PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality 21-05-2022

PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality

-Major North-East Asian manufacturer reduces PVC prices for shipments to China

A major North-East Asian producer has reduced its offerings for June shipments of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to China by USD130 per tonne, ICIS reported.

Price offers for June cargo are USD1,210 per ton, CFR China.

On a franco-to-board (FOB) basis in Northeast Asia, offers range from USD1,170 to USD1,190 per tonne depending on destinations.

There is no discount for June shipments.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, in China, after the May holidays, there is a further subsidence in the prices of acetylene PVC. Against this background, producers proportionally adjust their export prices. The situation with shipments has improved in the last couple of months, some manufacturers promise shipments within 15 days from the date of payment. The number of sellers ready to ship resin to Russia has also increased. PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality

According to the ScanPlast review of MRC, in February the final production rate of unmixed PVC exceeded 82.6 thousand tons against 87.1 thousand tons a month earlier, all Russian producers maintained a high level of capacity utilization.

PVC-prices-China - Climate-neutrality

-Reliance Industries plans to build an EDX and PVC production facility in the UAE

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company RSC Ltd (TA’ZIZ) have signed an official shareholder agreement to build the production of ethylenedichloride (EDX) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the company said in a statement.

The TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC joint venture will build and operate a caustic, chlorine, EDX and PVC production facility with a total investment of more than USD2 billion (AED 7.34 billion). PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality

These chemicals will be produced in the UAE for the first time.

Reliance is a strategic partner of abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, at TA’ZIZ EDC & PVC in the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais.

Reliance Industries plans to build an EDX and PVC production facility in the UAE

-Major North-East-Asian-manufacturer reduces PVC-prices for shipments to China

Reliance-Industries plans to build an EDX and PVC production facility in the UAE

PureCycle says its process geared to save-energy

-What does the European-Commission Circular-Economy Action Plan mean for the packaging-sector?

-A New Enzyme-Found in Compost Just Set a Speed-Record For Breaking-Down-Plastic

FRX-PolymersNofia Named ‘SAFER Flame-Retardant by ChemForward

-Strategic partnership between Worley and Avantium progresses

Trützschler sets ambitious targets for climate-neutrality

PVC-prices-China – Climate-neutrality

Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

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-Amcor launches PowerPost technology

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing the creation and launch of PowerPost. By actively displacing the vacuum in the container after filling, PowerPost technology delivers a bottle nearly one-third lighter, with 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20 oz (600 ml) bottles available today. It also allows for up to 100% recycled material use and is claimed to provide a good consumer experience – no more spills from overflow when consumers first open their beverage.

PowerPost is an advanced lightweighting technology for hot-fill beverages on the market today. PowerPost builds on Amcor’s patented, vacuum-absorbing technology PowerStrap. The PowerPost base has two key technologies: an invertible, central post that actively displaces vacuum, and PowerStrap, the flexible ring surrounding the post. After filling, the post is inverted to actively displace vacuum inside the container and, as the product cools down, the surrounding ring flexes to passively absorb any remaining vacuum.

By eliminating the vacuum panels, PowerPost offers increased design freedom, premium appearance and consumer appeal, while addressing sustainability goals. Eliminating the panels in the body also drives operational improvements at the fillers. Bottle labels are applied more efficiently.

“Our engineers have developed technology that pushes the boundaries of lightweighting in the hot-fill arena to help our customers meet their cost and sustainability needs,” said Terry Patcheak, vice president of R&D, sustainability and project management at ARP. “This next-generation innovation will improve the consumer experience while addressing widespread commitments to reduce material use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.” Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

Recycled-material - Polyester-filament-yarn

-Industry reacts to passage of Colorado packaging EPR bill

While many industry leaders praised the recent passage of a Colorado bill establishing extended producer responsibility for printed paper and packaging, others are calling for Gov. Jared Polis to veto it.

Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of American Beverage (formerly called the American Beverage Association), said in a press release the legislation “is a model for creating a circular economy for recyclables, and we encourage Gov. Polis to sign this legislation into law.”

“Our 100% recyclable bottles and cans are made to be remade, and one of our industry’s highest priorities is getting them back,” she said, adding that the bill will help reach that goal.  Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

However, in a statement issued immediately after passage, the American Forest & Paper Association urged Polis to veto the legislation.

“An EPR scheme is not the right policy approach for sustainable paper products,” said Terry Webber, AF&PA’s vice president of industry affairs. “Colorado should instead focus on addressing underfunded and underdeveloped recycling programs.”

The state Senate on May 11 voted 21-14 to approve House Bill 22-1355, which passed the state House of Representatives on May 2. Polis has 30 days to sign the bill into law. The bill became a flashpoint in a wider industry conversation about the pros and cons of the funding concept.

HB22-1355 mandates that companies that sell consumer-facing packaging and some printed paper join a producer responsibility organization (PRO) or submit an individual plan, with exceptions for smaller business and highly regulated packaging, such as medicines. The PRO would then, through dues, fund and manage a statewide recycling system.

The PRO may then use up to 5% of the dues it collects for administration, but cannot use any dues for employee bonuses. Every three years, starting in 2028, the state will also conduct a review of consumer-cost impacts resulting from the program.

Before the plan goes into effect, the PRO must hire an independent third party to do a needs assessment of the state’s current recycling services and what is needed to expand access and improve rates. That must be finished by 2024, according to the bill.

Industry reacts to passage of Colorado packaging EPR bill

Amcor launches PowerPost-technology

-Industry reacts to passage of Colorado-packaging EPR-bill

-Stronger U.S-dollar contributes to higher crude-oil-prices in international markets

TotalEnergies Commits to Buying Recycled-Feedstock from New-Hope-Energy

-Can PP-rise in the near future?

Spandex-price slumps and may extend lower

Polyester-filament-yarn pressed by upstream and downstream markets again

Starlinger-visotec: Gold sustainability award for rPET-packaging-loop

Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price 19-05-2022

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price 19-05-2022

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

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-bp and Linde to develop large-scale CCS

bp and Linde announced plans to advance a major carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Texas that will enable low carbon hydrogen production at Linde’s existing facilities, said the company.

The development will also support the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from other industrial facilities – paving the way for large-scale decarbonization of the Texas Gulf Coast industrial corridor.

Upon completion, the project will capture and store CO2 from Linde’s hydrogen production facilities in the greater Houston area – and potentially from its other Texas facilities – to produce low carbon hydrogen for the region. The low carbon hydrogen will be sold to customers along Linde’s hydrogen pipeline network under long-term contracts to enable production of low carbon chemicals and fuels.

As part of the project, bp will appraise, develop and permit the geological storage sites for permanent sequestration of the CO2. bp’s trading & shipping business aims to bring custom low carbon solutions to the project, including renewable power and certified natural gas, along with commodity trading and price risk management expertise.

Linde will use its proprietary technology and operational expertise to capture and compress the CO2 from its hydrogen production facilities for the project. Together with its extensive infrastructure of hydrogen production facilities and its storage cavern connected through its pipeline network across the Texas Gulf Coast, this project will enable Linde to supply cost-effective, reliable low carbon hydrogen and, together with bp, provide carbon capture and storage solutions.

The overall development, expected to be operational as early as 2026, will also enable capture and storage of CO2 from other large industrial facilities in the region and could ultimately store up to 15 million metric tons per year across multiple onshore geologic storage sites – the equivalent of taking approximately 3 million cars off the road each year. Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

Capture-storage-CO2 - PE-Resin-price

-Spot Price for PE Resin Drops Slightly

The penny decline does not necessarily mean price relief is on the way, since producers continue to push for contract price increases for May and June.

Spot resin trading picked up substantially last week following a lackluster start to the month. The market lull initially continued through May 10, and the loss of upward pricing momentum coupled with softer monomer costs dragged down polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices a cent at the PlasticsExchange trading desk. It was the first weekly decline the Chicago-based resin clearinghouse has seen in its marketplace since December 2021. Delayed railcars then spurred aggressive buying from both resellers and processors, who scooped up some 60 truckloads of packaged resin to cover immediate needs. Undeterred by their inability to secure the $0.06 to 0.07/lb increase in April, PE producers remained steadfast in their intent to implement the increase in May while also pushing back their next $0.06 to 0.07/lb increase until June, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.

Considering the flat April settlement, PE contracts are up $0.04/lb so far in 2022. PP producers also are poised to give their $0.06/lb margin-enhancing increase another shot in May. A nomination to increase June contracts has emerged, as well. April PP contracts followed PGP monomer down a cent in April, leaving PP contracts up a net $0.12/lb so far in 2022.

No price relief in sight for energy and transportation

PE activity and completed volumes ramped back up as the week wore on, though pricing did not recoup the penny lost on May 9. The small spot price drop in PE does not necessarily mean price relief is on the way, since producers continue to push for contract price increases for May and June, as high energy and transportation costs persist. While off-grade railcars still flowed, prime domestic railcar offerings were again limited and producers were generally asking for the full $0.06/lb increase. Linear-low-density (LLD) PE and low-density (LD) PE Film grades dominated as the biggest movers, with solid demand seen from both US and Mexican buyers, reports the PlasticsExchange. Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

Several large groups of high-density (HD) PE for Injection also sold into export with some Blow Mold sales sprinkled in. Initial April estimates indicate that PE production was trimmed to about 87% of capacity, but the 230 million fewer pounds made were mostly offset by lower sales. While exports in April still generated about 35% of total PE sales and ran about 9% more than the trailing 12-month average, they were well off the near-record shipments seen in March.

Spot Price for PE Resin Drops Slightly

bp and Linde to develop large-scale CCS

-Spot Price-for-PE-Resin Drops Slightly

Chemours Leads Remove2Reclaim Project to Advance Plastic-Circularity

-The Coca-Cola Co. is counting on consumers to boost limited supply of recycled-food-grade-plastics, reduce single-use-packaging – but, will they come through?

Sabic Launches Upcycled-PBT Made with Ocean-Bound-Plastic-Waste

Coca-Cola will attach-caps-to-bottles to boost recycling

Perstorp to be acquired by Malaysian-market player

Thailand Q1 GDP growth accelerates to 2.2% as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Capture-storage-CO2 – PE-Resin-price

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP 18-05-2022

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP 18-05-2022

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

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-SGR obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA

SGR, the recycling unit of the SGT Group, obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA for its PET bottles recycling process.

This food-grade recycled plastic, named CIRPET for “circular” and “rPET”, has been officially approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Thanks to its state-of-the-art recycling line combining technical and energy performance, the SGT Group can offer its customer base a secure supply of food grade rPET.

With this modern and scalable recycling unit, the SGT Group confirms its commitment to sustainable development by recycling used PET bottles and increasing the percentage of recycled products in the production of new preforms.

“The wheel has thus come full circle, stresses SGT-SGR plant manager Jean-Marc Wiencek. EFSA’s endorsement is veritable recognition of the Group’s efforts and investment to bring to fruition its transition to a circular model.”

With an annual capacity of 12,000 tonnes, SGR produces premium quality rPET equivalent to virgin PET, as evidenced by its manufacturing process, now recognized compliant with Europe’s strictest health requirements.

When SGR takes delivery of PET flakes, it performs 4 additional grading processes: optical, metal, colour and material. Everything is meticulously inspected.

“Our recycling line is at the cutting edge of the latest technologies currently available on the market, enabling us to produce rPET of the highest quality”, explains Mr Wiencek.

The site uses a vacuum-assisted Solid State Polycondensation (SSP) technology that guarantees industrial security at all stages of the thermal process and eliminates all remaining impurities on a molecular scale. SGR also has an extruding machine with underwater cutting and an ultra-efficient decontamination system that produces rPET pellets whose visible qualities (transparency and colour), mechanical qualities (viscosity) and organoleptic qualities match those of virgin PET. The whole process requires little consumption of energy.  PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

PET-bottles-recycling - Europe-PE-and-PP

-Trioworld launching PCR film in Sweden

In partnership with supermarket chain Lidl, Trioworld is launching a post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic film in Sweden.

Approved for frozen food packaging, Trioworld has developed a new multi-layer Loop packaging. The project was initiated together with RISE and Lidl Future Initiatives (LFI) with the aim to develop a recyclable food contact material containing PCR.

Trioworld’s solution is powered by a five-layer concept that has met all the required tests and simulations as required by the European Regulations for Food Contact Material.  PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

The packaging is made of 30 per cent recycled PCR and is fully recyclable after use. It will see its first commercial use as a packaging solution for Lidl Sweden’s cinnamon buns and cardamom buns, hitting the shelves this week.

“Evert Paardekooper, Division President Consumer Packaging at Trioworld, said: “With this innovation we can confidently say we’re a leading manufacturer within sustainable flexible packaging. Trioworld’s multi-layer Loop offers Lidl a packaging solution that is not only fully recyclable but made from 30 per cent post-consumer recycled material and reduces their carbon footprint.”

SGR obtains a favourable opinion from EFSA

Trioworld launching PCR-film in Sweden

Europe’s Polycarbonate-Sheet-Extruders Sound Alarm

-Advanced Future-Proof Films for a Circular-Economy

H.I.G.Capital Enters Into Agreement to Sell Valtris-Specialty-Chemicals

Axens, Toray-Films-Europe to Develop New Pet-Chemical-Recycling Plant in France

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET-recycling

-Big divergence between Europe-PE-and-PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

PET-bottles-recycling – Europe-PE-and-PP

Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing 17-05-2022

Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing 17-05-2022

Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing

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-Erema Group: Growing revenues, plant sizes and production capacities

The Erema Group, which comprises Erema Group GmbH and its subsidiaries Erema, Pure Loop, Umac, 3S, Keycycle and Plasmac, closed the 2021/22 financial year with a 17 percent increase in revenue. Consolidated Group revenue amounted to EUR 295 million, and the number of employees increased to over 840. The Erema Group remains on course for continued growth.

“This past financial year, we again set several milestones with growth powered by our technology. We are very proud of this, because the prevailing market conditions were once again very challenging due to corona, cost increases for energy and logistics, and interruptions to the supply chain,” is how Manfred Hackl, CEO of Erema Group GmbH, sums up the year.

A total of 220 extruders manufactured in Ansfelden were supplied to customers all over the world. If one includes individual components and modules such as filter systems and ReFresher anti-odour technology in that figure, the total was around 320. Then there are another 53 extruders from Plasmac, the Italian subsidiary. The recycled pellet production capacity of all extrusion systems delivered in financial year 2021/22 adds up to around 1.34 million tonnes per year.

Trend towards large-scale plants

A closer look at the post consumer segment clearly shows a trend towards larger plants, both for PET recycling and for processing polyolefins. For example, the first Vacurema Basic 2628 T machine with an annual capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes was recently commissioned at a customer’s site in Brazil. This plant features a ten-meter-long special geometry screw with a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The screw was developed and manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of Erema GmbH. “The move up to this scale of recycling machines is also clear proof of how much innovative power and know-how there is in our group of companies and the synergy effects this creates,” says Hackl. Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing

Chemical-recycling - Polyolefins-processing

-IPEG pushes Piovan sales
Revenues grew by 66.6% in the first quarter also thanks (but not limited to) to the acquisition of the US company.
Piovan headquarters In the first three months of the year, the Venetian Piovan group generated revenues and other income for an amount of 108 million euros, with an increase of + 66.6% compared to the same period last year, partly linked to consolidation in the financial statements of the IPEG activities, acquired in February.
On a like-for-like basis, thus excluding the revenues made by the US company, the increase is equal to + 14.3%.

Ebitda, in the same period, amounted to 12.9 million euros (+ 42%). The profit for the year was 8 million, up from 5.5 million in the first three months of 2021.
As regards the Plastic Area, in the first quarter the turnover grew by + 16.5% to 53.4 million euros (excluding IPEG), thanks to the good performances in Europe and Asia – the company states -, with the the automotive sector is restarting thanks to the increase in investments in new electric models and the Consumer & Technical and Packaging sectors which are always very solid. Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing

The consolidation of IPEG in February and March 2022 results in approximately 24.7 million more revenues in the Plastic area, with a combined growth of + 70.4%.
Povan The company looks to the future with optimism.

he market situation of the more resilient sectors (medical, flexible packaging) is positive and it is reasonable to expect a rebound in the more cyclical sectors (automotive, construction). For the Group, the overall risk associated with the current geopolitical crisis is mitigated by the plurality of geographical areas and the diversification of sectors. In addition – explains the Venetian manufacturer -, the collection of orders during the first months of 2022 continues to be strong and the backlog of orders as at 31 March 2022 remains at very high values.
The contribution of activities linked to the circular economy and similar is also positive, estimated at around 20% of its revenues. These are the sectors where the use of recycled plastic is relevant, mainly packaging, fibers, recycling and compounding.

IPEG pushes Piovan sales

Erema-Group: Growing revenues, plant sizes and production capacities

IPEG pushes Piovan sales

Chemical-recycling of plastic gets a boost in 18 US states—but environmentalists question whether it really is recycling

-Partnership with Danish-Plastix to market recycled-plastics-waste from fishing-nets

Oceana cites PET-recycling disparity

Oerlikon at Techtextil-2022

Sinowin-Chemical-Fiber starts to construct 80KTA nylon66 industrial product project

Italian-Textile-Machinery: Drop In Orders For First Quarter 2022

Chemical-recycling – Polyolefins-processing

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals  16-05-2022

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals  16-05-2022

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals

-Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals 

Plastic-recycling - Petrochemicals

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-Borealis and Reclay Group establish a unique strategic partnership to tackle the challenge of plastic packaging waste and its recycling

  • The strategic partnership will combine the complementary strengths and capabilities of both players in the plastics recycling value-chain, starting with Germany
  • The agreement secures plastic waste from Reclay for Borealis to convert and revalorise in high-quality recyclate materials
  • EverMindsTM  in Practice: providing circular solutions to meet customer expectations and market demand

Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals and fertilizers, and the Reclay Group, international experts in environmental and material recovery management, announce that they have joined forces to satisfy increasing market demand for the supply of recyclate material for use in high-end plastic applications. This unique partnership will optimise the recycling value chain starting with Germany, one of the largest European recycling markets. The partnership further accelerates the transition to plastics circularity by enabling customers and other value chain partners to meet their own sustainability targets. Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals

New partnership capitalises on strengths of downstream and upstream recycling expertise

The new agreement provides Borealis with access to a secure and steady supply of feedstock in the form of lightweight packaging (LWP) waste collected by Reclay’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme in Germany. The plastic packaging waste is then processed at Borealis’ own state-of-the-art recycling plants, thus extending the range of applications for which recycled plastics can be used. This in turn enables value chain partners, customers, and brand owners to meet recycling quotas and increase the volume of plastic recyclate used in products and applications. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

“The reliable supply of high-quality recyclate is a prerequisite for a functioning circular economy,” explains Lucrèce Foufopoulos, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins, Innovation & Technology and Circular Economy Solutions. “Working together with the Reclay Group is a strategic step towards value chain integration in securing plastic waste feedstock and improving recyclability. This will enable our customers and partners to achieve their circularity goals and reduce their overall carbon footprint, and at the same time underpins our Borealis journey towards more sustainable living.”

Borealis and Reclay Group establish a unique strategic partnership to tackle the challenge of plastic packaging waste and its recycling

Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals

Borealis and Reclay-Group establish a unique strategic partnership to tackle the challenge of plastic-packaging-waste and its recycling

Evonik to invest 8 billion euros by 2030 in high-margin businesses

Braskem taps Terra-Circular to form plastic-recycling JV

Ukraine-warEU proposes phasing out Russian-crude-oil imports within six months

-New fund aims big on plastic-recyclingAlliance to End Plastic-Waste and Swiss investor announce fund designed to reach $500 million in capitalization.

European-gas-supply-crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Repetable-by-RadiciGroup in the new Yamamaycollection

Plastic-recycling – Petrochemicals

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies 14-05-2022

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies 14-05-2022

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies

-Microwave Heating Slashes Energy Use in Carbon-Fiber Production

The new process is 50% more energy-efficient than the conventional method, which employs oxidation ovens and carbonization furnaces.

Japanese firms Mitsui Chemicals and Microwave have developed what they call “an innovative, eco-friendly carbon-fiber (CF) manufacturing technology using microwaves.” The new process employs microwaves to heat the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber precursors, both during the oxidation process — the most energy-intensive part of CF production — and during subsequent carbonization.

As well as employing more compact equipment, the new technology cuts energy consumption by approximately 50% and offers a substantial reduction in processing time compared with the conventional method, which utilizes oxidation ovens heated from 200° to 300°C and carbonization furnaces maintained at temperatures of 1000° to 2000°C.

Microwave heating is efficient in that it is direct and selectively focuses on the PAN fibers alone. Conventional heating, on the other hand, is indirect and heats the entire oven or furnace.

Microwave Heating Slashes Energy Use in Carbon-Fiber Production

-EREMA Group Balance sheet 2021/22: New growth in revenues with state-of-the-art recycling technologies

The EREMA Group, which comprises EREMA Group GmbH and its subsidiaries EREMA, PURE LOOP, UMAC, 3S, KEYCYCLE and PLASMAC, closed the 2021/22 financial year with a 17 percent increase in revenue. Consolidated Group revenue amounted to EUR 295 million, and the number of employees increased to over 840. The EREMA Group remains on course for continued growth. Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies

“This past financial year, we again set several milestones with growth powered by our technology. We are very proud of this, because the prevailing market conditions were once again very challenging due to corona, cost increases for energy and logistics, and interruptions to the supply chain,” is how Manfred Hackl, CEO of EREMA Group GmbH, sums up the year.

A total of 220 extruders manufactured in Ansfelden were supplied to customers all over the world. If you include individual components and modules such as filter systems and ReFresher anti-odour technology in that figure, the total was around 320. Then there are another 53 extruders from PLASMAC, the Italian subsidiary. The recycled pellet production capacity of all extrusion systems delivered in financial year 2021/22 adds up to around 1.34 million tonnes per year.

Trend towards large-scale plants

A closer look at the post consumer segment clearly shows a trend towards larger plants, both for PET recycling and for processing polyolefins. For example, the first VACUREMA® Basic 2628 T machine with an annual capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes was recently commissioned at a customer’s site in Brazil. This plant features a ten-meter-long special geometry screw with a diameter of 280 millimetres and a weight of 3.5 tonnes. The screw was developed and manufactured by 3S, a subsidiary of EREMA GmbH. “The move up to this scale of recycling machines is also clear proof of how much innovative power and know-how there is in our group of companies and the synergy effects this creates,” says Hackl. Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies

Demand for previously-owned machines at UMAC also remained high during the past financial year. In addition to the general trend towards plastics recycling, the decisive factor here is that customers are more frequently opting for previously-owned systems available at short notice due to the tense situation on the procurement markets. At the same time, businesses that have so far had little contact with recycling are also becoming increasingly interested in this topic.

Carbon-Fiber - Recycling-technologies

Microwave-Heating Slashes Energy Use in Carbon-Fiber-Production

EREMA-Group Balance sheet 2021/22: New growth in revenues with state-of-the-art recycling-technologies

Heraeus invests for a majority share in PET-recycling firm

Plastics-Recyclers-Europe reports a 13% increase in installed plastics-recycling-capacity

ACE-Green-Recycling to build 400,000 square foot battery-recycling facility

OMV in talks to take over DSM’sengineering-materials

-Another record quarter for Indorama-Ventures

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET-recycling

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging 13-05-2022

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging 13-05-2022

Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

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-Solvay launches new growth platform focused on renewable materials and biotechnology

The fourth growth platform will increase the share of renewable carbon in Solvay’s product offering and open up new business opportunities for multiple markets

Solvay is launching a new Renewable Materials and Biotechnology platform, dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for a range of markets, using renewable feedstocks and biotechnology. The company is already a market leader in some bio-based products, including guar, bio-sourced solvents and natural vanillin, the latter of which is enabled by biotechnology.

The new platform will bring together several Solvay businesses to help meet growing demand for sustainable solutions by increasing the share of renewable carbon1\ in Solvay’s product offering and developing new business opportunities enabled by biotechnology.  It complements Solvay’s three existing growth platforms, Battery Materials, Green Hydrogen and Thermoplastic Composites.

The platform will accelerate the integration of sustainable renewable feedstocks into Solvay products. It will also enable the development of new approaches to manage the end-of-life of these products, which includes biodegradability by design.

This presents enormous innovation potential, which Solvay is well positioned to leverage, both through internal expertise and strong links with customers and external innovation partners.  Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

Through open innovation and strategic alliances, Solvay intends to build new growth businesses that will benefit multiple markets, while also helping to address key societal and environmental needs. This includes providing formulations for agro and personal care, solutions for food and flavors, and advanced materials for transportation and aerospace

Through enabling the development of sustainable solutions based on renewable carbon, the platform will also play a fundamental role in the achievement of Solvay’s 2030 sustainability goals, set out in the  Solvay One Planet sustainability roadmap. These goals include increasing the share of sustainable solutions in Group sales to 65% and more than doubling the share of Solvay products based on circular raw materials or energy in Group sales compared to 2018, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

1 Renewable carbon encompasses carbon sources that prevent or replace the use of fossil carbon. This definition includes carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling.

Bioplastic-degradation - Food-packaging

-Assobioplastica criticizes CNR study on bioplastic degradation

The association of the compostable plastics industry emphasizes the instrumental significance of the operation and highlights three unique aspects of the research. CNR bioplastics study Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging

The premise can be found at the end of the statement released today by Assobioplastica regarding the announcement made yesterday by the CNR on the results of a study on the (slow) degradation of bioplastics in the sea and in the sand (read article): “Sorry to have to talk to means of press releases, where it would be preferable to remain in the context of the scientific discussion, which Assobioplastica considers vital and stimulating and hopes to be able to continue in the appropriate forums with researchers interested in the topic of biodegradation of bioplastics “. Reserving a broader and more in-depth examination from the technical point of view of the study, Assobioplastica not so much criticizes the results, but “the instrumental significance of the operation”; according to the association representing the Italian compostable bioplastics industry: “With this press release some categories of bioplastics are attacked, but in reality a shadow is cast on the entire sector”. Pending a critical review, three “glaring singularities” are reported.

The first is that the “results of the study are disseminated hastily and prematurely, ie on the basis of the first sampling, carried out after only six months in an experiment lasting three years.

In essence, these are preliminary results “. Then there is a methodological aspect, that is, the degradation times have not been measured, although this is the topic of the research: “The article – reports Assobioplastica – does not answer the question ‘What degradation times do bioplastics have compared to conventional? “.

According to the association, in fact, “in the experimental scheme of the test a fundamental element is missing to contextualize the results and make sense of the term ‘significant’ referring to degradation, ‘long’ referring to time and so on: this is the pellet of material lignocellulosic, i.e. a natural polymer composite that is necessary, like the metronome with music, to give meaning to the duration, to calibrate the experiment and understand what ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ means in nature, beyond the subjective expectations of experimenters “.

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Stora-Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French-wood-processing

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CJ-Bio launches PHA-production in Pasuruan, Indonesia

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Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology 12-05-2022

Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology 12-05-2022

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-RadiciGroup closes 2021 with positive results. Continued focus on sizeable investments in innovation and sustainability

Underway in India, the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd. with the objective of keeping up the Group’s global growth trend

With total sales of EUR 1.508 million generated by over 30 production and sales units in Europe, Asia and America, RadiciGroup closed its 2021 financial year with positive results, despite the difficulties due to the lingering effects of the pandemic and the steep increase in the cost of raw materials and energy, especially during the latter part of the year.

The Group – led by brothers Angelo, Maurizio and Paolo Radici – continued to pursue its strategy of focusing on the core businesses considered to be strategic and synergistic, such as nylon chemicals, engineering polymers and advanced textile solutions, while, at the same time,  introducing new products, such as a line of personal protective equipment for medical and industrial use.

EBITDA reached EUR 268 million, and net income for the year was EUR 150 million.

“The figures recorded in 2021 were good, but certainly very difficult to replicate,” Angelo Radici, president of RadiciGroup, commented. “The reason is that the increase in sales came about more as a result of the ‘price increase’ effect caused by a sharp jump in the cost of raw materials and energy. However, we demonstrated our great ability to react, seizing opportunities that we were able to realize fast and efficiently, with the help of our collaborators at all levels. The year 2022 started off with the entire industrial world facing great difficulties, created by the uncertainties related to the precarious international geopolitical situation. This new state of affairs prevents us from forecasting cost trends, energy and gas in particular, which, in a company like ours, affect both raw materials and processing costs. We entrepreneurs find ourselves dealing with a situation that makes medium- to long-term planning almost impossible. In this context, the second half of 2022 remains a matter of great concern, especially if the negative variables relating to the war  – gas and energy costs – do not change. Nevertheless, we can always count on our people, who, even in such adverse circumstances, have been working with great commitment, flexibility and a spirit of adaptation.”

Despite this situation, RadiciGroup considers it essential to continue making investments.

“In 2021, the Group invested EUR 53 million financed from cash flow,” Alessandro Manzoni, CFO of RadiciGroup, emphasized. “There was no impact on net financial position, which registered an improvement over 2020, as did all our balance sheet ratios.”

Furthermore, in spite of the complexity of the period, in 2022 the Group shareholders have kept on with their significant investment plan aimed at strengthening RadiciGroup’s presence in global markets and improving its competitiveness.

Indeed, the Group has moved forward, according to plan, with the acquisition of the Engineering Plastics business of Ester Industries Ltd., an India-based company engaged for decades in the production of engineering polymers and listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. RadiciGroup’s EUR 35 million investment in this transaction furthers the internationalization strategy of its High Performance Polymers business area.

Plastics-Recycling - Biotechnology

-Plastics Recycling Show Europe returns to Amsterdam 22-23 June 2022

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE), the pan-European exhibition and conference dedicated to plastics recycling, returns to Hall 12 at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 22-23 June 2022.

“The free-to-attend Plastics Recycling Show Europe conference and exhibition is the focal point of plastics recycling in Europe,” said Ton Emans, Plastics Recyclers Europe President. “Now in its sixth edition, PRSE is a must-visit event to discover all the latest technical and commercial developments and stay up to date with the legislative landscape of our industry.”  Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe is designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross-section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.

Over 200 companies and organisations from across Europe have already signed up to exhibit at what will be by far the largest PRSE show to date including: Aimplas, Berry Global, Bollegraaf, Ettlinger, Evonik, FIMIC, Kraton Polymers, Krones, Milliken, NextChem, Pellenc ST, Starlinger, Veolia and Zen Robotics. The latest trends in the plastics recycling sector will be explored in depth throughout the free-to-attend two-day conference, which provides a holistic view of the whole plastic recycling value chain, drawing together political leaders, major brands, recyclers and the plastics recycling and manufacturing industry.

Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Environment at the European Commission is the keynote speaker for the opening session, entitled Plastic Recycling – Piece of the Puzzle.

Conference sessions will cover the latest political and legislative developments in plastics recycling in Europe.Materials focus sessions will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for mechanical recycling, covering PET, PVC and Technical Plastics, polyolefin waste streams, PP and PS recycling.

Speakers in the PET Recycling session include Bastiaan Schupp, Legislative Officer, DG SANTE – DG for Health and Food Safety, European Commission. He will be joined by Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe presenting Making soft drink packaging fully circular by 2030 and Antonello Ciotti, President of Petcore Europe whose talk is titled PET: a value chain on the forefront of ecological transition.  Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology

Plastics Recycling Show Europe returns to Amsterdam 22-23 June 2022

RadiciGroup closes 2021 with positive results. Continued focus on sizeable investments in innovation and sustainability

Plastics-Recycling Show Europe returns to Amsterdam-22-23-June-2022

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-Curbside HDPE-prices rise slightly

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Amcor’s No-Label-PET-Bottle for Danone Launches in Argentina

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rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology 11-05-2022

rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology 11-05-2022

rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology

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-Recyclable 100% rPET Food Tray Debuts in North America

Sustainable, rolled-edge tray from Cascades is designed for optimal rigidity, and no packaging equipment changes are required.

The sustainable packaging offerings of Cascades, based in Québec, Canada, expand with the launch of the recyclable Cascades Fresh Performa rPET rolled-edge tray. The 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) food tray is compatible with existing high-speed packaging equipment.

A life-cycle assessment of the trays conducted by Groupe AGÉCO shows that greenhouse gas emissions are 69% lower when producing the new rPET trays vs. manufacturing virgin PET trays. rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology

In addition, the tray design enables minimal use of materials while ensuring ideal rigidity. Corner ribbing provides stiffness and minimizes the risk of warping.

The design also features rolled edges, which prevent film overwrap from tearing. This, in turn, helps prevent food waste and the need for rewrapping.

rPET-Food-Tray - Biodegradable technology

-BPF to explore biobased and biodegradable technology

The first speaker will be Amcor’s Marketing Director, Coffee, Pet Care and Speciality Trevor Vadis, who will provide an analysis of the current situation with bioplastics, predictions for the future, as well as exploring the impact of generation one and generation two bioploymers.

He will be followed by Mariagiovanna Vetere, director at NatureWorks, who will discuss the opportunities in bioplastics as well as reflecting on the current challenges facing the industry. This session will be followed by a presentation from Dr Rachael Rothman from the University of Sheffield, who will give a presentation on the LCA of plastics from non-fossil-based sources.

European Bioplastics Managing Director Hasso Von Pogrell will discuss the size of the bioplastics market, global production trends and land use. Dr Thomas Farmer from the University of York will explore the underlying principles for several pathways to bio-based terephthalic acid/esters and will suggest what he feels are the most promising options.  rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology

The final speaker will be Suez’s Technical Development Director – Recycling and Recovery UK Stuart Hayward-Higham, who will provide insights into dealing with bioplastics from a waste management company’s point of view, exploring the unique challenges and solutions.

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Recyclable-100%-rPET-Food-Tray Debuts in #North-America

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-Step toward Circular-Economy?

-New scenarios for 2022 Eurozone and UK-PE-growth as inflation and debt pressures build

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UBQ‘s Sustainable-Thermoplastic Incorporated in Hybrid-Plastic-Metal-Parts

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Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging 10-05-2022

Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging 10-05-2022

Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

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-New pumped hydro and green hydrogen project planned for Queensland, Australia

Australian renewable energy firm Sunshine Hydro has announced details of its plans to build a $2 billion pumped hydro and green hydrogen project within the Central Queensland Renewable Energy Zone.

The ‘Flavian’ project is expected to start generating from 2028, powering local industry with renewable energy and heavy trucks with green hydrogen to help decarbonise the Queensland economy.

The project will apply Sunshine Hydro’s closed loop hydropower model as part of a Superhybrid™ to generate reliable green power and green hydrogen.  It will be located near Miriam Vale, which has been described as having the ideal topography for the project.

Sunshine Hydro Chair, Michael Myer, said the company are partnering with Energy Estate, an Australian renewable energy and green hydrogen developer, to co-develop and provide green energy to power the Flavian project. It has also put in place valuable partnerships with Burnett Mary Regional Group BMRG, and the traditional owners, the Gidarjil Development Corporation. Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

“Through these strong partnerships, we will deliver one of the world’s most sustainable renewable energy projects, with extensive conservation and biodiversity outcomes across the site,” Myer said. “The Flavian Superhybrid will abate on average 4 million tonnes of carbon p.a., which is around 2.5% of the Queensland’s current level of annual carbon emissions, while generating cheaper energy to place downward pressure on energy prices.”

Green-hydrogen - Food-packaging

-Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, has cut prices from record highs for Asia – but not for the US

  • Saudi Aramco — the world’s top oil exporter — has cut June prices for buyers in Asia and Europe.
  • The move comes amid strict COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in China, a major oil consumer.
  • Oil prices have surged thanks to concerns about supply disruption from Russia due to the Ukraine war.

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Saudi Aramco, the world’s top oil exporter, has cut prices for buyers in Asia for the first time in four months, according to reports citing a Sunday pricing document from the state-controlled firm.

Aramco cut its June selling price for its major export grade, the Arab Light crude, to $4.40 a barrel above a benchmark price for cargoes, according to Reuters, Bloomberg and S&P Global. This premium for buyers in Asia is less than half the $9.35 per barrel — an all-time high — it had set in May, the outlets reported.

The price cut comes amid strict COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai. Recent economic indicators out of China — the world’s second-largest oil consumer — show manufacturing and services activity in the country contracting, which is in turn expected to hit energy consumption.

The faltering demand outlook stands in contrast to fears about supply disruption to Russian supply a month ago, which prompted Saudi Aramco to hike crude oil prices for all regions for May.

Aramco also cut its June price for Arab Light crude Europe, pricing it at $2.10 a barrel above Brent crude oil — down from a premium of $4.60 in May, according to the media outlets.

Aramco’s selling price to the US was unchanged. The company declined to comment about the price moves to Insider.

Saudi Arabia accounted for 6% of US crude oil imports in 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Canada is the US’ top source of crude oil imports, supplying about 60% of the shipments, per the EIA.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said after a meeting last week that current supply-demand indicators pointed to a balanced market, according to a statement from the group led by Saudi Arabia.

 

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PET-bottle-chip-prices – Nylon 09-05-2022

PET-bottle-chip-prices – Nylon 09-05-2022

PET-bottle-chip-prices – Nylon

-Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

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-PET bottle chip prices continously rise on the back of hiking cost and shrinking supply

During the May Day holiday, oil prices hit a two-week high. Brent oil futures rebounded to $110/bbl, and WTI oil prices also rose to around $108/bbl, significantly driving up domestic petrochemical and polyester raw material costs. At the same time, affected by the epidemic, Jiangyin district turns into controlled area, Zhouzhuang Town and Yunting Sub-District are divided into sealed area. Since Sanfame is located in above areas, the delivery has been seriously blocked. Many contracts are facing force majeure in short term. Driven by a combination of factors, PET bottle chip offer increases 150-200yuan/mt compared with pre-holiday level, while traded price raises by nearly a total 300yuan/mt. Export price also climbs up by $20-30/mt. PET-bottle-chip-prices – Nylon

The Jiangyin epidemic against the industry mainly falls on Sanfame Group. Sanfame PET resin designed capacity totals 2 million tons, accounting for 17% of China total, while the maximum output could reach 2.3-2.4 million tons per year. In 2021, Sanfame domestic sales accounted for 16% of China total, and export sales possessed 31%. Its impact on domestic traders is absolutely second to none, and most enterprises engaged in PET bottle chip trade will basically cooperate with them. The delivery disruption this time is expected to cause some traders to shift part of their Sanfame contract to Yisheng Dalian or Yisheng Hainan, but most of the contracts may be delayed due to force majeure caused by the epidemic. Market participants should pay attention to changes in local epidemic prevention policies in a timely manner.

So far as CCFGroup knows, Sanfame PET bottle chip plants are now maintaining steady run, mainly to ensure normal supply. Previously, there were news saying Sanfame has cut down O/R, this part of shut capacity primarily produces PFY and PSF, and is not because of the epidemic. Due to blockage of roads, Sanfame now considers to ship goods via ship, but traders and downstream players need to book in advance, and export orders are given priority.

PET bottle chip prices continously rise on the back of hiking cost and shrinking supply

-Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

PET-bottle-chip-prices continously rise on the back of hiking cost and shrinking supply

Versalis to launch new food pack made with 75% post-consumer-polystyrene

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Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants 07-05-2022

Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants 07-05-2022

Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants

-Is a ‘priority access’ policy needed to close the loop on beverage packaging in Europe?

The European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, along with two NGOs, have renewed calls for the EU to implement a policy framework that would give the “right of first refusal” on food-grade recycled materials to beverage producers. In a new position paper, the organisations say that such a mandate, along with collection and a harmonised definition of high-quality recycling, is necessary to ensure the industry can meet its circularity commitments.

