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Polymers Petrochemicals Biodegradable Plastic 16-02-2019

The eurozone’s chemicals and pharmaceutical industry’s output would fall by 0.3 percentage points below initial forecasts by the end of 2020 in the case of a no-deal Brexit, according to a study by analysts at Oxford Economics.

A no-deal Brexit would lead to increased trade frictions between the UK and the eurozone, reducing demand from the UK for eurozone-manufactured chemical products.

“[The fall in demand for chemicals would occur] either via lower direct sales, or supply chain linkages … as demand from downstream sectors, such as automotive, falters,” said to ICIS Oxford Economics’ senior economist Stephen Foreman.

“Ireland would experience a larger 0.7 percentage point hit in the level of chemical and pharmaceutical output by the end of 2020, relative to our baseline forecast.

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Brent crude oil tops $66 a barrel for the first time this year, while U.S. crude rises towards a three-month high near $56.

Analysts say both oil prices benchmarks are trading in a region that could portend a further rally.

Output cuts from OPEC and Saudi Arabia are helping crude futures overcome concern about potential demand destruction caused by global economic slowdown.

Analysts say oil prices are approaching breakout levels, and the final day of trading this week will offer clues about whether crude futures can keep rallying.

Brent crude on Friday topped $66 a barrel for the first time this year, hitting a nearly three-month high. The international benchmark for oil prices is set for a more than 6-percent gain this week.

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Sustainability has become increasingly important at ISPO and this trend continued to develop, as a growing number of brands and suppliers presented more environmentally friendly and low impact materials and production processes at this year’s event. This is a positive indication that the industry is willing to take more responsibility for the manufacture, use and end-of-life of their products and is beginning to make sustainability a significant element of the innovation process.

Reused and recycled materials

The most obvious material trend continued to be the use of recycled materials, as many outdoor and snow sports brands are following in the footsteps of recycling pioneer Patagonia, whose collection comprises reclaimed cotton, recycled polyester and nylon and recycled wool and down products.

UK chemicals companies and their trading partners will lose out on EU free trade deals under a no deal Brexit because other countries are unwilling to simply cut, paste and transpose them to the UK.

On 13 February, Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox admitted that the country has only managed to roll over deals covering seven countries covered by EU trade deals, or around £16bn out of £117bn in international trade.

With the 29 March Brexit day fast approaching, it seems highly unlikely that many further deals can be struck in time, meaning the UK chemical sector will likely lose out on important free trade deals with Canada and Japan.

Bemis will divest its medical packaging business in Europe as part of the merger with Amcor

The European Commission has approved the flexible packaging merger between Amcor and Bemis, contingent on the latter divesting its medical packaging business in Europe.

Amcor agreed to buy US rival Bemis for $6.8 billion last August, in a deal aimed at strengthening its foothold in the Americas. Both firms make rigid and flexible packaging products across the food, consumer, medical and pharmaceutical industries.

The Commission identified that Amcor and Bemis are the most significant players in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the supply of flexible packaging for medical use and have been competing closely.

Business for Trinseo showed signs of recovering in January, but the outlook for the rest of 2019 is still unclear, the CEO of the US-based styrenics producer said on Thursday.

That uncertainty is why Trinseo’s guidance for the year is so wide, said Chris Pappas, CEO. He made his comments during an earnings conference call.

Like many petrochemical producers, Trinseo saw a sharp decline in demand and margins during the end of November and in December.

Customers had destocked because of sharp declines in oil prices.

Demand in China was weak across a number of end markets, Pappas said. For the automobile and tyre markets in general, demand was also weak.

A coalition of at least 10 manufacturers and distributors in the beverage industry have agreed to impose a cess on polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, bottles, funds from which will be paid to Recycle Partners of Jamaica, RPJ, as the businesses join with the Government in cleaning up the environment.

Wisynco, in a notice to the Jamaica Stock Exchange, said the beverage industry, effective February 1, 2019, is applying the self-imposed cess of $1 per bottle.

The cess is to enable RPJ “to move with alacrity” in establishing depots to collect and recycle PET bottles, Wisynco said.

Economic contraction has had a significant effect on Turkish import levels of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in 2018.

Full year data from the Turkish data agency, Turkstat has revealed a halt to the healthy growth of the Turkish plastics industry last year.

Many players had already commented on an overall drop in run rates at converters, brought on by the collapse in value of the Turkish lira against the US dollar.

December figures were released at the start of February and reveal that high density polyethylene (HDPE) suffered a major drop in demand, down 170,000 tonnes from 2017.

This is likely to be due to a combination of the weak economy and a charge on plastic bags introduced on 1 January. Sources have already confirmed that this severely disrupted order levels for HDPE film.

Polymers Petrochemicals carbon fibre 14-02-2019

Gross domestic product (GDP) in Germany neither grew nor shrank in the final quarter of 2018, official data showed Thursday, soothing fears the country could have suffered a technical recession in the second half of the year.

Europe’s largest economy enjoyed a “first half year with plenty of momentum”, adding 0.4 percent in the first quarter and 0.5 percent in the second, federal statistics authority Destatis said.

But “a small trough in the second half of the year” brought shrinkage of 0.2 percent between July and September and no change in the final three months.

Added up, that meant Germany grew 1.4 percent in 2018 — 0.1 percentage points slower than intially calculated last month and well short of 2017’s 2.2 percent.

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China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain,since two days,move down.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,200/8,350 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 845/855 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,350/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 615/625 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,065/1,075 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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An international scientific group including a RUDN chemist have developed a complex copper-based compound with stronger antibacterial properties compared to analogs, and is cheaper to produce. The scientists confirmed that its effect is determined not by the substance’s decomposition in the body, but by targeted influence on bacteria. The study was published in the Journal of Molecular Structure.

The team synthesized a biologically active compound using copper compounds and an organic substance. The result was a large molecule in which the copper atom was surrounded with a ligand—a part of the complex bound to the central atom. The size and physical characteristics of the ligand affected the properties of the whole molecule.

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Mauricio Mendez, mayor of a small Mayan town in south-west Guatemala, is leading a revolt against plastic pollution.

In 2016 he initiated a ban on the sale and distribution of single-use plastics in San Pedro La Laguna, which has prompted other communities across the country to take action.

The town sits on the shores of Lake Atitlan and is home to a Tz’utujil Maya community that is fighting to preserve its traditional way of life. Today, the lake’s water is free of plastic waste, but this wasn’t always the case.

Before the ban came into force, San Pedro La Laguna had been deluged with single-use plastics. Disposable shopping bags, food wrappings and styrofoam trays saturated the municipal landfill and much of the waste ended up in the lake, damaging its delicate ecosystem.

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Latest industry data on glass recycling confirms that over 12 million tonnes of glass bottles and jars are collected and recycled in Europe, with an average glass recycling rate in the EU28 of 74%.

The latest industry data have a two-year time lag dating from 2016.

Glass remains the best performing food grade closed loop in the world, according to the European Glass Container Federation (FEVE), which says the current figure is set to rise.

EU Member States have committed to targets on municipal waste reduction and glass packaging recycling. This signals a renewed investment in separate collection for glass packaging in the coming years, which will engage consumers, municipalities, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes, recyclers and manufacturers in a collaborative effort to collect, sort and treat the glass that is currently leaking from the system, FEVE says.

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Ineos founder and Brexit-backer Sir Jim Ratcliffe has slammed the EU over expensive regulations and “stupid” green taxes he claims are choking Europe’s chemicals industry.

In an open letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Sir Jim warned Europe is “no longer competitive” as a result of its strict energy and labour laws, which he claims are the most expensive in the world.

He added the EU is “scaring away investment with heavy green taxes”, with Europe’s share of the world chemical market having halved to just 15% in the last 10 years.

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A new report from a UK think tank has called for “bold national” action from businesses and the government to combat the problem of plastic waste.

The “Plastics Packaging Plan – Achieving Net Zero ‘Waste’ Exports” report, published by Policy Connect and backed by MPs from multiple parties, states the UK needs a holistic, coherent plan to take responsibility for its contributions to global plastic pollution. It recommends authorities move toward a more circular, sustainable approach to plastic waste management in the dual interests of addressing the plastics problem and promoting British innovation and green jobs.

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Chroma Color Corporation was formed last year from the merger of four businesses

US-based Chroma Color Corporation has continued to grow its manufacturing footprint with the acquisition of Polymer Concentrates, which is a privately-held manufacturer of colour concentrates for customers in the packaging, automotive and housewares industry.

Chroma Color and Polymer Concentrates have complimentary product lines but distinctly different customer bases, which makes the acquisition attractive, according to Chroma’s chief executive Tom Bolger.

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Two hundred and seventy five Turkish textile companies are participating in the ongoing Premiere Vision Paris and Texworld Paris international fashion fairs, according to Pinar Tasdelen Engin, president of the Uludag Textile Exporters’ Association (UTIB), who said Turkey needs improvement in technical textiles, promotion and marketing, and branding.

Engin, who heads the Turkish delegation to the fairs, said the Turkish textile and apparel sectors employ nearly a million people and This number reaches 2 million if the sectors such as retail and merchandising, which are integrated to the aforementioned sectors, are included.

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RONN Motor Group will build its first all-electric lightweight Nano-composite hydrogen fuel cell bus in China under its new JV agreement for sale in China and export to select countries

RONN Motor Group, Inc. announced that under its new Joint Venture agreement, they will produce a lightweight Nano hydrogen fuel cell bus with battery enhancements for both the Asia markets and export. Ronn Ford, CEO, stated, “These buses are expected to be 30 percent lighter using our new Nano-composite and fuel cell technologies which will both extend driving range. Although built inside China for China, we fully expect to export these buses to developing hydrogen economies such as California and London.”

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Sasol has achieved beneficialoperations of the US linear low densitypolyethylene (LLDPE) unit at its Lake CharlesChemicals Project (LCCP) in Louisiana, thecompany said on Wednesday.

The 470,000tonne/year LLDPE unit is the first to come online for the project, which also includes a1.5m tonne/year cracker, a 420,000 low densityPE (LDPE) unit, ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol(EO/EG) units and other derivatives.

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At the Première Vision show in Paris this week, Lenzing presents Tencel branded lyocell and modal fibres with Micro technology for enhanced comfort. Lenzing is with its fine fibre portfolio an expert in producing and marketing of microfibers for the textiles industry and gives this specialty fibre category a new boost.

“An increasing number of consumers are choosing clothing for its feel-good factor. Comfort plays a key role. The parameters of the softness, lightness and smoothness of textiles are critical for the wearer’s well-being. With its fine fibres based on wood, Lenzing offers the solution for fashion with lots of comfort,” the company explains.

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Researchers in the smart electronics and materials (SEMS) group in electronics and computer science and the synthesis, catalysis and flow group in chemistry at the University of Southampton are investigating a new technique for achieving light emitting textiles that could be used in future medical, performance sports, automotive, architecture and fashion materials.

The project, funded by the United Kingdom’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is formulating light emitting films on the surface of standard textiles through electronically functional inks and spray coating, along with cutting-edge inkjet and dispenser printing processes, according to a press release from the university.

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Ethylene prices in Asia galloped higher on Tuesday.

Reports of limited product avails coupled with a lift in buying inquiries together supported the sharp price rise.

CFR North East Asia prices of ethylene were assessed up at the USD 1015/mt levels, a spike of USD 30/mt from Monday’s assessed levels.

CFR South East Asia prices of ethylene were assessed higher at the USD 1105/mt levels, a sharp day on day gain of USD 30/mt.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Circular Economy 13-02-2019

An interdepartmental working group to prepare proposals for the gradual replacement of plastic containers for bottling drinking water and beverages for glass containers created in the Republic of Belarus, Belta reports.

The corresponding decision is enshrined in the order of the Prime Minister of the country Sergey Rumas. PET bottles glass packaging Belarus

Until February 15, the government should submit relevant proposals and a draft set of measures for the regulatory and organizational and technical support for the phased replacement of plastic containers for glass with an indication of specific deadlines for the implementation of measures, volumes, and sources of funding.

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No less than 30 to 40 percent of household plastic packaging waste is made up of plastic film.

From a technical and organizational point of view, recycling plastic film is very complicated. New film packaging is also almost always manufactured from virgin plastics.

Attero, TUSTI, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Dow Benelux, Oerlemans Packaging, and Pokon Naturado have, therefore, joined forces.

They have formed a consortium to do technological research into a closed plastic film chain.

This closed chain should, eventually, reduce the demand for virgin plastics.

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A new report has called for a ‘bold’ national policy framework to improve flagging recycling rates in the UK and reduce the amount of plastic that is sent overseas.

Think tank Policy Connect produced the report which comes on the heels of the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy published in December.

The major policy announcement in the strategy was that businesses and manufacturers of packaging will be expected to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their waste, through a new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, which the Government estimates will raise up to a £1bn a year for recycling and disposal.

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Germany-based nova-Institute (Hürth) has published Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2018-2023, which shows capacities and, for the first time, production data for all bio-based polymers.

In 2018, the total production volume reached 7.5 million tonnes, representing 2% of the production volume of petrochemical-based polymers.

The potential for these materials is currently hampered by low oil prices and a lack of political support, according to nova-Institute.

The production of bio-based polymers has become much more professional and differentiated in recent years, said the report’s summary. “By now, there is a bio-based alternative for practically every application.

The capacities and production of bio-based polymers will continue to grow with an expected CAGR of about 4% until 2023, almost at about the same rate as petrochemical polymers and plastics. T

herefore, the market share of bio-based polymers in the total polymer and plastics market will remain constant at around 2%.

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It takes good looks and unblemished surfaces on packaging and containers to make brands appear flawlessly upscale, but what can be done to avoid particles and occasional stains that can occur post-production? And is it possible to maintain a like-new pristine appearance through the distribution supply chain and beyond for cosmetics and other premium markets?

The launch of a new product from MetaShield LLC (New York City), which specializes in advanced materials, offers an intriguing new option to protect packaging and products start to finish including through at-home use. MetashieldCLEAN makeup example

The product, MetaShieldCLEAN, is a fully transparent, nanotechnology-based coating that repels a significant amount of the stains, dust and dirt that typically accumulate on consumer packaging during ordinary use.

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EIPET Indorama has made a string of purchases aimed at improving its polyester-related portfolio in Europe and Africa.

Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures Ltd. (IVL) has taken over the Nigerian packaging company Bevpak (Nigeria) Ltd, continuing the series of recent acquisitions by IVL in recent years.

IVL says Bevpak, based in Ibadan, is “one of the largest” manufacturers of PET preforms in West Africa, with a production capacity of 18 kilotonnes per year (ktpa).

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Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic for packaging, today announced that it has completed a multi-year supply agreement with Danone SA, one of the world’s leading global food and beverage companies.

Danone will purchase 100% sustainable and upcycled Loop branded PET from Loop’s joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Limited in the United States for use in brands across its portfolio including evian, Danone’s iconic natural spring water.

“On behalf of our team, I’d like to thank Danone for their continued support and commitment to Loop, sustainability and the circular economy,” said Daniel Solomita, Founder and CEO of Loop Industries. “We are pleased to see our relationship extend to now include the supply of Loop branded PET resin to more of Danone’s exciting brands.”

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration lifted its forecasts for U.S. crude production for this year and next and cut its 2020 forecasts for U.S. and global benchmark oil prices, according to its Short-term Energy Outlook report released Tuesday.

The EIA forecasts 2019 U.S. crude production of 12.41 million barrels a day, up 2.8% from the January forecast.

It also raised its 2020 output view by 2.6% to 13.2 million barrels a day.

The government agency lifted its 2019 West Texas Intermediate crude price outlook by 1.1% to $54.79 a barrel, but reduced its 2020 view by 4.5% to $58.

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Tronox (TROX +18.9%) surges to its highest level in more than two months on news it filed a joint motion with the Federal Trade Commission requesting a delay of remaining appeals deadlines in the review of the company’s proposed acquisition of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business.

TORX says the filing reflects “significant progress in advancing settlement discussions regarding a remedy transaction intended to resolve the Commission’s competitive concerns with Tronox’s pending acquisition.”

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Mara Hoffman has received the Repreve Champions of Sustainability Leading the Change Award at an exclusive New York Fashion Week (NYFW) reception yesterday, hosted by global textile solutions provider Unifi. The Leading the Change Award recognises Mara Hoffman’s long-time commitment to reducing environmental impact through conscious fashion.

The brand will be recognised as a sustainability advocate and for its part in helping Unifi recycle 14 billion bottles, by using Repreve. Many of Mara Hoffman’s bestselling swimwear pieces are made with Repreve, which helps divert bottles from ending up on our land or in our oceans. The brand hopes to make consumers more mindful and to evolve the relationship society has with clothing.

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Energy markets are closely watching trade negotiations between the United States and China.

The latest monthly report on Chinese trade data contained yet another reminder of the serious impact that the U.S.-China trade dispute has had on U.S. crude oil exports.

China did not import a single barrel of U.S. crude oil in December. In fact, the world’s second largest consumer has barely imported any U.S. crude since July 2018.

In the year before the trade dispute emerged, China had accounted for, on average, around 20 percent of all U.S. exports, equivalent to over 11 million barrels per month.

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Polymers Petrochemicals recycling Polyamide 12-02-2019

China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are practically steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 620/635 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,075/1,090  $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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Europe’s chemical-intensive automobile industry could be the US’ next focus in its protectionist push if that country and China resolve their differences, according to the director general (DG) at European chemicals trade group Cefic.

Marco Mensink added that if the US and China do not resolve their trade differences and end the current truce for another hike in Chinese products into the US, the whole global economy could take a hit.

The European automobile sector is a key consumer of a wide range of chemicals, and a key job provider in the region. All major EU countries are key producers and consumers of vehicles, and a slowdown in the sector has both social and political ramifications.

Mensink said that while the global economy is holding on, uncertainty relating to trade conflicts and the unresolved UK exit from the EU are putting a strain on investments, both from companies and consumers.

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Husky Injection Molding Systems has launched a digitalised Next Generation Operating Model (NGOM) moulding solution, which the company says will revolutionise the way it does business.

Unveiled at the company’s EMEA headquarters, the NGOM process will streamline hardware ordering and manufacturing from a practice that historically takes several weeks down to a few hours. Customised stack components can be configured through a web interface and then manufactured in a laboratory through a completely automated process.

Husky’s chief executive, John Galt, said: “The world is experiencing an accelerated pace of digitalisation and it is influencing every aspect of our lives. Husky recognises this shift and we have been actively working to embrace digitalisation for some time.

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In the age of climate change and environmental protection, the pressure on manufacturers, brands and retailers in the textiles sector is growing. More and more consumers are calling for compliance with minimum social standards in the manufacture of their textiles. The Oeko-Tex Association, together with Hohenstein as one of the founding members, has developed a comprehensive product portfolio to provide everyone involved in the textiles value creation chain with the best possible security and extensive transparency.

“The product label Made in Green by Oeko-Tex in particular offers a clear statement,” the association reports.

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Due to tighter supply of medium and heavy sour crude oil, Middle Eastern benchmarks for sour crude grades have been trading higher than Brent Crude prices since the beginning of February in a rarely seen development in global oil prices.

On February 1, the cash Dubai crude price edged above Brent Crude for the first time since August 2015, according to S&P Global Platts data.

Three key factors have been tightening the global supply of heavy crude grades, thus pushing the prices of Dubai spot and DME Oman crude futures higher this month, traders and analysts tell Reuters.

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Plastic recycling specialists Recycling Technologies has announced the appointment of Marvine Besong to the position of Technical Director as it prepares to commence commercial manufacturing of its feedstock recycling machine, the RT7000.

Besong has almost a decade of experience in the resources and waste sector and has been with Swindon-based Recycling Technologies since 2015, during which time he has played a key role in the delivery of the Beta Plant that the company operates in Swindon as part of the pilot of its RT7000 technology.

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If you’re going to drink bottled water, Cove wants to lower your footprint.

“It just became very clear that the reason we have a problem with plastic pollution is convenience, and trying to change that delivery mechanism is going to be very difficult,”says Alex Totterman, founder of new bottled water company Cove. “And we don’t really have time. We’re looking at probably less than 30 years and we’ll have an ocean filled with more plastic than fish. While cleanup efforts are really important, we also just need to stop the amount of plastic going into our environment, especially single-use plastic.”

So Cove, which is launching later this month, is packaged in a bottle made from a biopolymer called PHA. If the bottle ends up in a compost bin or landfill–or even the ocean–it will fully biodegrade.

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orange peels”Orange waste is of great interest in Spain, as Spain is the largest producer of oranges in the EU and is ranked fifth overall in the world.”

An eco-friendly material made from orange peels could be used in the packaging and agricultural sectors, according to Spanish researchers working on a circular economy project called MIPLASCOE. Essentially, the researchers are aiming to recover the wastes generated in the orange juice sector in order to produce bio-plastic.

Like plastic, when dried the material is tough and malleable. Unlike plastic, it is also biodegradable.

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The KraussMaffei Group (KraussMaffei) has appointed Dr. Michael J. Ruf as the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective 1st April 2019.

The company says the appointment will strengthen its management team and displays the foundations for future growth.

With more than 20 years of management experience in the automotive supplier industry, Dr. Ruf, will join KraussMaffei from Continental AG, where he most recently led the “Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket” business unit as Executive Vice President.

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Rigzone asks industry experts whether the price of oil will ever reach $100 per barrel again.

Oil will hit $100 per barrel again, according to RoseAnne Franco, head of oil and gas at global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

“It’s a question of when and will it stay there … the level of geopolitical uncertainty we confront today is particularly volatile and precisely the type of conditions that could lead to an oil price shock,” Franco told Rigzone.

“That said, the uncertainty appears to cut both ways as global economic growth, which supports higher oil demand, is vulnerable to heightened geopolitical risk, which erodes it,” Franco added.

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Venezuela’s oil minister is in New Delhi this week hoping to convince India’s key refiners to buy more of its crude and forge closer ties as the South American nation finds itself internationally isolated after the US imposed crippling sanctions on state-owned PDVSA last month.

Manuel Quevedo told reporters Monday that he is hoping to continue Venezuela’s healthy relations with India, which has now emerged as the driver of global oil demand growth.

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February price paraxylene Europe

February contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR45 per ton 

February price paraxylene Europe

MOSCOW – The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for February deliveries was agreed at EUR960 per ton, which is EUR45 per ton higher than the January contract price of material, market participants told ICIS on Wednesday.

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

Sources of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) downstream market explain the increase in prices of paraxylene on the European market by the growth of spot prices in Asia.

Earlier it was noted that the January contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR45 per ton compared with the level of December last year – to EUR915 per ton.

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

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , the overall demand for PET preforms in the Russian market at the beginning of this month does not allow us to speak of signs of a market recovery in February.  Spot prices of producers as compared with the previous week as a whole did not change, however some factories called spot prices for non-regular customers at the level of 105 thousand rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.  On the other hand, the strengthened ruble rate and low demand from processors do not allow producers to raise spot prices in the first half of February.  In connection with the holidays in China, external signals for the Russian market were absent last week.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Biodegradable Plastic 15-02-2019

China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to move down,except for Paraxylene.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,150/8,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 845/855 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 615/625 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,050/5,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,070/1,085 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,450/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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The contract price of paraxylene in Europe for February deliveries was agreed at EUR960 per ton, which is EUR45 per ton higher than the January contract price of material, market participants told ICIS on Wednesday.

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

Sources of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) downstream market explain the increase in prices of paraxylene on the European market by the growth of spot prices in Asia.

Earlier it was noted that the January contract price of paraxylene in Europe fell by EUR45 per ton compared with the level of December last year – to EUR915 per ton.

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The whole world actually underestimated the US’ entire shale revolution back in 2010 and 2011, says Fereidun Fesharaki, Chairman, FGE, a leading energy consulting group. The impact of Venezuela sanction is yet to be felt, he cautioned. Fesharaki spoke to ETNow.

Today, the US exports about 2-2.5 million barrels per day (bpd). The US production is going up, but let us remember the US still is a net importer. Maybe, the net importer position will change and it becomes a net exporter, but a minor exporter.
The reason the Saudis are so powerful is that most of the oil they export and their own domestic consumption is very small, but the US domestic consumption is so huge. Forty per cent of gasoline demand in the world is in the US alone. The US additional volume that they can export is limited.

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Scientists recently synthesised castor oil/2,4-toluene diisocyanate adduct to impart water repellency and antibacterial properties for cotton/polyester fabric

The emulsion synthesised in the study is suitable both as a water-repellent and as an antibacterial finish for cotton/polyester fabric. Source: silencefoto – stock.adobe.com.

The emulsion synthesised in the study is suitable both as a water-repellent and as an antibacterial finish for cotton/polyester fabric. Source: sil…

A new CAO/TDI adduct was synthesised by reacting 2,4-toluene diisocyanate (TDI) with castor oil (CAO) in a molar ratio of 70%, respectively, at 100°C for 90 min. The chemical structure of the synthesised adduct was confirmed by FTIR analysis. Furthermore, such adduct was emulsified in water using stearic acid/triethanol amine system.

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Partnership with Loop Industries will Provide a Free Mail-back Program for Cocktail, Cider and Beer Enthusiasts Seeking to Ensure Drinkworks Products are Upcycled

Today, beverage innovation company, Drinkworks and leading sustainable plastics technology innovator, Loop Industries, Inc. , announced a partnership to allow the users of the Drinkworks Home Bar by Keurig® to return used cocktail, brew and cider pods to be recycled and upcycled by Loop.

This announcement comes on the heels of Drinkworks launching the Drinkworks Home Bar by Keurig in November 2018, through an early access pilot program in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Under the theme “EU Plastics Strategy 2.0 – Taking the PET industry to the next step”, the complete PET industry sector shared perspectives and strategies for a succesful and even more circular future.

From PET resin producers, masterbatch producers, packaging designers and manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, label producers to major brand owners, EPR schemes, waste management organisations, recyclers, waste sorting and recycling machinery manufacturers – the entire value chain was represented. Additionally, speakers and participants from the European Commission , the European Parlimanet as well as ICIS shared their thoughts on the PET market as well as the plastics industry in the European Circular Economy.

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Spot prices of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) in China are expected to come under pressure in the second-half of February following the Lunar New Year holiday, as the market is awash with supply.

Chinese producers maintained relatively high stock inventory amid poor offtake due to the Lunar New Year holiday on 4-10 February.

Buying interest dwindled since mid-January as most downstream end-user plants in China ceased production ahead of the holiday.

Average operating rate of BDO plants in China dropped steadily to 58.1% in early February from 72.4% in early December, before recovering to 67.9% on 12 February, according to ICIS.

Meanwhile, the average operating rate of downstream polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) plants in China dipped slightly by 5% to 65% during the holiday period, based on ICIS.

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The European PET Bottle Platform has awarded perforated full body sleeves used on household and personal care PET bottles a three-year temporary endorsement.

Petcore Europe’s ODR Working Group has been working on increased recyclability of sleeved PET bottles as the use of sleeves can cause problems in sorting of PET bottles via Near Infrared (NIR) and optical detectors used in waste plastics packaging sorting and recovery plants.

The endorsement applies provided that certain conditions are met: The sleeve is equipped with double perforations, the packaging industry develops a standardised perforation concept (both in terms of functionality and design), and the PET bottles must carry a standardised message for the consumer, asking them to remove the sleeve from the bottle and place in the collection bin or bag for recycling.

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FANUC will unveil a new space dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) at its UK headquarters in Coventry, as part of its latest Technology Day for Wire EDM on the 19th February.

The day will see several of FANUC’s state-of-the-art ROBOCUT α-CiB Wire EDM machines in action, as well as demonstrating FANUC’s out-of-the-box MT-Linki machine tool monitoring service, which allows users to remotely monitor, harvest and analyse live production data.

Visitors will also be able to get a first glimpse of FANUC’s newest data connectivity platform FIELD, which will fully launch later in 2019.

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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) – Lotte Chemical has announced the start-up of its ethylene glycol manufacturing facility in Sulphur as a success. The plant launched production on Feb. 5.

Lotte broke ground on the $1.9 billion ethane cracker facility in 2016 next to Axiall’s current manufacturing facility.

The cracker facility is one part of a $3.1 billion facility in Calcasieu Parish. Lotte joined with Axiall and Westlake Chemical in separate projects to build ethane crackers.

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Veteran carpet weaver Nuri Çapuroğlu knew something was amiss when his employer called all the workers together last November.

“They summoned us to the accounting office and told us that they would reduce the number of shifts because the crisis had hit Angora Carpet,” he said, referring to his employer, and Turkey’s economic crisis.

Angora had filed for bankruptcy and would soon shut down eight of its 10 weaving looms and place most workers, including Çapuroğlu, on unpaid leave. Still out of work nearly three months later, Çapuroğlu is starting to lose hope after 30 years of carpet weaving.

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In her first piece for 2019, resident digital printing expert Debbie McKeegan explores one of the most common fabrics in fashion: polyester. With sustainability and pollution on the minds of many, Debbie shares a world in which we could be using only recycled polyester by 2030. Debbie is the CEO of TexIntel – an expert advisory practice serving the Creative, Digital and Print Textile manufacturing Industry.

