying from smart fabrics to artificial intelligence and motion capturing apps – were selected from around the world based on their innovative products and services and commitment to inspiring movement in line with ASICS’ founding philosophy of Anima Sana In Corpore Sano – A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.

One of the businesses selected to benefit from the TENKAN-TEN programme, a Japanese expression for Tipping Point, is Pyrates. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, by Spanish entrepreneur, Regina Polanco, the sustainable clothing company offers high-end performance streetwear with a difference. Through its Pyratex smart fabric technology, the clothing combines protein from organic agricultural vegetation with 17 kinds of amino acids to create an innovative yarn.

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-US slaps anti-dumping tariffs on PET resin suppliers USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The US Department of Commerce has imposed anti-dumping tariffs on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin suppliers from Taiwan and four other nations for selling their products at unfairly low prices in the US market.USA antidumping tariffs PET resin Taiwan

The punitive tariffs on PET resin firms from Taiwan, South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Pakistan were imposed after the department on Tuesday issued an affirmative final ruling on its investigation into the alleged unfair trade practices.

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-FlexFilms launches two new advanced BOPET films

FlexFilms, the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex, has launched two new state-of-the-art BOPET Films, at its manufacturing centre in Kentucky, U.S.A.

FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HBP-M is a metallized biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film with a superior gas barrier that offers high moisture and oxygen barrier for virtually all applications including Aluminium foil replacement. High barrier comes from patented BOPET film technology, with high optical density specifically suitable for most flex pack product offerings. This film is 100% web inspected; using our advanced web metallized surface inspection system.

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Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical

Japan begins to use bioplastics to replace petroleum-based plastics, ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole-owned petrochemical project settles in Guangdong | Global Chemical Industry News  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

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 As a material industry supporting the industry, chemical industry should also match the overall industrial output value to more than 50%.  Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

In the future, with China’s efforts to promote the localization of chips, the matching photoresist, electronic specialty gases, packaging materials, high-purity reagents and other industries will undoubtedly usher in great development.

 The development of China’s automobile lightweight and large aircraft also provides a huge market space for high-end engineering plastics such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate.

Viewpoint this week

Highlights Highlights

 🔸SABIC introduces special resin for cross-linking foaming

 Wan Wanhua Chemical makes exterior wall paint more resistant to tearing

 🔸 Exxon Mobil’s $10 billion sole proprietorship project settled in Guangdong

 🔸 National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center passed on-site acceptance

🔸Japan will begin to replace petroleum-based plastics with bioplastics

 🔸 US trade war opened the first batch of import and export resin was imposed tariffs

 Yan Yingwei will build a large nylon 6/6 raw material plant in China

🔸Fraunhofer research on the production of bio-based polyamides

🔸 China’s chemical industry digital transformation market is huge

 The specific content of the news is as follows:

01 01

 SABIC introduces special resin for cross-linking foam to further expand the foam material line Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

SABIC® LDPE HP0722NDF和SABIC® LDPE HP2022NDF。 Recently, SABIC has introduced two new special LDPE (low density polyethylene) resins – SABIC® LDPE HP0722NDF and SABIC® LDPE HP2022NDF for cross-linked foaming processes , which are supplied globally.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ” Douwe van der Meer, SABIC market development and technical support engineer, said: “SABIC’s new resin has been developed specifically for cross-linked foaming processes and has significant results.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

Due to the increased cross-linking reaction rate, these new resins improve surface quality and shrink. Cell size increases the likelihood of improving mechanical properties. “

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 Content Source: SABIC SABIC Innovative Plastics China Co., Ltd. official website

02 02

BASF helps South Korea melt-blown non-woven materials to make new disposable scrubbing rags Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

South Korea’s polypropylene (PP) meltblown nonwovens manufacturer – Korea Nonwovens Technology Co., Ltd. introduced a new disposable scrubbing rag made with BASF rheology modifier Irgatec® .This rag offers a healthier alternative to traditional materials and has better barrier and mechanical properties than traditional meltblown grades.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The monofilaments achieved with Irgatec additives are thinner and stronger than the prior art, making the fabrics tougher and more efficient than existing materials such as paper, spunbond nonwovens and traditional meltblown grade nonwovens. .

。” Mr. Kwang-il Kwon, CEO of Korea Nonwovens Technology Co., Ltd. said: “With the BASF rheology modifier, we have introduced a meltblown grade high quality disposable scrubbing rag with better strength, elasticity and thickness, which has become The leader of the Korean market.”

 Irgatec is able to modify the controlled rheology of polypropylene for nonwoven applications.  It is very effective at extrusion temperatures in excess of 250 ° C and is therefore particularly suitable for polypropylene meltblowing applications.  

This fabric does not irritate the skin and is therefore suitable for use in a variety of hygiene products such as diapers, cleaning wipes, filtration products, and medical applications.

 Source: BASF Greater China Official Website

03 03

 Wanhua Chemical makes the exterior paint more “tear-resistant”, Nice!

Wanhua Chemical, a Chinese company that is the latest in the 2018 global chemical producers announced by ICIS, has launched a new research and launched the newly developed exterior wall coating osmotic reinforced primer emulsion Archsol® 8223 , which is a perfect solution to the previous market. Tear the problem.

 Among the many exterior wall decoration materials, real stone paints and colorful paints with imitation stone textures are increasingly occupying a high proportion.

 In the final step of the construction step of such a coating, the primer is easily torn off together during the process of removing the textured paper, which not only increases the cost of repairing, but also may contaminate the already coated topcoat when repairing.

 Archsol® 8223 Emulsion penetrates strongly into the base layer to compensate for the voids in the base layer, creating a strong mechanical bite that reinforces the loose putty and prevents the tearing of the textured paper from damage to the substrate.  Easy to tear from now!Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Don’t worry!

 In addition, with its excellent penetrating power, Archsol® 8223 Emulsion also acts as a barrier and barrier, eliminating the problems of efflorescence and hair growth caused by moisture migration in the substrate. Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

At the same time, the adhesion between the layers is also enhanced, and the phenomenon of peeling and loosening is avoided.

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Source: Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd.

04 04

 ExxonMobil’s $10 billion sole proprietorship petrochemical project will be located in Guangdong

 Despite the constant trade friction between China and the United States, with deepening reforms, expanding openness, and improving the business environment, China’s huge domestic market has attracted foreign investment and even US capital to go.  

During the recent visit to China, Woodr, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, discussed with the Chinese side that the $10 billion wholly-owned petrochemical project was settled in Guangdong.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ExxonMobil is the largest oil company in the United States and is among the best in the world.  The $10 billion wholly-owned petrochemical project settled in Guangdong, which is a big investment.

 ” “It is the responsibility of the Chinese government to provide a non-discriminatory and fair competitive business environment for Chinese and foreign companies. ”

Li Keqiang said, ” China will unswervingly deepen reform and expand opening up. We will provide more convenience for foreign companies to invest in China and continue. Become a hot spot for foreign investment. “Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Content Source: Voice of the Economy “World Finance”

05 05

Toray Torayfan products launch white metallized BOPP film

 Toray Plastics (USA) Co., Ltd., located in Rhode Island, North Kingstown, USA, has expanded its line of white film products to provide five new Torayfan white metallized biaxially oriented polypropylenes (BOPP) for consumer goods companies and intermediaries. )film.

 Available in both sealable and non-sealable versions, this film has a variety of heat seal strengths. End users can also choose anti-oxidation and moisture resistance levels.

Tammy Williamson, deputy product manager at Torayfan, said: “Consumer products want an aesthetically pleasing, high-barrier alternative to traditional metallized and bubble white metallized films.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

These new pigmented films are available after blow molding. Rugged barrier durability, extended shelf life and a clean, bright white appearance all enhance brand integrity.”

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 Content Source: Zhongsu Online

06 06

104 chemical, petrochemical, metallurgy, nonferrous, light industry, textile, packaging industry standards for public noticeJapan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Today, the relevant standardization technology organizations and other units have completed 7 chemical industry standards such as “Synthetic Hydrochloric Acid Safety Technical Specifications”, 1 “Petrochemical Engineering High-level Operation Technical Specifications”, 1 petrochemical industry standard, “Iron Mine Safety Production Technical Specifications”, etc.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

There are 13 textile industry standards such as 3 metallurgical industry standards, 1 non-ferrous industry standard for “Silver Smelting Safety Production Standards”, “Frozen Baking Food”, and 18 textile industry standards such as “Quantitative Analysis of Textile Fiber Near Infrared Spectroscopy”.

The formulation and revision of three packaging industry standards, such as Aerosol Paint.  It will be publicized in the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology before October 10, 2018.

 Source: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China

07 07

 National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center passed on-site acceptance

 The Ministry of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Basic Division in Shanxi Changzhi organized experts to pass the on-site inspection and acceptance of the National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center.

 The Engineering Technology Center completed 2×500,000 tons/year of iron-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, 50,000 tons/year of cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, 30MW of spent wind power generation, 10,000 standard/hour carbon dioxide and methane reforming synthesis gas.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The research tasks of engineering technology have formed a number of key core technologies in the field of coal-based synthesis.

 The establishment of the National Coal-based Synthetic Engineering Technology Research Center will accelerate the development of modern coal chemical industry based on coal-based synthesis technology, and form economies of scale.

It will also drive large-scale coal gasification, catalyst preparation and new catalytic reactions in the coal chemical industry. Advances in technologies, large reactors and equipment have improved the overall level of China’s modern coal chemical industry.

Content Source: Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic

08 08

 Japan will begin to replace petroleum-based plastics with bioplastics

 In accordance with global trends, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan strives to promote the use of bioplastic products in the country and to stop using disposable articles made of petroleum-derived plastics that cause environmental pollution.

 The campaign to stop using disposable plastics has spread beyond Japan and beyond.  US coffee giant Starbucks has decided to stop using plastic straws from its global stores by 2020, and a family chain restaurant has announced that it will stop using plastic straws this year.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 For example, Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp is using bioplastics in its products, including polycarbonate made from castor oil and polycarbonate made from starch.

According to the company, PCs made from starch not only have a high hardness on the surface, but also have superior optical properties and water stability compared to conventional materials.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Denso said at a press conference that PCs made from biomaterials have a lower refractive index and are easier to color, which means no additional color.

 Toyota Motor Corporation also uses Denso’s materials in the beveled surface of its navigation system.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The heat-resistant polyurethane resin made of castor oil can be used as a protection device for connectors in automotive waste sensors.

 These sensors must have high heat resistance to measure the concentration of a particular gas.  Generally made of silicone resin.

 The company claims that the new polyurethane resin is cheaper and can withstand temperatures up to 150°, significantly reducing the amount of volume produced during melting or forming.

 Also said that this is the world’s first resin of this type.  The company established the Eco 2025 Action Plan.

 It indicates that it will continue to develop plastics for plant substrates and increase the number of these products.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The aim is to reduce the amount of oil used and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the use of the product. to 1.97 million tons by fiscal year 2030.

 In order to achieve the temporary goal of producing 790,000 tons of bioplastics in fiscal year 2020, the government is considering a substantial increase in the production of bioplastics.

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Source: Sohu Finance

09 09

PVC is good

 Recently, the PVC market, which has just emerged from a round of gains, has fallen slightly.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Since August, the demand for plastic products terminals has slowly picked up, and the operating rates of downstream enterprises in North China and South China have increased.

 Among them, the operating rate of plastic products enterprises in South China was 82%, a significant increase of 15 percentage points year-on-year; the operating rate of plastic products enterprises in North China was 73%, an increase of 5 percentage points.

 After entering September, with the arrival of the peak season, downstream demand has continued to rise expectations, forming support for the PVC market.

 On the other hand, PVC is mainly used to produce building materials such as pipes, profiles and profiles, accounting for 60% to 70% of the total demand.

 The rebound in the real estate industry will also drive demand for PVC.

 As of the end of last week, the domestic PVC industry operating rate was 82.67%, down 0.9% on a week-on-week basis.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 Moreover, at present, Tianjin Daxie, Shanxi Ruiheng, Formosa Plastics Ningbo, Ningxia Yinglite and other PVC devices have maintenance plans or are in the state of overhaul. It is expected that the industry operating rate will further decline.

 This will lead to a reduction in market supply and aggravation of the PVC market.

Source: China Petroleum and Chemical Network

10 10

US trade war opened the first batch of import and export resin was imposed tariffs

 WASHINGTON–The US-China trade war has officially burned into the plastics material industry in recent days. The two countries formally imposed tariffs on chemical and plastic products worth $ 4.2 billion .

 This amount is likely to rise rapidly, as Washington considers the next round of $ 200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including $ 25 billion in chemicals and plastics.

The US Chemical Industry Council released an analysis report on August 22. It is expected that if the United States begins to impose tariffs on Chinese imports in the next round, China will use retaliatory actions, and US chemicals and plastic products worth US$8.8 billion will be hit.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 The next round of $200 billion worth of tariff-levied goods included $16.4 billion in chemical and plastic products imported from China.

 The next round of tariff increases may be implemented in late September or early October, and the impact on the industry will be much greater than this round starting on August 23.

 The first round of tariffs only involved US$2 billion worth of US exports of chemical and plastic products to China and US$2.2 billion worth of Chinese exports to the United States.

 The addition of tariffs will lead to an increase in the price of raw materials, making US companies less competitive in countries and regions that have not imposed tariffs on Chinese goods.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

The American Chemistry Council said: “The supply chain is not broken and cannot be easily reconfigured to meet US trade policy adjustments. Forcing companies to reconfigure their supply chains may threaten the survival of their business activities.”

 The US resin industry has a large trade surplus with China, which is different from other sectors in the plastics industry, and the resin industry is worried about losing the Chinese market.

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 Source: China Chemical Network

11 11

 INVISTA will build a large nylon 6/6 raw material plant in China

In response to the global shortage of nylon 6/6 resin, the materials company INVISTA will invest US$1 billion in China to build an adiponitrile (ADN) production plant, which is the key raw material for the supply of nylon 6/6.

The plant will begin construction in 2020 and is scheduled to go into production in 2023. Invista is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, and the company says the project “is designed to meet the strong local demand for nylon 6/6 intermediate chemicals.”

The preliminary work of the construction of the plant is underway.  The plant has a total investment of 1 billion US dollars, and at least 660 million pounds of ADN per year after completion.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 ADN is used to produce nylon resins, fibers and other specialty materials such as HDI for coatings.

 INVISTA is one of the world’s largest producers of fiber and related specialty chemicals and resins.

 Nylon 6/6 is widely used in automotive parts and the like.

 Nylon 6/6 demand is higher than expected and the new ADN’s capacity investment is insufficient, resulting in tight global supply.

All of this has led to higher prices for related materials, extended delivery times, and, in some cases, plastic processing companies considering alternative materials.

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Content Source: Zhongsu Online

12 12

The Fraunhofer Institute is dedicated to the production of bio-based polyamides

 Fraunhofer’s 72 institutes, as Europe’s leading applied research organization, are investigating sustainable alternatives to new terpene high performance plastics found in resins.

 Fraunhofer researchers are using a new catalytic process to convert lenene into 100% pure bio-based plastics that are transparent and have high thermal stability.

 Endene is a natural substance and is a component of turpentine. Turpentine is a waste of cellulose produced from wood.

 Conifers such as pine, larch or spruce provide natural substances.

 The preparation of the pulp includes decomposition of the wood to separate the cellulose fibers and a large amount of separation of the terpenes as a by-product.

The Raunhofer Association is Germany and Europe’s largest applied scientific research institution. It was founded on March 26, 1949 and named after German scientist, inventor and entrepreneur Joseph Fraunhofer.

 In particular, focus on shaping technology, designing new products, improving hygiene, communication, safety, energy saving, environmental protection and other production methods and technologies.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

According to market data compiled by the European Bioplastics Association and research institutes, the global bio-based plastics capacity will increase from about 2.05 million tons in 2017 to about 2.44 million tons in 2022.

From the actual production of bio-based plastics and regional production capacity, Asia is becoming the largest production center for bio-plastics and will further expand its global leadership.

 As an important category in bio-based plastics, the development of bio-based plastics is advancing by leaps and bounds, and continues to advance in new material development and performance improvements.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 At present, a variety of bio-based plastics have entered the stage of commercial application, and the development prospects are very optimistic.

 Source: China Chemical Network

13 13

 Ke Shiwen, CEO of Covestro: China’s chemical industry has a huge market for digital transformation

“Digitalization has become the biggest opportunity for the chemical industry and the investment in the chemical industry,” said Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, who is attending the 2018 China International Petrochemical Congress.

“Specifically, digitalization can not only help Chemical companies like Covestro circumvent unplanned production to further expand production capacity and serve customers more accurately.”

 Not only Covestro, BASF, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and the relevant person in charge of China’s Sinochem Group Co., Ltd. expressed their optimism about the digital transformation of the chemical industry.

 According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2030, digital technology will transform and create 10%-45% of industry revenue in China.

 With the popularity of data and computing power, communication between internal production and operation communication and industry value chain partners is becoming increasingly close. Digitalization is bringing many new opportunities for the entire chemical and plastics industry.Japan bioplastics plastics ExxonMobil petrochemical 

 According to recent research by the World Economic Forum, digital revenues for the global chemical materials industry are expected to reach $310 billion to $500 billion during 2016-2025.

 However, compared with the optimistic expectations of companies such as Covestro and BASF, the concepts, usage habits and production models in reality still take a long time to change.

 Content Source: First Finance

 Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

Chinese paraxylene buyers do not want to receive goods from the US  Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

 Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade warMOSCOW – Chinese buyers of paraxylene do not want to receive materials from the US because of the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China, ICIS reports citing market participants. Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

This may lead to some problems with logistics, since in September – early October, China is expected to supply several batches of paraxylene from the US, which were purchased in the second half of August Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

Some buyers in China do not want to accept material from the US, unless sellers are willing to pay the tariffs. At the same time, sellers do not have many options, as China is a key importer of paraxylene. Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

China usually imports an average of 1.3 -1.4 million tons of paraxylene per month, with the US material usually accounting for about 1-2% of the total import of paraxylene.

Paraxylene is a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid – a semi-product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, in Russia the estimated PET consumption in July of this year increased by 2% compared to the previous year.

In total, in the first seven months of this year 387.29 thousand tons of PET were processed in Russia. Chinese paraxylene buyers USA trade war

During the reporting month, Russian plants produced 52.90 tons of material. The volume of production of PET granulate in July compared to last year increased by 2%.

For the period January-July, the production of Russian PET practically did not change – 334.74 thousand tons in 2018 against 331.39 thousand tons in 2017.

mrcplast.ru

Author:                Anna Larionova

USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

U.S. finalizes anti-dumping duties on S. Korean PET resin USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

SEOUL (Yonhap) — The United States Department of Commerce has set anti-dumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from South Korea and four other nations, its website showed Wednesday.USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

The commerce department said PET resin products imported from South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan and Taiwan were sold at “less than fair value rates” in the U.S. market, finalizing anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 275.89 percent.

Under the decision, South Korean exporters will be assessed duties of 8.23-101.41 percent on PET resin sold in the U.S. market.USA antidumping duties South Korean PET resin

The U.S. imported $24 million worth of PET resin from South Korea in 2016 and the amount jumped to $127.3 million in 2017, according to the commerce department.

PET resin is mainly used to make bottles, jars, containers and various other packaging applications.

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ejkim@yna.co.kr

 

Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

A New Industrial Revolution for Plastics  Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Posted by Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program in Biotechnology
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Bioplastics are all around us. Learn more about bioplastics at biopreferred.gov.

Remember “plastics make it possible!” – the advertisement campaign from the 1980s? There’s a new kind of plastic in town 30 years later – bioplastics.

Biobased bioplastics are plastics made from renewable resources – agricultural feedstocks such as corn, soybeans, or sugarcane. The starches, oils, and sugars from these feedstocks are extracted, modified, and used as the chemical building blocks for these new bioplastic products.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

This is valuable because these feedstocks are sources of “new” carbon because of their renewability.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Petroleum/oil-based products contain “old” carbon. The amount of new carbon in a product can be an important measurement for the product’s sustainability.

Bioplastics can also be made from used cooking oil, straw, food waste, and natural gas. These second-generation feedstocks used for bioplastic products are gaining in popularity.

Bioplastics may also be defined and identified by their end-of-life attributes or benefits. One of these is compostable bioplastic, designed to biodegrade during industrial composting into biomass, water, and carbon dioxide.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Diversion of organic wastes to composting is expanding across the country – there are currently 4,700 industrial composting facilities in the U.S. that compost yard trimmings, food scraps, biosolids, and bioplastics, etc.

These composting facilities manufacture valuable soil amendments for use in agriculture and other applications.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

It’s important to note that bioplastic products may be biobased and/or biodegradable, as these attributes do not mean the same thing.

Traditional oil-based plastics – a part of nearly everything we touch and use each day from machine parts, computers, toys, to product packaging – are made from nonrenewable petroleum. 300 million metric tons of these plastics are produced globally per year.

More and more companies are processing renewable feedstocks into chemical components and biobased resins, and more companies are making bioplastic products and packaging.

While bioplastics currently make up less than 1 percent of the traditional plastics market, the opportunity for future global growth is large.

Growth in bioplastics from 2013-2017 is 29 percent; global growth in bioplastics is expected to grow at a pace of 18 percent between 2017 – 2022.

As agricultural crop yields continue to increase, this kind of bioplastic product and market development is a promising avenue for the use of these commodities.

USDA offers a range of support and programs to increase the research, development and buyer/consumer awareness of bioplastics.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists developed a way for crop residue enzymes (from cornstalks, straw, and sugarcane bagasse) to work more effectively to convert sugars into compounds.

Those compounds are the building blocks in the sustainable manufacture of nylon plastics. Heat-resistant and nonconductive, nylon plastics are used for screws, nuts, bolts, and other products in the manufacture of electronics.

Much of the food we eat is wrapped in oil-based plastic packaging, which while reducing spoilage, and food waste, is not traditionally biobased or compostable.

ARS scientists developed a biobased, compostable, and edible film from casein, a milk protein made from expired milk.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

The new film protects food from damaging oxygen 500 times more effectively than petroleum-based plastic, making it significantly better at keeping foods fresher for even longer periods of time.Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

The milk-based film is versatile and can be made into pouches that dissolve in hot water. This cost-effective, biobased, and compostable milk-protein film is currently being tested by a major U.S. soup company.

The global bioplastic packaging market is expected to grow at a pace of 18 percent between 2017-2025.

USDA’s BioPreferred Program works to increase the purchase and use of biobased products through federal procurement and a certification and labeling initiative.

The program helps federal agencies meet statutory mandates to increase the specification and purchase of biobased products, including bioplastics where applicable.

The program’s USDA Certified Biobased Product label is a market development initiative to increase consumer and buyer recognition, and the purchase of bioproducts.

Intermediate chemical manufacturers, bioplastic resin manufacturers, and global consumer product companies launching new bioplastic products may third-party test and certify the new carbon content of their bioplastics.

After doing so, these products are identified as USDA Certified Biobased Products and feature a label for easy identification and purchase by buyers and consumers.

Since 2011, the first year of USDA’s certification initiative, more than 100 bioplastic resins are identified as USDA Certified Biobased Products.

Bioplastic resin is the upstream ingredient that is manufactured into the 200 USDA Certified Biobased packaging and bioplastic products currently on the market.

There are numerous benefits of bioplastics. Bioplastics help reduce fossil fuel use, lessen the carbon footprint of the conventional products they replace, and, in aggregate use, may mitigate the effects of climate change.

Compostable bioplastics reduce municipal landfill waste by facilitating the diversion of food scraps and nonrecyclable food-soiled packaging. Bioplastics can provide the same, if not better, performance than traditional oil-based plastics. Now, bioplastics are making it possible.

Category/Topic: Biotechnology

Plastic chemicals biobased plastic additives 20-09-2018

-Alibaba’s Jack Ma says it can’t create 1 million jobs in U.S. due to Trump’s China tariffs

Last year, Chinese online sales giant Alibaba said it could create 1 million jobs in the United States over the next five years by building a marketplace where American small businesses could sell to China’s burgeoning middle class.

Now Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma says with U.S.-China trade becoming increasingly contentious, the promise cannot be fulfilled.

In an interview Wednesday with Xinhua, the official state-run press agency of the People’s Republic of China, Ma said the idea was premised on a friendly U.S.-China partnership and rational trade relations.

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Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma

-How Asian companies are navigating the trade war

More production shifts from China to Southeast Asia as tariffs mount

Every time American lawmakers tried to crack down on cheap Chinese aluminum over the last decade, the leaders of China Zhongwang Holdings seemed to find a way to keep their products flowing into the U.S.

When Washington imposed “anti-dumping” rules on the aluminum it produced for window and door frames in 2009, the company began exporting another product that wasn’t covered by the regulations. After the U.S. clamped down on Chinese metal producers again in 2016, the company bought Germany’s Aluminiumwerk Unna and began shipping products to America from there.

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-China – Polyethylene terephthalate is always in downward,only PTA and MEG seem to stabilize

PET Bottle grade export 1,270/1,315 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 10,000/10,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 9,800/10,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – MEG $ 860/875 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,050/7,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,240/1,250 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,300/11,400  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,750/12,900  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,800/10,950  yuan/ton

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-Chinese paraxylene buyers do not want to receive goods from the US 

Chinese buyers of paraxylene do not want to receive materials from the US because of the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China, ICIS reports citing market participants.

