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Odour control, anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance and UV blocking properties with Tenray.
The Sweet Living Group (SLG), based in St Louis, Missouri, has teamed up with EverCare, a manufacturer of high quality zinc oxides, to launch next generation zinc oxide (ZnO) masterbatch technology.
SLG’s extensive intellectual property enhances textiles by controlling odour, providing anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance, incorporating ultraviolet protection, increasing resistance to degradation and enhancing flame resistance. Currently, it has 16 issued US patents, five pending patent applications, and three trademarks covering ZnO and ultrafine ZnO for textiles.
EverCare and Sweet Living Group developed a range of new masterbatches which provide an unprecedented level of dispersion of zinc oxides, based on the EcoZinc and Tenray technologies. They provide guaranteed batch-to-batch performance and can be used to produce compounds and yarns (PETG, PP, PE, PA), ensuring excellent odour control, anti-microbial/mould and mildew-resistance, and UV blocking properties.
Plastics are so commonplace as to seem like wallpaper in the background, easily overlooked but ubiquitous. As the auto industry continues its drive to reduce vehicles’ carbon emissions, polymers are even more crucial through their weight-reduction advantages compared to other materials. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
Indeed, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that reducing a vehicle’s weight by 10 percent can produce a 6-8 percent improvement in overall fuel economy, with a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions.
This is one reason why the auto industry is the third-largest user of polymers, after the packaging industry and the building and construction industries. According to Volkswagen, there are 39 different types of basic plastics used in the average car, and more than 70 percent of the plastic is derived from four main polymers: polypropylene, polyurethane, polyamides, and PVC.
Production costs for plastic polymers are at highs for the year due to tight supply, increased feedstock costs, and strong demand.
For the first time in more than year, it’s live conference time again, and that alone feels great even if we are all still trying to muddle through the pandemic. PackExpo 2021 takes place in Las Vegas next week and, judging by the expected attendance numbers, there is substantial desire among packaging supply-chain participants to get together to discuss business and innovation.
There is much to talk about, especially from the markets that supply the chain with resins that have been difficult to produce and difficult to ship at various times during the last year and a half. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
Over that period, Murphy’s Law of what could go wrong most certainly has dominated the Ten Commandments tablets’ list of “thou shall nots” for the plastics supply chain. If there were such tablets, I’m sure they’d be made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). Of course, the production costs would be at highs for the year due to tight supply, increased feedstock costs, and strong demand — not unlike these three critical markets of interest heading into Pack Expo.
Samsara, a new Australian enviro-tech start-up supported by The Australian National University (ANU), looks to “infinitely” recycle plastic to overcome the global plastic pollution crisis. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
The start-up is supported by Woolworths Group and venture fund Main Sequence. It employs new technology to disintegrate plastic into its core elements and make new plastic. The technology involves using “plastic-eating” enzymes and has been created by scientists at ANU. Someday, this technology could put an end to plastic pollution.
Samsara’s innovative recycling process is not just eco-friendly and carbon-neutral but also avoids the need to depend on fossil fuels to make plastics. Australians produce over 2.5 million tons of plastic waster annually.
The United Nations forecasts that nearly 11 billion people will be living on Earth at the end of the century, but other demographic research groups project that population will peak earlier and at a much lower level.
The 1980s were a puzzling time for would-be parents in Singapore. The government initially told them to “Stop-at-Two” and backed up the policy with a series of measures to deter couples from having three or more children. It increased hospital fees for the delivery of third babies and withdrew maternity pay.
In March 1987, officials performed a demographic U-turn. Under the awkward slogan “Have Three or More (if you can afford it)”, the scales tipped abruptly towards those with larger families, who were now given priority for schools and housing.
Singapore is a dramatic example, but far from unique. Across the world, to secure a stable financial future, governments are desperate to keep national population numbers in a Goldilocks zone: not too many, not too few. And many of these policies are based on computer simulations of how future population numbers will rise and fall. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
The European plastic recycling industry registered a nearly 10 per cent increase in installed plastic recycling capacity for flexible film in 2020, demonstrating a solid growth despite the COVID pandemic.