How do we re-fashion fashion?

Firstly we have to understand the fabrics we consume. Polyester has grown to represent 55% of the world’s fibre consumption, and acts as a staple of our industry. It’s big business, when viewed as a percentage of an industry that’s valued at $1.3 trillion (US).

Polyester is a much misunderstood synthetic fibre in the world of Fashion, maligned by the sustainable lobby because it is derived from oil-based resins, and because it consumes large amounts of energy in its current process of manufacture which must be reformed.

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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned countries and companies against buying crude oil from Venezuela, after the Latin American country’s Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said during a surprise visit to India that Venezuela wants to sell more oil to the fast-growing Indian market.

In a tweet with a Bloomberg article on Venezuelan-Indian oil relations attached, Bolton wrote: “Nations and firms that support Maduro’s theft of Venezuelan resources will not be forgotten. The United States will continue to use all of its powers to preserve the Venezuelan people’s azsets and we encourage all nations to work together to do the same.”

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Replacement of PET bottles with glass packaging is planned in Belarus

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MOSCOW  – An interdepartmental working group to prepare proposals for the gradual replacement of plastic containers for bottling drinking water and beverages for glass containers created in the Republic of Belarus, Belta reports.

The corresponding decision is enshrined in the order of the Prime Minister of the country Sergey Rumas. PET bottles glass packaging Belarus

Until February 15, the government should submit relevant proposals and a draft set of measures for the regulatory and organizational and technical support for the phased replacement of plastic containers for glass with an indication of specific deadlines for the implementation of measures, volumes, and sources of funding.

According to ICIS-MRC’s Price Review , in early February, individual processors in the CIS countries tested the Mogilevkhimvolokno production homopolymer. A large Belarusian trading company plans to buy Chinese PET for the purpose of resale due to the termination of the copolymer production time at the Belarusian plant.

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ITEM04/02/201911/02/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,450 yuan/ton+50
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,090 $/ton1,090 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,875 yuan/ton7,875 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,850 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,655 yuan/ton6,655 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market850 $/ton855 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,140 yuan/ton5,130 yuan/ton-10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market626 $/ton626 $/ton
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,087 $/ton1,056 $/ton-31
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,067 $/ton1,082 $/ton+15
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market983 $/ton999 $/ton+16
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,535 yuan/ton8,535 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,330 yuan/ton9,330 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,900 yuan/ton8,900 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market12,800 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,580 $/ton1,580 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,910 $/ton1,910 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,600 yuan/ton14,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market14,550 yuan/ton14,550 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market17,300 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market20,200 yuan/ton20,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market18,500 yuan/ton18,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,000  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton32,500  yuan/ton-500
Adipic Acid domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market4,775 yuan/ton4,775 yuan/ton
Benzene overseas  market574 $/ton598 $/ton+24
Ethylene South East market975 $/ton985 $/ton+10
Ethylene NWE  market903 $/ton905 $/ton+2
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,800 yuan/ton12,000 yuan/ton+200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,400 yuan/ton13,450 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market9,000 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  511 $/ton485 $/ton-26
Phenol domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,325 $/ton1,325 $/ton
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
LDPE CFR Far East 1,012 $/ton1,012 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,002 $/ton1,002 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,009 $/ton1,009 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East989 $/ton989 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,060 $/ton1,060 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,191 €/ton1,191 €/ton

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Now in its fourth year, the Graphene Pavilion, curated by the Graphene Flagship Innovation Team, and supported by the European Commission and the GSMA, will arrive to Barcelona with more than 20 different graphene-based working prototypes and devices that will transform future telecommunications.

As Europe’s largest ever research initiative, the Graphene Flagship will demonstrate how graphene is playing an increasing role in people’s lives. The Graphene Pavilion will focus on the importance of graphene and related materials for connectivity, from single connected devices to a complete network of machines and sensors.

Visitors will be able to explore three different zones focused on the ‘phone of the future’, ‘wearables of the future’ and ‘homes of the future’, which will provide an opportunity to see the latest prototypes that are transforming the communication industry

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Directions for recycling plastic bottles have changed over the years, and with contamination now restricting export options for recyclables, many people wonder whether they should remove caps from plastic bottles.

The answer is “leave on the lid.” The lid does not contaminate recyclables.

Daniel Marks, owner of Berg Mill Supply Co., which markets much of the recyclable material from Ventura County, explains:

“Soda bottle lids are made from a different plastic than soda bottles, but grinding is one of the first steps at the plastic recycling factory. A simple sink/float tank separates the two types of plastic.” The polypropylene from lids floats, and the polyethylene terephthalate from the body of the bottle sinks.

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Iran’s oil customers should not expect new US waivers in May, the US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said this week, urging buyers to stop importing Iranian oil.

“What we have announced is the policy to get to zero imports of Iranian crude as quickly as possible. We are not looking to grant any future waivers or exceptions to our sanctions regime, whether it is oil or anything else,” Hook told Japanese public broadcaster NHK while on a visit to Japan

When it re-imposed sanctions on Iran last November, the US granted waivers to eight countries so they could continue purchasing oil from Iran at reduced rates until early May 2019.

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In January, British newspaper The Guardian became the first national newspaper to use recyclable packaging.

As part of a pioneering move to reduce plastic waste, the Guardian’s print edition will no longer be sold in plastic packaging.

According to Richard Furness, managing director of reader revenue and publishing, 20 years ago, the newspaper started using polybags when “the weekend edition started to get bigger and bulkier with extra supplements.

It was the only way we could get them out on time and guarantee they would survive the British weather!”

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Oliver Sonntag is the CEO of Nano-Care Deutschland AG, a company which has developed an antimicrobial coating using nanotechnology. This coating, Liquid Guard, lasts for a very long time and preserves the treated item, helping it keep its value. It also keeps surfaces sanitised and makes it easier to clean.

Oliver, how does Liquid Guard work?

The nanotechnology essentially forms a layer of very sharp molecules on the surface of the liquid, which forms something like a wall of spikes. These molecular spikes rupture the cell walls of bacteria and other microorganisms, killing them.

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Company focused on seating after Porsche bought its car-building factory

Just when you think you know something about automotive history, something comes in over the transom that makes you realize you don’t know as much as you think.

Today’s example: A news release from Recaro Automotive Seating celebrating its 70-year history as a supplier to Porsche.

OK, that was no surprise. We knew Recaro was famous for its automotive seats, and not only for those it supplies to Porsche, but to various automakers and especially to racing teams.

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Egypt expects an average crude oil price of $67 per barrel for its 2019-2020 financial year budget, according to a finance ministry report published on Sunday.

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ARBURG will be presenting the digital future of plastics processing at Chinaplas in Guangzhou, China, from 21 to 24 May 2019. Innovative technologies for digitalisation, injection moulding, automation and additive manufacturing will be on display at stand A41 in hall 5.1.

Industry pioneer in the field of digitalisation

“Digital transformation is a topic that we as industry leaders have been focusing on for years, and one that we are currently defining with our ‘Road to Digitalisation’ campaign,” explains Zhao Tong, Managing Director of the ARBURG organisations in China.

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The former Ukip leader says he will stand for Parliament if MPs try to delay or stop Brexit NIGEL Farage was one of the most prominent campaigners for Brexit but now says he’s worried the process of leaving could be delayed or even stopped by MPs.

The former Ukip leader has now said he will stand for a new pro-Brexit party if the departure is delayed. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Nigel Farage’s New Brexit party called?

The Brexit Party has been officially registered with the Electoral Commission allowing it to field candidates at upcoming elections.

He said the new party “has my absolutely full support” and he would stand for it in May’s European Parliament elections if the UK has not left the EU by that point.

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For the first time, scientists have devised a fabric that can dynamically alter its thermal properties in response to the environment. The automatic thermal regulation means people would no longer have to take off clothes when it’s hot or put clothes on when it’s too cold.

The breakthrough lies in cleverly engineering the fabric with two different types of synthetic yarn — one absorbs water, while the the other repels it. Both are coated with a lightweight, carbon nanotubes. When exposed to humidity, the fibers warp, bringing the strands of yarn together.

In the process, pores open up through the fabric, allowing more heat to escape. When the fibers come together, the electromagnetic coupling of the carbon nanotubes also changes. As the body cools down (and is less sweaty or humid), the dynamic thermal gating mechanism works in reverse to trap heat.

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Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found another procedure to make polymers out of sulfur which could give a method for making plastic that is less hurtful to the earth.

Sulfur is an inexhaustible substance component and can be found as a mineral deposit over the world. It is a waste item from the refining of crude oil and gas in the petrochemicals industry, which creates tremendous stores of sulfur outside refineries.

While being distinguished as an intriguing conceivable option in contrast to carbon with regards to the assembling of polymers, sulfur can’t form a stable polymer all alone at the same time, as uncovered in a procedure called ‘inverse vulcanization’ it must be responded with organic crosslinker molecules to make it stable. This procedure can require high temperatures, long reaction times, and produce harmful by-products.

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International Brent crude futures were down 14 cents at $61.49 per barrel at 0855 GMT. On the week, they are set for a loss of around 2 percent, the steepest weekly fall this year.

Oil prices, Crude Oil, Crude Oil Prices, Singapore, US-dollar, China, US bank, Oil markets Crude Oil markets, Venezuela, Venezuela Sanctions, Venezuela Crisis, traders said crude was prevented from falling much further by supply cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries  |  Photo Credit: Reuters

London: Oil markets inched down on Friday and were heading for a weekly loss, pulled down by worries about a global economic slowdown, although OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela provided crude with some support.

Weighing on financial markets were concerns that a trade dispute between the United States and China would remain unresolved, denting global economic prospects.

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As political and economic crises threaten to topple Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, political scientists like us are not surprised that he has run into trouble.

Instead, we see Venezuela as another example of what scholars call the “resource curse.” That’s the unfortunate correlation first described by the British economic geographer Richard M. Auty between nations with vast wealth from oil or other natural resources and political instability.

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Expansions United States Beverage (still water) Blow Molding

Niagara Bottling LLC will spend $90 million on a new bottled water plant in Texas.

The Ontario, Calif.-based company has been rapidly expanding in recent years, constructing plants around the country as the popularity of bottled water continues to rise.

Niagara uses an integrated approach to bottled water at its plants, including the manufacture of preforms and caps.

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Prime Minister Theresa May will ask MPs to give her more time to secure changes to the controversial part of her Brexit deal – the Northern Irish backstop.

Mrs May is due to report back to MPs this week, after trying to persuade the EU to make last-minute changes.

According to the BBC’s Iain Watson, the PM will promise Parliament another vote on other Brexit options if a deal is still not ready by the end of February.

Labour wants to hold Mrs May to her word and make sure the vote is held.

The shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, has said Labour has drafted an amendment which, if passed this week, would guarantee a vote by the end of the month.

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A new textile made from infrared sensitive yarn coated with a thin layer of carbon nanotubes self-regulates its thermal properties depending on how hot or cold the wearer is. While the design and performance of the technology still needs to be optimized, the materials making up the fabric are readily available and the nanotubes can easily be added to the yarn during standard dyeing processes at little additional cost.

Many animals have evolved to efficiently manipulate infrared radiation for heating up and cooling down. Saharan silver ants, for example, dissipate excess heat thanks to triangular shaped hairs that can reflect near-IR rays depending on the position of the Sun. Things are different for humans – our bodies absorb and lose heat mainly through IR radiation with a wavelength of 10 microns. Unfortunately, neither our skin or even the most sophisticated of textiles made so far can control this wavelength channel in real time to regulate heating and cooling.

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Concerns that trade disputes between the US and China would remain unresolved weighed.

SINGAPORE: OilNSE 0.06 % markets fell on Friday, pulled down by an economic slowdown, although supply cuts led by producer club OPEC and US sanctions against Venezuela provided crude with some support.

International Brent crude oil futures were down by 44 cents, or 0.7 per cent, at $61.19 per barrel, after falling 1.7 per cent the previous session.

Weighing on financial markets, including crude oil futures, were concerns that trade disputes between the United States and China would remain unresolved, denting global economic growth prospects.

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Adipic acid is one of the most commercially important type of aliphatic dicarboxylic acids, especially due to its significant usage as a feedstock for the production of industrial fibers.

It is produced from the oxidation of a mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone with nitric acid.

Alternatively, adipic acid can also be produced from butadiene carbonylation. There has been a significant demand for chemically resilient, strong and durable fibers for the manufacture of automotive parts.

This has initiated a strong demand for adipic acid, since it is one of the key ingredients for the production of composite materials.

The major consumption of adipic acid is as the feedstock for the production for nylon 6,6 resin and engineering fibers.

The non-nylon applications of adipic acid include its usage in the manufacture of polyurethanes, plasticizers, food additives and pharmaceuticals.

The escalating demand for adipic acid from automotive, electrical & electronics, consumer goods and appliances industry is one of the chief drivers for the adipic acid market.

The extensive research and development in the textile production technology is also one of the key factors influencing the adipic acid market.

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Canada-based American Manganese Inc. (AMY) announced that its processing partner, Kemetco Research, has commenced the processing of a select sample of Li-ion cathode scrap material through Stages 1 and 2 of a pilot recycling plant.

Commencement of the pilot plant followed a HAZOP study and preliminary testing of all the unit operations in Stage 1 and Stage 2.

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American Manganese Inc. Battery Recycling Flow Sheet.

 

The orders index for textile machinery for the period ranging from October to December 2018, as compiled by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, fell compared to the same period for 2017. The index value stood at 101.9 points (basis: 2015 =100). ACIMIT represents an industrial sector that comprises around 300 companies.

Orders gathered by Italian machinery builders were, thus, negative both in Italy and abroad. On the domestic front, the index stood at an absolute value of 148 points, that is, fully 12 per cent less than the same period for October to December 2017. However, foreign markets were even further down at -16 per cent, with the index standing at an absolute value of 98.1 points, according to a press release by ACIMIT.

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Asia’s adipic acid (ADA) may firm after the Lunar New Year holidays in the region on the back of re-stocking activities and firmer cost of feedstock benzene.

Chinese Lunar New Year fireworks light up the night sky over the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. (Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

– Current discussions remain thin

– Suppliers target higher offers post-holiday

– Slower-than-expected pick-up in demand likely

Discussions this week have been thin amid the week-long holiday in the markets of China, Taiwan and South Korea.

In the week ended 30 January, spot prices of ADA cargoes from China were assessed at $1,100-1,150/tonne CFR (cost & freight) NE (northeast) Asia, while those of other origins stood at $1,320-1,400/tonne CFR NE Asia, ICIS data showed.

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Many people are willing to pay extra to have something recycled. But what if that’s not happening?

Utah residents have been charged tens of thousands of dollars over the past several months at the Salt Lake County Landfill to dispose of one thing: mattresses.

If you roll up to the landfill gate, there is a sign clearly posted that you will be charged $15 per mattress or box spring, on top of the regular fee to enter the dump.

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New York private equity firm, One Rock Capital Partners, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the plastics distribution business of Nexeo Solutions.

The deal for Nexeo Plastics, a distributor of polymer products for a range of markets including packaging, will follow Nexeo’s pending acquisition by Univar and is expected to close during the first half of the year.

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Automotive seating supplier Adient, struggling to overcome operational and launch problems, is still losing money, and it warned Thursday that sales and adjusted earnings will decline this year.

But Adient’s fiscal first-quarter net loss of $17 million was an improvement from a much steeper net loss of $216 million a year earlier.

The Plymouth Township, Mich., automotive supplier said earnings before interest and taxes fell 47 percent to $54 million, while revenue during the fiscal first quarter grew 1.1 percent to $4.15 billion.

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It may take more than half a century to make the European economy circular, but the sooner “heavy investments” are made in new chemicals the less of a burden this will place on future generations, according to the chief of the EU’s chemicals regulator.

Bjorn Hansen, executive director at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), added that circularity will invariably mean that both EU chemicals and waste regulations are merged, and that the ECHA would be well positioned to take part in the transition.

“We can achieve more circularity if we merge the two policy areas … Then you have to roll up your sleeves and make some very tough decisions: When do you switch from being linear with a few loops, to being totally circular,” said Hansen.

“The longer you postpone the transition, the more materials you accumulate in society, and the more of a problem you are leaving to your children to solve.”

In what is becoming a recurrent plea, Hansen also expanded on the “magnitude of the problem” about ECHA’s funding as the EU’s proposed 2020-2027 budget would cause a cut in real terms for the Helsinki-based Agency, making its remit of policing the safety of chemicals more complicated.

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TitanPolymer BOPET production plan 

The project “Titan-Polymer” is implemented in the framework of the production plan 

TitanPolymer BOPET production plan 

MOSCOW – The Titan-Polymer project is being implemented as part of a production plan, the first deliveries of equipment will begin at the end of 2019, said Mikhail Sutyaginsky, chairman of the board of directors of the Titan group of companies, during a meeting on the implementation of investment projects in the special economic zone “Moglino”.

The anchor resident of the Moglino SEZ, the Titan group of companies, has completed the procedures for signing contracts with equipment suppliers for the Titan-Polymer project.

Currently, within the framework of the project implementation, advances have been paid, a preliminary EIA document has been developed, in which a preliminary assessment of the environmental impact of the production facility has been made.

“On the basis of this document, it is possible to declare with full responsibility: for the BOPET film plant, the dispersion zone will be about 100 meters and it will be assigned a low environmental impact class.TitanPolymer BOPET production plan 

According to the PET granule plant, the previously calculated dispersion zone is about 500 meters, but due to additional technological solutions, we hope to reduce the sanitary protection zone to 300 meters. And most importantly, all documents will be duly executed with the passage of the environmental and main state expert examination of the project “, – sk  Michael Sutyaginsky al.TitanPolymer BOPET production plan 

In general, the project is implemented within the framework of the production plan, he added.

The investment project “Titan-Polymer” will be implemented in four stages.  Within the framework of the first stage, it is planned to create two lines of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate film (BOPET) with a capacity of up to 70 thousand tons per year.  In the future we plan to organize a large industrial complex for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the amount of up to 170 thousand tons per year.  The total investment in the project will be 19 billion rubles.

Pskov plant “Titan-Polymer” was registered in February 2018 with the aim of creating the production of polyethylene terephthalate and processing of polymers.

In November 2018, Titan-Polymer (the enterprise of the Titan Group of Companies) received an official document confirming the status of a resident of the Moglino-type Special Economic Zone.

CJSC “GC” Titan “is a Russian corporation, one of the largest companies in the CIS engaged in the production and marketing of synthetic rubber, phenol, as well as developments in the field of biotechnology. The petrochemical cluster of GC” Titan “includes OJSC” Omsk Rubber “, one of leading Russian manufacturers of synthetic rubber, and Omsk polypropylene plant LLC “Polyom”.

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The Titan-Polymer project is being implemented as part of a production plan, the first deliveries of equipment will begin at the end of 2019, said Mikhail Sutyaginsky, chairman of the board of directors of the Titan group of companies, during a meeting on the implementation of investment projects in the special economic zone “Moglino”.

The anchor resident of the Moglino SEZ, the Titan group of companies, has completed the procedures for signing contracts with equipment suppliers for the Titan-Polymer project.

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The latest news on the How2Recycle labeling program for sustainably recyclable packaging that’s expanding at a rate of 80 new products daily.

Since its launch in 2012, the How2Recycle program managed by the sustainability leaders at GreenBlue has followed a four-point set of guidelines:

Reduce confusion by creating a clear, well-understood, and nationally harmonized label that enables companies to convey to consumers how to recycle a package.

Improve the reliability, completeness, and transparency of recyclability claims.

Provide a labeling system that follows Federal Trade Commission Green Guides.

Increase the availability and quality of recycled material.

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Natural-gas futures fall with U.S. supplies down less than expected

Oil futures declined on Thursday, pressured by risks to energy demand, a stronger dollar and reports that Libya could soon increase production.

U.S. benchmark March West Texas Intermediate crude oil US:CLG9 fell $1.47, or 2.7%, to $52.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with prices trading nearly 5% lower week to date.

International benchmark April Brent LCOJ9, -2.19% fell 92 cents, or 1.4%, to $61.77 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.

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For some time now, key role players in the South African film industry have acknowledged the critical need for a unified front adopting measures to mitigate the environmental impact of film productions, and Raised by Wolves aims to assist in developing a model for responsible, sustainable film production.

With the assistance of Wrap Zero and GreenSet – under the umbrella of the SA FILM Academy – together with a passionate, dedicated team of consultants, suppliers, management and crew, the aim is to implement a holistic, integrated, environmental sustainability pilot project throughout the course of this production, with Bluewater Trailers playing a vital role.

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Selfridges is now giving customers clothes bags made from recycled plastic bottles.

The covers have been supplied by Jutexpo, an eco-friendly reusable bag company, and have been made using an innovative process to recycle plastic bottles into fabric.

The covers are available in small, medium and large and each one is made using seven, eight and 12 plastic bottles respectively.

They have been rolled out in-store since the beginning of January and are now available in all Selfridges stores. The retailer expects the first six months of garment covers will result in more than 222,000 plastic bottles being recycled from post-consumer waste.

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KraussMaffei is highlighting its leading system expertise in developing and implementing series production-ready processes for fibre-reinforced lightweight construction at JEC World in Paris.

The focus on the trade show appearance is on new processes and applications that are based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials, and the FiberForm process, pultrusion and unidirectional tapers are front and centre.

KraussMaffei’s three technologies, injection moulding machinery, reaction process machinery and extrusion technology, make it the world’s only provider that can cover all three technologies from a single source.

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Dudelange-based Husky Injection Molding has just completed a full digitisation of its entire customer service experience, from quotation to delivery of the finished product.

During a press conference on Wednesday, economy minister Etienne Schneider (LSAP) cited the transformation as a success story for industrial digitisation in Luxembourg, and dubbed it a “pioneering project” which illustrates “our digital innovation strategy in the priority area of industry 4.0”.

Husky has had a presence in Luxembourg since 1984 where it specialises in the design and manufacture of injection moulding machines and integrated industrial production systems.

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Captain Mike Meade (M3 Marine): We’ve come apart because of huge oversupply. “[There’s] too much steel and too much debt”

The Asian and African markets are showing some signs of improvement but the oversupply problem is still obvious in both areas, Captain Mike Meade of M3 Marine said yesterday.

Captain Meade noted that while Clarkson’s OSV index has historically tended to follow the oil price, this has not been the case in recent years. “We’ve got a decoupling in this cycle, a decoupling we’ve never seen before,” he said.

And the explanation? “We’ve come apart because of huge oversupply. [There’s] too much steel and too much debt, and none of us saw shale oil coming.

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Argex Titanium Inc. (TSX: RGX) (“Argex”) is pleased to announce that it has mandated ASDR Canada Inc. to conduct exploration at its 100% owned Lac Brûlé property, located 64 km from Labrieville, on Quebec’s North Shore, near the Hydro-Quebec Bersimis 2 power plant site. The anomaly is located approximately 700m from the road.

The geologists from ASDR Canada intersected at least two massive hemo-ilmenite lenses last year and some of the highlight intercepts were (see press release of April 19, 2018):

approximately 700m from the road.

The geologists from ASDR Canada intersected at least two massive hemo-ilmenite lenses last year and some of the highlight intercepts were (see press release of April 19, 2018):

Block A southern extension include:

  • 35.8% TiO2 and 0.37% V205 over 28.2 meters from DDH LB-18-32
  • 35.02% TiO2 and 0.37% V205 over 20.7 meters from DDH LB-18-26

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The history of modern biotechnology began around four decades ago, with the invention of genetic engineering. In this piece, we explore the story of how Genentech, one of the fundamental companies of this field, helped to set many trends for modern biotech companies today.

Biotechnology, the exploitation of living organisms and their products, doesn’t necessarily involve labs — in fact, humans have been using forms of biotechnology for millennia, for example, in alcohol breweries.

However, the type of biotech that we are referring to is modern biotechnology, involving genetic engineering and cell manipulation beyond what you could expect via breeding or fermentation.

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A green initiative propelled by government support and kept alive through catchy slogans, recycling has become integrated into our lives. We all remember growing up with those three looped arrows, and now we glance down at our trash and decide whether to throw it into the gray or blue bins at Davidson.

Since 1950, 8,300 million metric tons of plastic have been produced worldwide, but recent research has determined only a small fraction of that has been recycled. Now, the emerging debate is about whether recycling is the best way to manage this massive amount of waste.

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From films to rigid bottles, PEN is making inroads for packaging beer, juice, and foods, due to properties such as high dimensional and temperature stability, and shrinkage resistance.

During the Packaging Conference 2017, the use of PEN (polyethylene naphthalate) as part of a PEN/PET copolymer generated some interest, but in large part, we haven’t heard a great deal about its use in packaging applications for a while.

A new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc., however, says otherwise. It estimates the U.S. PEN market from packaging applications may exceed $640 million by 2024. The forecast says PEN is “used for food packaging applications as it provides high-barrier properties and [is] less permeable to water vapor and oxygen. Additionally, [PEN] reduces oxidation effects in containers, making it ideal for food preservation purposes.

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ISLAMABAD: The government officials are in process of building consensus with their Turkish counterparts and other stakeholders to chalk out a meaningful Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The other objective is to corroborate with the close political and cultural relations that both countries enjoy.

Sources at the Commerce Division, while listing steps taken by present government so far to improve trade relations with Turkey, said on Thursday the first ever Single Country Exhibition planned would be held soon by Turkish Pakistan Tourism Council along with Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other relevant trade associations.

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investment in new Monforts technology, Istanbul Boyahanesi is planning to increase its capacity for the commission dyeing and finishing of woven goods to a monthly 2.5 million square metres during 2019.

The company is surely also the only dyehouse in Turkey to date with its own proprietary software for virtual control of all operations via smartphone or TV from the boardroom.

The special app-based programme has been developed by co-founder and director Kemal Taşkin, who has a background in software engineering, and it provides real-time information on all machine parameters and operator activity.

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LGChem Univation technology Polyethylene

LG Chem chose Univation’s technology for new PE plants in Yeosu

LGChem Univation technology Polyethylene

MOSCOW – LG Chem, a major South Korean petrochemical manufacturer, chose Univation Technologies technology for its two new polyethylene (PE) plants to be built in Yeosu (South Korea), ICIS reported, citing to the statement Univation Technologies (included in the structure of Dow Chemical). LGChem Univation technology Polyethylene

According to the report, one plant will produce metallocene linear polyethylene (MLPNP), and the other – low pressure polyethylene (HDPE).  Each of the new enterprises will have a capacity of 300 thousand tons of PE per year.

So, the first plant will use Univation technology – XCATMetallocene LLDPE – for the production of metallocene films, while at another plant ACCLAIM Univodal HDPE technology will be used to produce advanced unimodal products and PRODIGY Bimodal HDPE technology for bimodal PND.

LG announced an expansion of its capacity at the Yeosu site in 2018.

Earlier it was noted that LG Chem plans to build by 2021 a third steam cracking unit at its site in Yosu, which will be able to produce 800 thousand tons of ethylene and about 400 thousand tons of propylene per year.  Its launch is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

According to Data Report of the company Market Report, in November last year, external PE supplies to the Russian market amounted to 49.2 thousand tons, which is comparable to the figure a month earlier.  In general, in January-November 2018, the total import of PE in the Russian Federation reached a level of 540.2 thousand tons against 553.5 thousand tons a year earlier.  External supplies of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) have significantly increased, while imports of high-pressure polyethylene (LDPE) and linear polyethylene (LDL) have declined.

South Korean LG Chem is one of the largest chemical companies in the world.  The company produces a wide range of products – from petrochemical products to high-tech plastics.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Sustainability Bioplastic 07-02-2019

With 50 days remaining, here are some of the deadlines and events that will be coming up

The UK and the EU27 appear no closer to reaching a deal before the 29 March deadline. Photograph: François Walschaerts/AFP/Getty Images

With 50 days remaining until Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March, the two sides have agreed to continue exploring possible tweaks to the Brexit deal that might get it over the line in the House of Commons, while still respecting the EU27’s guidelines.

So far, neither looks set to budge. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Westminster, Brussels and businesses. Here are some of the key dates and deadlines as Brexit finally gets real.

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Collection rates are “the main issue” facing the recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market, an executive at industry trade group Petcore said on Tuesday.

Christian Yves Crepet, executive director at Petcore, was speaking at the trade group’s annual meeting, which runs in Brussels on 6-7 February.

The need to increase collection rates of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles – the main feedstock for the R-PET industry – has been a theme throughout the conference so far.

Casper Van den Dungen, vice president of Plastics Recyclers Europe, is expecting bottle-to-bottle R-PET production capacity to grow from its current estimated 350,000 tonnes/year to 990,000 tonnes/year by 2030.

“The only issue to get there is collection,” he said.

The EU has set collection rate targets for the R-PET beverage industry at 77% by 2025 and 90% by 2029.

Van den Dungen argued that if five of the largest PET consuming countries without deposit schemes were to switch their collection systems, this would bring the necessary volume.