This may lead to some problems with logistics, since in September – early October, China is expected to supply several batches of paraxylene from the US, which were purchased in the second half of August

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-U.S. finalizes anti-dumping duties on S. Korean PET resin 

The United States Department of Commerce has set anti-dumping duties on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from South Korea and four other nations, its website showed Wednesday.

The commerce department said PET resin products imported from South Korea, Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan and Taiwan were sold at “less than fair value rates” in the U.S. market, finalizing anti-dumping tariffs ranging from 5.16 percent to 275.89 percent.

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-US-China trade war creating side effects for global oleochemicals market

The trade war between the US and China is already having side effects on the global oleochemicals market, industry sources said on Wednesday.

This side effect comes despite most oleochemicals not being directly impacted by the two countries’ trade tariffs imposed on each other.

While the export taxes being implemented by the US and China would only directly impact fatty acids being sent from China to the US, other oleochemicals are feeling the pinch from the escalating conflict, according to the president for North America at IP Specialities, an oleochemicals producer based in Ohio, US.

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-Europe PBT Q4 prices under upward pressure on feedstocks, rising Asian values

European polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) fourth-quarter  (Q4) contract prices are under upwards pressure on the back of increases in feedstock and Asian values.

Both upstream paraxylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) prices have increased in Europe, which could result in PBT values rising in the final quarter of the year, one producer said.

PBT spot prices have also been rising in Asia on the back of pressure from PX and PTA higher costs, which could also put upward pressure on Europe’s values.

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-ExxonMobil latest US producer to announce additional October PE price hike: letter

ExxonMobil Chemical on Tuesday became the latest producer to announce additional North American polyethylene price increases for October, according to a letter to customers obtained by S&P Global Platts.

Register Now  ExxonMobil plans to raise its October prices by 3 cents/lb for all grades of polyethylene, in addition to a 3-cent increase being sought for September, the letter said.

The move is similar to an increase announced Monday by Equistar Chemicals. Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA last week told customers it would raise its October prices for high density polyethylene by 2 cents/lb in October, on top of a previously announced 3-cent increase for September.

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-New technology planned for Alpha oil shale project

Greenvale Energy Ltd., Sydney, has appointed consulting firm SRK Consulting (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. to progress development of the Alpha oil shale project in central Queensland inland from Rockhampton using a radio frequency (RF) microwave extraction technique.

The Alpha torbanite deposit is in mineral development lease 330 and contained within the late Permian-age Colinlea sandstone in the Galilee basin.

Key features of the development plan are focused on lowering the initial project capital costs and achieving the lowest possible oil-recovery costs.

The RF process entails low-pressure microwave heating, which Greenvale declares is environmentally benign. The technique combines RF heating and critical liquid driving where critical fluid technology uses the solvent properties of gases compressed at their critical point.

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-Maryland plastics sortation plant will not reopen

QRS Recycling Baltimore facilityAn idled plastics recovery facility is being dismantled and its components sold, after efforts to reopen it for the past year have not panned out.

The former joint-venture QRS Recycling plant in Dundalk, Md. suspended operations in August 2017. Operators of the facility, which accepted mixed-plastic bales and separated them into individual resin and color streams, have since been working to bring the plant back on-line with a new investment partner.

But more a year after the plant was idled, those efforts have been scrapped.

“After a multitude of discussions with a multitude of various parties to try to keep the operation running in place, we were unable to structure a transaction with anybody,” said Jonathan Sloan, president of Canusa Hershman Recycling, in an interview with Resource Recycling.

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-How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste

Research papers explain the transfer of radium during hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas

Radioactivity in fracking wastewater comes from the interaction between a chemical slurry and ancient shale during the hydraulic fracturing process, according to Dartmouth College research.

The study, detailed in twin papers appearing in Chemical Geology, is the first research that characterizes the phenomenon of radium transfer in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas. The findings add to what is already generally known about the mechanisms of radium release and could help the search for solutions to challenges in the fracking industry.

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Radium from within rock leaches from clay minerals that transfer highly radioactive radium-228 and an organic phase that serves as the source of radium-226. Credit: Joshua D. Landis

-US shale oil production to rise to 7.6 million bpd

Oil output from seven major shale formations in the United States is expected to rise by 79,000 barrels per day to 7.6 million bpd in October, the US Energy Information Administration said Monday.

Surging oil output from shale formations boosted total US crude production to a record high of nearly 10.7 million barrels a day in June, the latest month for which data is available.

Production is expected to rise 31,000 bpd in the Permian formation of Texas and New Mexico, the agency said in a monthly report.

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-Clariant and SABIC announce speciality chemicals JV

Clariant and its major shareholder, SABIC, have announced they are to collaborate on the creation of a new speciality chemicals joint venture in high performance materials.

The move would combine Clariant’s existing additives and high value masterbatch division with parts of SABIC’s specialities business – comprising its ULTEM and NORYL resins, and its families of LNP compounds and copolymers -to form the new ‘High Performance Materials’ platform.

Clariant will have the majority stake in the intended business combination. Once it is established, Clariant’s remaining Plastics and Coatings business (for pigments, standard masterbatches and medical specialities) will be divested.

The companies hope the new division will generate annual sales of CHF 9 billion (approx.. GBP £7.1 billion).

-U.S. Shale Oil Production Beats Estimates Again

Crude oil production in the U.S. shale patch will hit 7.59 million bpd next month, the Energy Information Administration said in its latest Drilling Productivity Report. This is 79,000 bpd more than this month’s estimated production.

The biggest increase, once again, will come from the Permian, where producers will add 31,000 bpd to overall daily production from the current 3.427 million bpd to 3.458 million bpd.

The second-largest contributor to the monthly increase will be the Eagle Ford, where the EIA estimates production will rise by 16,000 bpd to 1.449 million bpd in October.

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-Outlook Plus Latin America 2019 returns to Brazil

Hosted by INDA and EDANA, Outlook Plus Latin America (OPLA) will return to Brazil for the third edition from 7-9 May 2019. The conference will examine the economic outlook, market statistics and the latest products and trends for the hygiene, personal care, and medical market sectors.

The event, to be held at the Sheraton Sao Paulo WTC Hotel, and will also feature a tabletop exhibition with local and international companies showcasing products and services. For the first time, this edition of OPLA will also cover developments in nonwoven filter media, an important and growing sector in Latin America.

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-Behold, the eco-friendly flat wine bottle

A flat wine bottle designed to fit through mail slots and letterboxes for deliveries in the UK has been given a nod at a packaging and design awards.

Made with 100 per cent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the bottle design by Garcon Wines in the UK is touted as a shatterproof, eco-friendly alternative to heavy glass bottles that reduces shipping, weight and delivery costs.

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-THE BUSINESS CASE FOR GREEN PACKAGING: 6 POINTS ON SUSTAINABILITY, THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY & PLASTIC WASTE

Dr Thomas Reiner, chair of the Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut, CEO of design agency Berndt+ Partner and a member of the judging panel for the 2018 Sustainability Awards, speaks to Elisabeth Skoda about the environmental challenges facing packaging today.

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-Investors get comfortable with Brent crude at $80 a barrel

Traders and investors have loaded up on bullish Brent oil bets this week, after signals that Saudi Arabia is in no rush to increase production, even with the price near $80 and as buyers grow uneasy over the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iranian supply.

Data from the InterContinental Exchange shows that open interest in buy, or call, options at $80 and $85 a barrel that expire on Sept. 25 has jumped nearly 45 percent in two days.

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-Kraig speeds up recombinant spider silk fibres production

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the leading developer of spider silk based fibres, has announced that it has implemented two major advancements in the development of next generation recombinant spider silk fibres. These advancements are the result of new equipment and recently employed protocols, at the company’s R&D headquarters, based in Michigan.

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-A New Industrial Revolution for Plastics  Industrial Revolution Plastics Biobased bioplastics

Remember “plastics make it possible!” – the advertisement campaign from the 1980s? There’s a new kind of plastic in town 30 years later – bioplastics.

Biobased bioplastics are plastics made from renewable resources – agricultural feedstocks such as corn, soybeans, or sugarcane. The starches, oils, and sugars from these feedstocks are extracted, modified, and used as the chemical building blocks for these new bioplastic products.

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China USA Duty Hike American Goods

China Gets Back At Donald Trump With Duty Hike On $60 Billion US Imports China USA Duty Hike American Goods

Tariffs of between five and 10 percent will take effect on some 5,200 US products on Monday, on the same day as the new US duties, the finance ministry said.

China USA Duty Hike American Goods

China Tuesday announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation

Beijing, China: China Tuesday announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week.

Tariffs of between five and 10 percent will take effect on some 5,200 US products on Monday, on the same day as the new US duties, the finance ministry said.

The two side already traded tariff salvos on $50 billion in goods from each country in the summer. China USA Duty Hike American Goods

“If the United States insists on raising tariffs even more, China will respond accordingly,” the finance ministry said in a statement.

China also announced that it was lodging a new complaint at the World Trade Organization in its tariffs battle with the United States.

Beijing had previously warned that it would target $60 billion in US goods if Trump made good on his threat to impose the new tariffs.

The lower Chinese figure highlights Beijing’s inability to match the US dollar-for-dollar in a tariffs war.

The US imported around $500 billion worth of products from China last year, compared to $130 billion in US goods imported by the Asian country.

Trump threatened to hit another $267 billion in Chinese goods if Beijing took retaliatory action.

The Chinese finance ministry did not provide a detailed list of products to be hit by the new tariffs on Monday.

A preliminary list in August said products ranging from pig hides to cocoa butter and condoms would be targeted with tariffs of five to 25 percent. It was unclear if the tariffs announced on Tuesday were lower to match the US plan.

The US said the Chinese imports will face 10 percent tariffs through the end of the year, and then the rate will jump to 25 percent.

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Plastic chemicals biobased plastic shale 19-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain fall in price

PET Bottle grade export 1,280/1,320 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 10,300/10,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 10,000/10,200 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,015/1,035 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,500/7,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 850/865 $/ton – MEG domestic market 6,950/7,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,280/1,290 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,450/11,550  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,850/13,000  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 10,950/11,100  yuan/ton

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-China denies currency devaluation in response to U.S. tariffs

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday said Beijing would not devalue its currency to “stimulate exports” amid the escalating trade war with the U.S., insisting that the country would stick to market-oriented reforms to improve its economy.

“The recent fluctuations in the exchange rate have been seen by some as an international measure on the part of China,” Li said in a speech at the World Economic Forum’s summer meeting in Tianjin, dubbed the “Summer Davos.”

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-Weekly resin report: Spot pricing for commodity PE grades under pressure

Last week, the spot resin markets maintained the heightened level of activity that developed late in the previous week. Polyethylene (PE) prices were mostly lower, polypropylene (PP) was largely steady and transacted volumes moving across the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) trading desk were relatively high.

The flow of offers was healthy, if not strong, as resellers apparently desired to move resin quickly, even on a quick flip, rather than taking on added inventory positions. PP contracts were up about $0.02/lb in August and are expected to see little change in September, perhaps down a cent, which is a slightly stronger stance than three to four weeks ago.

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-Evolve’s additive manufacturing system could augment injection molding

Evolve Additive Solutions Inc. Evolve Additive Solutions Inc.’s Minnesota headquarters.

A proprietary additive manufacturing technology backed by big-name brands could complement injection molding on factory floors in the near future.

Evolve Additive Solutions Inc.’s selective thermoplastics electrophotographic process (Step) technology allows manufacturers to use thermoplastics and composites for volume production across industries such as automotive, consumer products, industrial and medical, and has steadily garnered attention since its development in 2009.

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-China Gets Back At Donald Trump With Duty Hike On $60 Billion US Imports 

Tariffs of between five and 10 percent will take effect on some 5,200 US products on Monday, on the same day as the new US duties, the finance ministry said.

Beijing, China: China Tuesday announced tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to slap duties on $200 billion in Chinese products next week.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-US paraxylene prices face downward pressure from Asian PET chain

Houston — US paraxylene prices could be subject to downward pressure in the near future amid expectations of declines along the PET chain in Asia.

US paraxylene prices have surged on the back of stronger Asian paraxylene pricing and associated strong demand from PTA. PTA margins in Asia have strongly prompted producers to run at high rates, resulting in stronger demand for feedstock paraxylene.

However, sources have said that PET producers in the region were expected to cut rates, curbing PTA demand. This is expected to spill into paraxylene, impacting both demand as well as pricing as US paraxylene is frequently talked at a netback to Asia.

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-Toly inaugurates its brand-new factory in Korea

The Toly Group – a global manufacturer of packaging solutions for make-up, skincare products and fragrances headquartered in Malta – has officially inaugurated its latest manufacturing plant in Korea, located in Bucheon City, Seoul.

The ribbon and cake cutting ceremony was attended by Andy Gatesy – Chairman & CEO of the Toly Group, Mike Yeo – President of Toly Korea, James Lim – President of Toly Airless Packaging Korea and Hitoshi Miyamoto – President of Miyamoto Corporation Japan.

The first Toly Korea Manufacturing (TKM) plant was opened in April 2015, but was quickly outgrown, necessitating the investment in a plant double the size. The new plant has a built-up space of 7,850 sqm and today has 120 employees, with 23 injection moulding machines.

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-Rewe Group Launches 100% Recycled Plastic Mineral Water Bottle

Germany’s Rewe Group has introduced mineral water bottles made of 100% recycled plastic, in collaboration with social food brand, ‘share’.

CEO of Rewe Group, Lionel Souque, said, “We are very proud of our cooperation with share.

“From our point of view, 100% recyclable bottles are one of the most important innovations in the German mineral water market, and represent a real opportunity in the fight against the plastic flood.”

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-Scientists engineer mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – the material used in the plastic bottles that are clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.

Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have accidentally engineered an enzyme that eats plastic.

The enzyme, which is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate), was discovered by chance. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were examining the structure of a natural bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis which was found in 2016 at a Japanese waste recycling centre.

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-IVL reaffirms ongoing commitment to sustainability

Indorama Ventures Public Company (IVL), a leading chemical producer, has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Emerging Markets). The inclusion reaffirms IVL’s commitment to leadership in sustainability and its rating among global chemical companies. “Sustainability is at the very core of our business and a key element in us delivering on our vision of being a world-class chemical company

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-Is The Shale Slowdown Overblown?

The shale industry has hit a bit of a rough patch, with pipeline bottlenecks, cost inflation and a crowded field contributing to a drilling and production slowdown. But many in the industry are confident that the lull will be temporary.

There are several strategies that shale companies are starting to pursue, such as pivoting to other shale plays, curtailing drilling activity, or drilling wells but deferring completions. According to Halliburton’s CEO Jeff Miller, as reported by Argus Media, these strategies are actually relieving a bit of pressure on the Permian basin and the cost inflation that has come with the concentration of drilling and the associated bottlenecks.

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-Plastic film lidding for food trays meets changing market needs

KM Packaging (Peterborough, United Kingdom), a global supplier of flexible packaging and lidding films, has leveraged the KPeel range of advanced lidding film solutions to develop new, resource efficient and reduced-plastic packaging trays for produce, ready-meals and other food packs.

The KPeel range offers a high-performance “seal and peel” solution for renewable pulp and pressed board trays, to allow manufacturers to respond to widespread consumer demand for new sustainable packaging solutions. Combining a renewable resource tray with KPeel high-performance lidding presents manufacturers with an economical first-step in plastic reduction.

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-The list of US tariffs against China in the latest $200bn round excludes 297 products from the original list, including some chemicals.

The Office of the US Trade Representative said late on Monday that the latest round of tariffs in its trade war with China would go live at 10% on 24 September.

The tariff rate is scheduled to increase to 25% from 1 January 2019.

Following a period of public consultation which ended on 6 September, the US has partially or fully removed 297 products from the original Part 3 list.

-China imposes countermeasures to new round of US tariffs

China will “synchronize its countermoves” to the US’ latest round of tariffs, further escalating the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

“We deeply regret this. In order to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China will have to synchronize its countermoves,” the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.

Beijing had previously announced a 5%-25% tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods as its countermeasure to a further tariff action by the US.

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-Industry 4.0: How plastics and packaging can benefit

The advent of Industry 4.0 in the packaging sector signals that the latest digital technology tools are being deployed, creating a rapidly evolving landscape. While technological innovations have been prevalent in most aspects of our daily life, packaging industry enterprise activities—including molders, fillers and packers—have been less data driven.

Tightening of quality standards and a drive towards sustainability is making data more critical for decision making. Automation is being increasing used to process large amounts of data, provide trends and mark out the outliers.

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IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability

IVL reaffirms ongoing commitment to sustainability IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability

Indorama Ventures Public Company (IVL), a leading chemical producer, has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Emerging Markets). The inclusion reaffirms IVL’s commitment to leadership in sustainability and its rating among global chemical companies.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

“Sustainability is at the very core of our business and a key element in us delivering on our vision of being a world-class chemical company.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

The inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is yet another testimony to our ongoing endeavours towards fulfilling our role as a global leader in manufacturing 100% recyclable PET and other sustainable materials,” said Aloke Lohia, Group CEO of Indorama Ventures.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

In addition to the DJSI, Indorama Ventures has also been included in the FTSE4Good Index for the second consecutive year, following FTSE Russell 2018 index review in June 2018.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

Indorama Ventures Public Company, listed in Thailand, is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers, with a global manufacturing footprint across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.IVL Indorama Ventures Public Company sustainability 

The company’s portfolio comprises necessities and High Value-Added (HVA) categories of polymers, fibres, and packaging, selectively integrated with self-manufactured ethylene oxide/glycols and PTA where economical. IVL products serve major FMCG and automotive sectors, i.e. beverages, hygiene, personal care, tire and safety segments.

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Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

Sabic increased MEG prices by USD10 per tonne    Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

 Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September  MOSCOW – Sabic, the largest Saudi petrochemical company, has raised the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to supply material to the Asian market in October at USD10 per tonne compared to the September price level, ICIS source in the company said.

Thus, the company’s contract prices for September deliveries to Asia will be at USD1,120 per tonne, CFR Asia.Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

MEG prices are under pressure of slowing sales of polyester.  Nevertheless, demand is expected to remain at a high level in September and October, as no major changes are expected in the loading of polyester production capacity.

MEG, along with TPA, is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, in Russia the estimated PET consumption in July of this year increased by 2% compared to the previous year.

In total, in the first seven months of this year 387.29 thousand tons of PET were processed in Russia.  During the reporting month, Russian plants produced 52.90 tons of material.

The volume of production of PET granulate in July compared to last year increased by 2%.  For the period January-July, the production of Russian PET practically did not change – 334.74 thousand tons in 2018 against 331.39 thousand tons in 2017.

Sabic is a diversified company producing chemical products, industrial polymers, fertilizers and metals.  It is the largest state company in Saudi Arabia.

Sabic is currently the world’s second largest producer of ethylene glycol, the third largest producer of polyethylene, the fourth largest producer of polypropylene.

Sabic reduced its net profit last year by 7% to SR23.43 billion (Saudi reais), which is equivalent to USD6.24 billion, as the average price of sold products and the increased sales volumes decrease.Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

Hengli Sets Out Plans to Become World’s Largest PTA Producer  Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

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Hengli World Largest PTA Producer
Hengli Sets Out Plans to Become World’s Largest PTA Producer

(Yicai Global) Sept. 17 — Hengli Petrochemical aims to become the biggest maker of purified terephthalic acid globally as the Chinese chemical giant looks to benefit from sharp increases in the price of the high-performance plastic raw material seen in recent months.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

Hengli has put forward a CNY3 billion (USD436 million) plan to boost annual output by 2.5 million tons, Xinhua News Agency-backed Securities Daily reported today. The Dalian-based firm previously proposed a 2.5 million tons increase in output in April as part of a separate expansion plan.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

The combined additions would nearly double total capacity to 11.6 million tons making the company the biggest PTA producer globally. Hengli did not confirm a timeframe for the expansions.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

PTA is in high demand among chemical firms as a key organic raw material for downstream products of p-xylene and crude oil and the upstream products of polyester, polyester staple fibers, polyester filaments and PET bottle flakes. Prices have increased by half since July reaching CNY9,300 (USD1,350) per ton, up from CNY6,000.

Hengli will tap US chemical intermediates giant Invista for technologies to be used in the expansions, the firm’s Security Relations Contact Gao Ming said, adding that the company’s latest solutions provide low energy consumption and low cost in investment compared to currently used facilities.Hengli World Largest PTA Producer

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Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing

Demand for plastics and plastics processing remains high   Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

 Author / Editor: / Rosemarie Stahl

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Plastic processing in all forms: Fakuma expects visitors from all over the world to come to Friedrichshafen in October to witness the latest trends and technology innovations from the plastics industry. (Source: P. E. Schall)

From 16 to 20 October, people from all over the world will come to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to see the latest trends in plastics processing. More than 1,800 exhibitors will present their international offerings at Fakuma, a leading technical event for the plastics industry.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

What comes first to mind when thinking of Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing? Plastics, of course. And on second thought? Probably the difficulties to get a hotel room in proximity to the trade show grounds. Although it sounds easy to get a hotel room at the border triangle at Lake Constance, the rooms are often booked up months in advance. Consequently, many visitors to the fair have to switch to private rooms and long travel times.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Other thoughts on Fakuma might include memories of traffic jams and long journeys because the access roads are congested.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Probably everyone who has ever been to the fair has a story to tell about the hotel and traffic situation, of which the organisers are also aware. Nevertheless, they do not want to change anything about the event location.Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Without Friedrichshafen, Fakuma would not be the fair it is, it was said last year at the fair’s press conference.

And the organisers are probably right about that. Fakuma is and will remain a trade show with a family atmosphere.

Ultimately, the hotel and traffic situation is always a very good conversation starter, because really every visitor and exhibitor has an opinion on it.

And despite all these difficult circumstances, the trade show remains successful. Expert visitors, specialists and decision-makers journeyed to the last event in 2017 from more than 120 countries, P.E. Schall, organiser of the trade show, announced.

Some 48,375 expert visitors accepted the invitation of the roughly 1,900 exhibitors to attend the event in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance where Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet – and the numbers continue to rise.

In addition to countless participants from Germany and elsewhere in Europe, above all the number of visitors from Asia is increasing. The propensity to invest in new machines and systems remains high, which is making itself apparent in the unbroken interest in manufacturing components and peripherals in the plastics sector.

Arburg, manufacturer of injection moulding machines for plastic processing, is not only among the biggest exhibitors of the trade show, the company is also a co-founder of Fakuma.

Commenting on last year’s edition of the trade show, Dr. Christoph Schumacher, Head of Marketing und Corporate Communication at Arburg, said: “It’s distinguished by its highly practical approach, technical expertise and a friendly atmosphere.

Personal contact plays an important role: The visitors appreciate being able to scrutinise the exhibits live and discuss them with us.

Thanks to the fact that all of our contact persons are on site at the event, international projects can also be discussed with minimal legwork.”

Innovations in materials

Continuous fibre-reinforced, functional plastic components with high load-carrying capacities offer tremendous lightweight-design potential for the automotive and aviation industries, as well as numerous other sectors.

Whether FRP, FFRP or CFRP is involved – solutions for the production of rugged, lightweight components will be presented at the Fakuma trade show.

There’s good reason for increasing demand for plastic components with continuous fibre reinforcement: They offer high mechanical strength with up to 25% less weight than metal components.

As a result, economic production of such parts is the focus of a diverse range of research projects.

Whereas FFRP components with a thermoplastic matrix are already being industrially manufactured and utilised, developers are currently involved with injection moulding processes for continuous fibre-reinforced, lightweight components with a thermosetting matrix.

Due to their greater resistance to cold, as well as their greater mechanical and thermal load capacities, thermosetting plastics are superior to thermoplastics in some applications.

Fakuma is also witnessing another trend of the plastics industry: In particular where plastics processing is involved, recycling is in great demand. Even high-tech materials like CFRP are being recycled more and more frequently and reused for new purposes.

The prevention of so-called “downcycling” by means of modern processes and recycling of materials sorted according to type is important in this respect.

“The plastics industry has been becoming more and more sustainable for a number of years already,” says Fakuma project manager Annemarie Schur.

This not only applies to the recycling of materials, but also to energy-saving and thus more economical manufacturing processes, energy-efficient machines and biodegradable plastics as well.

Moreover, the sustainable alternatives are in no way inferior to their conventional predecessors with regard to durability, processability and weight.

Injection moulding permits extensive component complexity

Fakuma sees itself as the number-one technical event for injection moulding. Numerous technology leaders from this sector will be on the scene at the trade show.

The injection moulders with their flexible options and ever more efficient processes are clearly in the majority as compared to 3D printing, foaming, extruding and thermoforming. “There’s no getting around injection moulding if you want to combine lightweight design and highly complex components,” states Annemarie Schur

For years, she’s been observing an upward trend in the number of innovation drivers, users and experts from this field of technology who are showing up in Friedrichshafen.

The show with continuously growing international recognition is taken advantage of by numerous exhibitors, who come here to unveil their new products to a broad-based audience for the first time. rs Demand plastics Fakuma plastics processing 

Material Russian military helmets invisible

New material makes Russian military helmets invisible  Material Russian military helmets invisible

Material Russian military helmets invisibleA new textile material has been recently designed by the Russian military and industrial corporation Rostec to mask soldiers and military equipment, according to Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov.

According to Chemezov, the new material has chameleon like properties and can adapt to the colour of the environment. The company expects that at the initial stage the new development will be used for the needs of the Russian military, with a range of other applications being significantly expanded at a later date.Material Russian military helmets invisible

The level of investment in the design of the new textile material has not been disclosed, however, sources close to Rostec, say it could be in the range of US$100-150 million.