The new estimate points to a 2.7Mt capacity for PE film recycling with 30 new film recycling facilities, totalling 218. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
Representing a demand of more than nine million tonnes, LLDPE/LDPE is the second largest plastic fraction in the EU market and therefore shows a major recycling potential. Just 17 per cent of recycled flexible polyethylene finds a way into film-to-film applications, with non-food packaging and building and construction being its largest markets, according to Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), while the forecasts show that PE film products could incorporate as much as 38 per cent of recycled content by 2030.
Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe and PRE LDPE-Working Group Chairman, said: “Once deemed difficult to recycle, flexible household polyethylene waste recycling is a successful business case model of today. Fast-paced technological developments in collection, sorting and recycling, made it possible to recycle film back to film.
A team of researchers at UNSW has observed a unique phenomenon in graphene oxide (GO). The oxygen atoms in GO are normally attached in a rather chaotic way. At elevated temperatures, however, the oxygen atoms form more organized structures – by themselves. This process of ‘self-organization’ was found to drastically improve various properties of GO – for example, its electrical conductivity.
For years, researchers have been aware that this phenomenon existed, but they could only demonstrate it using computational simulations. The new research, led by Dr. Rakesh Joshi at UNSW, successfully observed it for the first time in real life, using cutting-edge electron microscopy. While common microscopes use light to create a magnified image, electron microscopes use electrons. With this type of microscope, it is possible to observe single atoms, by magnifying what you’re looking at by a factor of 1,000,000. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
First author Tobias Foller, a PhD student in Dr. Joshi’s group, says he first read about the temperature method that enhances the properties of GO without changing the chemical structure in a paper by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday proposed a Global Development Initiative in steering global development toward a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth in face of the severe shocks of COVID-19.
“We must revitalize the economy and pursue more robust, greener and more balanced global development,” Xi said in his statement delivered via video at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
To promote global development, Xi called for staying committed to development as a priority. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
He proposed that the world should put development high on the global macro policy agenda, strengthen policy coordination among major economies, and ensure policy continuity, consistency and sustainability.
“We need to foster global development partnerships that are more equal and balanced, forge greater synergy among multilateral development cooperation processes, and speed up the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Xi said.
Most PE and PP grades dropped another $0.02/lb this past week, according to the PlasticsExchange. Film recycling and Thermoplastic
Despite Hurricane Ida and Nicholas, affecting Louisiana and Texas, respectively, over the past few weeks, spot resin trading remained well off the active pace of the first half of 2021, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Producers have been rebuilding resin stocks ever since the February freeze, and while some producers of both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) remain on force majeure or have sales allocations in place, resin supplies have become more available, which has dampened spot buying activity. Spot resin prices have been easing and most PE and PP grades dropped another $0.02/lb this past week. Huge spot premiums have been eroding, as supply/demand fundamentals become more balanced. Historically, it is more typical for spot resin to transact around parity or at a discount to contracts.
PE contracts increased $0.41 to 0.43/lb since the beginning of 2021, and a total of $0.65 to 0.67/lb since the market bottomed in May 2020, including the last successful $0.05/lb increase implemented for July contracts. Producers were unable to push through another nickel in August; even though some limited production disruptions occurred because of recent gulf storms, it seems unlikely that the nickel increase will be secured in September, according to the PlasticsExchange.
Battery storage will play a crucial role in grid stability as organizations transition to clean power generation Film recycling and Thermoplastic
Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) has announced its Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Platform, which integrates Honeywell asset monitoring, distributed energy resource management, supervisory control and analytics functionality to enable organizations to accurately forecast and optimize their overall energy use.
Honeywell’s BESS Platform leverages best practices for energy management such as energy arbitrage and demand management to deliver flexibility and control of when energy is purchased and used. The platform is ideal for a wide range of commercial and industrial companies, independent power producers and utilities. The BESS Platform is backed by Honeywell performance-based guarantees, which include predictable and consistent costs along with improved uptime.
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