Beverage industry demand for rPET

Based on a recent report produced by Eunomia for Zero Waste Europe, beverage bottles account for 47% of overall PET demand in the EU. The report currently estimates a 50% recycling rate for both beverage and non-beverage PET bottles, determined by measuring the weight of PET post-washing and flaking against the weight of PET bottles placed on the market, which includes caps, lids, and labels.

In addition, the report suggests that, at present, PET bottles are made up of 17% recycled content. This recycled content represents 31% of the total PET flakes derived from bottles annually, with the report noting that the rest is used in other applications like textiles – and “considered a loss from the circular bottle stream”.

The supply situation for rPET seems to be tightening across applications. Earlier this year, ICIS reported “record high” prices for rPET, alongside additional challenges such as increasing contamination of bales. For the beverage industry, this could mean contending with both premium prices and reduced availability of food-grade recyclates due to declining quality.  Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants

In December 2021, AIJN, NMWE, and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe released a statement claiming that while the beverage industry helps to fund the collection and recycling of PET bottles, it does not receive enough of the recycled materials derived from these processes to facilitate bottle-to-bottle recycling, in part due to the downcycling of bottles into applications like clothing and toys that can end up in landfill after use.

At the time, the organisations proposed the solution of a first refusal mechanism in the revised EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) to ensure the beverage industry’s access to food-grade recycled PET. This is ostensibly essential to meeting targets such as the 30% recycled content by 2030 mandate for beverage bottles set out in the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).

Returnable-PET-Bottle - Flame-Retardants

-ALPLA, Vöslauer Develop Returnable PET Bottle for Mineral Water

Bottle’s sustainability benefits include 30% fewer carbon emissions and a nearly 90% weight reduction versus glass.

Two family-run companies, Austria-based ALPLA Group and Vöslauer Mineralwasser, have launched a returnable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle. The 1-L bottle, a first in Austria, is now on store shelves.

ALPLA, a global plastic packaging producer and recycler, worked with Vöslauer, Austria’s market-leading mineral water brand, to develop the returnable PET bottle, which reportedly reduces carbon emissions by about 30%.

With a weight of 55 grams/2 ounce, the returnable PET bottle is nearly 90% lighter than returnable glass bottles. The light weight provides carbon-footprint reduction benefits in production, shipment, and container storage.

Bearing the Austrian Ecolabel, the bottle is made of fully recyclable PET monomaterial with about 30% recycled content.  Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants

“People want to consume sustainably. Although returnable PET is the optimum packaging solution, there wasn’t a single product of this kind in the Austrian market until now,” said Rainer Widmar, ALPLA managing director, Central and Eastern Europe, in a prepared statement. “The returnable PET bottle developed together with Vöslauer illustrates how demand, a sense of responsibility, a hunger for innovation, and technological expertise can reduce the carbon footprint.”

The returnable PET bottle enables Vöslauer to save about 400 tonnes/441 tons of material and 420 tonnes/463 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The new bottle replaces a 1-L PET bottle with a deposit.

Withstanding at least 12 use cycles, the bottles are expected to remain in use for three to four years.

The bottle was unveiled April 20 in the presence of Austria’s Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler and Alexander Egit, Managing Director of Greenpeace in Central and Eastern Europe.

According to Vöslauer Managing Directors Birgit Aichinger and Herbert Schlossnikl, “The majority of Austrians want to see returnable containers on supermarket shelves. PET is the environmentally sensible addition to our product range. As the market leader in the deposit segment, we are the first company in Austria to create a light and practical alternative.”

ALPLA, Vöslauer Develop Returnable PET Bottle for Mineral Water

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ALPLA, Vöslauer Develop Returnable-PET-Bottle for Mineral-Water

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Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants

Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices 06-05-2022

Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices 06-05-2022

Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

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-Voith Composites, V-Carbon to develop closed-loop solution for CFRP used in hydrogen tanks

The Voith Composites and V-Carbon partnership will accelerate growth in sustainability by enabling the reuse and a second life for carbon fiber in the pressure vessels market.

On May 4, Voith Composites (Garching bei München, Germany) announced its intent to partner with V-Carbon (Bad Zurzach, Switzerland). The partnership will reportedly establish and deliver industry-leading innovation to achieve a sustainable and closed-loop solution for CFRP materials for hydrogen (H2) systems.

V-Carbon is an advanced materials technology company, said to be developing the first fully integrated carbon fiber circular economy for use in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy and industrial sectors.

Voith Composites is a tank manufacturer for hydrogen storage and has recently brought to market the Carbon4Tank — a solution for hydrogen storage with the Voith Plug & Drive H2 Storage System — providing Type 4 high-pressure hydrogen CFRP tanks based on 700-bar technology for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

The partnership with V-Carbon will enable Voith Composites to obtain quality recycled carbon fiber and highly aligned structural materials for a second life in H2 tank applications, as well as provide V-Carbon with high-performance CFRP waste from H2 tank production and end-of-life (EOL) tanks. Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

“We are delighted to sign a Letter of Intent to partner with V-Carbon,” Anna Pointner, CEO at Voith Composites, says. Damian Cessario of V-Carbon agrees.

Intelligent-packaging - Polypropylene-prices

-Polypropylene (PP) prices drop in Asia

This week, PP prices journeyed southwards across the Asian region. Prices fell mainly on account of weaker regional demand trends and lower import offers from overseas suppliers. The decline in prices was also driven by reports of weaker propylene feedstock values. Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

In Far East Asia, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1150-1200/mt CFR levels, down USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1160-1210/mt CFR levels while BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1160-1210/mt CFR levels, both lower by USD (-10/-20/mt) from last week. PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1170-1220/mt CFR levels, a drop of USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week.

In China, Middle Eastern producers have offered PP Homopolymer grades in the range of USD 1150-1200/mt CFR levels for shipment in end May/early June 2022.

In Southeast Asia, PP raffia and PP injection grade prices were assessed at the USD 1280-1350/mt CFR levels, a drop of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week. PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1300-1360/mt CFR levels while BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1300-1360/mt CFR levels, both week on week lower by USD (-20/mt). PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1310-1380/mt CFR levels, down USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.

A Polymerupdate source in Asia while not wishing to be named informed, “Chinese traders are heard to be re-exporting cargoes to neighbouring countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. However, buyers have adopted a cautious outlook on account of poor demand trends in the region and do not seem to be in a hurry to undertake trading activity even at the competitive prices offered by Chinese traders as compared to rates offered by Middle Eastern suppliers.”

In Vietnam, Middle Eastern producers have offered PP Homopolymer grades in the range of USD 1280-1350/mt CFR levels for shipment in end May/early June 2022.

In India, PP raffia and PP injection prices were assessed at the USD 1440-1490/mt CFR levels, a drop of USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week.

BOPP prices were assessed at the USD 1460-1510/mt CFR levels while PP film prices were assessed at the USD 1460-1510/mt CFR levels, both lower by USD (-10/-20/mt) from the previous week. Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

PP block copolymer prices were assessed at the USD 1490-1580/mt CFR levels, a week on week decrease of USD (-1/-20/mt).

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Polypropylene-(PP)-prices drop in Asia

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-TOMRA: Breaking bottlenecks of recycled-plastic-content

Composites are also climbing up the slope

May-contract-price-of-benzene-in-Europe increased by EUR45 per ton

Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging 05-05-2022

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging 05-05-2022

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-Recycled carbon fiber takes flight
Cannon Ergos is working with Boeing to produce more sustainable thermoplastic composite panels.
Cannon Ergos, a company of the Italian Cannon group dedicated to the supply of turnkey lines, is conducting molding tests with Boeing to evaluate the use of recycled carbon fiber (rCF) in the manufacture of internal side panels for airplane cabins.
“For several years, together with our subsidiaries Cannon Afros and Cannon Tipos, we have successfully undertaken numerous projects to give new life to recycled carbon fiber – explains Mattia Andolfatto, Cannon Ergos R&D Project Manager -. By combining different technologies and production processes tailored to each application, we were able to effectively process recycled carbon fiber, both impregnated with different resins, or already integrated into a thermoplastic matrix. The project with Boeing demonstrates the feasibility of manufacturing internal side panels with high-performance thermoplastics reinforced with recycled carbon fiber. ”
The last phase of the project – explains the Italian company – involves Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM), a supplier of high-performance reinforced polymers.  Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

For the Japanese group, Cannon Ergos has designed, built and installed a customized thermocompression unit, used to produce prototypes of side panels with Kyrontex, a thermoplastic composite based on high performance resins such as polyamide, polyetherimide (PEI), sulphide polyphenylene (PPS), polyetheretheretherketone (PEEK) and polyaryletherketone (PAEK).
Further insights will be provided on May 4 by Mattia Andolfatto in one of the round tables focused on sustainability: ‘Rethinking Composite Materials Manufacturing: The Path to Sustainable Production’ at JEC World 2022, currently taking place in Paris.

Recycled-carbon-fiber - Flexible-Packaging

-Advanced Recycling Is Not Waste Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular Economy for Plastics

Mischaracterization of Advanced Recycling Slows Progress

On Friday Members of Congress sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate advanced recycling technologies as municipal waste combustion units under the Clean Air Act. The following statement may be attributed to Joshua Baca, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

“Advanced recycling refers to a set of game-changing technologies that enable a circular economy by transforming used plastics into high quality new plastics. Characterizing advanced recycling as ”waste combustion” or “burning plastics” is scientifically inaccurate and distracts from the real and significant progress being made. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

“The seven commercial-scale advanced recycling facilities, plus those leveraging existing chemical manufacturing infrastructure to make virgin-quality plastic from used plastics in the U.S., are just the beginning of a massive wave of new projects. Since 2017, $7.5 billion in investments have been announced across more than 70 projects capable of diverting 17.5 billion pounds of waste from landfills.

“A recent independent study found advanced recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions 43% relative to waste-to-energy incineration of plastic films made from virgin-resources. In other words, advanced recycling helps reduce plastic waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Another study found benchmarked air emissions from an average-sized advanced recycling facility were often on par with those from common well-regulated facilities such as hospitals and universities, and often too low to trigger key EPA permitting thresholds.

“Regulating advanced recycling as solid waste incineration would be inconsistent with Clean Air Act legal criteria and the 18 states that have passed laws appropriately regulating these facilities as manufacturing operations. Furthermore, it would undermine EPA’s National Recycling Goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50% by 2030. America’s plastic makers will rely on advanced recycling to help EPA meet its goal.

Advanced Recycling Is Not Waste Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular Economy for Plastics

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Advanced-Recycling Is Not Waste-Incineration and Is Essential to a Circular-Economy-for-Plastics

May-contract-price of ethylene-in-Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

Flexible-Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May-contract-prices-of-paraxylene

Faurecia and recycling-firm-Veolia to collaborate on automotive-interiors

Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha-olefins capabilities in Geismar

Lanxess opened new engineering-plastics plant in Germany

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging

Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass 04-05-2022

Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass 04-05-2022

Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Domo Chemicals Expands Polyamide Capacity in China

The Belgian company acquired Solvay’s Performance Polyamides business in 2020 and has sold Technyl products globally since February 2022.

Domo Chemicals has announced a long-term investment plan in China to continue expanding its production capacity of Technyl high-performance polyamides. This plan aims to meet growing demand in the automotive, electrical and electronics, and industrial consumer goods industries, and help build a sustainable future, said the company. Domo Chemicals acquired Solvay’s Performance Polyamides business in 2020 and has sold Technyl products globally since Feb. 1, 2022, including in China, one of the company’s key strategic markets.

Global demand for polyamide materials is currently increasing at a compound annual growth rate of up to 3%. The adoption of new energy vehicles — including pure electric, hybrid, and fuel cell models — is expected to reach 45% globally by 2030, and automakers are increasingly using sustainable materials to make components, which are key growth drivers of the polyamide market.

In addition, demand for miniaturized circuit breakers, contactors, plug switches, and other components in the electrical and electronics and industrial consumer goods industries further opens up the application potential for polyamide materials.

Asia is the fastest growing market for polyamides in the world, with the majority of that growth concentrated in China. Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass

As an integrated producer of PA 6/66, Domo Chemicals is committed to improving and expanding its production facilities in China in order to increase capacity and establish a strong presence. This will help local manufacturers keep pace with emerging trends and create innovative, high-performance, and sustainable products and applications.

To this end, Domo Chemicals will continue to expand capacity at its production site in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, in three stages.

Since March 2022, an additional 6,000 tonnes/year of capacity has been made available, with the plant achieving total capacity of 14,000 tonnes/year of PA 6 from April onwards.

A new 35,000-tonnes/year plant in Haiyan is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2023, in which Domo Chemicals has invested more than €14 million ($14.8 million).

Going forward, Domo Chemicals will further expand the plant, gradually increasing capacity to 50,000 tonnes/year.

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-SK Chemicals ready for mass production of PO3G polymer derived from biological raw materials

SK Chemicals, a unit of South Korea’s SK Group, is ready for the mass production of PO3G (Polyoxytrimethylene Glycol), a polymer derived from biological raw materials, using fermented corn. The new material brand-named “Ecotrion” reduces greenhouse gas emissions and offers long durability.

SK Chemicals has completed the establishment of a PO3G production line in the southeastern industrial port city of Ulsan. PO3G products would be mainly used for materials that require elasticity, such as polyurethane and spandex. This family of high-performance polyols is an ideal replacement for petroleum-based ingredients as it offers numerous advantages in various fields of applications.

SK Chemicals would gradually increase the production of PO3G in line with the market demand and accelerate efforts to tap into markets such as artificial leather, sneakers, fashion, and furniture with Ecotrion’s excellent physical properties and eco-friendliness. Sneakers and fashion products using PO3G have the advantage of smoother, elastic resilience and wear resistance over existing products, making them more wearable. Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass

“The white bio-industry is growing rapidly with domestic and foreign carbon reduction policies,” SK Chemicals’ new business development division head Chung Jae-joon said in a statement on May 2. “We will further strengthen the green business system based on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) management as a bio-material project that we have been preparing.”

Plastic products are broken down into microscopic sizes but they still remain in the environment. The accumulation of plastic waste has become a serious global problem. White biotechnology is an area of science that is devoted to using living cells collected from yeast, molds, microorganisms and plants, and enzymes to create products that can be easily degraded.

SK Chemicals ready for mass production of PO3G polymer derived from biological raw materials

Domo-Chemicals Expands Polyamide-Capacity-in-China

SK-Chemicals ready for mass production of PO3G-polymer derived from biological-raw-materials

-A novel plastic-eating-enzyme may solve our plastic-woes once and for all

CCBPI gives incentives to recyclers of clear-PET-bottles

Solvay empowers composites

Germany reduces dependence on Russian-Oil from 35% to 12%, aims to End Imports

Italy-Sitip shows embossed sustainable designs at Performance-Days

German government mulls limiting biofuel-production

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PET-bottle-chip – Chemical-Recycling 03-05-2022

Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers 21-05-2022

Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

-PureCycle says its process geared to save energy

Plastic chemical recycling firm issues ESG report saying its polypropylene production also produces low carbon emissions.

PureCycle Technologies Inc., Orlando, Florida, has released an environment, social and governance (ESG) report that includes life cycle assessment (LCA) data it says shows the company’s purification process for recycling polypropylene (No. 5 plastic) scrap “uses less energy and has lower carbon emissions than new plastic production.”

PureCycle says its 2021 ESG report “spotlights PureCycle’s effort to scale and optimize its unique No. 5 plastic recycling [process], harness the latest manufacturing technology systems and leverage top-tier talent to fulfill the company’s mission of transforming plastic [scrap] into a continuously renewable resource.”

The company says highlights of its report include that, based on the design of PureCycle’s Ironton, Ohio, facility, carbon emissions from creating recycled-content polypropylene (PP) are expected to be 35 percent lower compared with producing new PP.  Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

As well, the company says, the PureCycle process is expected to use 79 percent less energy than new PP production. PureCycle also says it “is positioning itself to connect brands with high-quality, sustainable plastic to deliver on their promises to reduce new plastic production and to answer consumer demands for real sustainability.”

Mike Otworth, chair and CEO of PureCycle, says, “As a plastic recycling technology company aiming to reduce plastic waste, partnering with leading brands to help them create sustainable consumer products, and transforming the industry, it’s essential we also do our part to minimize our environmental impact and conserve resources.

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-What does the European Commission Circular Economy Action Plan mean for the packaging sector?

In a stark warning to the packaging industry, experts are predicting that the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan could lead to unprecedented disruption in the sector. Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of Circuthon Consulting, tells us more – and discusses how businesses can get ahead of the curve.

Published on 30th March 2022, when many of us in Europe had bigger issues on our minds, The Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 2.0 is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

It is “designed to strengthen the economy, protect the environment and eliminate waste. It recognizes the importance of permanent materials, as well as the need to increase high-quality recycling and move away from landfilling waste. Above all else, The Green Deal aims to enhance circularity in all industrial value chains.

Whilst the specifics for the plastics and packaging sector are no doubt the main points of industry discussion and will affect brand and pack suppliers directly, the overarching philosophy and success metrics regarding manufacture overall are vitally important for us all to understand.

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-A New Enzyme Found in Compost Just Set a Speed Record For Breaking Down Plastic

A plastic container thrown into landfill can take hundreds of years to break down naturally, but a newly discovered enzyme could eat up the waste in less than a day.

The highly efficient polyester hydrolase, known as PHL7, was recently found in a German cemetery munching through compost.

In the lab, researchers found it was able to decompose polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by 90 percent within 16 hours. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

PHL7 isn’t the first natural ‘plastic eater’ discovered by scientists, but it is the fastest.

In 2016, a PET-guzzling enzyme, called LLC, was found at a recycling plant in Japan. In the years since, it’s been heralded as a gold-standard plastic chomper. But the newly found PHL7 is two times faster at the job.

Since 2016, the LLC enzyme has been tweaked by scientists to create an even more voracious mutant than is natural, yet even this synthetic creation has a thing or two to learn from PHL7.

“The enzyme discovered in Leipzig can make an important contribution to establishing alternative energy-saving plastic recycling processes,” says microbiologist Wolfgang Zimmermann from Leipzig University in Germany.

“The biocatalyst now developed in Leipzig has been shown to be highly effective in the rapid decomposition of used PET food packaging and is suitable for use in an environmentally friendly recycling process in which new plastic can be produced from the decomposition products.”

Unfortunately, neither PHL7 nor LCC can fully degrade PET plastics with higher crystallinity (more organized molecular structure), such as the ones used in some bottles. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

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-FRX Polymers’ Nofia Named ‘SAFER’ Flame Retardant by ChemForward

FRX Polymers successfully completed a rigorous third-party assessment and verification process that takes into account human and environmental safety.

ChemForward, a Washington, DC–based nonprofit that provides broad access and transparency to chemical hazard data, has named FRX Polymers’ Nofia a Verified SAFER Flame Retardant Solution. FRX Polymers earned ChemForward’s SAFER designation for its Nofia-branded flame-retardant product by successfully completing a rigorous third-party assessment and verification process that considers both human and environmental safety, said FRX in the announcement.

The designation further strengthens FRX Polymers’ position as the globally recognized leader in environmentally sustainable polymeric, non-halogenated flame retardants for a range of consumer and industrial products and applications, including electronics, said Marc Lebel, President and CEO of FRX Polymers. “It also answers the question, ‘What will be the alternative if I instruct suppliers not to use a certain flame retardant, or a class of flame retardants?’  Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

“The SAFER designation provides a simple, transparent answer to this question, based on hazard information produced by methodologies recognized by regulatory bodies around the world,” explained Lebel. “This is the surest way to avoid the risk of regrettable substitution.”

Toxicology experts working with the SAFER program assess a supplier’s trade name ingredient against human and environmental impacts. To be designated as SAFER, all chemicals present at or above 100 ppm have been disclosed and assessed by a qualified toxicology firm against ChemForward’s hazard methodology. All chemicals subject to disclosure are well characterized and do not present high hazards, said FRX.

ChemForward is an independent project of the Healthy Building Network, a 501c3 based in Washington, DC. The project began as an internal initiative of the C2C Products Innovation Institute to lower cost and bolster quality assurance for material health assessments in the certification program, writes the nonprofit on its website. In 2017, it initiated a user-centered design process to solve this business requirement for the institute.

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-Strategic partnership between Worley and Avantium progresses

Worley has announced that its strategic partnership with Avantium Renewable Polymers is now progressing to the next phase. Worley previously announced the partnership on 29 January 2021, said Hydrocarbonengineering.

Following the recent positive final investment decision (FID), Worley and Avantium have signed a technology cooperation agreement and Worley will now deliver engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to develop the Avantium flagship facility in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

The facility will be a world-first commercial scale renewable plastics facility producing up to 5000 kilo tpy plant-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA). FDCA is a key building block for many chemicals and plastics, such as polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a fully recyclable plastic. This facility will be the commercial proof for future larger scale projects.

Worley’s EPC services will be executed by the company’s offices in the Netherlands and Belgium, with support from Worley’s Global Integrated Delivery (GID) team in India.

“We are excited to strengthen our strategic partnership with Avantium, a leader in advancing the circular economy. This partnership supports Worley’s Ambition focusing on sustainability and delivering a more sustainable world,” said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley.

Strategic partnership between Worley and Avantium progresses

-Trützschler sets ambitious targets for climate neutrality

Nonwovens technology manufacturer Trützschler has outlined a range of ambitious targets for improving its overall environmental performance and achieving climate neutrality.

Based in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Trützschler has been operating for more than 130 years and is divided into four business units: Spinning, Nonwovens, Man-Made Fibers, and Card Clothing. The company’s machines, installations and accessories are produced and developed in ten locations worldwide, which includes four factories in Germany (Dülmen, Egelsbach, Mönchengladbach, Neubulach), as well as sites in China (Jiaxing and Shanghai), India (Ahmedabad), the USA (Charlotte), Brazil (Curitiba) and Switzerland (Winterthur). Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

Supplying resource-efficient technologies for customers worldwide, Trützschler says that as a family-owned company, it has always placed a strong focus on ensuring sustainability for future generations. “Today, that focus is sharper than ever – because our planet’s precious climate is changing,” the company says, adding that it is taking decisive action to further minimize its environmental impact and maximize its contribution to sustainability with a focus on three specific targets for cutting emissions.

The three specific targets are: a reduction of CO2 emissions by 50% at its headquarters in Mönchengladbach, Germany, by 2025; Climate-neutrality at all Trützschler locations in Germany by 2030; and Climate-neutrality at all Trützschler locations worldwide by 2035. Climate neutrality refers to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions while also offsetting any remaining emissions by supporting activities that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Trützschler is targeting Scope 1 emissions (e.g. direct emissions from burning fossil fuels) and Scope 2 emissions (e.g. indirect emissions from purchased electricity), as well as selected Scope 3 emissions (e.g. from business-related travel).

By pursuing these ambitious targets, the company says it will transform its business. With the plan already in action, global teams are now stepping up efforts to accelerate innovative energy management approaches including a shift to renewable power and more sustainable logistics processes.

Trützschler

Circular-Economy – FRX Polymers

Recycled-material – Polyester-filament-yarn 20-05-2022

Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop 20-05-2022

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-Stronger U.S. dollar contributes to higher crude oil prices in international markets

The price of Brent crude oil, the world benchmark, has increased in 2022, partly as a result of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In addition, a strong U.S. dollar means that countries that use currencies other than the U.S. dollar pay more as crude oil prices increase, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Since June 1, 2021, the Brent crude oil price has increased by 59% in U.S. dollars and by 86% in euros. The U.S. dollar index measures the value of the U.S. dollar against six currencies: the euro, yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swiss franc, and Swedish krona. When the U.S. dollar index increases, it means the U.S. dollar is gaining value against those currencies. Conversely, it also means those other currencies are losing value against the U.S. dollar.

Crude oil is generally priced in U.S. dollars, so purchases in other currencies are not only affected by the dollar price of crude oil but also by the exchange rate to the dollar. The price of crude oil and the value of the dollar generally move in opposite directions so these factors offset each other. Recently, however, the price of Brent crude oil and the value of the U.S. dollar have both increased.

Recent increases in short-term U.S. treasury yields may be contributing to higher demand for U.S. government bonds, which increases demand for U.S. dollars and, therefore, the value of the U.S. dollar against other currencies.

The value of the U.S. dollar also increases when it is considered a safer investment compared with other currencies. Recent global events, including Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and concerns caused by COVID-19 mobility restrictions in China, may also be increasing demand for the U.S. dollar. Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

As per MRC, Oil prices were mixed on Monday as investor fears of a global recession spurred by lockdowns in China and weak economic data vied with signs the European Union was stepping closer to an import ban on Russian crude.

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-TotalEnergies Commits to Buying Recycled Feedstock from New Hope Energy

The two companies have signed a commercial agreement. Terms include New Hope Energy building an advanced recycling plant in Texas and TotalEnergies converting part of the recycled feedstock into virgin-quality resin.

TotalEnergies announced today that it has signed a commercial agreement with New Hope Energy by which New Hope Energy will build an advanced recycling plant in Texas and TotalEnergies will purchase part of the recycled feedstock and convert it into virgin-quality polymers. The material made from end-of-life plastic waste can be used to manufacture food-grade packaging.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

The plant is expected to start production in 2025. New Hope Energy will use a patented pyrolysis technology that was developed in partnership with Lummus Technology to process and convert more than 310,000 tons per year of mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. TotalEnergies said it will use 100,000 tons of the Recycled Polymer Feedstock (RPF) in its Texas-based production units to manufacture high-quality polymers suitable for food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging.

New Hope Energy said its first plant has been successfully operating in Tyler, TX, since 2018. An expansion currently underway will make it the largest pyrolysis facility in the world, according to the chemical recycling company.

“We are pleased to partner with New Hope Energy, which offers a promising technology and the ability to scale. This new project is another concrete and significant step TotalEnergies is taking to address the challenge of plastic recycling and meet our goal of producing 30% circular polymers by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers, at TotalEnergies.

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-Can PP rise in the near future?

Recently, the international crude oil price breaks through the high level of $110/ barrel again, as if returning to March. On May 17, the Jun futures contract of WTI has closed at $112.40/ barrel, and the Jul futures contract of Brent has closed at $111.93/ barrel; on the other hand, PP, However, the glory of March has long been lost. In East China, mainstream traders offer for homo PP raffia at 8,600-8,680yuan/mt, a decline of nearly 200-250yuan/mt compared with late March.

It is not difficult to find that in this round of market, the impact of crude oil prices on the PP market is not as effective as it was in Mar. Obviously, when high costs become the norm, market participator’s attention to costs has also weakened, but the impact of demand has gradually increased.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

At present, PP spot market is in a stalemate, which is also because the downstream demand is lower than expected.

At present, the cost of each production process of PP is higher than the spot price of homo PP raffia, and the real-time cash flow reproduces a comprehensive loss phenomenon, among which the loss of oil-based PP is the most obvious. It has to be said that since 2021, the support from cost-side of PP is always strong, which is good for the spot price, and at least it is unlikely to have a significant plunge.

In May, there are still many PP plants shut for maintenance in China. According to statistics from CCFGroup, as of May 17, the output lost by PP due to plant turnaround in May is about 418,000 tons. In addition, the output lost due to the reduction of some plants, the total loss is expected to reach about 560,000 tons. On the other hand, the current price spread between RMB market and PP CFR China market is large, and the export arbitrage window is open, which can also alleviate a certain supply pressure in China. Moreover, there is no news that new plants will be put into operation in May, so the supply situation in May is also bullish for the market.

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-Spandex price slumps and may extend lower

Price of spandex kept falling after the May Day holiday with ongoing soft demand and collapsing PTMEG price, with mainstream price of 40D down to below 50,000yuan/mt and even lower at 45,000yuan/mt. By May 13, price of spandex 40D was at 48,000yuan/mt, hitting the lowest level since late-Feb, 2021.

Price: moved down and the price gap shrank

Supply of spandex remained high but has decreased. The operating rate of spandex plants fell to 80-90% and may reduce further in later period. New units are still active in starting production, while some slightly delay launching with selling pressure. Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

However, most downstream fabric mills purchased spandex on a need-to-basis. Traders purchased under large orders and bargained for lower price. Suppliers of spandex were active sellers under burden. Stocks of spandex accumulated to 41 days. With fierce competition, price of spandex headed south.

According to the data from CCFGroup, supply of spandex was in glut in 2018-2019, with yearly disparity of 20D and 40D at 5,640yuan/mt and 5,820yuan/mt respectively. The price gap between 20D and 40D has dropped by 9,000yuan/mt to current 16,000yuan/mt from the highest 25,000yuan/mt in Aug 2021, while sustained high. The price gulf between 10D-30D and 40D is estimated to shrink further later.

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-Polyester filament yarn pressed by upstream and downstream markets again

By mid-May, the logistics in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian and Guangdong has been basically recovered to the level in late-Mar. Among production bases of PFY and downstream products, only factories in Jiangyin, Jiangsu was under strict regulation amid the pandemic.

Transportation has improved while PFY market was pressed by upstream and downstream market.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

The comprehensive polymer raw material cost ascended with consolidating oil price, firmly upward naphtha-PX-PTA chain and rising MEG price due to restoring fundamentals. The root was global energy supply issue resulted from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Therefore, the support from cost side was obvious.

Prices of PFY sped up to rise in May stimulated by increasing raw material market and to reduce losses. Taking conventional flat POY150/288 as an example, discounted price was at 7,500yuan/mt in end-Apr and it moved up to 8,600yuan/mt by May 16, with increment at 1,100yuan/mt. Prices of other POY also increased by around 1,000yuan/mt, while those of FDY was less at 500-600yuan/mt and those of DTY were the lowest as it was more close to the terminal market. Price of conventional grey fabrics was hard to climb up and some plants even cut price for promotion.

With quickly rallying price, the profit of PFY apparently improved. As a result, the stocks obviously appreciated and the cash flow losses dropped. The losses of conventional POY narrowed to current 300yuan/mt from 700yuan/mt in end-Apr and those of FDY reduced to 500yuan/mt from 700yuan/mt in end-Apr.

Polyester filament yarn pressed by upstream and downstream markets again

-Starlinger visotec: Gold sustainability award for rPET packaging loop

Starlinger & Co Gesellschaft m.b.H. Vienna, Austria

The WorldStar Packaging Awards ceremony took place in Milan at the beginning of May. Out of 440 entries from 37 countries, the “rPET School Milk Cup Project” from Upper Austria won the Sustainability Award in GOLD as the world’s most sustainable packaging solution – beating out packaging made of cardboard, glass, aluminium and paper.  Spandex-price – rPET-packaging-loop

What many define as a goal for the future is already a reality in Upper Austria: environmentally friendly packaging made from recycled material that is recycled back into high-quality packaging for food. The flagship project proves that a circular economy is possible in the plastics and packaging industry and has already received many national and international awards. “The fact that the World Packaging Organization has awarded the golden sustainability award to our recyclable and recycled plastic packaging, among all products, makes us very proud,” says Markus Fellinger, General Manager of Starlinger viscotec. “We have to achieve high recycling rates, such as those already established for beverage bottles, also for other food packaging such as yogurt pots and trays. Packaging made from recycled PET is sustainable because this material can be recycled virtually infinitely and to a high quality.” Ideal recyclability of the packaging is therefore the first prerequisite for a closed packaging recycling loop.

-Starlinger visotec: Gold sustainability award for rPET packaging loop

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-Chemours Leads Remove2Reclaim Project to Advance Plastic Circularity

The Chemours Company (“Chemours”), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, announced its participation leading a three-year recycling research project in collaboration with industry, academic, and government experts to develop an efficient, cost-effective, and more sustainable process for recovering titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) and polymers from plastic end-use products. The initiative, dubbed Remove2Reclaim, has the potential to drive significant environmental benefits, eliminating waste and reducing the amount of energy used in manufacturing, by enabling circularity across a much wider range of applications.

Current commercial scale recycling technologies do not allow polymers and additives to be effectively removed and separated, limiting the potential applications and overall quality of products made with recycled plastic. Remove2Reclaim is designed to change that. The project goal is to develop commercial-scale detection and extraction technologies that enable the removal and recovery of TiO 2 and polymers for reuse. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

“Through the Remove2Reclaim initiative, we hope to help crack the code on effective plastic recycling, achieving a new level of circularity for the industry,” said Steven De Backer, EMEA Technical Marketing Manager at Chemours. “This initiative has the potential to reclaim thousands of tons of TiO 2 from different end-of-life streams, reducing raw material demands, and creating a new TiO 2 supply stream for our customers. We’re honored to lead this project in collaboration with a team of experts from across the value chain to pursue a common goal that benefits our shared planet.”

In the project’s first year, research partners have developed a sorting mechanism to effectively identify plastic wastes that contain TiO 2 and determined innovative solvent-based extraction routes to remove TiO 2 from different polymer matrices. Other project milestones include developing methods and equipment to detect TiO 2 in specific polymer matrices, recovering TiO 2 from the polymer by dissolution route, and eventually reusing the TiO 2 and polymer in new products.

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-The Coca-Cola Co. is counting on consumers to boost limited supply of recycled food-grade plastics, reduce single-use packaging – but, will they come through?

Even though 59% of Americans have access to curbside recycling, only 27% of plastic bottles are currently recycled – a grim statistic that is not only bad for the environment but also bad for CPG businesses, like The Coca-Cola Co., that are striving to incorporate more recycled material in their packaging.

With an ambitious goal to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030, The Coca-Cola Co. is confronting the limited availability of food-grade recycled plastics, which the Independent Commodity Intelligence Services’ Mechanical Recycling Supply Tracker estimated late last year at about only 10% of the global annual capacity of recycled polymers of more than 45 million metric tons. Of this, the vast majority (82%) was recycled polyethlene terephthalate which is used, among other ways, to create clear bottles, 12% was recycled polyethylene and 6% recycled polypropylene. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Competing for tight supplies with other major CPG food and beverage companies that have made similar high-profile commitments to use more recycled plastics in their packaging, The Coca-Cola Company is pacing its roll out of packages made from recycled resins while simultaneously working to increase limited supplies.

“We have a few really laser focused goals on driving the circular economy, including a goal to put up to 50% recycled material in our packaging and a goal to collect a bottle or can for every one that we sell,” creating a virtuous circle of demand and supply for food-grade recycled plastics, said Christine Yeager, director, sustainability at The Coca-Cola Co. North America, told FoodNavigator-USA.

In pursuing these goals, which are included in The Coca-Cola Co.’s World Without Waste initiative, she explained, the company has launched several packages in the US made from 100% recycled PET, including as of last year 13.2 ounce bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, and Coca-Cola flavors in California, Florida and select states in the Northeast. Also in the New York and California markets it has launched 20-ounce bottles for select brands, including Coke, Diet Coke and Dasani, with another brand launching nationwide this summer.

“So, we’re continuing to build more and more recycled material into our portfolio, but some of the challenges are the availability of food grade quality material,” which requires more material to be collected and recycled, Yeager said.

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-Sabic Launches Upcycled PBT Made with Ocean-Bound Plastic Waste

Automotive seating, fan housings, and electrical connectors and enclosures are among the applications.

Sabic has debuted a polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) engineering plastic that uses ocean-bound polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles as a feed stream for chemical upcycling into resin. Ocean-bound plastic is mismanaged waste that originates within 30 miles (50 km) off the coast and is likely to end up in the ocean.

The new grade — LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ — is the latest addition to Sabic’s portfolio of chemically upcycled LNP Elcrin iQ materials, which help support circularity while serving as potential drop-in replacements for virgin PBT resins. LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ resin is a candidate for consumer electronics applications such as fan housings in computers and automotive seating, as well as electrical connectors and enclosures. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Materials portfolio helps customers achieve sustainability goals

“We’re continually expanding our LNP Elcrin iQ portfolio – and the PET waste streams used to produce these materials – to help divert more plastic from the oceans while helping our customers incorporate recycled materials in their products, achieve their carbon neutrality goals, and meet consumer demand for greater sustainability,” said Sanjay Mishra, GM Technology & Footprint, Specialties, Sabic. “Within the next decade, we anticipate upcycling 10 billion plastic bottles into higher-performing, durable materials that deliver enhanced value to customers. Sabic is committed to working with the plastics supply chain to find new solutions to address urgent environmental issues, such as reducing ocean-bound plastic waste and achieving net zero carbon emissions.”

The new LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ grade, a glass-fiber-reinforced PBT material, features non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame retardancy meeting the UL94 V0 standard at 0.8 mm and F1 rating. It also delivers heat resistance, toughness, and stiffness, and high flow well-suited for molding thin-wall applications for outdoor environments such as electrical equipment enclosures.

Drop-in replacement for virgin PBT

All LNP Elcrin iQ materials can serve as possible drop-in replacements for conventional PBT to help manufacturers increase the sustainability of end products. Sabic’s proprietary upcycling technology, which involves the repolymerization of ocean-bound PET into PBT, delivers virgin-like performance properties.

This process surpasses mechanical recycling in quality and consistency, according to the company. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

“According to an internal life cycle analysis conducted in accordance with ISO 14040/14044 protocols, LNP Elcrin WF0061BiQ compound can offer potential reductions of up to 14% in the carbon footprint and up to 25% in cumulative energy demand, when compared to the virgin PBT compound reinforced with glass fiber,” said Darpan Parikh, Americas Customer Fulfillment Leader, Specialties, Sabic. “By replacing virgin material with our resins, customers can help reduce environmental impacts by reusing plastic waste and eliminating halogenated additives.”

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-Coca-Cola will attach caps to bottles to boost recycling

Coca-Cola Great Britain has announced it is introducing attached caps to its plastic bottles to make the recycling of them easier.

The company said that production of bottles with attached caps will begin today (17 May) at its site in East Kilbride, Scotland. This will be followed by its facility in Edmonton, North London, and the rest of its of its UK sites over the next 18 months.

The move is set to cover the entire portfolio of brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite and others. It is planned to begin in Scotland this month and roll out across Great Britain, with new caps attached to 1.5l bottles of Fanta, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

The switch is set to be completed for all plastic bottles across Coca-Cola GB’s range of brands by early 2024.

Recycling

Last year the company announced that it had reached its target of using 100% recycled plastic – excluding caps and labels – in all its 500ml or smaller bottles sold in Great Britain ahead of the plastics packaging tax taking effect.

The company joined a string of others in doing so, which has played a part in demand and prices for recycled plastic soaring in recent months.

Stephen Moorhouse, general manager at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Great Britain said: “This is a small change that we hope will have a big impact, ensuring that when consumers recycle our bottles, no cap gets left behind.”

Coca-Cola explained that bottle caps are often discarded and littered. The new design means that the cap stays connected to the bottle after opening, so the whole plastic bottle and attached cap can be recycled together reducing the potential for it to be littered.

This move was welcomed by Jo Churchill, resources and waste minister, who commented: “More businesses are finding innovative ways to tackle harmful plastic pollution and Coca-Cola’s new design will make it easier for people to recycle and help reduce litter.”

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-Perstorp to be acquired by Malaysian market player

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp Group is to be acquired by Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), a Malaysian company which has edged further into the polymers market in recent years via acquisitions, as well as its own resin portfolio.

PCG announced today that it has signed a Securities Purchase Agreement on 14 May 2022 to acquire the entire equity interest in Perstorp Holding AB. The agreement was signed with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a company under PAI Partners, a European private equity firm. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Jan Secher, President and CEO of Perstorp said, “We are excited to become part of the Petronas family. I see a strong commonality in values and priorities for how to take our respective businesses forward, meeting the challenges and opportunities of the future. By tapping into PCG’s strength and market leading position in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that Perstorp can continue to develop into its next phase of growth. Being part of PCG means Perstorp gets the scale to increase the pace of innovation and accelerate our sustainable transformation, which is at the forefront of the chemical industry. PCG’s and Perstorp’s businesses complement each other very well.”