RosElectronics, a leading Russian producer of electronics, and TsNIITOCHMASH, a major designer and producer of weapons for the Russian military and MVD Internal Troops, took part in the design of the new material. The project also involved some leading Russian producers of technical textiles and nonwovens.Material Russian military helmets invisible

“In recent years the demand for innovative textile materials from the Russian military and defence complex has significantly increased. This is very important for us, as from our side, we constantly improve the equipment of Russian soldiers, making it more secure and safe,” commented Sergei Chemezov. He also added that the industrial production of the new product has already began.Material Russian military helmets invisible

In particular, the new material will be used in the production of a special invisible military helmet, designed by experts representing Russian military design bureaus, affiliated with Rostec.Material Russian military helmets invisible

In addition to soldiers, the new development will be used for the masking of tanks and other military equipment. Meanwhile, scientists at Rostec plan to continue their activities for the improvement of technical properties of the material, with the objective to expand its use to various industries. Among the new features that the scientists are working on at the moment, are the ability to display dynamic changes in colour intensity, and simulating complex graphic images, such as foliage vibrations (amid wind gusts).

Material Russian military helmets invisible

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Viktor Yevtukhov said the new textile material provides opportunities for the design and production of the so-called smart clothing. “In this case, we are talking about an interesting and unique development, which is capable of radically changing the concept of design and production of clothing. Such unique textile materials will be especially in demand during the production of clothing, particularly those, which can withstand extreme temperature conditions or radiation,” he commented.Material Russian military helmets invisible

According the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, currently, the Russian innovative and smart textiles market is estimated at US$ 1,3 billion, however, its annual growth rates are significantly higher, than those in the EU and the US, at 7%-9% per year. Still, the consumption of innovative and smart textiles in Russia is two times lower than in developed countries.

In addition to Rostec, several other Russian industrial groups have unveiled plans to expand in this promising market in recent years. One of them is the Russian holding AFK Systema, which announced its intention to start the development of innovative textile materials several months ago.Material Russian military helmets invisible

In the meantime, the Russian government supports the launch of new investment projects in the industry, considering them to be very promising. According to the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, who oversees the development of innovative textile materials, in the medium term, the demand for technical textiles in Russia will grow fourfold.Material Russian military helmets invisible

“If we talk about traditional textiles, Russia has practically no chances to maintain its production on the same volume as in the past. The transfer of labour-intensive industries to countries with cheaper labour has resulted in the influx of cheap, low-quality products, which made local producers non-competitive. In this regard, a particular focus of the government is currently on the expansion of the domestic technical textiles production,” commented Denis Manturov.Material Russian military helmets invisible

“As experience shows, for example, in Germany, technical textiles provide up to 70% of the light industry’s growth, which means it is one of the top five high-tech industries in Germany,” said Andrei Razbrodin, president of the Russian Association of Textile and Technical Producers (Soyuzlegprom), a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil 18-09-2018

-China – Polyethylene terephthalate and its upstream chain continues to fall in price

PET Bottle grade export 1,290/1,330 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 10,500/10,650 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade domestic market 10,350/10,500 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 1,020/1,040 $/ton – PTA domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton – MEG $ 875/885 $/ton – MEG domestic market 7,150/7,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,305/1,315 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 11,600/11,700  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 12,850/13,000  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 11,050/11,150  yuan/ton

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-Sabic increased MEG prices by USD10 per tonne    Saudi petrochemical MEG prices September 

Sabic, the largest Saudi petrochemical company, has raised the contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) to supply material to the Asian market in October at USD10 per tonne compared to the September price level, ICIS source in the company said.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Novel Absorbent Polymer to Soak Up Oil Spill in Real-Time

Absorbent polymer developed from waste products is found to efficiently soak up crude oil and diesel from water

Previous studies by various research institutes have showed promising results for cleaning up oil spills using carbon nanotubes, sawdust, cellulose, and fern-inspired nano-hair. New study reported that converted waste products from industry is responsible for polluting oceans and sea water. Scientists from Flinders University used by-products of the petroleum and refining industries to create an absorbent polymer, which can clear crude oil from sea water.

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-Krones acquires Chinese process technology business

German machinery provider Krones has acquired the business operations and assets of Shanghai Xiantong Equipment Installation as part of a strategy to expand its global footprint.

The Chinese company has been a partner and supplier to Krones in the field of process technology for several decades, with Krones Taicang partnering with Xiantong on the first MicroCube compact brewhouse.

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-Hengli Sets Out Plans to Become World’s Largest PTA Producer

Hengli Petrochemical aims to become the biggest maker of purified terephthalic acid globally as the Chinese chemical giant looks to benefit from sharp increases in the price of the high-performance plastic raw material seen in recent months.

Hengli has put forward a CNY3 billion (USD436 million) plan to boost annual output by 2.5 million tons, Xinhua News Agency-backed Securities Daily reported today. The Dalian-based firm previously proposed a 2.5 million tons increase in output in April as part of a separate expansion plan.

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-HONEYCOMB TECHNOLOGY BASED PACKAGING SETS NEW PERFORMANCE STANDARD

Sleeve packs made using EconCore’s honeycomb technology have set a new performance standard for the packaging industry, results from a recent compression test show.

The test, carried out by an independent packaging institute in accordance with ISO 844 guidelines, analysed the maximum compressive loading capacity of reusable sleeve packs made using honeycomb core materials and various other core structures generally referred to as cup-shaped core structures. All packaging products tested had panel weight of 3000 g/m², same dimensions in height, width and depth and were preconditioned for 24 hours.

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-MONDI TO SHOWCASE BARRIERPACK RECYCLABLE & INNOVATIONS AT FACHPACK

Mondi, the global packaging and paper group, will highlight BarrierPack Recyclable, its fully recyclable plastic laminate for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock, along with other innovative products targeting the ice cream, pet food, and food and beverages categories at the upcoming FachPack trade fair in Germany.

At the show –– to be held 25-27 September in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg –– Mondi will be at Booth 7-254 in Hall 7 to display a variety of products that enhance consumer convenience.

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-FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY AS PACKAGING CONSIDERATIONS EVOLVE OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS

An independent industry survey has revealed that advances in manufacturing has had the biggest influence on packaging over the last 30 years, but sustainability will be key to future trends.

The survey was commissioned by brand empowerment specialist API Group and focused on gaining insight from brand owners and packaging designers. It revealed that 54% of industry professionals believe manufacturing techniques have had the biggest impact on packaging trends in the last three decades.  A further 48% believe material developments, such as advances in foils, have also contributed heavily to trend directions.

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-Oil dips as Sino-U.S. trade tensions deepen, new tariffs due

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices edged lower on Monday as investors focused on deepening trade tension between the U.S. and China that is expected to dent global crude demand, but losses were limited as the market weighed potential supply tightening due to Iran sanctions.

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-New material makes Russian military helmets invisible  

A new textile material has been recently designed by the Russian military and industrial corporation Rostec to mask soldiers and military equipment, according to Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov.

According to Chemezov, the new material has chameleon like properties and can adapt to the colour of the environment. The company expects that at the initial stage the new development will be used for the needs of the Russian military, with a range of other applications being significantly expanded at a later date.

The level of investment in the design of the new textile material has not been disclosed, however, sources close to Rostec, say it could be in the range of US$100-150 million.

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-Asahi Kasei to launch Bemberg campaign at Premiere Vision

Japan’s Asahi Kasei is set to launch the global brand Bemberg campaign at Premiere Vision Paris, which will be held from September 19-21, 2018, in booth 6G62 – 6H63.

The presentation of the Bemberg new campaign represents a high benchmark in value for smart textile fibre innovations, and one that is built on a long heritage of innovations since 1931.

Bemberg is the ONE new material definition for responsible luxury. The ONE for cool exquisite comfort, and the ONE whose smart heritage is born in a circular economy.

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-Will it end in tears? Enron author examines fracking boom

Halfway through her new book, Bethany McLean offers an epitaph for the late Aubrey McClendon, one of the pioneers of the fracking boom.

McClendon’s company, Chesapeake Energy Corp., had become the second-largest U.S. gas producer after Exxon Mobil Corp., but he was forced out as CEO after complaints about his lavish perks and the company’s debt load. He died in a car accident in 2016, a day after being indicted on bid-rigging charges, which were later dropped (Energywire, March 3, 2016).

“Is Chesapeake the model for this business? It changes the world but it ends in tears?” McLean quotes a hedge fund manager as asking.

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-Demand for plastics and plastics processing remains high   

From 16 to 20 October, people from all over the world will come to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to see the latest trends in plastics processing. More than 1,800 exhibitors will present their international offerings at Fakuma, a leading technical event for the plastics industry.

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-Mubadala to list 25% of Cepsa on Spanish stock exchange

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, which fully controls Cepsa, announced on Monday its intention to float 25% of the Spanish energy and petrochemicals major on the country’s stock exchange before the end of the year.

Together with fully-listed Repsol, Cepsa is one of the largest Spanish oil players, operating two refineries in the country.

Within petrochemicals, Cepsa has operations in Spain, Germany, China, Indonesia, Canada, Nigeria and Brazil.

Plastic chemicals biodegradable plastic oil

-New US tariffs on China would include many petrochemicals

Houston —  The Trump administration’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese goods includes a long string of petrochemicals, both raw materials and items made from plastic resins.

The list of $200 billion in Chinese goods disclosed this week would be subject to a 10% tariff if implemented amid growing trade tensions between the US and China. Last Friday, the US implemented $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, and China retaliated with the same value of taxes on US imports, largely agricultural crops and automobiles.

The US is slated to impose another $16 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods late next week, and China has said it will retaliate in kind — a second list of the same value that includes crude oil and gasoline as well as two plastic resins, polyvinyl chloride and low-density polyethylene, used to make items like vinyl flooring and plastic tubs, respectively.

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Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual to show sustainable creativity at Première Vision Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision
Seaqual will bring together creativity and eco-responsibility at Premiere Vision Paris beginning September 19. Recognized by its peers for its innovative environmental approach, 5 fabrics made from the fibres of Seaqual will be exhibited at the new ”Smart Materials” zone during the three-day exhibition, an area dedicated to responsible creation.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual creates and manages collaborations between industry, NGOs, communities and local and national authorities to up-cycle plastic marine waste. Launched in 2016, Seaqual became the first ingredient brand to use fishing vessels and other ocean cleaning programmes to collect and up-cycle plastic waste before returning it to industry under the name Seaqual Polymer. Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Seaqual Fibre is a starting point for a cleaner ocean, a fiber for an environmentally conscious textile market. Seaqual Fibre has physical properties almost identical to virgin polyester and is available in a wide variety of sizes and finishes (continuous filaments and staple fibers). Seaqual Fibre can be used for a multitude of applications including textiles for fashion, sports, denim, lingerie, swimwear and footwear but also for home furnishings, automotive upholstery or non-woven fabrics. Brands can unleash their creativity while allowing consumers to help clean up the oceans.

The organisers have chosen to incorporate Seaqual Fabrics in their selection at the fair. Five new fabrics will be highlighted at ”Smart Materials” which will illustrate some of the creativity offered by Seaqual Fibre, Seaqual said in a press release.

Textil Santanderina will present a wonderful woven fabric in 100 per cent Seaqual Fibre, ideal for technical sports jackets and bags.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Lemar will offer a wonderfully versatile fabric in a light weight woven. It’s beautiful, subtle structure makes it a favourite for men”s swim shorts where designers are looking for more texture. Made with 35 per cent Seaqual Fibre, this fabric perfectly meets the rapidly growing necessity for sustainable fibers in this segment.

Textil Santanderina”s lightweight denim for women”s shirts, kimonos and dresses eliminatescotton completely, preferring instead to combine the sustainability credentials of Lyocell (70%) and Seaqual Fibre (30%).

The Sampaio”s collection will include organic merino (73%) and Seaqual Fibre (27%), a luxuriously soft and sustainable mid-weight fabric.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

Sofileta will display a superb fine gauge single jersey knit of Seaqual Fibre (74%) and eco-friendly elastomer (26%). This beautifully versatile 40 gauge knit with great power and opacity is equally ideal for swimwear and intimates as it is for shape-wear and leggings.Seaqual sustainable creativity Première Vision

 EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

EIPET has loaded one PET line at the plant in Egypt at full capacity   EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

 EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt  MOSCOW – EIPET, a major Egyptian producer of polyester products and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), last week brought capacity utilization on one of the two lines in Ain Sokhna (Ain Sokhna, Egypt) to 100%, ICIS reported in source company.

According to him, raw materials for PET production on this line of the enterprise, which can produce 540 thousand tons of material per year on two lines, was filed August 18-19, August 22-24 commercial products were received . EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

The company’s plant has been idle since 2015.  Initially, the PET plant in Egypt was planned to be launched in the first quarter of 2016.

Currently, EIPET is working on launching a second line at the PET plant in Ain Sokhne, which will take place in a few months, the source said. EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

It is planned that the company will supply part of the production to Europe, and the rest of the PET will supplant the import supplies of the material from India and Indonesia.  In addition, EIPET can start delivering PET from a new plant to the US market.

The raw materials for this plant in Ain Sokhna will supply Indorama with the recently acquired plant of terephthalic acid (TPA) in Portugal.

As reported by Market Report company, Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), in late July this year announced the acquisition of a 74% stake in the Egyptian PET processor – Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE Medco).   EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

Medco operates a factory for the production of PET preform capacity of 70 thousand tons in Egypt with a market share of 25%.  The transaction, subject to regulatory approval, should be closed in the third quarter of 2018.

According to the ScanMap of the company MRC, in Russia the estimated PET consumption in July of this year increased by 2% compared to the previous year.

In total, in the first seven months of this year 387.29 thousand tons of PET were processed in Russia.  During the reporting month, Russian plants produced 52.90 tons of material.  The volume of production of PET granulate in July compared to last year increased by 2%. EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

For the period January-July, the production of Russian PET practically did not change – 334.74 thousand tons in 2018 against 331.39 thousand tons in 2017.

EIPET is a joint venture (50:50) of the Indian Dhunseri Petrochem and Tea and Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL).  EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

China Purified terephthalic acid trading

China plans to grant foreign access to PTA futures trading  China Purified terephthalic acid trading
China Purified terephthalic acid trading

China’s securities regulator plans to move forward the legislative work of the futures law, and PTA will become the third commodity China will open to overseas investors following crude oil in March and iron ore in May, a senior official said on Saturday.

Purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a chemical compound, is a precursor to make clothing and plastic bottles. Over 90 percent of global PTA production is used in producing polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.China Purified terephthalic acid trading

China will accelerate the opening-up of the country’s futures market and internationalize all the mature futures contracts in an effort to boost its pricing clout, said Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

Over the past four years, China has launched 12 new futures/options contracts, accounting for 21 percent of the 57 contracts that are currently traded.

In March, China launched its long-awaited yuan-denominated crude futures contract.

Trading of white sugar options started last April in China, shortly after the launch of soybean meal options.China Purified terephthalic acid trading

“China’s economic development is in a strategically important period, and the prospect for the futures market is very promising,” Fang said.China Purified terephthalic acid trading

To encourage more foreign participation in the domestic market, China announced that foreign businesses would be allowed to own up to 51 percent of shares in futures companies, and the cap would be phased out over three years.

Polymers Naphtha Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers Naphtha Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM10/09/201817/09/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

11,100 yuan/ton10,750 yuan/ton-350
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,360 $/ton1,340 $/ton-20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

10,900 yuan/ton10,700 yuan/ton-200
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

10,850 yuan/ton10,650 yuan/ton-200
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

9,320 yuan/ton9,145 yuan/ton-175
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

1,080 $/ton 1,050 $/ton-30
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

7,855 yuan/ton7,300 yuan/ton-555
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

942 $/ton 887 $/ton-55
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,306 $/ton 1,344 $/ton+38
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

12,250 yuan/ton 11,850 yuan/ton-400
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market11,000 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton-800
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

13,600 yuan/ton13,100 yuan/ton-500
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

13,600 yuan/ton13,100 yuan/ton-500
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

12,350 yuan/ton11,850 yuan/ton-500
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

11,470 yuan/ton11,270 yuan/ton-200
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

17,800 yuan/ton18,100 yuan/ton+300
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,150 $/ton2,150 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2470 $/ton2,470 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

19,400 yuan/ton19,450 yuan/ton+50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,400 yuan/ton19,600 yuan/ton+200
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

39,500 yuan/ton40,000 yuan/ton+500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

21,800 yuan/ton22,050 yuan/ton+250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,800 yuan/ton 25,000 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,900 yuan/ton24,000 yuan/ton+100
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,200  yuan/ton 34,200 yuan/ton 
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,600 yuan/ton10,550 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market

 

7,000 yuan/ton6,870 yuan/ton-130
Benzene overseas  market

 

854 $/ton847 $/ton-7
Ethylene South East market

 

1,215 $/ton1,195 $/ton-20
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,186 $/ton1,172 $/ton-14
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

19,200 yuan/ton19,100 yuan/ton-100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

15,100 yuan/ton15,100 yuan/ton 
PP Powder domestic market

 

9,950 yuan/ton10,150 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market         

 

667 $/ton683 $/ton+16
Phenol domestic market 11,300  yuan/ton11,300  yuan/ton 

 

PS Taiwan 5250  GPPS1,525 $/ton1,495 $/ton-30

 

PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,575 $/ton1,550 $/ton-25

 

LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,110 $/ton1,117 $/ton+7
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,090 $/ton1,090 $/ton 
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,088 $/ton1,094 $/ton+6 
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,067 $/ton 1,067 $/ton 
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,248 $/ton1,247 $/ton -1
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

1,222 $/ton 1,232 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,262 €/ton1,262 €/ton 

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PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

Is the reason behind PA66’s recent rise just because it is out of stock? PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

 Source: Buying Plastics Research Institute

If the recent star products in the chemical industry are PTA, then the star products in the plastics industry are not PA66. Recently, Celanese Celanese and Aymans released the latest price increase letter. Celanese raised the price of PA66 and PA6 from September 17th: PA66 Asia increased by US$0.75, equivalent to RMB5124/ton; PA6 Asia increased by US$0.25, equivalent to RMB1708/ton. EMS Aimans raised the price of PA66 by RMB 5,000/ton from September 15. PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

Let’s take a look at the various price increases of major suppliers around the world from January to August this year!

 From February 1st, 2018, Aoshengde PA66 was raised by USD 0.2/kg, equivalent to RMB 1400/ton; BASF raised the price of PA66 by USD 400/ton, equivalent to RMB 2,560/ton; Domo PA66 The increase of materials is 150-175 euros/ton per ton (equivalent to RMB 1180-1377 yuan/ton); the Senais PA66 is raised by 1573 yuan/ton.

 From March 1st, 2018, the price of all PA66 in Toray is raised by RMB 3,500/ton;

Since April 1, 2018, all DSM prices of DSM have been raised by RMB 1,400/ton.

 From April 16th, 2018, Celanese PA66 material price increased by 300 US dollars / ton, about 1920 yuan / ton.

On June 1, 2018, the Celanese PA66-LFT price was raised by US$0.1/kg (about RMB 637/ton).

On June 5, 2018, the US DuPont PA66 rose another 800 yuan / ton

On June 11, 2018, LANXESS has announced an increase in the price of Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) compounds in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by 0.60 Euro/kg (equivalent to approximately RMB 4,550/tonne). A (DurethanA) products are raised by 5.00 yuan (including tax) per kilogram, which is equivalent to an increase of 5,000 yuan / ton.

 On July 1, 2018, DuPont announced a price increase of $600/ton for DuPont Zytel (nylon resin), ZytelHTN (high performance polyamide) and Minlon (reinforced nylon).  Aoshengde announced that all Ascend and vydyne polymers sold in Asia, fiber and compound prices increased by 0.2 US dollars / kg, equivalent to about 1304 yuan / ton.

On July 3, 2018, DuPont 101L market price rose by 1000-2000 yuan / ton, breaking through 40,000 yuan / ton,

From July 15, 2018, DS66 Asia’s PA66 price per ton increased by 690 US dollars (equivalent to about 4521 yuan / ton); Celanese PA66 composite products in Asia increased by 0.3 US dollars / kg, equivalent to 1988 yuan / Ton. PA66-LFT Asian region raised by 0.22 US dollars / kg, equivalent to RMB 1458 yuan / kg

On August 1, 2018, Domo announced that the price of DOMAMD66 products rose by 6,000 yuan / ton, and the price of ECONAMID66 products rose by 6,000 yuan / ton. Asahi Kasei announced that due to the rising raw material prices and the extremely tight supply of raw materials in the middle reaches, the following adjustments were made to PA66:

+4.5RMB/kg (4,500 yuan / ton, excluding VAT)

+5.3RMB/kg (5300 yuan / ton, including VAT)

On August 24, 2018, Asahi Kasei’s PA66 broke through 42,000 yuan / ton.

Since the beginning of this year, the cumulative increase of PA66 has exceeded 35 times, and the increase is also staggering.  What is the reason for the PA66’s soaring? Continue to look down….

 Upstream raw material oligopoly

PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

▲PA66产业链 ▲PA66 industry chain

 It can be seen from the industrial chain diagram that hexamethylene diamine is the core raw material of synthetic nylon 66, which is produced by hydrogenation of adiponitrile. The global production capacity of hexamethylene diamine is about 2.13 million tons. About one ton of hexamethylenediamine is required to produce about 0.95 tons of adiponitrile. At present, the production of hexamethylenediamine in the world is mainly concentrated in companies such as INVISTA, BASF, Aoshengde and Shenma.

PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

The top three companies account for 76.9% of the world’s total production capacity and are highly monopolized. Once force majeure occurs, it has a greater impact on the industry.  This year, force majeure events began frequently.As a result, the production capacity of adiponitrile is insufficient and the price rises, which in turn leads to the price increase effect of PA66.

2018.1.11 2018.1.11

Ao Shengde announced the force majeure of the hexamethylene diamine unit, mainly because the cold weather in the United States affected the operation of Ao Shengde at the Alabama plant, and the hydrogen supply was also affected.

2018.1.24 2018.1.24

BASF informed its customers that its hexamethylene diamine plant in Hill Sanders was shut down due to unexpected equipment failures. BASF said that its European side has suffered force majeure for global supply of HMD, AH salt and all PA66 polymers. Time is hard to predict.

2018.2.15 2018.2.15

The strike of the adiponitrile plant in Solampé, Solvay, France, led to the world’s largest production of adiponitrile. The plant has a capacity of 520,000 tons per year, accounting for about one-third of the world’s total capacity.

2018.6.5 2018.6.5

BASF once again announced that its HMD (hexane diamine) raw material supplier INEOS’s electrical installation at the SealSands plant in the UK had an electrical failure, which caused the plant to shut down and the critical components of the production plant to be damaged. It may take several weeks to resume normal production. The supply of acrylonitrile suffered force majeure.

贸易战打响PA66位列其中 The trade war started in the PA66

In 2017, China’s PA66 importing country, the United States is the largest exporter, with an import volume of 48,200 tons, accounting for 17.43% of the total import ratio, followed by Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Germany, respectively 40,700 tons, 3.99. Ten thousand tons, 22,500 tons and 19,900 tons.

PA66 Polyamide 66 Invista DSM Celanese

Affected by the Sino-US trade war, China imposed a 25% tariff on 106 items of soybeans, automobiles, and chemicals in the United States. The chemical products include nylon 66. The increase in tariffs also directly led to the increase in domestic PA66 prices.

In short, the continuous rise of PA66 is entirely caused by the lack of goods. When to break the foreign technical blockade and realize the localization of adiponitrile, it is the first step that domestic nylon 66 manufacturers need to take. As far as the value of nylon 66 is concerned, the replacement process in some key downstream applications may not be that simple.

USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

New US law to ease tariffs will not halt duties against Chinese products: ACC   USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

  • Author Kristen Hays
  • Editor Richard Rubin
 USA tariffs duties Chinese products tradeHouston — President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that will reduce or suspend tariffs on roughly 1,660 products imported into the US, more than half of which are chemicals and plastics. USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

However, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill of 2018, or MTB, which Trump signed late Thursday, does not apply to new so-called Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products implemented in July and August and potentially another chemical-heavy round that could be implemented as soon as late September.  USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

The process to suspend or reduce duties on products listed in the MTB had been ongoing for about five years, said Ed Brzytwa, director of international trade for the American Chemistry Council, in an interview Friday. While it rolls back tariffs on products already in the US tariff schedule, MTB will not erase additional Section 301 duties, he said.

For example, if a chemical or product that was already on the schedule had a 5% tariff, MTB will reduce or suspend it. If the same product faces a new 25% duty imposed August 23 as part of $16 billion in tariffs on Chinese products amid escalating US-China trade tensions, MTB will not apply. The product would have a 25% duty — or slightly more — rather than a 30% duty because MTB would erase or reduce the duty that was already in place, Brzytwa explained. USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

“It doesn’t take away the president’s authority to apply these additional duties,” he said of MTB. USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

Matt Francoeur, regulatory and sales specialist with The Chemical Company, a global chemical supplier, said in an interview Friday that the last MTB expired in 2012, and the version that became the bill Trump signed Thursday was introduced in November last year. He said the new law likely made it through Congress to Trump so quickly in response to tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imports so far this year, starting with steel and aluminum in March. USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

The ACC has vehemently argued against imposing more tariffs on Chinese chemical and plastic products, saying the additional cost threatens growth in petrochemical manufacturing and infrastructure by siphoning demand for US chemical and resin exports.