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If we want to achieve the kind of environmental gains major brands have been talking about for plastic bottles — like Coca-Cola Co.’s plans for 50 percent recycled content in its plastic containers by 2030 — the United States will need a herculean effort to more than double its recycling rate for PET bottles.

And that could be a reality check for the public amid all the talk about how to make plastics more sustainable.

That analysis of needing to double PET bottle recycling is not mine. It comes from longtime plastics recycling expert David Cornell, who has been making the rounds with the message that the demand for so many more recycled bottles to feed Coke and others will threaten to overwhelm our recycling systems, and lead to much more pressure for national deposit laws.

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The market for pharmaceutical packaging is predicted to increase at a CAGR of 8.75% through to 2026, with PET packaging contributing $45.12bn of this.

In 2017, the global market for pharmaceutical packaging was calculated to be worth $70.16bn (€61.6bn) and is set to more than double by 2026, when it is projected to reach $149.25, according to a report by Research and Markets.

The market is expected to mature at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.75%, with one of the key drivers being the growth of the industry in emerging economies.

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Recovered plastic buyers and a relationship with major U.S. reclaimer KW Plastics have helped Waste Management through recent market troubles. The hauler has even made equipment upgrades specifically to meet that demand.

A publicly traded company, Waste Management is the largest residential garbage and recycling company in North America. At the company’s annual sustainability forum last week, top executives described the factors that have helped Waste Management weather the market downturn and how they’ve responded to the changing markets.

The company invested millions of dollars into recycling in 2018, and the year to come will bring the company’s “largest residential recycling investment” to date, company leaders said.

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Chemical conversion process could transform polyolefin waste

A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items. The conversion process incorporates selective extraction and hydrothermal liquefaction. Once the plastic is converted into naphtha, it can be used as a feedstock for other chemicals or further separated into specialty solvents or other products.

The United Nations estimates that more than 8 million tons of plastics flow into the oceans each year. A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items.

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The shipments, which left ports in Texas in late December, are among a handful bound for China or points near it currently as a March negotiating deadline on a new trade deal draws near.

The amount of U.S. oil being shipped to China is well below what it was a year ago, when the trade war erupted.

There aren’t any ships currently leaving U.S. ports bound to China, where they would arrive after the March deadline for a U.S.-China trade agreement.

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The pricing trajectory appears to be flat-to-upwards for the five highest volume commodity resins moving to first quarter’s end.

A combination of higher global crude oil prices, a firming up of prices of key feedstocks, higher export volumes in some cases, and a rebound in demand in some other cases, are key drivers in projections for flat to at least slightly higher prices ahead for PE, PP, PS, PVC, and PET.

Here is a look at how things were being viewed as we approach mid-February by purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), Fort Worth, Texas; senior editors from Houston-based PetroChemWire (PCW); and CEO Michael Greenberg of the Plastics Exchange in Chicago.

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With unprecedented filtration fineness of 60 µm, Ettlinger’s ECO melt filters will in the future make it easier to treat recycled material for the film, packaging tape and fiber industry and help plastics recyclers remove challenging contaminants like paints, silicones, barrier materials, cross-linked fractions and gels from the melt.

In particular, the new filter screens will enable cost-efficient conversion of post-consumer PET bottle flake and fines, which generally occur in large amounts, into recycled material with excellent usage properties.

Recycled PET from post-consumer bottle flake is highly sought-after in the industry as a raw material for thermoforming packaging, fibers or packaging tapes. Against the background of increased environmental awareness, such products are also widely accepted – and in considerable demand – among consumers.

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Brazil’s Braskem and Denmark’s Haldor Topsoe have reached mechanical completion on the first phase of a demonstration plant that will produce bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugars, the companies said on Wednesday.

Located in Lyngby, Denmark, the first phase of the project can produce over 100 tonnes/year of glycolaldehyde, which is converted into bio-MEG in the next process step, and begin operation on 1 March.

Construction on the next phase, the downstream conversion to MEG, is underway, with mechanical completion expected before the end of 2019.

The monosacacccharide industrial cracker, known as MOSAIK, cracks sugars to an intermediate product that can be converted to MEG, methyl vinyl glycoate or glycolic acid.

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Waste management company Biffa has received planning approval from Durham County  Council to build a new £15-million plastic recycling facility near the town of Seaham.

Biffa will be making use of a 130,000 square foot vacant warehouse at Foxcover Distribution Park, where the company intends to install a polymer processing plant capable of recycling more than one billion plastic bottles every year.

The proposed facility will be in operation 24/7 and will process three million bottles a day into new food and drink packaging, bringing around 70 new full-time jobs to the area. Construction is expected to commence in summer 2019, with the first commissioning trials scheduled for December.

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Unifi Asia Pacific Company (UAP) has entered into a commercial agreement with Kipas Mensucat Isletmeleri AS (KIPAS) for the supply of Repreve staple fibres to Turkey. UAP and KIPAS will leverage the supply infrastructure in Turkey to provide quality, service, speed-to-market and Repreve-based staple fibre offerings to fabric mills, brand and retail partners.

The agreement will provide customers in Turkey rapid access to Repreve spun yarns by utilising the advanced capabilities of KIPAS, said a press release by UAP.  Repreve staple fibres will be available from KIPAS in a variety of specifications including raw white and dope dyed as well as a range of deniers and staple lengths, allowing for quick access to quality Repreve spun yarns in Turkey.

Repreve, the global leader in branded recycled fibre, is made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles, and is traceable and certified through Unifi’s proprietary U Trust verification program. U Trust is a comprehensive certification programme designed to provide Repreve customers with an increased level of transparency.

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Monoethylene glycol prices Asia

MEG prices rose in Asia amid rising oil quotes 

Monoethylene glycol prices Asia

MOSCOW – Prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the Asian market rose late last week, following an increase in crude oil quotes and expectations of improved demand in the downstream polyester market after the end of the Lunar New Year celebration, ICIS reported.

Thus, the price proposals for the material amounted to USD625-632 per ton, CFR CMP (main ports of China), while the counter-requests of buyers were at the level of USD620-628 per ton, CFR CMP. Monoethylene glycol prices Asia

The negotiation process as a whole was slowed down due to the upcoming celebration of the Lunar New Year in China, which falls on the period from 4 to 10 February.

Despite this, transactions for the volumes of MEG, which should arrive on the market in the second half of February, were nevertheless concluded in the price range indicated above.

MEG along with terephthalic acid (TFA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the spot prices of Russian PET producers at the end of January remained in the range of 99,000-104,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

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Prices titanium dioxide Asia

Contract prices of TiO2 for the first quarter decreased in Asia

Prices titanium dioxide Asia

MOSCOW The contract prices of titanium dioxide (TiO2) for the first quarter of this year in Asia were concluded with a three-digit decrease compared to the previous quarter due to wide supply and weak demand, ICIS reports with reference to market participants.

The contract prices of TiO2 were under strong pressure this quarter due to the large gap between Chinese export prices and the prices of other international suppliers.

Some market players say that sales of some international suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2018 were particularly weak. Prices titanium dioxide Asia

Thus, suppliers offered fairly large concessions at contract prices for the first quarter of 2019 to increase supply volumes.Prices titanium dioxide Asia

The main part of the contracts for the first quarter of 2019 was agreed at the level of USD2 650–2 800 per ton, CFR Asia.

Earlier it was reported that imports of TiO2 to the Chinese market increased in November 2018 to 18.19 thousand tons (an increase of 10% compared with the level of November 2017). Meanwhile, in relation to October 2018, the November import of material into the country showed an increase of 11%.

TiO2 is a white powdered pigment and is used to produce products such as paints, coatings, plastics, paper, inks, fibers, food and cosmetics.

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Polymers Petrochemicals sustainability rPET 05-02-2019

The contract prices of titanium dioxide (TiO2) for the first quarter of this year in Asia were concluded with a three-digit decrease compared to the previous quarter due to wide supply and weak demand, ICIS reports with reference to market participants.

The contract prices of TiO2 were under strong pressure this quarter due to the large gap between Chinese export prices and the prices of other international suppliers.

Some market players say that sales of some international suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2018 were particularly weak.

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Signs multi-year supply agreement deal with Loop Industries

Joining a swelling wave of brands declaring a transition to more eco-friendly packaging in the Cosmetics space, the L’Occitane Group has announced they will boost what they call “their long-standing commitment to eco-design, recycling and sustainable packaging,” with their selection of Loop Industries, a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, as a key supplier of 100% recycled virgin-quality PET plastic.

For more than 10 years, L’Occitane has been launching initiatives such as eco-refill products, in-store recycling and bottles made out of 100% recycled plastic.

By incorporating Loop-branded PET into its packaging, L’Occitane will achieve its goal of using 100% recycled plastic in L’Occitane en Provence bottles by 2025.

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Companies including Georgia-Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill have come together to launch the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC). This new group of organizations works to promote the adoption and use of products derived from renewable biomass.

The council’s membership includes businesses of varying sizes from across the United States that produce, distribute, or sell products or packaging from renewable biomass inputs as well as organizations that made related public sustainability commitments, according to the PBPC.

“Businesses and consumers alike recognize the need to solve the problem of plastic pollution that harms our environment,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association. “The PBPC will seek plant-based solutions, bringing together government, nonprofit, and corporate entities to address environmental challenges while driving economic opportunity.”

Additional founding member companies are Tate & Lyle, Ingredion, WestRock-Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association, and Tree Free Hemp.

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Michael A. MarcotteFrom left: James Ricci, chief technology officer of Harbour Results Inc.; Michelle Bockman, global head of 3D printing commercial expansion and development at HP Inc.; Shaun Karn, president of Hi-Tech Mold and Engineering Inc.; Michael McGrath, director of automotive and manufacturing at SAS Institute; and Matt Myrand, director of advanced manufacturing and supply chain for Faurecia North America.

Novi, Mich. — The concept of Industry 4.0 — the fourth industrial revolution utilizing smart factories, automation, integration and the internet of things — is just a “build-out from Henry Ford” and his installation of the modern assembly line, or Industry 2.0.

That’s according to James Ricci, moderator of the Manufacturing 4.0 and the Automated Factory closing panel at the Plastics and Rubber in Automotive conference, held Jan. 15 in Novi.

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Yoga pants: China owner prepping Del.-based Lycra Co. for IPO as latest ex-DuPont company

China-based clothing giant Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding says it will run the U.S. apparel and advanced textiles business it acquired from Koch Bros.’ Invista group as an independent firm, Lycra Co., to be based in Wilmington, Del.

The owner of the business is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with Kelvin Ho, chief strategy officer for the owner, best known as Ruyi. Ho said a public listing would provide top bosses with extra incentives to boost Lycra’s performance.

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Japan’s largest refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy is set to resume loading of Iranian crude oil as early as Monday, almost three months after the U.S. sanctions waiver was granted.

A JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy spokesman confirmed Monday that it is resuming its Iranian crude oil loading in February. But the spokesman declined to comment on the specific scheduled loading by the Eneos Breeze.

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy is the fourth Japanese refiner to resume Iranian oil loading, after Showa Shell, Fuji Oil and Cosmo Oil resumed crude oil loading from Iran in January – the first in four months – totaling around 4.9 million barrels.

With other refiners planning to resume imports in February, Japan is expected to load about 14 million barrels over January-February, according to Platts calculations based on market information.

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Avery Dennison has launched a portfolio using rPET liners which has received further recognition with four labelling materials now available across Europe.

LPM Europe’s Vice President of Marketing Georg Müller-Hof said: “Using post-consumer waste to manufacture label liners represents a step change in sustainability.

Avery Dennison is focused on real-world sustainability improvements, which ultimately means ‘closing the loop’ and using post-consumer waste to create new products.

 

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Bottled water is facing a crisis. So says The Wall Street Journal in a front page article on December 13.

“A consumer backlash against disposable plastic plus new government mandates and bans in places such as zoos and department stores have the world’s biggest bottled-water makers scrambling to find alternatives,” reports the Journal. Read the article at pwgo.to/4011.

The article identifies the crisis as the rush by water bottlers to find plastic bottle alternatives. It treats a related, underlying societal issue and arguably the far more serious crisis—marine pollution caused, in part, by indiscriminate disposal of plastic wastes—pretty much as background noise.

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Polyamide (PA), also known as Nylon, is possibly the largest engineering thermoplastic material with immense usage in technical applications of myriad application segments, including automotive. Polyamide in automotive continues to show healthy growth potential, as per Fact.MR report. There are six different types of polyamide grades based on the way they are polymerized with monomer, with each of its type having different properties, and thereby different applications.

Once composed of metal, automobile air pipe manifolds are now mainly made-up from over 30% glass-reinforced polyamide 6. Adoption of polyamide grades 4,6 and 6,6 in manifolds remains robust, as nylon curtails production costs by 30%, produces comparatively light weight parts, decreases system costs by integrating parts and trigger better fuel efficiency.

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Some petrochemical markets in China are underpinned by prospects of restocking following the Lunar New Year, as inventory drawdowns and steadily firm demand will continue to prevail.

While the outlook across the downstream sector is cleaved, it can be said that a similar picture is painted of some products, that of a garnet red.

When China reopens after the holiday, it will be stock replenishment du jour.

“Look past the [macroeconomic] numbers, China is still vibrant,” one Chinese source said.

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Polymers Caprolactam Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers Caprolactam Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM28/01/201904/02/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,350 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton+50
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,080 $/ton1,090 $/ton+10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,875 yuan/ton7,875 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,850 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,465 yuan/ton6,655 yuan/ton+190
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market825 $/ton850 $/ton+25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,030 yuan/ton5,140 yuan/ton+110
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market620 $/ton626 $/ton+6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,076 $/ton1,087 $/ton+11
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,056 $/ton1,067 $/ton+11
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market973 $/ton983 $/ton+10
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,535 yuan/ton8,535 yuan/ton
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,330 yuan/ton9,330 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,900 yuan/ton8,900 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market12,800 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,580 $/ton1,580 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,910 $/ton1,910 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,600 yuan/ton14,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market14,550 yuan/ton14,550 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market17,300 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market20,200 yuan/ton20,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market18,500 yuan/ton18,500 yuan/ton+
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,000  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,400 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton+
Benzene domestic market4,775 yuan/ton4,775 yuan/ton+
Benzene overseas  market560 $/ton574 $/ton+14
Ethylene South East market940 $/ton975 $/ton+35
Ethylene NWE  market912 $/ton903 $/ton-9
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,800 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,400 yuan/ton13,400 yuan/ton+
PP Powder domestic market9,000 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  493 $/ton511 $/ton
Phenol domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,325 $/ton1,325 $/ton
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
LDPE CFR Far East 1,012 $/ton1,012 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East990 $/ton1,002 $/ton+12
LDPE   FOB Middle East999 $/ton1,009 $/ton+10
LLDPE FOB Middle East977 $/ton989 $/ton+12
HDPE CFR Far East1,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,060 $/ton1,060 $/ton
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,183 €/ton1,191 €/ton+8

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  • Crude Oil Prices Trend

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US February benzene contractssettled 10 cents/gal ($30/tonne) higher at$1.93/gal free on board (FOB) US Gulf, markingthe first increase in five months.

Benzene contractshit a 33-month low in January, trackingsteep losses in spot prices driven by longbenzene supplies and the sharp drop in crudeoil prices during the fourth quarter.

Benzene supply remains sufficient, althoughparticipants feel the market may be able towork through excess inventories in the comingweeks. The heavy refinery turnaround season inthe US should help pare down supply levels,although some downstream turnarounds may limitconsumption.

Spot benzene prices have regained some lostground in recent weeks after plummeting to anine-year low early inJanuary.  The recovery in spot prices hasbeen driven by the recovery in the crude oilmarket.

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Global polyethylene (PE) markets are starting to show thefirst signs of what could potentially develop into a pricewar, as new US capacity comes onstream amid lacklustre globaldemand growth and the ongoing US-China trade war.

Evidence for this is particularly strong in linear lowdensity PE (LLDPE) where, since mid-2018, US prices detachedfrom Europe and Asia and fell as producers tried to gainmarket share for new shale-gas based volumes. US PE exportsto all destinations totalled 3.3m tonnes in 2018 – 50% higherthan in 2017 – and are expected to reach 3.8m tonnes in 2019and 4.3m tonnes in 2020, according to ICIS forecasts.

Meanwhile the US-China trade war has already made China – byfar the world’s largest PE import market – less attractive toUS exporters. China slapped a 25% tariff on all imports of USHPDE and 93% of LLDPE in August 2018. Export figures show asharp decrease in US exports of LLDPE and HDPE to China inSeptember and October 2018 (the latest figures available).Chinese exporters of finished plastic goods, meanwhile, facea 10% tariff which will rise to 25% in March unless the twocountries can agree a deal in talks which restarted onWednesday.

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Japanese manufacturers mainly dealing with the food and beverage industry are increasing their support to the government’s efforts of developing plastic alternatives.

They are launching eco-friendly food and beverage packaging and exploring new ways to reduce dependence on plastic.

The use of paper packaging and recycled PET bottles is reportedly increasing at a decent rate in Japan. A number of firms have banked on their innovations to contribute to the cause.

In May 2019, Suntory Beverage & Food Limited will be awarded the WorldStar Award by the World Packaging Organization for its FtoP Direct Recycle Technology.

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Toppan USA’s chief executive, Masa Tatewaki, expects this year to be focused on sustainability

Increasing consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions is behind Toppan USA’s latest development drive, with the company planning to develop polyethylene-based barrier film this year.

Toppan USA’s main product line in recent times has been transparent high-barrier GL FILM, which is PET-based, but last year it ventured into mono-material packaging with an oriented polypropylene-based barrier film.

Admitting the challenges that the packaging market faces, Toppan USA’s chief executive, Masa Tatewaki, said: “It is almost certain that 2019 will be a year in which the industry will be expected to pursue sustainability and full-scale measures to conserve the environment, not simply better packaging design, functionality, convenience, and cost.”

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The deployment of innovative chemical recycling technologies – which can reprocess waste plastics into high-value, sustainable feedstocks for the production of new plastics, chemicals and oils – holds the key to tackling the plastic waste problem. But Gov­ernment policies need to catch up with these innovations.

Investing in chemical recycling solutions will enable the waste management sector to recycle a far higher proportion of the plastic that is cur­rently deemed ‘unrecyclable’. The technologies can also produce materials with a high recycled content, enabling the packaging and manufac­turing sectors to improve their resource effi­ciency and sustainable credentials.

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Oil prices rose almost 2 percent on Friday morning, closing higher for the week, with traders turning turned bullish once again as a result of lower OPEC+ supply and global outages

Oil prices gained roughly 18 percent in January, the largest gain for that month of the year on record. “A break through $55 in WTI and $65 in Brent would be a very bullish signal for these and could be the catalyst for more significant upside, with oil having stabilised over the last few weeks following the post-Christmas bounce,” Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at brokerage OANDA, wrote in a briefing. Prices lost ground on Thursday, but there are plenty of bullish landmines lurking in the market, ranging from Venezuela and Iran outages, OPEC+ cuts, and slowing U.S. shale growth.

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Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding, a textile and apparel company in China, completed its acquisition of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business.

Financial details were not disclosed.

INVISTA is a privately held company owned by the Koch family. LYRCA was a key part of the DuPont nylon business which was sold to Koch in 2004.

Wichita-based INVISTA continues to operate other nylon businesses that include Stainmaster Carpets.

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Plastics recycling equipment from Starlinger.Although the recoSTAR line of plastics processing equipment was already available in six sizes, Starlinger added a seventh to meet yet another application last year.

The equipment manufacturer received a number of requests from the post-consumer film recycling sector, asking for a recoSTAR model that would fit their needs closer than existing options. The film recycling companies described an ideal throughput of about 2,200 pounds per hour, and the closest available sizes achieved either slightly less or more than that volume.

“The launch of the recoSTAR dynamic 145 bridges this gap,” Starlinger wrote in a release last month.

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Scrutiny of the sustainability of the fashion industry is set to continue this year, with recommendations from the Environmen­tal Audit Committee (EAC) from its inquiry into the issue due for publication in this month.

There was a flurry of activity ahead of Christ­mas on 18 December, when WRAP published the latest progress report from the Sustainable Action Clothing Programme (SCAP). It revealed that a target set to reduce clothing waste arising by the end of 2020 was going to be “extremely challenging” to meet.

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Enjoying an ice cream is a good place to start. I don’t mean one in a cup with a little disposable plastic spoon, or one in a plasticised wrapper.

The ultimate waste-free treat, a good old-fashioned ice cream cone is 100 per cent edible.

Over the last 10 years I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of the ice cream cone in my mission to ditch the single-use plastic in my life. Along the way, I’ve discovered quitting plastic is easier than you think – and has some pretty satisfying and unexpected results.

This might seem unlikely. Yes, plastic is absolutely everywhere. Right now, most of us are wearing it, eating and drinking from it, sitting on it, walking on it and probably even ingesting it.

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Plastics that have been labelled as biodegradable by industry have become more popular and affordable due to increased public awareness of environmental issues resulting from the many kinds of damage caused by single-use plastic bags, food containers, straws and other non-compostable items.

According to Pralong Damrong-thai, director-general of the Pollution Control Department, the Kingdom’s garbage increased 1.64 per cent over the past year, to a total of 27.82 million tonnes in 2018.

The main causes were an expansion of urban areas and the increase in migrant workers, tourists and in household consumption.

Of the total volume of garbage, 34 per cent or 9.58 million tonnes were properly separated and recycled while 7.36 million tonnes of garbage were not correctly managed.

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Singapore: Nanomedicines, considered as providing an efficient way to transcend the limits of standard cancer treatments, could also have unintended and harmful side effects like accelerating cancer spread, say researchers.

The findings caution against possible side effects of cancer nanomedicines, which are designed to kill cancer cells, and other common nanoparticles but paves the way for safer design and better treatment strategies.

Using breast cancer as a model, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) discovered that common nanoparticles made from gold, titanium dioxide, silver and silicon dioxide — and also used in nanomedicines — widen the gap between blood vessel cells, making it easier for other cells, such as cancer cells, to go in and out of “leaky” blood vessels.

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Innovative material brands are collaborating for a single, seamless sheet of Sorona® and Thindown® fabric – offering superior warmth and breathable insulation

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and Natural Insulation Products Inc. (NIPI™) today announced a collaboration to create a new category of insulation. This partnership brings together two forward-thinking leaders in the materials space to explore new, innovative materials that will combine DuPont™ Sorona® fibers and Thindown® to enhance the warmth, comfort and design flexibility of insulation.

Thindown® is the world’s first and only down fabric, which offers the coveted benefits of a versatile material. As the company looks to elevate its performance attributes and sustainable ingredients, it has partnered with DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ using its Sorona® fiber – a high-performance fiber made from renewable plant-based ingredients.

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High-fashion fabric purveyor Toyama keeps abreast of trends and seeks to boost European profile while maintaining reputation for reliability in Asia

In the highly fragmented global textiles market, Toyama has built an excellent track record as a supplier of high-fashion fabrics, with almost a century and a half of expertise.

Founded in 1877 as a family-owned cotton yarn business, Toyama has become a trusted partner to leading apparel makers in Japan and overseas, and is valued for helping clients come up with concepts for their new product lines.

Its wool materials business also forms a significant part of its operations, with Toyama being among the top Japanese exporters to the United States.

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Within six months of launching its offset printing operations, Surat’s newly established Kagaz Press has embraced digital printing as it opted for Konica Minolta C6100 at the TechNova booth on the second day of PrintPack India 2019.

Established in September 2018, Kagaz Press initiated operations with a pre-owned Heidelberg press and Technova Thermostar T9 platesetter, Apogee imposition software and an in-house bindery set-up for soft-cover and hard-case binding.

Speaking to PrintWeek India, Narendra Ballar of Kagaz Press, said, “A significant amount of printing work that we do is short-run. Moreover, the customers demand digital proof before they five a green signal for the production. This has prompted us to add digital printing capabilities to our operations.”

Kagaz Press’s Konica Minolta C6100 will be equipped with EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite to manage the colour output of the press.

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Oil prices rose during the week ending Feb. 1, with the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery up by 2.9 percent and Brent crude for March delivery up by 1.9 percent.

In the previous week ending Jan. 25, oil prices fell slightly. WTI decreased by 0.2 percent, and Brent crude decreased by 1.7 percent. At the end of the week, WTI settled at 53.69 U.S. dollars a barrel, while Brent crude closed at 61.64 dollars a barrel.

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Short-covering after a sharp fall have contained losses in crude oil prices. The ongoing tension in Venezuela also supported crude oil prices.

Initially, crude oil prices were under pressure on concerns about the outlook for the global economy. The prospect of higher crude oil production in the US due to the shale revolution kept crude oil prices under pressure.

Recently, the IEA projected that US crude oil production would keep setting annual records until 2027 and will come at more than 14 million barrels per day through 2040.

However, short-covering after a sharp fall contained losses in crude oil prices. The ongoing tension in Venezuela also supported crude oil prices.

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Drivers in the oil-rich country fear the pumps may soon run dry as US tightens economic screw

Drivers queue to pump fuel at a gas station of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas on Wednesday.

Drivers queue to pump fuel at a gas station of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas on Wednesday. Photograph: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

Outside a service station in eastern Caracas, the queue for fuel stretches for blocks. Drivers know that the US has leveled sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run oil company – and they worry that the pumps will soon run dry.

“Everything is going to get worse,” said Tomás Pacheco, who was waiting to fill his car. “And these long lines are the new normal for us.”

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Sanctions against Venezuela could help oil prices rise higher

Abu Dhabi: Sanctions on Venezuelan exports as well as non-extension of Iran sanction waivers could help oil prices rise higher, analysts said.

Oil prices rose by 3 per cent on Friday largely due to sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports by the US administration following political turmoil in the South American nation.

“Geo-political factors will continue to play a significant role in oil prices. If the sanctions against Venezuela coincides with the non-extension of waivers against Iran at the same time it will have a profound upward effect on oil prices,” said Jaafar Al Taie, managing director of UAE based Manaar Energy Group speaking to Gulf News.

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McKinsey & Company release study examining the potential of plastics recycling technologies; estimates $60 billion in profit growth for petrochemicals and plastics sector

In an article published in December 2018 by global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the authors develop and examine a “comprehensive model of global plastics-waste generation, the different approaches to plastics reuse and associated recycling technologies, and their economics.”

They find that currently only 12% of plastics are being reused or recycled, while the rest instead ends up in incinerators, landfills, or dumps. The article goes on to “outline a scenario for the plastics industry through which 50 percent of plastics worldwide could be reused or recycled by 2030.”

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Nano Graphene Inc., dba GrapheneCA (“GrapheneCA”), announced today that its second graphene production line is now fully operational.

A major milestone in GrapheneCA’s development, this event marks a tenfold leap in GrapheneCA’s production power.

Eager to meet the demands of an ever-expanding market for its line of commercial grade graphene and graphene-based products, GrapheneCA’s researchers have been hard at work ensuring its Brooklyn production facility scaled with a 2nd generation production system.

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Composite materials such as Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) offer significant advantages where high strength and low weight are required.

These materials are, unfortunately, also very difficult to recycle.

Composites consist of fiber reinforcement embedded within a polymer matrix. The polymer may be a thermoset, such as epoxy, or a thermoplastic, such as polyester.

Separating the fibers from the matrix is a huge challenge for recycling, especially where thermoset materials are used.

Production costs for composite components are also very high. Now ProDrive, a UK motorsport specialist, has developed a process that looks set to reduce production costs while enabling low-cost recycling, therefore also reducing material costs.

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ClearShield sustainable clear PET

  • ClearShield™: for sustainable clear PET

Sustainability is a fast-growing priority in the packaging industry and needs to be considered throughout the lifecycle of a container or bottle, from material production and conversion to reuse and recycling. ClearShield sustainable clear PET

ClearShield sustainable clear PET

Reducing waste

There is increasing demand among consumers for food, beverage, personal care and home care products that contain pure, natural ingredients and fewer synthetic additives. However, these natural ingredients are often sensitive to UV light, which can affect qualities such as flavor, fragrance, color and vitamin content. This results in obsolescence and waste in the supply chain as retailers and consumers discard spoiled goods. ClearShield allows brand owners to incorporate UV protection in the packaging rather than the contents, eliminating the need for preservatives in the formulation.

The amount of additive needed is approximately 20 times less than with traditional UV absorbers, making the entire process more efficient. ClearShield reduces waste by significantly extending the shelf life of the product. It also reduces the amount of chemical preservatives and stabilizers entering our waste water streams.

Reducing waste water contamination

ClearShield sustainable clear PET

Adding ClearShield to the PET packaging also eliminates concerns about toxicity or waste water contamination by some of the chemicals traditionally used in other UV stabilizers. Both standard PET bottles and PET bottles with ClearShield can be recycled. The PET bottle with ClearShield provides rPET with UV protection. ClearShield sustainable clear PET

Supporting a circular economy

ClearShield sustainable clear PET

Bottles and containers made from transparent polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are suitable for reuse and recycling into other products. However, many distributors of food, beverage, home care and personal care products have been using opaque and colored PET materials instead, because of the added UV protection they provide. Unfortunately, these materials lead to a darker recycling stream, making sorting and processing more difficult and lowering the value of the reclaimed product. ClearShield sustainableclear PET

ClearShield overcomes this issue by allowing products to be stored and displayed in clear, uncolored PET with the same level of UV protection. It contributes to a circular economy by promoting the use of recyclable clear PET, rather than less sustainable materials.