“Perstorp is an outstanding strategic fit for PCG and enables us to participate in attractive end-markets such as paints and coatings, construction, plastic additives, personal care and food, feed & nutrition, paints and coatings that share a robust growth outlook. This acquisition will also provide us critical talent, know-how, technological platforms and proven customer channels to address the pressing needs of the market for more eco-friendly and sustainable solutions,” said PCG Managing Director and CEO, Ir. Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof.

Perstorp is a niche provider of resins and coatings, as well as products for numerous other markets. The company has seven manufacturing sites in Europe, US and China (the 8th plant will be ready in India in 2023) and three research and development (R&D) centres worldwide.

Perstorp to be acquired by Malaysian market player

-Thailand Q1 GDP growth accelerates to 2.2% as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Thailand’s economy posted a first-quarter annualized growth of 2.2%, faster than the 1.8% pace set in the previous quarter, on the back of stronger private consumption and exports as COVID-19 restrictions have eased.

On a seasonally adjusted quarter-on-quarter basis, the economy expanded by 1.1% in the period January to March 2022, data from the Office of National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) show on Tuesday.

On a year-on-year basis, private consumption in the first quarter accelerated to 3.9% from 0.4% in the previous quarter.

Exports during the period grew 14.6% to $73.3bn, with chemicals and petrochemical products posting an 18.7% increase year on year.

Manufacturing posted a slower growth of 1.9% in the first quarter from 3.8% in the previous quarter. Recycled-polymers – Plastic-Circularity

Tourism receipts grew for the first time in 11 quarters, rising 63.8% year on year to $4.2bn in January-March 2022 as COVID-19 measures were relaxed. The sector is a major component of the Thai economy.

For the whole of 2022, the Thai economy is projected to grow by 2.5-3.5%, supported by improvement in domestic demand, recovery of domestic tourism, and continued export growth, NESDC stated.

Thailand Q1 GDP growth accelerates to 2.2% as COVID-19 restrictions ease

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-Europe’s Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders Sound Alarm

War in Ukraine, rising costs, and logistics are having an unprecedented economic impact on industry, according to the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders association.

Europe’s polycarbonate sheet extruders are experiencing an unprecedented economic impact from the war in Ukraine compounded by logistics issues, writes the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders (EPSE) association in a press release issued today.

“Prices are not only drastically increasing on the raw material side, but EPSE members are also confronted with additional consequences such as radically increased packaging and energy costs,” said the association.

EPSE also points to supply-chain issues, such as a shortage of truck drivers, as aggravating factors that are having a cumulative economic impact  that is “difficult to absorb” for EPSE members.

Founded in 2003, EPSE has 10 member companies, including Sabic, Arla, and 3A Composites, and three associate members, including Covestro and Trinseo.

In the press release EPSE calls for an acceleration in the transition to clean energy and a decoupling from “unreliable suppliers.” The EU imports 90% of its gas, with Russia providing around 45% of those imports, in varying levels across member states, writes EPSE. “Russia also accounts for around 25% of oil imports and 45% of coal imports.”

This echoes a March 8 proposal from the European Commission, which seeks to reduce “EU demand for Russian gas by two-thirds before the end of the year.” Longer term, its REPowerEU plan wants to increase gas supplies from countries outside of Russia and reduce reliance on fossil fuels in “homes, buildings, industry, and power systems by boosting energy efficiency, increasing [the use of] renewables and electrification, and addressing infrastructure bottlenecks.” The European Commission claims that implementation of REPowerEU would remove the equivalent of all of the fossil fuel imported from Russia in 2021. Two-thirds of that reduction could be achieved within a year, it added. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

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-Advanced Future-Proof Films for a Circular Economy

Reifenhäuser Blown Film presents 100% recyclable PE film, digital passport technology, and recycling of low-quality materials this month.

Reifenhäuser Blown Film showcased a trio of advanced technical solutions for the economical and sustainable production of blown film during the GreenPlast 2022 trade fair in Milan May 3 to 6.

These were the patented EVO Ultra Stretch production process for fully recyclable All-Polyethylene (PE) PE Blown Film; use of digital product passports for a modernized and functional circular economy; and the economical processing of post-consumer and post- industrial recyclate.

EVO Ultra Stretch, Reifenhäuser’s patented stretching unit, enables the production of PE monomaterial composites for fully recyclable flexible packaging in which the typical PET layer of the packaging is replaced by stretched PE. This is made possible by the maximum 10-fold stretch rate, which produces PE films with completely new mechanical properties. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Additional processing steps such as printing, laminating, and converting are unnecessary due to the patented positioning of the stretching unit directly in the haul-off of the blown film line. The film is stretched at the ideal time and from first heat, which simultaneously creates a user-friendly, stable, and efficient process.

“We supply our customers with production lines that enable them to now use the sustainability shift as an opportunity to become a preferred supplier for new, recycling-friendly products that serve the environment and business success,” says Sascha Skora, senior sales manager at Reifenhäuser Blown Film.

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-H.I.G. Capital Enters Into Agreement to Sell Valtris Specialty Chemicals

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global alternative investment firm with over $49 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to sell its portfolio company Valtris Specialty Chemicals (the “Company” or “Valtris”) to an affiliate of funds managed by SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”).

Valtris is a leading manufacturer of specialty polymer additives and specialty chemicals for a diverse set of end markets. The Company’s products impart critical performance characteristics, including flexibility, stability processability, and flame retardance, to plastics and other materials. Valtris is recognized worldwide for its reliability as a critical global supplier to a diverse customer base with longstanding relationships based on its reliability, quality and product innovation over its 80+ year history. Headquartered in Independence, OH, the Company operates nine manufacturing facilities globally. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

After a successful carve-out transaction from Ferro Corporation in late 2014, H.I.G. collaborated with management to expand the Company’s geographic reach, customer breadth and product portfolio through the acquisition of Akcros Chemicals in the US and UK in 2016 and multiple INEOS Enterprises business units in France, Belgium and the Netherlands in 2018. Additionally, the Company made significant investments in management, sales & marketing and new product development which resulted in EBITDA tripling during H.I.G.’s ownership.

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-Axens, Toray Films Europe to Develop New Pet Chemical Recycling Plant in France

Axens and Toray Films Europe have plans to establish a new Pet chemical recycling facility in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost, France. The new units will make use of Axens’ Rewind Pet technology along with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerization plant to recycle 80,000 tons of Pet plastic waste every year.

Axens and Toray Films Europe have recently announced their collaboration to study a Pet chemical recycling facility at Toray Films Europe production site in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost (Ain, France). New units based on Axens’ Rewind Pet technology will be coupled with Toray Films Europe’s existing polymerization plant in order to recycle annually 80,000 tons of difficult-to-recycle Pet plastic waste. Joined efforts of both parties in their domain of expertise will allow the emergence of competencies for chemical recycling circularity. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Post consumers Pet plastic waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and are currently down-cycled, incinerated or landfilled, will be converted into high-quality circular Pet chips, closing the loop for this material with potentially infinite recycling. Rewind Pet process, developed by IFP Energies nouvelles, Axens and Jeplan, involves an optimized – glycolysis based – Pet depolymerization combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste Pet, including colorants and pigments. The product is a purified BHET (BHET: Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer.

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-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

A new enzyme variant can break down PET polyester in just 24 hours.

The enzyme, created by engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, was able to complete a circular process of breaking down the PET into smaller parts (depolymerization) and then chemically putting it back together (repolymerization). It has the potential to supercharge recycling on a large scale that would allow major industries to reduce their environmental impact by recovering and reusing plastics at the molecular level.

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences used a machine learning model to generate novel mutations to a natural enzyme called PETase that allows bacteria to degrade PET plastics. The model predicts which mutations in these enzymes would accomplish the goal of quickly depolymerizing post-consumer waste plastic at low temperatures.

Through this process, which included studying 51 different post-consumer plastic containers, five different polyester fibres and fabrics and water bottles all made from PET, the researchers proved the effectiveness of the enzyme, which they are calling FAST-PETase (functional, active, stable and tolerant PETase).

Mechanical recycling is the most obvious way to cut down on plastic waste. but globally, less than 10% of all plastic has been recycled. Alternative industrial recycling processes include very energy-intensive processes of glycolysis, pyrolysis, and/or methanolysis. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Biological solutions take much less energy. Research on enzymes for plastic recycling has advanced during the past 15 years but until now, no one had been able to figure out how to make enzymes that could operate efficiently at low temperatures to make them both portable and affordable at large industrial scale. FAST-PETase can perform the process at less than 50°C.

“The possibilities to leverage this leading-edge recycling process are endless across industries,” said Professor Hal Alper of the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. “Beyond the obvious waste management industry, it also provides corporations from every sector with the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products. Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy. When considering environmental cleanup applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature. This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage for the future.”

Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

-Big divergence between Europe PE and PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

As you can see from the high-density polyethylene (HDPE), linear-low density PE (LLDPE) and polypropylene (PP) trend lines, China price spreads per tonne over tonnes of naphtha feedstocks saw steep declines in March this year.

Spreads had started to weaken in August 2021 on China’s Common Prosperity economic reforms, but in March they, quite literally, fell off a cliff.

Spreads are a crude measure of how much money producers are making.

During March, spreads fell to their lowest levels since our price assessments began in November 2002, on the acceleration of China’s zero-COVID policies and the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Polycarbonate Sheet – Chemical Recycling

Low-density (LDPE) spreads performed much better. But data is nothing without ICIS market intelligence. LDPE spreads have remained relatively strong because of very tight supply as LDPE/ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) swing plants swung to more EVA production. The swing to more EVA production began last year because of strong demand, especially in the solar-panel end-use market.

High prices for LDPE relative to the more widely available LLDPE (LLDPE competes in many of the same end-use markets as LDPE), has led to LDPE demand destruction. In Q1 this year, China’s LDPE demand was down by 4% versus the same period in 2021.

There was a slight recovery in HDPE, LLDPE and PP spreads in April, but they remained close to record lows. Spreads declined again during the first two weeks of May.

The spread story, when linked, as I said, with the right market intelligence, tells us what’s happened to the China’s economy.

Until the zero-COVID restrictions are relaxed, and this doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon, it is hard to see how spreads will substantially increase. But we will only know what’s actually happening by analysing spread patterns, using historic ICIS price data.

More major production cuts might, I suppose, strengthen spreads. But China idled some 25% of its PP capacity in March and yet the PP March spread still fell to a record low.

And with the Chinese yuan down this year against the US dollar, some of China’s producers might resort to raising exports as opposed to making further rate cuts – provided container space can found

Big divergence between Europe PE and PP markets continue, creating seller and buyer opportunities

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-Chemical recycling of plastic gets a boost in 18 US states—but environmentalists question whether it really is recycling

Some state laws allow incentives to turn plastics into fuels as well as other plastics

lastic pollution is virtually everywhere on earth, and the public is increasingly concerned about the buildup of plastic litter in neighborhoods, parks, and beaches as well as enormous garbage patches in the world’s oceans. Haunting photos of animals entangled in plastic cords or speared with plastic straws appear regularly on social media. And news reports about microplastics contaminating water and food stoke concern about how to keep this ubiquitous and popular synthetic material out of the environment.

In the US, people are asking their elected leaders to reduce plastic pollution.

To that end, environmental advocates are seeking polices to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as beverage bottles and snack bags. They point out that less than 10% of plastic used in the US ends up recycled.

Meanwhile, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the major trade group for the chemical industry, is offering another plan—policies to promote chemically recycling plastics by breaking them down into molecular building blocks for reuse. This process, also called advanced recycling, differs from mechanical recycling. The mechanical method, still in use, chips up used plastic into bits that are blended into virgin plastic, which is made from oil or natural gas, to give it recycled content.

“Policy makers are very interested” in advanced recycling, says Craig Cookson, senior director of plastics sustainability for the ACC. “Their constituents are coming to them and saying they want to see greater amounts and more types of plastics recycled in their communities.” Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Lawmakers in states are responding to the ACC’s efforts. Earlier this year, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia enacted laws that ostensibly promote chemical recycling of used plastic. They joined 14 other states that have enacted similar legislation since 2017.

But environmental advocates say that these laws are the wrong way to go, in particular because existing processes for advanced recycling of plastics are energy intensive and generate pollution. The advocates also question applying the term recycling when the processes are used to generate fuels.

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-Partnership with Danish Plastix to market recycled plastics waste from fishing nets

Braskem (São Paulo, Brazil; www.braskem.com) said it is supporting the efforts by Danish company Plastix (Lemvig; www.plastixglobal.com) to market recycled plastics fibre waste of old fishing nets and other marine debris collected at various ports.

A Braskem press release said it has “joined forces with Plastix to help them optimise the recycling process and accelerate the introduction of this innovative and high-quality circular plastic to the market”. Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

“Plastix is a small company with a very limited sales force. Braskem is lending its technical and commercial teams to help accelerate the uptake of this recycled material and help demand grow faster than it would without the partnership,” a Braskem spokesperson told Plasteurope.com.

Fibre waste from fishing nets and ropes made from various plastics are difficult to recycle but the Danish recycler says it has committed itself to developing industrial solutions to recycle them.

Over the past few years, Plastix has made the sorting and recycling process technically and economically feasible, producing high-quality feedstock for many applications and any various production technologies ranging from packaging to pipes and durable consumer goods, Braskem said.

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-Oceana cites PET recycling disparity

NGO says increased PET bottle collection efforts may not focus on parts of the world where plastic flows into oceans.

Oceana Inc., Washington, says a recent study it commissioned has found targets set by the five largest soft drinks producers “would require collecting an additional 2.57 million metric tons of plastic bottles for recycling each year, [but] “there is no coherent strategy in any global region apart from Europe to reliably increase the supply.”  Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Oceana says its analysis was conducted by United Kingdom-based Eunomia Research & Consulting. It examined recycled content pledges made by Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Nestlé, Danone, and Keurig Dr Pepper and attempted to consider the feasibility of hitting those targets and the potential impact on ocean-bound plastic.

In the latter case, Oceana says it is “calling on major beverage companies to adopt or expand strategies that prioritize refillable bottles,” adding, “refillables have proven to be very effective at reducing waste.”

Oceana’s Strategic Initiatives Director Dr. Dana Miller says, “This report uncovers some worrying realities. It seems improbable that the recycled content pledges by large soft drink companies will be met and regardless, they won’t go far in helping the oceans.”

The five global companies have pledged to increase post-consumer recycled content in their polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) bottles ranging from 25 to 50 percent by 2025. Oceana says Eunomia’s analysis shows that “to reliably increase the supply of recycled PET for the production of bottles [would] likely require significant government intervention.”

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-Oerlikon at Techtextil 2022

At this year’s Techtextil, Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions will be presenting the trade audience with new applications, special processes and sustainable solutions focusing on the production of industrial nonwovens.

Between June 21 and 24, the discussions in Hall 12.0, Stand C60 will also concentrate on airbags, seat belts, tire cord, geotextiles, filter nonwovens and their diverse applications. Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Among other things, the company will be showcasing new technology for charging nonwovens that sets new standards with regards to quality and efficiency. “With our unique, patented Single Filament Layer Technology, we offer a sophisticated and simultaneously gentle high-tenacity (HT) yarn process for manufacturing seatbelts, airbags and other applications made from industrial yarn,” explained Dr. Roy Dolmans, Technology Manager IDY and R&D Filament Processing.

With its hycuTEC hydro-charging solution, Oerlikon Neumag offers a new technology for charging nonwovens that increases filter efficiency to more than 99.99%. For meltblown producers, this means material savings of 30% with significantly superior filter performance. For end users, the consequence is noticeably improved comfort resulting from significantly reduced breathing resistance. With its considerably lower water and energy consumption, this new development is described as a future-proof, sustainable technology.

Also on show will be the company’s offering of low stretch, ultra-high tenacity, high rigidity industrial yarns that are designed to offer outstanding properties for the demanding tasks carried out by geotextiles; for example, as geogrids in the base course system under asphalt. Normally, geotextiles have extremely high yarn titers of up to 24,000 denier. Oerlikon Barmag system concepts simultaneously manufacture three filament yarns of 6,000 denier each. Due to the high spinning titers, fewer yarns can be plied together to the required geo-yarn titer in a more cost- and energy-efficient manner.

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-Sinowin Chemical Fiber starts to construct 80KTA nylon 66 industrial product project

80KTA nylon 66 industrial products project, 20KTA nylon 66 special functional fiber On the morning of May 6 2022, the groundbreaking ceremony of Sinowin Chemical Fiber’s nylon 66 industrial products project was held in Henan Special Nylon Town Industrial Park.

The project, designed with an annual output of 80,000 tons of nylon 66 industrial products, is the second project started in the special nylon town in the year of 2022, and is also the single project with the highest investment intensity and highest output value. Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

The total investment of the project is 3 billion yuan (around 445.5 million USD). The production focuses on high-performance composite materials for vehicles, and products will be mainly used in new energy vehicles, racing cars, aerospace and other fields.

After the project is completed and put into production, the annual increase in profits and taxes is estimated to be 600 million yuan, and more than 200 people will be employed.

On March 1, Sinowin Chemical Fiber has held the groundbreaking ceremony for the 20KTA nylon 66 special functional fiber intelligent demonstration plant project, as an  in Qi County, Hebi City, Henan Province.

Sinowin Chemical Fiber starts to construct 80KTA nylon 66 industrial product project

-Italian Textile Machinery: Drop In Orders For First Quarter 2022

The orders index for textile machinery for the first quarter of 2022, processed by ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, shows a slight decrease (-4%) compared to the same period from January to March 2021. In absolute value, the index stood at 117 points (basis: 2015 = 100).

On the domestic front orders shrank by fully 22%, whereas abroad the decline was more contained (-2%). The absolute value of the index in Italy was set at 136 points. On foreign markets, the index scored a value of 114.9 points.

ACIMIT President Alessandro Zucchi commented that: “The global pandemic and Russian-Ukrainian conflict have accentuated the climate of uncertainty for the whole of the textile industry. Criticalities already present in the past year (such as a sharp rise in prices of raw materials and their scarce availability, as well as increased transport costs) are now accentuated more than ever.

While orders appear to have settled on foreign markets, domestically, following a strong recovery in 2021, we now have to deal with a general negativity permeating the Italian economy.” Recycled-fishing-nets – Chemical-Fiber

Italian Textile Machinery: Drop In Orders For First Quarter 2022

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Nylon66-chips – Petrochemicals 16-05-2022

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Polyestertime
ITEM 09/05/2022 16/05/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton +300
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,235 $/ton 1,255 $/ton +20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,520 yuan/ton 7,775 yuan/ton +255
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,925 yuan/ton +225
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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6,460 yuan/ton 6,780 yuan/ton +320
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,045 $/ton 1,050 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,850 yuan/ton 5,010 yuan/ton +160
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 618 $/ton 622 $/ton +4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,198 $/ton 1,289 $/ton +91
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,178 $/ton 1,269 $/ton +91
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,290 $/ton 1,449 $/ton +159
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,015 yuan/ton 8,320 yuan/ton
+305
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,400 yuan/ton 9,700 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,150 yuan/ton 9,450 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,700 yuan/ton 9,000 yuan/ton +300
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,430 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 14,350 yuan/ton 14,600 yuan/ton
+250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,150 $/ton 2,150 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,420 $/ton 2,420 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,300 yuan/ton 15,800 yuan/ton +500
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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26,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,650 yuan/ton 18,100 yuan/ton +450
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,200 yuan/ton 20,650 yuan/ton- +450
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,350 yuan/ton 18,800 yuan/ton +450
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 66,000 yuan/ton 65,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 59,000 yuan/ton 56,500 yuan/ton -2,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 49,500 yuan/ton 48,000 yuan/ton -1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,900 yuan/ton 11,750 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market 8,980 yuan/ton 9,100 yuan/ton +120
Benzene overseas  market 1,176 $/ton 1,231 $/ton +55
Ethylene South East market 1,240 $/ton 1,220 $/ton -20
Ethylene NWE  market 1,436 $/ton 1,398 $/ton -38
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,700 yuan/ton 11,600 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

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1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,420 yuan/ton 14,740 yuan/ton +320
PP Powder domestic market
9,900 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  910 $/ton 923 $/ton
+13
Phenol domestic market 10,580 yuan/ton 10,460 yuan/ton -120

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-Evonik to invest 8 billion euros by 2030 in high-margin businesses

German chemicals company Evonik plans to invest 8 billion euros (USD8.45 billion) by 2030 to boost growth in its smart materials, specialty additives and nutrition & care units, said Reuters.

The company, which makes ingredients for products ranging from animal feed and diapers to Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, is restructuring to focus on high-margin and high-growth businesses. Evonik’s business in Russia will come to a standstill, CEO Christian Kullmann said. “We are deliberately letting it run down.”

Methionine, an amino acid that Evonik produces in Russia and which is used as an animal-feed additive, is now on the European Union’s embargo list, according to Kullmann.

Half of the investments are planned for Germany, Kullmann said. The money was earmarked for products that are sustainable and generate a margin on earnings before interest and tax of more than 20%. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

The group had decided to sell its 900-staff baby care business next year, and was looking for a partner or a buyer for its C4 Verbund unit, which makes components for car petrol, rubber and PVC plastic, with around 1,000 staff.

Evonik also plans to divest its production site in Luelsdorf, close to the city of Cologne, the CEO said. Evonik has around 600 employees at the chemical site.

As per MRC, Evonik, one the world’s petrochemical majors, is embarking on the next phase of its strategic transformation. Sustainability is being integrated fully and systematically into all elements of the strategy: portfolio management, innovation, corporate culture.

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-Braskem taps Terra Circular to form plastic recycling JV

Braskem has agreed with Dutch recycler Terra Circular to enter a joint venture for mechanical recycling, said the company.

Financial details were not disclosed. Terra Circular, through its subsidiary ER Plastics, operates the production facilities, with nominal capacity for mechanical recycling of 23,000 tonnes/year. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

The plant is to process mixed plastic waste.

“With the agreement’s execution and once its conditions’ precedents are fulfilled, Braskem will become the controlling shareholder of the joint venture, with the possibility to expand the technology’s use to other regions. Terra Circular will transfer to the joint venture the shares in its subsidiary ER Plastics,” said Braskem.

Netherlands-based Terra Circular will provide the JV all the shares in its subsidiary ER Plastics, which has a capacity to recycle 23,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

As per MRC, Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, announces the release of three new sustainable 3D printing filament product offerings for the additive manufacturing market. These first of their kind products include 3D printing filaments produced from bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) filament derived from raw sugarcane as well from recycled polyethylene and polypropylene (PE/PP) blended filaments with, or without, carbon fiber.

As per MRC, Lummus Technology announced a partnership with Braskem, the largest biopolymer producer in the world, to license green ethylene technology. Lummus and Braskem will license worldwide technology to produce green ethylene and accelerate the use of bioethanol for chemicals and plastics, supporting the industry’s efforts towards a carbon neutral circular economy.

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-Ukraine war – EU proposes phasing out Russian crude oil imports within six months

The EU plans to phase out Russian crude oil imports within six months, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said May 4.

She added that the EU is also considering phasing out imports of Russian refined products by the end of 2022.

“Today we will propose to ban all Russian oil from Europe. This will be a complete import ban on all Russian oil, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined,” Von der Leyen said in a speech to the European Parliament.

Europe is particularly dependent on Russian oil and was importing about 2.7 million b/d of crude and another 1.5 million b/d products, mostly diesel, before the Feb. 24 invasion. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

The conflict sparked self-sanctioning by European refiners and independent traders that has seen seaborne flows of Russia’s Urals crude, heavy fuel oil, vacuum gasoil and naphtha into the region drop.

“We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion. So in a way that allows us and our partners to secure alternative supply routes and at the same time be very careful that we minimize the impact on the global market,” she said.

S&P Global Commodity Insights expects to see a loss of nearly 3 million b/d in crude and products exports from Moscow in the coming months, as more buyers shun Russian oil.

The war in Ukraine has resulted in Russia’s key grade Urals trading at significant discounts.

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-New fund aims big on plastic recycling – Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Swiss investor announce fund designed to reach $500 million in capitalization.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Singapore, and Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM), Switzerland, have announced their intention to launch what they call a circular plastic fund.

The fund will aim to raise $500 million from institutional and other investors for scalable solutions to remove plastic waste from the environment, increase recycling, and drive the global transition toward a circular economy for the plastic value chain,” the Alliance says. The Alliance also says it will “serve as a cornerstone investor in the fund.” Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

“Our goal in partnering with Lombard Odier in relation to a circular plastic strategy is to grow investments in solutions that can help end plastic waste and contribute to a circular economy,” says Jacob Duer, president and CEO of the Alliance. “The strategy harnesses the collective intelligence of the plastic value chain and connects it with capital, bringing much needed solutions to scale. I am confident this will help focus financial market attention on the investment opportunity that plastic circularity represents, and help to catalyze multiple sources of financing for investments in circular solutions for plastic waste.”

New fund aims big on plastic recycling - Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Swiss investor announce fund designed to reach $500 million in capitalization

-European gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries of state-owned Gazprom a day after Ukraine stopped a major gas transit route, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Gas prices surged, with the key European benchmark gaining 12% as buyers were unsettled by the mounting threats to Europe’s supply given its high dependence on Russia. Moscow has already cut off supply to Bulgaria and Poland and countries are racing to fill dwindling gas reserves before winter.

Russia imposed sanctions late Wednesday mainly on Gazprom’s European subsidiaries including Gazprom Germania, an energy trading, storage and transmission business that Germany placed under trusteeship last month to secure supplies. It also placed sanctions on the owner of the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe pipeline that carries Russian gas to Europe. Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said there can be no relations with the companies affected nor can they take part in supplying Russian gas. The affected entities, listed on a Russian government website, are largely based in countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, most of them members of the European Union.

Germany, Russia’s top client in Europe, said some subsidiaries of Gazprom Germania were receiving no gas because of the sanctions. “Gazprom and its subsidiaries are affected,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck told the Bundestag lower house. “This means some of the subsidiaries are getting no more gas from Russia. But the market is offering alternatives.”

The list also includes Germany’s biggest gas storage facility at Rehden in Lower Saxony, with 4 Bcm3 of capacity and operated by Astora, as well as Wingas, a trader which supplies industry and local utilities. Wingas has said it would continue operating but would be exposed to shortages. Rivals Uniper, VNG or RWE could be potential sources of supply to the market. Russian gas flows to Germany continue via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

If sanctioned firms cannot operate, other companies such as gas utilities could take over contracts, which would likely involve agreeing new terms with Gazprom, including for payment, said Henning Gloystein, director at Eurasia Group. “This may be what Gazprom intends here, beyond also sending a retaliatory signal (for EU sanctions),” he added.

Gazprom said it would no longer be able to export gas through Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline after sanctions against EuRoPol Gaz, which owns the Polish section. The pipeline connects Russian gas fields in the Yamal Peninsula and Western Siberia with Poland and Germany, through Belarus, and has a 33 Bcm3 capacity, around a sixth of Russian gas exports to Europe.

European gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

-Repetable by RadiciGroup in the new Yamamay collection
On display at the Adi Design Museum in Milan “On the wave of time – Waves of fashion, history and innovation”: the history of swimwear in a path of evolution between style and sustainability.
The exhibition “Sull’Onda del tempo – Waves of fashion, history and innovation” is open to the public from 13 to 29 May in the setting of the Adi Design Museum in Milan, a project dedicated to the history of swimsuits, born from creative synergy of an Art and Design school, the Aldo Galli Academy of Como – Ied Network and the fashion company Yamamay.
Also on display are the Repetable yarns by RadiciGroup, used by Yamamay in the new sustainable proposal for beachwear: the theme of sustainability permeates the exhibition in which fabrics resulting from a long-term vision are exhibited, which can combine beauty with respect for the planet. and the sea.

Meaning of Repetable

Repetable is an innovative polyester yarn obtained through a post-consumer recycling process of plastic bottles which, compared to virgin polyester, allows to reduce CO2 emissions (-45%) and reduce water consumption (-90%) and energy (-60%), while ensuring high technical performance. It is obtained from the flakes of PET bottles through a process that helps reduce potential waste in the environment. Repetable is GRS certified, a standard that certifies the recycling process, and Oekotex, a scheme that proves the absence of substances dangerous to health.
In the conception and preparation of the exhibition, the students of the two three-year courses of Painting and visual languages ​​and of Fashion textile design of the Aldo Galli Academy have worked in recent months to reconstruct and re-propose the history of the bathing suit, coming to create a real story where eco design represents the most contemporary element, keystone in the design of one piece and bikini made to last over time and use fewer and fewer resources from the planet.

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Plastic-packaging – European-gas-crisis

Carbon-Fiber – Recycling-technologies 14-05-2022

PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers 14-05-2022

PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

-Heraeus invests for a majority share in PET recycling firm

Heraeus Holding GmbH, a Fortune 500 corporation, stated that it has invested significant stock in perPETual Technologies, a PET recycling firm situated in Kleinostheim, Germany.

Heraeus chose to rebrand the firm “revalyu Resources GmbH” in order to pursue worldwide expansion under one brand.

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most prevalent thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in textiles, liquid and food packing containers, thermoforming for manufacturing, and many other consumer items.

Revalyu has created a revolutionary, ecologically sustainable depolymerization technique for recycling post-consumer PET bottles into sustainable esters (monomers), which are the basic chemical building blocks for everything polyester-based. Revalyu’s Polymer may be utilized to create high-quality, long-lasting PET goods. In its current production plant in Nashik, India, the firm manufactures filament yarns for the textile industry. It presently employs around 300 individuals.

Jan Rinnert, chairman of the board of managing directors and CEO of Heraeus Holding GmbH, said that revalyu is driven by innovation and fits nicely within their portfolio. According to Rinnert, Heraeus’ worldwide strength will offer the funding, infrastructure, and strategic support required to drive revalyu’s growth. They intend to grow the company into one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated PET recycling firms. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

Dr. Vivek Tandon, founder of perPETual Technologies to be renamed revalyu Resources, said that they were the first to recycle PET bottles. They have built the world’s most innovative, technology-leading, and environmentally sustainable PET recycling plant in Nashik, India, after several years of hard work by the team and support from our shareholders and customers.

Vikram Nagargoje, co-founder and COO, said that they’ll work closely with Heraeus to swiftly grow their production capacity in India and abroad. Their goal is to recycle 100 million bottles of used PET bottles per day by 2026, which will be a significant step toward tackling the PET waste problem.

Revalyu’s technology provides a cost-effective continuous recycling process that successfully eliminates dirt and contaminants, resulting in high purity recycled PET. It also requires 91% less energy and 75% less water than traditional PET polymer production techniques. It may be utilized in any PET manufacturing process.

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-Plastics Recyclers Europe reports a 13% increase in installed plastics recycling capacity

According to data from Plastics Recyclers Europe, the total installed plastics recycling capacity in Europe increased by 1.1MT in 2020, compared to the previous year, representing a 13% rise. The organisation says that these figures demonstrate the plastics recycling industry’s resilience in the face of challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, supply shortages, and rising prices.

Opportunities and challenges for PET

In 2020, Plastics Recyclers Europe identified over 650 recycling facilities across Europe, with the dataset encompassing the 27 EU countries, as well as the UK, Norway, and Switzerland. This corresponds with an installed capacity of approximately 9.6 million tonnes and an annual turnover of €7.7 billion. Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and France reportedly have the highest capacities for plastic waste recycling.

PET had the highest installed capacity overall with 29% attributed to this polymer in 2020, Plastics Recyclers Europe claims. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

According to another report released earlier this year by Plastics Recyclers Europe, PETCORE Europe, Natural Mineral Water Europe (NMWE), and UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the net demand for PET in Europe was 5.1MT in 2020, with consumption of PET across applications increasing. Around 1.3MT of this demand was supplied from recycled PET production. As noted by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), beverage bottles account for 47% of overall PET demand in the EU.

“PET is a valuable resource uniquely positioned to be recycled back into its original form,” claimed Antonello Ciotti, president of PETCORE Europe, in an interview with Packaging Europe earlier this year. While considered widely recyclable, ZWE estimates that only around 23% of all PET placed on the market is recycled in Europe, which suggests a significant proportion is still being landfilled, incinerated, or is entering the environment as pollution.

The challenges facing the beverage industry provide a useful lens through which to understand PET’s struggle for circularity. Representatives from the European beverage industry have expressed concern over the potential downcycling of PET into non-food-contact applications such as textiles, where products are difficult to recycle again and often end up in landfills, incinerated, or in the environment.

The same organisations have called for a “right of first refusal” for food-grade PET to allow the beverage industry to secure enough rPET to meet EU legislation, such as the Single-Use Packaging Directive (SUPD) which will require all bottles to contain 30% recycled content by 2030. As such, despite the installed capacity for PET recycling, there are ongoing challenges in terms of how rPET is distributed across applications and how this impacts its ability to be recycled indefinitely.

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-ACE Green Recycling to build 400,000 square foot battery recycling facility

ACE Green Recycling (ACE) plans to build and operate an emissions-free and sustainable battery recycling park in Texas, U.S. The 400,000 square foot facility will be able to recycle both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries when fully operational. These batteries are key elements in the automotive, power storage, telecommunications industry, and portable devices like mobile phones and laptops.

The facility is expected to start its first phase of operations in the third quarter of 2023, starting with the recycling of lead-acid batteries using ACE’s proprietary emission-free battery recycling technology and followed by a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in proximity. When operating at full capacity, ACE expects the facility to process and recycle up to 100,000 metric tons of used lead-acid batteries and 20,000 metric tons of used lithium-ion batteries annually by 2025.

Traditionally, battery recycling is done via the smelting process which involves operating at extremely high temperatures – often more than 1,000 °C – with the burning of expensive and polluting fossil fuels, producing significant greenhouse gases (GHG) and exposing workers to hazardous working conditions. Compared to smelting, ACE’s proprietary technologies for both lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling are fully electrified with zero carbon emissions and provide higher battery material yields while providing a safer workplace environment. ACE is also exploring opportunities for operating most of its key plant activities with solar energy to reduce the facility’s Scope 2 emissions. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

ACE has identified Texas to locate its flagship battery recycling facility in the United States. With a growing population and easy access to an abundance of spent batteries from automobiles and other industrial sources, Texas is an obvious choice for ACE’s new plant.

Due to the lack of sufficient recycling capacity, the U.S. is currently exporting a large volume of its scrap batteries to Mexico and Asia while importing battery materials back to make new batteries leading to a major value loss.

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-OMV in talks to take over DSM’s engineering materials

Purchase to expand Austrian group’s chemical portfolio beyond polyolefins

Vienna – Austrian energy company OMV is participating in the second phase of the competitive bidder process currently conducted by DSM for the sale of its engineering materials operations. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

DSM disclosed plans to sell the unit in September last year and has since carved out the business to form DSM Engineering Materials BV.

The division portfolio includes engineering materials, with products such as thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), polyamides and speciality polyesters.

In a statement 6 May, OMV said the potential acquisition of DMS Engineering Materials would allow it to expand its chemical portfolio beyond polyolefins.

OMV expanded its presence in the chemicals industry in 2020 after increasing its ownership stake in Vienna-based Borealis from 36% to 75%.

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-Another record quarter for Indorama Ventures

Building on its strongest-ever annual sales of $14.6 billion in 2021, Indorama Ventures reports a record first quarter 2022, with sales of $4.444 million up 37% on the first quarter of 2021, and 12% up on the last quarter 2021.

EBITDA for the first quarter 2022 was $650 million, up 77% on the first quarter of 2021 and 41% on the last financial quarter.

All three of IVL’s business segments grew as the company’s leading global position benefited in an environment of higher crude oil prices, increased ocean freight rates and a strengthening US dollar, led by resurging consumer demand and global mobility. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

IVL’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD) business is benefiting from a high crude oil price environment, as its shale gas advantage supports MTBE and MEG margins. As ocean freight rates increase, IVL’s PET and Fibers segments are also gaining due to increased import parity pricing in Western markets, where about two thirds of their portfolios are situated. Management’s agile response to hedging and levying surcharges has helped to partially recuperate the surge in energy and utility costs in Europe as a consequence of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The reopening of economies bodes well for demand across IVL’s businesses, but China’s ongoing pandemic lockdowns have impacted downstream polyester demand. IVL’s businesses trade in US dollars and a strengthening dollar has had positive impact, reducing conversion costs in emerging economies where IVL has a strong local presence.

“Our integrated product portfolio continues to play a crucial role in the daily lives of consumers, serving end applications focused on elevating safety and well-being,” said CEO D K Agarwal. “This is the cornerstone of our resiliency and has allowed the company to successfully weather volatility and uncertainty. At the same time, our strong focus on transforming our processes is continuing to yield efficiency gains and drive increased productivity.”

The Hygiene Division of IVL announced price increases of up to 15% on all of its fibres from December 1st, 2021, or as contracts allowed, including on polypropylene, polyester, recycled polyester, polylactic acid (PLA) and bicomponent fibres.

Another record quarter for Indorama Ventures

-Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

A new enzyme variant can break down PET polyester in just 24 hours.

The enzyme, created by engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, was able to complete a circular process of breaking down the PET into smaller parts (depolymerization) and then chemically putting it back together (repolymerization). It has the potential to supercharge recycling on a large scale that would allow major industries to reduce their environmental impact by recovering and reusing plastics at the molecular level. PET-recycling – Thermoplastic-elastomers

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences used a machine learning model to generate novel mutations to a natural enzyme called PETase that allows bacteria to degrade PET plastics. The model predicts which mutations in these enzymes would accomplish the goal of quickly depolymerizing post-consumer waste plastic at low temperatures.

Through this process, which included studying 51 different post-consumer plastic containers, five different polyester fibres and fabrics and water bottles all made from PET, the researchers proved the effectiveness of the enzyme, which they are calling FAST-PETase (functional, active, stable and tolerant PETase).

Mechanical recycling is the most obvious way to cut down on plastic waste. but globally, less than 10% of all plastic has been recycled. Alternative industrial recycling processes include very energy-intensive processes of glycolysis, pyrolysis, and/or methanolysis.

Biological solutions take much less energy. Research on enzymes for plastic recycling has advanced during the past 15 years but until now, no one had been able to figure out how to make enzymes that could operate efficiently at low temperatures to make them both portable and affordable at large industrial scale. FAST-PETase can perform the process at less than 50°C.

Affordable route to industrial-scale PET recycling

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Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging 13-05-2022

Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste 13-05-2022

Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

-Stora Enso strengthens its presence in France and invests in French wood processing

Stora Enso invests in ACDF Industrie SAS and becomes a 35% shareholder of the French wood processing company. The investment is in line with Stora Enso’s growth strategy for mass timber building elements, enabling value-added, bespoke CLT (cross-laminated timber) solutions to its long-term French partners.

ACDF Industrie SAS works with all engineered wood products like CLT, Glulam and LVL (laminated veneer lumber) and manufactures them into various value-added products such as walls, floors or roof elements for residential and non-residential buildings, mainly for the French market.

‘France is one of our priority markets for growth, with building regulations favouring sustainable, renewable materials and low carbon property development. This investment builds on Stora Enso’s capacity to produce CLT and LVL near sustainably managed forests, and ACDF Industrie’s readiness to further process our wood products into walls, floors and roofs near construction sites all over France. This partnership strengthens our market reach and position as a leading global provider of sustainable engineered wood products,’ says Lars Volkel, Executive Vice President, Stora Enso’s Wood Products division. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

ACDF Industrie SAS’ investment in a second production line is developing according to plan. It will increase the capacity of mass timber elements and it will be ready in February 2023.

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-Russia’s GDP this year will fall by 12% – Bloomberg learned the forecast of the Ministry of Finance

The Finance Ministry expects Russia’s GDP to fall by 12% this year, Forbes reported, citing Bloomberg.

This is the largest decline in the country’s economy since 1994. If this forecast comes true, it will negate economic growth in about 10 years.