“Depending on the elasticity of demand (responsiveness) for US products in China, the retaliatory tariffs could result in substantial losses for American producers, their employees, and for the communities that depend on the economic activity that the chemicals and plastics industry generates,” The ACC said in a report last week.

ACC said Trump signing MTB into law showed support for US chemical manufacturers that rely on foreign inputs to retain their production cost advantage over other regions, and hoped that it would help Trump “see that a zero-tariff policy that helps create new markets for producers and brings innovative products of chemistry to new regions is the best course for U.S. trade policy.” USA tariffs duties Chinese products trade

So far, $50 billion in new Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products have been implemented in two parts: $34 billion on July 6 and $16 billion on August 23. China responded with retaliatory tariffs on US goods of the same value on the same dates.

Another $200 billion in US tariffs on Chinese goods is under consideration, with China ready to retaliate with $60 billion in duties on US goods.

Of the new tariffs in place, the $16 billion list was chemical heavy, and China’s response included two grades of polyethylene that make up 80% of the 9.2 million mt/year of known US polyethylene capacity starting up along the US Gulf Coast in 2017 through next year and beyond. All or most of that new output will be exported, and most of that is targeted to Asia – mainly China and India – which have the highest expected demand growth in the world, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.

–Kristen Hays, kristen.hays@spglobal.com

–Edited by Richard Rubin, richard.rubin@spglobal.com

Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Donald Trump to impose tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese goods as early as Monday  Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday 

The new tariffs at 10 per cent would apply to more than 1,000 products, likely leading to higher prices for US consumers

Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday 

Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese goods, two people briefed on the decision said, one of the most severe economic restrictions ever imposed by a US president.

An announcement is expected to come within days, possibly as early as Monday, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss internal plans. Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

The new tariffs would apply to more than 1,000 products, including smartphones, televisions, toys, and a range of other products.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Treasury was planning to restart talks with Chinese leaders soon. Photo: EPA-EFE

These penalties could drive up the cost of a range of products ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season, though it is unclear how much.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Trump has ordered aides to set the tariffs on these products at 10 per cent across a range of consumer products, likely leading to higher prices for American consumers.

These tariffs are paid by US companies that import the products, though they often pass the costs along to US consumers in the form of higher prices.

The US imports roughly US$500 billion in Chinese goods each year, and – combined with existing tariffs – these new penalties would cover half of all goods sent to the US from China each year.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

The 10 per cent tariff is scaled back from Trump’s initial plan, which was to impose 25 per cent penalties on all of these imports. But the impact will still likely be felt by millions of American consumers, as it would apply to smartphones, computers, toys, televisions, and many other middle-class staples.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said “the President has been clear that he and his administration will continue to take action to address China’s unfair trade practices. We encourage China to address the long-standing concerns raised by the United States. ”Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

All of Trump’s top advisers have been united in his effort to push China to change it economic practices, but they have been split on his tactics.

Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Xi and Trump in Beijing last year. Corporate executives increasingly believe the trade dispute can only be resolved by direct talks between the two leaders. Photo: TNS

Some have advocated a more cautious, diplomatic approach. But Trump has signalled that he believes only the threat of real economic pain will coerce Beijing into major changes.

He has recently boasted that he believes China’s economy is suffering because of his hard-charging style.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Trump has accused China of a number of unfair trade practices, and he has threatened to impose tariffs on all Chinese imports if changes are not made.

He wants China to buy more American products, open up China to more US investment, and stop stealing US intellectual property, among other things.

The tariffs come as a number of top White House advisers have been trying to de-escalate tensions between Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was planning to restart talks with Chinese leaders soon, but they have vowed to retaliate to any escalation of the trade battle between the two countries with punitive steps of their own, and Trump’s move could further push Beijing to retaliate.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

All of Trump’s top advisers have been united in his effort to push China to change it economic practices, but they have been split on his tactics.

The decision was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Dockworkers at the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. The new tariffs would apply to more than 1,000 products, including smartphones, televisions, toys, and a range of other products. Photo: AP

Trump has tried to use tariffs as a way to penalise a number of countries this year, including Mexico, Japan, Canada, and members of the European Union, hoping that the threat of driving up costs on their products will make them more open to his demands. This tactic has had mixed success.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Trump first imposed tariffs on roughly US$50 billion in Chinese products, and the list of products mostly included industrial equipment to not directly impact consumers.

China responded by imposing tariffs on US products like beef and soybeans, a response that spooked the US agriculture industry and angered Trump and other White House officials.

Trump responded this summer by ordering his advisers to come up with a list of US$200 billion in other Chinese products to penalise, a package of products that includes many consumer products.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

And two weeks ago he said he is preparing a third package of penalties on what he said would be US$267 billion in additional items, a list that likely encompasses all remaining goods produced in China.

Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

Bottles of Cherry Coca-Cola with portraits of Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett in Beijing. Photo: AP

“For the near term, this combination of tactics seems to signal that unless and until China comes to the table with significant actions on the issues the US is hammering, the US will keep tariff pressure going,” said Claire Reade, a former US trade negotiator.

The US ran a US$233.5 billion deficit in goods trade with China during the first seven months of the year, an 8 percent increase compared with the same period in 2017.

Corporate executives increasingly believe the trade dispute can only be resolved by direct talks between Trump and Xi.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

The two leaders may see other at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month and are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires in November.Donald Trump tariffs Chinese goods Monday

2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

2008 financial crisis and unraveling of the BRICS  2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

Export demand from the pre-crisis boom was a big driver of economic growth for the Brics countries. However, slow growth in world trade and threat of trade wars have curbed these tailwinds in the post-crisis world.

Roshan Kishore
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
BRICS  2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth
The GDP growth rate of BRICS nations was significantly higher, and widening its lead, than the world-average and the US GDP growth numbers in the years before the first BRICS ministerial meeting in 2006(AFP File Photo)

In September 2006, representatives of Brazil, India, Russia and China met in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, and expressed their interest in multilateral cooperation. The initiative was of historical significance as it was the first closely knit grouping of emerging market economies. It was the first ministerial meeting of what came to be known as the BRIC countries , which preceded a summit in 2009. BRIC became BRICS with South Africa’s inclusion in 2010.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

If one were to look at the share of these five countries in global gross domestic product (GDP), BRICS would seem like an extremely successful initiative today. This figure increased from 14.5% in 2006 to 21.4% in 2017.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

The increase looks even more impressive when compared with the share of the US – the world’s largest economy – in global GDP. In 2006, the difference between the share of the US and BRICS in global GDP was 9.9 percentage points.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

This came down to 0.2 percentage points in 2017. Nothing can be a bigger proof of increasing economic multi-polarity in the world than this. (See Chart 1: BRICS and US share in global GDP)2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

BRICS  2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

However, another set of statistics punctures the optimism around the convergence in GDP shares of BRICS economies and the US.

The GDP growth rate of BRICS nations was significantly higher, and widening its lead, than the world-average and the US GDP growth numbers in the years before the first BRICS ministerial meeting in 2006.

It was this trend which probably gave the confidence to these countries to create a club of their own.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

This, unfortunately, was going to change very soon. In 2008, the US confronted its worst financial crisis in decades.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

Given the weight of the US in the world economy and its linkages with other countries thanks to globalisation, this soon mutated into a worldwide recession.

The global headwinds to economic growth were particularly severe for the BRICS countries.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

Their GDP growth rate fell sharply, and even a recovery in the years since has not been able to restore to the BRICS the pre-crisis edge they had in terms of economic growth rates over the world and the US. (See Chart 2: BRICS, World and US GDP growth)

BRICS  2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

Both the statistics described above capture equalisation of important economic variables in the global economy.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

But given the fact the per capita incomes in BRICS countries are significantly lower than in developed countries such as the US, there is an element of perversity in the equality in terms of GDP growth of advanced countries and emerging market economies.

Had the crisis not erupted and were purchasing power to remain at pre-crisis levels in the world, especially in advanced countries, export demand would have continued to power the growth engines of developing countries, especially the BRICS nations.

Unit value of exports, a useful measure of export earnings, for BRICS countries was growing sharply in the pre-crisis period, crashing after 2008.

This trend is in concurrence with the GDP growth figures discussed above. (See Chart 3: Unit value of exports for BRICS countries) 2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

BRICS  2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

While GDP growth rates have recovered somewhat, the initial recovery in unit value of exports has reversed once again.

This statistic seems even more troubling when it is seen along with the changing relation between economic growth and trade in the world economy.

We look at the ratio between percentage growth in the trade-GDP ratio and GDP growth for the global economy.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

The value can tell us about the trade-creation potential (or lack of it) of GDP growth.

This figure has been negative for four consecutive years (latest data available is till 2016), a trend which has never been seen since the 1960s. (See Chart 4: ratio of growth in trade-GDP ratio and global GDP)

BRICS  2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

This means that growth in world GDP has actually been leading to a reduction in world trade. This suggests that global trade has been in troubled waters for quite some time. Trade wars are bound to make this worse.2008 financial crisis BRICS economic growth

The global crisis gave a tectonic shock to the global economy in 2008. Even after 10 years, it is difficult to say how exactly the fault lines will change.

Plastic chemicals biochemicals crude oil 17-09-2018

-EIPET has loaded one PET line at the plant in Egypt at full capacity   EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

EIPET, a major Egyptian producer of polyester products and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), last week brought capacity utilization on one of the two lines in Ain Sokhna (Ain Sokhna, Egypt) to 100%, ICIS reported in source company.

According to him, raw materials for PET production on this line of the enterprise, which can produce 540 thousand tons of material per year on two lines, was filed August 18-19, August 22-24 commercial products were received

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-China plans to grant foreign access to PTA futures trading

China’s securities regulator plans to move forward the legislative work of the futures law, and PTA will become the third commodity China will open to overseas investors following crude oil in March and iron ore in May, a senior official said on Saturday.

Purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a chemical compound, is a precursor to make clothing and plastic bottles. Over 90 percent of global PTA production is used in producing polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.

China will accelerate the opening-up of the country’s futures market and internationalize all the mature futures contracts in an effort to boost its pricing clout, said Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

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-Donald Trump to impose tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese goods as early as Monday 

The new tariffs at 10 per cent would apply to more than 1,000 products, likely leading to higher prices for US consumers

Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese goods, two people briefed on the decision said, one of the most severe economic restrictions ever imposed by a US president.

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-Crude Prices Mixed on Concerns Over Additional US Tariffs

O il prices pulled back on Friday on concerns that additional US tariffs would be placed on Chinese imports, after an earlier rally triggered by worries that more sanctions on Iran might constrict supply. Crude futures ended the week up more than 1.6%, CNBC reported.

Traders said an early rally on Friday was sparked by reports US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was going to announce new sanctions on Iran.

“It increases the odds that there will be less oil coming out of there,” said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group.

The gains were curbed though by reports US President Donald Trump instructed aides to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more of Chinese products.

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-Viewpoint: Plastic packaging isn’t the problem – our recycling infrastructure is

After all, the incentives for procuring and recycling plastic should make business sense, says Steve Fox, purchasing director at Bartlett Mitchell

There are many ways to respond to the problem of plastic in our everyday lives, and lots of people will have a different view. But one thing is for sure: banning the use of plastic packaging isn’t the answer. Having a strategic government policy to enable an integrated recycling infrastructure definitely is.

We are all becoming more aware of the fact that there are a number of widely recyclable plastics available. The most commonly used for food packaging by foodservice businesses is polyethylene terephthalate (commonly known as PET).

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-Recycling Your Plastics Does More Than Saving The Environment

Your recycling efforts at home make a bigger difference than you probably realise. In South Africa the volume of recycled plastic material grows annually, with 334 727 tons recycled into raw material last year*.

“The immediate effect on the environment is that pollution is reduced, but in South Africa there is also the critically positive result of job creation,” says Rory Murray, Marketing Director at Tuffy Brands. “We have to start thinking differently about plastic, because re-using it creates a whole value chain.”

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-Seaqual to show sustainable creativity at Première Vision14

Seaqual will bring together creativity and eco-responsibility at Premiere Vision Paris beginning September 19. Recognized by its peers for its innovative environmental approach, 5 fabrics made from the fibres of Seaqual will be exhibited at the new ‘Smart Materials’ zone during the three-day exhibition, an area dedicated to responsible creation.

Seaqual creates and manages collaborations between industry, NGOs, communities and local and national authorities to up-cycle plastic marine waste. Launched in 2016, Seaqual became the first ingredient brand to use fishing vessels and other ocean cleaning programmes to collect and up-cycle plastic waste before returning it to industry under the name Seaqual Polymer.

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-Iran says crude oil market is too tight for U.S. zero exports target

Washington is seeking to cut Iranian oil exports to zero by November

The U.S. will find it difficult to cut Iran’s oil exports completely as the oil market is already tight and rival producers cannot make up the shortfall, a top Iranian official said on Friday.

Washington is seeking to cut Iranian oil exports to zero by November as it reimposes sanctions, and is encouraging other producers such as Saudi Arabia, other OPEC members and Russia to pump more to meet the shortfall.

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-New US law to ease tariffs will not halt duties against Chinese products: ACC Plastic chemicals biochemicals crude oil

Houston — President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that will reduce or suspend tariffs on roughly 1,660 products imported into the US, more than half of which are chemicals and plastics.

However, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill of 2018, or MTB, which Trump signed late Thursday, does not apply to new so-called Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products implemented in July and August and potentially another chemical-heavy round that could be implemented as soon as late September.

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-Japan buyer loads last Iranian oil cargoes as US sanctions deadline nears

A Japanese buyer has loaded what appears to be the last Iranian oil cargoes for arrival in early October, ahead of US sanctions, as local importers step up procurements from alternative sources, market sources say.

Register Now  VLCC Yufusan is scheduled to arrive Japan on October 3 after loading oil at Assaluyeh and Kharg Island in Iran and Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait, according to S&P Global Platts trade flow software cFlow.

A Shipping source said that the VLCC is arriving Japan in early October after having loaded Iranian oil.

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-Micro Fine Cell

Our “Micro Fine Cell” foaming agents were specifically developed to produce a Micro Fine Cellular structure with the uniform distribution of the cells on a consistent basis throughout the production cycle.  “Micro Fine Cell” foaming agents are available as Endothermic or Exothermic foaming agents pelletized in the iDPel carrier compound. They are also available in powder or liquid forms.

Injection Molding The “MicroFine Cell” produces foam with a much smaller and tighter cell structure than normal endothermic CFAs, resulting in improved appearance and better physical properties.  Itis very effective in thin wall applications such as caps and closures.

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-Is the reason behind PA66’s recent rise just because it is out of stock? 

If the recent star products in the chemical industry are PTA, then the star products in the plastics industry are not PA66. Recently, Celanese Celanese and Aymans released the latest price increase letter. Celanese raised the price of PA66 and PA6 from September 17th: PA66 Asia increased by US$0.75, equivalent to RMB5124/ton; PA6 Asia increased by US$0.25, equivalent to RMB1708/ton. EMS Aimans raised the price of PA66 by RMB 5,000/ton from September 15.

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-Oil mixed as China tariff talk scotches early rally

Oil prices pulled back on Friday on concerns additional U.S. tariffs would be placed on Chinese imports, after an earlier rally triggered by worries that more sanctions on Iran might constrict supply.

Crude futures ended the week up more than 1.6 percent.

Traders said an early rally on Friday was sparked by reports U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was going to announce new sanctions on Iran.

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-2008 financial crisis and unraveling of the BRICS  

Export demand from the pre-crisis boom was a big driver of economic growth for the Brics countries. However, slow growth in world trade and threat of trade wars have curbed these tailwinds in the post-crisis world.

In September 2006, representatives of Brazil, India, Russia and China met in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, and expressed their interest in multilateral cooperation.

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-Maduro says oil finance commitments won from China

CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he had new commitments from Beijing on funding for the oil industry on which crisis-hit Caracas relies.

Oil output is the main generator of Venezuela’s income but has fallen to its lowest level in three decades, with the South American country’s state-led economy in free-fall.

Analysts blame years of neglect during which state oil firm PDVSA’s infrastructure became rundown and exploration was curbed, while oil revenues were used to plug the fiscal deficit.

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-Is OPEC prepared for the upcoming oil crunch?

The oil market is “tightening up,” the US International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its monthly report last week.

The report had many warnings about the tightness of the oil market as world demand for the black liquid is expected to top 100 million barrels a day in the next three months, while the supply picture isn’t rosy due to a fall in production in Latin America; a ban on Iranian shipments by the US; a fragile situation in countries like Libya; and finally, an infrastructure bottleneck in the Permian, America’s largest basin for shale oil.

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-Iran forgetful of past as oil prices strengthen

Production outages in some OPEC countries are adding to the upward pressure on oil prices.

The upward momentum of oil prices has returned. In the week ending Sept. 14, the Brent crude price rose to $78.09 per barrel and WTI hit $68.99.

The Brent/WTI spread continues to widen significantly. From $5.50 at the end of July and $7.60 at the end of August, it closed at $9 per barrel on Friday.

This is mainly attributed to the very low inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma, which are 33.2 million barrels lower than last year’s levels.

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-THINGS THAT MATTER: PLASTIC POLLUTION – PROBLEMS AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

“Plastic or planet – which will it be?” That was the title and theme of my column of two weeks ago, and it generated what we Bajans call a “beriffle” of enthusiastic, even passionate responses – embellishing, giving examples, and pointing out solutions being tried all over the world. So today I want to share a few of these examples of plastic re-use – some simple, some brilliant, some totally visionary. Can we try any of them here in Barbados or, working together in CARICOM?

The first suggestion I received was a sensible approach to dealing with the nemesis of our roads – potholes. A single heavy rain breaks the surface of our roads, and the wear and tear of exponentially increasing pickup trucks and heavy-duty trucks soon produces pot-holes, woks and witches’ cauldrons all over the roads

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-US tax reform poses a big threat to Canada’s chem and other sectors – study

The US tax reform is a huge threat to Canada, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, with petrochemicals and chemicals being particularly vulnerable, according to a study made available on Friday.

The study was commissioned by trade group Business Council of Canada which had asked consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to estimate the impact of the US tax reform on Canada.

“In total, we assess that approximately Canadian dollar (C$) 85bn ($65bn) in GDP, or 4.9% of Canada’s GDP; 635,000 employees, or 3.4% of Canadian employment; C$47bn in labour income; and C$20bn in government revenue are at risk as a result of the US tax reform,” the consultants concluded.

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 AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

AMSilk announces partnership with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite  AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

AMSilk, an industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers, announces a partnership with Airbus space and related services. The two companies have entered into a joint cooperation agreement to develop the new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry.

 AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

AMSilk announces partnership with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite

In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fiber composite materials, primarily to decrease the plane’s weight and save fuel over time.AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

Airbus, committed to remaining at the forefront of aerospace innovation, is the first in the industry to experiment with this new material.AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

It intends to explore how AMSilk’s Biosteel fiber can allow them to approach the design and construction of their planes in an entirely new way. AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

The new composite material will be built using AMSilk’s Biosteel fiber technology, which enables lightweight construction with multiple shock resistance and flexibility. As demand for air travel

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continues to increase, the need for larger, more flexible planes which spend less time in the shop and more time in the sky will continue to grow.Biosteel fiber is made from a biopolymer based on natural spider silk, a material known for its strength, flexibility and toughness.AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

AMSilk produces Biosteel fiber through a closed-loop biotechnological process that renders the product highly sustainable, with no petroleum inputs.  AMSilk Airbus synthetic silk biopolymers

Jens Klein, CEO of AMSilk commented:

“We are excited to be working with Airbus, the world leader in performance airplanes, to create a fundamentally new material. At AMSilk, we are committed to producing materials that are both highperforming and sustainable, and the current partnership with Airbus is an opportunity to set a new, stronger and more sustainable course for the entire aerospace industry.”

AMSilk and Airbus are aiming to launch a prototype composite material in 2019.

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-US quietly rolls back raft of China chemicals tariffs

Yangshan Port in Shanghai(Clarification: Recasts context of President Trump’s remarks in closing paras)

US President Donald Trump has approved the rollback of sanctions on numerous chemicals instituted as part of the country’s trade dispute with China by signing a bill to reduce the impact of import tariffs on domestic industry.

A variety of forms of plastics products are included in the list of over 1,600 Chinese products to see reduced or removed tariff burdens.

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-ILUNA Group With ROICA™ By Asahi Kasei @ Première Vision

In line with the powerful global trend towards smarter fashion solutions, Iluna Group launches its Embroidery Division. Specialists in lace since 1985, the new Embroidery Division offers a complete and innovative product match in line with the modern expectations of brands and retailers. Staying true to Iluna’s DNA, the introduction of embroidery and guipure are all produced with only recycled materials.

In addition to the launch of the Embroidery Division, this season novelties include:

Since September 2018, Iluna Group’s products with the right percentage of transformed content are GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified.

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-AMSilk announces partnership with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite  

AMSilk, an industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers, announces a partnership with Airbus space and related services. The two companies have entered into a joint cooperation agreement to develop the new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry.

AMSilk announces partnership with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite

In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fiber composite materials, primarily to decrease the plane’s weight and save fuel over time

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-Indonesian petrochem project on course

Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd has denied claims of suspension of its integrated petrochemical facility (IPF) in Indonesia.

In a filing to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, the company noted the project is currently at the final stage of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study. In parallel, Lotte Chemical has been working on the environmental impact assessment and undertaking other activities in relation to the IPF project.

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-US tax reform poses a big threat to Canada’s chem and other sectors – study

The US tax reform is a huge threat to Canada, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, with petrochemicals and chemicals being particularly vulnerable, according to a study made available on Friday.

The study was commissioned by trade group Business Council of Canada which had asked consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to estimate the impact of the US tax reform on Canada.

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-Adient names DelGrosso CEO, succeeding interim chief Fritz Henderson

Seating supplier Adient named turnaround veteran Douglas DelGrosso as its next CEO, replacing former General Motors chief Frederick “Fritz” Henderson.

DelGrosso, 56, will take over as chief executive of the spun-off Johnson Controls Inc. unit on Oct. 1, the company said. He’s currently president and CEO at Chassix, a Southfield, Mich., supplier.

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-Trade war weakens China PE

China’s domestic polyethylene (PE) prices may weaken in the near term because of ample supply and demand uncertainties amid the country’s trade war with the US.

On 12 September, linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) prices in south China were assessed at yuan (CNY) 9,550/tonne ($1,390/tonne) EXWH (ex-warehouse), down by 2.3% from 10 August, ICIS data showed. High density polyethylene (HDPE) injection prices fell to their lowest in more than five months at CNY10,000/tonne EXWH south China, down by 5.7% from 16 August, according to the data.

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-The U.S. Is The World’s Top Oil Producer, But For How Long?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday that the U.S. likely surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier this year to become the world’s top crude oil producer. The EIA based its disclosure on preliminary estimates in its Short-Term Energy Outlook which is released every month.

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-EU considers imposing anti-dumping duties on US, Russian UAN fertilizer imports

The EU is considering imposing anti-dumping duties (ADD) on urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) fertilizer imports from Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the US, according to an official transcript released late on Wednesday.

Antidumping dutiesThe European Commission – the EU’s executive body – received a complaint on 29 June from industry body Fertilizers Europe, which alleges UAN imports are being dumped into the European market, “thereby causing injury” to the 28-country bloc’s industry.

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-AVERY DENNISON INTRODUCES TWO NEW UHF RFID INLAY PRODUCTS

Avery Dennison has expanded its portfolio of ultrahigh frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) inlay label products targeting the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

RFID has proven benefits in industries like apparel, food and beauty and successfully expanded to other segments like pharmaceuticals. RFID-enabled solutions can be used to streamline asset tracking, eliminate loss on inventory, improve accuracy in supply management, enhance patient experiences, and drive better outcomes, all while fighting pharmaceutical brand counterfeiting.

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Reclaimer argues for goal of 50 percent RPET bottles  Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

 by Jared Paben

Reclaimer RPET bottles PhoenixSome beverage brand owners are moving toward 100 percent RPET bottles, but one of the country’s largest PET reclaimers says the magic number may be half that amount. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

Phoenix Technologies International issued a press release on Sept. 11 stating that a goal of using 50 percent recycled content drives substantial increases in recovery but avoids potential damage to the quality of RPET in future cycles.

Phoenix is a Bowling Green, Ohio reclaimer that produces about 80 million pounds of RPET annually for food and drink packaging and a variety of other markets. It processes about 1 out of every 20 PET bottles collected for recycling in North America.

Phoenix is a member of the Plastics Technologies, Inc. (PTI) family of companies. PTI is a research and consulting company that helps brand owners commercialize PET packaging.

“Several major companies have committed to 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier,” said Ron Ott, president and chief operating officer at Phoenix Technologies, stated in the press release. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

“With sustainability activities ramping up among many more companies across the globe, it’s important to understand how those efforts will be impacted by material availability, and also what the impact of higher recycling content levels will be on future life cycles.”

Some brand owners have either rolled out 100 percent RPET bottles or have pledged to do so. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

For example, Nestlé Waters North America has begun selling its “resource” brand spring water and its Pure Life purified water in 100 percent recycled containers.

Danone announced that its evian brand of bottled water will use 100 percent RPET by 2025. Its containers currently average 25 percent RPET. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

Boosting recovery and safeguarding quality

Citing data from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Phoenix noted that only 1 in 7 post-consumer PET bottles collected for recycling are recycled into new bottles. And according to NAPCOR, less than one-third of all discarded bottles make it into the recycling stream in the first place.