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Sustainability is a fast-growing priority in the packaging industry and needs to be considered throughout the lifecycle of a container or bottle, from material production and conversion to reuse and recycling. ClearShield sustainable clear PET

Reducing waste

There is increasing demand among consumers for food, beverage, personal care and home care products that contain pure, natural ingredients and fewer synthetic additives. However, these natural ingredients are often sensitive to UV light, which can affect qualities such as flavor, fragrance, color and vitamin content. This results in obsolescence and waste in the supply chain as retailers and consumers discard spoiled goods. ClearShield allows brand owners to incorporate UV protection in the packaging rather than the contents, eliminating the need for preservatives in the formulation.

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.IVL recognised with EcoVadis Gold Level

Indorama Ventures is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers. Indorama Ventures (IVL), a global chemical producer, has been once again recognised for its efforts in developing its sustainability performance and establishing the circular economy. The company has been recognised with EcoVadis Gold Level.

EcoVadis is a prominent industry-leading monitoring platform that allows assessed companies to gain visibility and control of sustainability reporting across their business, drive improvements in their subsidiaries and assess their sustainable procurement. It aims to assist the public sector to become more transparent in their business practices and mitigate any risks that would harm the organisation’s reputation and bottom line, as well as focus on dedicating themselves to lowering the impact on the Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. EcoVadis’ rating has been used widely amongst top customers and suppliers, helping them to access their information, leading to sustainable supply chain best practices.

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Polartec’s partnership with Unifi and Intrinsic Advanced Materials aims at creating the world’s first-ever biodegradable & fully-recycled waterproof fabrics and other knits and insulation fills

Polartec, a US-based sustainable fabric maker, has made it to the headlines for introducing the new Eco-Engineering initiative to use recycled and biodegradable materials for the company’s entire product portfolio.

Polartec introduces new recycling initiative for its product line

The effort comes up as a result of other leaders in the sustainable textiles industry – Intrinsic Advanced Materials and Unifi joining forces. The collaboration brings together the CiCLO technology with Unifi’s novel yarn products to stimulate biodegradation of nylon and polyester and applications in polyurethane in landfill & seawater conditions.

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A carpet bundle prepared for processing.

While it’s true that any type of recycling reduces the need for fossil fuels and reduces the amount of waste that continues to taint our landscapes and our oceans, not all recycling is the same.

Looking specifically at plastics, most plastics are recycled mechanically, which means they are shredded and then melted and pelletized so that they can be reused as recycled plastic.

While this is a relatively simple and inexpensive approach, it introduces a number of compromises and is technically considered downcycling, because there is a loss of quality each time the material is processed. This means that there are a finite number of times the material can be recycled.

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Venezuela’s socialist government has been on a downhill slide for years. This week the U.S. sanctioned state–owned oil and natural gas company Petròleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) and its central bank.

Oil production, Venezuela’s primary cash producer, has steadily declined during the past 10 years resulting in foreign partners continuing to cut activities in the oil sector. With Venezuela’s heavy dependency on the oil industry, the country’s economy will likely continue to shrink, and runaway inflation at an annual rate of 225,000 percent has put the government in jeopardy.

U.S. has urged Venezuela’s military to accept a peaceful transfer of power from President Nicolas Maduro to the leader of the country’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the U.S. as the nation’s president.

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A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Science wants to power planes and cars using energy stored in their exterior shells. He may have discovered a path toward that vision using porous carbon fibers made from what’s known as block copolymers.

Carbon fibers, already known as a high-performing engineering material, are widely used in the aerospace and automotive industries. One application is the shells of luxury cars like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or Lamborghini.

Carbon fibers, thin hair-like strands of carbon, possess multiple prime material properties: they are mechanically strong, chemically resistant, electrically conductive, fire retardant, and perhaps most importantly, lightweight.

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Plastics Recycling Update iconA patented cleaning process allows for the use of RPET in heat sealable polyester packaging film, and PET depolymerization technologies get a boost.

RPET cleaning for use in film: DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) has launched a line of heat sealable polyester films with up to 50 percent post-consumer RPET content, according to European Plastic Product Manufacturer magazine. To develop the heat sealable films, which are sealed onto the top of food trays, DTF worked with an RPET supplier sourcing scrap plastic from bottle deposit systems in a number of European countries. The plastic undergoes the patented URRC multi-step cleaning process developed by South Carolina-based United Resource Recovery Corporation (URRC). Veolia, a company using the technology, explains the steps involved on its website.

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The United Kingdom government has issued guidelines for businesses that make or import chemicals, in case of a no-deal Brexit by March 29. From that date, chemicals would have to be registered to a new U.K. system, according to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The U.K. registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals (REACH) system would replace the European Union chemicals safety regime, DEFRA said Jan. 23. U.K. Reach, it explained, would require businesses to “demonstrate how a chemical can be safely used with minimal risk to human health or the environment.”

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China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to slowdown

in trade , due to the upcoming Chinese

New Year holidays Feb. 4-10.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 845/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 620/635 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,060/1,075  $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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  • Crude Oil Prices Trend

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The supplier of Pepsi and Watson’s will develop the facility under the Vision 2030 and Belt and Road Initiative programmes

China’s Pan-Asia Pet Resin, a polyethylene terephthalate bottle supplier, has launched a project within Saudi Arabia’s Jazan City for Primary and Downstream Industries.

The $1bn (More than 570 jobs will be created through the project of the Chinese company, which has long-term partnerships with beverage producers such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, Master Kong, and Watson’s.

Pan-Asia’s project is being implemented as part of the agreements signed between Saudi Arabia and China under the umbrella of Vision 2030 and the Belt and Road Initiative, according to the kingdom’s state-owned press agency, SPA.

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There have been plenty of demonstrations of futuristic electric vehicles featuring autonomous driving options that turn today’s car into a living room or a mobile office.

But at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Nissan Motor Co. and its Infiniti brand instead showcased EVs that look more like sedans seen on the road now, which are a vision for what the Japanese automaker could put on the road in just a few years.

“This is a progression,” said Giovanny Arroba, program design director at Nissan, during an interview at the auto show’s press preview Jan. 14-17. “This is a step forward. We’re looking at this for 2022 and beyond.”

That step forward also looks at opportunities to tweak materials and processes, which could mean 3D printing, urethane-based synthetic leather, subtle LED lighting and a higher profile for clear plastic screens.

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The continued critical market situation about the supply of PA66 is linked to lack of availability, continuously increasing demand and prices. The need is to find innovative materials and creative developers to compensate for this tight resource for finding a long-term solution.

Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution and compound developer, has taken the lead by introducing two PA6-based products for the substitution of PA66. PA66 and PA6 have a number of things in common and offer a potential opportunity for adequate substitution.

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Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding, one of the leading textile and apparel companies in China, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business. The transaction includes all associated assets and contracts.

The new company will operate as The LYCRA Company, an independent subsidiary, and will continue to manufacture advanced fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and hygiene industries. The LYCRA Company is named for LYCRA® fiber, the original spandex/elastane fiber and the company’s best-known product. The purchase includes a robust portfolio of highly respected consumer and trade brands: LYCRA®, LYCRA HyFit®, LYCRA® T400®, L by LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, THERMOLITE®, ELASPAN®, SUPPLEX®, TACTEL®, and TERATHANE®.

“We are fortunate to be purchased by Ruyi, a company that shares our vision and our commitment to delivering high-quality products, technical expertise, and unmatched marketing support to our valued customers,” said Dave Trerotola, chief executive officer, The LYCRA Company.

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Bio-Plastic Packaging Market analysis report contains all study material about Market Overview, Growth, Demand and Forecast Research in all over the world. This report offers some penetrating overview and solution in the complex world of Bio-Plastic Packaging Market.

This Bio-Plastic Packaging Market report then analyses company profiles and the growth strategies of the major Bio-Plastic Packaging Market leaders. In this Bio-Plastic Packaging Market Report A detailed study of product picture and specifications, revenue, cost, price, gross, capacity and production, company profiles, and contact information is carried out in the analysis of Bio-Plastic Packaging industry key manufacturer’s section.

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Danapak Flexibles, a subsidiary of the Schur Flexibles Group, will be showcasing its flexible packaging solutions during Pharmapack Europe in Paris, 6–7 February 2019.

The company specializes in highly complex laminates that offer high chemical resistance and inertness to the transdermal industry. For those products that require significant inertness and chemical resistance, the company offers laminates that contain Barex.

However, in light of the discontinuation of Barex, Danapak has developed alternatives using the Hansen Solubility Parameter (HSP) analysis. As HSP analysis can calculate which specific contact layer would be best suited to withstand the individual APIs and excipients, the alternative solutions can be tailor-made to individual requirements.

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Awards recognize brand leaders and textile partners committed to sustainable sourcing

Now in its second year, Unifi, Inc.’s Champions of Sustainability awards continue to recognize brands, retailers and textile partners that demonstrate the shared goal of making our planet a better place to live.

This year, a total of 68 companies are being recognized as Champions of Sustainability – a 36 percent increase from last year’s total.

Thanks to help from partners like these, Unifi has now recycled more than 14 billion bottles that are used to make its REPREVE® performance fiber.

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“Take, make, waste” is no longer a viable way of operating in the fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG) industry.  Billions of clothing items find their way into landfills every year, plastic bottles are polluting the oceans and electronic waste is harmful.

The circular economy is a system which regenerates itself in a closed loop. Products are used, recovered, repaired and used as input to more products and not disposed of as waste. Achieving, or at least getting closer to, this situation is a mission being pursued by most of the leading global manufacturers and retailers including LÓreal, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, Veolia and Dell.

Levi Strauss is an example of a clothing company that is successfully employing circular economy principles. Their vision is to find practical and creative ways to extend the life of jeans, repurpose them, and/or recover and reprocess the fibres into raw material for the next generation of Levi’s.

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  • Here’s why the U.S. oil market has little to fear from Venezuela turmoil

U.S. sanctions on PdVSA ‘not a big deal’ for U.S. crude oil and gasoline supplies: analyst

Venezuela is home to the world’s largest crude-oil reserves, but the sorry state of its oil industry means that U.S. sanctions on the country may have only a limited impact on the global crude market.

Longer-term, Venezuelan production, however, may score a significant boost if opposition leader Juan Guaidó succeeds in his claim to the presidency. That would contribute more oil to world-wide supplies.

Venezuela’s economy suffered under President Hugo Chávez, who took office in 1999, and has continued to suffer under his successor Nicolás Maduro since 2013. Daily production of oil had been sliced by roughly half to 1.4 million barrels as of May 2018, from more than 3 million barrels in 1998, according to U.S.

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Leading manufacturers in the Auto Interior Trim industry use different machinery and technology to optimize different production needs e.g. SCHWABE USA large format die cutting vacuum systems are favored for high volume / mass production auto trim / seat cover parts manufacture.

“The automotive seating market is a highly consolidated market dominated by major companies such as Adient, Lear Corporation, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin…together hold more than 66% of the global market.” Mordor intelligence.com

Global Auto Interior Trims and Seat Cover Industry

Lear Corporation profile

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China Europe Automotive PNE – More News    More +

French automotive supplier Novares Group has acquired all of the outstanding shares in its former joint venture company, Wuhan Mecaplast in Wuhan, China, as part of a strategy to expand its presence in that  country.

The company said Jan. 30 that it had purchased the remaining 30 percent stake in the company from JV partner Yazhong via its Chinese subsidiary Noveastern, but did not disclose transaction details.

Novares said it had also relocated the production plant from Wuhan to Shanghai, where it has established a new facility conforming to its global production standards to house both the production operations and the Wuhan technical center.

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High-fashion fabric purveyor Toyama keeps abreast of trends and seeks to boost European profile while maintaining reputation for reliability in Asia

In the highly fragmented global textiles market, Toyama has built an excellent track record as a supplier of high-fashion fabrics, with almost a century and a half of expertise.

Founded in 1877 as a family-owned cotton yarn business, Toyama has become a trusted partner to leading apparel makers in Japan and overseas, and is valued for helping clients come up with concepts for their new product lines.

Its wool materials business also forms a significant part of its operations, with Toyama being among the top Japanese exporters to the United States.

 

Paraxylene manufacturers Asia prices 

Major paraxylene manufacturers in Asia nominated February contract prices  Paraxylene manufacturers Asia prices 

MOSCOW- Three major paraxylene producers in the Asian region – South Korean S-Oil, Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and American ExxonMobil – voiced their contract prices for February deliveries of paraxylene in the range of USD1 150-1 160 per ton, sources told ICIS on Wednesday of the market. Paraxylene manufacturers Asia prices

In particular, S-Oil nominated its February contract price for the material at the level of USD1,150 per tonne, CFR Asia.

And ExxonMobil and Idemitsu Kosan announced their paraxylene contract price for February at USD1,160 per ton, CFR Asia.

Earlier, two other major material manufacturers in Asia – Japanese JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy and South Korean SK Global Chemical – announced their contract prices at USD1 150-1 180 per ton, CFR Asia.

Para-xylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , the spot prices of Russian PET producers at the end of January remain in the range of 99,000-104,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Composting Ingeo Works Packaging

How Composting Ingeo Works

Composting

From coffee capsules to nacho trays, Ingeo-based packaging and serviceware contaminated with food waste can be diverted from landfills into industrial composting or organics recycling. For the right products in the right localities, it’s an innovative way to take a step in the right direction.

Some end products made with 100% Ingeo, depending on the application, will compost in municipal/industrial facilities according to ISO, ASTM, and EN regulations, and Ingeo resin is certified appropriately. All final products made from Ingeo must undergo their own compostability testing. The number of industrial composting facilities is currently limited and may not be available near you. However, the development of such facilities is growing internationally.

How Composting Ingeo Works

Ingeo biopolymer is made primarily of polylactic acid (PLA), a repeating chain of lactic acid, which undergoes a 2-step degradation process.

1. DISINTEGRATION: The moisture and heat in the compost pile split the polymer chains apart, creating smaller polymers, and finally, lactic acid.

2. BIODEGRATION: Microorganisms in compost and soil consume the smaller polymer fragments and lactic acid as nutrients. Since lactic acid is widely found in nature, a large number of organisms metabolize lactic acid.

The end result of composting is carbon dioxide, water and humus, a soil nutrient. This degradation process is temperature and humidity dependent.

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Certifications

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Regulatory guidelines and standards for composting revolve around four basic criteria: Material Characteristics, Biodegradation, Disintegration, and Ecotoxicity (Compost Quality). Description of the requirements of these testing can be found in the appropriate geographical area: DIN V 54900-1 (Germany), EN-13432 (EU), ASTM 6400-04 (USA), GreenPla (Japan).

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Europe

All required testing data for Ingeo biopolymer was presented to DIN CERTCO for certification of suitability as a compostable material for packaging purposes in Europe. Ingeo passed all required testing according to EN-13432 and received registration from DIN CERTCO. For more information on compostability and specific Ingeo grades, see our Regulatory Affairs information.

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Japan

All required testing data for Ingeo biopolymer was presented to the Japan BioPlastics Association (JBPA) for certification according to the GreenPla certification requirements. We received listing on JBPA’s positive list for compostable materials. This list can be viewed at on JBPA’s site in positive list, class A-resins (A40101-A40104).

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United States of America

All required testing data for Ingeo biopolymer was presented to the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) for certification according to ASTM 6400 Standard Specification for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities. Ingeo passed all required testing according to ASTM D6400 and received certification from BPI. For more information on compostability and specific Ingeo grades, see our Regulatory Affairs information.

Enzymatic polymerization furan polyester

Green alternative to PET could be even greener

Enzymatic polymerization for furan-based polyester

UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN

Enzymatic polymerization furan polyester
IMAGE: THIS IS PROFESSOR OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY KATJA LOOS. view more 

CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN

One of the most successful plastics is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material we use to make bottles and fibers for clothing.

However, PET is made from petroleum-based building blocks. An alternative to PET can be made from bio-based furan molecules, but to polymerize these furans you need toxic catalysts and high temperatures.

Now, polymer chemists from the University of Groningen, led by Prof. Katja Loos, have described an enzyme-based polymerization method. Their results were published in the journal ChemSusChemon 29 January. Enzymatic polymerization furan polyester

PET is used to make fizzy drink bottles because it has excellent barrier properties, which keeps the fizz inside.

‘But furan-based polymers are a good alternative’, says Katja Loos. Furans, which are characterized by an aromatic ring with four carbon atoms and one oxygen atom, can be made from biomass-derived sugars, and polymerized into polyethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate (PEF). Other copolyesters can be created from furans as well, resulting in plastics with different properties.

Enzymes

‘Furans are mainly produced with enzymes.

But for the polymerization, the same processes are used as have been used for PET production for the last 70 years’, says Loos. Toxic metal-based catalysts and high temperatures that are needed for this process mean that it is not very environmentally friendly.

That is why Loos and her colleagues looked for an alternative polymerization method, one that uses enzymes. ‘We eventually found a commercially available enzyme that would do this’, says Loos.

The polymers are made by combining furans with linear monomers, either aliphatic diols or diacidic ethyl esters.

The enzyme Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB) is a lipase that breaks down ester bonds, but the polymerization requires the creation of these bonds.

This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is not, explains Loos: ‘Enzymes catalyze equilibrium reactions, and we simply pushed the equilibrium towards the formation of ester bonds.’

Surprising

In their paper, the scientists describe how CALB and a number of furans and linear monomers are used to form different copolyesters.

They succeeded in increasing the content of aromatic units in the polyester to a point that exceeds the properties of PET. The enzymatic polymerization, therefore, appears to be a viable alternative to the current catalytic polymerization.

‘In our experiments, we used ether as a solvent, which you don’t want in a factory setting. But as the melting point of furans is quite low, we are confident that enzymatic polymerization will work in liquid monomers as well’, says Loos.

As the CALB enzyme is commercially available, it is surprising that no one had used it before to avoid the process of toxic catalysts and high temperatures.

The only explanation that Loos can offer is that most polyester production lines are geared to using these classical reactions, rather than the enzymatic alternative.

And changing a production line is expensive. ‘However, our enzymatic polymerization process would be ideal for new companies working on green alternatives to PET.’

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Reference: Dina Maniar, Yi Jiang, Albert J.J. Woortman, Jur van Dijken, and Katja Loos: Furan-Based Copolyesters from Renewable Resources: Enzymatic Synthesis and Properties. ChemSusChem 29 January 2019.

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China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain inch up,but

continues the slowdown in trade , due

to the upcoming Chinese New Year

holidays Feb. 4-10.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,085 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/830 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/ton – MEG $ 625/635 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,050/5,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,045/1,060  $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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Three major paraxylene producers in the Asian region – South Korean S-Oil, Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and American ExxonMobil – voiced their contract prices for February deliveries of paraxylene in the range of USD1 150-1 160 per ton, sources told ICIS on Wednesday of the market. Paraxylene manufacturers Asia prices

In particular, S-Oil nominated its February contract price for the material at the level of USD1,150 per tonne, CFR Asia.

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Composting

From coffee capsules to nacho trays, Ingeo-based packaging and serviceware contaminated with food waste can be diverted from landfills into industrial composting or organics recycling. For the right products in the right localities, it’s an innovative way to take a step in the right direction.

Some end products made with 100% Ingeo, depending on the application, will compost in municipal/industrial facilities according to ISO, ASTM, and EN regulations, and Ingeo resin is certified appropriately. All final products made from Ingeo must undergo their own compostability testing.

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Green alternative to PET could be even greener

One of the most successful plastics is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material we use to make bottles and fibers for clothing.

However, PET is made from petroleum-based building blocks. An alternative to PET can be made from bio-based furan molecules, but to polymerize these furans you need toxic catalysts and high temperatures.

Now, polymer chemists from the University of Groningen, led by Prof. Katja Loos, have described an enzyme-based polymerization method. Their results were published in the journal ChemSusChemon 29 January.

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An Irish deposit and return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles could be introduced as part of government plans to ensure most single-use bottles are collected.

Targeting a 90-per-cent collection rate for single-use plastic bottles in Ireland, environment minister Richard Bruton has set up a major review commission.

Plastic waste causes chronic pollution on land and sea and contributes to climate change as it breaks down.

Bruton told the media he was committed to increasing overall plastic recycling rates to 55 per cent by 2030.

Dublin is committing to a collection rate for plastic bottles of 90 per cent by 2029.

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Novozymes has entered into a partnership with French Carbios and its subsidiary Carbiolice, which aim to launch degradable bioplastics with limited lifespan for the packaging industry by 2020.

Under the terms the agreement, Novozymes, the world’s largest enzyme supplier, will upscale and produce Carbios’ patented plastics-degrading enzymes. Novozymes also agreed to become the long-term exclusive supplier for those plastics-degrading enzymes to Carbiolice.

Carbiolice is a joint venture formed in September 2016 by Carbios, Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients and Bpifrance in order to produce and licence a new generation of biosourced and biodegradable single-use plastics with in-built enzyme pellets that limit the plastics’ lifespan. Full biodegradability of single-use plastics such as poly-lactic acid (PLA) and poly-ethylene (PE) has been achieved by embedding enzymes into plastic materials during production, thus enabling them to fully biodegrade with a controlled life span.

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Turkish Airlines launched the first direct flight from Ankara to Rome after 60 years on Jan. 7. The new route seals the strong relations between Turkey and Italy. Indeed, with its 131 flights a week to 10 Italian cities, Turkish Airlines is the main carrier for Italian tourism. The mutual connections are long-standing: Over the centuries, Italy and Turkey have built important ties and nowadays, they share economic connections. The industrial Italian presence in Turkey dates back to the ’60s when the first joint venture – Tofaş – was established by Turkey’s Koç Holding and Italy’s Fiat group. Today, the companies with Italian participation in Turkey number more than a thousand. Some examples include: In the automotive sector with Fiat-Tofaş, Fiat-Türk Traktor; in banking with Yapı Kredı and Unicredit; infrastructure with Astaldi; defense with Leonardo; agribusiness with Barilla and Ferrero along with other sectors such as textiles, chemical and services.

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THE planning proposal for a new water bottling plant near Penrith (Herald, 29th December) is of great concern to local environmental group Penrith Action for Community Transition (Pact) in that it raises several issues including fundamental questions about the future sustainability of local industry.

If the intention is to bottle 25 million litres of water in single-use plastic bottles, this would be completely out of step with the national move away from plastic packaging, particularly after the BBC’s Blue Planet series brought widespread attention to the extensive damage being done to our oceans.

In response, many supermarkets have announced plans to reduce use of plastic in mainstream retail. However, given that over several generations we’ve all become accustomed to the convenience of single-use plastic, it’s apparent that the necessary changes to unpick complex production and supply infrastructure all take time to implement.

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The two polyester feedstocks – purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) – in the world’s most important polyester market China, have recently moved towards a total paper business.

The MEG futures market was officially launched on 10 December at the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), while the decade-old PTA futures market at the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE) moved to welcome non-Chinese participants on November 30.

Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals principal consultant Salmon Lee has monitored the Asian polyester chain since joining PCI Xylenes and Polyester China Limited in 2009 following almost a decade as a reporter on the PTA and MEG markets, before that he was a diplomat in the service of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Here he shares his thoughts on how the advancement of these Chinese futures could impact the global polyester industry.

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Potentially price competitive with petroleum-based isoprene, made with 100% renewable carbon

Gevo, Inc. , a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today that it has developed a proprietary, breakthrough catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO2 emissions.

Isoprene is predominantly used in the production of synthetic-based rubber.  The market for isoprene is estimated to be approximately $4 Billion USD by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 7% or greater driven by growth in the automotive sector.

Gevo recently developed a chemical-based catalytic process to convert low-value “fusel oils,” a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol production, into renewable isoprene.  Fusel oils from the ethanol industry alone equate to about 2.5 million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock.

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Petrochemical trades in Asia have slackened in the weeks leading to the Lunar New Year holiday as manufacturing in the key China market slows down, with a number of downstream facilities coming off stream.

Amid a general demand weakness in China, some domestic factories could take time to resume production post-holiday, market sources said.

The Lunar New Year, which falls on 5 February 2019, is celebrated in most parts of southeast and northeast Asia with the holiday period ranging from two days to a full week.

China, which is the world’s second biggest economy and a major importer of petrochemicals in Asia, will be on holiday on 4-10 February for the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival.

In some markets, pre-holiday re-stocking has nudged up prices, including those of ethylene, polypropylene (PP), and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN); while in others, sellers were keen to offload cargoes before the holidays, exerting downward pressure on markets like methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).

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The four-day workweek inevitably softened the spot resin markets, but overall volumes have been healthy in January, notes the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. In fact, it’s lining up to be the best month of the year!

Polyethylene (PE) contracts shed $0.06/lb in Q4 of 2018, and producers’ attempt to recoup it all this month fell short or, from a processor perspective, produced a welcomed contract rollover.

Polypropylene (PP) contracts shed $0.02/lb to start the year, but it’s the same deuce that should have been relieved in December, as that $0.08/lb decrease was deemed a tad light. Still, the three-month $0.20/lb decline in PP contracts has brought processors substantial price relief, writes the PlasticsExchange. Exports are roaring, Houston warehouses are jammed full and as winter storms and record cold threaten to grip much of the United States, buyers are advised to plan resin needs accordingly, as logistics delays are expected.

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Thermolite EcoMade technology delivers lightweight warmth to keep the wearer comfortable longer. © Invista

Thermolite EcoMade technology delivers lightweight warmth to keep the wearer comfortable longer. © Invista

Invista Apparel and Advanced Textiles will exhibit new products featuring the company’s EcoMade Technology at the upcoming ISPO, the world’s largest multi-segment trade fair focused on sports, which takes place from 3-6 February 2019, in Munich, Germany.

Coolmax EcoMade fibre and Thermolite EcoMade fibre and insulation are made from certified amounts of recycled resources such as plastic bottles and are designed to offer the active/outdoor apparel industry a more sustainable alternative to virgin fibres. EcoMade technology is a key part of the company’s all-encompassing sustainability vision, in which product sustainability is a critical component.

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ECHA has submitted a restriction proposal for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers or professionals. If adopted, the restriction could reduce the amount of microplastics released to the environment in the EU by about 400 thousand tonnes over 20 years.

Helsinki, 30 January 2019 – ECHA has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by intentionally added microplastics and has concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified. If adopted, the restriction could result in a reduction in emissions of microplastics of about 400 thousand tonnes over 20 years.

ECHA’s assessment found that intentionally added microplastics are most likely to accumulate in terrestrial environments, as the particles concentrate in sewage sludge that is frequently applied as fertiliser. A much smaller proportion of these microplastics is released directly to the aquatic environment.

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  • Crude Oil Prices Trend

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Oil prices rebound from steep losses in the previous session.

Washington imposes sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA.

Analysts say the fundamental issue for global oil trade remains plentiful supply.

Oil prices rebounded on Tuesday from steep losses in the previous session after Washington imposed sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil firm PDVSA in a move that may curb the country’s crude exports.

Despite the move, which comes as the U.S government looks to pile pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down, traders said ample global oil supply and an economic slowdown, especially in China, were keeping crude prices in check.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up $1.40, or 2.7 percent, at $53.39 per barrel around 11:55 a.m. ET (1655 GMT). WTI fell 3.2 percent in the previous session.

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Roger Kilburn, CEO of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, tells why where can find green alternatives to scare natural resources

You might never have heard of industrial biotechnology – IB for short – but the chances are it has benefited your life.

Whether it is turning food waste into green energy or improving the way we manufacture food, drink, vaccines and antibiotics, IB offers advantages for us all.

As the worldâ™s population grows, it consumes more food, energy, materials and medicine with every passing year, and to meet these needs we rely heavily on our chemical industry. At the beginning of the 20th century, the chemical industry was tiny, and by the millennium it had grown to become one of the largest in the world.

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A Peoria-based upstart company is utilizing a new technology that replaces petroleum-based plastics with cellulosic material such as industrial hemp and other fiber crops that farmers can grow.

“Two-thirds of the tonnage of all textiles in the world is plastic. Polyester is one example. That could be replaced by things like recycled cotton, flax, industrial hemp and all sorts of nice fibers you can grow,” Luke Haverhals, Natural Fiber Welding founder and CEO, said at the industrial hemp farm forum.

Haverhals discovered the new technology as an assistant research professor for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

It is fair to say that in recent years no two scientific papers have attracted more public attention and mainstream media headlines than the following: ‘Indonesia is the second Largest Marine Polluter in the World’; and ‘Ten Rivers contribute 93 per cent of Ocean Plastics’.

Those headlines, with many other variations, have been doing the rounds; are quoted, re-quoted, misquoted, extracted, cut and pasted into other articles and used as 90-second simplistic click-bait insta-news memegram videos designed both to shock and horrify millennials who have no time to read an article or sit down and watch an entire episode of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet or Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth without checking their Facebook.