“The main negative factors are the oil embargo, the EU’s refusal of Russian gas, as well as the growing number of foreign companies leaving Russia,” explained Natalia Lavrova, chief economist at BCS. She expects that the negative consequences of current events will be transferred to 2023. If we build a forecast based only on the current sanctions, then the reduction in GDP this year will be 10.8%, and next year – about 5%, she said. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

According to the baseline forecast of the Central Bank, in 2022 GDP will decline by 8-10%, the Accounts Chamber expects a drop in GDP from 8.8% to 12.4%, the World Bank in the April forecast suggested that the Russian economy in 2022 will shrink by 11.2%, and economists believe that the decline will be 10.3%.

If the Treasury Department’s forecast turns out to be accurate, it will negate about a decade of economic growth.

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-CJ Bio launches PHA production in Pasuruan, Indonesia

CJ Bio, a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang, has begun manufacturing PHA biopolyester at a newly commissioned facility located in Pasuruan, Indonesia, the company has announced.

With a rated capacity of 5,000 tonnes, the new facility will exclusively produce ‘amorphous’ PHAs (a-PHAs). Amorphous PHA , which has a low glass transition temperature (Tg), is a soft, rubbery version of PHA that offers fundamentally different performance opportunities than crystalline or semi-crystalline forms of PHA.

This material will be used as a modifier for other polymers and biopolymers to improve functional characteristics and biodegradability.

Polyhydroxyalkanoates are linear polyesters produced in nature through bacterial fermentation of sugars or lipids. They occur naturally in living cells from a 5-10% rate, which gives PHAs their excellent biodegradability. CJ BIO can increase PHA content up to 85% through bacterial strain and proprietary fermentation technology. The company employs advanced downstream technology for the extraction of PHA components and for the manufacture of specific products.

The technology also has the potential to develop building blocks for other performance materials made from non-fossil fuel sources. With the company’s first commercial production facility up and running a, CJ Bio shipped its first material in April of this year. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

This new PHA manufacturing facility in Pasuruan is the culmination of decades of work that started at the company Metabolix in the early 2000s and which CJ Bio has been improving since it acquired Metabolix biopolymer assets in 2016. The company will continue to work of further expansion plans.

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-Stora Enso – Your questions answered: designing food packaging beyond plastics

Consumers have high sustainability expectations for brand-owners’ food packaging, and they are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products. These are two findings from a recent study we conducted among European consumers on their attitudes toward food packaging materials, recycling behaviors, and expectations they have for brand-owners. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

We shared some of these insights during our webinar ‘Designing food packaging beyond plastics: what do consumers want?’ where we brought Stora Enso’s experts together for a conversation on packaging sustainability and design. The discussion is valuable especially for brand-owners who would be interested in improving packaging sustainability by switching from non-renewable materials to renewable, fiber-based alternatives. If you were not able to attend, a recording of the webinar is available here.

We received plenty of thoughtful feedback from viewers, and in this article, we will answer a few of the common questions from you.

We are interested in fiber-based packaging, but we want to ensure that we will have sufficient material supply. How can we be sure that we will have continuous access your products?

The supply situation for our materials remains relatively stable and we are confident there is enough wood fiber for our current uses. We continue to work to ensure the availability of the right kind of wood in different parts of the world, use recycled fibers and optimize our board-making capacity and output from raw materials. Further, we are continuously looking forward to increasing our production capacity to further ensure supply for brand-owners looking to make the switch to fiber-based materials. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

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-Europe’s plastic recycling volume growing, says group

Plastics Recyclers Europe says plastic recycling capacity is growing at an impressive pace in the EU.

Brussels-based trade association Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) says the plastic recycling industry in the European Union (EU) is continuing “fast-paced efforts toward reaching the EU targets,” with “new figures for installed plastics recycling capacities” revealing a 13 percent growth rate.

The total installed plastics recycling capacity in 2020 in the EU27 nations (plus three nations adhering to EU regulations) grew by 1.1 metric tons compared with the previous year’s installed capacity. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

“The new figures show that the plastics recycling industry remains resilient while continuing its path toward making plastics genuinely circular,” states PRE. Growth in the sector, despite the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, was possible “thanks to the booming demand driven, among others, by the new legislative targets,” adds PRE.

Europe’s plastic recycling volume growing, says group

-New York recycling legislation aims to increase collection rates, PCR supply

EPR bill considered toughest in nation

Companies would reduce packaging by 50%

Two plastic packaging bills were recently introduced in New York state that, if passed, would raise the supply of recycled plastics, reduce waste and incentivize companies to use more sustainable packaging.

The first bill, AB A10185, would establish an extended producer responsibility, or EPR, program, which aims to increase collection rates and in turn the supply of recycled materials, by shifting some packaging end-of-life management burdens from consumers and governments to industry. Biopolymers-PHA – Plastic-waste

“The EPR bill puts the responsibility from cradle to grave on manufacturers as they will take responsibility for the eventual recycling or reuse” of packaging, Englebright said at a May 10 press conference. “[Plastic packaging] goes out the door of the manufacturing facility, and they never think about it again. But we … have higher taxes and compromised health.”

Key features of the bill include requiring companies to gradually reduce their packaging by 50% over 10 years through more sustainable packaging design, switching to reuse/refill systems, and/or eliminating excess packaging altogether

Companies would also be required to transition 90% of their remaining packaging over 12 years to be recyclable, compostable or made from recycled content. In all new packaging, certain materials will be banned, including PFAS, heavy metals, and non-recyclable plastics such as PVC and polystyrene.

Also, packaging producers would be required to pay fees to the program, which will be determined via a structure that provides incentives to producers that seek to reduce waste at the source and adopt more sustainable packaging designs and practices. Charges will also be adjusted based on the percentage of post-consumer content, which producers will be required to specify on packaging products.

The bill specifies that the definition of post-consumer resin should not include any material sourced from energy recovery or “generated by means of combustion, incineration, pyrolysis, gasification, solvolysis, chemical recycling and any high-heat or chemical conversion process.”

Europe’s plastic recycling volume growing, says group

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Plastics-Recycling – Biotechnology 12-05-2022

Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle 12-05-2022

Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

-Hualu Hengsheng plans nylon 66 in China

China’s Hualu Hengsheng Chemical is planning to construct a nylon 66 project as well as a solvent project at Dezhou in Shandong province, the company said.

The nylon 66 project will have two product lines, each at 40,000 tonnes/year of capacity. A 200,000 tonne/year adipic acid plant and other supporting facilities will also be installed.

For the solvent project, the company will build two dimethyl carbonate (DMC) plants each at 300,000 tonnes/year of capacity, a 300,000 tonne/year ethyl methyl carbonate (EMC) plant and some supporting units.

Hualu Hengsheng estimates that investments will be roughly yuan (CNY) 3.1bn (USD464m) for the nylon 66 project and CNY1bn for the solvent project. Constructions are expected to take 24 months for the nylon 66 project and 20 months for the solvent project. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

As MRC informed earlier, Domo, a manufacturer of engineering and high performance materials has announced it will be investing millions of euros in updating and expanding the production capacity for high-performance Technyl polyamides over the coming years. The company said that the investment was necessary to meet growing demand in the automotive, electrical & electronics, and industrial consumer goods industries, and to help build a sustainable future

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-Trinseo raises May PS, ABS and SAN prices in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of May 4. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

Effective May 1, 2022, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose to reflect current market conditions as follows:

STYRON™ general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) by +90 Euro per metric ton

STYRON™ and STYRON™ A-TECH, STYRON™ C-TECH and STYRON™ X- TECH high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) by +90 Euro per metric ton

MAGNUM™ ABS resins by +60 Euro per metric ton

TYRIL™ SAN resins by +60 Euro per metric ton

We remind, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PS, ABS and SAN grades on 1 April 2022, as stated below:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR430 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR430 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR430 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR430 per metric ton.

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-Curbside HDPE prices rise slightly

Market graph iconThis month has brought relative calm to markets, with post-consumer recyclables bale prices largely flat except for a few modest changes.

The national average price for corrugated containers (PS 11) is down another $2 per ton this month, now trading at an average $129 per ton. OCC was trading for about $93 per ton this time last year.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars leveled off this month, now at an average 39.56 cents per pound, compared to 39.22 cents per pound this time last month. Some regions are trading as high as 50 cents per pound. PET was trading at 15.69 cents one year ago.

The national average price of post-consumer natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from curbside collection programs is up 2%, now at an average 54.81 cents per pound. This compares with 53.72 cents last month. The price was 89.31 cents this time last year. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

The national average price of color HDPE is also up 2%. This grade is now trading at 29.56 cents per pound, compared with 28.94 cents last month. Color HDPE averaged 38.44 cents one year ago.

Notable price increases are being seen across three film grades, however.

The national average price of Grade A film is up 6%, now at 22.50 cents per pound, compared with 21.13 last month and 17.63 cents one year ago. And Grade B film is now 8.13 cents, compared with 6.56 one year ago. Prices for both are the highest they’ve been in recent memory.

Grade C film is now averaging 1.13 cents per pound. That’s the highest price paid for this lower-grade film bale since mid-2020.

Generally speaking, other curbside metal, paper and plastic prices are flat this month.

The national average price for sorted, baled aluminum cans remains steady, at 114 cents per pound. This material was trading at an average 64.13 cents per pound this time last year.

Sorted, baled steel cans have also remained consistent. They are selling for an average $236 per ton. The price was $233 per ton one year ago.

Sorted residential papers (PS 56) remain unchanged, at $100 per ton. This compares with $55 per ton one year ago.

And the same goes for mixed paper (PS 54), which is still selling for $70 per ton, compared with $34 this time last year, and for sorted office papers (PS 37), which are still trading for about $220 per ton, compared with an average $116 one year ago.

Lastly, polypropylene (PP) is still trading at 34.56 cents per pound, the same as last month. PP was 33.31 cents one year ago.

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-EURATEX reaches out to Ukrainian textile industry

EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation has launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. EUTI offers a single contact point for Ukrainian companies who seek support and cooperation with EU counterparts, and vice versa.

The connection will be helpful to match supply and demand (e.g. there are many requests for supplies of fabrics), engage in public procurement, offering company-to-company support. The service will be coordinated by EURATEX in close cooperation with UKRLEGPROM, the Ukrainian association of enterprises of textile & leather industry. Olena Garkusha, an experienced manager coming from the Ukrainian textile industry and now based in Brussels, will act as contact point, EURATEX said in a press release. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

EU exports to Ukraine reached €1.3 billion in 2021 (13th market), whereas imports from Ukraine reached €500 million (21st place). There is potential to expand that relationship, both in the short term – to respond to urgent needs, e.g. in military and medical fabrics – but also in the longer run; as a partner in the PEM Convention, Ukraine can play an important role in Europe’s textile and apparel supply chain. The proposed suspension of tariffs on imported products from Ukraine by the EU will offer further opportunities.

“Supporting the textile industry is our way to help the people of Ukraine. We encourage our European members to connect via EUTI and develop sustainable partnerships,” EURATEX director general Dirk Vantyghem said.

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-MOL builds one of the largest capacity green hydrogen plants in Europe

MOL Group, has teamed up with Plug Power Inc. , a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, to build one of Europe’s largest-capacity green hydrogen production facilities at MOL’s Danube Refinery in Szazhalombatta, Hungary, said the company.

Green hydrogen will reduce the carbon footprint of the Danube Refinery operation and enable emission-free mobility in the longer term.

Utilizing a 10-megawatt (MW) electrolysis unit from Plug Power, MOL’s €22 million facility will be able to produce approximately 1,600 tons of clean, carbon-neutral, green hydrogen annually, removing up to 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide by displacing the currently used natural gas-based production process. As this process represents one-sixth of the carbon dioxide emissions of MOL Group, this investment supports MOL’s carbon neutrality goals and will contribute to energy independence for the region. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

Once operational in 2023, MOL will use the green hydrogen in its Danube Refinery during fuel production of its own hydrogen system. It will be incorporated into the molecules of MOL fuels, lowering the carbon outputs from the production technology and the final product.

The production of green hydrogen does not generate any greenhouse gas emissions. The Plug equipment uses electricity from a renewable source to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas by a process called electrolysis. This process does not produce any by-products that harm the environment. By producing one ton of hydrogen, eight-to-nine tons of pure oxygen is also produced by the equipment, saving nearly 10,000 tons of natural gas consumption in the process. Plug’s electrolyzers, with nearly 50 years of operational experience in applications demanding high reliability, are modular, scalable hydrogen generators optimized for clean hydrogen production.

The company behind the world’s first and most comprehensive Green Hydrogen Ecosystem , Plug is making green hydrogen adoption simple for companies ready to improve both efficiency and sustainability of their operations. Plug’s independent green hydrogen production network is targeting 70 TPD by the end of 2022 and remains on track to have 500 TPD of green hydrogen generation network in North America by 2025 and 1,000 TPD on a global basis by 2028.

MOL builds one of the largest capacity green hydrogen plants in Europe

-Amcor’s No-Label PET Bottle for Danone Launches in Argentina

Lasered molds produce a label-free water bottle with a 21% smaller carbon footprint than the labeled bottle.

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP), Ann Arbor, MI, and Danone, Paris, have launched a fully recyclable, label-free recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottle for Danone’s Villavicencio water brand in Argentina.

The 1.5-Liter bottle is made from 100% rPET and offers a carbon footprint that’s 21% smaller than that of the previous bottle. Eliminating the label also ensures there are no potential contaminants in the recycled resin, which is expected to increase yields of recycled PET resin. Nylon66-China – No-Label-PET-Bottle

The new bottle incorporates the same visual elements as the previous bottle, which was made from a blend of virgin and post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins and was decorated with a polyethylene label. The new package was two years in development.

The mold technology for the label-free bottle comes from Moldintec, an independent blow mold supplier from Argentina. Moldintec used laser-based machining to create highly detailed molds for the Villavicencio bottle.

Embossed in the bottle’s surface are brand and product information. The latter includes required data such as “detailed nutrition information and legal information related [to where the product] is produced, consumer contact, expire date,” and the like, Juan Cazes, general manager of Amcor, Argentina, informs us. This information is molded along the middle of the bottle.

Moldintec won a 2022 WorldStar Award from the World Packaging Organisation for a similar label-free bottle for Danone’s Bonafont water, a brand sold in Brazil. The Bonafont bottle is also produced using laser-based molds.

Amcor sources the rPET for the label-free Villavicencio bottle from the leading PCR producer in Argentina, embracing “the local circular economy for PET,” Cazes says.

Amcor’s No-Label PET Bottle for Danone Launches in Argentina

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rPET-Food-Tray – Biodegradable technology 11-05-2022

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-Equipolymers and RITTEC announce cooperation

PET manufacturer Equipolymers continues to move towards the circular economy with new Rittec technology

  • The aim is to meet the growing demand for rPET in food quality
  • Significant increase in the proportion of recycled material in PET granules for food contact
  • Fossil raw materials will continue to be replaced

revolPET technology from Rittec provides the basis for recycled raw materials for PET in new product quality

PET manufacturer Equipolymers and technology startup Rittec Umwelttechnik announced their cooperation today in Schkopau. By developing and implementing Rittec’s revolPET process in Equipolymers’ PET production plant, the recyclate content in PET with food contact is to be significantly increased.

Mechanical PET recycling has successfully established itself in the European market over many years. However, the possible input materials for mechanical recycling processes are limited. For example, multilayer materials often used in the packaging sector or heavily coloured PET containers are very difficult to recycle. In addition, while PET is virtually unlimited and 100 percent recyclable, multiple mechanical recycling loops can compromise the optical properties of recycled PET.

Due to the insufficient availability of high-quality post-consumer PET, higher recycling volumes are difficult to achieve with existing technologies. In Germany, for example, the proportion of recyclates is currently only around 26 percent on average (source: IFEU study).

With revolPET, Rittec provides a technology solution to skip these boundaries. The use of this new chemical recycling solution, defined as a back-to-monomer process, enables the reprocessing of PET plastics in new product quality. The continuous recycling process can be used to close cycles of polyester plastics with high throughput rates. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Substitution of virgin monomers within reach

Laboratory-scale polymerization tests have shown promising results. “Confirmed by the laboratory results, the replacement of virgin monomers is within reach for us,” says Olaf Hempel, Head of Development at Equipolymers. That is why the partners are striving for even more intensive cooperation in order to achieve their goals.

“Our revolPET technology can make an enormous contribution to the circular plastics economy,” comments Carsten Eichert, Rittec founder and managing director. “We want to prove that our basic PET components produced from post-consumer waste meet the standards for food contact.”

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-bp supports circular plastics chain with Clean Planet Energy

bp signs 10-year offtake deal with Clean Planet Energy which aims to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks

bp has signed a 10-year offtake agreement with Clean Planet Energy, a UK-based company that is developing facilities to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks and also into ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD).

Clean Planet Energy designs and builds facilities – which they refer to as ecoPlants – that are expected to process plastics typically rejected by traditional recycling centres and so would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration.

Under the new agreement bp will initially receive the output of Clean Planet Energy’s first facility, currently under construction in Teesside in the north-east of England.

The north-east facility is designed to have the capacity to process 20,000 tonnes a year of waste plastics into naphtha and ULSD. The naphtha can be utilised as feedstock into circular plastics value chains, which is aligned with bp’s aim of unlocking new sources of value through circularity, keeping products and materials in use for longer. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Clean Planet Energy will provide bp with the opportunity to expand the relationship by offtaking products from its future plants beyond Teesside.

bp is already leading a series of major hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects being developed in and around Teesside that will support decarbonisation of the region’s industries. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Last November it unveiled plans for a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility that could deliver up to 500Mwe (megawatt electrical input) of hydrogen production ‎by 2030 (click here).

Clean Planet Energy is currently in the process of developing 12 of its ecoPlants globally. From these facilities alone, the company aims to divert 250,000 tonnes of hard-to-recycle waste plastic annually from landfills and the environment, creating more than 700 green jobs in local communities. Clean Planet Energy plans to announce further ecoPlants in the UK, EU, South-East Asia and the Americas later this year.

-Step toward Circular Economy?

Catalytic deconstruction of PET with zirconium metal-organic framework

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most common plastics. Discarded PET most often ends up in landfills or in the environment because the rate of recycling remains low. In the journal Angewandte

Chemie, a research team has now reported a zirconium-based metal-organic framework material that catalyzes the degradation of PET into its monomers. These can then be reused to make high-value PET, allowing for development of a circular economy.

Almost 70 million tons of PET are produced annually. PET is processed to make products like fibers, drink bottles, and food packaging. Although PET can be melted down and reused, the high temperatures employed result in a lower quality of recycled products, limiting this strategy to only a few cycles. Chemical deconstruction of PET into its monomers would provide starting material for the renewed production of high-quality PET products but it requires large amounts of solvents and reagents, high pressures, and expensive separation of troublesome byproducts. Additives and dyed products could also make things difficult. The alternative would be a catalytic process. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

A team led by Omar K. Farha at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA has now reported a catalyst that breaks PET waste down at 260 °C into the building blocks terephthalic acid (TA) and mono-methyl terephthalate (MMT) in yields up to 98 %. The catalyst belongs to a class of materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are porous structures with metals at the nodes and organic molecules linking them.

The researchers chose to use UiO-66, a well-known zirconium-based MOF that can easily be produced on a large scale. UiO-66 consists of clusters containing six zirconium atoms as nodes, which are connected by six terephthalic acid molecules as linkers.

Extensive structural analyses showed that during deconstruction of PET, UiO-66 surprisingly rearranges into a different form with the same composition: MIL-140A, which is a framework of seven-coordinate zirconium oxide chains that are linked to six other chains by terephthalic acid bridges. This rearrangement only causes a slight decrease in the catalytic activity.

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-New scenarios for 2022 Eurozone and UK PE growth as inflation and debt pressures build

The cost of living crisis in the developed world, and today we use the example of the Eurozone and the UK, is so severe that even single-use polyethylene (PE) demand is a risk.

Even before the Ukraine-Russia conflict, PE consumption was facing downward pressure as we moved from the pandemic to the endemic phase of coronavirus. Now, as interest rates rise at a time of worrying levels of public and private debt, we have to consider extent to which governments will be able to provide support for lower-paid workers who are under great pressure to cut back on their grocery spending.

We thus need scenarios for demand to enable the industry to better plan for an incredibly uncertain future. The blog has never known market analysis as complex as this:

The ICIS Supply & Demand Base Case growth for Eurozone and UK PE demand in 2022 over last year is 1%. I see this outcome as likely if the Eurozone and the UK can offset rocketing inflation through significant support for lower-paid workers. This will largely counteract the loss of tonnes resulting from the endemic phase of coronavirus. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

Downside 1 envisages limited wiggle room for extra fiscal spending on rising interest rates and further upward pressures on inflation. Here, consumption contracts by 4%.

The worst-case outcome, Downside 2, would see demand falling by 7% on full-blown stagflation and a debt crisis as much- higher interest rates make debt costs unserviceable. The worst-case outcome leaves demand around 900,000 tonnes lower than 2021 and a million tonnes lower than our Base Case for 2022.

Balanced against this should be the possibility that Eurozone and UK demand for imports will be higher than expected because of reduced purchases of Russian oil, naphtha and natural gas.

The decisions that PE exporters make from hereon in will be critical. Every tonne they produce and allocate to the region where the demand is, will of course make them money. And in a time of volatile and high feedstock costs, every tonne they don’t produce, when they correctly assess that the demand isn’t there in a particular market, will be important in preserving cashflow. Cash might be about to become king again, as in 2008-2009.

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-Slowdown in US may affect China’s exports: Experts

The risk of the US economy slowing down and even nosediving into recession could add another layer of uncertainty to export growth and financial stability in China, underlining the necessity for China to strengthen its economy, say experts. Investors doubt whether the US Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening can tame inflation without triggering a rapid decline in economic growth.

“We don’t think it (the recession risk) is a serious near-term concern,” Rob Subbaraman, head of global macro research at Nomura, was quoted as saying by an official Chinese media outlet, citing the cushion provided by high household savings, low unemployment rates and strong corporate balance sheets.

But the risk could increase going forward, Subbaraman said, as the financial services group forecasts that the cumulative probability of a US economic recession from now to the end of 2024 is fairly high at between 35 per cent and 40 per cent, with higher risk in the second half of 2023 and 2024.

He said US economic growth is likely to start slowing in the second half of this year due to factors like tightening monetary and fiscal policies and rising commodity prices that impair demand.  Green-hydrogen – Food-packaging

He noted that a possible US slowdown could hurt Chinese exporters because they mostly sell goods to US consumers while consumption of goods could cool more sharply than the whole US economy as spending shifts from goods to services as the omicron wave fades.

“I think China is going to be negatively affected by the US slowdown and probably more so than you would realise just looking at aggregate US GDP growth,” Subbaraman said.

Signs have emerged that China’s export growth could face downside risks. An indicator of manufacturers’ new export orders dropped to 41.6 in April from 47.2 in March, pointing to a deeper contraction in export orders, said the purchasing managers index survey released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Slowdown in US may affect China's exports: Experts

-UBQ’s Sustainable Thermoplastic Incorporated in Hybrid Plastic-Metal Parts

Polymertal will use UBQ in lightweight metal-plated polypropylene parts with key metallic properties for automotive and other applications.

Tel Aviv–based UBQ Materials announced today a partnership with Polymertal, a developer of hybrid plastic-metal parts headquartered in Haifa, Israel. Polymertal will use UBQ’s sustainable thermoplastic, converted from unsorted plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, in its new SPP-50XX material with metallic properties.

Polymertal’s SPP-50XX comprises 20% UBQ and 80% polypropylene. Metal plating composed of copper and nickel in varying thicknesses is placed on top of the plastic substrate, resulting in a lightweight part that exhibits key metallic properties, including durability, stiffness, heat resistance, and electromagnetic shielding, according to Polymertal. Applications include automotive, industrial, and consumer products. Circular-plastics – Sustainable-Thermoplastic

The inclusion of UBQ in the SPP-50XX base substrate reduces its carbon footprint. Compared with aluminum, for example, it reportedly achieves roughly a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions, as verified by World Watchers, a German organization that says it adapted the “proven WeightWatchers concept to climate protection.”

“Countless applications require materials that are lightweight, withstand high-temperature environments, and are thermally and electrically conductive,” said Polymertal CEO Ran Carmeli. “SPP-50XX exhibits all these features, and the presence of UBQ brings sustainability earlier in the supply chain, making it even easier for manufacturers to reduce the overall carbon footprint of their end products,” said Carmeli.

UBQ's Sustainable Thermoplastic Incorporated in Hybrid Plastic-Metal Parts

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Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy 10-05-2022

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-Sinochem International’s nylon 66-HMDA project completes “intermediate handover”

On April 6, Sinochem International Corporation announced the completion of “intermediate handover”  for the Nylon 66-HMDA project, invested by Sinochem and constructed by Ruitai Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (subsidiary of Yangnong Chemical Group). The project is about to enter the commissioning stage

The project is designed of an annual output of 40,000 tons of nylon 66 polymer and 25,000 tons of intermediate hexamethylene diamine (HMDA), with a total investment of 978 million yuan  (around 148 million USD). It is about to enter the commissioning stage, and is expected to achieve steady production by June 2022.

The project is based on innovative production technology and will effectively break through the “short board” in nylon 66 and its key intermediates supply in China.

It is expected to provide high-quality nylon 66 materials and key intermediate hexamethylene diamine for the Chinese market, and improve the controlling capability and security of supply of nylon 66 industrial chain in Chinese market.

Nylon 66 has a bright market prospect in China. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

After the project is put into production and effective, it is expected to achieve an annual sales income of 886 million yuan (around 134 million USD), which will bring new growth points for the company.

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-Digital control of yarns for less waste

Apart from many traditionally woven carpets on the RCE+ carpet weaving machine, Vandewiele will also promote the digitally controlled RCF machine with Fast Creel, cut-loop machines, and specific machines for weaving light carpets at the Domotex Turkey 2022. All will be illustrated by carpet samples at the trade fair from May 14-17, 2022 in Gaziantep/Turkey.

The digital control of yarns allows the development of new qualities, a higher production efficiency and a closer follow-up of the machine park. Yarn waste is reduced at the highest production speed.  Combinations of cut pile carpets with flatweave as well as sisal look carpets will be presented.

In tufting, the digital control of pile yarns (active yarn feed, also called IPD) has allowed Vandewiele NV, Marke/Belgium, the development of high definition Colortec 1/10” tufting carpet in 8 colors – or 1/7” gauge, competing with the traditional Axminster carpets.  Solutions for plain carpets, artificial grass and the Myriad machines for tiles and other applications will also be highlighted. The new autonomous shearing machine, ATSH, will be presented in detail. For the back coating the focus will be on energy saving. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

Superba SAS, Moulhouse Cedex/France, a leader in heat-setting with saturated steam under pressure, is now offering the hot-air heat-setting solution with the DHS3 line. This triple-layer heat-setting process provides a very high level of evenness and a highly homogenous fixation characteristic to the yarn, as well as stain resistance or enhanced bulk. The DHS3 line offers a high energy saving process in a reduced floor-space.

To complete their range, Superba, a brand of Vandewiele, is also introducing their new B403 automatic winder. This machine has an individual spindle motorization drive; it enables a constant tension winding process, an accurate bobbin length measuring as well as a unique quality control for each yarn position.

Finally, with the BXE extrusion line from Vandewiele, the MF400 texturizing machine and the MCD3 space-dyeing machine as complementary processes before heat-setting, with Superba lines, the carpet industry is offered all the necessary equipment to produce innovative yarn types.

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-LyondellBasell licenses Lupotech T technology to Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co. Ltd.

LyondellBasell announced that Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co. Ltd. will use its Lupotech T high-pressure polyethylene technology at a new facility. The process technology will be used for two 200 kiloton per year (KTA) vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) lines. The facility will be located in the Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, P.R. of China. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

“Demand for both EVA and low density polyethylene (LDPE) remains strong in the current dynamic market. In particular, higher value applications such as for solar panel lamination and encapsulant are in strong demand, driven mainly by the on-going energy transition,” said Neil Nadalin, Director Global Licensing and Services at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added, “The Lupotech T process, offering both lowest operating and balanced investment cost, is the technology of choice for our customers to produce both EVA and LDPE grades”.

Mr. Bai Wei, Chairman of Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Co., Ltd stated, “We gained within the Jiangsu Shenghong group companies a very pleasant experience with the LyondellBasell polyolefin technology offer in the field of high pressure technology. This is already the 4th and 5th polyolefin line based on LyondellBasell proprietary technology allowing us to produce superior polyolefin grades in high demand. Therefore, selecting LyondellBasell technology was a natural choice for expanding our production capacity with this additional project.”

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech T process the preferred technology for LDPE/EVA plant operators. High conversion rates, demonstrated high plant availability, and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech T process, designed to ensure this technology’s on-going energy efficiency.

More than 13 million KTA of the Lupotech T process for LDPE/EVA production capacity has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 70 lines around the world.

New licensees can take advantage of LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, product development according to the latest environmental regulations and our knowhow in high pressure design, by optionally joining our Technical Service program.

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-Covestro implements sustainability through circular economy

Roy Cheung from Covestro discusses circular economies and how they apply to plastic production, during his talk on the Sustainability LIVE digital stage

Based on consumer sentiments around microplastics, the plastic production industry has a lot of work to do before it can call itself sustainable. More organisations are looking at ways in which they can adapt their operations—a seemingly impossible task for a plastic producer—and Covestro is one of those that are taking on this challenge. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

At Sustainability LIVE, Roy Cheung, Global Head of Sustainability Solutions, Engineering Plastics at Covestro, joined us to discuss this rather difficult subject, but with the optimistic approach of circularity.

Can plastics be sustainable through a circular economy?

Cheung addresses the precedence that has been set by the use of plastic and the throw-away culture that has arisen as a result of it. After acknowledging the difficulties the industry faces, he explains how Covestro will manage its waste and follow a circular approach to bring plastics back into the manufacturing process.

“80% of the circular model can be contributed with material-related strategies,” says Cheung.

“From material recirculation—recycling and recovering materials—to, what we call, the product material efficiency. How do you choose the right material to make the product or applications more efficient?”

Covestro’s materials have served many industries over the years, which Cheung takes into account during his presentation. This includes the automotive industry, construction, wood and furniture, and electronics.

Cheung also goes into detail about the company’s operations for recycling materials, which can be separated into two different methods to serve varying needs, one of them being the mechanical approach—for non-critical components—and the drop-in solution.

-Pal Packaging and INEOS Styrolution to develop food packaging

Pal Packaging will integrate INEOS Styrolution’s Styrolution PS ECO into its food packaging following successful trials.

Greece-based food packaging manufacturer Pal Packaging has partnered with styrenics supplier INEOS Styrolution to develop styrenics-based sustainable packaging for the food industry. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

As part of the partnership, Pal Packaging will integrate INEOS Styrolution’s Styrolution PS ECO into its new food packaging.

The Styrolution PS ECO solution is made from fully recycled polystyrene (PS) and will initially be used for poultry and mushroom packaging.

Pal Packaging has agreed to implement the new recycled material on its products following successful trials.

The packaging material is designed to be easy to process and complies with food contact regulations.

Palamidis quality and research and development (R&D) manager Konstantinos Roumpos said: “INEOS Styrolution made it a seamless transition for us to offer our customers a sustainable packaging solution.

“We are eager to go ahead with sustainable packaging solutions, starting with poultry and mushroom packaging.”

INEOS Styrolution said the partnership represents a ‘milestone’ towards a circular economy for PS.

It comes after Pal Packaging launched a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production line for use in post-industrial and post-consumer recycled materials in 2019.

A division of Greece-based company Palamidis, Pal Packaging claims to be an ‘innovative’ and ‘reliable’ supplier of packers, processors and supermarkets across Europe.

INEOS Styrolution standard business project specialist Louie Mackee said: “At INEOS Styrolution, we are excited working with Pal Packaging.

“The company is committed to providing high-quality products and dedicated to new sustainable solutions. In fact, our two companies share the same vision in terms of sustainability and innovation.” Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

Pal Packaging and INEOS Styrolution to develop food packaging

-BWF acquires Spanish long-term partner

BWF Envirotec, the filter division of Germany’s BWF Group which specialises in needlepunched nonwoven roll goods, filter bags and filter elements, has this year acquired its long-time partner, ACMA, to further expand its leading market position in the global growth market of air pollution control.

ACMA was established in 1995 and provides individual filtration solutions from Badalona, a Catalan industrial town about ten kilometres north-east of Barcelona.

Filter bags for industrial filtration are produced with a flexible fleet of machinery with an annual capacity of 120,000 units. Services such as the inspection of filter systems, technical advice, filter bag installation and filter exchange are offered by ACMA, as well as filter bag inspections, carried out at an in-house R & D lab. The company’s production portfolio is supplemented by filter cartridges and accessory parts such as supporting cages, valves, hose pipes, pressure tanks, electronic controls or emissions control probes. Nylon66-HMDA – Circular-economy

There are solid synergies between the two companies in the supply of materials to equipment manufacturers and operators of flue gas cleaning plants

BWF acquires Spanish long-term partner

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PET-bottle-chip-prices – Nylon 09-05-2022

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6 09-05-2022

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,300 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +300
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,220 $/ton 1,235 $/ton +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,350 yuan/ton 7,520 yuan/ton +170
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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6,410 yuan/ton 6,460 yuan/ton +50 
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,035 $/ton 1,045 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,835 yuan/ton 4,850 yuan/ton +15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 620 $/ton 618 $/ton -2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,169 $/ton 1,198 $/ton +29
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,148 $/ton 1,178 $/ton +30
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,266 $/ton 1,290 $/ton +24
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 8,015 yuan/ton
+315
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,200 yuan/ton 9,400 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,900 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton +250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,380 yuan/ton 8,700 yuan/ton +320
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,430 yuan/ton +330
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,750 yuan/ton 14,350 yuan/ton
+600
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,150 $/ton -100
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,500 $/ton 2,420 $/ton -80
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,200 yuan/ton 15,300 yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

25,500 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,500 yuan/ton 17,650 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 20,050 yuan/ton 20,200 yuan/ton- +150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,300 yuan/ton 18,350 yuan/ton +50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 67,000 yuan/ton 66,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 60,000 yuan/ton 59,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 50,000 yuan/ton 49,500 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton +100
Benzene domestic market 8,750 yuan/ton 8,980 yuan/ton +230
Benzene overseas  market 1,151 $/ton 1,176 $/ton +25
Ethylene South East market 1,290 $/ton 1,240 $/ton -50
Ethylene NWE  market 1,457 $/ton 1,436 $/ton -21
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton +200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,250 yuan/ton 14,420 yuan/ton +170
PP Powder domestic market
9,850 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton +50
Naphtha overseas market  890 $/ton 910 $/ton
+20
Phenol domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 10,580 yuan/ton +380

Bottle-grade-PET – Nylon6rket

Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system 09-05-2022

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-Versalis to launch new food pack made with 75% post-consumer polystyrene

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, is expanding its Revive portfolio to include a new product for food packaging made with 75% domestic post-consumer polystyrene, said Packagingeurope. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

The product, referred to as Versalis Revive PS Air F – Series Forever, is the result of the company’s existing collaboration with Forever Plast S.p.A., and has been developed as part of a collaborative project with various players in the polystyrene industry value chain, including Corepla, ProFood and Unionplast.

This collaboration has given rise to a tray that is suitable for food and is composed of recycled polystyrene developed by the companies that are members of Pro Food. According to the company, the solution is also recyclable. The tray consists of an inner layer containing Versalis Revive PS Air F – Series Forever and two outer layers made from virgin polystyrene. This structure, known as the A-B-A functional barrier, ensures food contact compliance.

The functional barrier design and stringent testing were developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), a Germany-based applied research institute that works with industry to develop viable technologies for bringing innovative products to the market.

This new solution is scheduled to be marketed over the next few weeks and is mainly aimed at the meat and fish packaging market.

The Versalis Revive range comprises products made exclusively from mechanical recycling of post-consumer plastics and plastics from the industry supply chain. In addition to Versalis Revive PS, other polymer-based products are available on the market, including expandable polystyrene (Versalis Revive EPS) and polyethylene (Versalis Revive PE).

As per MRC, Versalis confirms the transformation of its activities at Porto Marghera and the implementation of new industrial initiatives in the area. These initiatives complement Eni’s plans in the petrochemical and biorefinery field for a total of more than EUR500 million in investments, and aim to accelerate the energy transition and the development of chemistry from the circular economy. This implementation will see more than 600,000 tonnes/year of CO2 emissions being cut.

As per MRC, Versalis S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese), the chemical company of Italian energy major Eni, has licensed to Enter Engineering Pte. Ltd. a Low-Density Polyethylene/Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (LDPE/EVA) swing unit to be built as part of a new Gas-to-Chemical Complex based on MTO-Methanol to Olefins technology to be located in the Karakul area in the Bukhara region of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

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-Assessing odour-reduction technology in textiles

Researchers at Microban International have developed a novel strategy for evaluating the success of odour control technologies.

The growth of the global sportswear market is fuelling interest in odour control technologies for textiles.  Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

Among the emerging methodologies that assess odour reduction functionality is a novel procedure that uses a synthetic formulation closely mimicking human sweat and incorporates human perception for assessment. Kate Hawley, Senior Microbiologist, and Dr Glenner Richards, Director of Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry, both from Microban International, explain their newly developed system for testing the efficacy of odour-reduction treatments in sports clothing.

Textile malodour is a major concern in the sports and athleisure wear markets. While wearing any textile article – especially during any physical exertion – body sweat is transferred to clothing.

Being organic in nature, sweat is readily metabolized as a food source by skin microflora, generating chemical substances that are associated with body odour. Chemical components within sweat are hydrophobic and effortlessly bind to the synthetic fibres typically used in sports apparel, so they are not easily dislodged during washing. This adherence leads to long-term malodour retention within the fabric, causing consumers to excessively wash their clothes, so the textile articles wear out faster and end up being prematurely discarded.

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-Amcor’s PowerPost Technology Lightweights PET Bottles, Improves Consumer Experience

The technology produces bottles nearly one-third lighter with a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20-oz bottles.

Just ahead of National Packaging Design Day on May 7, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) has announced the launch of PowerPost, a technology that produces bottles nearly one-third lighter with a 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over most 20-oz bottles available today. It also allows for the use of up to 100% recycled materials and reportedly provides a superior consumer experience by eliminating spills from overflow when the bottle is first opened. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

ARP claims that PowerPost is the most advanced lightweighting technology for hot fill beverages on the market today. It is described as an extension of Amcor’s patented, vacuum-absorbing technology, PowerStrap. The PowerPost base incorporates two key technologies — an invertible, central post that actively displaces vacuum and PowerStrap, the flexible ring surrounding the post. After filling, the post is inverted to actively displace vacuum inside the container. As the product cools down, the surrounding ring flexes to passively absorb any remaining vacuum.

By eliminating vacuum panels, PowerPost offers increased design freedom, a premium appearance, and consumer appeal, while addressing sustainability goals, said ARP in the announcement. Eliminating the panels in the body also drives operational improvements at the fillers. Bottle labels are applied more efficiently, said the company.

“Our engineers developed technology that pushes the boundaries of lightweighting in the hot-fill arena to help our customers meet their cost and sustainability needs,” said Terry Patcheak, Vice President of R&D, Sustainability and Project Management at ARP. “This next-generation innovation will improve the consumer experience while addressing widespread commitments to reduce material use and lower greenhouse-gas emissions.”

Amcor has pledged to make all of its packaging recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025.

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-Enzyme Breaks Down Waste Plastic in Days, or Even Hours

The plastics-eating enzyme can almost completely degrade untreated, postconsumer-PET from 51 different thermoformed products in a week, say researchers.

Why bury plastic in a landfill and wait years for it to degrade when it can break down in days — or even hours?