“The current recycling rate would need to triple in order to have enough material to produce 50 percent rPET bottles across all product categories,” Ott stated. “We encourage everyone to do their part to make sure that number increases, so that there are enough bales to process in order to meet both current and future demand.”

When bottles start to approach 100 percent RPET content, yellowing and hazing may occur when those bottles are recycled, according to Phoenix. When 50 percent RPET bottles are introduced into the stream, “we anticipate minimal visual impact on subsequent life cycles,” he said. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

PTI has conducted research and released white papers on the yellowing of PET during repeated melt cycles and when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. In 2017, Plastics Recycling Update wrote about one PTI white paper that suggested yellowed-tinted RPET might be mixed into an amber-colored PET stream to make beer bottles and pharmaceutical containers. The article noted that additives are available to reduce counteract the yellow tint, but they adds costs and can reduce the plastic’s brightness if used at too high of a level. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

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-Reclaimer argues for goal of 50 percent RPET bottles  Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

Some beverage brand owners are moving toward 100 percent RPET bottles, but one of the country’s largest PET reclaimers says the magic number may be half that amount. Reclaimer RPET bottles Phoenix

Phoenix Technologies International issued a press release on Sept. 11 stating that a goal of using 50 percent recycled content drives substantial increases in recovery but avoids potential damage to the quality of RPET in future cycles.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Asian makers of plastic bottle materials mount offensive in Japan   

Anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports create business opportunities

Japan has increased imports of PET resin preforms, which are made into plastic bottles, from Thailand and Taiwan.

TOKYO — Asian manufacturers of plastic bottle materials are on the offensive in Japan, after the Tokyo government last year imposed anti-dumping duties of up to 53% on imports of PET resin from China.

Major South Korean petrochemical company Hyosung plans to start shipping polyethylene terephthalate preforms — tubes that are shaped into plastic bottles — possibly in 2019.

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-INVISTA to Add 40,000 Tons of Nylon 6,6 Polymer Capacity by 2020

INVISTA plans to add 40,000 tons of nylon 6,6 polymer capacity at its current 150,000-ton polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). Construction is targeted for mid-2019 and production would begin in 2020.

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-Ampacet Black Masterbatch Solutions Designed for near Infrared Sorting   Ampacet Black Masterbatch Infrared Sorting

Ampacet has developed carbon black-free masterbatch solutions that can help to significantly reduce the carbon footprint by providing a second life for black plastic packaging.

These carbon black-free products are part of Ampacet’s sustainable development program, which features new and innovative solutions that help to protect the environment. The black masterbatch solutions are near-infrared (NIR) transparent to allow sorting with near-infrared optical sensors and recycling. This technology enables the reuse, repair and recycling of black packaging waste and allows recyclers to valorise this waste and support the circular economy.

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-China acrylic fibre output to stay capped on soaring ACN costs

China’s acrylic fibre (AF) output may continue to be capped in September as production margins are being eroded by high cost of feedstock acrylonitrile (ACN).

Domestic AF plants, which have a total capacity of 819,000 tonnes, may continue running at an average rate of 50% for the rest of the month, market sources said.

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-Crude oil futures fall back after breaching $80/b, outlook remains bullish; ICE Brent $79.18/b, WTI $69.40/b

Crude oil futures were lower during mid-morning trade in Europe Thursday on profit-taking after the ICE Brent contract breached $80/b yesterday, though analysts said the near-term outlook remains bullish.Plastic chemicals textile addtives

Register Now  At 1052 GMT, the November ICE Brent crude futures contract was down 56 cents/b from Wednesday’s settle at $79.18/b, while the NYMEX October sweet light crude contract was down 97 cents/b at $69.40/b.Plastic chemicals textile addtives

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-Lenzing’s EUR 26 million sustainable nonwovens pilot facility

Lenzing has pioneered a new technology platform, Lenzing Web Technology, with a focus on sustainable nonwoven products that will help open new market opportunities. Following an investment of EUR 26 million and several years of R&D, Lenzing completed the commissioning phase for a one-metre wide pilot facility located at its headquarters in Austria.Plastic chemicals textile addtives

Currently, most of the nonwoven products are made with plastic materials like polyester or polypropylene, which take hundreds of years to decompose. Coupled with inadequate disposal techniques, the nonwovens industry is a leading contributor to landfill issues globally.

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-Ecover launches limited-edition Ocean Bottle made from 50 per cent plastic waste

Ecover has launched its limited-edition Ecover Ocean Washing-Up Liquid Bottle, made from 50 per cent plastic waste collected from the sea, waterways and shores of Rio de Janeiro, and 50 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic.

The washing-up liquid is formulated using biodegradable and renewable, plant-based ingredients and will be available exclusively in the UK in selected Sainsbury’s stores from 16th September.

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-U.S. Is Now The Largest Global Producer of Crude Oil

The United States likely surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier this year to become the largest producer of crude oil in the world, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

EIA announced Wednesday that in February, U.S. crude oil output exceeded production in Saudi Arabia for the first time in two decades. Likewise, in June and August, EIA found that U.S. crude oil production surpassed Russia for the first time since February 1999.

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-Iran floats surplus oil as demand falls ahead of U.S. sanctions

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Two tankers carrying Iranian condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, have been floating off the United Arab Emirates for about a month as demand for the oil fell ahead of U.S. sanctions.

The tankers, carrying about 2.4 million barrels of South Pars condensate combined, have been floating off the UAE since August after South Korea halted imports from Iran while China’s demand dropped during summer, according to several industry sources and shipping data.

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-European Soft Drinks Industry Sets Ambitions To Make Its Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe has announced a set of EU-wide ambitions to make the sector’s plastic packaging more sustainable. The ambitions aim to contribute towards building a circular model for plastic packaging by improving its recyclability, recycled content, collection, and reuse.

Beverage packaging is the most collected packaging in the EU and large soft drinks companies have been instrumental in driving up recycling rates by establishing and running many of the packaging recovery organisations across the EU.

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-Plastic alternatives gaining traction

From Starbucks moving away from plastic straws to Kroger announcing the end of plastic grocery bags by 2025, plastic has been as much in the news as it has been on consumers’ minds this year.

Mintel pegged the trend early, projecting that packaging would play a big role in 2018 in the global push to reduce food and product waste and noting that brands will be called on to help keep marine conservation at the forefront of package development.  Consumers are paying attention, too. According to the 2018 “What’s in Store” report from IDDBA, 41% of shoppers purchased “green” items in 2016, a 4% increase from the previous year.

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-Biodegradable plastics will not solve plastic pollution, says the European Parliament

Biodegradable and compostable plastics do not prevent plastic pollution and should not be an excuse to keep consuming single-use plastics, the European Parliament recognised in a vote today. The Parliament voted to strengthen the European Commission’s plans to slash plastic pollution, under the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy launched in January 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the Rethink Plastic alliance [1], ECOS programme manager Ioana Popescu said:

“Biodegradable or not, plastics are clogging our land and oceans, threatening the health of humans and animals. The Parliament today has acknowledged that biodegradable plastics are not a silver bullet to our plastic pollution crisis, but merely a distraction from real solutions. Policies that dramatically cut our plastic footprint need to be urgently implemented.”

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-Prices for LDPE, LLDPE, some HDPE grades drop 3 cents in August

A chaotic month of North American resin pricing ended with 3-cent per-pound reductions for all grades of low and linear low density polyethylene and for film and other flexible grades of high density PE.

The drops ended a stretch in which prices for all grades of HDPE and LDPE had been flat for four consecutive months. LLDPE prices had been flat for two straight months after sliding 3 cents in May.

Market analyst Mike Burns said that the August drops were supplier-driven.

“July had one of the highest PE production months of all time,” added Burns, who is with Resin Technology Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. “Demand is good for all [PE] resins, but supply is outpacing demand.”

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-Sulzer to exhibit polymer foam extrusion technology at Foam Expo Europe

Sulzer Chemtech will showcase its technologies for the extrusion of high-quality polymer foams with a range of forms, including profiles, sheets, pipes and beads, at Foam Expo Europe 2018, Hannover, Germany.

Sulzer Chemtech will present the technologies at stand 718.

The company will display its aixfotecTM twin screw extruder and its key components for the continuous production of low density, expanding or expanded foams from polystyrene, polyester, polypropylene and polylactic acid.

The extruder consists of two co-rotating, inter-meshing screws and can be equipped to provide direct gassing functionalities. The extrusion system aims at minimising energy consumption, waste production and the associated costs.

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Invista polyamide polymerization China

Invista to add polyamide polymerization capacity in China  Invista polyamide polymerization China

by: Stephen Moore

Invista plans to add 40,000 tonnes/year of polyamide (PA) 66 polymer capacity at its current 150,000-tonnes/year polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). Construction is targeted for mid-2019 and production would begin in 2020.

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Invista is boosting capacity for PA 66 resin in China by over 25%.

We are continuing to make strategic investments to best meet our customers’ needs,” said Pete Brown, Invista vice president of nylon polymer.

“In looking at our forecast for the future growth of the PA 66 polymer market, we see increased demand in Asia and are expanding our capacity to meet that demand.” Automotive air bags is one fast-growing application for PA 66.Invista polyamide polymerization China

This project aligns with Invista’s other recent announcements regarding additional capacity in the PA 66 value chain: a new adiponitrile (ADN) plant announced for China by 2023.

The monomer is a precursor for PA 66; additional ADN capacity resulting from retrofits of Invista’s latest ADN technology at Butachimie, Invista’s joint venture with Solvay in France in 2019, and at Invista’s Victoria, Texas, site, targeted for 2020.

This webinar will provide attendees with specific Scientific Molding variables that can identify changes within an existing molding process, as well as provide insight into specific approaches that can be used to bring a validated process back into normal process parameters.Invista polyamide polymerization China

Brown added, “We’ve invested more than $1 billion in the PA 66 value chain in the past five years, have recently committed to investing $1 billion more and are continuing to evaluate the market for additional opportunities in the future.”

Invista also operates a 215,000-tonnes/year hexamethylenediamine (HMD) plant at SCIP. HMD is also a precursor used in PA 66 manufacture.Invista polyamide polymerization China

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Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

Asian makers of plastic bottle materials mount offensive in Japan   Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

Anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports create business opportunities

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Japan has increased imports of PET resin preforms, which are made into plastic bottles, from Thailand and Taiwan.  Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

TOKYO — Asian manufacturers of plastic bottle materials are on the offensive in Japan, after the Tokyo government last year imposed anti-dumping duties of up to 53% on imports of PET resin from China.Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

Major South Korean petrochemical company Hyosung plans to start shipping polyethylene terephthalate preforms — tubes that are shaped into plastic bottles — possibly in 2019.

Hyosung is holding talks with leading Japanese beverage makers for the supply of PET preforms. The company eventually hopes to sell 3 billion of them, equal to more than 10% of total PET bottle shipments in Japan.

Hyosung is confident in the new venture as it will use Chinese-made PET resin to produce the preforms.Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

A marketing official of the Japanese unit of Hyosung said the company would launch the new venture because of a “mistake” committed by Japan, referring to the anti-dumping duties introduced by the Japanese government in September 2017.

Japan imported 470,000 tons of PET resin from China in 2016. The duties have slashed the volume of imports to less than one-tenth of that figure.Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

“We can duly maintain price competitiveness as we will make use of the Chinese product that has lost the Japanese market and become cheaper,” the Hyosung Japan official said.

In a related development, Indorama Polymers of Thailand has agreed to supply its PET resin to Japan’s Suntory Beverage & Food.

A major Japanese trading house has been increasing imports of PET resin to Japan under a contract signed with a Thai resin manufacturer earlier this year, an official said. The trading house plans to sell some 200,000 tons to Japan in 2018, up fourfold from the previous year.

According to government data, Japan imported 497,000 tons of PET resin in the first six months of 2018, down 8% from a year earlier. The decrease was minimized because imports from supply sources such as Thailand and Taiwan increased sharply and made up for the decline in imports from China.

Asian PET resin makers are staging marketing offensives in Japan partly because Japanese-made products cannot cover supply shortages caused by the contraction of imports from China.Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

Top Japanese chemical companies such as Mitsubishi Chemical and Mitsui Chemicals, which asked the government to levy duties on Chinese imports, have been cutting back on facilities to produce PET resin. Mitsubishi Chemical, for example, closed a domestic plant, with an annual manufacturing capacity of 60,000 tons, in March and produced 190,000 tons in the January-June period, down 10% from a year earlier, despite the imposition of duties.Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

PET resin prices in Japan have risen about 30% to 170 yen ($1.53) per kilogram since the introduction of duties due to an increase in imports of products priced higher than those from China. The plea for duties by Japanese chemical companies, complaining about falls in domestic PET resin prices due to unfairly low-priced imports from China, has proved successful.Asian makers plastic bottle materials Japan

But the request for duties has provoked a “fierce backlash” from domestic users that have become reliant on Chinese-made PET resin as a result of Japanese petrochemical makers’ domestic capacity reductions, according to an executive of a major trading house.

An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is casting a shadow over the PET resin market down the road because the material is included in the second phase of trade sanctions the U.S. slapped on China in August.

The impact of the U.S. move will be limited as Asia and Europe are the main destinations of PET resin exports from China, said consultancy Amerex. But Chinese-made PET resin, shut out of the U.S. market, could throw the world market into confusion.

Trutzschler to exhibit new textile machinery at ITMA Asia

Trutzschler to exhibit new textile machinery at ITMA Asia

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Courtesy: Trutzschler
Courtesy: Trutzschler

Trutzschler is set to present current and new textile machinery products at ITMA Asia. The leading textile machinery exhibition will be held from October 15-19, 2018, in Shanghai, China. Trutzschler is a textile machinery manufacturer that specialises in machines and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens, and man-made fibre industry.

The company will display TD 10, the new Trützschler autoleveller draw frame. It features increased compactness and has a highly modern regulating system. This results in a significant increase in control dynamics and an improvement in sliver quality. Despite 20 per cent less space requirement, it was possible to increase the filter once more. The intelligent Smart Creel, in combination with T-LED, offers an unprecedented level of functional reliability and more comfort for the operator and mill manager.

The TC 15 card will also be displayed at ITMA Asia. A whole range of individual measures ensure performance increases compared to the predecessor machine. In addition to high productivity, the 1.28 m wide Card TC 15 stands for increased sliver evenness and improved running behaviour. Trützschler will demonstrate the high flexibility with five different sliver coiling systems on the stand. The Card TC 10 for the Chinese market will also be shown. The Trützschler card in the traditional working width of one metre has been specifically designed for the Chinese market.

Trützschler will be showing T-Move can filling station. The can filling station does more than just save space. The new moving head allows a can change at high delivery speeds. This improves card efficiency. T-Move is also designed for Jumbo Cans with 1,200 mm diameter.

The company will be displaying the foreign part separator, T-SCAN TS-T5, at the expo. In this machine, five detection technologies ensure an all-time high separation efficiency, namely, F-module for detection of coloured parts, G-module for detection of shiny parts, P-module for detection of transparent and semi-transparent parts, UV-module for detection of fluorescent parts, and LED-module for detection of smallest thread-shaped parts.

IDF-Vortex Shortened preparation system for air-jet yarns will also be a part of the show. In cooperation with the Japanese company Murata, the leading manufacturer of air-jet spinning machines, Trützschler has developed a new sliver preparation technology. When processing viscose, two of three draw frame passages can be eliminated. This represents an enormous economic advantage.

The T-WIND semi-automatic surface winder TWW-SD will be seen at the expo. Robust master roll winders are used when the production of ready-for-sale rolls is decoupled from the nonwovens production. The two-stage configuration with downstream unwinding, slitting and winding increases process stability. The surface winder TWW-SD provides an appropriate solution for spun-lace systems, for a variety of thermal bonding processes as well as for technical nonwovens. Winding of master rolls up to 1,800 mm diameter and system speeds up to 300 m/min can be realised.

GX1, the cylinder clothing, has been specifically developed for all spinning processes in the area of cotton. Improved fibre guidance results in less short fibre content and significantly better nep separation. The clothing is basically maintenance-free, but can also be ground when required. It can be viewed at the expo.

Novotop (NT) 30, the very special flat clothing, has been newly developed for the processing of coarse and/or dyed fibres and reclaimed fibres for rotor spinning. It is ideally suited for use with yarn counts below Ne 10 and realises high production speeds. The flat type NT 30 is available as Magnotop and Classictop. The company will present this at ITMA. (GK)

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MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonne

MEGlobal increased the October contract price of MEG in Asia by USD20 per tonne MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonne

MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonneMOSCOW – MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the October contract price for MEG for Asia at USD1,120 per tonne, which is USD20 per ton higher than September, ICIS reported in company.

The price was named on CFR Asia.MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonne

MEG prices in China began to grow at the end of August amid rising quotations in the downstream polyester market ahead of the traditional peak demand period in early September.

However, MEG prices were under a downward pressure at the end of last week, after market players completed the replenishment process for the first half of September.

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal lowered the September contract price of MEG for Asia, compared to the level of August at USD30 per tonne – to USD1,100 per tonne, CFR Asia.

And for the August deliveries MEGlobal raised the contract price of MEG for the supply of material to the Asian market at USD20 per tonne – to USD1,130 per tonne, CFR Asia.

MEG, along with TPA, is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonne

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , in early September the cost of Russian PET granulate in the spot is at the level of 125 000-145 000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

The lower limit of the cost of PET grew after the producer SIBUR raised prices. It is expected that demand for the material will decrease in the near future.

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

Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tonnes of DG per year worldwide. DG is used as raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothes and other textile products), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreezes and other industrial products.MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonne

MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company. In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed the deal to sell its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of its strategy to optimize its equity participation in the Kuwaiti joint venture.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

September PET prices Mexico USD110 tonne

September PET prices rose in Mexico by USD110 per tonne   September PET prices Mexico USD110 tonne

Prices for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Mexico increased by at least 5 cents per pound (USD110 per tonne)MOSCOW – Prices for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Mexico increased by at least 5 cents per pound (USD110 per  tonne) in September against higher raw material costs, ICIS reported citing market participants.

Some manufacturers in Mexico also announced an increase in September prices of 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne). Regional buyers had no choice, since the production of PET in the region was reduced.S

However, even with a shortage of raw materials, PET suppliers were able to meet domestic requirements, but the volume of exports was reduced. American manufacturers also supplied PET to Mexico.September PET prices Mexico USD110 tonne

Before the rise in prices, the domestic quotations of bottled PET in Mexico were in the range of 71-77 cents per pound (USD1,565-1,698 per tonne).

The main producers of PET in Mexico are Alpek and Indorama. The third factory, owned by Mossi & Ghisolfi, is experiencing financial difficulties.September PET prices Mexico USD110 tonne

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , in early September the cost of Russian PET granulate in the spot is at the level of 125 000-145 000 rubles. per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.September PET prices Mexico USD110 tonne

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Plastic chemicals crude oil wti brent 13-09-2018

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-September PET prices rose in Mexico by USD110 per tonne   September PET prices Mexico USD110 tonne

Prices for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Mexico increased by at least 5 cents per pound (USD110 per  tonne) in September against higher raw material costs, ICIS reported citing market participants.

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-MEGlobal increased the October contract price of MEG in Asia by USD20 per tonne MEGlobal October MEG Asia USD20 tonne

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), set the October contract price for MEG for Asia at USD1,120 per tonne, which is USD20 per ton higher than September, ICIS reported in company.

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-Packaging Automation Developed Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray 

Packaging Automation and Evesham Specialist Packaging (ESP) developed a heat sealable plastic alternative pulp board tray

Packaging Automation Ltd is a leading UK-based manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery. The company offers wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing. Recently the company revealed the new packaging, which is biodegradable, recyclable and compostable.

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-Venator to close fire-hit Pori TiO2 plant on reconstruction ‘cost escalation’

Venator is to close its titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant in Pori, Finland, by 2021 due to “cost escalation and extended timeline” for its reconstruction following a fire in 2017, the US-headquartered chemical producer said on Wednesday.

The company said it would shift its Pori technology to other sites.

The plant will operate at reduced capacity through to 2021, at around 25,000 tonnes/year, or 20% of the total, it added.

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-US shale-related chem industry investments hit $200bn – ACC

US chemical and plastics industry investment related to shale-based domestic supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) has surpassed $200bn, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Tuesday.

A total of 333 chemical projects worth an accumulative $202.4bn have been announced since 2010, the ACC said.

Of those, 53% complete or underway, the ACC said, while 41% of projects are still in the planning phase.

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-Kenya’s Manufacturers To Recycle Up To 20pc Of PET Plastic Bottles This Year

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-Opec sees slower 2019 crude oil demand growth

LONDON: OPEC on Wednesday further trimmed its forecast for 2019 global oil demand growth and said the risk to the economic outlook was skewed to the downside, adding a new challenge to the group’s efforts to support the market next year.

In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said world oil demand next year would rise by 1.41 million barrels per day (bpd), 20,000 bpd less than last month and the second consecutive reduction in the forecast.

 

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-Oil Prices Rally On Significant Crude Draw

A day after the American Petroleum Institute gave oil bulls a cause for celebration with an estimated 8.636-million-barrel inventory decline for the week to September 7, the Energy Information Administration added to the optimism by reporting a draw of 5.3 million barrels.

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-Fracking made the U.S. a major oil producer, but not energy independent

A Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania.

A Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. – Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The oil shortages of the 1970s triggered laws that banned the export of American crude oil. Those lingering fears of scarcity kept those laws around for decades.

Then came the shale revolution in mid-200os, otherwise known as the fracking boom, which helped the United States become one of the world’s top oil and gas producers.

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-Asia benzene slumps as China inventories rebound

Asia’s benzene market has been weakening as inventories in the key China market snapped two months of declines.

Spot prices tumbled below $850/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea in September, after hovering at above $870/tonne FOB Korea in the second half of August.

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-SABIC mulls ‘world-scale’ petchems complex in China’s Fujian province

SABIC is mulling a “world-scale” petrochemical complex in the Chinese province of Fujian although no “definitive timelines” have been set out, the Saudi major said on Tuesday.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Fujian provincial government. The region is located in southeast China, south of Shanghai.

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-Up To Reduce Synthetic Microfiber Pollution And Textile Waste

Parkdale Advanced Materials Inc., the innovative fibers and yarns division of Parkdale Inc., and Intrinsic Textiles Group LLC, have announced the formation of Intrinsic Advanced Materials, a joint venture to bring CiCLO Sustainable Textile Technology to market.

CiCLO textile technology allows polyester and other synthetic materials to biodegrade like natural materials do in wastewater treatment plant sludge, sea water and landfill conditions.

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-Phoenix Technologies: Brand owners should shoot for 50 percent recycled PET

Phoenix Technologies International LLCPET bales await recycling at Phoenix Technologies.

PET bottles made from 100 percent recycled resin are the most sustainable, Lori Carson readily admits.

But the current recycling market is not ready to support a large influx of brand owners wanting to go completely green and still maintain expected quality.

Carson, commercial operations director at PET recycler Phoenix Technologies International LLC believes a 50 percent target for recycled PET use in new bottles will help companies meet their environmental goals while not compromising the recycling stream.

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-Global Nylon 66 Market Is Rising to a Valuation of US$ 6.0 Bn in 2026

Nylon is one of the most popular and widely used engineering thermoplastic materials. It is cost-effective and it has excellent mechanical properties. The most common and extensively used Nylon grades are Nylon 66 and Nylon 6. Both these materials have similar properties; therefore, they can be used in place of each other. These materials have good mechanical properties and similar wear resistance.

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-Seventh Generation first to use 100% PCR cap, naturally

The plant-based household and personal care products producer overcomes the challenges with using 100% recycled-content plastic with a new bottle cap for its Natural Dish Liquid bottle.

Generation has earned a reputation as a pioneer in plant-based household and personal care products as well as in the use of breakthrough sustainable packaging materials. Therefore, it was only “natural” that it be the very first to use a 100% recycled-content plastic cap. Topping the bottle for the company’s Natural Dish Liquid, the cap was engineered by TricorBraun and is made in large part from recycled polypropylene clothes hangers.

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-Turning waste into bioplastics, Mexico strikes green gold

Tequila, avocado and corn are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.

Bioplastics make up less than 5 percent of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year around the world.

But as governments and consumers fret about the damage plastic is doing to the world’s oceans, scientists are experimenting by converting materials from cactus to shrimp shells and human waste into alternative greener plastics.

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Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

Packaging Automation Developed Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

Packaging Automation and Evesham Specialist Packaging (ESP) developed a heat sealable plastic alternative pulp board tray

Packaging Automation Ltd is a leading UK-based manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

The company offers wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing. Recently the company revealed the new packaging, which is biodegradable, recyclable and compostable.Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

After launch of the UK Plastics Pact, retailers and manufacturers are focused on used of single use and non-recyclable plastics to meet high demand for green consumer and to address the impact of plastic waste on the environment.

The company said that “by packaging more products in recyclable plastic and non-plastic trays we can prevent tones of plastic ending up as waste.”

Its tray sealing machines are compatible with a variety of recycled plastic, recyclable and compostable materials.Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

Examples of the pack formats that are successfully being sealed include soft fruit punnets made out of RPET, a recycled plastic; biodegradable plant based plastics such as PLA which is a material made from renewable resources scorn starch or sugar cane; lined and unlined cardboard packs; pressed board trays which are widely recyclable (and provide a 90% reduction in plastic when compared to a tray made entirely out of plastic); and aluminum foil trays containing straight to oven products such as ready meals or mixed prepared vegetables.