Indonesia, the world’s second largest ocean polluter

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The UK could be set for a robot revolution in food production as a result of Brexit, says packaging machinery manufacturer Ilapak.

Claims Tony McDonald, sales and marketing director of the company, one of the main barriers to greater uptake of automation, particularly amongst SMEs, is the cost of unskilled labour versus investment in robotics technology.

“Thanks to the EU’s free movement of workers, Britain’s food and drink industry has benefitted from cheap labour for a number of years – in fact, it employs the highest share of EU migrant workers (30 per cent) compared with any other UK sector, employing around one fifth of the two million EU nationals working in Britain,” he said.

“But Brexit is set to change the labour landscape in just a few short years. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) reported that 47 per cent of companies in Britain’s food supply chain said their EU workers were considering their future as a direct result of the June 2016 Brexit vote.

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Porcher Sport, the Sports and Leisure division of Porcher Industries, is elevating levels of safety for skiers and snow boarders with a new ultra-lightweight avalanche airbag fabric that will be launched at ISPO Munich, next week.

Considered the lightest fabric on the market with a super low weight of just 132g/m2, Porcher Sport’s new performance fabric is proven to reduce the weight of avalanche bags by more than 12%, the company reports.

Treated with an in-house formulated PU coating that is designed to resist the harshest of conditions, the material also boasts tear resistance, more than 50% higher than other airbag fabrics. Repackable and compact, the fabric is designed to ensure the airbag can also be used for multiple deployments.

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Creative collaboration with Calida blends bio-based fabric with fashion

Naia™, Eastman’s cellulose acetate yarn, showcased its sustainability and versatility at Interfilière Paris, the international event for lingerie, activewear materials and accessories, Jan. 19-21. At the show, Naia™ partnered with Jos Berry, founder and CEO of Concepts Paris, to present a session on consumer insights and emerging opportunities for apparel manufacturers in the bio-economy.

“Sustainable activism in the fashion world is finally coming out of the shadows and entering the mainstream dialogue,” said Eastman Market Insights Leader Justin Coates, who co-hosted the conference entitled Empowering Lingerie’s Uniqueness. “Our latest research into the minds of sustainably-minded consumers reveals a large demand for more sustainable material education across the consumer shopping journey.”

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The Indian economy is still performing well, with foreign investment and looser regulations driving significant growth in the country. However, low living standards and a host of socioeconomic issues are impeding its ascension to ‘developed’ market status

“Let the whole world hear it loud and clear. India is now wide awake. We shall prevail. We shall overcome.”

Those iconic words were spoken in 1991 by India’s finance minister at the time, Manmohan Singh, when the country embarked upon its most innovative economic reform yet. Since then, India has experienced extraordinary financial growth (see Fig 1), and is now the world’s sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP. The IMF predicts that by the end of 2018, India will have moved into fifth place, knocking the UK from the position that it has occupied since 2014.

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Founded in 2017, the embryonic Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) project is starting to take shape. On taking on the role of chairman in December 2018, David Baker  spoke to Tim Sykes about the organisation’s aims and the conclusions of its recent workshop.

Polyolefins account for 70 per cent of plastic packaging in Europe. Of the 27 million tons of post-consumer plastic waste collected in Europe in 2016, 16 million were polyolefins, 12 million of which are packaging. Against the backdrop of EU Commission pressure to increase recycled polymers from three to ten million tons by 2025, these statistics underline the timely insight of founding partners PlasticsEurope and EuPC: namely, that the polyolefin value chain, lacking a platform analogous to PET’s Petcore, could really do with a unifying body to identify the barriers and opportunities around recycling rates.

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Avantium has retaken full ownership of its YXY plants-to-plastics technology through the purchase of BASF’s shares in the Synvina joint venture, and named Marcel Lubben as Synvina’s managing director to lead its commercialisation.

As agreed in the joint venture agreement, Avantium paid BASF €13.7 million ($15.6m) for its equity stake in Synvina, while a net payment of €3.7m ($4.2m) was made for full ownership of the assets acquired by Synvina in the last two years.

YXY technology catalytically converts plant-based sugars into FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) and materials such as the new plant-based packaging material PEF (polyethylenefuranoate). PEF is seen as a viable alternative to PET. Avantium is aiming to commercialise YXY during the first half of this year.

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French car parts company Faurecia said it would launch on Jan. 30 its tender offer to buy out Japanese car navigation system maker Clarion as part of its previously announced $1.3 billion takeover of Clarion from Hitachi.

The Clarion takeover is the latest in a flurry of deals among car components businesses, which are trying to keep up with a shift by car makers into new technologies such as autonomous driving, connected cars and electric vehicles.

Clarion shareholders will be offered a chance to tender their shares by February 28, 2019 at a price of 2,500 yen per Clarion share, Faurecia said on Tuesday.

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A relaxation in the type ofpost-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET)bottles that Germany allows to enter itsdeposit scheme is expected to increase recycledpolyethylene terephthalate (R-PET)contamination rates, according to marketsources on Tuesday.

PET recyclingFrom1 January, Germany began allowing post-consumerPET milk and juice bottles to be returned todeposit schemes, whereas previously onlypost-consumer water and soft-drink bottles wereallowed.

“In the past there were only carbonated softdrinks allowed for one-way PET bottle depositand excluded were bottles like juice or milkbottles with a barrier.

“Now to reach higher return rates they decidedto put in the milk and PET juice bottles adeposit.  [It will mean] higher wastagerates from the barrier, or lower quality,” aflake and food-grade pellet producer said.

PET milk and juice bottles typically includebarriers composed of other plastic material,leading to cross contamination. This placesadditional pressure on flake and pelletproducers to sort material to removecontaminants prior to processing and has thepotential to increase wastage rates.

“You can guarantee we will get more milkcontaminants as a result. It means more carefulsorting and they put that as the responsibilityof the recycler, the price remains the same,” aEuropean flake producer said.

 

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The British Chambers of Commerce bemoaned “another day lost while the clock is ticking” down towards the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

A number of British business leaders have warned of economic chaos and food shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“Government and Parliament are still going round in circles when businesses and the public urgently need answers,” Adam Marshall, the BCC Director General, said after Tuesday’s votes in Parliament. “The real-world result of Westminster’s interminable wrangling is market uncertainty, stockpiling, and the diversion of staff, money and investment.”

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China – 
Polyethylene
Terephthalate

PET and its chain are weak,with the

slowdown in trade, due to the

upcoming Chinese New Year holidays

Feb. 4-10.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,300/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 820/830 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 620/630 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,000/5,100 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,030/1,045  $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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A new report published today by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry, finds significant reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with incorporating recycled plastic resin into the manufacturing of new products.

The report – a Life Cycle Inventory Analysis conducted by leading industry research consultants Franklin Associates, a division of ERG – analyzed the energy requirements and environmental impacts of postconsumer recycled plastic resin as compared to virgin plastic resin.

“This study shows a win-win for companies who incorporate recycled plastic resin into their new products. They can improve the environmental sustainability of their products and processes and reduce their energy costs,” said Steve Alexander, President of APR. “It demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of the full recycling chain for plastic goods – a chain that starts with companies manufacturing recyclable products, and ends with consumers buying products made from recycled materials.”

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Senior Brexiters join remainers to propose extending transition period by nine months

Rival Conservative factions have come together to propose a possible breakthrough to the Brexit impasse involving extending the transition period by nine months.

Senior Tory Brexit supporters including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker hatched the plan with leading remainers including Nicky Morgan and Stephen Hammond.

The proposal involves paying the £39bn EU divorce bill, redrafting the backstop arrangements over the Irish border, and extending the implementation period until December 2021.

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Marcel Lubben appointed as Synvina’s Managing Director

Avantium has retaken full ownership of its YXY plants-to-plastics technology through the purchase of BASF’s shares in the Synvina joint

venture. Avantium has appointed Marcel Lubben as Managing Director of Synvina to lead the commercialization of the YXY technology, effective 1 February 2019.

Avantium has regained the intellectual property, people and assets for YXY and has paid BASF €13.7 million for its equity stake in Synvina, as agreed in the Joint Venture Agreement. A net payment of €3.7

million was made for full ownership of the assets acquired by Synvina in the last two years.

Avantium is redefining the path to commercialization for the YXY technology, which it developed to catalytically convert plant-based sugars into FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) and materials such as the

new plant-based packaging material PEF (polyethylenefuranoate).

PEF can fulfil the demand of leading brands and consumers for next-generation materials that are environmentally friendly and recyclable, and has the potential to be a game changer in the circular economy. Avantium plans to make further announcements on its new strategy to commercialize YXY during the first half of 2019.

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SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. (www.songwon.com) proudly announces that it has become one of the first chemical companies in the world to package its products in 20kg PE-bags made with 50% recycled PE.

SONGWON has collaborated with the German innovative packaging specialists, RPC bpi nordfolien, to develop PE-bags for packaging 20kg of product using recycled materials originating from different waste streams, including industrial printed bags that have already been used.

All of the solvents that are required for de-inking are also recycled continuously in a closed loop process.

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Tex-Ray’s Established Supply Chains, Geographic Reach and Technology Innovation to Position CertainT® to Offer Brand Protection and Traceability for Performance Fabrics, Smart Clothing and Sustainable Materials in Apparel, Footwear and Textile Components

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) (“Applied DNA,” the “Company”), a leader in PCR-based DNA manufacturing for product authenticity and traceability solutions, today announced the signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Taiwan-based Tex-Ray Industrial Co., Ltd (“Tex-Ray”), a pioneer in performance fabric and smart clothing for modern active lifestyles. The MOU is expected to be followed by a definitive agreement.

“Our company’s mission is to be at the forefront of the smartest clothing and highest performance fabrics. Partnering with Applied DNA furthers our mission, enabling us to use the most reliable authentication solutions with the broadest applications.”

Under the terms of the MOU, Tex-Ray and Applied DNA will create a Center of Excellence in Taiwan, the industry-acknowledged hub for textiles innovation to: integrate Applied DNA’s CertainT tag, test and track authentication platform into new product development of yarns, finishes and fabrics; for designing streamlined supply chain processes to reduce time-to-market for Applied DNA products and services; and, to grow capabilities in marketing, sales and support for servicing global customers.

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The partnership between Unilever and Bio-on has created new brand My Kai, set to enter the cosmetics market with the first line of eco-friendly sun creams.

It is the world’s first product made from the new cosmetic ingredients designed by Bio-on: micro powders made with the revolutionary minerv bio cosmetics bioplastic, obtained from renewable plant sources and 100% biodegradable.

Bio-on’s ultra-green ingredients enable cosmetics products to significantly reduce the percentage of UV filters, which are essential to protect the skin but can be harmful for the environment, boosting water resistance at the same time.

My Kai products will be available in stores from March 2019.

Bio-on is proud to present alongside Unilever a brand-new line of sun protection products made from its revolutionary, 100% natural and biodegradable bioplastic.

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The ongoing trade war of China with the United States in hitting the country in multiple dimensions. In a fresh blow, China has registered the lowest annual number of vehicles sold in past two decades as trade tensions are still floating around in the market thus weakening the economy of the country day by day.

In the recent past, China had revealed significant reduction in the activities carried out in the manufacturing as well as automobile sector due to declining demand.

The association for passenger cars in China has said that the sales have dropped down by 5.8% as compared to the earlier year.

The decline in the number of vehicles sold in a year has brought the total down to 22Mn vehicles which has been the lowest in past 2 decades. CCTV of China has said that this has been the largest decline which is seen as a big sign of concern as it shows significant economic slowdown.

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The bad news coming out of the shale oil fields of America could all be put down to slumping oil prices. That is certainly a big factor. But as investment professionals like to say, when the tide goes out, we all find out who’s been skinny-dipping.

The pattern of negative news from shale country is not just related to price, however. Oil production, it seems, is being overstated industry-wide by 10 percent and 50 percent in the case of some companies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The CEO of one of the largest players in the industry, Continental Resources, predicted that growth in shale oil production could fall by 50 percent this year compared to last year. In reality, we should expect worse as the industry for obvious reasons tends to exaggerate its prospects.

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The political power struggle in Venezuela is heating up, and there seems to be no real solution on the horizon yet.

The surprise move by Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido to declare himself interim president on Wednesday has backed the country’s president Nicolas Maduro into a corner. The outcome of this power struggle is far from clear, as long as the Venezuelan army is supporting the Maduro government. International support for Guaido is, however, growing as US president Trump was quick to back the opposition. Still, Maduro has support from Iran, Turkey and Qatar. Russia, one of Maduro’s traditional supporters, is considering its position.

The current stalemate only will be broken if one party is taking very harsh measures to remove the other. Washington could get engaged in the power struggle, as military action is already an option on the table.

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Teijin Limited announced today that it has been awarded a contract to supply its Tenax carbon fiber material to Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services for another seven years until 2025.

Teijin focuses on aircraft business as one of the growth strategies in its medium-term management plan for 2017-2019 and is intensively accelerating its development of mid- to downstream applications, such as cost-effective carbon fibers with higher-tenacity and higher-tensile modulus, intermediate materials including Tenax TPUD, carbon fiber thermoplastic consolidated laminate (Tenax TPCL), thermoset prepreg and non-crimp fabric. Going forward, Teijin intends to further strengthen its carbon fiber and its intermediate material business as a leading solution provider for aircraft applications, targeting annual sales in this field in excess of USD 900 million by around 2030.

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The Abu Dhabi National Company (ADNOC) is taking in Italian Eni and Austrian OMV as strategic partners in its refining subsidiary, with a further plan to set up a trading joint venture, the UAE-based energy firm said over the weekend.

Under the deal, Eni will have a 20% stake in ADNOC Refining, formerly known as Takreer, while OMV will have a 15% stake, with ADNOC holding the remaining 65%, ADNOC said in a statement dated 27 January.

The transaction, which is still subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the third quarter.

Total proceeds from the stake sale are estimated at $5.8bn. ADNOC Refining supplies to markets in Africa, Asia and Europe.

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WTI: Heading for an upswing?

2018 was a tumultuous year for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures as the effects of Opec-led cuts, US shale production and geopolitical concerns led to massive fluctuations and increased volatility in prices.

The WTI demonstrated a bullish streak at the start of 2018 that led to a three-year record high in crude oil futures. A rapid turn of events in the fourth quarter led to a massive sell-off in crude oil futures as global oil benchmarks shed 45 per cent of market value from previous highs. WTI crude oil futures struggled to find a firm footing in the last leg of 2018 before finding a price floor at the US$42.35 mark on Dec 24.

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ITEM21/01/201928/01/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,325 yuan/ton8,350 yuan/ton+25
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,070 $/ton1,080 $/ton+10
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,750 yuan/ton7,875 yuan/ton+85
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,700 yuan/ton7,850 yuan/ton+150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,520 yuan/ton6,465 yuan/ton-55
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market830 $/ton825 $/ton-5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,120 yuan/ton5,030 yuan/ton-90
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market618 $/ton620 $/ton+2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,070 $/ton1,076 $/ton+6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,050 $/ton1,056 $/ton+6
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market965 $/ton9,73 $/ton+8
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,280 yuan/ton8,535 yuan/ton+255
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,000 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton+100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,200 yuan/ton10,400 yuan/ton+200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,750 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,150 yuan/ton9,330 yuan/ton+180
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,850 yuan/ton8,900 yuan/ton+50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market12,900 yuan/ton12,800 yuan/ton-100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,580 $/ton1,580 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,910 $/ton1,910 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,600 yuan/ton14,600 yuan/ton
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market14,550 yuan/ton14,550 yuan/ton
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton32,500 yuan/ton-500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market17,300 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market20,200 yuan/ton20,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market18,400 yuan/ton18,500 yuan/ton+100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,000  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,400 yuan/ton+300
Benzene domestic market4,750 yuan/ton4,775 yuan/ton+25
Benzene overseas  market568 $/ton560 $/ton-8
Ethylene South East market855 $/ton940 $/ton+85
Ethylene NWE  market900 $/ton912 $/ton+12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,800 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,350 yuan/ton13,400 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market9,200 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton-200
Naphtha overseas market  499 $/ton493 $/ton-6
Phenol domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,325 $/ton1,325 $/ton
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
LDPE CFR Far East 1,012 $/ton1,012 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East987 $/ton990 $/ton+3
LDPE   FOB Middle East999 $/ton999 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East974 $/ton977 $/ton+3
HDPE CFR Far East1,024 $/ton1,027 $/ton+3
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,050 $/ton1,060 $/ton+10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,183 €/ton1,183 €/ton

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By Daniel Adugbo | Published Date Jan 27, 2019 0:40 AM

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Buhari’s claim oil price averaged

As campaigns ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections get to a crescendo, it is not unusual for politicians canvassing for votes from the electorates across the country to make correct, and most times, bogus claims.

As the number one citizen of the country, when President Muhammadu Buhari says anything, it may be difficult to controvert him.

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The Treasury Department plans to claim Venezuela’s U.S.-based international reserves and state-owned assets – including oil refiner and distributor Citgo – on behalf of the newly recognized government headed by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, removing them from the control of President Nicolás Maduro.

In a vaguely worded statement issued late Friday, Treasury said that “the United States will use its economic and diplomatic tools to ensure that commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves, are consistent” with its recognition of the Guaidó government.

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“While plastics have a lot of advantages, it also has a negative impact, mainly on the sustenance of natural resources,” Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) held in the city on Thursday.

Talking about the plastic ban in the State, he urged CIPET to create awareness and educate people about the need to recycle and reuse plastic items properly, besides focusing on ways to replace conventional plastics with biodegradable polymers.

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Stronger production in the US continued to push propylene contract prices lower in January and is expected to keep downward pressure on the market in the near term.

Propylene contract prices fell in late 2018 as production increased from crackers, refineries and other sources and as year-end de-stocking hampered demand. Inventories rose to a more than three-year high by the end of 2018.

Heading into 2019, tighter supply had been expected to put some upward pressure on pricing due to increased demand from downstream re-stocking and as recent price declines had increased interest in derivative exports.

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A lack of high performance composites may lead to catastrophe for Russian aircraft manufacturing, reports Eugene Gerden.

US sanctions imposed against Russia could result in the suspension of the US$ 10 billion MS-21 civil aircraft programme, according to senior officials at the Russia Ministry of Transport and experts at the United Aircraft Building Corporation (UAC) – Russia’s aircraft building monopoly.

The first MS-21, designed to compete with Western rivals Boeing and Airbus and with 100% carbon composite wings, made its maiden flight in 2017 and the first deliveries were scheduled for 2020.

To date, composite materials for the programme have been supplied to Russia from Hexcel in the US and Toray in Japan, since the country lacks its own specialised production, but supplies from both companies are currently suspended.

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A 6 million euro European research project is investigating how to significantly improve the recycling of polyurethane plastics, employing methods such as chemical recycling technologies.

Coordinated by Belgian company Recticel, the four-year PureSmart project aims to recover 90 percent of the post-consumer polyurethane in order to create building blocks for existing or new products.

Among others, the project aims to create a new polymer that combines the durability of thermosets with the recyclability of thermoplastics.

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SABIC has announced, alongside its customers Unilever, Vinventions and Walki Group, it will be manufacturing certified circular polymers to be used by its customers for packaging solutions for a variety of consumer products that will be launched on the market in 2019.

The certified circular polymers will be produced from a feedstock known as TACOIL – a patented product from UK-based PLASTIC ENERGY Ltd – from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill. SABIC will process this feedstock on its production site at Geleen in The Netherlands.

The finished certified circular polymers will then be supplied to the three key customers to use in their development of pioneering, high quality and safe consumer packaging for food, beverage, personal and home care products.

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KraussMaffei Group photo German machinery giant KraussMaffei Group GmbH is moving its headquarters and production plant from Munich to Parsdorf, a 30-minute drive from the current location.

German machinery giant KraussMaffei Group GmbH is moving its headquarters and production plant from Munich to Parsdorf, a 30-minute drive from the current location.

Subject to supervisory board approval, the move will start in 2022, but construction on the site can start as early as May, when an extraordinary meeting of the board will convene to decide on the project.

The company is making the move in anticipation of growth both in terms of staffing and production capabilities, Marion Sommerwerck, head of corporate communications and marketing, told Plastics News Europe.

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European polystyrene (PS) January demand is particularly strong with multiple producers selling out early in the month due to a combination of pre-buying activity and re-stocking.

Polystyrene cupAvailability was tight with some buyers unable to receive usual volumes from suppliers amid the strong buying interest and despite BASF production cuts having ended as Rhine water levels recovered over the Christmas period.

“PS is probably at the lowest point for the year, so demand is very high. [We had] delivery issues… and blocked orders due to high market demand due to the current low pricing,” one buyer said.

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Consumer products companies including Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola are emerging as new targets for global activism, with green groups blaming them for fouling the ocean with plastic and activists urging governments to regulate them.

At the annual World Economic Forum this week, the bosses of these and other firms like Unilever and PepsiCo have been on the defensive, in a way reminiscent of how coal and oil chiefs came under pressure over climate change in previous years.

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With another World Economic Forum Annual Meeting complete, I continue to reflect on the headway we’ve made since launching our World Without Waste initiative in Davos one year ago.

We’re making progress. For instance, our global recovery rate is now at 59%. In some countries we are using more than 25% recycled materials in our bottles and cans. And in four countries, we developed a plastic bottle made from 100% recycled material. While we continue to work toward our goals, we are inspired by others working to find solutions, too. The momentum exists, but it’s clear no one can do this alone. This collective challenge is immense, and for real change to occur, it will take companies, governments, and NGOs to come together.

That’s why we recently announced we’re inviting other companies to access our PlantBottle technology free of charge so it will be broadly available, including to our competitors.

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Moscow is regaining much of what it lost in Asia, a new drive for power that overtly targets the US while delicately cutting into China’s position and interests

When Vietnam and Russia established a new inter-parliamentary cooperation committee, an agreement finalized in December when Russian State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin visited Hanoi, the camaraderie harked back to their old Cold War ties.

The agreement underlined a recent revival in bilateral cooperation, ranging across trade, investment and energy. But while Russia can’t compete dollar for dollar with China, South Korea or Japan for economic influence in Vietnam, its military ties with Hanoi are still second to none.

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The United States becomes a net energy exporter in 2020 and remains so throughout the projection period as a result of large increases in crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids (NGPL) production coupled with slow growth in US energy consumption, according to US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2019, released on January 24.

“The United States has become the largest producer of crude oil in the world, and growth in domestic oil, natural gas, and renewable energy production is quickly establishing the United States as a strong global energy producer for the foreseeable future” said EIA Administrator Linda Capuano.

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Dow Chemical Co. photo Diego Donoso, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics President. Dow and several other PE makers have added capacity in North America in recent years to take advantage of low-priced feedstock from shale gas 
and oil.

Dow Chemical Co.’s plastics business has a full agenda for 2019 as it prepares to separate from DowDuPont Inc.

Midland, Mich.-based Dow will become its own publicly traded entity again in early April, less than three years after it merged with fellow plastics and chemicals giant DuPont Co. of Wilmington, Del. DuPont also will become independent, as will a third firm with some units from both Dow and DuPont.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics President Diego Donoso recently spoke to Plastics News about new developments for the polyethylene resin market and about sustainability challenges facing the industry.

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Yesterday evening in Davos, the European Commission was awarded the 2019 Circular Economy prize by the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, as recognition of the work done to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy that protects the environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions while delivering opportunities for jobs, growth and investment. Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Vella received The Circulars prize offered in the category “Public Sector” on behalf of the Commission.

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A new study tracks market opportunities for rigid plastic packaging as it is challenged by flexible formats and growing concern over sustainability.

In a new market report, “The Future of Rigid Plastic Packaging to 2022,” Smithers Pira forecasts that global rigid plastic packaging consumption will be worth $166 billion in 2017, and exceed $200 billion at the end of its study period in 2022.

Volume consumption of rigid plastics globally will reach 52.9 million tonnes in 2017, and is projected to grow over the next five years at an annual rate of 3.7% to 63.4 million tonnes.

According to the report, rigid plastic packaging market expansion will continue to profit from the drive to replace traditional materials—principally glass and metal—with lighter-weight, more cost-effective and higher performance plastic materials in various markets.

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The diplomatic relationship between the United States and Venezuela is in shambles — and it hit a new low this week.

Despite soaring tensions between the Trump administration and the regime of Nicolas Maduro, the two nations still share a crucial link: oil.

The United States is Venezuela’s biggest and most important oil customer, accounting for 39% of the OPEC nation’s deliveries last year, according to ClipperData.

And Venezuela was the fourth-biggest source of foreign oil that flowed into America last October.

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Filpucci Group, a leading developer of high-end creative knitwear yarns, is displaying its ‘Responsible Innovation Collection’ at the 84th edition of the Pitti Filati expo, in booth D14/16.

Pitti Filati is a global event that presents world-scale excellence in the field of yarn and knitting industry, which is being held from January 23-25, 2019, in Italy.

The mix of the best raw materials (high-tech and natural), the know-how of Filpucci in the spinning process, and the integration of responsible innovation values both in the dyeing and in the finishing processes, have given life to a collection that represents a new level of smart innovation linked to a transparent, sustainable and certified production.

Responsible innovation means creating a strategy focused on creativity, innovation and sustainability that involves each stage of the production process, whilst respecting the values of Filpucci’s DNA, according to a press release.

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Continuing its commitment to sustainable innovation, Unifi, Inc., global textile solutions provider and one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers, will launch three new product offerings at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019.

Focused on consumer demands for recycled products, Unifi is introducing TruFlexx™ sustainable, engineered stretch fiber made with REPREVE®, TruClean™ chemical-free anti-static fiber, and REPREVE nylon staple fiber.

“Our customers continue to ask for fibers and technologies that will not only help them meet their sustainability goals, but also provide superior performance,” said Jay Hertwig, group vice president of global branded sales for Unifi.

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The United States is considering moves to cripple Venezuela’s oil shipments, which account for nearly all of the country’s exports

Potential U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s crude oil exports would cut off the nation from Gulf Coast refiners that are among its biggest customers, likely forcing it to send more crude to China, India or other Asian countries, traders said on Wednesday.

U.S. refineries that depend on Venezuela’s heavy crude would have even more trouble securing supplies as Canadian and Mexican crudes are often not as discounted and are limited in availability.

The United States is considering moves to cripple Venezuela’s oil shipments, which account for nearly all of the country’s exports, in response to the reelection of President Nicolas Maduro that was widely viewed as a sham.

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“InSciTeThe plant is suitable for a variety of production methods for oil based on biological residuals or recycled plastics. We are talking to several parties, mainly start-ups and young companies from the Netherlands and abroad.”

A Netherlands-based facility that will be used to convert biological residual flows and waste into high-quality products is set to open in April, according to the Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe). In a statement, the InSciTe said that its facility will help to develop “promising sustainable innovations”.

InSciTe is a private-public partnership between Dutch multinational Royal DSM, and Netherlands-based research institutes which include Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Maastricht University. InSciTe was set up in 2015 with an investment of €80 million.

The first customer of the pilot plant will be Eindhoven-based firm Vertoro. The spin-off from the InSciTe consortium will be producing oil from lignin at the plant.

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GA company to buy Sunoco ethanol plant in Fulton for $20 million. Plans to invest $100 million to turn it into renewable energy campus. (MGN)

A Georgia-based renewable fuels company is buying a corn ethanol refinery in Central New York with plans to develop facilities to convert wood waste into energy, plastics, and other products.

Attis Industries, based in Milton, Georgia, says it will buy and operate an ethanol refinery and grain malting operation owned by Sunoco in Fulton, 23 miles northwest of Syracuse.

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Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment, a leader in manmade fibre filament spinning systems, has been a member of ADAMOS, an alliance of machine and systems construction sector companies, since the beginning of 2019.

With this move, the company is ramping up its digital strategy, creating the right framework for implementing its concrete Industrie 4.0 solutions.

Membership in the ADAMOS partner network is a further step on the company’s journey to becoming a digital solutions provider.

ADAMOS was established as a strategic alliance for the future issues of ‘Industrie 4.0’ and ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ (IIoT) for market leaders in the machine and systems construction sector.

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The Circular Design Challenge at Lakme Fashion Week showcases sustainable fashion that incorporates PET bottles, recycled hemp and discarded yarn

The Lakmé Fashion Week has had a dedicated sustainability day for the past seven years. In addition to this, the upcoming edition will see the Circular Design Challenge (CDC), an initiative that aims to shine the spotlight on — and recognise — Indian designers who champion sustainability through their work.

A collaboration between R Elan’s Fashion for Earth, the United Nations and LFW, the CDC has eight semi-finalist designers — out of 900 entrants — who have used materials as diverse as PET bottles, discarded wires and hemp in their collections.

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Première Vision New York offered fashion professionals an inside glimpse into the colors and trends that will imbue the Spring/Summer 2020 season in textiles and fashion.

The trade show, which this year ran Jan. 14–16 at Pier 94, provides the opportunity to meet a curated international group of textile and leather producers, accessories companies, design studios and manufacturers.