That’s what researchers at the University of Texas at Austin propose in their study of a plastics-eating enzyme. The paper was published on April 27 in the journal Nature

Their variant of an enzyme called PETase can degrade PET even at low temperatures, making the process even greener by reducing energy usage. By creating a machine learning algorithm, the team was able to engineer its mutated version of PETase, called FAST, which stands for functional, active, stable, and tolerant.

According to the paper, PET accounts for 12% of global solid waste. FAST-PETase has the potential to take a big bite out of that volume. The study found that the plastics-eating enzyme could:

  • Almost completely degrade untreated, postconsumer-PET from 51 different thermoformed products in a week.
  • Depolymerize all of a thermally pretreated water bottle at 50°C, or untreated amorphous portions of a water bottle.

Furthermore, the team demonstrated that PET could be resynthesized from monomers recovered after using FAST-PETase. In some cases, those monomers were generated within 24 hours.

“The possibilities are endless across industries to leverage this leading-edge recycling process,” said Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin, in a press release from the university. “Beyond the obvious waste management industry, this also provides corporations from every sector the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products. Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy.”  Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

With less than 10% of plastic waste around the world being recycled, biological solutions that function at low temperatures offer a portable and less energy-intensive alternative either to burning plastic at high temperatures or employing conversion processes like glycolysis, pyrolysis, or methanolysis. FAST-PETase could be used for environmental remediation of plastics-polluted sites.

“When considering environmental cleanup applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature,” Alper said. “This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage in the future.”

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-Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

Waste company IVAR, chemical recycling company Quantafuel and Geminor have for several months been collaborating in the chemical recycling of waste plastic from the Stavanger region in Norway. The first oil developed from waste plastic in the project is now ready for use in new plastic products.

In the Stavanger region, plastics and metal packaging are sorted at IVAR’s modern sorting plant, where valuable resources are extracted from household waste. In a collaborative project with Quantafuel, waste plastic with the right properties has been sent to the company’s chemical recycling plant in Skive in Denmark, where Quantafuel is upgrading plastic waste to new raw materials. This raw material, or oil, can be used to produce new products that have high-quality requirements in both Norway and the EU, such as food packaging. Waste-Plastic – Sorting-system

So far in 2022, Quantafuel has received as much as 150 tonnes of plastic for chemical recycling from IVAR.

– We have been processing plastic from the IVAR plant for a few months now, and we find that the quality of the oil that is produced satisfies the requirements of our customer BASF. The oil holds a quality that can be used in products such as transport boxes for fish, food packaging, and thermo boxes for temperature-sensitive medicines, says Quantafuel’s Chief Operating Officer, Terje Eiken.

– This production is an important step toward more efficient material recycling. We look forward to taking greater responsibility in reaching the ambitious recycling goals of the EU, Eiken says.

Increases recycling rate

IVAR’s sorting plant saves the environment 33,000 tonnes of emissions per year through increased recycling of plastic, metal, and paper.

Project leader at IVAR, Rudolf Meissner, sees great opportunities in the collaboration with Quantafuel.

– We have for some time been searching for recycling solutions that provide an even higher recycling rate for our sorted plastic. Quantafuel is able to utilize plastics that cannot be recycled in other ways, says Meissner.

Project partners present “virgin-grade” oil made from waste plastic

-Freepoint Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting system for Ohio plant

Van Dyk will supply the front-end sorting system for the company’s advanced recycling facility.

Freepoint Eco-Systems LLC, Stamford, Connecticut, is partnering with Van Dyk Recycling Solutions, Norwalk, Connecticut, to build a front-end sorting system for the advanced recycling facility the company is building in Hebron, Ohio, roughly 30 miles from the state capital of Columbus in Licking County.

The facility will recycle 90,000 tons per year of end-of-life plastic. The project will employ approximately 200 people during the construction phase and 50 people when fully operational. Commercial operations are expected to begin in 2023.

Brian Schellati, director of business development for Van Dyk, says, “Joining our experience in system design with Freepoint Eco-Systems’ dedication to finding renewable avenues for plastics led to a project that we believe is going to be very successful. The facility will accept postsorted plastics from material recovery facilities. Those materials will pass through an advanced sortation system and then ultimately become pelletized.”

Freepoint Eco-Systems, Van Dyk partner on sorting system for Ohio plant

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Returnable-PET-Bottle – Flame-Retardants 07-05-2022

Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology 07-05-2022

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-Xeriant to Capitalize on EU Ban of Toxic Flame Retardants

Non-toxic Retacell® poised to disrupt flame retardant industry

Xeriant, Inc. (OTCQB: XERI) (“Xeriant” or “The Company”), an aerospace company dedicated to Advanced Air Mobility and associated specialty chemicals and materials, announced today a significant regulatory step in the prohibition of toxic flame retardants in Europe, positioning Retacell to become a leading replacement for these chemicals. In the largest ever ban on hazardous substances, the European Union last week unveiled a “Restrictions Roadmap,” a proposal to eliminate up to 12,000 toxic chemicals, including flame retardants, which have been linked to a number of illnesses, including cancer, hormonal disruption and neurological damage, as well as environmental issues. Last month, Xeriant entered into a joint venture with 26-year-old Slovakian chemical company, Movychem s.r.o. (“Movychem”), which acquired exclusive worldwide rights to their groundbreaking eco-friendly Retacell fire retardant technology.

“There has been growing awareness of the adverse environmental and human health effects of toxic flame retardants, and this ban by the European Union will likely become the catalyst for similar initiatives across the globe.

The transition to safer and more sustainable alternatives presents a substantial market opportunity for Retacell, which we plan to exploit,” commented Xeriant CEO, Keith Duffy.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Flame retardants are added or applied to a variety of industrial and consumer products made with combustible materials to prevent or slow the spread of fires. There are generally five categories of flame retardants based on their properties and chemical structure: halogenated (bromine and chlorine), inorganic (aluminum and magnesium hydroxide), nitrogen (melamine and graphite), phosphorous and intumescent coatings, some of which work in synergy.

The most common flame retardant additives for plastics are halogenated.

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-Avery Dennison to invest in capacity expansion and manufacturing efficiency in Europe

Avery Dennison has announced plans to invest €60 million in expanding facilities in France and Luxembourg, with the goal of boosting manufacturing capacity and factory efficiency across its label and packaging material operations.

The company says that it is one year into a three-year expansion of its facilities at Champs-sur-Frac, France, which represents a €45 million investment. These enhancements will reportedly include five new logistical buildings covering more than 8,700 square metres, a new automated warehouse, and an additional high-speed hotmelt adhesive coater, scheduled to come online during 2024.

In addition, Avery Dennison is undertaking a €15 million project at its Luxembourg facility specialising in labels made with acrylic emulsion adhesives. According to the company, this project involves redesigning operational flow and adding a new emulsion speciality coater, which is expected to come online during the first quarter of 2023. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Avery Dennison claims that the expansions at Champs-sur-Frac and Luxembourg will enhance the reliability of service for its customers by strengthening the company’s network of manufacturing plants and distribution centres across Europe.

The expansions will also apparently further help the company to embrace Industry 4.0 practices that increase efficiency, reduce operating costs, and free employees to perform safer, higher-value tasks.

Tim Presto, vice president of supply chain and operations, EMENA, at Avery Dennison, comments: “Our investments at Champs-sur-Drac and Luxembourg will allow us to meet customer demand now and into the future by freeing capacity throughout our European manufacturing network.”

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-Minnesota businesses team up to bring plastic film recycling to state

Myplas is opening a $24 million recycling facility in Rogers next year to process flexible films and other plastics that otherwise would be headed for the landfill.

A Charter Next Generation employee oversees the blown-film process that creates plastic films for food and medical uses. The Wisconsin-based company will be a key initial customer for the MyPlas recycling center coming to Rogers, Minn.

A $24 million plastic recycling plant that will be the first of its kind in Minnesota promises to create a “circular economy” for flexible films and other plastics that typically end up in landfills.

South Africa-based Myplas intends to open its first American facility in Rogers early next year and will put 90 million pounds of recycled plastic back into the supply chain annually when at full capacity. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

“This expansion was born out of two things: Necessity and opportunity,” said Myplas USA chief executive Andrew Pieterse. “Only 5% of films and flexible plastics get recycled in the U.S. This problem is huge.”

The initiative, unveiled Wednesday, has the backing of several major Minnesota companies, who are investing a combined $9.2 million in the Myplas plant and will incorporate the recycled plastic in their products and supply chains.

“This plant alone will not solve the challenge we have with recycling, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” Jeff Harmening, chief executive of General Mills, said in an interview. “And we have a thousand-mile journey ahead to save the planet.”

The state is also contributing $1.4 million in loans and grants for the facility, which will employ up to 300 people.

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-Starlinger recycling technology for Australia’s largest PET recycling plant

The recently opened Circular Plastics Australia PET recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales, is equipped with a recoSTAR PET 215 HC iV+ PET bottle-to-bottle recycling line from Starlinger that produces 2.5 tons of rPET per hour.

Circular Plastics Australia (PET) is a joint venture partnership between Pact Group, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd, Asahi Beverages, and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) aiming to create a circular economy for PET beverage and food packaging. The newly installed recoSTAR PET 215 HC iV+ at the Albury-Wodonga facility turns post-consumer PET flakes into food-contact rPET pellets, starting with a two-stage heating and drying process of the hot-washed flakes for optimum preparation for the extrusion process. After extrusion, thorough filtering and underwater pelletising, the produced rPET pellets undergo vacuum treatment in the downstream SSP reactors for IV increase and highly effective decontamination that readies the pellets for food-contact applications. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Joining forces to close the loop

Circular Plastics Australia (CPA) plans to recycle 30,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET collected via container deposit schemes and kerbside recycling each year and use the food-grade rPET pellets as raw material to produce new beverage bottles and other food and beverage packaging. Each member of the joint venture provides its knowledge and expertise in the project: Cleanaway supplies the plastic to be recycled through its collection and sorting network, Pact operates the facility and provides technical and packaging expertise, while Asahi Beverages, CCEP and Pact buy the recycled plastic from the facility to use in their packaging. The output of the Albury-Wodonga plant will help to increase the amount of locally sourced and recycled PET by two thirds from around 30,000 tonnes to over 50,000 tonnes p.a. and reduce Australia’s reliance on virgin plastic and recycled plastic imports.

The CPA Albury-Wodonga facility was supported by an AUD 5 million grant through the New South Wales Government’s “Waste Less, Recycle More” initiative, with the support of the Australian Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund.

“This joint venture is a major achievement and sets precedence”, said Paul Niedl, Commercial Head of Starlinger recycling technology. “We feel proud that we can support Circular Plastics Australia with our know-how and technology in their commitment to sustainability and help to establish a closed-loop system for plastic packaging in Australia.”

Pact’s Managing Director and CEO, Sanjay Dayal, said: “The opening of this state-of-the-art facility in Albury-Wodonga is a game changer for Australia’s plastic recycling industry.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Working together with our partners, this facility creates a true circular economy by recycling and manufacturing PET beverage bottles and food packaging here in Australia without the need to import plastic material from overseas.”

Plastic-film-recycling - Recycling technology

-Wigan-based PPE firm partners packaging company to find sustainable solutions

Major Wigan PPE manufacturer Globus Group has teamed up with a specialist environmental polymer company to introduce ground-breaking biodegradable packaging.

Through this collaboration with Aquapak, Globus – which has a major operation in Golborne – has reaffirmed its commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2027.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Over the last three decades, the international PPE firm has consistently used pioneering techniques but this is a first of its kind agreement to help eradicate single-use, non-biodegradable plastics from the company’s supply chain.

With around eight million metric tonnes of plastic going into oceans every year, the new Aquapak product incorporates technology which replaces traditional plastics with a highly functional polymer that allows for multiple end-of-life options and a robust circular economy approach.

Following more than 10 years extensive research and development by Aquapak, the first biodegradable packaging made from HydropolTM, which can be used in the same way as any normal plastic bag, was launched commercially in 2019.

As a water-soluble material, it dissolves at high temperatures and breaks down harmlessly into non-toxic biomass in soil and sea, it passes safely through the water stream and leaves no toxic microplastics in the environment.

Head of quality and sustainability at Globus Group, Pete Lee said: “We are committed to bringing greener solutions into our product range, our manufacturing processes and our distribution network.

“This biodegradable packaging solution will provide our customers with a sustainable alternative when choosing products to protect their workforce.

“Through investment in innovation and technology throughout the supply chain, we also continue to innovate, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact and enhancing sustainability without sacrificing quality.  Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

Wigan-based PPE firm partners packaging company to find sustainable solutions

-SIBUR offers substitution of imported polymers for packaging production

Representatives of SIBUR and its member BIAXPLEN held a meeting with Russian packaging manufacturers at the SIBUR PolyLab research center, Energyland reported.

During the meeting, the main challenges facing packaging manufacturers and suppliers of polymer raw materials were discussed, and a plan of joint initiatives for the further development of the industry was formed.

Average expenditures of the population show a decrease relative to the average indicators over the past year. As a result, in the second quarter it is expected to reduce the demand for packaging by 5-7%, and for its individual types up to 40%.

The current geopolitical situation and the volatility of exchange rates have an impact on the growth of production costs, and also narrow the range of packaging solutions due to the departure of a number of players from the market. Imports of foreign polymer raw materials, BOPP films, paints and solvents also decreased. The transition of manufacturers of packaging and finished goods to new types of materials is limited by the technological features of production lines. Plastic-film-recycling – Recycling technology

To maintain production efficiency, processors and packaging manufacturers need not only to reduce costs along the entire production chain, but also to change the approach to production in favor of simpler packaging solutions (abandonment of lids, decorative elements, monochrome printing).

To support packaging manufacturers, SIBUR offers to replace imported analogues with the existing brand range, and also develops new brands based on SIBUR PolyLab that meet customer requirements. At the moment, the demand for import-substituting polymer grades from processors from various industries is more than 140 thousand tons per year.

SIBUR offers substitution of imported polymers for packaging production

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Intelligent-packaging – Polypropylene-prices 06-05-2022

Recycled-plastic – Composites 06-05-2022

Recycled-plastic – Composites

-Intelligent packaging: A novel frontier for effective plastic waste management

How might intelligent packaging emerge as a new frontier for plastic waste management? Aditi Basu, marketing head at Future Market Insights, explores how companies are using blockchain, RFID, and AI to enhance the collection, sorting, and recycling of plastic waste – turning it into a valuable commodity that can facilitate environmental and socioeconomic change.

Many governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alike agree that single-use plastics account for a majority share in issues related to environmental stewardship. Ocean debris, damaged marine life, and congested landfills are all signs of a plastic management issue. Recycled-plastic – Composites

With plastic waste piling up on land and in the ocean, there has been a spike in interest in alternative packaging materials, such as paper, glass, and metals, which plastics have mostly replaced over the previous several decades. However, even when a considerable amount of recycled material is utilized, these plastic-free solutions often have a greater carbon footprint than conventional plastics.

While sustainable packaging is expected to stay at the top of consumers’ concerns in 2022, debates around plastic reusability models and the future of throwaway plastics are likely to heat up.

To address this issue, packaging companies are introducing intelligent packaging that tackles plastic waste management, sorting, and collection issues, promotes circularity, and reduces the carbon footprint of their packaging. According to Future Market Insights’ (FMI) report, ‘Intelligent Packaging Market’, demand for intelligent packaging will reach US$46.7 billion over the next decade.

Do we really need intelligent packaging?

The 21st century has witnessed an exponential rise in the adoption and usage of plastic packaging, thus generating tremendous amounts of waste. Plastic waste is now considered an environmental hazard; microplastics are now found in the deepest point of the ocean. Also, the increased production of disposable plastic items has stressed the world’s ability to recycle and reuse.

As per the FMI’s whitepaper, ‘Intelligent Packaging for Circular Economy’, developed in collaboration with Graham Packaging and Avery Dennison, around 9.2 billion tonnes of plastic have been manufactured globally, out of which only 9% is recycled.

Developing and lower-income countries are severely affected by plastic pollution as their recycling systems are generally low capacity. Developed economies have poor recycling rates and are struggling to recover abandoned plastic packaging. As of 2022, a quarter of worldwide plastic waste is incinerated while 40% is disposed of in landfills.Recycled-plastic – Composites

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-Pontetorto chooses Q-Cycle by Fulgar

First collection of sports and fashion fabrics made with high-tech yarns obtained from end-of-life tyres is now available.

Leading Italian warp knitted fabrics manufacturer Pontetorto, an historical textile group from Tuscany celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and a leading business in the sportswear and fashion world, has teamed up with Fulgar, a leading producer of man-made, innovative and increasingly sustainable yarns. Fulgar was chosen as the ideal partner for a new project aiming at supporting the circular economy in the textiles industry. Recycled-plastic – Composites

Presented for the first time at the upcoming Performance Days show, Pontetorto’s new collection of fabrics for activewear and fashion has been entirely made from Fulgar’s revolutionary Q-Cycle yarn.

Q-Cycle is an eco-sustainable yarn obtained from end-of-life tyres, which are considered to be among the most difficult manufactured items to be disposed of, and also a highly polluting factor at a global level. Each year in Europe alone, 1.37 million tonnes of tyres (40% of total production) are not in fact recycled but are instead mainly incinerated with high CO2 emissions.

“Our commitment towards a sustainable textile industry,” underlines Marco Toccafondi, Head of Pontetorto Sports line, constantly pushes us to both looking for high level partners within the supply chain and finding cutting-edge solutions capable of either accelerating this process and really making the difference for us as a textile manufacturer and for our customers. This is what made Fulgar an interesting partner company while recognizing Q-Cycle as an example of a virtuous story which we hope will be best welcomed by the market.”

Q-Cycle yarn is the result of an innovative chemical recycling technology, the pyrolysis, which is part of BASF’s ChemCycling recycling project and Fulgar’s spinning technology.

Pyrolysis can be applied to any plastic waste that cannot be recycled mechanically such as end-of-life tyres and also allows the material to be returned to its virgin state. This technology is two-fold virtuous by being self-sufficient: the waste portion which cannot be transformed into raw material is pyrolysed into gas and used to generate the energy required for the entire recycling process. The recycled content is allocated to the final product by using a third-party controlled mass balance approach.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Pontetorto chooses Q-Cycle by Fulgar

-May contract price of styrene in Europe increased by EUR84 per ton

The contract price of styrene monomer in Europe has been agreed at EUR2,169 per tonne for May deliveries, up EUR84 per tonne from the previous month’s level amid rising quotations of crude benzene, ICIS said.

The contract price was negotiated on a free-board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) delivery basis.

The rise in styrene prices followed an increase in the cost of natural gas and the contract price of benzene as a feedstock, which reached an annual high this month.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed at the level of EUR1,725 per ton for March deliveries, which is EUR93 per ton higher compared to the level of the previous month amid an increase in quotations of raw materials – benzene. Recycled-plastic – Composites

Styrene is the main raw material component for the production of polystyrene (PS).

May contract price of styrene in Europe increased by EUR84 per ton

-TOMRA: Breaking bottlenecks of recycled plastic content

Brand owners and packaging converters in the plastics industry are facing major bottlenecks in recycled content availability. To overcome this challenge and meet ambitious recycling targets, recyclers and material sorting facilities (MRFs) are using advanced technologies to produce feedstock for high-grade applications, expanding their business opportunities.

As legislation continues to push for a reduction in plastic waste, the demand for high-quality recycled plastics are at a record high. Plastics are durable, efficient, and convenient, which makes them hugely beneficial to consumers and businesses alike. Making plastic products and packaging more sustainable is the challenge of our time. As brand owners look to increase the share of recycled content to reduce their production emissions and satisfy consumer demands, they are met with a new set of challenges. High-grade applications like automotive and packaging require high-quality recycling processes and advanced sorting technologies to effectively source feedstock from post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste.

Demand vs. recycled content availability

In 2020, worldwide plastic production amounted to 367 million metric tons (mt). Europe produced 55 mt of plastic, with 70% of the total market demand coming from the largest countries, using 40.5% of the material for packaging production. In the quest to create a circular economy for plastics, the share of virgin material in manufacturing should be reduced and replaced by secondary raw materials. this, however, is easier said than done.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Plastic recycling has certainly had its share of bad publicity, not least due to downcycling – after all, there is a limited demand for items such as park benches, flowerpots and speed bumps. The recycling industry, working in collaboration with members of plastic value chains, has now made it possible to create virgin-like recycled content with advanced mechanical recycling. Not only does this prove to be an economically feasible and practical alternative to primary materials, it also gives recyclers and MRFs the opportunity to create new revenue streams. Even in the case of highly contaminated plastic waste streams, like municipal solid waste (MSW), it is now possible to source quality feedstock that can be used to create new products.

The S&P Global Platts Analytics predicts that by 2030 more than 1.7 million metric tons of virgin polymers will be replaced by mechanically recycled plastics – compared to 688,000 mt in 2020. To date, only a tiny portion of recyclates have found their way into the production of new materials. Most of the recyclates are used for lower-grade applications. So, how can industries such as automotive, food and beverage, and cosmetics ensure a reliable supply of high-quality recycled feedstock? Bridging the gap of material shortages starts with effective collection of recyclables.

Deposit Return Systems (DRS), for instance, are a global best practice for the recycling of beverage containers in a closed-loop system. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution: to achieve circularity, complementary solutions are needed to capture other products made of plastic, like post-consumer film packaging. Mitigating contamination and increasing the quantities of recovered recyclates across all waste streams is crucial to the future of plastics.

New developments in legislation

A harmonized approach is required to enable greater plastics circularity and provide a long-term supply of recycled content for the market to reduce dependency on primary materials. For instance, many countries consider or already introduced Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes (EPR), which give producers significant responsibility for the product’s lifecycle – from design to the post-consumer stage of its lifecycle. These policies incentivize producers to consider environmental factors when manufacturing packaging and to contribute to a reduction of the products’ environmental impact. Legislation plays a fundamental role in supporting infrastructure investment, including effective collection, sorting, and recycling of plastic waste. Plastic directives and mandatory recycled content targets can establish the proper framework for prioritizing circularity and breaking the bottleneck of feedstock recovery.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Binding frameworks constitute a major and necessary intervention in the market. They support sustainable waste management and stimulate the industry to increase the use of recyclates while securing demand and infrastructure investment.

The Plastic Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, introduced by the European Union in 1994, is among the legislation that defines recycled content targets, creating end markets for secondary raw materials. The directive makes it mandatory for packaging producers to use at least 50% recycled content in the production of new plastic packaging by 2025 and more than 55% by 2030. In 2021, the EU introduced a Single-Use Plastics Directive requiring a minimum of 25% of recycled content in PET bottles by 2025 and a separate collection target of 77%. Countries with DRSs are a best practice: Germany achieves a 98% collection rate for PET and the Netherlands follows closely with 95%.

As much as it seems that we are headed towards a circular economy, we have a long way to go. According to Zero Waste Europe, new bottles only contain 17% of recycled PET (rPET), on average. Meanwhile, 69% of other PET products are made with rPET from beverage bottles – diverting materials from the intended closed-loop process. Ideally, plastic materials should be recycled multiple times in the same application to ensure adequate supply for production for as long as economically feasible.

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-Composites are also climbing up the slope
European production returned to pre-pandemic levels last year, after losing 15% of volumes between 2018 and 2020. The uncertainties of the global scenario weigh on the future.
The German association of composite materials AVK (Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe) has disclosed at JEC World the data referring to 2021 relating to the European market of composite materials and fiber-reinforced plastics, with thermosetting or thermoplastic matrix.
The first positive fact is that the sector recovered its pre-pandemic levels last year, returning to a path of growth that began in 2013 and ended abruptly with the advent of Sars-Cov-2. The European production of composites in fact decreased by more than 15% between 2018 and 2020, but last year the trend reversed, recording a growth of +18.3% and thus approaching the pre- crisis.
In absolute terms, consumption reached 12.1 million tons worldwide last year, with just under 3 million tons referring to the European market (graph below). The rest is divided between Asia (50% of the total) and the United States, which with 25% cover a share similar to that of Europe.Recycled-plastic – Composites
As regards the main applications, over half of composite and fiber-reinforced materials have found use in the transport sector (52.8%), followed by electrical / electronic (18.4%), construction (18.7%) and, distance, sports and leisure (8.5%).
The thermosetting matrix composites represent 1,250,000 tons on the European market, equal to 43%, mainly intended for applications in transport and construction. The thermoplastic composites segment is more dynamic, with 1.66 million tons and two thirds of volumes destined for the automotive and transport sectors.
More details are provided in the table below:
As regards the main European market for thermosetting composites, Germany, last year 242,500 tons were used, equal to 19.4% of the total. In second place the aggregate of Eastern European countries with 226,000 tons (18.1%). Italy and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) go head to head, each with a share of around 14%.
The segment of carbon fiber reinforced composites is also worthy of interest, which last year recorded growth of + 23% over 2020, reaching 147,500 tons worldwide, one third of which referring to Europe (52,000 tons).
Russian oil ban despite shortages Recycled-plastic – Composites

Composites are also climbing up the slope

-May contract price of benzene in Europe increased by EUR45 per ton

The May contract price of benzene in Europe rose to EUR1,175 per tonne, up EUR45 per tonne from April, ACCORDING TO ICIS.

The price was confirmed by three sellers and two buyers, and this is the highest level since May 2021.

The price of the May contract was agreed in US dollars at USD1,232 per tonne and converted to euro at the agreed exchange rate EUR1= USD1,049.

Earlier it was reported that Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of the structure of Eneos Holding, a major producer of petrochemical products in Japan, set the May contract price of benzene in Asia at USD1,180 per ton, which is USD15 per ton lower compared to the contract price of April.Recycled-plastic – Composites

Benzene is the raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, serves as the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

Recycled-plastic - Composites

Recycled-plastic – Composites

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Flexible-Packaging 05-05-2022

Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors 05-05-2022

Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

-May contract price of ethylene in Europe decreased by EUR70 per ton

The contract price of ethylene in Europe for May shipments has been agreed at EUR1,595 per tonne, DOWN EUR70 per tonne from the previous month, ICIS said.

The contract price was approved on the terms of FD NWE (with delivery to North-West Europe).

This contract price has been expressly confirmed by two producers and two consumers of the material, which is the minimum sufficient configuration necessary to approve the contract price of ethylene.

Raw material prices decreased compared to the peak values observed in March, which increased the profitability of the production of cracking plants. Utility costs also fell slightly, but last week natural gas prices rose again after news that Russia had cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

Earlier it was reported that the contract price of ethylene in Europe for April deliveries was agreed at the level of EUR1,665 per ton, which is EUR230 per ton higher than the level of the previous month.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Ethylene is the main raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

Ethylene-contract-price - Automotive-interiors

-Flexible Packaging That Uses 35% Less Plastic?

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films. The lighter-weight material actually performs better structurally and improves the potential for recycling.

Flexible packaging is already lightweight, especially compared to rigid containers. But product manufacturers continue to look for ways to reduce their use of plastic in packaging.

The new VO+ masterbatch from VOID Technologies offers another option to minimize your plastic footprint. VOID Technologies’ CEO James Gibson explains how this is possible in this Packaging Digest exclusive.

Give us a short explanation of what VO+ technology is all about.

Gibson: VO+ is about accelerating the transition to more sustainable plastics and flexible packaging. It’s an extensively patented cavitation/voiding technology that engineers nano- and micro-scale voids — air pockets — in plastics to reduce density and material use, enhance performance, and improve recyclability. VO+ is effective in thermoplastics including polyolefins and polyesters and in a range of product forms including film, sheet, fiber, and filament.

And in case you were wondering, we named our company after the voided structure that VO+ creates in polymers. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Today, VO+ technology is most developed in Machine Direction Orientation (MDO) polyethylene (PE) film. By combining the benefits of MDO with VO+ technology, we address the conflict between material reduction, performance, and recyclability. In that sense, VO+ is a breakthrough that presents a unique proposition for packaging manufacturers and consumer goods companies. It reduces polymer density while improving mechanical properties like puncture and toughness, which in turn allows for films to be down gauged, which offers even more material reduction.

Additionally, when the VO+ voided structure is created, light is diffracted by the film creating high levels of opacity without the need for pigments like TiO2 (titanium dioxide). This is an important benefit because it means that VO+ films can be recycled with clear plastics waste streams without causing color contamination.

A new masterbatch adds air pockets to polyethylene films

-In Asia, no agreement was reached on the May contract prices of paraxylene

Negotiators to agree on May’s contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have failed to reach an agreement for the current month, market sources told ICIS.

According to them, the approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers.

This is the fifth month in a row this year that the contract price of paraxylene remains uncoordinated.  Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Price offers in Asia for May are in the range of USD980-1,020 per ton, CFR Asia, against counter-bids at USD1,220 per ton, CFR Asia, and above.

Paraxylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Ethylene-contract-price - Automotive-interiors

-Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

Faurecia will work with the French company Veolia to produce recycled plastics for automotive interiors.

Faurecia  and the French recycling company Veolia have signed a cooperation and research partnership with an aim to use on average 30 percent of recycled plastics in car interiors by 2025, the companies said.

The collaboration, under which recycled plastics will be used in instrument panels, door panels and center consoles in cars across Europe, will reduce Faurecia’s carbon footprint, helping it advance its CO2 neutrality plan, and expand Veolia’s product range to vehicle interiors. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“The use of recycled plastics is one of the key challenges for the ecological transformation of the automotive industry,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, automotive interiors are mostly made of virgin material.”

Automakers are seeking to increase the recycled and sustainable content of their vehicles to meet corporate sustainability goals, and to match the environmental promise of electric cars.

Volkswagen is touting recycled materials  used in the new ID Buzz electric van, including floor coverings, some seat covers and the headliner. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also among automakers seeking to use more recycled materials in cars such as the Mercedes EQ full-electric lineup and the  BMW iVision Circular concept vehicle.

Renault Group is in the process of converting its Flins assembly plant near Paris into a center for refurbishment and recycling.

Expanding plastics recycling

Veolia, which has recently closed the acquisition of its competitor Suez, will start the production of secondary raw materials at its existing recycling sites in France from 2023. The company has activities in waste, water and energy management, and had 2021 revenue of 28 billion euros ($29.4 billion). Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

“Veolia is growing its plastic recycling capacities with continuous investment in the industrialization and expansion of our existing recycling sites in France and globally, with the objective to reach 1 billion euro turnover by 2025,” the company’s chief operating officer Estelle Brachlianoff said in the statement.

Faurecia and recycling firm Veolia to collaborate on automotive interiors

-Shell eyeing expansion of its alpha olefins capabilities in Geismar

A few years after completing a USD717 MM expansion of its alpha olefins production facility in Geismar, Shell Chemical LP is eyeing another USD1.4 billion project at the site to continue ramping up production, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Shell Chemical on Wednesday won approval from the state Board of Commerce and Industry for an Industrial Tax Exemption Program break for the USD1.4-B project, which the company says will create a “world scale” linear alpha olefin plant at the Geismar facility. Linear alpha olefins are used to make detergents, waxes, plastics and premium lubricants. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

The Geismar expansion will be the sixth time Shell Chemical has deployed its “proprietary technology” at one of its sites to produce linear alpha olefins, according to the company’s application for the ITEP incentive.

Shell Chemical’s ITEP application says project work will include building reactors, heat exchangers and compressors, as well as boilers and turbines to generate steam and electricity. Shell will also build storage tanks, a 12,000-square-foot warehouse for equipment and materials, and a 14,000-square-foot building that will house a cafeteria and safety meeting space.

Shell Chemical will receive a roughly USD17 MM property tax break for the first year of the linear alpha olefins project while paying nearly USD4.3 MM in taxes.

As MRC wrote before, Shell faces writedowns on USD400 MM in Russian downstream assets, it said, having announced USD3 B worth of other projects previously. The oil major announced on Feb. 28 that it would quit its ventures in Russia with Gazprom and related entities including the flagship Sakhalin 2 LNG plant and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Ethylene-contract-price - Automotive-interiors

-Lanxess opened new engineering plastics plant in Germany

Lanxess officially opened a new EUR50m facility for engineering plastics at its site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, said the company.

The compounding plant will provide Durethan ployamide and Pocan polybutylene terephthalate, for use in the automotive and electronic industries, Lanxess said in a statement. Capacity details were not disclosed. The company added that it received support for the project from the North Rhine-Westphalia state government, but it did not provide details.

The state’s minister president, Hendrik Wust, who attended the opening, said the government has kept working to ensure continued energy supply for the state’s many chemical production sites amid uncertainty from the Ukraine war. “The effects of the Russian war on Ukraine on local companies must be cushioned, a production standstill due to a natural gas shortage or a permanent supply stop would have far-reaching consequences, especially for the energy-intensive chemical industry,” Wust said. Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

He added that Germany needed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas as quickly as possible and needed to support companies in the “upcoming transformation processes”. Krefeld-Uerdingen, where LANXESS employs 1,900 people, is the company’s second-largest production site globally.

As per MRC, Lanxess said it was suspending its business activities in Russia due to the war in Ukraine. Thus, the company had “suspended business activities with Russian customers as far as contractually possible until further notice” and had suspended all investments in Russia. Its sales in Russia and Ukraine made up less than 1% of its global sales, it said.

Ethylene-contract-price - Automotive-interiors

Ethylene-contract-price – Automotive-interiors

Polyamide-Capacity – Polymer-from-biomass 04-05-2022

Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling 04-05-2022

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-A novel plastic-eating enzyme may solve our plastic woes once and for all

Gobbling up environment-throttling plastics in just a matter of hours.

Plastic pollution is everywhere. It’s showing up as microplastics that contaminate nearly everything and even in the stomachs of dead whales. This is because a lot of plastic is simply not biodegradable and has a very long lifespan.

Researchers around the world have been coming up with ingenious solutions such as reusing plastic into building blocks and even turning it into useful oils. But still, the problem persists on a large scale.

An enzyme variant that gobbles up hard-to-degrade plastics

Now, engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have come up with an innovative solution that may just resolve our plastic woes once and for all, according to a statement released by the institution on Wednesday. The solution takes the shape of an enzyme variant that gobbles up environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.

“The possibilities are endless across industries to leverage this leading-edge recycling process,” said Hal Alper, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

-CCBPI gives incentives to recyclers of clear PET bottles

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI), the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country, is accelerating its plastic bottle collection program “Tapon to Ipon: Basta Klaro, Panalo” to benefit more communities nationwide.

Through “Tapon to Ipon,” clear beverage plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are collected to be recycled through PETValue Philippines, the country’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling facility. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

In neighborhood stores’ collection hubs first launched in Batangas City and the City of Manila, used PET plastic bottles are being collected and exchanged by community members for incentives (ipon). All “Tapon to Ipon” collection hubs accept all types of clear post-consumer PET plastic beverage bottles, regardless of brand. Underscoring that clear plastic bottles chart higher in recyclability compared to colored ones.

OPPO highlights use of sustainable, eco-friendly concepts in product lifecycle

IBPAP partners with ‘My Dream in a Shoebox’ to build educational hubs

“Through ‘Tapon to Ipon,’ we want to raise awareness about recycling and we want to do our part in ensuring that plastic packaging materials that are 100% recyclable are collected and used again,” said Gareth McGeown, CEO and president of CCBPI. “At the same time, we’re starting a movement within local communities called World Without Waste.”

World Without Waste

World Without Waste is Coca-Cola’s global goal to collect and recycle 100% of the bottles and cans it sells by 2030, a campaign now finding a pillar in “Tapon to Ipon” and its ability to enjoin every stakeholder within and beyond the Coca-Cola ecosystem.  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

“Tapon to Ipon” leverages Coca-Cola’s extensive network to collect post-consumer plastic bottles: trade outlets such as neighborhood stores and wholesalers are being tapped to stand as collection hubs. These outlets are also used as collection hubs.

Russian-oil - Biofuel-production - Recycling

Investments in the plant in Belgium and in the R&D center in America for long fiber reinforced materials.
Launch of a new pre-pregs for the automotive industry.
Solvay is investing to enhance the production of composites for the automotive sector. New equipment for the production of Xencor LFT long fiber reinforced materials was installed at the Belgian site of Oudenaarde and one of the technology centers in the US hub of Alpharetta, Georgia was upgraded.
The Xencor LFT series has been developed for lightening applications, to replace stamped aluminum components, for the next generation of electric or hybrid vehicles. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling
Also for the automotive sector, SolvaLite 714 Prepregs, a new line of pre-impregnated products based on unidirectional and non-woven carbon fibers, impregnated with SolvaLite 714 epoxy resin, was introduced on the market.
These semi-finished products – states the Belgian group – offer fast curing times, long life and are optimized for large-scale compression molding of automotive components, such as body panels, with faster cycle times.
Russian-oil - Biofuel-production - Recycling

-Germany reduces dependence on Russian Oil from 35% to 12%, aims to End Imports

Germany has reduced its dependence on Russian crude oil from 35 to 12 percent and will take steps to replace the remaining deliveries to the Russian-operated Schwedt refinery within the next days, said the economy and climate minister.

As Gazprom stopped supplies of natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria because of their “failure” to pay in roubles, both EU and German politicians said that Vladimir Putin’s warning shot should not make governments nervous, as contingency plans were put in place. [UPDATE adds spokesperson statement on Germany finding solution for Schwedt]  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

Germany will create the basis to become independent from imported Russian oil within the next days, economy and climate minister Robert Habeck said after a visit to Poland on 26 April. Germany has reduced its dependence on Russian oil imports from 35 to 12 percent since the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the minister said. PET-bottle-chip – Chemical-Recycling

Habeck detailed how all major German refineries had put plans into action that would wean them off Russian crude oil deliveries, with the exception of the Rosneft-operated PCK refinery in eastern German Schwedt. The Russian-owned Rosneft refinery, which receives its crude through a pipeline connection with Russia, “obviously has no interest in refining any other but Russian oil”, Habeck said. Alternative crude oil deliveries to Schwedt could come from the port of Rostock, and the Polish government had agreed to help with supplies – but only if this didn’t mean that they would help to keep Rosneft alive, Habeck explained.

Germany reduces dependence on Russian Oil from 35% to 12%, aims to End Imports

-Italy’s Sitip shows embossed sustainable designs at Performance Days

At Performance Days, the leading trade fair on the latest trends in the development of fabrics for the functional textile industry, Sitip presented its latest innovations with an absolute focus on the embossing technique, a particular system of mechanical processes that now can also be used on the recycled items from the Native Sustainable Textiles line.

The collection of embossed designs combines performance, style and sustainability: thanks to special mechanical processes that combine heat and pressure, the fabric is embossed with geometric and design motifs for a more structured and palpable texture perfect for fashion and athleisure. The Native line is a technology that is applied to fabrics produced with recycled yarns and chemicals with low environmental impact, implementing the Global Recycle Standard (GRS), result of the journey towards sustainability implemented by the company, the company said in a press release.  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

Performance Days, this year had its Performance Forum titled “The Journey to Carbon Neutrality – CO2 Reducing Technologies and Measuring Tools”. Protagonists were therefore all those materials that contain carbon in reduced form and the strategies/technologies that companies implement to ensure the reduction of CO2 emissions during production and how these reductions are actually measured (through energy saving, careful use of resources, use of more sustainable materials, local production and other technological and production measures).

Sitip’s fabrics selected by the forum were Native-Cosmopolitan Oslo, Native-Cosmopolitan Belfast and Native-Cosmopolitan Paris GZ Design Carreaux/Seersucker Gale. Native-Cosmopolitan Oslo is a fine gauge circular fabric made with post-consumer recycled yarns, 4-way stretch, gives UV protection (UPF 50+), skin comfort, no-see-through effect and perfect fit. Native-Cosmopolitan Belfast is a fine gauge 4-way stretch and double-knit fabric made with post-consumer recycled yarns, no-see-through effect and soft hand. Native-Cosmopolitan Paris GZ Design Carreaux/Seersucker Gale is a back brushed fabric in fine gauge made with post-consumer recycled yarns and chemicals with a low environmental impact, 4-way stretch, no-see- through, comfortable on the skin and easy care.