Packaging Automation and ESP’s heat sealable pulp board pack is used by many UK grocery retail outlets containing products strawberries, mushrooms, grapes and gooseberries. “At Packaging Automation we work closely with all packaging suppliers and are here to help our customers face the challenge of developing eco-friendly packaging for their products.Packaging Biodegradable Thermal Resistant Tray

This includes free use of our packaging trial, test and development facility, and advice on choosing the most appropriate packaging materials including trays and film,” said the company in a statement.

Plastic chemicals man made fibre 12-09-2018

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Sep 10

US OLEFINS

US ethylene trade participants said they will continue to monitor high feedstock costs and a loss of production from a planned turnaround that began over the weekend. Ethylene spot prices established another six-month high Friday at 19.50 cents/lb FD USG, as the feedstock ethane market continued to move toward the 50 cent/gal level. Also, trade sources said Chevron Phillips began a 60-day turnaround at its Port Arthur, Texas, facility, which will take production offline. CP Chem would not comment on operations at its facility. US propylene trade participants were also monitoring high feedstock costs and recent production issues heading into this week.

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-Trump’s sanctions on Iran could push oil prices above $100 per barrel

If U.S. sanctions end up cutting off Iranian oil supply completely, oil prices will likely hit $100 per barrel, said Fereidun Fesharaki, founder and chairman of consultancy FACTS Global Energy.

What’s currently holding back oil prices from moving higher is the ongoing trade friction between the U.S. and China, Fesharaki said.

A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf.

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-Chemists develop nanocatalysts for continuous biofuel synthesis

RUDN Chemists Created Nanocatalysts for Continuous Biofuel Synthesis

A chemist from RUDN synthesized new catalysts with ruthenium (Ru) nanoparticles for producing biofuel from organic biowaste. Nanocatalysts support more intensive and sustained reactions than the compounds currently available in the market. The results of the study were published in the ChemSusChem journal.

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-Teijin Frontier Develops Linen-like Polyester Fiber Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

Tokyo, Japan, September – Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. , the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed a new linen-like fiber that boasts a highly fresh, natural appearance for extra-comfortable outer clothing, jackets, bottoms and blouses.

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-EU committee electric vehicle targets unrealistic, a seismic shift for auto makers – ACEA

LONDON -Europe’s key automotive trade group attacked on Tuesday emissions-reductions targets voted on by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament (EP) as “totally unrealistic”, despite analyst projections of more affordable electric vehicles in coming years.

– EU  Committee backed proposals for much stricter EV targets

– Timeline is too stringent for the European auto sector, says ACEA

– Costs drops could put EVs at parity with regular autos by 2025, says UBS

The committee voted this week in favour of a proposal that would require auto makers in the EU to derive 20% of sales from electric vehicles or hybrids by 2025, rising to 40% by 2030.

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-Microban earns Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification

Having both Scentry and Scentry Revive meet the strict requirements of Eco Passport confirms the company’s commitment to provide best-in-class performance for consumers. © MicrobanTwo new non-antimicrobial technologies, Scentry and Scentry Revive, by Microban International, a leader in odour control and prevention solutions, have earned Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification – an independent testing and certification system for chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used to manufacture textiles.

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-Why The U.S. Is Suddenly Buying A Lot More Saudi Oil

For a few months now, OPEC has been boosting production to ease concerns about high oil prices amid expected supply losses from Venezuela and Iran.

The cartel’s largest producer and exporter, Saudi Arabia, has been specifically targeting an increase in crude oil exports to the most transparent market, the United States, which reports crude oil imports and inventory levels every week.

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-‘REVERSE-ENGINEERING’ THE RECYCLING PROCESS: MONDI TO INTRODUCE 100% RECYCLABLE POUCH

After almost four years of development, Mondi and Werner & Mertz will introduce a new, patented innovation in 2019: a 100-percent recyclable pouch with detachable decorative panels.

The pouch replaces conventional flexible packaging for Frosch products. The pioneering design overcomes many shortcomings of the recycling process and is the result of a joint effort by Werner & Mertz, Mondi, EPEA Switzerland (Cradle to Cradle®), Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland and Institut cyclos-HTP.

-OPEC Outages Are Driving Up Oil Prices

Geopolitics is once again driving oil prices, and after a pause this summer, tension and unrest could be back at the top of the agenda.

Last week, rioters burned down several buildings in Basra, a major city in Southern Iraq and home to most of the country’s oil production. Despite its oil riches, southern Iraq remains deeply unequal, which has fueled resentment and anger among the neglected populace even as international companies continue to ramp up production from Basra’s vast oil fields. Unemployment, poor public services, electricity outages (at the height of summer heat) and even contaminated water has stoked outrage.

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-EMEA petrochemicals outlook, w/c Sep 10

London — OLEFINS AND FEEDSTOCKS: Flow of naphtha from Europe to Asia is expected to fall further as lower demand in Asia slashes the scope for European producers to move cargoes to the East. In the week ahead, suppliers in the Mediterranean will be pinning their hopes on the return of end-user demand for naphtha, while a strengthening butane complex on the back of blending demand for winter grade gasoline and expectations of a tightening propane market towards the end of the month may potentially raise naphtha’s share as petrochemical feedstock

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ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 Exhibitor Preview: ANDRITZ

GRAZ, Austria— International technology Group ANDRITZ will be presenting its innovative nonwovens and textile finishing technologies for the Asian markets at the ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 show to be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China, from October 15 to 19 (hall H2, booth A24). In response to market demands, ANDRITZ has yet again raised the bar for turnkey and customized solutions for drylaid, spunjet, thermobonding, and wetlaid, as well as for conversion of absorbent hygiene products. ANDRITZ offers unique technologies tailored to each customer’s individual needs.

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Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

Teijin Frontier Develops Linen-like Polyester Fiber Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

Teijin Frontier  Linen like Polyester FiberTokyo, Japan, September  Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. , the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, announced today that it has developed a new linen-like fiber that boasts a highly fresh, natural appearance for extra-comfortable outer clothing, jackets, bottoms and blouses.Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

Teijin Frontier will commercially launch the product in the 2019 spring/summer season, targeting annual sales of 250,000 meters by the fiscal year ending March 2021.Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

Natural-like synthetic fibers are drawing attention due to their combination of functionality, easy care and cost performance at a time when natural fiber prices are rising due to an increasing demand for natural materials.Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

Moreover, high-functional linen-like materials are gaining popularity with the reprisal of certain 80’s retro styles.Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

In response, Teijin Frontier has developed its linen-like polyester by utilizing a special technique to capture the unique uneven feeling of linen.

The fiber, in addition to offering the resilience, luster and natural appearance of linen, also boast properties that natural linen materials do not offer, easy care and functions adding.

For a fully natural look, the difference between the thickest and thinnest parts of the thread is about 1.5 times in diameter.Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

The material is a slab yarn in which thin and thick parts appear alternately, with the thick parts measuring 100 mm or more in length.

Thanks to its special structure, Teijin Frontier’s remarkable new fiber maintains its linen-like appearance even when circular knitting is used.Teijin Frontier Linen like Polyester Fiber

While natural linen is prone to wrinkling and bleaching, Teijin Frontier’s linen-like polyester is wrinkle resistant and retains its color thanks to dimensional stability.

Furthermore, the new fiber does not stick to skin, is stretchable, washable, can be tailored and is pleasingly comfortable due to its fine uneven surface.
About the Teijin Group 
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness.

Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT.

The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide.

It posted consolidated sales of JPY835 billion (USD 7.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 986.2 billion (USD 9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

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It is subject to change without prior notice.

RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy

RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy

RadiciGroup presents at the Global Fiber Congress on the circular economy and new trends in the automotive industry

Dornbirn (Austria), 12-14 September 2018

Innovation in the fibre world: focus of talks at GFC

For over 15 years, RadiciGroup has been a constant presence at the Global Fiber Congress, the international meeting on innovation in fibres that takes place in Dornbirn, Austria.

RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy

Mr. Filippo Servalli, marketing and sustainability director of RadiciGroup

About 700 specialists from 30 countries are taking part in the 57th edition of the event, during which over 100 lectures will take stock of the situation in the evolving fibre world, with particular emphasis on the topics of the circular economy and sustainability. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore special areas of application more in depth, for instance, the automotive sector.

RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy

Mr. Arturo Andreoni, marketing and R&D director of RadiciGroup Performance Yarn

“With these themes as a focus during the three days in Austria,” said Arturo Andreoni, marketing and R&D director of RadiciGroup Performance Yarn, who has been on the GFC programme committee for many years, “RadiciGroup brings its experience as a manufacturer of innovative synthetic fibres that meet the needs of a continually evolving market, increasingly more demanding from a performance point of view.

 

 

And the Group wants to share its circular approach to business.

Our message for the entire production chain revolves around the concept of mechanical recycling: synthetic fibres, especially those with high physical-mechanical properties, can be recycled at the end of their useful life, for example, for new technical and industrial uses in the plastics field.”

RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy

Mr. Piero Saragat, Product Manager – Automotive yarn of RadiciGroup Performance Yarn

RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy RadiciGroup Global Fiber Congress circular economy

Iran PE production southwest country

Iran plans to build PE production in the south-west of the country Iran PE production southwest country

Iran PE production southwest countryMOSCOW ( MRC ) – Iranian companies Dehdasht Petrochemical Industries and Nargan Company signed an agreement on the construction of a polyethylene production plant in the city of Dehdasht in the province of Kochgiluye-Boyerahmad as a contractor, Iran.ru reported.Iran PE production southwest country

It is expected that the plant with a capacity of 300 thousand tons of polyethylene per year will begin operating in three years, reports the news agency of the National Petrochemical Company NIPNA.Iran PE production southwest country

DPIC Managing Director Mohammad Reza Yazdani Kashani said that several well-known Iranian contractors took part in the tender for the construction of the plant, among which Nargan was selected after evaluating its technical and financial offer.

Earlier it was reported that Iran is going to become an exporter of ethylene in the near future.

Ethylene, produced by the Iranian petrochemical plants, will soon be in sufficient quantities to supply the domestic market and the growth of its production will be intended for export.Iran PE production southwest country

For 3 months of the current Solar Hydra, from March 21 to June 21, 2018, Iran exported 5.35 million tons of petrochemical products worth USD3.158 billion.

In 2016, the French concern Total, the world’s petrochemical giant, and the National Petrochemical Company (NPC), one of the largest producers of petrochemical products in the Middle East, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the construction of a new petrochemical complex in Iran.Iran PE production southwest country

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Plastic petrochemicals Textile 11-09-2018

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Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-RadiciGroup presents at the Global Fiber Congress on the circular economy and new trends in the automotive industry

Dornbirn (Austria), 12-14 September 2018

Innovation in the fibre world: focus of talks at GFC

For over 15 years, RadiciGroup has been a constant presence at the Global Fiber Congress, the international meeting on innovation in fibres that takes place in Dornbirn, Austria.

About 700 specialists from 30 countries are taking part in the 57th edition of the event, during which over 100 lectures will take stock of the situation in the evolving fibre world, with particular emphasis on the topics of the circular economy and sustainability. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore special areas of application more in depth, for instance, the automotive sector.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Iran plans to build PE production in the south-west of the country Iran PE production southwest country

Iranian companies Dehdasht Petrochemical Industries and Nargan Company signed an agreement on the construction of a polyethylene production plant in the city of Dehdasht in the province of Kochgiluye-Boyerahmad as a contractor, Iran.ru reported

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials add PepsiCo to partnership developing 100% bio-based bottles. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles  Plastic petrochemicals Textile

“After producing samples of 80% bio-based PET at pilot scale in 2017, the Alliance has made further progress toward its goal of bringing its breakthrough technology to full commercial scale…”

The NaturALL Bottle Alliance the research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with 100% sustainable and renewable resources has today welcomed PepsiCo, Inc. They join the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Inside the global war on plastic pollution 

It is, in many ways, something out of the blue that everyone could see coming: an all-out battle against plastics, or at least plastic waste. It’s a fight that’s been brewing for years — decades, even. Indeed, its beginnings parallel those of the modern environmental movement. Plastic petrochemicals Textile

This year has seen the eruption of disparate skirmishes into a full-fledged war to end plastic pollution, primarily the waste ending up in waterways and, eventually, oceans. The warriors include local and international activist groups, local and national governments and some of the world’s biggest brands and their supply-chain partners.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-RPC Shares Surge Most on Record on Talks With Apollo, Bain

RPC Group Plc, one of Europe’s biggest packaging makers with a market value of $3.6 billion, rose the most on record after the U.K. firm confirmed it’s in talks to sell itself to private equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC or Bain Capital.

The discussions are preliminary and may not result in an offer for the company, RPC said in a statement Monday in response to a Bloomberg News report that the company was considering strategic options. The U.K. company is holding talks with advisers following interest from potential buyers including buyout firms, Bloomberg reported Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Q&A with PepsiCo’s Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa President Silviu Popovici

Popovici talks about the food and beverage company’s new goal to boost the recycled plastic used in its bottles across the EU, and efforts to cut sugar, salt and saturated fats.

The war on plastics has gone mainstream, driving a slew of new initiatives just this year to tax, recycle and ban disposable packaging around the world.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-SIG PRESENTS SMART FACTORY SOLUTION

Today’s food and beverage production demands a digital filling line solution that can deliver a highly accurate monitoring system for information management that may be remote but is always using real time data in order to optimise operations and improve productivity. SIG’s answer to this is combiLink – a single and flexible information management solution for filling line operation.

Food and beverage production is becoming more challenging, with filling plants facing higher demands, greater competition and ever shorter production cycles. All too often, manufacturers are faced with multiple reporting systems, outdated data, manual data collection and a lack of filling line insights.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-THE COST OF PLAIN PACKAGING

New research from valuation firm Brand Finance has estimated that the spread of plain packaging to the beverage industry would result in close to $300bn in brand value losses, with The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo among the companies with most value at risk. The report warns that the true economic toll will likely be much higher.

Global designers unite to draw attention to, and create debate around, the issues of health warnings and marketing restrictions on packaging, and whether there are more effective solutions to change consumer behaviour. The first in a series of global Endangered Species hackathons will be launched in London on 3rd October with a live event, and will run for a month online.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-A new big discovery from the Bio-on laboratories: also from the used cooking oil comes the bioplastic

Waste oil is added to the “raw materials” already used to produce Bio-on bioplastic: beet molasses and sugar cane, fruit and potato wastes, carbohydrates in general and crude glycerol.

A new discovery that transforms a waste element, which today has high disposal costs and a huge environmental impact, into a “raw material” for the production of bioplastics.

For the first time the carbon source that feeds the Bio-on bioplastic production process is of a lipid nature.

The discovery of Bio-on researchers allows to tap into the huge quantities of waste frying oil that are produced in particular in North America and Asia.

BOLOGNA (ITALY) – Bio-on, listed on the AIM segment of the Italian Stock Market – Borsa Italiana and operating in the sector of bioplastic of high quality, presents a new big discovery: it is possible to use waste cooking oils for the production of Minerv PHAs, the revolutionary biopolymer of Bio-on, organic and 100% biodegradable.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Novozymes opens new laboratory for textile mills in India10

Novozymes has opened a new laboratory to help textile mills in South-East Asia region. The new laboratory facility in Bangalore, India will support implementation of current and future enzyme solutions in textile mills and laundries in the South-East Asia region. The company is a leading provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, based in Denmark.

The South Asia region is the world’s busiest textile producing region. But textile production also comes with a cost in terms of use of chemicals. Novozymes will help textile producers to implement enzymatic solutions in their production.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Erdogan Accuses U.S. Of Supplying Oil To Syrian Rebels

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has lashed out at the United States, accusing Washington of supplying crude oil to a rebel group calling itself the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey classifies as related to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, which Ankara has designated a terrorist group.

Turkish news outlet Ahval quoted Erdogan as telling local media that, “They are currently suppyling terrorist organizations, such as the YPG, in [Syria’s] Deir ez-Zor with oil. Terrorist organizations receive 300 million dollars income from crude oil.”

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Oil pulls back on concerns U.S. inventories are building

NEW YORK – Oil prices were mixed on Monday, pulling back from an early rally after data suggested U.S. crude inventories might build, weighing on the market.

FILE PHOTO: Oil tanker is seen at sunset anchored off the Fos-Lavera oil hub near Marseille, France, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo

Traders said weekly data from Bloomberg suggested U.S. oil inventories are rising, contradicting an earlier report from Energy Information provider Genscape, which forecast declining inventories.

Plastic petrochemicals Textile

-Will the Fall in Oil Prices Continue This Week?

Between August 31 and September 7, US crude oil October futures fell 2.9% and closed at $67.75 per barrel on September 7. In September so far, US crude oil active futures have fallen 2.9% compared to their rise of 1.5% in August.

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Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials add PepsiCo to partnership developing 100% bio-based bottles. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

 Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles“After producing samples of 80% bio-based PET at pilot scale in 2017, the Alliance has made further progress toward its goal of bringing its breakthrough technology to full commercial scale…”

The NaturALL Bottle Alliance the research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with 100% sustainable and renewable resources has today welcomed PepsiCo, Inc. They join the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

The Alliance also provided a progress report in its goal of developing and launching a PET1 plastic bottle made from bio-based material. Launched in March 2017, the Alliance uses biomass feedstocks, such as previously used cardboard and sawdust, so it does not divert resources or land from food production for human or animal consumption. The technology being explored by the Alliance represents a scientific breakthrough for the sector, and the Alliance aims to make it available to the entire food and beverage industry.

“Creating more sustainable packaging requires innovation through the value chain. Producing PET from sustainable bio-based sources that do not diminish food resources and are fully recyclable is a great example of such innovation and an important contributor to PepsiCo’s sustainable packaging program,” said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

“Through our Performance with Purpose agenda, PepsiCo is committed to reducing the carbon impact of packaging in line with our goal to reduce absolute emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030; bio-based PET has the potential to reduce significantly the carbon footprint of our PET bottles, a huge contribution to our efforts in this area. We are excited to add PepsiCo’s R&D capabilities to the Alliance and look forward to seeing what the combined efforts of the Alliance members can achieve.”

“PepsiCo is a welcome addition to the Alliance because we share the goal of making renewable plastic a reality,” declared Origin Materials CEO John Bissell. “Through the combined efforts of its members, the NaturALL Bottle Alliance is setting the bar for sustainability for an entire industry.” Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

“We are proud that PepsiCo has recognized the value of joining our Alliance,” commented Frédéric Jouin, Head of Research and Development for plastic materials at Danone. “By bringing together major players and pooling our complementary expertise and resources, we can make 100% renewable and recyclable PET plastic at commercial scale a reality. We also expect to see additional opportunities for this breakthrough technology.”

“We are pleased to welcome PepsiCo into the NaturALL bottle Alliance. Their addition is further proof of the importance of this disruptive technology,” said Massimo Casella, Nestlé Waters’ head of Research and Development. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

“The Alliance has taken an important step in working together to tackle the challenges around plastic packaging. Developing 100% bio-based PET is one way Nestlé is working to use more materials from sustainably managed renewable resources.”

Progress Report

After producing samples of 80% bio-based PET at pilot scale in 2017, the Alliance has made further progress toward its goal of bringing its breakthrough technology to full commercial scale. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

It has notably selected a site in Sarnia, Ontario (Canada) (with the assistance of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada), and begun construction of its demonstration-scale plant.

The major process equipment has been fabricated and modules are under construction for this plant, which is expected to have a capacity of 18,000 tons of biomass and be fully operational by 2020. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

Following that milestone, the Alliance plans to increase production to 95% bio-based PET and achieve full commercial-scale soon after. Alliance members plan to continue their joint R&D efforts to increase the level of bio-based content, with the ultimate objective of reaching 100%. Danone Nestlé Waters PepsiCo biobased bottles

Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Fraunhofer Institute is working on a sustainable alternative for the production 100% bio-based Polyamide from Terpene

Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide TerpeneThe Fraunhofer IGB, one of 72 institutes and independent research institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading organization for applied research, is investigating a sustainable alternative for the production of new high-performance plastics from terpenes found in resin-rich wood. Researchers at Fraunhofer are using new catalytic processes to convert 3-carene into building blocks for 100 percent biobased plastics that are transparent as well as have a high thermal stability.

3-carene, the natural substance, is a component of turpentine oil which is a waste stream of the production of cellulose from wood. Conifers such as pine, larch or spruce provide natural substances. The preparation of pulp involves breaking down of wood to separate the cellulose fibers and isolate the terpenes in large quantities as a by-product, turpentine oil.Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Researchers at the Straubing BioCat branch of Fraunhofer IGB, participating in the joint project “TerPa – Terpenes as building blocks for biobased polyamides”, have successfully optimized the synthesis of lactams from the terpene 3-carene and converted them into a scalable, competitive process that can go for industrial-scale production. According to the Straubing experts, terpenes such as α-pinene, limonene, and 3-carene are suitable raw materials for the synthesis of biobased lactams, which are building blocks for the production of polyamides.Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Four successive chemical steps are involved in the conversion of 3-carene to the corresponding lactam. According to the patent filed for the Straubing solution, the conversions can take place as a “one-pot reaction sequence” in a single reactor that does not need the purification of the intermediate products.

Paul Stockmann, who developed and optimized the process, said, “We have achieved this by carefully selecting the catalysts and reaction conditions – and it saves time and money.”

Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide TerpeneThe Fraunhofer IGB, one of 72 institutes and independent research institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading organization for applied research, is investigating a sustainable alternative for the production of new high-performance plastics from terpenes found in resin-rich wood. Researchers at Fraunhofer are using new catalytic processes to convert 3-carene into building blocks for 100 percent biobased plastics that are transparent as well as have a high thermal stability.

3-carene, the natural substance, is a component of turpentine oil which is a waste stream of the production of cellulose from wood. Conifers such as pine, larch or spruce provide natural substances. The preparation of pulp involves breaking down of wood to separate the cellulose fibers and isolate the terpenes in large quantities as a by-product, turpentine oil.Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Researchers at the Straubing BioCat branch of Fraunhofer IGB, participating in the joint project “TerPa – Terpenes as building blocks for biobased polyamides”, have successfully optimized the synthesis of lactams from the terpene 3-carene and converted them into a scalable, competitive process that can go for industrial-scale production. According to the Straubing experts, terpenes such as α-pinene, limonene, and 3-carene are suitable raw materials for the synthesis of biobased lactams, which are building blocks for the production of polyamides.Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Four successive chemical steps are involved in the conversion of 3-carene to the corresponding lactam. According to the patent filed for the Straubing solution, the conversions can take place as a “one-pot reaction sequence” in a single reactor that does not need the purification of the intermediate products.

Paul Stockmann, who developed and optimized the process, said, “We have achieved this by carefully selecting the catalysts and reaction conditions – and it saves time and money.”

Fraunhofer sustainable biobased Polyamide Terpene

Recyclability evaluation protocol polyethylene film

Recyclability evaluation protocol published for polyethylene film

by: Clare Goldsberry

Recyclability evaluation protocol polyethylene filmRecycling of plastic packaging film represents a difficult problem for manufacturers, given the various technologies used. So how do you know if your plastic film is recyclable? RecyClass (Brussels) recently released a procedure to assess the recyclability of plastic films in Europe to support circularity of packaging goals. The RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol analyzes the impact of different technologies on the recyclability of polyethylene (PE) film and the flexible packaging recycling stream.

Paolo Glerean, RecyClass Chairman, stated: “Recyclability should not be decided subjectively. The various elements constituting a plastic packaging have to be tested, analyzed and measured in a transparent and repeatable manner. With the publication of specific testing protocols, we aim to support all the technical solutions and materials that improve recyclability of plastic packaging.”Recyclability evaluation protocol polyethylene film

This protocol was developed in close collaboration with the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), and its content and methodology take into account the expertise of the Benchmark Polyethylene (PE) Films and Flexible Packaging Innovation Test Protocol, published by APR. Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and APR mutually understand the value of a global PE film and flexible packaging test protocol that can address common concerns about certain new flexible-film package construction.Recyclability evaluation protocol polyethylene film

The protocol has been adapted, where needed, to accommodate existing European standards and end markets for recyclates. Additionally, PRE partnered with the independent laboratory Centexbel – VKC to perform the recyclability tests according to the published protocol.

This webinar will provide attendees with specific Scientific Molding variables that can identify changes within an existing molding process, as well as provide insight into specific approaches that can be used to bring a validated process back into normal process parameters.Recyclability evaluation protocol polyethylene film

RecyClass explains that this joint stakeholder effort aims at creating conditions that enable sustainable and cost-effective recycling of flexible plastics across Europe. RecyClass invites all interested parties to join the RecyClass platform and test their technologies.

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Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

Huntsman aims to redefine dyeing of polyester Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant to help mills achieve high-performance dyeing of polyester, microfibers and blends in an environment-friendly way that complies with current and anticipated industry sustainability standards.

The demand for polyester and man-made fibres is booming as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand rapidly around the world.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

At the same time, big-name brands that set trends in the sector continue to increase focus on sustainability and performance.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

As such, this is putting pressure on mills since the current industry standard involves chemically active diffusion accelerants that contain unwanted chemicals and require additional leveling agents and anti-foaming products that may be hazardous to people and the environment, the company reports.

Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing  polyester

Developed by Huntsman Textile Effects specifically to meet these challenges, Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant is low-odour, free of benzyl benzoate and other hazardous substances. Part of Huntsman’s range of dyEvolutiondyeing auxiliaries, it uses Huntsman’s Active Diffusion Technology to enable high-speed dyeing with best-in-class leveling, retarding and migration properties.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

“Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant delivers across three key dimensions – diffusion, leveling and migration – for exceptional performance and environmental and economic sustainability.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

Its environmental credentials offer mills greater processing flexibility and an optimum price-performance ratio,” said Kerim Oner, Global Marketing Manager for Dyeing Auxiliaries at Huntsman Textile Effects. “We expect this latest offering to change the way that the industry dyes polyester and blends while meeting stringent environmental standards.”

Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant has a high affinity to polyester, causing the fibre to swell and increasing the diffusion of the disperse dye, even at lower temperatures. Multiple leveling mechanisms then slow down the exhaustion rate to ensure safe, defect-free dyeing.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

Finally, as the dye bath heats up, the product’s strong support for disperse dye migration ensures the dye molecules are evenly absorbed.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

As a result of this diffusion technology, Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant can be used to successfully dye polyester fibres in tightly wound or high-density yarn/beam dyeing and is suitable for jet applications without the need for anti-foaming products, the manufacturer explains.Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

Reducing exposure to high heat, its Active Diffusion Technology minimises the potential to damage the elastane in polyester-elastane blends and provides for on-tone dyeing of microfibers. The migration support of Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant is also said to increase reproducibility, allowing mills to dispense with additional leveling agents.

Polyester, microfibers and blends treated with Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant comply with the requirements of bluesign, in addition to being suitable for Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex and an approved input dyeing auxiliary chemical for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified textile products, according to the company.

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Polymers Crude Oil Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers crude oil Petrochemicals prices

         Polyestertime

ITEM03/09/201810/09/2018+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market

 

11,050 yuan/ton11,100 yuan/ton+50
Bottle grade PET chips export market

 

1,350 $/ton1,360 $/ton+10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

 

10,875 yuan/ton10,900 yuan/ton+25
Filament grade bright chips domestic market

 

10,850 yuan/ton10,850 yuan/ton 
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

 

9,300 yuan/ton9,320 yuan/ton+20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market

 

1,065 $/ton1,080 $/ton+15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market

 

8,165 yuan/ton7,855 yuan/ton-310
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market

 

983 $/ton942 $/ton-41
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market

 

1,352 $/ton1,306 $/ton-46
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market

 

12,250 yuan/ton12,250 yuan/ton 
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market

 

11,000 yuan/ton11,000 yuan/ton 
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market

 

13,600 yuan/ton13,600 yuan/ton 
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market

 

13,600 yuan/ton13,600 yuan/ton 
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market

 

12,300 yuan/ton12,350 yuan/ton+50
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market

 

11,430 yuan/ton11,470 yuan/ton+40
Caprolactam CPL domestic market

 

17,400 yuan/ton17,800 yuan/ton+400
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market

 

2,150 $/ton2,150 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips overseas  market

 

2470 $/ton2,470 $/ton 
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market

 

18,900 yuan/ton19,400 yuan/ton+500
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market

 

19,100 yuan/ton19,400 yuan/ton+300
Nylon66 chips domestic  market

 

39,000 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton+500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

 

21,700 yuan/ton21,800 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market

 

24,650 yuan/ton 24,800 yuan/ton+150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market

 

23,650 yuan/ton23,900 yuan/ton+250
Spandex 40D  domestic  market

 

34,500  yuan/ton34,200  yuan/ton-300
Adipic Acid domestic market

 

10,500 yuan/ton10,600 yuan/ton+100
Benzene domestic market

 

7,125 yuan/ton7,000 yuan/ton-125
Benzene overseas  market

 

878 $/ton854 $/ton-24
Ethylene South East market

 

1,230 $/ton1215 $/ton-15
Ethylene NWE  market

 

1,186 $/ton1,186 $/ton 
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market

 

19,200 yuan/ton19,200 yuan/ton 
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

 

2,230 $/ton2,230 $/ton 
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market

 

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

 

15,050 yuan/ton15,100 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market

 

9,750 yuan/ton9,950 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market

 

681 $/ton667 $/ton-14
LDPE CFR Far East

 

1,120 $/ton1,110 $/ton-10
LLDPE CFR Far East

 

1,100 $/ton1,090 $/ton-10
LDPE   FOB Middle East

 

1,100 $/ton1,088 $/ton-12
LLDPE FOB Middle East

 

1,078 $/ton 1,067 $/ton-11
HDPE CFR Far East

 

1,268 $/ton1,248 $/ton-20
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East

 

1,210 $/ton1,222 $/ton+12
Homopolymer PP FD NWE

 

1,262 €/ton1,262 €/ton 

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Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

Artificial Photosynthesis: A New Renewable Energy Source? Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

An international team of scientists has made a major breakthrough for the future of sustainable fuel.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

They achieved this major milestone by copying the methods of some of the cleanest energy producers on the planet—plants. Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Ruhr University Bochum have discovered a new technique that mimics the natural process of photosynthesis in plants, which could be used to produce hydrogen fuel, an extremely clean (zero carbon dioxide emissions) and essentially unlimited energy source.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

In a paper published in the Nature Energy scientific journal, the team of scientists explained their proof-of-principle method for splitting water molecules into the individual hydrogen and oxygen atoms of which they are composed using sunlight. The technique mirrors photosynthesis, the natural process wherein plants split water molecules when they convert sunlight to energy to feed themselves.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

This achievement has far-reaching implications—Erwin Reisner, lead author of the study, told Newsweek that “solar energy conversion to produce renewable fuels and chemicals—i.e., solar fuel synthesis—is an important strategy for powering our society in a post-fossil era.”

Artificial photosynthesis is not revolutionary in and of itself—techniques to achieve this effect have existed for decades. What makes this recent discovery so important is its partly artificial, partly natural approach.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

This is the first time a man-made photosynthesis method has been modeled specifically to produce renewable energy.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

Completely artificial photosynthesis is a complex process which requires the use of problematic catalyst materials that are tricky to work with and create significant challenges. Many of these catalysts are either too expensive, toxic, or just inefficient, so while they may work in a lab setting, they are unrealistic for any wide-scale use or commercial applications. By comparison, naturally occurring enzymes are abundant and efficient, making them the perfect solution for sustainable solar fuel synthesis.

The University of Cambridge and the Ruhr University Bochum team is primarily using hydrogenase, an enzyme which has remained dormant in algae for millions of years. Hydrogenase combined with synthetic pigments to provoke sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen unassisted.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

As Reisner explained, this team is trying to “establish a new line of research by combining the best of the natural and artificial worlds and take highly efficient and abundant biological catalysts, such as enzymes, and combine them with synthetic materials in solar devices for efficient solar fuel synthesis.” Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

Natural photosynthesis, while extremely effective, leaves room for a lot of improvement. Plants only produce the minimum amount of electricity necessary to survive, taking the path of least resistance. In fact, they only produce about 1 or 2 percent of the energy that they’re potentially capable of converting and storing.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

With this in mind, the Cambridge-Ruht team looked to higher energy-yield processes that plants have phased out over billions of years of evolution. This is what led scientists to pursue the long-dormant hydrogenase enzyme. Their semi-artificial prototype, the first and certainly not the last of its kind, is already able to utilize much more of the solar spectrum.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

This groundbreaking research is just the beginning of a much longer process toward commercialization. The new process is just a prototype that opens the door for a new era of hydrogen fuel and photosynthesis research that will lead to even more massive breakthroughs for clean, sustainable fuel.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

This line of research is just one of the many pathways being explored by the many scientists around the globe who are dedicated to finding solutions to the impending end of fossil fuels and a pressing need for cleaner energies. Just a month ago a team of Chinese scientists made a similarly exciting advancement in the production of solar energy by discovering a way to increase the scale of synthesizing liquid solar fuel. At the same time Attis Industries is partnering with Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology to develop efficient conversion of carbon dioxide and water into hydrocarbon fuels designed to be compatible with current infrastructure, and the University of Amsterdam has found that solar fuels could become competitive with traditional fossil fuels by the 2030s. Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

By Haley Zaremba for Oilprice.com

Plastic petrochemicals crude oil 10-09-2018

-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Polymers crude oil Petrochemicals prices

Polymers crude oil Petrochemicals prices – Bottle grade PET chips – Filament grade PET chips

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-Crude Oil Price Forecast: Sentiment Remains Weak

Oil fell back into its familiar trading range of $65 to $70 per barrel last week after making a brave attempt to break above $70 on Tuesday. A mixed oil inventory report from the U.S. EIA added to slowing price momentum. Despite the country’s crude oil inventories falling 4.3 million barrels in the weekly bulletin, a surprising build in gasoline and distillate inventories suggests that the peak summer driving season has ended and demand could weaken.

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-Will The U.S. Let India Continue To Import Iranian Crude?

India is increasingly finding itself caught between competing alliances.

On one hand, ties between Washington and New Delhi have improved in recent years in large part to what both sides perceive as increased threats from China both militarily and economically in the South China Sea and overall Indo-Pacific region.

On the other, New Delhi has also experienced improved bilateral relations with Tehran. This improvement in relations, in large part, comes from the two countries’ own oil related interests. Iran, since earlier sanctions against its energy sector were removed in 2016, has been eager to recapture lost market share both in India and the overall Asia-Pacific region as it quickly ramped up oil production post sanctions.

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-Hedge funds hike bullish bets on oil as Iran exports drop

​​​​The speculator group raised its combined futures and options position in New York and London by 16,634 contracts to 386,487 in the week to Sept. 4, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

Hedge funds hike bullish bets on oil as Iran exports drop New Delhi: Hedge funds and money managers upped bullish bets on U.S. crude to the highest level in nearly a month as prices climbed on expectations that falling Iranian output will tighten global supplies once a second round of U.S. sanctions start on Nov. 4.

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-Oman’s producer price-based inflation rises

Muscat: The Sultanate’s producer price index (PPI)-based inflation rose by 17.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, over the same period of last year, mainly driven by a surge in oil and gas prices by 20.6 per cent and non-oil products prices by 5.5 per cent, according to the latest statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Among oil and gas products, refined products shot up by 39 per cent while crude oil and natural gas price soared by 17.9 per cent.

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-Huntsman aims to redefine dyeing of polyester Huntsman Textile Effects dyeing polyester

Huntsman Textile Effects introduces Univadine E3-3D diffusion accelerant to help mills achieve high-performance dyeing of polyester, microfibers and blends in an environment-friendly way that complies with current and anticipated industry sustainability standards.

The demand for polyester and man-made fibres is booming as sports and athleisure apparel markets expand rapidly around the world.

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-Lanxess’ ITEC presentations to focus on additives

AKRON—Two Lanxess A.G. representatives will explore rubber additives used to improve tire traction and reversion resistance during two presentations planned for the the International Tire Exhibition & Conference.

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-Recyclability evaluation protocol published for polyethylene film

Recycling of plastic packaging film represents a difficult problem for manufacturers, given the various technologies used.

So how do you know if your plastic film is recyclable? RecyClass (Brussels) recently released a procedure to assess the recyclability of plastic films in Europe to support circularity of packaging goals.

The RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol analyzes the impact of different technologies on the recyclability of polyethylene (PE) film and the flexible packaging recycling stream.

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-Fraunhofer Institute is working on a sustainable alternative for the production 100% bio-based Polyamide from Terpene

The Fraunhofer IGB, one of 72 institutes and independent research institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading organization for applied research, is investigating a sustainable alternative for the production of new high-performance plastics from terpenes found in resin-rich wood. Researchers at Fraunhofer are using new catalytic processes to convert 3-carene into building blocks for 100 percent biobased plastics that are transparent as well as have a high thermal stability.

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-World’s biggest bottled water companies back scheme for shoppers to pay a deposit for every bottle

Water companies have backed deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles

It would see people pay a fee on bottles that is refunded when they are returned

Danone and Nestle have backed research calling for policies to tackle waste

Some of the world’s biggest bottled water companies have thrown their weight behind a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles across the UK.

Danone, which owns Evian and Volvic, plus Nestle, whose brands include Vittel, Pure Life and Perrier, have backed research which calls for radical policies to tackle plastic waste.

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-As lira tumbles, Turkey requires exporters to convert revenue to lira

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has required exporters to convert the bulk of their overseas revenue into lira, a surprise move designed to support the tumbling currency, but one that industry officials say could lead to losses for manufacturers.

The lira has fallen more than 40 percent against the dollar this year, driving up the cost of food and fuel and sending inflation soaring to 18 percent, its highest in a decade and a half.

Economists say Turkey needs big interest rate increases to put a floor under the lira and rein in inflation. The central bank has been reluctant to hike, given pressure from President Tayyip Erdogan, a self-described “enemy of interest rates”.

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-Artificial Photosynthesis: A New Renewable Energy Source? 

An international team of scientists has made a major breakthrough for the future of sustainable fuel.Artificial Photosynthesis Renewable Energy Source

They achieved this major milestone by copying the methods of some of the cleanest energy producers on the planet—plants. Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Ruhr University Bochum have discovered a new technique that mimics the natural process of photosynthesis in plants, which could be used to produce hydrogen fuel, an extremely clean (zero carbon dioxide emissions) and essentially unlimited energy source.

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-Iran Sanctions Are Fueling OPEC Tensions

Expect fireworks at the producer group’s meeting this month.

Two months before renewed U.S. sanctions on its oil exports take effect, Iran has already suffered a sharp drop in sales and lost key buyers in Asia and Europe.

That slump will continue in coming weeks. Meanwhile, rising output from other OPEC members is fueling tensions within the producer group that could come to a head at a meeting in Algeria later this month.

Iran exported just over 2 million barrels a day of crude oil and condensate (a light form of crude extracted from gas fields) in August, according to Bloomberg tanker tracking. That is the lowest since March 2016, and down 28 percent from April, the last month before President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions.

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-OP 4 INNOVATIONS ‘DRIVING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY’

Announcing the finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2018! The seventeen independent judges for the leading competition for innovation in sustainable packaging have graded all the submissions over the summer – and this week Packaging Europe is revealing the top four entries in each category. The six category winners and overall Sustainability Awards 2018 winner will be unveiled at Scanpack on 23 October.

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-Hydrothermal recycling technology to be used at scale for the first time

H&M has opened two first-of-their-kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong.

The facilities, which are the joint project of nonprofit H&M Foundation and Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), are putting to use HKRITA’s breakthrough hydrothermal recycling technology. This will be the first time the technology has been put into practice at scale and a miniaturized Garment-To-Garment Recycling system will be open to the public.

The recycling technology is an important part of developing a closed loop for textiles.

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-Uflex’s Chaturvedi: “Multi-layer plastic packaging is 100% recyclable”

“The good news is that multi-layer plastic packaging (MLP), even when it is printed, laminated and metallised, is 100% recyclable,” declared Uflex chairman Ashok Chaturvedi. He was speaking at the Speciality Films and Flexible Packaging Global Summit in Mumbai.

Chaturvedi said, “Uflex recognises its responsibility to the environment. It has been recycling all types of multi-layer packaging waste, in varied combinations and structures, successfully for the past two decades. It was awarded in Davos for this initiative way back in 1995.”

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-European paraxylene Sep contract initial settle at Eur1,170/mt, up Eur220/mt from Aug

London — The European September paraxylene contract price initially settled at Eur1,170/mt, up Eur220/mt from August’s contract price, according to a source.

The contract price was confirmed Friday by a buyer in the negotiations.

A contract price is considered fully settled when two buyers and two sellers agree independently on the same contract price level.

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-How can waste fibre-reinforced polymer material become more circular?

How can waste fibre-reinforced polymer material become more circular?

A new study explores the best way to pursue a circular economy in the management of waste fibre-reinforced polymer material in the UK.

The report was funded by the UK’s National Composites Centre and Innovate UK, and prepared by Composites UK, Scott Bader and Renuables. The stakeholders sought to explore and detail the most effective path towards a circular economy for waste fibre-reinforced polymer material, examining environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.

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-China is losing the new Cold War China losing Cold War USA Economy

Beijing seemingly set to follow Soviet Union in doomed arms race with the US

HONG KONG — When the Soviet Union imploded in 1991, the Communist Party of China became obsessed with understanding why. The government think tanks entrusted with this task heaped plenty of blame on Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist leader who was simply not ruthless enough to hold the Soviet Union together. But Chinese leaders also highlighted other important factors, not all of which China’s leaders seem to be heeding today.

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-Retaliatory tariffs on US chem exports to China threaten $18bn in economic harm – ACC

(HOUSTON) -The $11bn worth of tariffs on US chemical exports enacted by China put almost $18bn in domestic activity at risk along with nearly 55,000 US jobs, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Thursday.

The projected impacts cover both proposed tariffs and those already enacted. They are showcased in an economics report, which the ACC published along with comments once again urging the administration of US President Donald Trump to remove 1,505 chemicals and plastics products from the US’ third proposed tariff list of imported goods.

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-Plastics More Than Recycling – Life Cycle Important

During the 2018 Plastics Industry Fly-In scheduled for September 11 – 12, 2018, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) will provide The Hill with another perspective of the benefits of plastics. PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

“While there is reuse of plastics in many industries, there is another facet of recycling that is not widely discussed,” stated Tony Radoszewski, CAE, president of PPI. “And that is how and where to use recycled plastic to gain the most benefit. The pipe industry turns used bottles into pipe that will benefit the infrastructure for 100 years, and probably longer.”

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China is losing the new Cold War China losing Cold War USA Economy

Beijing seemingly set to follow Soviet Union in doomed arms race with the US

 China’s rising defense budgets and foreign aid handouts seem unsustainable.   © Reuters

HONG KONG — When the Soviet Union imploded in 1991, the Communist Party of China became obsessed with understanding why. The government think tanks entrusted with this task heaped plenty of blame on Mikhail Gorbachev, the reformist leader who was simply not ruthless enough to hold the Soviet Union together. But Chinese leaders also highlighted other important factors, not all of which China’s leaders seem to be heeding today.China losing Cold War USA Economy

To be sure, the CPC has undoubtedly taken to heart the first key lesson: Strong economic performance is essential to political legitimacy. And the CPC’s single-minded focus on spurring GDP growth over the last few decades has delivered an “economic miracle,” with nominal per capita income skyrocketing from $333 in 1991 to $7,329 last year. This is the single most important reason why the CPC has retained power.

But overseeing a faltering economy was hardly the only mistake Soviet leaders made. They were also drawn into a costly and unwinnable arms race with the United States, and fell victim to imperial overreach, throwing money and resources at regimes with little strategic value and long track records of chronic economic mismanagement. As China enters a new “cold war” with the U.S., the CPC seems to be at risk of repeating the same catastrophic blunders.China losing Cold War USA Economy

At first glance, it may not seem that China is really engaged in an arms race with the U.S. After all, China’s official defense budget for this year — at roughly $175 billion — amounts to just one-quarter of the $700 billion budget approved by the U.S. Congress. But China’s actual military spending is estimated to be much higher than the official budget: According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, China spent some $228 billion on its military last year, roughly 150% of the official figure of $151 billion.

In any case, the issue is not the amount of money China spends on guns per se, but rather the consistent rise in military expenditure, which implies that the country is prepared to engage in a long-term war of attrition with the U.S. Yet China’s economy is not equipped to generate sufficient resources to support the level of spending that victory on this front would require.China losing Cold War USA Economy

If China had a sustainable growth model underpinning a highly efficient economy, it might be able to afford a moderate arms race with the U.S. But it has neither.

On the macro level, China’s growth is likely to continue to decelerate, owing to rapid population aging, high debt levels, maturity mismatches, and the escalating trade war that the U.S. has initiated. All of this will drain the CPC’s limited resources. For example, as the old-age dependency ratio rises, so will health care and pension costs.

Moreover, while the Chinese economy may be far more efficient than the Soviet economy was, it is nowhere near as efficient as that of the U.S. The main reason for this is the enduring clout of China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which consume half of the country’s total bank credit, but contribute only 20% of value-added and employment.

The problem for the CPC is that SOEs play a vital role in sustaining one-party rule, as they are used both to reward loyalists and to facilitate government intervention on behalf of official macroeconomic targets. Dismantling these bloated and inefficient companies would thus amount to political suicide. Yet protecting them may merely delay the inevitable, because the longer they are allowed to suck scarce resources out of the economy, the more unaffordable an arms race with the U.S. will become — and the greater the challenge to the CPC’s authority will become.China losing Cold War USA Economy

The second lesson that China’s leaders have failed to appreciate adequately is the need to avoid imperial overreach. About a decade ago, with massive trade surpluses bringing in a surfeit of hard currency, the Chinese government began to take on costly overseas commitments and subsidize deadbeat “allies.”

Exhibit A is the much-touted Belt and Road Initiative, a $1 trillion program focused on the debt-financed construction of infrastructure in developing countries. Despite early signs of trouble — which, together with the Soviet Union’s experience, should give the CPC pause — China seems to be determined to push ahead with the BRI, which the country’s leaders have established as a pillar of their new “grand strategy.”China losing Cold War USA Economy

An even more egregious example of imperial overreach is China’s generous aid to countries — from Cambodia to Venezuela to Russia — that offer little in return. According to AidData at the College of William and Mary, from 2000 to 2014, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe together received $24.4 billion in Chinese grants or heavily subsidized loans. Over the same period, Angola, Laos, Pakistan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Venezuela received $98.2 billion.China losing Cold War USA Economy

Now, China has pledged to provide $62 billion in loans for the “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.” That program will help Pakistan confront its looming balance-of-payments crisis; but it will also drain the Chinese government’s coffers at a time when trade protectionism threatens their replenishment.China losing Cold War USA Economy

Like the Soviet Union, China is paying through the nose for a few friends, gaining only limited benefits while becoming increasingly entrenched in an unsustainable arms race. The Sino-American Cold War has barely started, yet China is already on track to lose.

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-EIA reports draw of crude oil amid prices drop

HOUSTON– U.S. crude oil inventories decreased last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report on Thursday.

According to the Weekly Petroleum Status Report by EIA, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories, excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), decreased by 4.3 million barrels during the week ending Aug. 31. The market’s expectation was a draw of 1.9 million barrels in crude oil.

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-ITM 2020 attracts large number of global participants06

The 2020 edition of ITM International Textile Machinery Exhibitions, which brings together the leading brands of the world textile industry, is attracting global textile technology leaders and companies as to be a part of the show. The textile machinery expo will be held at the Tuyap fair and congress centre, in Istanbul, Turkey, from June 2-6, 2018.

Being the meeting point for leading textile technology brands for their global launches, the ITM 2018 has gotten full marks from participants.

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-European cracker margins near three-month low on high naphtha flat prices

London — European petrochemical spot cracker margins have been holding around a three-month low after a recent strengthening in outright values of naphtha and falling spot prices for ethylene, the bellwether of the plastics industry.

Cracking margins rose to $520.62/mt Wednesday, up $23.22/mt from Tuesday when it was at its lowest point since May 29, S&P Global Platts data showed.

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-Asian acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene market hits year-to-date low of $1,850/mt despite peak season

Singapore — The Asian acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene market his a year-to-date low Wednesday despite the peak season that usually falls between August and September.

“August and September is usually the period when buyers stock up their inventories to meet end-of-year demand, but this is not the case this year,” a Taiwanese seller said. “Demand has been very weak during this period.”

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-Pricing Trajectory is Flat-to-Down for Most Volume Resins

Nylons 6 and 66 are the key exceptions due to tightness of feedstock and resin.

As we head into fourth quarter, a combination of lower prices of some key feedstocks and improvements in both feedstock and resin availability appear to be resulting in a flat-to-lower pricing trend for PE, PP, PS, PVC, PET, ABS and PC. In contrast, tight feedstock and resin availability has been pushing prices upwards for nylons 6 and 66, with more of that trajectory likely to ensue.

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-US ethylene glycol needs China export market

China’s tariffs against US imports threaten to hit the US economy where it could hurt it most – in areas where the US cannot afford to lose access to the China market.

This applies to agricultural products such as soybeans and many of the petrochemicals and polymers in which the US is undergoing major capacity expansions. The most extreme example in the petrochemicals sector is ethylene glycols (EG). On 8 August, China announced it would impose 25% import tariffs on a wide range of US petrochemicals and polymer imports, including EG. The tariffs came into effect on 23 August.

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-AIMPLAS announces new workshop to be held in Brussels

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

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

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-Tronox Limited: Tronox Responds to U.S. District Court’s Decision on Proposed Cristal Acquisition

STAMFORD, /PRNewswire/ – Tronox Limited (NYSE: TROX) (‘Tronox’ or the ‘Company’), a global mining and inorganic chemicals company, today commented on the decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting the U. S. Federal Trade Commission’s (‘FTC’) request for a preliminary injunction regarding Tronox’s proposed acquisition of Cristal.

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-COSMO FILMS LAUNCHES HEAT RESISTANT FILMS

Cosmo Films has introduced BOPP based heat resistant (HR) films. The films have been engineered to work as printing layer replacing BOPET film in multi-layer laminates for various packaging applications in both food and non-food segments.

The new heat resistant films are clear, non-heat sealable and both sides treated films with excellent printability and go mostly for reverse printing.

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-Sustainability goals are reshaping Europe’s blowmolded-bottle market

Blowmolded bottle demand in Europe was 189 billon units in 2017, up from 176 billion in 2013, with the fastest growing market segments being sweet and savory spreads and non-carbonated water. The outlook for the blowmolded bottle market remains positive, with demand for added-value products and the use of recyclates shaping the landscape and promoting further growth.