“Première Vision is for the buyer, for the designer, for the creative people,” said Guglielmo Olearo, international exhibitions director, “because we primarily focus on the materials.”

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Production problems in the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) chain in Europe continue to cast a shadow over the market, but weak demand and buyers’ short-term pessimistic outlook in dominant Asia is subduing the potential impact.

– US-China trade talks encourage buyer pessimism in Asia

– Europe supply characterised by technical glitches

– Sales of PTA subdued due to downstream imports in low season

As February approaches there is a distinct sense of pessimism emanating from Asian buyers monitoring the US-China trade war.

The negative outlook is short term and partly due to the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.

The uncertainty surrounding markets in general could mean sentiment and directions change at any given moment.

For now, it offers to counterbalance the apparent lack of stability in European production.

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This article has been updated to take account of new developments.

Despite Theresa May’s repeated opposition to a second UK referendum over Brexit, many advocates of such a move believe another public vote will eventually be inevitable.

The prime minister’s response to the huge parliamentary defeat inflicted on the UK-EU exit deal caused dismay, not only because ¨Plan B bore a striking resemblance to the ill-fated Plan A. It also appeared to confirm that her preferred Plan C would be no deal at all.

This has galvanised opposition to a scenario that many politicians, business people and trade experts believe would be catastrophic for the British economy, as well as bad for Europe. By law, the UK is due to leave the EU on March 29.

In parliament, moves have been stepped up to wrestle control of the Brexit process away from the government and into the hands of MPs. Amendments are being put forward which could see Brexit delayed in the absence of a deal.

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China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 825/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/ton – MEG $ 615/625 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,000/5,100 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,040/1,050 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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Bioplastics and RF technology outfit Biome Technologies saw full-year revenues soar 42% year-on-year but a drop in revenues from its bioplastics division led to a sell-off in shares early on Thursday.

Biome reported revenues of £8.8m in the year ended 31 December, but a 17% drop in bioplastics revenues to £1.9m was enough to weigh on sentiment.

The AIM-listed firm said the drop in revenues was a result of efforts to significantly lower sales of outer packaging for the US single-serve coffee market. Sales of its non-woven filter mesh for the US coffee pods have increased, together with other revenues, by more than 50%, compared to the prior year, however.

Biome stated that it was continuing to build a “more diverse and extensive portfolio” of bioplastics applications – with new and existing customers expected to “contribute substantially” to sales in “the latter part of 2019”.

Looking forward, Biome said: “As 2019 unfolds, we expect a gradual but substantial increase in bioplastics revenues.”

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To align the industry’s drive for higher performance with the increasing customer demand for sustainable solutions, the market needs to consider different packaging concepts and materials for laminates and hot drinks products.

Plastics derived from renewable biomass (plant material), such as PBS, are rising to the challenge – write Fabien Resweber (PTTMCC Biochem) and Lawrence Theunissen (Reverdia)  The highest priority should be to reduce, re-use or recycle packaging materials.

In specific cases where recycling is not technically or economically possible, solutions are being developed based on compostable materials, including paper, cardboard and also compostable plastics.

While PLA is probably the most widely known compostable plastic, other materials like PBS (poly-butylene-succinate) and PBS-copolyesters are being increasingly used.

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In a major shift, the United States is set to produce more oil and liquids than Russia and Saudi Arabia combined by 2025.

In Rystad Energy’s base case oil price scenario, US liquids production is forecast to surpass 24 million barrels per day over the next six years, thereby outpacing the combined output from Russia and Saudi Arabia.

“The United States, having regained its position as the world’s top liquids producer in 2014, is poised to accelerate into a league of its own over the next six years and eclipse the collective output of its two closest rivals by 2025,” said Rystad Energy partner Artem Abramov.

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PLA is marketed to consumers for its ability to degrade in composting systems. But a Los Angeles startup sees mechanical recycling in the material’s future.

Launched in June 2017, Bioplastic Recycling is developing recycling processes and end markets for recovered polylactic acid (PLA), a biodegradable polymer derived from corn, sugarcane bagasse or other organic resources.

Often seen in foodservice items such as cups, lids, clamshells and cutlery, PLA makes up only a small percentage of the plastics market. But it’s projected to grow significantly over the next 10 to 15 years, said Mateo Neri, director of business development for Bioplastic Recycling.

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When a ban on single-service styrofoam packaging enacted by New York City Jan. 1 came up during a discussion with a group of friends, William Bystrom decided to research the issue. He ended up coming up with a petition to put a similar ban before voters at the May 13 annual town meeting.

“We’re dealing basically with food service articles,” such as take-out containers, cups and bowls as well as packing peanuts made of styrofoam.

A ban would prohibit restaurants and other food service establishments from using the containers, but would not impact building or marine uses of styrofoam, Bystrom said.

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Primary polymer producers have raised their product prices by Rs 1,000 of various grades in tune with the movement in crude oil prices.

Polymer producers have raised their product prices second time in a month after their costs for crude oil, the sole raw material for production, went up.

Average price increase is 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent in January after a sharp fall in last four months of 2018.

Primary polymer producers have raised their product prices by Rs 1,000 of various grades in tune with the movement in crude oil prices.

Price of plastic raw materials including high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have also risen in tandem to take advantage of crude oil price rise.

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At this year’s IDEA Show in Miami, FL, Sandler invites visitors to the garden of (green) developments.

The nonwovens manufacturer will showcase its broad range for hygiene products, wipes, and technical applications, among them nonwovens that take account of sustainability.

In babycare, feminine care, and incontinence products Sandler nonwovens for hygiene applications are designed to combine functionality and comfort in use.

“Efficient, soft nonwovens for intake layers contribute to optimum fluid management.

Particularly smooth product variants are ideal for use as tampon covers. A new generation of nonwovens for elastic closure systems combine improved extensibility and high stability in processing.

The focus of this year’s trade fair participation, however, will be on nonwovens for topsheet applications,” the company explains.

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Oil prices this year will be influenced primarily by the health of the global economy, which is why prices have closely tracked equity and bond markets in recent months.

But that impact will be secondary and it is more likely to be crude prices that determine what happens with U.S. shale, OPEC+ policy and U.S. sanctions (graphic).

Predict what will happen to the global economy and the movement of oil prices in 2019 should become clear (“Weakening global expansion amid growing risks”, International Monetary Fund, Jan. 21).

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Turkish textiles exports to the United Kingdom, worth $2 billion dollar a year, will suffer a severe hit if the Brits leave the European Union with no deal on March 29 this year, Turkish news site Diken reported on Thursday.

Mustafa Gültepe, the head of the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Union, said that Turkey needed to make a free trade agreement with the UK to prevent the risks of a non-deal Brexit, which will mean Great Britain leaving the EU’s customs union.

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Zero plastic pellet and dust loss: the goal of all High Performance Polymers Business Area facilities and plants

During the past months, all the production plants of the RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Business Area have signed a formal pledge to become an Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) Partner. The OCS is an international programme supported by industry associations* all over the world and designed to prevent plastic pellet and powder loss into the environment. The special focus is on materials handling and transport operations, from the arrival of raw materials to the departure of semi-finished products to be delivered to customers.

“The problem of the release of plastics into the environment.“ stressed Danilo Micheletti, COO of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, “is being tackled by our industry through awareness raising actions and initiatives designed and implemented over time, which require real commitment on the part of the companies involved in the value supply chain. Our Group has also taken on this challenge – which has reached global dimensions – by joining various industry association initiatives, one of which is Operation Clean Sweep.”

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Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic rPET 24-01-2019

 

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to be assessed mixed,but weakness tends to prevail.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 825/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 615/630 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,000/5,100 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,050/1,060 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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Germany’s investor confidence improves in January but still underperforming

Investor confidence in Germany rose in January but remains well below its long-term average as Europe’s largest economy continues to underperform, the country’s Zew economic research institute said on Tuesday.

The Zew indicator of economic sentiment for Germany rose by 2.5 points from December to stand at minus 15.0 in January.

The long-term average is 22.4 points.

“It is remarkable that the Zew economic sentiment for Germany has not deteriorated further given the large number of global economic risks,” said the research institute’s president Achim Wambach.

“The financial market experts have already considerably lowered their expectations for economic growth in the past few months,” he added.

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Fulgar and the italian hosiery district take a leading role in innovation and sustainability to develop the legwear of the future

The new nordic research brands like dear denier and swedish stockings choose Fulgar’s Q-nova® regenerated nylon 6.6 for its eco-sustainable products

The hosiery industry is facing a series of new challenges. The new lifestyles of Millennial consumers are transforming their clothing choices, too. These rapid but unstoppable changes are also affecting accessories like women’s legwear and manufacturers must now develop the styles and the functional benefits their products are expected to provide.

As Alessandro Gallesi, president of the ADICI (Hosiery and Intimate Wear District Association) of Castel Goffredo explains, “Members of the new generations are increasingly demanding high-performance garments in terms of comfort, well-being and interactivity with electronic devices. At the same time, issues like eco-sustainability of the yarns, biodegrability, the use of recoverable raw materials and non-toxic dyestuffs are now fundamental elements in our consumers’ choices. As a result, innovation that aims to improve fabric performance and eco-sustainability is the core strategy on which Italian manufacturers should focus their resources if they are to remain successful in the competitive framework that lies just around the corner”.

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Pre-Brexit stockpiling raises risks for chems storage

The UK chemicals industry is increasingly stockpiling reserves in anticipation of any disruption brought about by the country’s upcoming departure from the EU is increasing the risk of storage shortages, according to sources.

Fears of supply chain disruption have led many producers and distributors to bolster reserves of key materials, but available storage capacity is becoming limited in parts of the country.

“There certainly is a shortage of storage,” said one distribution industry source. “[It is] not impacting our business yet though, and we have taken up some additional pallet spaces as part of our Brexit preparations.”

“We are trying to buy a little bit more in January,” said a polyethylene (PE) buyer. “As preparations for Brexit we’re already building up stock.”

The issue is particularly pronounced for more heavily-regulated hazardous chemicals.

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 The new Moretto website is now live

2019 has begun and bringing a lot of good news for Moretto Spa with it, including the presentation of the new website, which is now online and available on all devices.

Moretto has always been at the forefront of creation in automation for plastics processors and operates globally with eight branches and sales networks in more than 60 countries. Moretto also interfaces with the world’s top players in the plastics industry. With the global nature and specialisation of its customers in mind, Moretto has modified its website that more accurately reflects the company values.

The new graphic layout and a simple, intuitive and easy to navigate interface allows the user to enter in Moretto’s world, to more easily explore the wide range of products and services, and to remain informed about the company’s activities in an increasingly connected and social context.

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Downward pressure weighs on Europe, Baltic and Black Sea base oil export markets

Export values for Europe, the Baltic Sea and Black Sea all edged down late on Tuesday on the back of softer price ideas, with players noting a lack of interest from buyers, if not resistance to higher levels.

– Export markets pressured by improved supply, lower price ideas

– Discounts of varying levels in Baltic, Europe export markets

– Outlook clouded by upstream volatility, upcoming turnarounds

European export market values for SN150, SN500 and brightstock were lower by $5/tonne this week, amid talk of discounts of varying levels.

SN150, SN500 and brightstock were at price levels of $670-715/tonne FOB (free on board) Europe export, $690-740/tonne FOB Europe export and $940-970/tonne FOB Europe export respectively.

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Digital diversity at Heimtextil 2019

For the Heimtextil 2019 home textiles show in Frankfurt, Jennifer Castoldi, design consultant and creative director of Trendease International, developed the concept and design for an extraordinary curated exhibition for HP.

In an explosion of closely co-ordinated colour, it demonstrated the sheer diversity of materials that can now be digitally printed with HP’s latest latex technology.

Jennifer Castoldi, design consultant and creative director of Trendease International. © Innovation in Textiles

“This is the second time I’ve arranged the display for HP, having worked in a consulting capacity with the company for the past six years,” she said. “My team and I attend over 100 design events each year in order to identify the latest hot material innovations.

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European injection moulding industry is thriving, says AMI study

A study conducted by Applied Market Information (AMI Consulting), has found that the European injection moulding industry is thriving as most of its markets have recovered from the economic collapse of over a decade ago.

In 2018 the industry value from virgin polymer exceeded €85 billion, an average growth of three per cent per annum since 2007, supported by growing polymer demand and added value opportunities, together with increased polymer prices.

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Warning Signs Flash For U.S. Shale

The shale tidal wave may finally be starting to ebb.

The largest oilfield services company in the world says that shale drilling activity is slowing, creating an uncertain outlook for 2019.

The recent volatility in oil prices has created “less visibility and more uncertainty” on spending by shale companies in 2019, Schlumberger’s CEO Paal Kibsgaard said on an earnings call on January 18. Shale drillers are “generally taking a more conservative approach to the start of the year, again delaying the broad based recovery in the E&P spend that we expected only three months ago,” he said.

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Loop Industries recounts sustainability milestones of 2018

Loop Industries Inc. (Montreal) achieved a number of milestones in 2018, which it relived in a Jan. 16, 2019, letter to its shareholders.

The power of Loop’s technology lies in the company’s ability to divert and recover what is currently considered plastic waste from landfills, rivers, oceans and natural areas for use as feedstock to create new, infinitely recyclable Loop PET plastic resin and polyester fiber. Loop’s technology can deliver a cost-effective, virgin-quality PET resin that is cleared for use in food-grade packaging.

For several years the Loop team worked diligently on its Generation I technology, a process that yielded polyethylene terephthalate (PTA) and mono-ethylene glycol (MEG), two common monomers of PET, through depolymerization.

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Tadbik introduces Repeat recyclable film

Repeat addresses the market need for sustainable packaging and combines multiple advantages. It offers the properties, barrier and functionality of a standard multi-layer structure, while being 100 percent sustainable. It is suitable for recycling in communities with existing PE film recycling stream and can be recycled just like a standard Polyethylene bag (LDPE 4 ). Repeat is suitable for standard flow-pack as well as fill and seal equipment.

Gili Drori, CEO and owner of Tadbik explains the rationale to introduce REPEAT: ‘In recent years we are witnessing criticism regarding the plastics-industry and its ramifications, mainly motivated by environmental movements. While there isn’t binding regulation to collect and recycle food packages in almost any of the developed countries, the packaging industry had already defined its goal to implement 100 percent recyclable packages by the year 2025. We decided there’s no time like the present to accelerate this process.’

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Turkey looks to boost hemp production

When President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stepped up to the podium in Turkey’s presidential palace on January 9, few of the attendees likely expected him to talk about the environment.

Yet his country had just banned plastic bags, so that is precisely what he did. And then his speech took an even stranger turn.

“I remember my mother used to knit bags that we could use for shopping. You don’t throw them away immediately, you can go out shopping with them again. It is earth-friendly, even if you wanted to dispose of it,” he told the Ankara crowd. “These are made of hemp, yet we have destroyed hemp in our country.”

Erdoğan went on to reveal that Turkey is set to renew hemp cultivation and encourage the production of a variety of local products with new incentives. The next day, Agriculture Minister Berat Pakdemirli revealed details of the plan.

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‘Catastrophic’ Brexit scenario looms larger

The United Kingdom’s auto industry has shifted its tone from quiet resignation to angry bellowing as the government once again failed to gain a consensus within Parliament on its future relationship with the EU.

Automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and BMW have long opposed Brexit because it isolates the U.K. from its biggest trading partner but held out hope that a negotiated settlement would keep in place many of the benefits of the current trading partnership.

However, after Parliament voted down Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for an orderly separation last week, automakers are now bracing for their most feared outcome: leaving the EU on March 29 with no deal at all.

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Properties graphene humid conditions

Properties of graphene change in humid conditions

Queen Mary, University of London

Properties graphene humid conditions
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Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London. Properties graphene humid conditions

Graphene, which is made from carbon and was discovered in 2004, is hailed for many of its extraordinary characteristics including being stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, light, flexible and transparent. Properties graphene humid conditions

This study, published in the journal Physical Review B, shows that in bi- , which is two sheets of one atom thick carbon stacked together, water seeps between the layers in a humid environment.

The properties of graphene significantly depend on how these carbon layers interact with each other and when water enters in between it can modify the interaction.

The researchers found the water forms an atomically at 22 per cent and separates graphene layers at over 50 per cent relative .

This suggests that layered graphene could exhibit very different properties in a humid place such as Manchester, UK, where average relative humidity is over 80 per cent every month of the year, compared to a dry place such as Tucson, Arizona, where relative humidity is 13 per cent on afternoons in May but rises to 65 per cent on January mornings. So, in Tucson the properties will vary according to the time of the year.

Graphene, both layered and single layer, potentially has a huge number of uses but the results of this study could impact how the material can be used in real-life applications.

Lead author Dr. Yiwei Sun, from Queen Mary University of London, said: “The critical points, 22 per cent and 50 per cent relative humidity, are very common conditions in daily life and these points can be easily crossed. Hence, many of the extraordinary properties of graphene could be modified by water in between graphene layers.”

He added: “Some graphene-based devices may function to their full capability in dry places while others may do so in humid places. We suggest all experiments on 2-D materials should in future record the relative humidity.”Properties graphene humid conditions

The researchers suggest humidity is also likely to have an impact on other layered materials such as (sheets made of boron and nitrogen) and Molybdenum disulphide (sheets made of molybdenum and sulphur).

The study was carried out because it was known that graphite, a material also made from carbon, loses its excellent lubricating ability in low humidity conditions, such as aboard aeroplanes at high altitude, which was reported during the Second World War, or in outer space, as reported by NASA in the 1970s.

It was believed that the in between layers of graphite is crucial to its behaviour and now the same effect has been shown to affect layered graphene.

Explore further: Researchers have fabricated two types of trilayer graphene with different electrical properties

More information: A. Qadir et al. Effect of humidity on the interlayer interaction of bilayer graphene, Physical Review B (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.99.045402

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-01-properties-graphene-humid-conditions.html#jCp

Method precursors carbon fibers processing

A new method developed to produce precursors for high-strength carbon fibers processing

The results obtained by scientists at Lobachevsky University can be used to produce carbon fiber with new improved characteristics for use in Russia’s high-tech industries

LOBACHEVSKY UNIVERSITY

Carbon fiber is an important structural material of the 21st century. Due to its high strength, which is not inferior to metal alloys, in combination with low specific weight and high oxidative stability, it is an indispensable material for airspace and shipbuilding industry, construction, medicine, sports industry, and in other high-tech industry sectors.

The main method of carbon fiber production involves heat treatment of synthetic fibers obtained from polymers based on acrylonitrile.Method precursors carbon fibers processing

The quality of the finished carbon fiber and its strength characteristics largely depend on the composition and molecular weight characteristics of the polymer raw materials (precursors) from which the fiber is extruded.Method precursors carbon fibers processing

Therefore, the important tasks in the field of synthesis of precursors for carbon fibers are to search for new compositions for copolymerization, and to develop effective polymerization methods that enable the control of the molecular weight of the samples obtained. Method precursors carbon fibers processing

One of the latest achievements in modern synthetic chemistry of polymers is the development of methods for controlled radical polymerization (Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization.).

The advantages include the ability to control the molecular weight value of the polymers obtained by varying the ratio between the initiator and the monomer, as well as simultaneous fragment-by-fragment chain growth, which results in a narrow molecular weight distribution.

According to Ivan Grishin, head of the research laboratory for organic synthesis and radical processes at Lobachevsky University, UNN researchers’ work was aimed to develop a new method for producing acrylonitrile copolymer, which makes it possible to obtain a precursor for high-quality carbon fibers that feature high strength and elastic modulus.

To obtain these acrylonitrile copolymers, the method of controlled Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) was used for the first time, with copper bromide as a catalyst.

Due to the high initiation efficiency and the fragment-by-fragment chain growth, this method allows obtaining narrowly dispersed copolymers with specified molecular weights.

“As a result of our experiments, we obtained samples with molecular weights of more than 70 kDa and a narrow molecular weight distribution, which meets the requirements for copolymers to be processed into high-strength carbon fibers.

The important advantages of the proposed method are the use of very low concentrations of the catalyst (at the level of hundredths of a percent), as well as the high rate of the process, which is due to the use of glucose as an activator,” said Ivan Grishin.

In the course of the research, copolymers were obtained that feature a high degree of compositional homogeneity, as well as a predetermined molecular weight value and composition. The effect of comonomers on the behavior of samples in the process of their oxidative stabilization was investigated.

It is shown that by using the proposed composition based on three monomers (acrylonitrile, methyl acrylate and dimethyl itaconate) it is possible to achieve a significant reduction of the exothermic effect in the process of precursor oxidative stabilization, which has a favourable effect the mechanical properties of the resulting carbon fiber.

The composition and copolymerization method proposed by UNN scientists can be successfully used to produce acrylonitrile copolymers that can serve as precursors for high-strength carbon fibers.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Recycling Textiles 23-01-2019

 

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,085 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,300/8,400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 825/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,550 yuan/ton – MEG $ 615/630 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,000/5,100 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,060/1,075 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,500/8,600  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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The Latest: Germany open to UK request for delay on Brexit

The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union :

Germany’s economy minister says a request from Britain’s government for an extension on the looming Brexit deadline would “certainly be considered seriously” — if a majority in Parliament seeks one.

Peter Altmaier says a no-deal or “hard” Brexit “must be avoided.” He called for patience as the British parliament considers a new plan by Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to make good on the verdict of the British people two years ago to leave the European Union.

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Properties of graphene change in humid conditions

Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London. Properties graphene humid conditions

Graphene, which is made from carbon and was discovered in 2004, is hailed for many of its extraordinary characteristics including being stronger than steel, more conductive than copper, light, flexible and transparent. Properties graphene humid conditions

This study, published in the journal Physical Review B, shows that in bi-layer graphene, which is two sheets of one atom thick carbon stacked together, water seeps between the layers in a humid environment.

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Teijin Frontier to display new fabrics at ORWM 201922

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibre and products converting company, has announced that the company is set to participate in the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (ORWM) 2019, in stand #MR208. The world’s largest international sports and outdoor trade fair will be held at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver, US, from January 30 to February 1, 2019.

The Teijin Frontier stand will exhibit Deltapeak and related hybrid materials that offer excellent combinations of performance, appearance, and texture for sportswear. The stand will also promote Teijin Frontier’s environmentally friendly solutions, including microplastics pollution prevention, reducing hazardous chemicals usage, fossil resource conservation, and CO2 emissions reduction, according to a press release by Teijin.

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Faurecia to test-bed real-time emissions monitoring from a fleet of DHL commercial vehicles in Singapore

Faurecia has been awarded a two-year pilot project involving live tracking of emissions from a fleet of commercial vehicles

Following an innovation call from Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) for demonstrations of real-time monitoring solutions for NOx and particulate matter emissions from diesel vehicles, Faurecia has been awarded a two-year pilot project involving live tracking of emissions from a fleet of commercial vehicles.

In partnership with DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, Faurecia will equip a fleet of commercial vehicles with sensors to monitor NOx and fine particulates in real time using a unique sensing technology currently being developed by Faurecia.

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China 2018 economic growth slows to 6.6%, a 28-year low

China’s economy registered a full-year 2018 growth of 6.6%, the lowest recorded in 28 years, official data showed on Monday.

In the fourth-quarter of last year, growth in the world’s second-biggest economy, weakened to 6.4%, the slowest pace of expansion since the first quarter of 2009, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The services sector posted a 7.6% growth in 2018, while industry and agriculture posted an expansion of 5.8% and 3.5%, respectively.

The NBS said that the economic figures in 2018 remained reasonable and largely met expectations. China had set a target full-year GDP growth of 6.5% GDP for 2018.

Amid the economic slowdown partly caused by the US-China trade war that began in July 2018, the Chinese government has introduced a series of stimulus measures during the year, including the easing on monetary policies, tax cuts and subsidies to companies that do not lay off employees.

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Songwon and RPC bpi nordfolien partner to produce sustainable packaging containing 50 per cent recycled PE

Songwon has announced it is one of the first chemical companies in the world to package its products in 20kg PE bags made with 50 per cent recycled PE.

Songwon has collaborated with RPC bpi nordfolien to develop PE bags for packaging 20kg of product using recycled materials originating from different waste streams, including industrial printed bags that have already been used.

All of the solvents that are required for de-inking are also recycled continuously in a closed loop process.

Over the past twelve months, the recycled 20kg bags were successfully trialled on various customers to make sure that they met Songwon’s quality standards, as well as those of the customers.

Maurizio Butti, CEO at Songwon, said: “With RPC bpi nordfolien, we have found an innovative partner who can support us to live Songwon’s vision of ‘Sound and sustainable growth for all our stakeholders in harmony with the interests of our planet and its people’.”

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A new method developed to produce precursors for high-strength carbon fibers processing

The results obtained by scientists at Lobachevsky University can be used to produce carbon fiber with new improved characteristics for use in Russia’s high-tech industries

Carbon fiber is an important structural material of the 21st century. Due to its high strength, which is not inferior to metal alloys, in combination with low specific weight and high oxidative stability, it is an indispensable material for airspace and shipbuilding industry, construction, medicine, sports industry, and in other high-tech industry sectors.

The main method of carbon fiber production involves heat treatment of synthetic fibers obtained from polymers based on acrylonitrile.

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FCCI calls for abolishing duty on polyester, cotton yarn in mini budget

Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) President Syed Zia Alumdar Hussain Monday urged the government to abolish duties on polyester and cotton yarn in the financial bill, which was expected to be announced on January 23.

Addressing a press conference here at the FCCI Complex, he said the government had taken positive initiatives for revival of the export sector and now it should also end the levies on polyester and cotton yarn to decrease input cost in the domestic sector.

He said Federal Minister for Finance Asad Umar had assured the export traders on October 04 that their genuine problems would be resolved soon.

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Green is the new black at future fabrics expo

‘That’s so last season’ is fast-becoming an antiquated expression as the fashion world embraces the real next big thing: the last big thing.

Fabrics and yarns crafted from waste — whether from post-consumer textile detritus or stalks, leaves and other food and wine product residues — are white hot. Plastic water bottles can also be recycled into yarn and cloth. And algae-derived materials are truly on the verge.

These are just some of the eco-friendly textile trends showcased at The Sustainable Angle’s Future Fabrics Expo, which takes place in London this January. Such materials and production methods — along with an event that brings together brands, designers, mills and suppliers, and the eco-curious — are not only in vogue, but also desperately needed.

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Responding to the growing demand for plastic alternatives

The demand for bioplastics as an alternative to conventional oil-based plastics, is ever growing. Recent developments in European packaging and waste laws, boost that demand even more. But, it’s not just laws that force us to look for alternatives. Retailers, producers and consumers are becoming more and more aware of their carbon footprint and how important it is to become more sustainable. Less plastic means a better world for everyone.

Mediane may have found several possible answers for you on how to reduce your carbon and fossil footprint. They created the Greensleeve programme. Greensleeve packaging sleeves have been developed to achieve a more sustainable world.

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Environment360 announces PET bottle recycling partnership with Qualiplast

Environment360, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has announced a partnership with Qualiplast, one of the largest plastic producers in Ghana, to help support the collection of bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by informal workers in Kumasi.

The partnership between the two parties is expected to leverage on Qualiplast’s transportation network to ensure that PET bottles collected in Kumasi are transported into Accra, Environment 360 announced in a statement.

“Plastic bottles, once in Accra, are further processed by Environment360 and then sold unto a third party that creates plastic straps for packaging,” the statement said.

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How do investors view company moves on sustainability?

There are signs, Ben Cooper writes, that scepticism in the investment community about food companies’ moves on sustainability is starting to ease.

Now is perhaps a good moment to take stock of how investor attitudes to sustainability in the food sector have changed in recent years and may continue to do so.

Last month saw Paul Polman, sustainability standard-bearer-in-chief for the food industry and the wider corporate world, step down after ten years as chief executive of Unilever, a tenure defined by his groundbreaking and unrelenting focus on sustainability. Last week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report 2019 confirmed climate-related issues, among the threats Polman sought to elevate in 2009, now dominate the long-term risk horizon.

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Porcher Sport launches new avalanche airbag fabric22

Porcher Sport, the sports and leisure division of Porcher Industries, has launched the new ultra-lightweight avalanche airbag fabric for the safety of skiers and snow boarders. The company will unveil the revolutionary fabric plus other performance materials at their booth A4 407-4, at the ISPO 2019 trade show, to be held in Munich from February 3-6, 2019.

Considered the lightest fabric on the market with a super low weight of just 132g/square metres, Porcher Sport’s new performance fabric is proven to reduce the weight of avalanche bags by more than 12 per cent. Treated with an in-house formulated PU coating that is designed to resist the harshest of conditions, the material also boasts an extreme tear resistance, more than 50 per cent higher than other airbag fabrics. Easily repackable and compact, the fabric ensures the airbag can also be used for multiple deployments, according to Porcher.

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IMF cuts 2019, 2020 oil price forecasts on global demand concerns

The International Monetary Fund Monday cut its forecast for average oil prices to just below $60/b in 2019 from close to $70/b in its last World Economic Outlook in October on concerns about global economic growth.

Further out, the IMF predicted oil prices would also average just below $60/b in 2020, down from $66/ b in its previous report.