Italy's Sitip shows embossed sustainable designs at Performance Days

-German government mulls limiting biofuel production

Germany’s environment and agriculture ministries are reportedly working on restrictions for biofuel production so more grain can be used as human food as agriculture markets remain strained due to the war in Ukraine.

Together with Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, Environment Minister Steffi Lemke is currently looking to reduce the production of biofuels made from grain or oilseeds, Lemke told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper on Friday (29 April).

Agricultural raw materials such as rapeseed, grain, and beet have often been used to produce additives mixed with climate-damaging fossil fuels to improve their CO2 balance. Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

“Agricultural land is limited worldwide, and we urgently need it for food, as the war in Ukraine dramatically demonstrates,” Lemke also said. From her point of view, agricultural land should be used for food production instead of for the tank, she explained.

The Green minister also pointed out that Germany had already decided to no longer recognise diesel with added palm oil as environmentally friendly biofuel. Now she also wants to reduce further the use of agrofuels in food and animal feed.

Lemke’s party colleague, Özdemir, recently expressed similar views on several occasions.

Proposal needs cabinet approval

When considering whether to use agricultural raw materials for food, animal feed or bioenergy, the “food first” principle prevails, Özdemir said following a meeting with federal agriculture ministers at the start of April.

The Green ministers are also supported by Development Minister Svenja Schulze of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). In Germany, 5% of arable land is used for biofuel production, she told the newspaper Handelsblatt.

“If we succeed in reclaiming this land step by step for food production, that would be a win for food security,” Schulze said.  Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

It is not yet clear to what extent Transport Minister Volker Wissing of the liberal FDP would support Lemke’s initiative. A permanent exchange between the ministries is ongoing, a transport ministry spokesperson told EURACTIV.

Russian-oil - Biofuel-production - Recycling

Russian-oil – Biofuel-production – Recycling

PET-bottle-chip – Chemical-Recycling 03-05-2022

Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip 03-05-2022

Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

-LyondellBasell mulls chem recycling among options for US refinery

Chemical recycling is among the options that LyondellBasell is considering for its Houston refinery in Texas, where it plans to end operations by the end of 2023, the interim CEO said on Friday.

“The site’s unique location provides LyondellBasell with valuable options for future growth, including further development of our circular business,” said Ken Lane, interim CEO. He made his comments during an earnings conference call.

The refinery has good pipeline connections with the company’s cracker in Channelview, Texas, Lane said.

“If you think about circularity and some of the feedstocks that we would be using, a lot of those pyrolysis oils do need some hydrotreating and things like that,” Lane said.

Chemical recycling plants that rely on pyrolysis convert waste plastics into pyrolysis oil.

A cracker could then convert that pyrolysis oil into ethylene and propylene, the raw materials for the plastics polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

LyondellBasell already has its own chemical-recycling process technology, called MoReTec, which it developed with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In 2020, LyondellBasell had commissioned a pilot plant in Ferrara, Italy, that features the technology. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

The process relies on a catalyst that provides selectivity to process the waste plastics into a pyrolysis oil closer to naphtha.

LyondellBasell’s Channelview operations can crack naphtha and they are connected to the Houston refinery by pipeline.

Earlier this year, the company was trying to decide how big it should build a commercial-scale plant using its MoReTec technology.

LyondellBasell has not said whether it is considering a MoReTec plant at the refinery site. Nor has it discussed other options for the refinery.

Many companies have converted refining units to produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Chemical-recycling - Nylon6-chip

-Nylon 6 chip: HS chip spot trading concealed?

Although the non-textile sector has developed rapidly in recent years, the demand for nylon 6 chip in the textile sector still accounts for more than 50%, which is the largest proportion among all downstream sectors. However, the corresponding nylon 6 high-speed spinning chip (HS chip) market has an extensively lower sense of existence in the market fluctuations of nylon industrial chain, especially this year, as it is almost close to the “concealed” state. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

Reason I: effective HS chip capacity dominated by tycoons

There are several features in the development of nylon 6 HS chip capacity in the past few years:

  • After the rapid expansion of capacity in 2019, nylon 6 HS chip market is seriously oversupplied, and the demand growth point in the past few years is basically in the high-end fields, resulting in an increased number of idled low-end HS chip devices.
  • In the past two years during 2020-2021, the growth rate of HS chip capacity has decreased significantly, and some idled HS chip pipelines have switched to nylon 6 conventional spinning chip (CS chip). So there is no increase in effective production capacity in HS chip sector compared with 2019.
  • The phenomenon of acquisitions and mergers in the industry has increased. The capacity proportion of industry tycoons has risen up. The total capacity proportion of the TOP 4 HS chip producers is as high as 74%, which is evidently a sign of monopoly. In addition, as some old capacities have been phased out, the number of HS chip plants falls. The capacity of nylon 6 HS chip is more intensified among industrial tycoons.

Contract is still dominating HS chip market in 2022. In 2021, the low CPL nomination and high settlement made downstream textile filament factories very passive. However, as new HS chip capacities are limited, and a number of bright and semi-dull HS chip lines have switched to produce dull HS chips. Thus supply of semi-dull HS chip (which used to be the largest sector in HS chip market) is tightening. Under this condition, filament plants, who have intended to cancel contract trading, continue to sign contract with HS chip plants.

Spot price for medium-high-grade semi-dull HS chip has no advantage over contract. Due to tight supply of the higher-end semi-dull HS chip in 2022, those chip sellers just symbolically offered to the spot market, and adjusted according to CPL contract nomination. For dull-grade HS chip, which is already in surplus this year, downstream filament plants need the contract with fixed suppliers to nail their product quality, so the market is still contract based. There is few dull chip suppliers offering low prices. In general, the presence of spot prices for higher-end HS chip is very low at present. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

Chemical-recycling - Nylon6-chip

-PET bottle chip industry run to quickly rebound with logistics congestion easing

Recently, with the gradual dredging of domestic traffic and logistics, the transportation and delivery speed of raw materials and PET bottle chip have also improved. As of April 20, the average O/R of domestic PET bottle chip factories had risen to around 84.5% (around 94.1% based on a design capacity of 11.71 million tons), which had recovered most of the O/R cut caused by the epidemic. Calculated on design capacity of 11.71 million tons, O/R of China PET bottle chip plants is expected to lift further to 100% around end April-early May.

Although the recovery of the supply side is relatively fast, the O/R of downstream factories in many parts of the country is still poor, affected by the regional control caused by the epidemic, which is prevailingly lower than that of the same period in previous years. However, in areas where the epidemic is relatively stable, downstream and bottle chip factories operation are relatively normal, and most of which are preparing for the peak season. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

So far as we know, operating rate of major beverage factories stands around 60-70% in the first half of April. At present, only about half of the beverage factories are in full run. Running rate of sheet factories in eastern China once dropped to 30-50%. Some factories said that if the follow-up orders failed to keep up, they might consider suspending production for a period of time. O/R of PET sheet industry in South China is around 50-60%. As for the edible oil plants, the average running rate is about 50% at present, and is still declining in some areas that are affected by the epidemic. With the relief of traffic congestion, operating rate of downstream factories is expected to rise one after another at the end of April and the beginning of May.

Chemical-recycling - Nylon6-chip

-A perfect storm

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global food prices have been increasing at unprecedented rates since November 2021. These increases have been caused by repressed demand for goods, increases in fuel prices, and increases in the costs of agricultural supplies.

Vulnerable groups, who had already been spending most of their meagre incomes on food, immediately felt the impact of these increases. And with costs of heating also reaching unprecedented levels, many families who had just been getting by until recently have been forced to make difficult trade-offs – between heating the house and buying basic supplies, putting food on the table and paying the bus fare to get to work Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

Social assistance programmes proved invaluable across the world to help people cope with these shocks. However, it is important to acknowledge that such programmes do not function equally well in every country, and even where they do, they serve only to soften the impacts of these shocks – they do little if anything to eliminate the actual sources of vulnerability.

And amid this devastation and chaos, Russia moved to invade Ukraine. Now, the war at the heart of Europe is adding fuel to the fire and pushing the world further into crisis.

As Russia and Ukraine are important suppliers of cereals, energy sources (gas and fuel), and agricultural supplies, the disruptions brought by war will further increase the costs of living and of basic staples, putting 280 million people across the world at risk of starvation. These disruptions have already affected prices and led to turmoil in many countries:

The rise in inflation is expected to be one of the leading factors that decide the result of the US midterm elections. The deepening cost of living crisis was a focal point in the recent French elections, and helped far-right leader Marine Le Pen come closer to clinching the presidency than ever before. Turmoil related to rising prices has already been observed in Peru, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The situation will only get worse in the coming months. It will become more and more costly for countries to secure staple products in the international markets. As the risk of economic defaults increases, the financial space for governments to respond to the needs of their citizens will become more constrained – and the most vulnerable will suffer even more.

We are not talking about a crisis that will come and go in a matter of weeks or months. For example, growing extra crops to cover the gap in supply created by the war in Ukraine will take at least six months.

The same is true for the lost fertiliser supply. It will also take time for the energy industry to adapt itself to the new dynamics – while theoretically the oil output can be swiftly increased, the environmental consequences of such a move would also need to be considered. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

This perfect storm will hit us like nothing that came before it if we do not act now.

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-ACC poll shows public support — and skepticism — for chemical recycling

As state legislative fights over chemical recycling pick up around the country, new polling from the American Chemistry Council suggests strong public support among voters in the key battleground of New York. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

Ahead of an industry push to pass legislation in the Empire State, ACC released a public opinion poll of 1,000 registered voters on April 27 that said 80 percent back laws to make it easier to build chemical recycling plants in the state.

“This poll … makes clear advanced recycling has massive political support from voters all across New York,” said Joshua Baca, ACC’s vice president of plastics, using the term for chemical recycling favored by some in the industry.

However, environmental groups that oppose it questioned the poll, and one predicted the industry-backed legislation will not be able to pass in New York before lawmakers adjourn in early June.

“Had the American Chemistry Council worded their question accurately, we believe they would have gotten very different results,” said Judith Enck, president of Beyond Plastics and a former regional administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency. “The plastics industry is attempting to mislead the public again with claims about the promise of ‘chemical recycling’ or ‘advanced recycling’ as a viable way to deal with plastics.”

There’s some evidence in the poll that points to public skepticism in line with the environmental groups, including concerns around economic viability and pollution. But ACC says the detailed poll results point to support being stronger than opposition in voters’ minds. Chemical-recycling – Nylon6-chip

The ACC poll comes as New York, New Jersey and several New England states are considering legislation that would change laws to regulate chemical recycling as manufacturing plants, rather than as solid waste operations. Eighteen states around the country have passed similar laws, including four this year.

ACC poll shows public support — and skepticism — for chemical recycling

-Homo PP raffia and low-MFR co PP price spread expected to widen

Recently, the production proportion of homo PP raffia and low-MFR co PP has been reduced to a historical low, especially low-MFR co PP. However, with the growth of the production capacity, there are still some differences between the changes of production proportion and the actual change of supply. For example, the actual daily output of homo PP raffia is still at a middle level in the past three years, while low-MFR co PP is indeed at a historically low level.

The changes in the supply side also partly explains why the price spread between Homo PP raffia and low-MFR co PP has widened recently. The change of the price spread depends on the change in the supply side on the one hand and the acceptance of the downstream on the other hand. With the growth of the production capacity, spot market has gradually changed from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market. In addition, downstream demand has been restricted due to the frequent outbreak of epidemics recently.

As for the reduction of supply, on the one hand, it is due to the intensive turnaround of PP plants, which currently involves a production capacity of nearly 4.8 million tons per year, and the operating rate of the industry is close to 80%. On the other hand, there are not many plants produce low-MFR co PP. At present, there are only a few plants producing low-MFR co PP, such as Sinopec Tianjin Lianhe II, Shaanxi Yanchang ChinaCoal II, and Datang Duolun and so on; while Ningbo Fortune, Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical, Hengli Petrochemical, PetroChina Dushanzi PC, Yan’an Energy & Chemical and Ningxia Baofeng Energy which used to be stable sources of low-MFR co PP in the past, have not arranged to produce low-MFR co PP recently. Some enterprises even cut off production for more than a month.

Homo PP raffia and low-MFR co PP price spread expected to widen

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-RadiciGroup, focus on Renycle® at the Greenplast fair – Milan, 3 – 6 May 2022

New technopolymers that combine mechanical and environmental performance for customers who have chosen sustainability as a strategic goal

RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers participates in Greenplast (Hall 14P – Stand C72) focusing attention on Renycle®, a brand that identifies the range of technopolymers for engineering use made with variable percentages of recovered polyamide of both post-industrial and post-consumer origin .

This new line of products based on PA 6 and PA 66 concretely testifies to the Group’s long-standing commitment to sustainability.

“We have been dealing with the circular economy for over 40 years – underlines Erico Spini, Global Marketing Manager of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers – At RadiciGroup every production waste becomes a new resource: we have many years of experience in the selection of different materials and in choosing the best way. to give them a second life. More recently, we have also gained important skills in post consumer recycling and today we therefore present ourselves as a trusted partner for those customers who in turn make environmentally friendly choices and want to offer safe, reliable, traceable and quality products “.

Renycle® products are the result of a careful selection of incoming raw materials and an advanced mechanical characterization both from the point of view of mechanical, chemical, physical and electrical performance and in reference to the reduction of the environmental impact in comparison with products with 100% virgin polymer (LCA comparison). PET-bottle-chip – Chemical-Recycling

«Renycle® – says Spini – is intended for applications of interest to all the reference markets of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers: automotive, e-mobility, electrical-electronic, industrial and consumer goods sectors. In addition to so-called “general purpose” materials, the range includes specific products such as, for example, a polyamide 66 with 30% glass fiber formulated to provide resistance to coolants used in the automotive sector or a material with interesting retarding performance flame dedicated to the electricity sector, also with a view to an ever wider future development of e-mobility ».

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-Challenge: Chemical Recycling Technology for Waste Plastics

NineSigma, representing a major Japanese chemical manufacturer (the Client), seeks chemical recycling technology for recycling waste plastics. The Client desires to decompose plastic without any precious metal catalyst under a mild condition.

Specifically, proposals of technology that can retrieve high-value-added chemicals such as benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) from the degradation of polyolefins, or highly efficient technology that can decompose polyurethane, etc. are expected.

As a company socially responsible for the environment, the Client has been studying chemical recycling technology for decomposing and recycling plastic waste to establish a sustainable recycling system. The commercial practice of chemical recycling needs to obtain high-value-added degradants (e.g., BTX), use universal catalysts, and decompose under mild conditions. However, such technology has not been identified by the Client yet. PET-bottle-chip – Chemical-Recycling

Meanwhile, it seems there are promising approaches to the issue in the world as chemical recycling technologies have been widely researched and developed.

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RadiciGroup, focus on Renycle® at the Greenplast-fair-Milan, 3 – 6 May 2022

Challenge: Chemical-Recycling-Technology for Waste-Plastics

LyondellBasell mulls chem recycling among options for US-refinery

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-A perfect-storm

ACC poll shows public support — and skepticism — for chemical-recycling

Homo-PP-raffia and low-MFR-co-PP-price spread expected to widen

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-Increases in oil and utilities prices penalize Versalis
The chemical company of the ENI group recorded a net operating loss of 115 million euros in the first quarter of the year.
Versalis, the chemical company of the ENI group, closed the first quarter with a negative EBIT of 115 million euros, 154 million less than the profit of 24 million achieved in the same period last year (- 47 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2021), penalized – in the cracking phase – by the increase in the costs of oil raw materials and utilities, indexed to the price of natural gas.
On the other hand, margins have improved both for polyethylene, driven by the increase in the prices of polymers, thanks to the recovery in demand and lower imports, and for elastomers, by virtue of the greater demand in the tire segment.
Sales of chemical products amounted in the first three months of the year to 1.13 million tons, compared to 1.18 million tons in the first quarter 2021 (-4%) due to the lower availability of raw materials (primarily the naphtha) and stops for scheduled maintenance and optimizations. The plant utilization rate thus fell from 72 to 70 percent. Petrochemicals – Green-ethylene-technology
During the quarter, Versalis announced the signing of an agreement with China’s Shandong Eco Chemical for the licensing of proprietary technology for the production of low-emission continuous bulk styrene polymers and the strengthening of the partnership with Novamont in green chemistry through the Matrìca joint venture; a new shareholder agreement was reached, on the basis of which Versalis will increase its stake in Novamont from 25% to 35%.

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-Increases in oil and utilities prices penalize Versalis

Adnoc to buy 25 per cent stake in petrochemical-giant-Borealis

-(VIDEO) Association-of-Plastic-Recyclers video highlights plastic-circularity guidelines

Lummus and Braskem announce partnership for green-ethylene-technology

Maire-Tecnimont subsidiary to install two hydrogen-production -lines at Eni-biorefinery in Porto-Marghera

Bumi-Indus to launch R-PET-facility in Indonesia

May-contract-prices-of-paraxylene in Asia are denominated at USD1,250-1,300 per tonne

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-Adnoc to buy 25 per cent stake in petrochemical giant Borealis

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), and Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), on Friday announced a strategic transaction involving Borealis AG (Borealis), one of Europe’s leading petrochemical companies.

Under this agreement, Adnoc will acquire a 25 per cent shareholding in Borealis from Mubadala. Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, Borealis will be owned 25 per cent by Adnoc and 75 per cent by OMV, an Austrian multi-national integrated oil, gas and petrochemical company listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

Borealis is a leading global provider of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals, fertilisers and mechanical recycling of plastics  Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

The investment in Borealis extends Adnoc’s international footprint in the fast-growing chemicals and petrochemical sector, unlocking new opportunities in key markets where Borealis operates, particularly in Europe and the Americas.

This transaction marks another important milestone as Adnoc accelerates the delivery of its Downstream and Industrial growth programme, further expanding the company’s long-standing partnership with Borealis.

Commenting on the transaction, Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), said, “Globally, the chemicals and petrochemical sector is poised for significant consumer-led growth in the decades ahead.”

“Adnoc is therefore delighted to be making this strategic investment for a 25 per cent stake in Borealis, a world-leading petrochemicals company, with whom we have already collaborated in a close and trusted partnership over two decades through our jointly held Abu Dhabi-based polyolefins company Borouge.

Alongside OMV, Adnoc will be a co-shareholder in Borealis, with this investment giving further impetus to our local and international petrochemical and industrial growth programme and accelerating our transformation into an integrated and global energy player.”  Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

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-(VIDEO) Association of Plastic Recyclers video highlights plastic circularity guidelines

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has released a video illustrating the association’s commitment to helping companies manufacture products and packaging that are compatible with today’s North American plastics recycling infrastructure – products that are Circular by Design.

APR envisions a world with a circular economy for plastic goods in which companies manufacture recyclable products and consumers buy products made from recycled materials. The Circular by Design campaign, which includes the new video, is designed to inform consumer brand companies and other plastics recycling stakeholders of APR’s resources to empower manufacturers and help the circular economy. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

“For years, a top priority for APR has been expanding demand for recycled content,” said APR president and CEO Steve Alexander. “The good news is that today, demand for recycled content is at an all-time high. APR is working to remind companies that we can help them meet their sustainability goals and design their products with circularity in mind.”

APR provides design guidelines and testing protocols to help companies determine whether their products can be successfully sorted and reprocessed in the current recycling infrastructure. The APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability helps packaging engineers measure each feature of a package design against industry-accepted criteria to ensure that it is designed for recyclability.

-Lummus and Braskem announce partnership for green ethylene technology

Lummus Technology announced a partnership with Braskem, the largest biopolymer producer in the world, to license green ethylene technology, said Hydrocarbonprocessing. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

Lummus and Braskem will license worldwide technology to produce green ethylene and accelerate the use of bioethanol for chemicals and plastics, supporting the industry’s efforts towards a carbon neutral circular economy.

“We are truly excited with this partnership, which helps the world diversify the feedstock sources for chemicals and plastics with biomass. Leveraging the combined experience and expertise of Lummus and Braskem to produce green ethylene thus reduces carbon footprint and plays a promising role in the energy transition,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology.

“Braskem has already been operating the technology successfully at large scale, and together we are going to expand the world’s production of low carbon chemicals and polymers from renewable feedstocks, helping our customers decarbonize their assets and produce greener products.”

Lummus, a recognized leader in ethylene production technologies, has licensed approximately 40 % of global ethylene capacity, giving the company the technical capability and licensing expertise to further develop and market the technology behind green ethylene. This partnership enables the license of the technology globally with the first two projects being developed in the U.S. and Thailand; the later still under evaluation and subject to the approvals of the respective governance bodies. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

“Lummus brings licensing experience and process knowledge into this partnership to extend the reach of Braskem’s proven green ethylene technology worldwide,” said Walmir Soller, VP Olefins/Polyolefins Braskem Europe & Asia and CEO Braskem Netherlands BV. “With this initiative, we believe we are also contributing with an alternative for the industry to move towards a carbon neutral circular economy.”

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-Maire Tecnimont subsidiary to install two hydrogen production lines at Eni biorefinery in Porto Marghera

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announces that its main subsidiaries KT-Kinetics Technology, NextChem and Stamicarbon have been granted new awards for a total amount of approximately EUR155 million for licensing as well as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities, as per the company’s press release.

These contracts have been granted by prestigious international clients mainly in Europe and in the Middle East. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

In particular, KT-Kinetics Technology has been awarded an EPC contract by Eni to implement two hydrogen production lines for the Venice biorefinery in Porto Marghera.

The project’s main objective is to increase the availability of hydrogen of the biorefinery to meet the needs of the EcofiningTM unit in terms of quality, quantity and availability itself, optimizing its energy efficiency. As part of a phased transition to the production of decarbonized hydrogen, the two units are designed to significantly reduce the emission of fossil CO2 into the atmosphere through the use of biogenic charges recirculated by the EcofiningTM unit.

With these new awards Maire Tecnimont Group further confirms the strong geographical diversification of its backlog and the capability of supporting its prestigious clients to ensure more efficient and environmentally better performing processes and products, thanks to its technology-driven DNA.

As MRC reported earlier, in March, 2022, Italian oil and gas company Eni and Air Liquide entered into a collaboration agreement aimed at assessing decarbonization solutions in the Mediterranean region of Europe, focusing on hard-to-abate industrial sectors. The two companies join forces to enable CO2 capture, aggregation, transport and permanent storage.

We remind that Eni is evaluating conversion of its Livorno refinery in northwest Italy into a biorefinery, as part of the Italian company’s wider strategy to make its activities more environmentally sustainable. Eni has already converted two of its Italian refineries and is looking to almost double its biorefining capacity to around 2 million mt/year by 2024, and expand this to at least five times by 2050, as part of its pledge to achieve complete carbon neutrality by 2050.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

Maire Tecnimont subsidiary to install two hydrogen production lines at Eni biorefinery in Porto Marghera

-Bumi Indus to launch R-PET facility in Indonesia

Producer of virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) PT Bumi Indus Padma Jaya is on track to launch its recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) facility in Indonesia by the second quarter of the year, said Reuters.

The new facility will produce approximately 15,000-18,000 tonnes/year of bottle-to-bottle R-PET pellets, mainly for exports outside Asia. It will target mainly downstream converters in both Europe and the US as most demand is coming from those markets, said a company source. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

Currently, with high freight costs, shipping to Europe is more economical as longer distance exports bound to the US will incur significantly higher freight rates. Acknowledging the continuous entry of major players into the R-PET space, the company remains upbeat on the R-PET market as global demand continues to outstrip existing production capacity.

Other recyclers, including Bumi Indus, believe however that the feedstock price increases will be in tandem with R-PET pellet price increases.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, the shortage of free PET quantities are expected to remain in Russia in April, whereas prices will continue to rise. PET prices for contract clients will also increase next month.

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-May contract prices of paraxylene in Asia are denominated at USD1,250-1,300 per tonne

Major Asian producers of paraxylene have announced their contract prices for the material for May shipments at USD1,250-1,300 per tonne, USD50-70 per tonne below the level of April’s contract price proposals, market sources told ICIS.

Prices have been nominated on the terms of delivery of CFR Asia.

Thus, the Japanese Idemitsu Kosan and the South Korean SK Global Chemicals (SKGC) announced their contract prices for the material at the level of USD1,300 per ton, CFR Asia, the Japanese Eneos Corporation – at the level of USD1,250 per ton, and the American ExxonMobil announced it at the level of USD1,280 per ton, CFR Asia. Hydrogen-production – R-PET-pellet-price

South Korea’s S-Oill put its contract price at 1,290 per tonne, CFR Asia.

At the same time, India’s Reliance Industries nominated the May contract price of paraxylene at USD1,270 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Earlier it was noted that the participants in the negotiation process to agree on the April contract prices of paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement for the current month. Price offers are in April at usd1,320-1,350 per tonne, CFR Asia.

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

May contract prices of paraxylene in Asia are denominated at USD1,250-1,300 per tonne

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,125 yuan/ton 8,300 yuan/ton +175
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,215 $/ton 1,220 $/ton +5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,270 yuan/ton 7,350 yuan/ton +80
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,530 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +20
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

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6,085 yuan/ton 6,410 yuan/ton +325
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,020 $/ton 1,035 $/ton +15
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,730 yuan/ton 4,835 yuan/ton +105
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 622 $/ton 620 $/ton -2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,192 $/ton 1,169 $/ton -23
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,172 $/ton 1,148 $/ton -24
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,290 $/ton 1,266 $/ton -24
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,920 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton
-220
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,200 yuan/ton -300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,150 yuan/ton 8,900 yuan/ton -250
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,380 yuan/ton -220
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,930 yuan/ton 8,100 yuan/ton +170
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,750 yuan/ton 13,750 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,250 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,500 $/ton 2,500 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,900 yuan/ton 14,800 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 15,050 yuan/ton 15,200 yuan/ton +150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

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26,000 yuan/ton 25,500 yuan/ton -500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,400 yuan/ton 17,500 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,950 yuan/ton 20,050 yuan/ton- +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,300 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 68,000 yuan/ton 67,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 60,500 yuan/ton 60,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 51,000 yuan/ton 50,000 yuan/ton -1,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 11,900 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 8,530 yuan/ton 8,750 yuan/ton +220
Benzene overseas  market 1,156 $/ton 1,151 $/ton -5
Ethylene South East market 1,350 $/ton 1,290 $/ton -60
Ethylene NWE  market 1,503 $/ton 1,457 $/ton -46
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Petrochemicals – Naphtha-overseas-market

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,120 yuan/ton 14,250 yuan/ton +130
PP Powder domestic market
9,750 yuan/ton 9,850 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market  897 $/ton 890 $/ton
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Phenol domestic market 10,160 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton +40

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-Solvay and Carbios demonstrate enzymatic depolymerization in PET/PVDC barrier film

Unique recycling technology helps the industry close the loop on PVDC-coated PET films

Solvay and Carbios successfully demonstrated that multi-layer PET1 films coated with Diofan® PVDC2 high-barrier polymer are fully compatible for enzymatic depolymerization – Carbios’ innovative recycling process. Results show that the PET is fully depolymerized, whereas the PVDC remains intact.

Carbios is the first company to have developed enzymatic processes dedicated to the end-of-life of plastics and fibers. The collaboration builds upon the results of an earlier proof of concept by Solvay which has confirmed that waste from packaging or other applications using bi-oriented PVDC multi-layer film can efficiently be recycled without compromising the outstanding barrier performance of the polymer. It aligns with Solvay One Planet’s sustainability ambition to preserve resources and contribute to safer, cleaner and more sustainable products. Enzymatic-depolymerization – Automotive

“OEMs and brand owners are under tremendous pressure to increase the sustainability of their products,” says Guruprasad Sivakumar, Head of Marketing for Consumer, Healthcare and Environment at Solvay. “While PVDC has long been used for coating flexible PET films e.g. in food packaging, where it delivers impressive barrier properties, these multi-layer structures have been challenged regarding their recyclability. This is where Carbios’ unique recycling technology comes as a real game changer. By providing a feasible and sustainable end-of-life management solution, it can help the industry close the loop on PVDC-coated PET films and extend the value proposition of our high-barrier specialty polymers to further markets, such as the packaging of pharmaceutical products.”

The patented recycling process developed by Carbios works with specific enzymes to break down the PET molecules back into their constituent monomers. The technology uses moderate temperatures, which is ideal in the presence of PVDC, and can be applied to recycle post-industrial as well as post-consumer waste. The resulting monomers could be purified for reuse in the production of a new PET polymer of the same quality as those derived from virgin petrochemical feedstock. Notably, the joint study by Solvay and Carbios has demonstrated that PVDC does not jeopardize the depolymerization of PET. Enzymatic-depolymerization – Automotive

Solvay and Carbios demonstrate enzymatic depolymerization in PET/PVDC barrier film

-Cheap polymer imports from China, threatens indian producers’ price sustainability

Indian traders and consumers have intensified their imports of polymers from China in a bid to take advantage of the price fall there on account of falling demand due to domestic factory closures in the pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Informed sources said that a huge quantity of polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have started coming in from China at prices which are 4-6 percent lower than the current prevailing rates in India.

In the last few weeks, the coronavirus situation in China has reportedly worsened. In China’s most populous city, Shanghai, deaths have resulted in a strict lockdown and amid rising fears of a further escalation, local authorities in Shanghai and other major business cities have started to conduct three rounds of Covid testing.

With this, the Chinese authorities have imposed strict lockdowns across major cities including Shanghai resulting in various factories undergoing temporary closures and production cuts. Thousands of small and medium-size polymer processing units are said to have shut down which eventually has resulted in a spurt in supply of PP and PVC in China. With primary producers’ storage facilities running full, they are offering price discounts to Indian importers in an attempt to free up space in their storage tanks. Enzymatic-depolymerization – Automotive

According to trade sources, the import of PP and PVC works out to be cheaper by 4-6 percent even with the ruling high freight rates. Traders, however, do not term the current import as dumping, though. Both PP and PVC prices have declined by 6-8 percent in China in the last month. In fact, PVC imports into India from China had started increasing since the government of India rescinded anti-dumping duty on it in January this year. But now, Chinese PP is also being pumped into the Indian markets.

“Indian importers had placed their orders about 40-45 days ago, but consignments have started coming in now. With the Covid scenario worsening day by day in China, the overall polymer markets there have gone into uncertainty. But, India’s import has not reached an alarming number yet. This is just the beginning. Nobody knows whether it will continue for long,” said Surendra Sharda, Director, Accura Polyplast Pvt Ltd, an Ahmedabad-based manufacturer of BLP brand PVC pipes and fittings.

Trade sources said that large PP producers in China have been aggressively pushing product to Indian buyers as these company’s are finding few takers in the local markets. China’s small traders and producers are offering PP and PVC to Indian buyers at a price that stands significantly lower than the current trading price in India.

To counter China’s discount offer, however, Indian primary PP and PVC producers have offered a periodic price protection scheme under which any correction in domestic markets will be offset to the buyers either towards the end of the scheme period or the financial year. The price protection scheme by Indian producers, however, is expanded to other segments including LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, and resins of other types also, according to trade sources. Enzymatic-depolymerization – Automotive

Enzymatic-depolymerization - Automotive

Solvay and Carbios demonstrate enzymatic-depolymerization in PET/PVDC-barrier-film

Cheap-polymer-imports from China, threatens indian producers’ price-sustainability

Lightweight-recycled carbon from Gen 2

-Revolutionary label-less-Villavicencio water-packaging from Amcor and Danone reduces carbon-footprint by 21%

Tailor-made-enzymes poised to propel plastic-recycling into a new era

Kia joins Dutch-campaign on plastic-wastes-from-sea

Armacell® passes 2 billion mark in reuse of plastic-bottles

Maip-Group announces new sustainable-polymers for European-automotive-market using Eastman‘s molecular-recycling-technologies

FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production 29-04-2022

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste 30-04-2022

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

-Lightweight recycled carbon from Gen 2

Gen 2 Carbon is introducing a 60gsm recycled carbon fibre nonwoven fabric at JEC World 2022 in Paris from May 3-5.

The company, formerly ELG Carbon Fibre and renamed following a management buyout in May 2021, has developed the lightweight nonwoven as part of its G-Tex product range in response to customer requests for materials that combine the flexibility of carded textiles with the lower fibre area weight usually associated with wet-laid products. The company believes it will strongly appeal to customers in several market segments due to its excellent drape, superior surface finish and consistent, low fibre areal weight.

G-Tex 60gsm mat can be processed with any resin system, used as either dry fabrics in liquid moulding processes or as prepregs for autoclave and press moulding.

“Customers have been asking for lower fibre aerial weight products to meet specific needs for some time,” said the company’s Frazer Barnes. “Our technical team has responded through the development of this next generation carbon fibre technology, providing an effective solution to customers in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and wind energy sectors.”  Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

Recycled-carbon-fiber - Plastic-waste

-Revolutionary label-less Villavicencio water packaging from Amcor and Danone reduces carbon footprint by 21%

Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) and Danone have launched a 100% recyclable bottle for the Villavicencio water brand, made exclusively for the Argentinean market. The new lable-less bottle is made from 100% recycled content and has a reduced carbon footprint of 21% compared to the previous bottle.

“As longtime partners, we are excited to support Danone’s mission to have a positive impact on the environment and our health,” said Juan Cazes, general manager of Amcor Rigid Packaging Argentina.

“Over the last two years, we have worked closely to produce a bottle that fully represents the Villavicencio brand, keeping the same visual elements. We used top-quality materials, helping to ensure the safety of the container and the consumer in the process, while we manufacture a bottle that, with the help of the consumer, will become another bottle once recycled.” Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

The Villavicencio bottle can be recycled over and over, helping to support a more circular economy. Like this new bottle, many of the containers ARP designs are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is easily recycled with mechanical or chemical recycling in most markets, even when that container uses a label. Removing the label, like in the Villavicencio design, provides a greater opportunity to increase yields of recycled PET resin.

Amcor, a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care and other products, has committed to making all its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. Partnering with Danone, a global food and beverage company dedicated to inspiring a healthier world through food, was a natural step.

“As one of our flagship brands in Argentina, Villavicencio upholds the ideals that we are all connected to nature,” said Pablo Colombo, Danone procurement director. “If the environment is healthy, we are too.

Recycled-carbon-fiber - Plastic-waste

-Tailor-made enzymes poised to propel plastic recycling into a new era

Waste streams of the plastic poly(ethylene terephthalate) that can be recycled into material suitable for food packaging are limited, creating a shortfall of feedstocks. An enzyme has been discovered that widens the feedstock options.

Generations of chemists have taken what nature has to offer and converted it into hugely beneficial products — from drugs to dyes and from fertilizers to food packaging. But the current environmental crisis, in terms of both carbon emissions and plastics pollution, is also a creature of chemistry. And that means chemists must re-engineer their working methods as part of efforts to solve it — including rethinking how current and future generations of chemists are educated. This is happening, although nowhere near as quickly as it needs to.

In Nature this week, chemist Bartosz Grzybowski at the Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea and his colleagues describe one such effort, which uses artificial intelligence to repurpose waste compounds into useful products. Algorithms trained on thousands of reactions suggested ways to create some 300 known chemicals used in pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

They include the antibiotic dapsone and a key intermediate for a muscle relaxant called cisatracurium, a drug that has been used in the treatment of people with COVID-19. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

Recycled-carbon-fiber - Plastic-waste

-Kia joins Dutch campaign on plastic wastes from sea

Kia has partnered up with The Ocean Cleanup, a Netherlands-based nonprofit engineering environmental organization, to remove plastic wastes from the sea for a sustainable Earth, according to Kia on Thursday.

The Ocean Cleanup develops cleanup systems to remove floating pieces of plastic caught in what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean — and also scalable solutions to efficiently intercept plastic in rivers before it reaches the oceans.

With this partnership, Kia plans to financially support the organization’s project to rid the oceans of plastic and establish a resource cyclical system by recycling collected plastic wastes and using them in its vehicles.

Kia will also provide the organization with four electric vehicles and steel needed to make its Interceptor, a garbage collection vessel helping to clean up polluted rivers.

“Through this partnership, we will not only clean up the ocean, but also provide a sustainable solution to recycling plastic,’ said Boyan Slat, chief executive officer of The Ocean Cleanup. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

“Kia’s vision of a sustainable future is not just about changing our products and services, but also promoting positive changes across our industry. We will continue to create a movement that inspires many people through open partnerships with various partners with innovative technologies and ideas,” Kia CEO Song Ho-sung said.

Kia plans to increase its use of recycled plastic in finished cars to more than 20 percent by 2030.

Recycled-carbon-fiber - Plastic-waste

-Armacell® passes 2 billion mark in reuse of plastic bottles

  • Armacell passes 2 billion milestone in record time
  • Patented rPET processing technology is contributing to a circular economy in plastics
  • ArmaPET® business growing fast through substitution of competing materials

Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, has passed a significant recycling milestone: two billion plastic bottles have now been given a new life.

Worldwide, a million plastic drinking bottles are bought every minute. Most are probably thrown away or end up in landfill. Although awareness of the plastic waste issue has been growing in recent years, the circular economy in plastics is still a work in progress. One example of successful recycling is ArmaPET.

From 1 billion to 2 billion in only two years

Waste plastic bottles are recycled and given a new life using Armacell’s unique recycled PET foam technology known as rPET. “From the start of rPET series production to the one billion recycled bottles’ milestone took nine years; for the second billion only two years,” says Thomas Kessel, Managing Director, PET Foams, Armacell.

”In recent years, we have greatly expanded our production capacities and extended the geographical reach by opening additional ArmaPET production lines in Brampton, Canada in 2017 and in Suzhou, China in 2020. In 2021, two more production lines were commissioned at the Armacell PET headquarters in Thimister Belgium,” Kessel adds. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

Growing demand for ArmaPET product solutions

“The growing demand for recycled PET foam core products has been driven, on the one hand, by the replacement of competing materials such as PVC, PUR, balsa, honeycomb materials, etc., and on the other hand by the increasing use of recycled PET foam core products in the wind energy, transport, construction and other industries. Another factor fuelling this demand surge has been the desire for more sustainable sourcing in the material selection process.

Armacell® passes 2 billion mark in reuse of plastic bottles

-Maip Group announces new sustainable polymers for European automotive market using Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies

As part of a multiyear strategic partnership with Eastman, Maip Group, a leading international plastics formulator and compound producer, announces innovative compounds for new resins in the automotive market. Maip Compounding, the group’s manufacturing company, announces its Cherbio™ family based on Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies.

Maip Compounding has released a new range of compounded polymers with ISCC Plus certification. The new Cherbio (Chemical recycling biobased) family will offer a range of aesthetic and functional products specifically formulated with a wide range of colors and special effects. Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

Cherbio T, based on Eastman’s polyester renewal technology, provides up to 50% certified recycled content* from post-consumer and postindustrial waste streams. Unlike mechanically recycled plastics, it offers the same high performances as virgin plastics.

Cherbio C provides up to 48% biobased content from sustainably managed forests. In addition, Eastman’s carbon renewal technology uses mixed waste plastics to provide an additional 20% to 40% certified recycled content,* offering a material that is both biobased and contains certified recycled content.

Eastman has announced multiple investments for material-to-material molecular recycling facilities to produce new sustainable materials. The first facility, in Kingsport, Tennessee, is expected to be mechanically complete in late 2022, and the second facility, located in France, is expected to be mechanically complete in 2025.

Eastman’s proven molecular recycling technologies provide true circularity for hard-to-recycle plastic waste that is typically incinerated or sent to a landfill. With molecular recycling, this hard-to-recycle waste is broken down into its molecular building blocks and reassembled to become first-quality material without any compromise in performance. Eastman’s polyester renewal technology enables the potentially infinite value of materials by keeping them in production life cycle after life cycle. With the technology’s inherent efficiencies and the renewable energy sources available in France, materials can be produced with greenhouse gas emissions up to 80% less than traditional methods.