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Import ethylene prices NE Asia  Import ethylene prices in northeast Asia fell to a 16-week low 

 

Import ethylene prices in northeast Asia fell to a 16-week low  Import ethylene prices NE Asia

Import ethylene prices NE AsiaMOSCOW – The spot prices of imported ethylene in northeast Asia fell to a 16-week low amid a broad supply of material from Asian and other producers, ICIS reported citing market participants.Import ethylene prices NE Asia

Transactions were mainly USD1 250-1 280 per tonne, CFR NE (Northeast Asia) for shipments in September-October, whereas earlier they were at USD1,287-1,360 per tonne, CFR, NE Asia.Import ethylene prices northeast Asi

The price discussions focused on cargo from South-East Asia, and also included a supply of 9,000 tons from the Middle East for arrival in the second half of October.

Some suppliers took a wait-and-see position at the end of the week, hoping that prices had reached their lowest level.Import ethylene prices NE Asia

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to the ScanPlast of the Market Report company, in Russia, based on the results of the first seven months of the year, the estimated consumption of PE amounted to 1,148.11 thousand tons, which is 9% more than the same indicator a year earlier.  The supplies for all types of polyethylene have grown.Import ethylene prices NE Asia

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Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

Classifying plastic as a ‘hazardous material’ could be hazardous to the recycling industry

by: Clare Goldsberry
The Basel Convention is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider a number of proposals that could restrict the trade of scrap commodities. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI; Washington, DC) released background information on these proposals.
The M-Cube by artist Joules Champod was installed at the Place des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the UN Basel Convention meeting. Image courtesy UN Geneva.
In March, at the direction of the Basel Convention of Parties, an expert working group began to review the legally binding annex of the convention that pertains to what are considered hazardous materials as well as the annex that determines what are “disposal and recycling operations,” said ISRI. The European Commission has proposed to redefine certain recycling processes as “treatment” rather than recycling.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

In June, the government of Norway submitted a proposal to the Basel Convention secretariat that plastic waste and scrap be moved from Annex IX [wastes not covered in the convention] to Annex II [Categories of Wastes Requiring Special Consideration or “other wastes”], thereby placing plastic waste and scrap within the scope of the Basel Convention. Norway’s intent is to use the Basel Convention to address the marine litter crisis, said ISRI in its release.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

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It appears that what I’ve said all along about where the debate over plastic and end-of-life issues would end up is happening. Those groups and individuals who are seeking to rid the world of plastic altogether are not content with recycling plastics. While I believe that the energy consumed and cost involved in recycling most plastics make it a less-attractive alternative than waste-to-energy (WTE) methods for dealing with waste and scrap, an official classification of plastic as “hazardous” waste needing to be dealt with via “mechanical treatment,” and not recycling, would be bad for the multi-billion-dollar recycling industry.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

In fact, ISRI noted in its release that if these proposals are adopted, “they could reshape our industry and how we trade scrap commodities.” The European definition would consider processes such as dismantling, sorting, crushing, compacting, pelletizing, shredding, blending and mixing as “mechanical treatment,” and, thus, not as recycling.

What this would mean for plastic scrap traders worldwide is “administrative burdens.” For U.S. companies that import or export plastic scrap, “it would place a severe restriction on trade, given that the United States is not party to the Basel Convention and, thus, there are only limited exceptions to prohibition on trade between parties and non-parties.”

As a member of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), ISRI “intends that its members’ manual and mechanical operations—such as dismantling, sorting, compacting, pelletizing, and shredding—are correctly allocated in Annex IV as recovery and recycling operations.”Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

In a letter to the Basel Convention, ISRI said that Norway’s proposal would “erect new barriers to the responsible shipment, collection and recycling of used plastics” that will “increase risks of material mismanagement, especially in countries lacking adequate recycling infrastructure, which has contributed to the growth of marine debris.”

IRSI points out that recycling is a huge, economically viable business that supports more than a half-million direct and indirect jobs, contributing $117 billion to the U.S. economy. More than 130 million metric tons of recyclables are processed in the U.S. each year, and with manufacturers only able to consume two-thirds of that amount, the remaining nearly 40 million metric tons, valued at over $17 billion, are exported.

There is demand for recycled material by processors, who use it to reduce the overall cost of products in which recycled material can be mixed with virgin resin to maintain the properties and increase the value. PET appears to be the primary material in demand as rPET. However, there are times when resins have gone down in price to such an extent that recycled resins—including rPET—were priced on par with virgin resins.

While ISRI states that recycled plastics require 88% less energy to produce new plastic products than non-recycled resins, it does not state whether that includes the entire collection cycle, sorting, baling and transporting the recycled material, all of which has to be taken into account.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

Ultimately that means that perhaps the recycling system needs to be revised to capture easily recognized plastics such as PET, HDPE, and films, while the remaining types of plastics, including bio-based materials that cannot be recycled, go to a WTE facility to capture the BTUs.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

ISRI is currently working through multiple channels to prevent these proposals from moving forward. At this week’s meeting, Europe’s definition of recycling operations is still under consideration and will only be reported to meeting participants in September. Norway’s plastics proposal will be officially tabled at the meeting, and Basel Convention members, with input from observers such as ISRI, will determine whether or not to pursue a more formal consideration of the proposal.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

While plastic materials have become a hotly contested issue, particularly with regard to marine litter caused by careless people who disregard their environment, classifying plastics as “hazardous” cannot help the situation given the relative success of recycling the most in-demand polymers.Classifying plastic hazardous recycling industry

However, with a goal of eliminating plastic not only from the environment but from the world generally, labeling it a “hazardous material” is the first step toward destroying an industry. We can’t let that happen.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Import ethylene prices in northeast Asia fell to a 16-week low 

MOSCOW – The spot prices of imported ethylene in northeast Asia fell to a 16-week low amid a broad supply of material from Asian and other producers, ICIS reported citing market participants.

Transactions were mainly USD1 250-1 280 per tonne, CFR NE (Northeast Asia) for shipments in September-October, whereas earlier they were at USD1,287-1,360 per tonne, CFR, NE Asia.

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-PET bottle resin, nylon 6/6 prices on the rise

North American PET bottle resin prices jumped by an average of 2 cents per pound in August, getting back the 2-cent decline that the market had posted in July.

Market watchers cited tight supplies of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and other raw materials. Prior to the July drop, regional PET prices had increased a total of 5 cents in the May-June period.

The potential restart of a PTA plant operated by Alpek SAB de CV in Altamira, Mexico, also could impact regional PET prices. The plant was damaged by a mid-July fire.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Classifying plastic as a ‘hazardous material’ could be hazardous to the recycling industry

The Basel Convention is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider a number of proposals that could restrict the trade of scrap commodities. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI; Washington, DC) released background information on these proposals.

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-Third round of US-China tariffs to hit China finished plastics exports hardest

NEW YORK-As the third round of US-China tariffs looms, China finished plastics products will be in the crosshairs, along with additional US exports of commodity chemicals.

The proposed third round of tariffs, which the US plans to put on an additional $200bn in Chinese imports, and China on $60bn of US imports, raises the stakes in chemicals and plastics.

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-ExxonMobil mulls cracker, PE and PP plants in China’s Guangdong

SINGAPORE-ExxonMobil is mulling a “multibillion-dollar” chemical complex in China’s Guangdong, which would include a 1.2m tonne/year flexible feed steam cracker as well as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) units, the US energy and petrochemicals major said on Thursday.

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-Asia petchem shares fall as new round of US-China tariffs looms

SINGAPORE-Shares of major Asian petrochemical firms were trading mostly lower on Thursday, tracking declines in global equities this week, as investors were wary about the potential impact of a fresh round of US tariffs on Chinese goods.

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-China Focus: China-made degradable plastics promise end to ocean pollution  China degradable plastics  China degradable plastics ocean pollution 

BEIJING, (Xinhua) — Chinese scientists have developed a plastic that degrades in seawater and could help curb the increasingly serious plastic pollution in the oceans.

The new polyester composite material can decompose in seawater over a period ranging from a few days to several hundred days, leaving small molecules that cause no pollution, said Wang Gexia, a senior engineer at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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-NZ Drinks upgrades recycled plastic water bottle plant in New Zealand

NZ Drinks has upgraded a recycled plastic water bottle production line at its Waikato plant in New Zealand to increase manufacturing capacity.

This move follows the company’s initial introduction of recycled plastic into select product ranges two years ago.

The new line will allow NZ Drinks to continue to expand production of bottled water in recycled packaging, producing an estimated 220 million bottles made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plastic per year.

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-Oman to regulate the use of plastic bags

Muscat – Oman’s government is mulling tougher rules to regulate the use of plastic products, including carrying bags.

A meeting was held at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) to discuss the issue of increasing use of plastic products in the country.

A statement was issued then, describing the impact of plastic bags on marine life especially due to the dumping of plastic waste in the sea as a matter of great concern.

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-CCA launches Aussie manufacturing success story

Coca-Cola Amatil’s Packaging Services Division has opened a new blowmoulding and assembly line at its Eastern creek facility for producing a three-part HDPE closure for its Powerade brand, which incorportaes world-first technology.

The launch of the new production line at CCA’s Eastern Creek preform and closure plant on 31 August marks a significant step forward in CCA’s sustainable packaging commitment, notably its pledge to reducing the volume and variety of plastic content in its beverage containers.

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-PepsiCo targets 50 percent rPET in plastic bottles across EU by 2030

PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50 percent recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45 percent by 2025. The move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating to over 50,000 tons of rPET.

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-Tintex introduces new smart finishing process

Tintex Textiles will exhibit its latest A/W 19-20 collection of innovative fabrics and introduce Naturally Clean, a new smart finishing process that is said to be uniquely responsible, at this week’s Munich Fabric Start, which takes place from 4-6 September.

“Naturally Clean enhances the natural beauty of cotton, takes a cost-effective modern approach to eliminate aggressive treatments and optimizes clean surfaces, vivid colours, providing an exquisitely smooth hand feel,” the company explains.

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-Seaweed and Lucozade team-up to tackle plastic waste at mass participation events.

Seaweed and Lucozade team-up to tackle plastic waste at mass participation events.Anyone who has ever done any sort of organised run will have at some point had to gently hurdle a spill of plastic cups or bottles at a drinks station, instantly disregarded once consumed. But those days, could be coming to an end, with isotonic sports drink, Lucozade Sport, announcing plans to trial plastic-free drinks and gels encased in an edible seaweed outer layer.

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-The beginning of a revolution in packaging

Humankind has already produced more than eight billion tons of plastic. Every year, we add another 80 million tons of plastic packaging to the total, only half of which is recycled. The rest ends up in a garbage incinerator or as trash that pollutes forests, meadows, lakes and oceans. Dr. Sabine Amberg-Schwab from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Wurzburg is on to something that could solve the problem – a new class of material called bioORMOCERs.

Congratulations, Dr. Amberg-Schwab. You developed a biodegradable, compostable barrier coating and earned a New Plastics Innovation Prize for your efforts. Is this the beginning of a revolution in packaging?

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-Savio to show latest Industry 4.0 solutions at ITMA Asia04

Savio, a global, leading Italian supplier of winding, twisting, and rotor spinning machines and a specialist in yarn-finishing segment, is set to present energy saving and Industry 4.0 solutions at ITMA Asia + CITME 2018 expo, in hall H1, stand C24. The leading textile machinery exhibition will be held from October 15-19, 2018, in Shanghai, China.

The company will exhibit the Polar Evolution and Eco PulsarS winding machines, plus an Industry 4.0 corner with smart solutions for mill monitoring, according to a Savio press release.

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-‘Smart’ Fabrics: The Future Of Technology

Future technology won’t be a device you carry in your pocket, a computer you put in your bag, or a watch you wear on your wrist. Instead, it will be woven into the threads of your shirt and pants.

Researchers all over the world are developing “smart” fabrics or textiles that can charge electronics, cool down the body, monitor health, detect human motion, light up like flashlights and more.

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China degradable plastics ocean pollution

China Focus: China-made degradable plastics promise end to ocean pollution  China degradable plastics  China degradable plastics ocean pollution 

Source: Xinhua Editor: Liangyu

BEIJING, (Xinhua) — Chinese scientists have developed a plastic that degrades in seawater and could help curb the increasingly serious plastic pollution in the oceans.

The new polyester composite material can decompose in seawater over a period ranging from a few days to several hundred days, leaving small molecules that cause no pollution, said Wang Gexia, a senior engineer at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

“For a long time, people focused on ‘white pollution’ on land. Plastic pollution in the seas only caught people’s attention when more and more reports about marine animals dying from it appeared in recent years,” said Wang.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

About 4.8 million to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste goes into the seas very year, accounting for 60 percent to 80 percent of the total solid pollutants in the oceans, according to a conservative estimate by scientists.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

Due to human activities and ocean currents, most of the waste gathers in the north and south Pacific, the north and south Atlantic and the central Indian Ocean.

French media reported that a plastic waste concentration in the ocean between California and Hawaii could be as large as 3.5 million square kilometers, or seven times the territory of France – and growing by 80,000 square kilometers a year.

The World Economic Forum has also warned that the total weight of plastic wastes in the oceans would surpass the total weight of marine fish in 2050.

Almost all the types of plastics are found at sea, either floating on the surface or sinking to the bottom, and they cannot decompose for decades or even centuries, said Wang.

The effects of sunlight, salt weathering, ocean currents and organisms turn plastics into tiny fragments under 5 millimeters long, which are a major threat to marine life. Many albatrosses and turtles die from gastrointestinal problems after eating plastics.

A shocking scientific survey showed that over 90 percent of sea birds died from eating plastics.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

“We still lack effective methods to cope with the serious plastic pollution,” Wang said.

“We cannot collect and deal with the garbage dispersed in the oceans as we do on land. The most feasible solution is to let the materials degrade and disappear,”she said.

The Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry is one of the leading research institutions in China to develop biodegradable plastics that naturally-occurring microbes can decompose into carbon dioxide and water.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

The institute has authorized four Chinese enterprises to use their technology, with three enterprises going into production with a total annual capacity of half the global biodegradable plastics, or 75,000 tonnes.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

Realizing the serious plastic pollution in oceans, the researchers aimed to develop materials degradable in seawater, but they found plastics that decompose quickly on land are unable to degrade easily at sea.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

They combined non-enzymic hydrolysis, water dissolution and biodegradation processes to design and invent the new material.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

The research was recently selected as one of 30 winning projects at a contest of innovative future technologies in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province. The contest encouraged young Chinese scientists to conceive groundbreaking technologies and trigger innovation.China degradable plastics ocean pollution

China has given top priority to ecological environmental protection, contributing Chinese wisdom to resolving global pollution.

Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable Products

Sun Chemical to Increase Prices of All Inks, Coatings and Consumable Products in North America Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable Products

Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable ProductsPARSIPPANY, N.J., USA – Sun Chemical will increase prices across its entire portfolio of ink, coating and consumable products in North America, effective October 1, 2018.

A combination of ongoing raw material supply disruptions, the escalation of transportation costs, and governmental initiatives, ranging from tariffs to changes in environmental regulations, continue to challenge the supply chain and drive up the cost of products.

“The increasing raw material costs are unprecedented and as a result we must continue to review our ink, coating and consumable prices,” said Chris Parrilli, President of North American Inks, Sun Chemical.Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable Products

“While we continue to work with our supply chain partners to manage and minimize impact, the cost pressures have been significant.

To ensure we maintain our high levels of product quality and service, it is necessary to increase customer prices.”Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable Products

About Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials.Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable Products

Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our Web site at sunchemical.com.

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Heather Buchholz
Sun Chemical
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heather.buchholz@sunchemical.com

Matthew Parry
Eric Mower and Associates
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mparry@mower.com

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-Sun Chemical to Increase Prices of All Inks, Coatings and Consumable Products in North America Sun Chemical Inks Coatings Consumable Products

PARSIPPANY, N.J., USA – Sun Chemical will increase prices across its entire portfolio of ink, coating and consumable products in North America, effective October 1, 2018.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-High-barrier PET bottle for olive oil protects product, planet

Posted by Anne Marie Mohan 2 days ago

Gourmet olive oil distributor Mexiterra selects PET barrier bottle to protect product from UV rays, extend shelf life, and minimize package footprint versus glass.

Baja_Precious.jpgIt’s probably not common knowledge that the U.S. imports close to 99% of its olive oil from countries like Italy, Spain, and even places as far away as Australia.

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-August Global IPEX rises on NE Asia PX, benzene and propylene

LONDON Here are the August IPEX values and details of the major commodity petrochemical and polymer contract and average spot price movements for the month.

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-Tronox acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business blocked by U.S. court

By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

A U.S. District Court grants the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Tronox’s (TROX +1.1%) proposed acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business.

The FTC, which filed a complaint in July, first objected to the deal last year, saying the merger would reduce competition in the titanium dioxide market.

TROX says it plans to appeal the decision and request an expedited hearing so it may proceed with the merger, and will consider whether to proceed with the divestiture of Cristal’s Ashtabula, Ohio, titanium dioxide production complex.

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-Say Goodbye To Cheap Oil… For Now

Oil prices will be much higher over the next few years than previously thought, according to a new report from Barclays.

The investment bank significantly raised its pricing forecast for 2020 and 2025 in its annual medium-term oil report. Barclays expects Brent to average $75 per barrel in 2020, up from a previous estimate of $55, while prices may average $80 in 2025, up from $70 previously.

The bank noted that the market is dramatically different than it was at this point last year when it issued its previous medium-term report. U.S. shale drillers are maintaining capital discipline, which could lead to lower than expected production levels

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-Henkel announces ambitious targets for sustainable packaging

Building on its existing efforts and progress in sustainable packaging, Henkel is stepping up its commitment to further promote a circular economy: The company has set itself additional targets embedded in an expanded strategic framework. By 2025, 100 percent of Henkel’s packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable*. Within the same timeframe, Henkel aims to use 35 percent recycled plastic for its consumer goods products in Europe.

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-Rouhani says Iran will export crude oil despite US pressure  

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran will continue exporting crude oil despite U.S. efforts to stop it through sanctions.

“We will continue by all means to both produce and export” oil, Rouhani said in remarks broadcast on state TV. “Oil is in the frontline of confrontation and resistance.”

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-8th PETAsia & Recycling Outlook pinpoints Sustainable PET Packaging, Recycling, PET Resin Trade

Scheduled on 30-31 October, 2018 in Bangkok, CMT’s 8th PETAsia & Recycling Outlook zooms in on SE Asia’s emerging PET recycling market, China’s PET waste ban as well as innovations in PET packaging and more. Plastic petrochemicals crude oil sanctions

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-Saudi Arabia aims to keep crude in $70 to $80 band: sources

DUBAI/LONDON – Saudi Arabia wants oil to stay between $70 and $80 a barrel for now as the world’s biggest crude exporter strikes a balance between maximizing revenue and keeping a lid on prices until U.S. congressional elections, OPEC and industry sources said.

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-Crude oil futures lower as supply disruption concerns recede

Singapore — Crude oil futures were lower during mid-morning trade in Asia Wednesday as production loss from Tropical Storm Gordon in the Gulf of Mexico was increasingly seen to be limited.

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-UK’s Palagan invests in five conversion machines to work with thinner films

UK-based polythene packaging manufacturer Palagan has invested £1.2m in greener film conversion technology.

Palagan invested in five conversion machines to work with stronger, thinner films.

The new equipment will meet the increasing demand for more environmentally efficient materials from British manufacturers and processors, and help reduce overall packaging use.

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-Coral Products announce investment for in-house recycling plant

Coral Products are investing in an in-house recycling plant within their UK based factory in Haydock Merseyside.

The company supplies plastic recycling and food waste products to various UK councils, and with a conservative estimate, can see 700 tonnes of plastic recycled back into recycling and kerbside products by 2019

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-Toray Plastics (America) expands Torayfan white films portfolio

Toray Plastics (America),has expanded its portfolio of white films and now offers consumer product goods companies and converters five new Torayfan white-pigmented metallized biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films.

The new films encompass sealable and non-sealable versions and are available in a variety of heat-seal strengths. End users can also ‘dial in’ preferred oxygen and moisture-barrier levels. Toray’s combination of pigment, sealant and barrier in one film allows end users and converters to manufacture a duplex instead of a triplex lamination in many applications.

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-How is oil going to behave? Iran, US and China hold clue

Oil ended August on a positive note after prices fell in the first half on fears that a US-China trade spat and an emerging market crisis stoked by turmoil in Turkey would dent demand.

Oil has rebounded in recent weeks. The reasons for the recent rebound are many.

From perspective of the physical market, there have been recent bullish data points that suggest that the market is tightening. The last week of August was extremely bullish for crude oil owing to multiple geo-political events. Increasing output from OPEC also helped with oil price action, but supply concerns still remain in the market.

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Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

Philadelphia Eagles and Braskem Launch New Sustainability Partnership   Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

In addition to becoming “partners in recycling,” Eagles and Braskem will create an online education platform to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders

 

 Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

The Philadelphia Eagles are pleased to announce that Braskem (B3: BRKM3, BRKM5, and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK), the world’s leading biopolymer producer and the largest polypropylene producer in the Americas, will join the organization as a partner in recycling. Braskem enters into a nine-year sustainability-focused partnership with the Eagles, building on the team’s long-standing commitment to environmental and community development programs.  Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

The partnership includes the development of a closed loop recycling program for bottle caps and other plastic products and an online education platform for 30 Philadelphia-area county schools to teach students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career opportunities to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

“Braskem is a global sustainability leader that places a high value on renewable solutions, community development and education,” said Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. “We are excited to tap into Braskem’s expertise to enhance our Go Green program. In addition, we look forward to supporting Braskem’s commitment to STEM education and being a part of creating a STEM curriculum that will serve to inspire and motivate students throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.”

With its North American headquarters in Philadelphia, Braskem operates in the chemical and petrochemical industry and plays a significant role in other production chains that are essential to economic development and creating sustainable solutions that improve people’s lives in areas such as housing, food and transportation.

“The Philadelphia Eagles have been a leader in sustainability, not only in Philadelphia, but throughout professional sports,” said Mark Nikolich, CEO Braskem North America. “We are excited about this new partnership to launch a closed loop recycling program at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles. We also look forward to collecting and recycling bottle caps at schools in the region through our ‘cap-etition’ which will provide an even greater impact for the program by educating the public about the benefits of recycling.”Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

As partners in sustainability, the Eagles and Braskem will work closely on developing and fostering eco-friendly solutions for communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Unique to this new partnership will be the utilization of recycled bottle caps that Braskem will collect at Lincoln Financial Field and the NovaCare Complex, the team’s practice facility. The collection and recycling process will be highlighted at an interactive fan zone located on Lincoln Financial Field’s HeadHouse Plaza.Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

Through this new integrated partnership, Lincoln Financial Field’s Northeast Gate will be renamed the Braskem Gate. In addition, the partners will jointly develop recycling awareness content for exposure across the team’s digital and social channels.

The Eagles’ Go Green! program has been nationally-recognized for its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly measures. What started out with blue recycling bins under each employee’s desk in 2003 has turned into a company-wide sustainability program that is diverting more than 99% of waste from landfills and operating on 100% clean energy. In June 2018, the Eagles became the first professional sports team to receive ISO20121 certification, which is an international standard designed to help organizations integrate sustainability into management practices and processes.Eagles Braskem Sustainability Partnership

For more information on the Braskem partnership or the team’s Go Green! program, please visit www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com .

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Participants of the PP market in Europe expect an increase in September prices  Participants PP market Europe September prices

Participants PP market Europe September pricesMOSCOW – Participants in the polypropylene (PP) market in Europe expect an increase in September contract prices in proportion to the growth of propylene prices, ICIS reports citing market participants.Participants PP market Europe September prices

The September contract for the supply of propylene in Europe increased by EUR10 per tonne compared to the price level in August.

The negotiation of PP contract prices in Europe will be carried out this week.

Demand for PP in the second half of August was not high in Europe, while propylene supplies remain balanced.Participants PP market Europe September prices

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of propylene in Europe for September supplies was agreed at the level of EUR1,050 per ton, which is EUR10 per ton higher than the level of August. The contract price was approved on the terms of delivery of FD NWE (with delivery to North-Western Europe).Participants PP market Europe September prices

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , last week Russia started negotiations on September PP contract prices, some producers agreed prices only by the end of the week. In the PP homo segment, the price increase was insignificant, while one of the producers raised the prices of copolymers of propylene by 7 thousand rubles. per ton.

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Turkmenistan started selling polyethylene polypropylene new polymer plant

Turkmenistan started selling polyethylene and polypropylene from a new polymer plant

 

Turkmenistan started selling polyethylene polypropylene new polymer plantMOSCOW  – On Monday, the sale of polypropylene (PP) and low-density polyethylene (HDPE) from a new gas chemical complex began in the export sales of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan, the ICIS-MRC Price Review reported.Turkmenistan started selling polyethylene polypropylene new polymer plant

On September 3, the first lots of PP and HDPE with a total volume of about 14.1 thousand tons were exhibited at the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan.

Polymers of the new gas chemical complex in the village of Kiyanly (Balkan region, Turkmenistan) are represented at the auction.

Earlier it was reported that the gas chemical complex for production of polyethylene of low pressure and polypropylene with the capacity of 386 thousand tons and 81 thousand tons respectively was built by the consortium TOYO Engineering (Japan) and LG and Hyundai (South Korea). The total cost of the project was about 3.4 billion US dollars.

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Author:                Sergey Karaychentsev