It pointed to the increased volatility in oil prices since August due to the influences of US policy on Iranian oil exports and more recently fears of weakening global demand. Crude prices hit a peak of $86/b in October as some in the market talked of a return to $100/b oil before plunging to just below $50/b in late December.

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IMF downgrades Russian economy

IMF downgrades growth in the Russian economy in 2019 to 1.6%  IMF downgrades Russian economy

IMF downgrades Russian economy

MOSCOW – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has worsened its October forecast of economic growth in Russia in 2019 by 0.2 percentage points.  – to 1.6%, the estimate of global GDP growth has also been reduced – to 3.5% from 3.7%, according to the January World Economic Outlook (WEO), Interfax reports.

In 2020, the IMF expects global growth by 3.6%, the Russian one – by 1.7%.  The forecast for emerging market and developing countries for the current year is also lowered by 0.2 percentage points.  – To 4.5%, in 2020, growth will accelerate to 4.9%, the IMF believes. IMF downgrades Russian economy

The assessment of the growth of the Indian economy in 2019 increased by 0.1 percentage points  – up to 7.5%, in 2020 growth is expected to accelerate to 7.7%.  The growth forecast of the Chinese economy for the current year remains the same – 6.2%, next year the same growth is expected.  Brazil’s GDP, according to the IMF, will grow by 2.5% in 2019 (a 2.4% increase was previously expected).

In the economies of the CIS countries in 2019, the IMF predicts a growth of 2.2% (previously estimated at 2.4%).  Excluding Russia, the GDP of the CIS countries in the current year will grow at a rate of 3.7% (previously expected to grow by 3.6%), in 2020 also 3.7%. IMF downgrades Russian economy

Estimated GDP growth in developed countries in 2019 was reduced by 0.1 percentage points.  – up to 2%, in 2020, according to the fund, growth will slow to 1.7%.

The growth forecast for the US economy remained unchanged – 2.5% and 1.8%, respectively.  In the eurozone countries, according to the IMF, GDP will increase in 2019 by 1.6% (in October, growth was estimated at 1.9%), in 2020 – by 1.7%.

Evaluation of Japanese economic growth increased by 0.2 percentage points.  – up to 1.1% and 0.5% respectively.  The forecast of GDP growth in the UK for 2019 has not changed – 1.5%, in 2020, the rise may reach 1.6%.

According to the World Bank (WB) report published in early January of this year, the growth of the Russian economy accelerated in 2018 to 1.6%, despite the tightening of economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, inflation in the country remained relatively low and stable.

At the same time, the authors of the report predicted a short-term slowdown in the growth of the Russian economy in 2019 to 1.5% (a deterioration in the forecast by 0.3% compared with the June data).  In 2020 and 2021, the WB expects an increase in the growth rate of the Russian GDP to 1.8%.

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Author:   Anna Larionova

Pervasive plastics tech clothes

Pervasive plastics vs. tech clothes Pervasive plastics tech clothes 

Regarding microplastics in “Welcome to the Plastocene,” (HCN, 11/26/18) and the letter “Patagonia’s plastics” (HCN, 12/24/18), it feels like we’re continuing to jump on the last thing we heard, like it’s our biggest issue, while forgetting about the bigger underlying reasons for the problem. Pervasive plastics tech clothes 

Plastics in outdoor clothing is certainly a concern, but it’s dwarfed compared to the general once-through plastic that pervades every aspect of our existence in this modern world of convenience.

I have been working for years to eliminate plastics from my life: refusing to buy bottled water or use plastic grocery bags, asking the meat counter for meat packaged in paper, keeping my own stainless steel cup handy to avoid to-go cups with plastic lids, and so on.

I even make my own personal care products, deodorant, tooth powder and liquid soap, which my partner and I sell locally. I haven’t thrown a toothpaste tube away in probably 10 years, preferring to refill and re-use my same plastic bottle repeatedly.

Once habits that avoid plastic are established, they take hold and are hard to break. We all make purchasing decisions every day of our lives that either help to reduce the problem of plastic or contribute to it. Pervasive plastics tech clothes 

Until we can get control of all the other simple ways we can say no to the once-through plastic that is 99 percent of the problem, I’m not going to get too excited about a few fibers from my tech clothes.

Julie Smith
Golden, Colorado

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain increase.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,085 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,950 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 825/835 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 620/630 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,065/1,080 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,450/8,550  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,300/10,400  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton

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The circular economy is a golden opportunity. Don’t let it go to waste

At the heart of the Paris Agreement is a goal to keep global temperature rises well below 2˚C. The popular action area is around energy – both energy efficiency and renewable energy. Yet very large opportunities lie elsewhere as well, one of which is being virgin resource-efficient.

Some trends are clear. There will be more people in the world, we will be a more urbanised society over time, urban societies will consume more resources per capita, many resources will be scarce and the environmental cost of creating virgin resources will soon be too much for the planet to bear.

This is why a circular economy is such an appealing concept. It is a new way of life that can help the world adapt to these trends in a climate-friendly way.

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IMF downgrades growth in the Russian economy in 2019 to 1.6% 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has worsened its October forecast of economic growth in Russia in 2019 by 0.2 percentage points.  – to 1.6%, the estimate of global GDP growth has also been reduced – to 3.5% from 3.7%, according to the January World Economic Outlook (WEO), Interfax reports.

In 2020, the IMF expects global growth by 3.6%, the Russian one – by 1.7%.  The forecast for emerging market and developing countries for the current year is also lowered by 0.2 percentage points.  – To 4.5%, in 2020, growth will accelerate to 4.9%, the IMF believes.

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Crude Oil Prices Trend

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Beverages Manufacturers Upping their Sustainability Quotient with PET Preforms

PET is frequently utilized for packaging a wide range of products that include peanut butter, beverages, frozen foods, bakery goods, cosmetics, and others.

Valued for a number of attributes including lightweight, robustness, thermo-stability, cost-effectiveness, transparency, shatter-resistance and recyclability, PET is a superior choice for the packaging sector.

PET preforms, prepared by PET material are being used for producing PET products and can be molded in the desired shape.

PET preforms are gaining popularity as they transform the process of PET manufacturing and offer substantial benefits including flexibility, environmental efficiency, operational efficiency, and cost.

The beverage sector is expected to create major demand for PET preforms. Manufacturers of PET preforms are witnessing majority demand growth for PET preforms owing to the continual consumption of bottled beverages in the developing as well as developed economies.

Moreover, the PET preforms landscape is also expected to be highly influenced by the technological developments that are expected to facilitate better production.

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Pervasive plastics vs. tech clothes Pervasive plastics tech clothes 

Regarding microplastics in “Welcome to the Plastocene,” (HCN, 11/26/18) and the letter “Patagonia’s plastics” (HCN, 12/24/18), it feels like we’re continuing to jump on the last thing we heard, like it’s our biggest issue, while forgetting about the bigger underlying reasons for the problem. Pervasive plastics tech clothes

Plastics in outdoor clothing is certainly a concern, but it’s dwarfed compared to the general once-through plastic that pervades every aspect of our existence in this modern world of convenience.

Polymers Petrochemicals renewability sustainability

Could Brexit mean CRISPR? EU departure presents the UK with a food policy overhaul opportunity

Brexit could present the UK with a unique opportunity to modernize its food regulations, but it should tread carefully in order to remain compliant with EU standards, or risk alienating its own GMO skeptical domestic consumer market.

This is according to Dr. Elinor McCartney, President of Pen & Tec Consulting Group, who spoke to FoodIngredientsFirst in a extensive interview on the current EU regulatory environment.

“There is an opportunity for the UK, if Brexit does go ahead, to overhaul their GMO legislation to allow modern biotechnology to take a more modern approach to safety in the food chain,” the Spanish-based policy advisor notes as an example.

“The two difficulties that this presents relate to how they would trade with the EU, which has different GMO legislation and how UK consumers, who tend to be the same as other EU consumers in their attitudes to GM crops, would respond” she adds.

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Packaging supplier Klöckner Pentaplast expands in Virginia

The Germany-based company is investing $25 million to boost global production capacity for pharmaceutical and medical device packaging films at its manufacturing facility in Louisa County, Va.

Germany-based packaging supplier Klöckner Pentaplast will invest US$25 million to expand global production capacity for pharmaceutical and medical device packaging films at its manufacturing facility in Louisa County, Va.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Louisa County to secure the project for Virginia, which included a US$300,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Performance program, an incentive that encourages capital investment by existing Virginia companies.

Klöckner Pentaplast is also eligible to receive sales and use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment.

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Foreign investors to drive changes to green packaging, says report

Business Bureau,

FOREIGNinvestorspressureand the urge to outwit competition willdriveIndianconsumergoods and pharma companies to change product packing to more environmentally sustainable alternatives in two years, says a report.The mandated changes in local laws like Maharashtras plastic ban have raised awareness in the few years and we can also lookatapressurefromconsumers infuture,BankofAmericaMerrill Lynch said in a weekend report. Plastic is a big issue for FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and pharma sectors as they depend on it for packaging, and will only get bigger in the couple of years, the American brokerages research analyst Sameer Chopra said.

He explained that as per global norms, many funds are mandatedtoinvest25percentoftheir funds in companies which are sensitivetotheneeds of theplanet and also confirm with the best normsoncorporategovernance. Citing the case of plastic ban in Maharashtra, he said more such regulatory or Government actions can be in the offing which willlead companies to have some alternativesinplaceaheadofany actual action.

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Teysha Technologies unveils ‘breakthrough’ in bio-degradable bio-plastics.

“Teysha Technologies (picture courtesy of Teysha Technologies).Until now, strategies to reduce plastic pollution have relied on changing human behaviour, such as encouraging recycling and banning certain plastic items like carrier bags.”

Teysha Technologies, a UK-based bioplastics startup, has developed a new polymer technology that it claims could help to reduce plastic pollution.

According to the company, the natural polycarbonate platform it has developed can create fully biodegradable substitutes for existing petroleum-based plastics.

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Marine bacteria protect steel from corrosion by seawater

There is a way to use marine bacteria to protect steel from corrosion by seawater, according to new research from China.

Scientists at the Shanghai Maritime University and the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences induced lasting anticorrosion properties in a species of marine bacteria.

Marine corrosion is a significant worldwide problem. It damages economies and undermines safety.

The Marine Corrosion Forum, which is based in the United Kingdom and also has overseas members, estimate the impact at around 4 percent of gross national product.

Typical treatments include chemical and electrochemical methods. However, these are often expensive and not kind on the environment.

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Saipem has been awarded two new offshore contracts from Saudi Aramco for $1.3 billion

Saipem has been awarded two EPIC contracts (Engineering, Procurement, Installation, Construction) assigned by the client Saudi Aramco for a total amount of approximately $1.3 billion as part of the Long Term Agreement for offshore activities in Saudi Arabia, renewed in 2015 and in force until 2021.

These two contracts refer to, respectively, the development of offshore fields in Berri and Marjan, located in the Arabian Gulf, which are among the most important offshore fields in the Region.

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Klopman on choosing sustainable workwear

Using work clothes made with eco-friendly fabrics brings benefits to the environment by significantly reducing energy usage, emissions and waste. Klopman, the leading company in Europe in the production of fabrics for workwear, defines 5 reasons to choose eco-friendly workwear in companies.

Klopman, a leading European producer of workwear fabrics, has defined 5 reasons why a company should choose work garments produced with environmentally friendly fabrics.

“Klopman is strongly aware of the importance of promoting the circular economy and sustainability in the textile sector. It has therefore created a very innovative green range – made of recycled plastic bottles, wood pulp, organic cotton or cotton certified according to Faitrade or BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) standards – to improve the conditions of producers in developing countries,” the company said in a press statement today.

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Global economy to slow in 2019 as Brexit, trade waruncertainties unfold – IMF

The global economy’s expansionwill slow down in 2019 as downside risks likean uncertain Brexit or trade tensions unfold,the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said onMonday.

The Washington-basedbody lowered its GDP growth forecasts, comparedto its previous World Economic Outlook(WEO) published in October,in which it had also cut forecasts.

The global economy is expected to expand by3.5% in 2019 and 3.6% in 2020, 0.2 and 0.1percentage points lower than in the Octoberforecast (see bottom table for main regions andcountries).

The IMF remains concerned that the end of a90-day truce in the US-China trade war comingto an end on 1 March could put the globaleconomy under further strain as “raisingharmful barriers” to trade could destabilisethe economy further.

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Abandoned fishing nets recycled nylon

Abandoned fishing nets recycled nylon

How abandoned fishing nets are recycled into nylon Abandoned fishing nets recycled nylon

Aquafil, Nofir recycle recovered nets into yarn for fashion, interior industries.

Last month, Norway-based Nofir collected 24 tons of discarded fishing nets from Antarctica’s oceans. After the nets are dismantled and cleaned, Nofir sends them off to Italy-based Aquafil to be processed into nylon yarn.

An estimated 640,000 tons of fishing gear gets discarded in the oceans each year. Dolphins, sea turtles and whales have been found entangled in the nets and many of them die. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, if the problem continues, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Abandoned fishing nets recycled nylon

Nofir was established in 2008 in response to increasing reports of fishing nets by Norwegian environmental organizations and fisherman.The company aims to not only recover and recycle material, but to “reduce pollution caused by discarded nets.”

Nofir’s recycling process includes collecting, dismantling, sorting, cleaning and transporting the nets to Aquafil’s facility in Slovenia, where nets undergo a journey from “waste to wear.” According to Aquafil’s research, one ton of nylon nets can create 26,000 socks.

“We’re happy and proud to collect waste from such a distant area like Antarctica,” says Nofir CEO Øistein Aleksandersen. “Arctic nets are cleaned, cut and packed manually by workers in our factory. Soon they will be sent for recycling and ending up as new products, like swimsuits.” Abandoned fishing nets recycled nylon

“Turning nets into raw material is not only good resource management, but in cases such as this one, also a great win for the environment as the discarded equipment will not end up in the ocean,” he adds.

To date, Nofir has collected more than 30,000 tons of fishing nets from Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States.

Over the past five years, organizations and companies throughout the world have been working together under the Healthy Seas initiative to clean oceans of fishing nets and then recycle the nets into sustainable apparel. Abandoned fishing nets recycled nylon

In October, Aquafil says divers removed four tons of submerged fishing nets off the coast of Italy. “Ghost fishing nets” account for 10 percent of all ocean plastic. November, another team of divers managed to remove one ton, or 30 percent, of nets that were covering a reef in Santorini, Greece. Divers report another nearby reef is “completely covered” by nets.

According to Aquafil, the Slovenian plant has recycled 375 tons of fishing nets.

In December, Aquafil opened its first U.S.-based carpet recycling facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Old carpets broken down into nylon will be shipped to the Slovenian facility to be converted, together with fishing nets, into yarn for the fashion and interior industries, the company says.

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Aquafil USA carpet recycling plant

Aquafil USA carpet recycling plant

Aquafil opens first U.S. carpet recycling plant

A second carpet recycling facility to open in Woodland, California, in 2019.

Edited by Kelly Maile

Trento, Italy-based Aquafil, a leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, opened its first U.S. carpet recycling facility in Phoenix, Arizona. More than 160 customers, suppliers and sustainability experts gathered at the grand opening of the 116,000-square-foot Aquafil Carpet Recycling (ACR) No. 1 facility in December. Aquafil USA carpet recycling plant

Aqaufil USA President Franco Rossi says 3.5 billion pounds of carpets are discarded each year in the U.S. Only two or three percent is recycled and the rest “goes to landfill or is incinerated.” The facility will have the capacity to collect and process 35 million pounds of carpet per year.

At the recycling facility, old carpets are broken down into three main components: polypropylene, Nylon 6 and Nylon 6 fiber. The polypropylene will go into the injection molding industry, while the Nylon 6 and Nylon 6 fiber will be shipped to Aquafil’s Slovenia-based facility and converted into nylon yarn for the fashion and interior industries.

ACR uses what the company says is the only technology capable of converting Nylon 6 from carpets and other end-of-life products, including fishing nets, back into raw material.

Aquafil President and CEO Giulio Bonazzi says the idea of creating a network of carpet recycling facilities started 20 years ago with a conversation he had with Ray Anderson, the late founder of Georgia-based carpet flooring company Interface.

“In a circular economy industry, we should manufacture everything with the end in mind,” Bonazzi says.Aquafil USA carpet recycling plant

David Oakey, the well-known carpet designer for Interface, spoke at the event, saying “I think Ray Anderson is smiling today.”

In 1996, Anderson declared that his company would become sustainable and established “Mission Zero 2020.” Bonazzi says Aquafil was among the first suppliers to respond to his call to action.

The Phoenix plant will create 50 new jobs and will bring Aquafil closer to its goal of producing ECONYL yarn from 100 percent postconsumer material.

The Aquafil Group has plants in Italy, the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Slovenia, Croatia, China and Thailand. Rossi announced on stage the opening of a second carpet recycling facility in Woodland, California, in 2019.

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Polymers PET rPET Petrochemicals Prices

Polymers PET rPET Petrochemicals Prices

        Polyestertime

ITEM14/01/201921/01/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,025 yuan/ton8,325 yuan/ton+300
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,045 $/ton1,070 $/ton+25
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,675 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton+75
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,625 yuan/ton7,700 yuan/ton+100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,265 yuan/ton6,520 yuan/ton+255
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market815 $/ton830 $/ton+15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,110 yuan/ton5,120 yuan/ton+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market628 $/ton618 $/ton-10
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,069 $/ton1,070 $/ton+1
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,049 $/ton1,050 $/ton+1
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market969 $/ton965 $/ton-4
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,090 yuan/ton 8,280 yuan/ton+190
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market7,950 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton+50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,050 yuan/ton10,200 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,600 yuan/ton9,750 yuan/ton+150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market8,975 yuan/ton9,150 yuan/ton+175
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,850 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market12,900 yuan/ton12,900 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,580 $/ton1,580 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,870 $/ton1,910 $/ton+40
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,900 yuan/ton14,600 yuan/ton-300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market14,500 yuan/ton14,550 yuan/ton+50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton33.000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market17,100 yuan/ton17,300 yuan/ton+200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market20,100 yuan/ton20,200 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market18,300 yuan/ton18,400 yuan/ton+100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton 39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton 38,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market33,000 yuan/ton 33,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market7,900 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton+200
Benzene domestic market4,750 yuan/ton4,750 yuan/ton
Benzene overseas  market566 $/ton568 $/ton+2
Ethylene South East market760 $/ton855 $/ton+95
Ethylene NWE  market846 $/ton900 $/ton+54
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market11,800 yuan/ton11,800 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,400 $/ton1,400 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,300 yuan/ton13,350 yuan/ton+50
PP Powder domestic market9,200 yuan/ton9,200 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  503 $/ton499 $/ton-4
Phenol domestic market 8,500 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,330 $/ton1,325 $/ton-5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,415 $/ton1,400 $/ton-15
LDPE CFR Far East 1,012 $/ton1,012 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East993 $/ton993 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East999 $/ton999 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East979 $/ton979 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,049 $/ton1,024 $/ton-25
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,039 $/ton1,050 $/ton+11
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,183 €/ton1,183 €/ton

Arvind sustainable dyeing technologies India

Arvind to adopt sustainable dyeing technologies in its units across India

Arvind sustainable dyeing technologies India

Textile major Arvind is keen on introducing DyeCoo’s CO2-dyeing technology at its manufacturing plants across India. This eliminates the need for water and chemical dyes and is environmental free. DyeCoo, a Dutch company, is looking to partner leading textile firms in India. Arvind sustainable dyeing technologies India

If all goes well, Arvind will be the first company in India to introduce sustainable technology in the manufacturing of textiles in India. Arvind is in the process of ramping up textile production across its manufacturing units as it plans to double its textile business in the next five years. The company has earmarked an investment of Rs 500 crores every year for the next five years to expand its textile business.

Arvind has an annual production capacity of more than 100 million meters in denim, 132 million meters in woven fabric, 10,000 tons of knit fabric and 48,000 meters of voile. The group has built a strong portfolio of brands that straddles consumer segments across the income pyramid.Arvind sustainable dyeing technologies India

The company is also looking at developing garment clusters in Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Each of these clusters will employ 4000 to 8000 workers. These clusters will be like a global supply chain. Arvind already has a cluster operational in Ethiopia.

Crude Oil supply price direction

Oil may look beyond supply for price direction

Crude Oil supply price direction

Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate have been on a recovery path since start of year

Siddesh Suresh Mayenkar, Senior Reporter

Source : Crude Oil supply price direction

Dubai: Oil prices are likely to look beyond the supply and demand dynamics that govern them — to factor in events such as the trade talks between the US and China and the behaviour of stock markets and bonds — and rise over the next few weeks, experts say.

Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate has been on a recovery path since the start of the year.Crude Oil supply price direction

Brent crude has gained 16 per cent since the end of 2018, while the WTI has accumulated 18 per cent in gains since January 1. On Friday, the WTI rose 3.25 per cent at $53.76 (Dh197) a barrel, Brent crude was up 2.29 per cent at $62.58 per barrel.

“With the Opec+ group of nations doing their best to curb supply, the demand side remains the key area of uncertainty. Crude Oil supply price direction

Consequently, the main focus and price driver at this stage remains macroeconomic developments as seen through the performances of stocks and corporate bond yields,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

Crude Oil supply price direction

WTI and Brent crude have both settled into their November to December consolidation ranges, which for WTI is between $50 and $55 and $57.50 to $64 for Brent, Hansen said.

The Opec plus group, which includes major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and Russia, has agreed to cut 1.2 million barrels of oil per day of supply from the oil market to cut the surplus, and boost prices. Crude Oil supply price direction

The oil producers will be reviewing the agreement in six months. On the demand front, the International Energy Agency revised its demand projection upwards to 1.4 million barrels per day from the earlier expectation of 1.3 million barrels per day.

“We are still sceptical that 2019 will be a faster year of growth than 2018 given non-trade related risks (eg volatile FX, debt levels, withdrawal of monetary stimulus) to the performance of most economies, not least of which are China and India.

Trade talks between China and the US are yet to be resolved and there is no guarantee that they will end positively, keeping a prominent downside risk entrenched in oil markets for the year,” said Edward Bell, Commodities Analyst at Emirates NBD.

The price market structure for the Brent crude price has flipped to a slight backwardation after hovering in a slight contango for the past two weeks.

The 1-2 month spread ended the week at $0.11 per barrel in backwardation while the June/Dec 19 spread ended the week backwardated by $0.41 per barrel, its widest level since mid-November, according to Bell.

“Recently implemented Opec+ cuts and increased pressure on Iran should tighten up supply and push the market into deficit come in the second half.

We expect these factors will prove supportive for oil prices this year and believe the term structure of Brent will rotate from contango into backwardation in 2Q19 as the market tightens.Crude Oil supply price direction

WTI crude structure is likely to remain under pressure during first half as infrastructure constraints and refinery turnarounds result in further builds at the Cushing hub,” Francisco Blanch, Commodity and Derivatives Strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said.

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PM Theresa May to present Brexit ‘Plan B’ to parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May unveils her Brexit “Plan B” to parliament on Monday after MPs shredded her EU divorce deal, deepening the political gridlock 10 weeks from departure day.

Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless MPs can force a delay or get their act together in time and come up with an alternative plan that Brussels is also happy with.

The world’s fifth-biggest economy could lose preferential access to its largest export market overnight, affecting every sector, leading to rising costs and disruption at British ports.

London and Brussels have spent the best part of two years working on a divorce agreement but MPs in parliament’s lower House of Commons comprehensively rejected it on Tuesday.

May’s government then survived a confidence vote on Wednesday and set about talks with figures from rival parties.

But the main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn stayed away, saying a “no-deal” departure must be ruled out first — something May says is impossible.

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Aquafil opens first U.S. carpet recycling plant

A second carpet recycling facility to open in Woodland, California, in 2019.

Trento, Italy-based Aquafil, a leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, opened its first U.S. carpet recycling facility in Phoenix, Arizona. More than 160 customers, suppliers and sustainability experts gathered at the grand opening of the 116,000-square-foot Aquafil Carpet Recycling (ACR) No. 1 facility in December. Aquafil USA carpet recycling plant

Aqaufil USA President Franco Rossi says 3.5 billion pounds of carpets are discarded each year in the U.S. Only two or three percent is recycled and the rest “goes to landfill or is incinerated.” The facility will have the capacity to collect and process 35 million pounds of carpet per year.

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Biotech Partnership Raises €7.5M to Recycle Plastics With Enzymes

The French biotechs Carbios and Toulouse White Biotechnology have been awarded €7.5M to industrialize their plastic recycling programme, which uses enzymes to break down waste.

The funding comes from the public initiative Investments for the Future Program, which is aimed to foster innovation in French industries. The €7.5M is to be paid in installments over a period of 39 months. Carbios is the leader of the project, and will receive up to €4.1M of the total.

The funding will help to accelerate the industrialization of Carbios’ technology, which aims to recycle plastics containing the polymer polyethylene terephthalate (PET), commonly found in textiles and bottles.

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Oil may look beyond supply for price direction

Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate have been on a recovery path since start of year

Siddesh Suresh Mayenkar, Senior Reporter

Dubai: Oil prices are likely to look beyond the supply and demand dynamics that govern them — to factor in events such as the trade talks between the US and China and the behaviour of stock markets and bonds — and rise over the next few weeks, experts say.

Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate has been on a recovery path since the start of the year.

Brent crude has gained 16 per cent since the end of 2018, while the WTI has accumulated 18 per cent in gains since January 1. On Friday, the WTI rose 3.25 per cent at $53.76 (Dh197) a barrel, Brent crude was up 2.29 per cent at $62.58 per barrel.

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How abandoned fishing nets are recycled into nylon 

Aquafil, Nofir recycle recovered nets into yarn for fashion, interior industries.

Last month, Norway-based Nofir collected 24 tons of discarded fishing nets from Antarctica’s oceans. After the nets are dismantled and cleaned, Nofir sends them off to Italy-based Aquafil to be processed into nylon yarn.

An estimated 640,000 tons of fishing gear gets discarded in the oceans each year. Dolphins, sea turtles and whales have been found entangled in the nets and many of them die. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, if the problem continues, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

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Saudis cut, Russians hiked oil output ahead of pact: IEA

Paris: Saudi Arabia demonstrated its resolve to lift oil prices by slashing output ahead of the entry into force of new pact limiting production while Russia boosted output to a record level, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.

World oil markets have been on a rollercoaster ride in recent months, with OPEC and its partners including Russia, often called OPEC+, agreeing to cut back production again from January in order to reverse a slump in oil prices on abundant production and worries about slower global growth.

In its latest monthly report, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said the Saudis took the lead by cutting output in December as prices tumbled by more than a third in just two months.

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Arvind to adopt sustainable dyeing technologies in its units across India

Textile major Arvind is keen on introducing DyeCoo’s CO2-dyeing technology at its manufacturing plants across India.

This eliminates the need for water and chemical dyes and is environmental free. DyeCoo, a Dutch company, is looking to partner leading textile firms in India. Arvind sustainable dyeing technologies India

If all goes well, Arvind will be the first company in India to introduce sustainable technology in the manufacturing of textiles in India.

Arvind is in the process of ramping up textile production across its manufacturing units as it plans to double its textile business in the next five years.

The company has earmarked an investment of Rs 500 crores every year for the next five years to expand its textile business.

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BP Polymers Introduces Kortrax® Barrier Resin for HDPE Containers    

BP Polymers, LLC proudly announces the launch of Kortrax® BR – the latest generation in barrier resins for HDPE containers.

A full year of research and development was invested by BP Polymers in developing the Kortrax® BR family of products, leveraging the mono-layer barrier technology originated and developed previously with Quoral® barrier resins.

Kortrax® utilizes the same platform as Quoral® – a polyamide base – with the addition of other polymers to improve both the chemical permeability performance profile and the oxygen transfer rate (OTR) of HDPE containers.

Kortrax® constructed containers, trade marked as Baritainers®, can safely transport solvent based products such as household chemicals, industrial chemicals, cleaning solvents, adhesives, wood preservatives, automotive additives and agricultural chemicals.

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Microban technologies receive sustainability approval

Huntersville, N.C. – Microban International is deepening its range of sustainable products.

The company, an antimicrobial and odor control and prevention technology source, has received bluesign approval for two technologies: Scentry Revive BC300A and BC300B; and Aegis AEM5772-5, AEM5700 and FU5700.

These additions bring the Microban bluesign-approved portfolio to a total of 10 antimicrobial and odor control solutions. Scentry Revive, a patent-pending odor capture platform, launched globally in April 2018. AEGIS has been a leading antimicrobial solution for more than 30 years.

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 Are we heading for a plastic-free world? – just-food FUTURES analysis

An increasing number of retailers and suppliers are pledging to go ‘plastic-free’, but will the industry ever do away with plastic completely? And what do food companies need to do to align themselves with this growing environmental concern? The third issue of FUTURES from just-food explores the possibility of a world without plastic.

More than a third of the food sold in the EU comes packaged in plastic, with estimates suggesting that, by 2020, Europe will consume more than 900 billion items of packaged food annually.