Maip Group announces new sustainable polymers for European automotive market using Eastman's molecular recycling technologies

Recycled-carbon-fiber – Plastic-waste

FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production 29-04-2022

FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production 29-04-2022

FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Flame-Retardant PPAs for Electronic Components

BASF’s newly expanded Ultramid One J and Ultramid Advanced slate of FR PPA compounds boasts long-term thermal stability without corrosion.

A newly expanded slate of flame retardant PPA compounds for electronic components said to combine high thermal stability with excellent electrical insulation and low water uptake has been launched by BASF. The new Ultramid One J and Ultramid Advanced grades are characterized by high electrical RTI (relative thermal index) values above 284 F while being halogen-free according to EN 50642, thus preventing corrosion and failure of electrical parts when used under moist conditions.

The non-halogenated PPAs based on nylon 9T, nylon 66/6T, nylon 6T/66 and nylon 6T/6 reportedly also allow for better colorability and long color stability. With these new grades, BASF offers a tailored E&E portfolio which opens new possibilities for applications like connectors for power or data transmission in vehicles, appliances and consumer electronics as well as for e-mobility parts, miniature circuit breakers, switch gear and sensors. The UL cards for the four new PPA grades show excellent electrical RTI values and offer diverse performance levels for different part requirements.

The product range includes the easily processab FR-PPA-compounds – PP-productionle Ultramid One J 60X1 V30, a nylon 66/6T acquired from Solvay and now available globally to customers from BASF. Together with the PPA pioneer Ultramid TKR 4340G6 nylon 6T/6, it is said to not only offer the highest electrical RTI value of 320 F but also very easy processability.

The nylon 9T Ultramid Advanced N3U41G6 shows an electrical RTI of 302 F at extremely low water uptake, which is crucial for SMT (surface mount technology) processing. Its outstanding chemical resistance combined with reportedly the most stable mechanical performance of all PPAs at elevated temperatures make it especially suitable for electronic applications.

FR-PPA-compounds - PP-production

-BASF to wind down in Russia and Belarus

World’s biggest chemicals company sets July deadline for closure of remaining businesses in two countries FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

BASF has pledged to wind down its remaining businesses in Russia and Belarus, becoming one of the last big German groups to make such a move following the invasion of Ukraine.

The world’s largest chemicals company by revenue, which last month froze all new projects in Russia, said on Wednesday it would close its existing businesses in the two countries by the start of July.

“Exempt from this decision is business to support food production, as the war risks triggering a global food crisis,” said BASF, which also produces fertilisers, herbicides and seed treatments.

“This decision is driven by the recent developments of the war and in international law, including the fifth EU sanctions package,” it added. A spokesperson declined to elaborate on which specific developments had prompted the move.

BASF’s 684 employees in Russia and Belarus would be “supported” until the end of the year, the company said. Its operations in Russia include a car-coatings plant 60km east of Moscow.

However, while BASF built its first non-German site near Moscow in 1877, neither Russia nor Belarus is a big market for the company. The two countries accounted for about 1 per cent of global sales last year, with the region largely served by local chemical groups such as Uralkali.

BASF has already been burnt by its exposure to Russia. Wintershall Dea, an oil and gas company in which it holds a majority stake, said last month it would be forced to write off the €1.1bn it had lent to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which was in effect cancelled by the German government soon after the war began.

As a result, BASF warned that net income for the first three months of 2022 would be €1.2bn, considerably below average analyst estimates of €1.8bn for the period. Full quarterly results are expected on Friday. FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

BASF to wind down in Russia and Belarus

Flame-Retardant-PPAs for Electronic-Components

BASF to wind down in Russia and Belarus

US-plastic-recycling numbers continue to fall

Oriental-Energy plans to launch a propylene-dehydrogenation unit and PP-production at the end of the year

Nylon: key problems faced for May

Alpek, partners will likely decide to proceed with Texas-PET-plant

61st-Dornbirn-GFC-Congress to take place in Austria from September-14

-Efforts in recycling-of-plastic-waste paying off

FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven 28-04-2022

Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market 29-04-2022

Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

-US plastic recycling numbers continue to fall

The U.S. is processing more of its scrap plastic domestically, but the overall weight of plastic recycled in 2020 dropped just under 6% from 2019, according to an annual industry report.

The 2020 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report called for “immediate solutions” to boost recycling levels back up, especially as the demand for post-consumer resin soars.

The report found that 4.8 billion pounds of post-consumer plastics were recycled in 2020, which is 5.7% lower than in 2019. That’s a decline of 290 million pounds. The report includes bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics, film and other plastics, but it excludes foam. Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

It’s no surprise that a lower weight total would be seen in 2020, a year in which the pandemic upended recycling collection in multiple ways.

Still, the latest numbers are the continuation of declines in total volumes recovered. In 2019, the industry saw a 0.5% overall decrease in the weight of plastics recycled, falling by 27 million pounds.

Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), said in a press release that, simply, “we need more supply.”

“We need to focus our efforts on technologies that are up and running today,” he said. “Mechanical recyclers have the capacity to process more material but lack the supply to meet the current demand for post-consumer resin (PCR). Expanding and streamlining recycling collection programs, less confusion with labeling and reducing contamination through design for recyclability should be key priorities.”

The report was sponsored by APR, the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, The Recycling Partnership and the U.S. Plastics Pact. It was compiled by Stina and based on surveys by Stina and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR).

Declining recycling rates for bottles

Bottles continued to make up most of the plastic recovered for recycling, at 57.1%, followed by non-bottle rigids at 22%, film at 20.5%, and other plastics at 0.3%.

Broken down by scrap type, the study found that bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics and other plastics all saw recycling rate declines individually in 2020.

The PET bottle recycling rate was 27.1% in 2020 (with total weight collected at 1.8 billion pounds), and HDPE was 28.8% (943 million pounds collected). In 2019, those rates were 27.9% and 30.9%, respectively. The combined bottle recycling rate, which includes PET, HDPE, PP and other polymers, was 27.2% in 2020, down from 28.7% in 2019.  Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

Plastic-waste-recycling - Nylon-market

-Oriental Energy plans to launch a propylene dehydrogenation unit and PP production at the end of the year

China’s Oriental Energy expects its 600,000-tonne-per-year propane (PDH) dehydrogenation plant and its 400,000-tonne-per-year polypropylene (PP) plant in Maoming in Guangdong Province to be up and running in late 2022, the company said. Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

The report also says that an ammonia plant with a capacity of 200 thousand tons per year at the same site will also be launched by the end of this year.

Currently, the company operates three propane dehydrogenation lines with a capacity of 600 thousand tons per year and four lines for the production of polypropylene with a capacity of 400 thousand tons per year, of which one propane dehydrogenation unit and a PP production line at its zhangjiagang plant, two propane dehydrogenation units and three PP production lines at its Ningbo facility.

The company receives propane raw materials mainly from international markets through its Singapore branch.

Earlier it was reported that Oriental Energy plans in the coming years to build and launch several plants for the production of polypropylene (PP) at its petrochemical complexes in Ningbo and Maoming (China) using THE UNIPOL technology of WR Grace. The new PP production facilities will produce several types of propylene homopolymers (PP-homo), statistical propylene copolymers (PP-random) and propylene block copolymers (PP-block) to meet the growing material needs of its customers in the region.

The company has recently commissioned two new PP plants in Ningbo (Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China), which also uses UNIPOL WR Grace technology. The capacity of new enterprises is 400 thousand tons of PP per year each.

According to MrC’s ScanPlast, PP supplies to the Russian market in January this year amounted to 128.9 thousand tons (calculated according to the formula production + import – export) against 140.23 thousand tons a year earlier. Supplies of only propylene statistical copolymers (PP-random) increased, while other types of PP recorded a decrease in supplies. Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

Plastic-waste-recycling - Nylon-market

-Nylon: key problems faced for May

In the year of 2022, nylon market fundamentals are only playing a minor role, and the current development of nylon 6 industrial chain is mainly integrated with the general chemical and chemical fiber market as a whole. In fact, since the 2022 Spring Festival, the supply and demand of nylon industry has been decent compared to its peers. There are not much stock pressure in CPL, nylon 6 chip and nylon 6 filament links. There were some short-term pressure in CPL market, but it only happened in individual plants. Overall, supply-demand contradiction is not prominent.

The price of nylon industry chain has been low in 2022, which is mainly reflected in CPL and polymer market. The core reason the prominent supply and demand contradiction in CPL market in East China, especially Jiangsu province. Based on a relatively low CPL prices, the profit of nylon 6 chip and filament has been relatively healthy. Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

No evident changes in nylon industry fundamentals in May

Looking forward into May, the general supply-demand is expected to keep a dynamic balance inside nylon 6 industrial chain still.

  1. Benzene market is still likely to be firm.
  2. CPL plants are facing deficits pressure.
  3. Orders from chip to downstream are insufficient.

Based on the released CPL plant maintenance plans, there are several maintenance schedules in May, but these plans could change. For some companies such as Lunan may delay their maintenance time as the raw material supply and production rhythm has been affected by the pandemic.

From the above supply tendency, we could tell that supply of CPL will be slightly higher month-on-month in May.

In fact, in the author’s opinion, CPL plants’ maintenance plans are not very important. First, it is because that the CPL plants are losing money and the actual supply in May will be discounted on this basis. In addition, some polymer plants, who have cut or shut production in April, will recover production in May, thus offsetting some CPL supply increments. CPL plants’ production situation can be used as a reference for short-term operation, while these news are not causing any prominent pressure in all nylon links in a medium-to-long-run development, which is more concerned by insiders.

Plastic-waste-recycling - Nylon-market

-Alpek, partners will likely decide to proceed with Texas PET plant

Alpek and its partners in a joint venture will likely decide to complete a polyester plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, the CEO of the Mexican producer said on Tuesday.

“Most likely a decision will be taken during next month – let’s say May probably – to sanction the project if all of the shareholders are in agreement,” said Jesus Valdez, CEO of Alpek. He made his comments during an earnings conference call.

Alpek is developing the project with Indorama Ventures and Far Eastern New Century. All three hold equal stakes in the joint venture, called Corpus Christi Polymers (CCP).

Valdez said the joint venture has made significant progress on the project and it has a clear view of the costs going forward.

“We have the information prepared for making a decision,” he said. “We will announce what the final decision is next month – month and a half at the most.”

The complex will include a unit that can produce 1.1m tonnes/year of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Another unit will have a capacity to produce 1.3m tonnes/year of purified terephthalic acid (PTA).

Delays have beset the project since 2017, when Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast when Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) still owned the site. M&G sold the project to the joint venture in bankruptcy court.

Plastic-waste-recycling - Nylon-market

-61st Dornbirn-GFC Congress to take place in Austria from September 14

The 61st anniversary of the Dornbirn-GFC Congress will take place live in Dornbirn, Austria, from September 14-16, 2022. Due to its success in 2019, the 2nd Dornbirn GFC Startup Days will also take place along with the congress. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) will be the lead organiser of the event, supported by Vagabond, RWTH Aaachen and WTiN.

As many as 30 startups from all over the world will be in Dornbirn to pitch their innovations, gain knowledge and enjoy networking with industry and research, Dornbirn-GFC said in a press release.

On the opening day, the event will host top level keynote speakers from fibre industry, the packaging industry, the equipment and machinery industry and Oxford University. The speakers will focus on key topics including innovation, sustainability and circular economy and the final panel discussion will show the way forward and how current and future challenges will be managed. Panel discussions and breakout sessions will provide a deep dive on certain selective topics and provide opportunities for networking and information exchange. Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

Over 100 expert lectures from industry, universities and research institutes will take place in parallel in 3 lecture halls. Additionally, about 20 regular exhibitors and 30 startups will be using their booth as contact point and advertising space.

The topics of discussion at the event will be fibre innovations, sustainability; circular economy and machinery; apparel and sportswear; smart and functional surfaces; nonwovens; and sustainable packaging.

61st Dornbirn-GFC Congress to take place in Austria from September 14

-Efforts in recycling of plastic waste paying off

China’s efforts in recycling plastic waste have made a significant contribution to the battle against climate change, reducing crude oil consumption and preventing millions of metric tons in carbon emissions, according to a report.

“Following decades of efforts, China has made marked progress in plastic pollution governance,” said the report, which was jointly released by the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

With preferential policies on investment, finance and taxation, China has established a market-based plastic recycling system with wide-ranging coverage, which accounts for 45 percent of the world’s plastic recycling. Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

From 2011 to 2020, China recycled 170 million tons of plastic waste, said the report.

Plastics production consumes fossil fuels and is energy intensive, while recycling plastic waste brings environmental benefits, said Zhang Deyuan from the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research, the lead author of the report.

Apart from contaminating soil and water, plastic waste also degrades and releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, Zhang pointed out.

“Research by a number of institutes and scientists shows that plastics can also enter the food chain and be hazardous to people’s health,” he noted.

China’s plastic recycling efforts over the past decade have helped reduce crude oil consumption by 510 million tons and prevented 61.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the report said. These moves also prevented 90 million tons of solid waste from being generated.

The research published in the report refutes claims by a number of international organizations and researchers that China, as the world’s largest plastic consumer and producer, faces a serious plastic pollution problem.

Efforts in recycling of plastic waste paying off

Plastic-waste-recycling – Nylon-market

Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven 28-04-2022

Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven 28-04-2022

Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-Teknor Apex Launches World’s First TPE with Sustainable UBQ Additive

By incorporating UBQ and high-quality post-consumer recycled raw materials diverted from landfill, the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) promotes circularity within the polymers supply chain.

Plastics compounder Teknor Apex announced today that it will use UBQ, a plastic substitute made from chemically recycled household waste, in its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds. It’s the first time that the sustainable material developed by Tel Aviv–based UBQ Materials has been added to a TPE compound.

The partnership with UBQ has resulted in the development of a series of TPEs incorporating various levels of UBQ and high-quality post-consumer recycled raw materials, said Teknor Apex. The initiative helps divert plastics from landfills and creates greater circularity within the polymers supply chain.

“Incorporating UBQ into our TPEs, we are introducing the market to a new TPE option that is both cost-competitive and better for the planet,” said Jonathan Plisco, New Business Development Manager at Teknor Apex. Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

UBQ is described as a sustainable plastic substitute converted entirely from unsorted municipal solid waste, including all organics, that has been diverted from landfills. The proprietary process incorporates a form of chemical recycling. The resulting material is compatible with injection and compression molding, extrusion, and 3D printing, according to the company.

UBQ Materials was founded in 2012 and patented the world’s first bio-based thermoplastic made entirely of unsorted household waste converted into a sustainable substitute for oil-based plastics.

Teknor Apex Launches World’s First TPE with Sustainable UBQ Additive

-PFNonwovens celebrates US$75M expansion

Nonwovens manufacturer PFNonwovens has inaugurated the US$75 million expansion at its Humboldt Industrial Park plant in Pennsylvania, an upgrade that includes the installation of the latest R5 technology from Reicofil.

PFN held a formal inauguration and grand opening of their new manufacturing Line 9 in Hazleton, PA earlier this month. In attendance for the tour and “Nonwoven” cutting ceremony were local legislators, members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, CAN DO, and original equipment manufacturers from Germany, France and Italy. Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

Back in April of 2020, PFNonwovens approved a new nonwoven line investment for Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Construction of the over 170,000 square-foot expansion began in the fourth quarter 2020. Construction and equipment installation were completed in December 2021.

This expansion included one state-of-the-art technology nonwoven manufacturing line as well as production space for additional investment in the near future.

The new line is Reicofil’s latest R5-Technology, the first in North America, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art specialized and proprietary fabric enhancement unit that will create premium soft fabrics for the North American hygiene market. The line will also have bi-component capability to produce bio-sourced and other specialty products. Importantly, this line will also increase the capacity to produce medical fabrics in Hazleton to address medical health crises, such as COVID19.

This investment confirms that PFN, and its Czech Republic family owners, R2G, are committed long-term to the global growth of PFN, and the strengthening of their position in the nonwovens industry. “PFN is dedicated to satisfying the demands of the market by providing innovative and high-quality products manufactured using state-of-the-art technology coupled with best-in-class product development,” the company said. Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

Thermoplastic-elastomer - Nonwoven

Teknor-Apex Launches World’s First TPE-with-Sustainable-UBQ-Additive

PFNonwovens celebrates US$75M expansion

MEGlobal reduced the May-contract-price-of-MEGs in Asia by USD20 per ton

Kordsa to buy majority stake in Italian-Microtex-Composites

GREENPLAST: PLASTICS, TECHNOLOGIES-AND-SUSTAINABILITY

-Why VSF operating rate rises instead of falling under great cost pressure?

Energy-transition is “now or never”, says Turmes

-Faurecia will review lower-value assets as it ramps up divestment plan

Thermoplastic-elastomer – Nonwoven

Crude-Oil – US-domestic-PE 27-04-2022

Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites 28-04-2022

Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

-MEGlobal reduced the May contract price of MEGs in Asia by USD20 per ton

MEGlobal, the world leader in monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), has nominated may’s MEG contract price for Asia at USD910 per tonne, USD20 per tonne below the previous month’s level, the company’s press service said.

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

Earlier it was noted that MEGlobal raised the April contract price of MEGs for Asia by USD40 per ton compared to the level of March – to USD930 per ton, CFR Asia.

Despite stronger price pressures and reduced supply, the Asian MEG market remains under pressure as China’s COVID-19 non-proliferation policy has hit demand hard in refining and marketing.  Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

Spot MEG quotations fell to their lowest level since the beginning of the year due to a deterioration in demand in the processing sector amid a further reduction in production by large polyester producers.

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

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, prices in the domestic market of the Russian Federation decreased in the second half of April. Players’ expectations for future prices in May remain mixed. Some market participants expect a further drop in the cost of spot, while others believe that good demand within the country will not allow prices to fall much.

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

Price-of-MEG - Italian-Microtex-Composites

-Kordsa to buy majority stake in Italian Microtex Composites

Turkish company Kordsa has decided to acquire the majority of shares of Italy-based Microtex Composites for 24.6 million euros.

“With this investment in composite technologies, Kordsa aims to increase its product diversity; grow the number of its client sectors; and also, to expand its service range in the automotive and motorsport sectors,” Kordsa said in a statement issued to the Public Disclosure Platfrom (KAP).

Kordsa, a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding, is planning to reinforce its place within the international market and its gross sales community with international investments.

“In line with the company’s target of transformation into an advanced material company, after the organic growth investments in Turkey and inorganic growth investments in the United States, a share purchase agreement dated April 20 was signed with regard to the acquisition of Microtex Composites,” said the statement.

Kordsa CEO İbrahim Özgür Yıldırım said: “I imagine that this funding, which can increase our portfolio of works within the tremendous luxurious automotive and motor sports activities segments, will create new alternatives for the works to be developed by Kordsa in several departments aside from aviation, the place our firm is in a powerful place.”  Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

Price-of-MEG - Italian-Microtex-Composites

-GREENPLAST: PLASTICS, TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABILITY

From the 3rd to the 6th of May 2022, Fiera Milano will host the entire plastics and rubber industry in Rho-Pero in an event dedicated to innovative solutions to boost environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, options for Reducing-Reusing-Recycling, and progress towards a circular economy. Companies in the industry have been investing in these areas for years, leading the way as dynamic market players.

GREENPLAST, organized by Promaplast srl, will allow all interested operators – Italian and non-Italian – to evaluate plastics and rubber processing technologies and the new Industry 4.0 paradigm with an emphasis on the Made-in-Italy, which has stood out all over the world for its hi-tech solutions ever since the awakening of an environmental awareness (many years ago and especially in the more developed countries).  Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

The leading Italian and international companies will have the chance to show their innovative solutions for environmental sustainability in the halls of the fairgrounds:

  • virgin, low-impact, low-carbon-footprint raw materials, secondary raw materials, biopolymers, additives

semi-finished and finished products made from innovative, recycled, or biologically sourced materials

machinery, equipment, and systems that combine low energy consumption with high performance, high-efficiency processing and are able to use innovative, recycled and/or biologically sourced materials

systems and machinery for the selection, processing, and recycling of plastics and rubber, both in-line and post-consumption

support and consulting services for plastics and rubber production generally (from injection moulding to extrusion, from blow moulding to thermoforming, etc.) and recovery and recycling

public corporations, consortia, and organizations active in plastics and rubber recycling.

GREENPLAST will feature an international conference, hosting world renowned speakers who will discuss key issues relating to the trade fair: environmental sustainability and the circular economy, especially as they relate to packaging and plastic products.  Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

Price-of-MEG - Italian-Microtex-Composites

-Why VSF operating rate rises instead of falling under great cost pressure?

The cost of VSF has been rising this year with imported inflation, increasing demand in international market and higher logistics cost. It can be seen from the following table that the price of most raw materials is higher than the comparable 2021 level and there is substantial increase of energy and logistics cost, while the price of VSF is not very high.

VSF companies have been suffering losses this year with continued rising cost.

VSF price has gained ground by around 2,000yuan/mt this year, but profits have been in negative territory and losses seem to be widening since Apr, despite improving profits in Jan. Although the losses keep widening, the operating rate of VSF plants is rising constantly and is likely to reach 80% by the end of Apr.

The main reasons are as below:

  1. The theoretical loss of VSF plants has been around 1,000yuan/mt, but is still lower than the peak of 2020 and 2021 when the deepest loss was more than 2,000yuan/mt. According to CCFGroup’s estimation based on theoretical calculation, the variable cost can almost be covered by current price by disregarding depreciation and labor cost, which is roughly around the equilibrium point of shutting/running the facility.
  2. In fact, most VSF plants do not adopt on site procurement of raw materials and they generally purchase dissolving pulp as the major feedstock two months or even more than two months before. According to customs data, imported dissolving pulp arrived at Chinese ports in Mar is almost around $936/mt, which is lower than the trading price of $960-980/mt during the month. Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites
  3. Most VSF plants are equipped with feedstock or auxiliary materials. For example, Tangshan Sanyou and Zhongtai Chemical has caustic soda and Sateri has dissolving pulp. Once VSF units are shut down, those raw/auxiliary materials cannot be absorbed. Moreover, some companies are also coincided with downstream capacities, so the shutdown of VSF lines may cause lack of enough raw materials in downstream segmentPrice-of-MEG - Italian-Microtex-Composites

-Energy transition is “now or never”, says Turmes

The war in Ukraine has thrown Europe into an energy crisis, highlighting its dependence on Russia. Luxembourg energy minister Claude Turmes (déi Gréng) wants to seize the opportunity to exit fossil fuels and speed up the green transition.

Cordula Schnuer: There is an energy crisis. Prices already started climbing last year. The war in Ukraine has exacerbated this. But to what extent is the crisis homemade?

Claude Turmes: We are now approaching what the Club of Rome analysed 50 years ago, which is one planet, 7 billion inhabitants, and these inhabitants using fossil energy to fuel their lives and economies. So, oil prices are high. They were already high before the war in Ukraine. Oil is a global market. And the prices were high because 7 billion inhabitants use oil. Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

There were some covid effects. In the first phase of covid lockdown, oil was almost at zero. And that, for example, led to the closure of shale oil drilling in the US, which diminished supply. And then, in the later phase of covid, we had stimulus programmes on a global scale, like we never had before. That fuelled a world oil demand.

Gas has long been a regional market, with the EU’s biggest importer being Russia. This horrible attack by Russia on Ukraine is destabilising the gas market even more than the oil market. Because some power plants are run by gas that drives the electricity price up.

We are in an energy crisis because we are approaching the end of oil or the end of resources. And in the same moment, we are in a climate crisis. De facto, we are using too much oil or fossil fuels in general. This is not compatible with our climate policy. The only answer to this is quitting oil and fossil fuels as quickly as possible.

You said in parliament that there is a plan to respond to this crisis, the National Energy and Climate Plan. This aims to help Luxembourg achieve its climate goals to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 and be climate neutral by 2050. How can it help in the short term?

Energy transition is “now or never”, says Turmes

Faurecia will review lower-value assets as it ramps up divestment plan

Faurecia, which is changing its name to Forvia, said it would review business activities with a value of less than $1.1 billion.

Faurecia will review all its business activities under 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), finance chief Michel Favre said, as the supplier ramps up its divestment plan following its acquisition of German lighting supplier Hella.

“We are building a very powerful group, so we need to focus on the key business,” Favre said in Faurecia’s first-quarter revenue call with analysts, where he ruled out plans to sell the group’s clean mobility business.

“All activities which are below 1 billion euros are under scrutiny,” he said, without saying how this would be calculated. Price-of-MEG – Italian-Microtex-Composites

The group on Tuesday doubled its divestment target to 1 billion euros in proceeds by the end of next year, as it suspended this year’s dividend payment and said it had protectively renegotiated its debt covenant.

Faurecia said it has bought 81.5 percent of Hella for a total price of 5.4 billion euros, but stopped buying shares at the end of February. Following the takeover, Faurecia is in the process of changing its name to Forvia.

Based on 2020 sales at Faurecia and Hella, the combined company would have ranked eighth on Automotive News Europe’s list of the top 100 global automotive suppliers, with combined sales of about $24 billion, just behind Hyundai Mobis, with sales of $25.1 billion.

2022 targets at low end

Also on Tuesday, Favre and CEO Patrick Koller issued  annual targets at the low end of forecasts, citing caution linked to Chinese lockdowns and the war in Ukraine.

Faurecia will review lower-value assets as it ramps up divestment plan

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Crude-Oil – US-domestic-PE 27-04-2022

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-Nextloopp project to trial food-grade compliant rPP

Nextek’s Nextloopp project has arrived at a decisive point in its progress towards closing the loop on post-consumer food-grade recycled polypropylene, or FgrPP said Sustainableplastics.

Following the successful trials at Tomra in September 2021, the 43-strong multi-participant global project is now moving forward with production trials of food-grade compliant rPP. During the September trials, 99.9% sorting purity using Nextek’s invisible PolyPrism fluorescent markers was achieved. This, said Professor Edward Kosior, the driving force behind Nextloopp, was the real breakthrough: demonstrating that sorting into food packaging – as the current regulations require – is indeed possible, combined with the ability to clean and decontaminate recycled polypropylene packaging to food safety standards. For consumer safety, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) requires that recycled food-grade materials can only be made from (>95%) food packaging and that the recycled plastic must meet the same high standards required for virgin food-grade plastics.

Nextloopp is now dispatching its PPristine recycled PP prototype resins from post-consumer food packaging to its 43 participants for further trials, during which over 60 different products will be produced from Nextloopp’s four grades of PPristine food compliant and “INRT grade” resins. Food-grade-rPP- US-domestic-PE

This milestone confirms the project is poised to address the key challenges to recycling this valuable polymer, according to Luke Burgess, director of Business Development at Viridor, the UK’s largest recycling operator. It also opens up important commercial opportunities for the circular economy, he added.

Colleague participants concurred. Robinson Packaging’s Managing Director UK, Steve Haley, pointed to the rising demand for post-consumer recycled material and the need for a high-quality food-grade solution, while in Malaysia, Heng Hiap’s CEO, Kian Seah, foresaw demand for food-grade rPP soaring, driven by public and regulatory pressure as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Food-grade-rPP- US-domestic-PE

-US domestic PE logistics challenges may create bigger opportunity for other producers in Europe

SO MUCH, PERHAPS, for the theory that if the US suffers no outages on the scale of 2021, we will this year see a surge in polyethylene (PE) exports as further new capacity came onstream.

Nobody should really be surprised about the reason why US PE producers may soon have to cut production because of a limited ability to export, despite no further major losses in output during 2022: Logistics.

The pandemic has completely upended domestic and international supply chains. In the case of the US’s struggle to export, Chemical Data & Intelligence (CDI), an ICIS service, reports local supply chain issues are the cause of the problem.

There is a shortage of railcars and trucks to move resins around the US and to the container ports. An advert was apparently broadcast on a Texas radio station, seeking truck drivers with their own vehicles. The wage? A staggering $20,000 a week! Food-grade-rPP- US-domestic-PE

Another local supply chain problem reported by CDI is insufficient warehouse space to house the big increases in PE production, which might not be fixed until the end of this year.

Unlike the still very much disrupted and very expensive China container-freight routes to the West, there are apparently far fewer problems with US container routes to Europe and the rest of the world.

The problem is instead, for the reasons detailed above, getting resins to the ports to load onto container ships.

“Exports for all grades moved up to 37.5% of total sales in March but need to be closer to 45% to balance and allow producers to run at or above 90% of operating rates,” according to CDI in its April low-density PE (LDPE) and linear low-density PE (LLDPE) report on the US market.

Focusing just on LLDPE in today’s post, consider the chart below.

US domestic PE logistics challenges may create bigger opportunity for other producers in Europe

Nextloopp project to trial food-grade-compliantr-PP

Oil just dropped below $98 a barrel and analysts are now backing away from their $200 predictions, saying war and COVID may ‘calm high prices’

US-domestic-PE-logistics challenges may create bigger opportunity for other producers in Europe

Sulzer’s advanced solutions for chemical recycling on show at Go-Circular-2022

Worley-Bags Contract for Trinseo’s Chemical Recycling Plant

STADLER and KRONES close the circular-economy-loop at the Kunststoff-Recycling-Grünstadt-plant in Germany

-Finding value in a world of waste

Nat-Flex Chemical-Recycling-Diagram

-New Flame-Retardant-Plastic Significantly Delays Thermal-Runaway in EV-Batteries

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PET-packaging – Ukraine-war 26-04-2022

Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy 27-04-2022

Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

-Sulzer’s advanced solutions for chemical recycling on show at Go Circular 2022

Sulzer Chemtech will highlight how its range of cutting-edge mass transfer technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste accumulation at the 3rd Go Circular conference. During the event and a technical presentation, attendees will be able to learn more about the company’s commitment as well as its innovative methods to enable circularity. These have been developed to help businesses leverage renewable resources in manufacturing, recover polymers, monomers, and other chemicals as well as capture carbon dioxide (CO2).

Go Circular is a business-oriented, hybrid conference, where industry players across the entire manufacturing value chain can discuss how to succeed in the creation of a circular economy. Separation technologies have a key role to play in the transition of the chemical industry towards more sustainable practices, as they can support innovative chemical recycling strategies, the use of sustainable feedstocks as well as emissions reduction systems. Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

As a leader in separation solutions with a dedicated global application development team for green initiatives aimed at advancing the efficient production of renewable, bio-based and recyclable materials, Sulzer Chemtech will contribute to the discussion. During the event, the company will showcase its proven technologies for bioplastic manufacturing, such as polylactic acid (PLA), on its physical booth (Stand 1). Visitors will also be able to find out more about column packing and internals that have been specifically developed to address the needs of carbon capture applications.

Sulzer’s advanced solutions for chemical recycling on show at Go Circular 2022

Sulzer Chemtech will highlight how its range of cutting-edge mass transfer technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste accumulation at the 3rd Go Circular conference. During the event and a technical presentation, attendees will be able to learn more about the company’s commitment as well as its innovative methods to enable circularity. These have been developed to help businesses leverage renewable resources in manufacturing, recover polymers, monomers, and other chemicals as well as capture carbon dioxide (CO2).

Go Circular is a business-oriented, hybrid conference, where industry players across the entire manufacturing value chain can discuss how to succeed in the creation of a circular economy. Separation technologies have a key role to play in the transition of the chemical industry towards more sustainable practices, as they can support innovative chemical recycling strategies, the use of sustainable feedstocks as well as emissions reduction systems.

As a leader in separation solutions with a dedicated global application development team for green initiatives aimed at advancing the efficient production of renewable, bio-based and recyclable materials, Sulzer Chemtech will contribute to the discussion. During the event, the company will showcase its proven technologies for bioplastic manufacturing, such as polylactic acid (PLA), on its physical booth (Stand 1). Visitors will also be able to find out more about column packing and internals that have been specifically developed to address the needs of carbon capture applications.

Chemical-recycling - Circular-economy

-Worley Bags Contract for Trinseo’s Chemical Recycling Plant

Worley has bagged a front-end engineering and design (FEED) services contract from Trinseo for its first-of-a-kind chemical recycling plant in Belgium. Trinseo is a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders. The plant will use gasification technology to depolymerise post-consumer polystyrene waste into pure styrene. It’s a first-of-its-kind project on an industrial scale.

Trinseo’s plant will process 15,000 tons of recycled polystyrene flakes every year. These will be transformed into high quality recycled styrene and used for the production of new polystyrene and/or styrene derivatives, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN). ABS and SAN are thermoplastics polymers. Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

They are durable and impact resistant, making them useful in the manufacture of car parts, medical devices, consumer electronics and more.

Worley completed the pre-FEED services for the project in 2021. The FEED scope covers the engineering of the feedstock, storage, condensation and distillation areas, utilities and hot oil unit. It also includes the cost estimate for the project. “Circularity in the chemical industry will be key if producers want to retain their license to operate in the coming years and decades,” says Geert Reyniers, Senior Director Process and Technology. He adds, “Our work today means we can help customers, like Trinseo, to implement first-of-a-kind technologies so they can realize their sustainability objectives.”

Chemical-recycling - Circular-economy

-STADLER and KRONES close the circular economy loop at the Kunststoff Recycling Grünstadt plant in Germany

STADLER and KRONES have collaborated in the design and installation of a new sorting and washing plant for Kunststoff Recycling Grünstadt GmbH (KRG), a German recycling company serving the plastics processing industry.

The facility for processing post-consumer HDPE and polypropylene (PP) packaging waste is the first of its kind in the country: it closes the plastics circular economy loop with its output of extremely high quality recyclates that can be used again in the same packaging applications – including those requiring food grade material. The plant was designed to produce annually approximately 30,000 tonnes of recyclates that can be returned to the manufacturing cycle. In addition, the process itself delivers environmental benefits through a reduction in material loss and water consumption, saving up to 36,100 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year by processing around 38,000 tonnes of plastic waste. Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

Sorting plastics by colour: closing the circular economy loop

With its new plant, KRG aims to produce high-quality recyclates capable of meeting the demands of branded goods companies and the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. This would not be possible by following the common practice in HDPE and PP post-consumer packaging recycling, which produces low-quality, dark colour recyclates that can only be used in lower applications.

To achieve the desired result, the pre-sorted materials coming from Light Packaging Plants are first processed through the sorting line designed and installed by STADLER. With a capacity of approximately 10 tonnes/hour, the line operates in two different modes depending on the material being fed – one for PP materials and another for HDPE. The input materials are screened to eliminate fines, metals are separated using an over belt magnet and eddy current, and light film is extracted by an air sorter.

Seven Near-Infrared (NIR) sorters separate the remaining material into 6 product fractions separated by colour. Part of the output materials is fed immediately into 2 KRONES lines, located in the same hall, while the rest is baled and stored for later processing.

In the KRONES lines, each with a capacity of 2 tonnes/hour, the pre-sorted material is ground into flakes and pre-rinsed before being processed in its patented hot-washing system. Final rinsing and sorting according to colour and polymer complete the process to produce perfectly clean flakes of the high-quality required for recycling in their original packaging applications.

Chemical-recycling - Circular-economy

-Finding value in a world of waste

  • Earth Day 2022 reminds us of the startling statistic that only 20% of waste created by humans is recycled.
  • Given that the planet has finite resources, the so-called circular economy is crucial for the world’s future stability.
  • New technologies and design solutions will play a key role — such as biodegradable plastics created from the seeds of plants like canola and soy to help reduce public waste.
  • These challenges also create significant investment opportunities: the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan could increase EU GDP by an additional 0.5% by 2030 and create approximately 700,000 new jobs.

The first Earth Day rally in 1970 encouraged environmental protection for the planet but the message requires greater urgency for Earth Day 2022 as earlier this year it was announced that the world has already “exceeded the safe planetary boundary for pollutants1.” Of the millions of tons of waste humans produce annually, less than 20% is being recycled and the volume is growing, yet a sustainable planet requires sustainable growth2. An emerging solution is the transition towards a circular economy which supports global targets for climate neutrality and halting biodiversity loss, while presenting a growing opportunity for long-term investors.

The good news is that companies are increasingly considering the long-term implications of not addressing the risks that threaten our planet, while at the same time understanding where new opportunities exist for sustainable growth. Participating in the circular economy is becoming a necessary move for companies of all sizes in solving the threat that waste pollution poses to our environment. It is a shift that has become possible through alignment of business objectives and environmental targets. Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

From linear to circular

Many resources are finite. Global population growth of 25% by 2050 and a rising middle class with changing consumption patterns threaten to exacerbate this problem of scarcity.3 Rethinking how we obtain, use, reuse and optimise the world’s resources remains crucial for the future stability of businesses in sectors as diverse as food production, construction and electronics.

Progress requires disruption of the traditional linear patten of consumption known as “make – take – waste” and a move towards a circular process involving the reduction of excessive waste, emphasis on reuse, remanufacturing and repair, and recycling of the materials we use every day.

The circular economy is based on three major principles which should be driven by design: elimination of waste and pollution, circulation of products and materials, and regeneration of the current ecosystem. Enablers of the circular economy transition include urbanisation, digitisation, consumer demand and consumers’ awareness of social and environmental issues. Furthermore, regulation has started to play a role. In 2020, the European Commission (EC) recognised the importance of this evolution to new production and consumption models through adoption of the Circular Economy Action Plan, which became a key pillar of the European Green Deal. Moreover, contributing to several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 12 – responsible consumption and production – the circular economy is considered the second most important technology innovation space for the SDGs after Big Data4. Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

Chemical-recycling - Circular-economy

-Nat Flex Chemical Recycling Diagram

Nat Flex Chemical Recycling Diagram

-New Flame-Retardant Plastic Significantly Delays Thermal Runaway in EV Batteries

The new material from LG Chem reportedly is 45 times more effective at blocking flame propagation from lithium-ion batteries than conventional flame-retardant plastics.

There is a lot of chatter about electric car batteries catching on fire, even though the jury is very much out on the heightened fire risk of electric-powered cars compared with conventional vehicles. As is often the case, however, perception can trump reality. The recent Felicity Ace fiasco has added fuel to the fire, if you’ll pardon the expression. The ship was transporting some 4,000 vehicles, many of which were battery electric vehicles (BEVs), when it caught fire off the shore of Portugal and sank. It has not been firmly established that the BEVs were the cause, but speculation has run rampant. In this environment, building a better battery has become the prime directive of a number of companies. Korean Chemicals giant LG Chem announced today that it has achieved this goal with the development of a flame-retardant engineering plastic that, the company claims, can delay thermal runaway of electric vehicle batteries longer than any other technology on the market.

Thermal runaway is said to be a main cause of fire in electric vehicle batteries. It occurs when the lithium-ion cell generates heat at a rate several times higher than the rate at which heat dissipates from the cell, explains Underwriters Laboratories. As a result, the lithium-ion cell enters an uncontrollable, self-heating state, a sort of feedback loop. Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

Compounding the potential risk, lithium-ion batteries are highly reactive to water, making them difficult to extinguish with water in case of fire.

LG Chem’s new flame-retardant material is described as a highly functional engineering plastic comprising various material groups including polyphenylene oxide (PPO), polyamide (PA), and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).

Compared with other flame-retardant plastics, the new material can block heat for longer periods of time when it is applied to the electric vehicle’s battery pack cover, said LG Chem, parent company of the world’s second largest EV battery manufacturer, LG Energy Solution. Material properties also include dimensional stability when exposed to extreme temperature changes. The material can block flame propagation caused by thermal runaway for more than 400 seconds above 1,000°C. This is 45 times better than general flame-retardant plastics, according to LG Chem.

New Flame-Retardant Plastic Significantly Delays Thermal Runaway in EV Batteries

Chemical-recycling – Circular-economy

PET-packaging – Ukraine-war 26-04-2022

PET-packaging – Ukraine-war 26-04-2022

PET-packaging – Ukraine-war

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-Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of PET packaging business in Vietnam

The company says its presence in Vietnam expands its offering to major customers across the region.