According to Greenpeace, this puts a truckload of plastic waste into our oceans every minute, where it becomes a hazard for marine wildlife and ends up in everything from seafood and drinking water to beer and sea salt.

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IntraPac completes merger with Technical Precision Plastics

US-based manufacturer of rigid packaging solutions IntraPac International has completed its merger with Technical Precision Plastics (TPP).

The transaction marks the second for IntraPac under Oncap’s ownership following the acquisition of Quality Plastics in September 2017.

Established in 1984, TPP offers injection moulding of special components for medical and premium consumer applications.

The company currently operates two manufacturing locations at Mebane in North Carolina, US, and Haina in the Dominican Republic offering medical clean room and multi-shot moulding and services.

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Federal shutdown threatens to delay vehicle launches

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Vehicle certification is among the functions halted by the nearly four-week partial shutdown of the federal government, meaning auto makers could face delays in launching new and updated models if the impasse in Washington drags on.

Under the Clean Air Act, new vehicles and engines can’t be sold legally in the U.S. without approval from the EPA. Jim Farley, Ford Motor Co.’s president of global markets, noted this week that the automaker has a number of important products headed to dealerships this year, including the redesigned Explorer and Escape, as well as the new Lincoln Aviator.

“We’re all waiting in lines,” Farley said at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. “Every new vehicle has to get certified through the government. If that gets backed up, so do the launches.”

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Volatility in crude oil prices pinches synthetic textile manufacturers

Raw material buyers in the synthetic textile industry disappeared from the market amid expectations of a further fall in prices

Volatility in crude oil prices pinches synthetic textile manufacturers

Volatility in crude oil prices has hit synthetic textile manufacturers hard, with a frequent change in buying behaviour observed for both the raw material and finished products segments.

When crude prices hit their highest levels in 2018 at $86 a barrel (on October 3), raw material buyers placed massive orders steadily to build their pipeline inventory before any further rise.

However, the entire sentiment saw a reversal in two months, when crude oil prices slipped to trade at $49.73 a barrel (on December 24).

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Local invention to replace plastic bottles

BOTTLES made out of eco-friendly material that replaces plastic have generated a lot of interest.

That is according to Ray de Vries, founder and chief executive of the Air Water company that produces them as part of its “zero plastic, zero harm” campaign.

Made from sugar cane, the 100% sustainable bottle can be used as many times as necessary and, once composted, decomposes within 120 days, said De Vries.

“The Eco Water Bottle will be on the shelves in months. We are talking to investors because we want to export the bottle. There has been a huge amount of interest in South Africa and beyond.”

De Vries said he had been so impressed with the bottle that he had marketed the product to other industries as well.

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Additives: Special Effects Liquid Colors for Packaging and Consumer Products

New special effects liquid colors, including metallics, pearlescents, super-brights, transparent tints, plus colors with non-synthetic liquid colorants are now available from Riverdale Global, Ashton, Penn.

The new extensive product launch is said to enable manufacturers of packaging and consumer products to enhance shelf appeal and add value while using lower let-downs of colorant than with pellet masterbatch.

The increased coloring efficiency of liquid color is attributable to a higher pigment loading per pound of colorant and enhanced dispersion as a result of the liquid carrier.

Like other liquid colors and additives from Riverdale Global, the new special-effect colors are each supplied in a container that stays sealed from the moment it arrives at the processor’s loading dock, through storage, handling, and metering into the process, and during return to Riverdale Global for replenishment.

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Sensient Imaging launches digital dye sublimation inks19

Sensient Imaging Technologies, a subsidiary of Sensient Technologies Corporation, has launched a new range of high performance digital dye sublimation inks for low-viscosity Epson printheads, ElvaJet Opal SB inks. Sensient Imaging Technologies is a leading supplier of inkjet inks for digital textile, industrial digital, and sublimation printing.

Following the extensive success of ElvaJet Opal SC inks for mid-viscosity printheads, ElvaJet Opal SB ink addresses the needs of low viscosity printheads, and allows customers of wide format printers to benefit from the revolutionary technology.

ElvaJet Opal SB ink fulfils the need for a plug and print solution in this market. ElvaJet Opal SB ink is also certified for Eco Passport for Oeko-Tex, epitomising Sensient’s commitment to sustainability and responsible use of chemicals in the supply chain, according to a media statement by the company.

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 Nigeria’s Economic Projections Buoyed As Oil Price Rises

The prospect of Nigeria’s economic projections on earnings from sales of crude oil for 2019 received a boost at the weekend as the price of the commodity rose above the $60 benchmark proposal used for the year’s budget.

The Federal Government had, late last month, presented a budget proposal based on the following assumptions of oil price benchmark of $60 per barrel and national oil production estimate of 2.3 million barrels per day, including condensates.

However, economic experts expressed worries as the price of the commodity nosedived in recent times posing a threat to achieving the earmarked target.

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The Two Major Factors Pushing Oil Prices Higher

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures are trading higher on Friday, putting both markets in a position to close higher for the week. The markets are also in a position to change the trend to up on the daily chart after posting a nearly month-long countertrend rally.

Prices Rise on Trade Deal Hopes

The catalysts behind the rally are hope for a trade deal between the United States and China and adherence to the OPEC-led plan to cut production, trim the excess global supply and stabilize prices.

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Achieving a circular economy through packaging and packaging waste

2019 will be a crucial year for industries involved the packaging and waste management value chain. Introduced last year, the amended form of the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive sets a target for obliged industries of ensuring that 65% of packaging waste is recycled by the year 2025, and 70% by 2030.

Reaching these targets will be complicated by inconsistencies in the way that member states track, measure and report the proportion of recycled waste, as well as by questions over the efficacy of deposit return schemes and the apportioning of incentives.

Another challenge comes in the form of the Single-Use Plastics Ban, confirmed in December last year. With the date for compliance set at 2021, the European Union will be the first of the world’s major economic blocs to eliminate the distribution of single-use plastics.

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Foreign investors to drive changes to green packaging: ReportBusiness

The reason plastic has become popular in such a short span of time for such FMCG and pharma players is the utility it offers and hence, alternatives will have to be found, he said.

Mumbai: Foreign investors pressure and the urge to outwit competition will drive Indian consumer goods and pharma companies to change product packing to more environmentally sustainable alternatives in two years, says a report.

The mandated changes in local laws like Maharashtra’s plastic ban have raised awareness in the few years and we can also look at a pressure from consumers in future, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a weekend report.

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Why Saudi tech startup ecosystem needs the government

With roughly two-thirds of its population below 30, Saudi Arabia is increasingly looking toward entrepreneurship as a tool for youth empowerment and a key to generating employment.

The focus has turned to entrepreneurship because the GCC countries, which depend on oil income, currently face stiff challenges in the wake of crude price volatility.

Entrepreneurship triggers economic development and contributes to the diversification of economies, spurring growth and job creation.

Naturally, entrepreneurs strive for innovation that drives competitiveness and business success.

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Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

MEG prices in Europe are on the downward trend. 

Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

MOSCOW – The prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe are on a downward trend against the background of a wide supply of imported material, according to ICIS , citing market participants. Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

Participants in the MEG market returned after the holidays, but demand is not as high as some sellers had hoped.

The prices of some deals fell below EUR700 per tonne, FCA NWE (North-West Europe).  The spot prices for MEG truck delivery were in the range of EUR695-720 per tonne, FCA NWE.

Spot prices fell by EUR5 per ton at both ends of the range, with the result that prices reached EUR675-695 per ton, CIF NWE.

MEG is one of the key raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in January-November 2018, the estimated consumption of PET in Russia increased by 3% over the same period a year earlier and amounted to 628.66 thousand tons.  Compared with November 2017, the total estimated material consumption in the Russian Federation increased by 38% and amounted to 56.74 thousand tons against 41.02 thousand tons last year.

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MEG prices in Europe are on the downward trend. 

The prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in Europe are on a downward trend against the background of a wide supply of imported material, according to ICIS , citing market participants. Monoethylene glycol MEG prices Europe

Participants in the MEG market returned after the holidays, but demand is not as high as some sellers had hoped.

The prices of some deals fell below EUR700 per tonne, FCA NWE (North-West Europe).  The spot prices for MEG truck delivery were in the range of EUR695-720 per tonne, FCA NWE.

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Asia adipic acid may extend gains as producers face margin squeeze

Asia’s adipic acid (ADA) market may extend gains as exporters from China – a major regional supplier – have raised prices to recoup margins amid low stocks.

Adipic acid is used in shoe soles (Source: View China Photo/REX/Shutterstock)

– Chinese producers raise prices by $20-30/tonne

– ADA spread over benzene narrows to $500/tonne

– Slowing demand may cap price uptrend

In the week ended 16 January, prices for cargoes originating in China were assessed $20-30/tonne higher at $1,050-1,100/tonne CFR (cost & freight) NE (northeast) Asia; while prices for other cargoes stood at $1,320-1,400/tonne CFR NE Asia, according to ICIS data.

Spot prices for China-origin cargoes rose for the first time after shedding 25% since mid-September, while prices for cargoes of other origins declined 15% over the same period, the data showed.

Restocking by regional end-users ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday had whittled down the inventories of Chinese suppliers, which then decided to hike offers this week by $20-30/tonne.

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EU Commission clears BASF’s acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business

The EU Commission has granted conditional clearance for BASF to acquire Solvay’s polyamide business in an important milestone for the transaction.

Closing is expected in the second half of 2019 after all remaining closing conditions have been fulfilled, including the sale of a remedy package to a third party.

During the approval process BASF made commitments to address the competition concerns of the EU Commission.

They require divesting parts of the original transaction scope to a third-party buyer, namely manufacturing assets and innovation capabilities of Solvay’s polyamide business in Europe.

BASF will achieve key strategic objectives from the acquisition and strengthen its polyamide 6.6 business significantly.

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Canada’s capital spending on industrial chemical industry projects is expected to jump by 65 per cent in 2019.

Thanks in large part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments, Canada’s petrochemical industry is headed for its biggest surge of expansion spending in five years in 2019 – which is welcome news to the manufacturing sector, plastics processing in particular.

Capital spending on industrial chemical industry projects in Canada this year is expected to jump by 65 per cent to $1.9 billion, the highest since $2.2 billion in 2014 and third-highest in a decade, according to a year-end members survey by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), which represents producers of 75 per cent of the country’s chemical products by value.

Employment is expected to rise by about four per cent or 640 jobs to 17,670.

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Texprocess to award new technology in apparel & textile18

Texprocess has announced to honour new, future-oriented technological developments in the apparel and textile industry.

The Texprocess Innovation Award is now open for entries. Texprocess is the leading international trade fair for processing textiles and flexible materials which will be held from May 14-17, 2019, in Frankfurt am Main, in Germany.

Innovative personalities once again have the opportunity to win the Texprocess Innovation Award. The competition is now open for entries, which can be submitted until February 18, 2019, according to a press release.

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US PE exports shift to Southeast Asia, Africa

US polyethylene (PE) exports are expected to continue increasing to high growth regions such as southeast Asia and Africa in 2019 as volumes to China decline precipitously in the face of tariffs.

The trade data is limited, going only through October 2018 so far, but a clear pattern has emerged.

US exports of the two grades of PE under tariff – high density PE (HDPE) and linear low density PE (LLDPE) – to China plunged by 55% from July 2018 to October 2018, according to the latest data from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) compiled by consultancy Accenture.

“However, higher growth regions in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Africa have taken up more than that share.

Vietnam in particular is seeing strong exports of finished goods,” said Paul Bjacek, chemicals research lead at Accenture.

The second round of China tariffs, which targeted US HDPE and LLDPE, were implemented in August 2018 – thus the comparison from July figures to the latest data in October.

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Uncertain Russian market affects Italian investments

After a 2017 peak that bolstered hopes among Italian manufacturers, the first three quarters of 2018 proved to be disappointing for sales to the Russian market.

Italian exports to Russia of plastics and rubber machinery,  equipment and moulds (sector total – 000 euro not updated)

Italian exports to Russia of plastics and rubber machinery, equipment and moulds(sector total – 000 euro not updated)

Analyses of ISTAT foreign trade data by the Statistical Studies Center of Amaplast show that exports to Russia fell by 19.6% with respect to the first nine months of 2017, with an aggregate value of just under €60m. Russia thus slipped from eleventh to twelfth in export market rankings for the sector.

Assuming 2018 year-end data confirm this trend, the downturn would be less dramatic than in the cycles of the past decade.

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US oil boom is defying expectations, experts say

The United States is expected to churn out far more oil in 2019 than what international analysts originally forecasted.

The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based organization that helps coordinate energy policies for industrial countries, released its latest oil market report Friday, noting exceptional numbers for the U.S. fossil fuel industry.

The agency reported U.S. oil production is expected to rise by 1.3 million barrels a day in 2019. While this number is lower than the record-smashing 2.1 million increase producers enjoyed in 2018, it’s more than double what the IEA initially expected to see in 2019.

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Plastics recycling rates set to triple by 2030: Borealis

Plastic recycling rates are likely to be three times higher by 2030 than current levels, Gunter Stephan, head of Circular Economy Solutions at Austrian petrochemical and plastics producer Borealis, told S&P Global Platts Friday.

“Currently we see 10-12% of plastics in circulation being recycled. That is a relatively low figure. [It’s] definitely not enough or the level we think it should be,” Stephan said.

Borealis will look into further polyolefin recycling acquisitions in order to fulfill its aim of producing four times more recycled material by 2025, Stephan added.

Increasing recycling rates will depend on improvements in collection and sorting, although this is complicated by the diversity of systems in place across Europe, he said.

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Rate of taking FTA benefits by Vietnamese firms falling

Industry experts in Vietnam feel the need for a concerted policy mechanism to help businesses successfully take advantage of benefits of the free trade agreements (FTAs) as a recent survey by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) found that the rate of taking advantage of FTA benefits by enterprises in the country is falling.

The fall was attributed to shortcomings in enforcement of policies by government departments, strict rules of origin and lack of information by companies about commitments and how to exactly to derive full benefits of the FTAs, according to a news agency report.

Many experts also acknowledge lower competitiveness of their companies than that of partners, whose countries are also members of the FTAs.

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Indorama Ventures Custom Polymers PET 

Indorama Ventures Completes Acquisition of PET Processing Plant from Custom Polymers PET 

Indorama Ventures Custom Polymers PET 

Thailand’s Indorama Ventures (IVL) completed a deal to acquire a plant for the processing of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from the US company Custom Polymers PET, the company said. Indorama Ventures Custom Polymers PET 

Indorama acquired a PET processing plant on January 2 and closed the deal on January 15.  The plant is located next to the AlphaPet polyester plant in Alabama, USA.  The deal was announced last December.

The complex consists of two production lines – one for the production of recycled PET (A-PET) flakes, and the other for the production of food A-PET, with a total capacity of 31 thousand tons per year.

This acquisition delivers recycled PET for the food packaging sector, as well as for the fiber sector in North America.

DAK Americas, Indorama, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation and Far Eastern New Century (FENC) are US PET manufacturers. Indorama Ventures Custom Polymers PET 

Earlier it was reported that Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL) on November 13 announced the completion of a deal to acquire a 74% stake in the Egyptian polyethylene terephthalate (PET) processor, Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE (Medco).

Indorama Ventures PLS is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of PET, TPA, MEG (in the USA), as well as polyester yarns and fibers.

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Ampacet colour production capacity

Ampacet doubles colour production capacity and expands European R&D  Ampacet colour production capacity

Polymers Petrochemicals carbon fibre 18-01-2019

 

-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET is firm, while its chain continues to be weak.

PET Bottle grade export 1,010/1,050 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,050/8,150 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,550/7,650 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 815/825 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 605/615 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,950/5,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,035/1,045 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,050/8,200  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,050/10,150  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton

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Brexit news – live: German leaders urge Britain to stay in EU, amid reports of snap election preparations

German leaders have urged Britain to stay in the EU amid the chaos over Brexit, as Whitehall chiefs have reportedly been ordered to draw up contingency plans for a snap general election.

In impassioned plea over a dozen high profile Germans from politics, arts and industry, including the frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, wrote in a letter: “From the bottom of our hearts, we want them to stay”.

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Indorama Ventures Completes Acquisition of PET Processing Plant from Custom Polymers PET 

Thailand’s Indorama Ventures (IVL) completed a deal to acquire a plant for the processing of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from the US company Custom Polymers PET, the company said.

Indorama acquired a PET processing plant on January 2 and closed the deal on January 15.  The plant is located next to the AlphaPet polyester plant in Alabama, USA.  The deal was announced last December.

The complex consists of two production lines – one for the production of recycled PET (A-PET) flakes, and the other for the production of food A-PET, with a total capacity of 31 thousand tons per year.

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Crude Oil Prices Trend

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Turkish low density polyethylene spot prices rise for first time in a year

Low density polyethylene spot prices in Turkey have risen for the first time since the end of January last year despite a continuation of weak buying interest, market sources said Wednesday.

Buyers in Turkey remained reluctant as the exchange rate woes and economic uncertainty that dogged the market throughout 2018 remained features of the market in the opening weeks of 2019 and showed no sign of disappearing in the short term.

Nevertheless, the downward trend seen throughout the PE markets in Turkey during the closing months of 2018 has halted as the lowest offers heard in the market in the last weeks of December evaporated in January.

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Nestlé promotes the need for collective action to address plastic waste

Company details actions for meeting its commitment to make its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Nestlé, headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, has announced a series of specific actions designed to help the company meet its April 2018 commitment to make its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Additionally, the company shared its plans focused on avoiding plastic waste.

“Our broader vision and action plan outline our commitment and specific approach to addressing the plastics packaging waste issue,” Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider says. “While we are committed to pursuing recycling options where feasible, we know that 100 percent recyclability is not enough to successfully tackle the plastics waste crisis. We need to push the boundaries and do more. We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.”

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Ampacet doubles colour production capacity and expands European R&D  

Ampacet, a premier global provider of masterbatch and additive materials, services and solutions, announces the start-up of two new colour production lines and the expansion of its research and development and colour labs in Dudelange, Luxembourg.

Ampacet announces two new colour production lines

The two new colour production lines, due to become active during the second quarter of 2019, are part of Ampacet’s long-term expansion plan. Both lines were engineered with a focus on safety and ergonomics.

Their energy and water systems have also been modified to produce minimal environmental impact.

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Promising Bioplastic Derived From “Poo Molecule” Indole

lmost all plastic is made from crude oil, and plastic production currently accounts for 4-6% of global oil consumption. The development of renewable bioplastics is progressing, but relatively few are actually being used.

A strong candidate among bioplastics is polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Instead of oil, PEF contains the hydrocarbon, furan, which can be extracted from maize, wood and certain types of grain. The main market for PEF is packaging. Experiments have shown that PEF is superior to standard polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in protecting against oxygen, carbon dioxide and water, which gives products enclosed in plastic greater durability.

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The case for rPET wine bottles

Santiago Navarro, CEO and Co-Founder of London-based Delivering Happiness Ltd., trading as Garçon Wines, discusses why the company chose PET, and in particular recycled PET, for its award-winning Flat Wine Bottle for e-commerce.

Are there hurdles to convincing consumers of the quality of wine in PET?

We’ve engaged with consumers and have found that the high quality of the bottle finish, together with the novel and attractive shape, gets consumers thinking differently and happily, and so we’ve not yet experienced concern from the wine drinkers we’ve shown our bottles to.

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Brexit disarray preventing UK businesses from making investment decisions – CIA

The collapse of the draft deal for the UK’s breakaway from the EU is a disappointment to the country’s business community, leaving firms without the necessary clarity to make investment decisions, the UK’s chemcials trade group CIA said on Wednesday.

The decisive failure of the vote to pass the withdrawal agreement in the UK’s House of Commons on Tuesday means that no clear idea of how the country’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU is likely to emerge in the near future, with just over two months remaining before the planned departure date.

The pound sterling’s value rose immediately after the vote; the UK’s main stock exchange the FTSE 100 was trading slightly lower on Wednesday morning.

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Toward a circular economy: Tackling the plastics recycling problem

Why has the world continued to increase consumption of plastic materials when at the same time, environmental and human health concerns over their use have grown?

One answer is they are immensely useful to humankind, and despite problems they create, they have provided countless benefits. They are used to construct lighter automobiles and planes, improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Plastic food packaging has dramatically reduced food spoilage, improving human health as well as decreasing emissions associated with transportation and decomposition of waste. In addition to all these upsides, another benefit often quoted is that plastics are recyclable.

At UMass Lowell, where I am based, we argue that “recyclable” must be clearly distinguished from “recycled.” Unfortunately, society has a long way to go before we could declare plastics recycling a success.

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Microban technologies earn bluesign approval

Microban International, a leader in antimicrobial and odour control and prevention technology, has received bluesign approval, an industry standard that ensures antimicrobial products are sustainable and safe for the environment, for two technologies, including Scentry Revive BC300A and BC300B and Aegis AEM5772-5, AEM5700 and FU5700.

These additions bring the Microban bluesign approved portfolio to a total of 10 antimicrobial and odour control solutions. Scentry Revive, a patent-pending odour capture platform, launched globally in April 2018. AEGIS has been an industry-leading antimicrobial solution for more than 30 years.

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Expert View: Brands – a pragmatic approach to bio-based chemicals.

The brands I speak with have well-crafted plans for advancing the sustainability of their products. These address choosing materials for recyclability, considering end-of-life reuse, energy consumption during production, packaging, and community-related issues, consistent with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

I was particularly energised by my conversations at the VERGE18 conference, where I was asked to be a discussion leader at the Circular Plastics Summit, co-led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (I encourage you to read their New Plastics Economy and Make Fashion Circular reports).

Increasingly, brands are seeing the opportunity to improve sustainability through increased use of renewably-sourced materials. This approach is part of a broader set of initiatives to increase circularity in a range of global material flows.

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Evonik develops new polyamide moulding compound for optical applications

Evonik has developed a new polyamide moulding compound, TROGAMID myCX high flow, for optical applications.

The company says it offers crystal-clear transparency, excellent wear comfort and high durability along with improved processing capabilities.

Compared to similar high-performance materials, the improved flowability of TROGAMID myCX makes it possible to process the moulding compound at a temperature profile that is at least 20°C lower, enabling greater energy efficiency and productivity in processing.

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DAK Americas to purchase Perpetual PET recycling plant

Alpek Polyester business DAK Americas has signed an agreement to acquire the Perpetual PET recycling facility in Richmond, Indiana (USA).

The plant has an annual capacity of approximately 45,000 tonnes a year of recycled PET flake, and will complement Alpek Polyester’s existing food-grade PET recycling capacity in Pacheco, Argentina and its fibre-grade recycling joint venture facility in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

“The acquisition of Perpetual and additional rPET capacity demonstrates Alpek Polyester’s ongoing commitment to sustainable product offerings to meet growing customer and consumer demand for rPET content. The addition of this facility will allow us to expand our sustainability initiatives,” said Jon McNaull, vice president of PET Resins at Alpek Polyester.

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Yes, You Can Recycle Styrofoam

As bans on single-use plastic bags and straws gain momentum across the globe, attention is now focused on another mighty environmental opponent: styrofoam. Styrofoam poses serious health concerns for aquatic life and the general health of the planet, which is no surprise, given that it’s made of thousands of pieces of non-biodegradable plastic.

While the material is less commonly accepted at recycling facilities than paper or plastic due to the high costs and energy use required to recycle it, with a little extra effort, it’s still possible to recycle styrofoam if you find yourself with stray cups or takeout containers. So how exactly do we ethically rid ourselves of the dreaded foam?

First things first, it’s a common misconception that all those packaging materials, disposable cups, and plates are made of styrofoam. In fact, all of that material is actually referred to as expanded polystyrene. Styrofoam is similar, although less flexible, and used in insulation and construction (and typically blue rather than white).

Styrofoam has become an umbrella term used to describe all expanded polystyrene products, accurately or not. For the purposes of this story, we’ll refer to all styrofoam products as EPS.

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China’s Zhejiang Petrochemical to use Honeywell technologies in phase II Zhoushan plant

China’s greenfield Zhejiang Petrochemical will use a range of process technology from Honeywell UOP for the second phase of its integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, according to a document, quoting a senior Honeywell official, seen by S&P Global Platts Thursday.

Register Now  “This second phase of the complex by itself will process 20 million tons per year of crude oil and produce another six million tons per year of aromatics when completed,” Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager, Process Technology and Equipment, at Honeywell UOP, stated in the document. “It will be the largest crude-to-chemicals complex in the world, with more than 50% of the crude converting to petrochemicals.”

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Why We Should Rethink Our Use of Bioplastics

Many of us are aware there is considerable controversy about the growing use of bioplastics in this country and around the world. Bioplastics, just so we are all on the same page, are made by extracting sugar from plants such as corn and sugarcane and converting it into one of two different types of plastic.

PLA: polylactic acids, often used for food packaging

PHA: polyhydroxyalkanoates, found in some medical devices and used to make cardiovascular patches

Among the benefits touted for the use of bioplastic is that it can help us reduce the use of petroleum. Further, because it is derived from renewable resources and the plants can be grown all over the world, this can help improve the economies of many poorer countries along with the pocketbooks of smaller, rural farmers.

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RIL sees 37.1% rise in revenue from petrochemicals

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has witnessed 37.1 per cent year-on-year increase in its revenue from the petrochemicals segment during the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The rise to Rs 46,246 crore is with improvement in price realisations and volumes primarily in polymer products and fibre intermediates. EBIT was totaled Rs 8,221 crore, up 42.9 per cent.

Strong volume growth and robust polyester chain margins offset the impact of weaker polymer margins. The annual volume growth was led by successful stabilisation of the world’s largest ROGC, its downstream units and new PX facility at Jamnagar.

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Oil slides on increased U.S. output and U.S.-China trade fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell about 2 percent on Thursday, extending recent weakness on concerns over surging U.S. crude production and slack global demand, particularly in light of the ongoing trade dispute b Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were down $1.06, or 1.7 percent, to $60.26 a barrel by 11:03 a.m. EST (1603 GMT). U.S. crude futures CLc1 fell $1.00 to $51.31 a barrel, off 1.9 percent.

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Asia Monoethylene glycol MEG Market

Purchasing activity in Asia declined in the MEG market  Asia Monoethylene glycol MEG Market

Asia Monoethylene glycol MEG Market

MOSCOW – Consumer activity in Asia on the MEG market declined on the eve of Lunar New Year celebrations, which will begin in the first week of February, according to ICIS .

The limited MEG consumer offers in the region were at around USD622-625 per ton, CFR Chinese main ports (CMP) compared to the sellers USD625-630 per ton, CFR CMP.

On January 11, the MEG price in Asia was USD622-626 per ton, CFR CMP.

The offers of buyers were insufficient, as buyers were in no hurry to buy on the eve of a long vacation. Asia Monoethylene glycol MEG Market

Offers for the second half of January were also rare, given that most sellers have already delivered materials for the first half of January due to the upcoming holiday.

Discussions about further delivery times, such as February and March, were hampered by uncertainties regarding the price of crude oil and China’s short-term economic indicators.

MEG along with terephthalic acid (TPA) is one of the main components for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in January-November 2018, the estimated consumption of PET in Russia increased by 3% over the same period a year earlier and amounted to 628.66 thousand tons. Compared with November 2017, the total estimated material consumption in the Russian Federation increased by 38% and amounted to 56.74 thousand tons against 41.02 thousand tons last year.

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Author:                Anna Larionova

Rensselaer macroscopic graphene fibers

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new microfluidics-assisted technique for developing high-performance macroscopic graphene fibers. Graphene fiber have potential applications in diverse technological areas, from energy storage, electronics, optics, electro-magnetics, and thermal conductors, to structural applications. Rensselaer macroscopic graphene fibers

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Sheet alignment and orientation order of graphene structures induced by microfluidics design enable the microstructure control and optimization of thermal-mechanical and electronic properties of macroscopic graphene fibers

The team explained that It has been historically difficult to simultaneously optimize both the thermal/electrical and the mechanical properties of graphene fibers. However, the Rensselaer team has demonstrated their ability to do both.

Macroscopic graphene fibers can be manufactured by fluidics-enabled assembly from 2D graphene oxidesheets dispersed in aqueous solutions forming lyotropic liquid crystal. Strong shape and size confinements are demonstrated for fine control of the graphene sheet alignment and orientation, critical for realizing graphene fibers with high thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties. This microfluidics-enabled assembly method also provides the flexibility to tailor the microstructures of the graphene fibers by controlling flow patterns.Rensselaer macroscopic graphene fibers

“The control of different flow patterns offers a unique opportunity and flexibility in tailoring macroscopic graphene structures from perfectly aligned graphene fibers and tubes to 3D open architecture with vertically aligned graphene sheet arrangement,” said Jie Lian, a professor in the Rensselaer Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) and the lead author on the article.

“This research paves the way for new sciences to optimize the fiber assembly and microstructure to develop high-performance graphene fibers,” said Lian. “This approach could be extended to other materials to manufacture hierarchical structures for diverse functional applications.”