Indorama Ventures Ltd. (IVL), a sustainable chemical company based in Bangkok, completed the acquisition of Ngoc Nghia Industry (NN), a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging company based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. IVL purchased 97.8 percent of Ngoc Nghia for a total payment of 2,091,974,786,376 Dong (about $91,063,662.45)  PET-packaging – Ukraine-war

IVL says the acquisition will boost its market position as it expands its integrated offering of PET products to multinational customers in the region.

“We are glad to embark on our journey in Vietnam, which is one of the high-growth markets in the region,” says D.K. Agarwal, CEO of IVL. “This acquisition is complementary to our long-term strategy of extending our global footprint and resilient business platform. With long-standing experience in the integrated PET business, IVL will bring more competitive advantages to NN. The development will also enable us to better serve our large regional customers, many of which are major household brands who depend on a reliable, consistent supply of PET packaging products across the region.”

IVL says Ngoc Nghia is a trusted market leader in PET, preforms and closures. It has long-term partnerships with major global and Vietnamese brands in the beverage and nonbeverage industries. NN operates four manufacturing facilities in Vietnam with a total production capacity of 5.5 billion units of PET preforms, bottles and closures, totaling 76,000 tons of PET conversion annually.

IVL plans to sustainably grow the business to better serve customers in Vietnam and IVL’s major PET packaging customers across the region, including global household beverage brands. PET-packaging – Ukraine-war

Ngoc Nghia’s family business roots, led by its founder for more than 30 years, were integral to IVL’s decision to invest in the company as a strategic match.

Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of PET packaging business in Vietnam

-Finnish packaging group to sell Russian plants / Move follows attack on Ukraine 

The Huhtamaki packaging group (Espoo, Finland; www.huhtamaki.com) has announced plans to sell its production facilities in Russia due to Moscow’s decision to invade Ukraine.  PET-packaging – Ukraine-war

Huhtamaki has four production facilities in Russia, where it employs some 700 people. The company said last year net sales in Russia represented around 3% of group revenue, which was EUR 3.58 bn.

The packaging group, which employs around 18,600 people at some 80 locations worldwide, now wants to sound out the market for potential buyers. Business activities are expected to continue during at least part of the transition phase.

Huhtamaki entered the Russian market in 1980 to supply the Moscow Olympics with Finnish-made products. Production in Russia began in 1994 in Ivanteevka, near Moscow, where Huhtamaki currently manufactures both foodservice and fibre packaging such as egg cartons. The Alabuga site in Tatarstan started operations in 2016, initially as a production site for paper cups.  PET-packaging – Ukraine-war

In addition to the aforementioned products, Huhtamaki’s portfolio includes cardboard and rigid plastic packaging solutions, and machines for filling and sealing.

PET-packaging - Ukraine-war

Indorama-Ventures completes acquisition of PET-packaging business in Vietnam

Finnish-packaging-group to sell Russian-plants / Move follows attack-on-Ukraine 

Upcycling-PS-waste into benzoic-acid / Process uses light, oxygen, iron-based-catalyst

Topsoe to supply technologies for refuel energy’s renewable-fuels plant in Canada

-Why Is Recycling-Plastic-Bottles So Important?

-After “saying no” to the US on the G20-issue, Indonesia prepared to import Russian-crude-oil against the wind

-Obvious Differences-Between-PET-And-PETG

-Is trade possible bypassing US-dollar for exchange rate?

PET-packaging – Ukraine-war

PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling 25-04-2022

Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil 26-04-2022

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-Upcycling PS waste into benzoic acid / Process uses light, oxygen, iron-based catalyst

A new path for recycling polystyrene waste that uses light, an oxygen-rich environment, and an abundant iron-based catalyst, has been discovered by researchers at the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA; www.cornell.edu). A research paper on the recycling method, Chemical Upcycling of Commercial Polystyrene via Catalyst-Controlled Photo Oxidation, was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society by the American Chemical Society (Washington, D.C.; www.acs.org).

The process to recycle waste PS, a material that makes up a third of the landfill waste worldwide, includes it being upcycled into benzoic acid and other products that can be repurposed, according to Erin Stache, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell. Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

The researchers applied a catalyst-controlled photooxidative degradation method, where the PS sample in acetone is exposed to LED light in an oxygen-rich environment using an iron chloride catalyst for 20 hours.

Researchers in Stache’s lab found the PS recycling process to be mild, climate-friendly, and scalable to commercial waste streams. The process is tolerant of additives inherent in a flow of consumer waste, including dirt, dyes, and other types of plastics. Degradation tests showed that sunlight could be harnessed by some of the catalysts they’ve developed at the lab to achieve good control over the chemical process. Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

The researchers also tested the tolerance of the process to other materials mixed with PS plastic, ranging from packaging materials to coffee cup lids.

Plastic-Recycling - Russian-crude-oil

-Topsoe to supply technologies for refuel energy’s renewable-fuels plant in Canada

Refuel Energy Inc. has announced its plans for the construction of a 3,000 barrels per day renewable fuel plant in Southern Ontario, Canada.

The proposed project, called Refuel YYZ, would supply the aviation and terrestrial fuel needs of the Greater Toronto area, home to 6 million Canadians, while lowering the CO2 emissions for the end users by up to 80%. It is also strategically located for exporting to the US Northeast. Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

The plant would utilize Haldor Topsoe’s proprietary HydroFlex and H2bridge technologies for the production of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Planned feedstocks include a mix of waste fats, oils and greases , such as regionally-sourced used cooking oil, animal fats and non-edible crop oils.

“We are very pleased that Refuel has selected our HydroFlex and H2bridge technologies for this state of the art, standalone renewable diesel and SAF facility. Our market-leading technologies are complementary and together they will produce some of the lowest carbon intensity renewable fuels in the world,” says Henrik Rasmussen, Managing Director, The Americas at Topsoe.

“This is an important milestone in the development of Refuel YYZ. We are thrilled to be building such a strong team with Topsoe and Fluor to produce our renewable fuels, ensuring a successful project execution,” said Zohrab Mawani, director and co-founder of Refuel. “There is much exciting news to share as we continue development and get closer to a low carbon future.”  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

Plastic-Recycling - Russian-crude-oil

-Why Is Recycling Plastic Bottles So Important?

We are currently living in a time when plastic is one of the biggest pollutants. Plastic is not a renewable resource which means that unless it’s actively recycled into something else, it won’t break down and is sent to a landfill where it will stay there, polluting the environment.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

Recycling is when you reuse the waste products of water bottles in order to use them again, sorting them to be repurposed. It could be that a water bottle you’re currently drinking from has been recycled multiple times, showing just how important it is to do this rather than just throw your bottle away. Plastic recycling helps to preserve the earth’s natural resources such as gas, coal and water, sustaining it for future generations. Here we answer the question – why is recycling plastic bottles so important?

How does recycling plastic help the environment?

Recycling helps the environment in a multitude of ways – some of which have been loosely touched upon above. But how does recycling plastic help the environment? And what is the purpose of recycling plastic bottles?

As well as using less of the earth’s natural resources, it also stops dangerous chemicals and greenhouse gases from being released into the air when they’re deposited at landfill sites. Being one of the worst perpetrators of harming the environment, it’s more important than ever that we all do our bit. Statistics show that a recycled bottle uses up to 75% less energy to produce than a brand new plastic bottle – a significant number that shows how such a small act can impact the environment in a highly positive way. Below we speak in a bit more detail about the individual ways that recycling plastic can help the environment and sustain it for our future generations.

It reduces greenhouse gas emissions

A greenhouse gas is something that absorbs and emits radiant energy to the earth within the thermal infrared range. This can have a significant impact on the earth and leads to global warming, rising sea levels and the melting of the ice caps. In turn, this can wipe out animal species and have a devastating impact on future generations.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

Plastic-Recycling - Russian-crude-oil

-After “saying no” to the US on the G20 issue, Indonesia prepared to import Russian crude oil against the wind

Indonesia’s recent performance as the rotating chairman of the G20 and host country of this year’s G20 conference is truly commendable. Following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Indonesia not only did not follow the West in targeting Russia, but also made it clear that “the topics related to the situation in Russia and Ukraine will not be discussed” at this year’s G20 summit, and sent an invitation letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

In this respect, the US stated that “there is a Russian representation in the G20, but the US will not participate,” whereas Indonesia directly “says no” to the US, stating that Indonesia is a sovereign nation that does not require other countries to instruct it what to do. The invitation letter will not be removed after it has been issued. Not only that, but Indonesia has declared that it is willing to utilize India to fund the entry of Russian crude oil. The White House is anticipated to place a strong emphasis on Indonesia.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

According to certain sources, Indonesia has stated its plan to import Russian crude oil via India. According to reports, Nicke Widiawati, president director of Indonesia’s state oil company Pertamina, has already proposed in House of representatives purchasing Russian crude oil at a “good price,” saying,“As long as the Russian companies that do business with us are not sanctioned, there is no problem,” “We also discussed the possibility of paying through India.”

Plastic-Recycling - Russian-crude-oil

-Obvious Differences Between PET And PETG

Compared with PET, China PETG plastic sheet boasts the biggest feature that PETG meets food FDA certification. People are now increasingly focusing on related PETG plastic products at home and abroad.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

PET: Poly (ethylene terephthalate)

PETG: Poly (ethylene terephthalate-co-1, 4-cylclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate)

Compared with PET, China PETG plastic sheet boasts the biggest feature that PETG meets food FDA certification. People are now increasingly focusing on related PETG plastic products at home and abroad.

PET polyethylene terephthalate, a condensation, is mainly used in food packaging films and textile fibers, and other applications. With its application range becoming wider, it is used as packaging material not only for beverage bottles but also for amorphous PET (APET) and crystalline PET (CPET) cans and plates. In the last five years, new polymer products engineering-grade PET and copolyester have been applied to the engineering and specialty purposes.

Its excellent toughness and clarity, orientation capabilities, excellent economic value and rapidly developed bottle processing technology have allowed China PETG clear plastic sheet to be successfully used in bottle beverage packaging materials. PET beverage cans are lightweight, shatter-resistant, reusable, and have very good air-tight performance. A filled 2L PET beverage bottle can be 24% lighter than a comparable glass bottle, and an empty bottle weighs 1/10th of the same type of glass bottle, thus saving labor, energy, and costs in the whole process from producer to consumer.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

Chemical Performance

China PETG plastic sheet for beverage bottles is produced from terephthalic acid (TPA), which is obtained by oxidation of paraxylene. Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) is produced from purifying TPA or reacting TPA with methanol. Or TPA is further oxidized to produce pure terephthalic acid (PTA). Another basic raw material for PET is ethane, which is reacted and converted into ethylene glycol (EG). China white PETG sheet is a condensate produced by the polymerization of DMT (or PTA) with EG in the successive molten states, followed by a solid-state polymerization process to obtain large grains, final molecular weight and inherent viscosity. This solid-state process also results in a polymer with sufficiently low ethanol content. Typical PET resins melt at about 480℉ (248.89℃), but highly crystalline PET has a melting point of about 520℉ (271.11℃). Directional crystalline PET has excellent strength toughness and transparency.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

Obvious Differences Between PET And PETG

-Is trade possible bypassing US dollar for exchange rate?

As of today, it is almost impossible to imagine working out a viable exchange rate bypassing the US dollar. However, the question of direct trade in local currency is being debated after the imposition of sanctions on Russia by the US and other Western nations. Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin floated the idea of gold-based exchange rate.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

If we take an example of trade in local currency, of the trade between India and Iran, Indian rupee exchange rate is worked out at 554.31 Iranian rial. This reference rate has been worked out on US dollar-Iranian rial exchange rate of 42,300 rial and US dollar-Indian rupee exchange rate of 76.31. So, the reference rate remains the US dollar. The gold-based exchange rate, which aims to bypass the US dollar, is not tested as of now.

Having an alternate mechanism for trade has been on the agenda of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) for long, and has no relation to the current Russia-Ukraine crisis. But the issue became relevant again with the imposition of US sanctions on Russia in the wake of Russian attack on Ukraine.

The common payment system among the BRICS countries and the trade mechanism in local currency were discussed in talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who visited India some time back. Both the common payment system and trade mechanism in local currency are more diplomatically debatable points but the exchange rate is most important issue for exporters and importers.

In the current system, the exchange rate of various currencies of the exporting and importing countries is calculated based on US dollar. But a mechanism of exchange rate between India and Russia cannot be worked out easily because the value of the Russian ruble against the US dollar has depreciated drastically due to the war, while the Indian rupee is mostly steady against the dollar. Russian ruble has fallen from 70-75 to 110 against the US dollar in recent weeks, while Indian rupee has remained in the range of 72-76 against dollar.  Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

According to an expert from forex market, as a net importer country, India will gain from the steep fall of ruble as its value has come down from ₹1.05 to just 77 paise. But it may hurt Indian exporters from weakness of ruble or they will not be able to take orders. Experts believe that the only way would be for the government to make a system to compensate exporters.

Is trade possible bypassing US dollar for exchange rate?

Plastic-Recycling – Russian-crude-oil

PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling 25-04-2022

Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling 25-04-2022

Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

-Blackrock Plastics adds trading capacity

South Carolina-based company cites demand for recycled-content polymers.

Charleston, South Carolina-based Blackrock Plastics LLC says it has undertaken a recent office expansion to accommodate increased business demand. The company, which describes itself as an established buyer and seller of post-industrial recycled plastics, says it specializes in purchasing post-industrial plastic scrap and selling recycled plastics.

Blackrock says its locations in different parts of the United States combined with the recent office expansion will allow it to better serve existing clients efficiently and handle an influx of new business.

“With the market being so tight due to the lack of supply of virgin material, we’re still growing, with increased demand for our plastic scrap,” says Jim Kevany, a director at Blackrock Plastics. “We’ve learned to adapt to different market conditions, responding to our increase in demand with our recent office expansion. We look forward to continuing to provide top-quality, streamlined services for both our buyers and sellers.”  Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Among the grades of post-industrial plastic scrap Blackrock buys are low-density polyethylene (LDPE), Nylon, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), bulk shipping sacks, thermoplastic olefin (TPO), thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), purgings and plastic regrind.

“The strain on global supply chains has caused demand for post-industrial plastic scrap to steadily increase,” states the company. In response to the uptick, Blackrock says it is equipping its staff “with the necessary resources to keep up with demand.”

Automotive-Interiors-PP - Plastic-recycling

-REACH revision to reduce exposure to harmful substances: Cefic

The REACH revision is an opportunity to continue reducing exposure to the most harmful substances and continue building a predictable regulatory system that enables industry and authorities to focus resources where it matters the most, including development of safe and sustainable alternatives, where needed and simplifying administrative processes, Cefic said in its statement on the revision of REACH. Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

On the revision, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) believes that today more than ever Europe needs a robust domestic chemical industry to reduce strategic dependency on other regions. The role of REACH is therefore to keep the industry’s engine of growth and innovation running at full speed whilst raising the bar on safety.

The chemical industry will go through a ‘double twin’ transition (climate neutrality, Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, circularity and digitalisation). Prioritising regulatory actions that bring the most benefits to health and environment, keeping the regulatory framework as stable as possible, and maintaining coherence of REACH with all other pieces of EU legislation should be the guiding principles of the revision. Last but not least, advances in risk assessment methods, human and environmental monitoring, predictive toxicology and alternatives to animal testing need to be reflected in this revision, Cefic said in a press release.

In particular, Cefic has called on the European Commission to focus its attention on the key aspects when developing legislative proposals. This is a landmark opportunity to accelerate development, validation and regulatory acceptance of human-relevant animal-free approaches to assess safety of chemicals. On generic approach to risk management, Cefic has recommended prioritising consumer uses with a high likelihood of exposure to the most severe hazardous chemicals. A committee with a political mandate and accountability would need to be set up to make choices as to what should be considered essential or not.

Polymers recognised globally as Polymers of Low Concern based on the experience of other non-EU agencies should be excluded from registration. Available evidence supports a targeted implementation of the Mixture Assessment Factor (MAF) for environmental risk assessments. Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Asia does not reach agreement on April contract prices for paraxylene

Negotiators to agree on April’s contract prices for paraxylene in Asia have failed to reach an agreement for the current month, market sources told ICIS.

According to them, the approval of the monthly contract price for the material is achieved when it is agreed by at least two suppliers and two buyers.

This is the fourth month in a row this year that the contract price of paraxylene remains uncoordinated. Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Price offers in Asia for April are at the level of USD1,320-1,350 per ton, CFR Asia, against counter-bids in the range of USD980-1,050 per ton, CFR Asia.

Paraxylene is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, the situation in the Russian PET market in mid-April remained the same. Russian plants traditionally sell the main volumes of PET under formula contracts.  Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Automotive-Interiors-PP - Plastic-recycling

-Braskem plans to raise PP prices in the US in May

Braskem America plans to raise the price of polypropylene (PP) by 6 cents per pound (USD132 per ton) in May, the company said.

Polypropylene supplies have recently declined due to some unplanned repairs and the announcement of force majeure, which has led to an increase in spot prices.

Demand from the packaging and automotive sectors remains stable, while the consumer goods segment has seen some decline.

Earlier it was reported that ExxonMobil plans in May to increase the price of polypropylene (PP) by 6 cents per pound (USD132 per ton). In addition, TotalEnergies Petrochemicals also plans to raise PP prices in may in the US by a similar amount.  Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

According to MRC’s ScanPlast, PP supplies to the Russian market by the end of 2021 amounted to 1,494.28 thousand tons (calculated according to the formula production + import – export), which is 21% more than a year earlier. Supplies of propylene homopolymer (PP-homo) and propylene block copolymer (PP block) increased. The supply of propylene stat copolymer (PP-random) has been significantly reduced.

Automotive-Interiors-PP - Plastic-recycling

-Lightweighting Win: New Polypropylene Opens Automotive Doors to New Interior Uses

Automotive design engineers have long wrestled with polypropylene (PP) to lightweight large interior panels. The latest PP impact copolymer development comes closest to “easy” with greater ductility, gap tolerance, and more.

Lightweighting is an ongoing need in the automotive industry, and plastics continue to play a key role for innovations in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles as well as electric vehicles (EVs). Whether the goal is to shed weight to improve fuel economy or to compensate for heavy battery packs, automakers (OEMs) and suppliers are subject to ever-increasing market demands as well as requirements. The latest and perhaps most market-disrupting development among them — the Biden administration’s carbon reduction targets — affect both the ICE and EVC worlds. Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Plastics, therefore, remain front and center in the search for new and better lightweighting solutions. Today, plastics represent about 50 percent of the volume of the vehicle but only account for 10 percent of total weight. Even after decades of innovation, however, there remain challenges and new frontiers to cross. Polypropylene resins, whether used in compounds or pure (i.e.,“neat”) resin form with no fillers, provide a prime example of these challenges and new frontiers.

For this discussion, we will focus on interior challenges and innovations.

Impact copolymer, evolved

Automotive interiors present a particular challenge to lightweighting with neat resins, which are used for trim pieces and panels. However, they cannot always meet the demands of more challenging applications, which we discuss below. Factors such as material performance, manufacturing/machineability, look-and-feel, cost, and other factors must be balanced to allow for a lightweighting substitution.

Polypropylene offers low density, hence low weight, especially relative to compounds such as thermoplastic olefin (TPO). Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Specifically, polypropylene impact copolymers (ICPs) are widely used for many trim pieces and panels. They still, however, face performance challenges that limit applications involving large and complex parts.

Lightweighting Win: New Polypropylene Opens Automotive Doors to New Interior Uses

New 2020 U.S. plastic recycling data report highlights need for increased industry -investment

The 2020 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report has highlighted that like most industries, plastics recycling faced significant challenges through the COVID-19 pandemic. Major disruptions in collection and transportation, staffing shortages, and supply chain issues impacted the supply of material available for recycling. Despite those challenges, the trend of more U.S.-sourced post-consumer plastics acquired for use by reclaimers in North America continues. Of the post-consumer plastics sourced in the U.S., only 8 percent was exported overseas. Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Sponsored by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), the Foundation for Plastic Recycling, The Recycling Partnership, and the U.S. Plastics Pact, the 2020 U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report, by Stina inc., is based on surveys by Stina and the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR). The report presents the findings of the major post-consumer plastic categories recovered for recycling, including bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics, film, and other plastics.

“We need more supply. Our industry faces significant challenges that require immediate solutions. We need to focus our efforts on technologies that are up and running today. Mechanical recyclers have the capacity to process more material but lack the supply to meet the current demand for post-consumer resin (PCR),” says Steve Alexander, APR president and CEO.

“Expanding and streamlining recycling collection programs, less confusion with labelling, and reducing contamination through design for recyclability should be key priorities.” Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

New 2020 U.S. plastic recycling data report highlights need for increased industry -investment

Automotive-Interiors-PP – Plastic-recycling

Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP 23-04-2022

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas 25-04-2022

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas

PET-Bottle-Grade - Nylon6-overseas

Polyestertime
ITEM 18/04/2022 25/04/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,350 yuan/ton 8,135 yuan/ton -215
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,235 $/ton 1,215 $/ton -20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,270 yuan/ton -30
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,530 yuan/ton -70
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas

6,250 yuan/ton 6,085 yuan/ton -165
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 1,030 $/ton 1,020 $/ton -10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,840 yuan/ton 4,730 yuan/ton -110
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 645 $/ton 622 $/ton -23
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,201 $/ton 1,192 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,181 $/ton 1,172 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,311 $/ton 1,290 $/ton -21
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,950 yuan/ton 7,920 yuan/ton
-30
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,500 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,500 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 9,150 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton -30
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 7,930 yuan/ton -70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,800 yuan/ton 13,750 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,250 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,500 $/ton 2,500 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,750 yuan/ton 14,900 yuan/ton +150
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,950 yuan/ton 15,050 yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas

28,000 yuan/ton 26,000 yuan/ton -2,000
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,350 yuan/ton 17,400 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,850 yuan/ton 19,950 yuan/ton- +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,300 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 70,000 yuan/ton 68,000 yuan/ton -2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 60,500 yuan/ton 60,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 51,000 yuan/ton 51,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 12,100 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton -200
Benzene domestic market 8,390 yuan/ton 8,530 yuan/ton +140
Benzene overseas  market 1,150 $/ton 1,156 $/ton +6
Ethylene South East market 1,360 $/ton 1,350 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,535 $/ton 1,503 $/ton -32
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,120 yuan/ton +20
PP Powder domestic market
9,900 yuan/ton 9,750 yuan/ton -150
Naphtha overseas market 943 943 $/ton 897 $/ton
-46
Phenol domestic market 10,200 yuan/ton 10,160 yuan/ton -40

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas

PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling 25-04-2022

PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling

PET-Bottle-Grade – Nylon6-overseas 

PET-Bottle-Grade - Plastic-recycling

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

Crude Oil Prices Trend  Polyestertime

-Polypropylene rebounds

After weakening in late 2021 and early 2022, polypropylene has seen demand and pricing rebound.

After weakening at the end of 2021 and the start of this year, the market for polypropylene (PP) scrap has “turned around and gotten tight,” says Scott Saunders, general manager of Troy, Alabama-based KW Plastics.

KW Plastics reprocesses high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and PP. The company began operating a new wash line for PP late last year that increased its processing capacity by 100 million pounds per year. Saunders says that line already is running at capacity, so KW has plans to install another wash line that should be up and running in January of next year. PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling

“We’re running at 98 percent capacity,” he says as of late mid-April. That’s after adding an extruder earlier this year. Before that addition, Saunders says KW was running at “102 percent capacity.”

Rather than making substantial gains in capacity with the new equipment, he says it instead is allowing the company to bring some of its other equipment down for maintenance as it’s been running full-bore for the last two years.

Saunders says delivery of equipment of all types is 24 to 40 weeks out. “You really have to plan if you’re going to make any additions.”

He attributes the softening in PP markets in late 2021 and the start of 2022 to pandemic-related manufacturing slowdowns and a buildup of inventories. Since then, however, prices have increased as has demand for PP as well as for mixed-color and natural HDPE, Saunders says.

Virgin prices for these resins also have increased. “I’m not sure how much of that is buoyed by the high price of oil,” he says.

While bale prices have come off the highs they reached earlier in the pandemic, PP and HDPE scrap pricing is still high in historical terms, Saunders says. Bales of PP tubs and lids are trading for nearly 40 cents per pound, down from 60 cents as of April of last year. PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling

Polypropylene rebounds

PET-Bottle-GradeNylon6-overseas 

Polypropylene rebounds

Blackrock-Plastics adds trading capacity

REACH-revision to reduce exposure to harmful-substances: Cefic

Asia does not reach agreement on April-contract-prices-for-paraxylene

Braskem plans to raise PP-prices in the US in May

Lightweighting-Win: New Polypropylene Opens Automotive-Doors to New-Interior-Uses

-New 2020 U.S. plastic-recycling data report highlights need for increased industry -investment

PET-Bottle-Grade – Plastic-recycling

Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP 23-04-2022

Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP 23-04-2022

Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP

-Amcor launches more sustainable packaging for pharmaceuticals

Amcor a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, today announced the addition of new, more sustainable High Shield laminates to its pharmaceutical packaging portfolio. The new low carbon, recycle-ready packaging options deliver on two fronts, providing the high barrier and performance requirements needed for the industry while supporting pharmaceutical companies’ recyclability agendas.

These new High Shield innovations include more sustainable pharmaceutical sachet, stickpack and strippack packaging, providing options in both paper-based and Polyolefin-based materials. The innovative material structure enables recycle-readiness in line with regional demands and supports the market differentiation efforts of pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, it enables manufacturers and packers to leverage existing filling machines, with no required investments or efficiency losses.  Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP

“Amcor’s addition of more sustainable High Shield Pharma Laminates in its portfolio demonstrate our unwavering commitment to innovation for the healthcare industry, as well as our promise to the environment,” said Virginie Maes, Vice President Healthcare for Amcor Flexibles EMEA. “To Amcor, nothing is more important in our healthcare packaging than delivering the safety and efficacy needed for medicine and medical devices that millions of people rely on every day.”

Global sales of pharmaceutical products, which many of these products rely on for their packaging, will reach $1.4 trillion by 2026, with the European market expected to grow 5.4% through 2028*. The more sustainable High Shield Pharma Laminates options for pharmaceutical sachet, stickpack and strippack packaging will first be introduced throughout Europe to help meet this growing demand and to address the sustainability requirements established by the European Union and regional governments. Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP

Pharmaceuticals-packaging - Food-rPP

-Nextloopp project to trial food-grade compliant rPP

Another landmark moment for the project

Nextek’s Nextloopp project has arrived at a decisive point in its progress towards closing the loop on post-consumer food-grade recycled polypropylene, or FgrPP. Following the successful trials at Tomra in September 2021, the 43-strong multi-participant global project is now moving forward with production trials of food-grade compliant rPP.  Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP

During the September trials, 99.9% sorting purity using Nextek’s invisible PolyPrism fluorescent markers was achieved. This, said Professor Edward Kosior, the driving force behind Nextloopp, was the real breakthrough: demonstrating that sorting into food packaging – as the current regulations require –  is indeed possible, combined with the ability to clean and decontaminate recycled polypropylene packaging to food safety standards. For consumer safety, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) requires that recycled food-grade materials can only be made from (>95%) food packaging and that the recycled plastic must meet the same high standards required for virgin food-grade plastics.

Nextloopp is now dispatching its PPristine recycled PP prototype resins from post-consumer food packaging to its 43 participants for further trials, during which over 60 different products will be produced from Nextloopp’s four grades of PPristine food compliant and “INRT grade” resins.  Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP

This milestone confirms the project is poised to address the key challenges to recycling this valuable polymer, according to Luke Burgess, director of Business Development at Viridor, the UK’s largest recycling operator. It also opens up important commercial opportunities for the circular economy, he added.

Colleague participants concurred. Robinson Packaging’s Managing Director UK, Steve Haley, pointed to the rising demand for post-consumer recycled material and the need for a high-quality food-grade solution, while in Malaysia, Heng Hiap’s CEO, Kian Seah, foresaw demand for  food-grade rPP soaring, driven by public and regulatory pressure as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pro-Pac Packaging Group’s Category Manager–Food, Tim Strachan, says they are exploring innovative, sustainable change in rigid PP packaging driven by consumers, retailers and their customers who all want to make an impact.

Nextloopp project to trial food-grade compliant rPP

Amcor launches more sustainable-packaging-for-pharmaceuticals

Nextloopp project to trial food-grade-compliant-rPP

Encina Announces Major Investment in New Advanced Recycling-Manufacturing-Facility

Spain introduces new indirect tax-on-non-reusable-plastic-packaging as of 1 January 2023

China to up its textile-recycling-capability

Consumer-Goods-Companies‘ Position on Chemical-Recycling (and LCA)

Consumer Goods Forum outlines criteria for effective-chemical-recycling in industry study

Aquafil-SPA : The new Sustainability-Report is online

Pharmaceuticals-packaging – Food-rPP

Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema 22-04-2022

Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling 23-04-2022

Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

-Encina Announces Major Investment in New Advanced Recycling Manufacturing Facility

The $1.1 billion investment will lead to a state-of-the-art advanced recycling facility in Point Township, Penn., to convert PCR to feedstock for new products.

Chemical recycling innovator and producer Encina has announced that it will invest $1.1 billion to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Point Township, Pennsylvania. This proposed facility, named The Point Township Circular Manufacturing Facility, would be the first in the region to use advanced technologies to convert post-consumer materials into feedstock that can be used to manufacture thousands of new products. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2022, and the facility is expected to be fully operational by fall 2024.

The Point Township Circular Manufacturing Facility will process over 992-million lb/yr of post-consumer materials, diverting the vast majority from landfills and away from incinerators. This facility would reduce the need to produce new plastic from oil and gas resources, providing circular solutions to customers committed to reducing their impact on the environment to build a circular economy.

According to an analysis by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, the construction and operation of this facility are projected to inject more than $2.1 billion into the local and state economies over the next five years. Construction is expected to last 24 months and employ 750 local workers. Once fully operational, the Point Township Circular Manufacturing Facility would have 300 full-time employees. Encina is committed to hiring and utilizing local businesses wherever possible on this project. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Encina Announces Major Investment in New Advanced Recycling Manufacturing Facility

-Spain introduces new indirect tax on non-reusable plastic packaging as of 1 January 2023

On 9 April 2022, the Official State Gazette published Law 7/2022 on Waste and Contaminated Soils (referred to as the Law). The new Law aims to establish the principles of the circular economy, as well as contribute to the fight against climate change and the protection of the marine environment.

Specifically, the Law addresses the obligation for Spain to transpose two European Union (EU) Directives: first, Directive (2018/851) which will modify the Waste Framework Directive and second, the Single-Use Plastics Directive (2019/904), where the purpose is to reduce the environmental impact of certain plastic products.

The Spanish legislature has approved a new tax on non-reusable plastic packaging, which will take effect as of 1 January 2023. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

The new tax has a very broad scope, tax rate of €0.45 per kg of non-recycled plastic packaging and is envisaged to collect approximately €724m of revenue annually for the Government. It is configured similarly to the new plastic packaging tax approved in Italy, which is also expected to enter into effect on 1 January 2023. However, there are greater differences compared to the plastic packaging tax already in force since 1 April 2022 in the United Kingdom (UK).

The new tax will impact most industrial and consumer products businesses, as it: (i) is applicable on the manufacturing, importation and intra-community acquisition of non-reusable plastic packaging for its final use within the Spanish market; (ii) covers both the transactions of (empty) packaging materials itself and packaged products; and (iii) is applicable to primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.

Non-reusable-plastic - Textile-recycling

-China to up its textile recycling capability

New guideline to contribute to country’s ambitious climate, pollution targets

China, producer of half the world’s textile fiber, has unveiled a guideline that aims to significantly beef up its capability to recycle textile waste, most of which is nonbiodegradable. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Experts have lauded the initiative for its potential role in promoting low-carbon, circular economic development, saying it will contribute to the country’s ambitious climate and pollution targets.

The country aims to recycle a quarter of its textile waste and use it to produce 2 million metric tons of recycled fiber annually by 2025, according to a document unveiled by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner, and the ministries of industry and information technology, and commerce.

Five years on from 2025, a relatively complete system for textile waste recycling will have been established in the country, it said. By then, China will be able to recycle 30 percent of its textile waste and produce 3 million tons of recycled fiber annually.

“As a key part of establishing and then improving a green, low-carbon and circular economic system, recycling helps in resource conservation and the reduction of pollutants and carbon emissions,” the commission said in a news release.

Zhao Kai, executive vice-president of the China Association of Circular Economy, said that as people live wealthier lifestyles, there is a greater demand for clothing, which creates more waste.

Only about one-fifth of the roughly 22 million tons of textile waste generated in the country in 2020 was recycled. China produced only 1.5 million tons of recycled fiber that year.

“There is a lot of room for improvement in the country’s capability to recycle textile waste,” Zhao stressed.

The guideline will hopefully address a series of weak links in textile waste recycling, he continued. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

The document, for example, vows to introduce preferential policies to motivate companies to improve product design, so that they can be more easily dismantled, classified and recycled after being discarded.

Aside from improving the network for collecting textile waste, he said, the guideline also aims to address problems that hinder reuse and recycling.

The country will hammer out and strive to improve the industrial standards and norms on cleaning, disinfection, epidemic control and trading of secondhand clothes, he said. Export control of used garments will be further strengthened.

China to up its textile recycling capability

-Consumer Goods Companies’ Position on Chemical Recycling (and LCA)

For the first time, consumer good companies are joining forces through The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) to set the agenda for the development of new plastic recycling technologies. The CGF’s Coalition of Action on Plastic Waste has published an independent scientific study last week which demonstrates that the chemical recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic waste could reduce the climate impact of plastic when compared to waste-to-energy incineration. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

As part of its mission to tackle the plastic pollution challenge and help advance a world where no plastic ends up in nature, The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Plastic Waste Coalition of Action (the Coalition) is pleased to announce the publication of a Vision and Principles Paper, entitled “Chemical Recycling in a Circular Economy for Plastics” which encourages the development of new plastics recycling technologies that meet six key principles for credible, safe and environmentally sound development. In support of this position paper, the Coalition has also published a new independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study, that demonstrates that the chemical recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic waste could reduce the climate impact of plastic when compared to waste-to-energy incineration.

Guided by the global commitment led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and in line with the newly announced UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, the Coalition is committed to driving progress towards realising a circular economy. To this end, in 2021, the Coalition launched its full set of Golden Design Rules, for the design of plastic packaging. At the same time, members developed a framework for optimal Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programmes, as part of their engagement in advanced and transitional markets to increase recycling rates for packaging that cannot be reused. The Coalition is equally working to encourage recycling innovation to close the loop, including chemical recycling to complement the growing mechanical capacity. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Non-reusable-plastic - Textile-recycling

-Consumer Goods Forum outlines criteria for effective chemical recycling in industry study

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has published an independent scientific study that demonstrates the chemical recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic waste could reduce plastic’s climate impact when compared to waste-to-energy incineration.

The CGF’s Coalition of Action on Plastic Waste and 16 member companies co-authored a paper that outlines a set of principles for the credible, safe and environmentally sound development of the chemical recycling industry.

Titled  “Chemical Recycling in a Circular Economy for Plastics: A Vision and Principles Paper,”  the paper encourages the development of new plastics recycling technologies that meet six key principles for credible, safe and environmentally sound development. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Ignacio Gavilan, sustainability director for CGF, says: “There are many components needed to achieve a more positive future for plastic. Our focus must be to reduce dependency on plastics and improve packaging design, curbing the use of problematic materials and excess packaging. But where plastic packaging cannot be eliminated, reused or recycled using other methods, chemical recycling has a role within the circular economy.”

“Chemical recycling takes plastics that can’t be mechanically recycled and transforms them into materials that can be used to make new plastics. Used in the right way as part of a holistic approach, chemical recycling can contribute to a world where no plastic ends up in nature.”

Key principles

The paper assesses key criteria by which chemical recycling can be developed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) effectively. These are:

  1. Implementing robust systems and processes to ensure that waste plastic input materials for chemical recycling do not include material that can be economically recycled by mechanical recycling in practice and at scale.
  2. Material traceability: Avoiding deliberate or accidental “double counting” of waste plastics.
  3. Process yield: Set a minimum threshold for the end-to-end yield (plastic waste to recycled materials or chemicals), using a consistent definition and methodology.  Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling
  4. Lifecycle environmental impact: Demonstrate that GHG emissions associated with the production of chemically recycled plastic are lower compared to fossil fuel-based virgin plastics.
  5. Health and safety: Maintain continued high attention to the health and safety of the chemical recycling process.
  6. Claims: Claims about chemical recycling made by companies purchasing plastics produced by chemical recycling are communicated credibly and transparently to support consumer decision-making.

Non-reusable-plastic - Textile-recycling

-Aquafil SPA : The new Sustainability Report is online

More and more companies around the world are focusing on ESG themes. But very few of them really make sustainability part of who they are. As a matter of fact, our Group has made ESG and circular economy innovation the core of the company’s values, the engine of its business growth, the key to risk mitigation.

We pride ourselves on making products that change the world. Prada, Gucci and Burberry are just few of the brands that have chosen our flagship product branded ECONYL®, a special type of Nylon made from regenerated waste materials (like old carpets, fishing nets, industrial fabrics), which has a way lower environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions and a much higher growth rate than traditional fibres. Given its unique features, ECONYL® puts our company at the forefront of the circular economy revolution in textiles. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Our ESG efforts have not been limited to circular economy innovation. Aquafil has always had a 360-degree commitment to sustainability, considering not only environmental but also social and governance aspects. Since 2008, we have formalised our commitments in our ECO PLEDGE®, a set of five principles that inspire all the Group’s activities:

  1. Rethinking products in a circular perspective
  2. Protecting the environment
  3. Sharing responsibilities throughout the value chains
  4. Caring for the well-being of individuals
  5. Supporting the local communities.

In the first chapter of this report, we deep dive into our values, our story, our achievements; we introduce our new brand manifesto; we explain why ECONYL® represents not only our proudest achievement but also our source of competitive advantage; we show how our economic performance and sustainability efforts are profoundly intertwined. Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Non-reusable-plastic - Textile-recycling

Non-reusable-plastic – Textile-recycling

Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema 22-04-2022

Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema 22-04-2022

Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema

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-Biodegradable Plastics Won’t Put You on the Path to Circularity

There is nothing circular about compostable packaging, according to one expert on sustainability. In fact, biodegradable plastics ultimately add to greenhouse gas emissions.

Making plastics disappear — it’s the wish of many, especially resonant as Earth Day approaches, and the aim of numerous bans on single-use plastics and plastic bags.

But outside of banning plastics, creating biodegradable plastic products that compost into nothing at the end of their life might seem like a reasonable alternative — an additional tool in the quiver of green tactics.  Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema

Not so fast, cautions one expert.

While biodegradable plastics certainly exist — in fact, eight versions are vying for this year’s Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize — the fact that material science affords the opportunity to create plastics that disappear doesn’t necessarily make this the best course of action.

In fact, overall, biodegradable plastics ultimately add to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, said Bob Lilienfeld, Executive Director of the Sustainable Packaging Research, Information, and Networking Group (SPRING) in Broomfield, CO.

“The issue isn’t whether or not material is available,” Lilienfeld asserted. “The issue is whether or not it makes any kind of sense. If you’re a believer in the concept of the circular economy, there is nothing circular about compostable packaging. It’s designed to end up in an industrial or home compost facility — the result of which is greenhouse gases.”

In an October 2021 presentation titled, “Avoiding the Plastics Biodegradation Minefield,” Lilienfeld stressed several caveats and clarifications when discussing the concept of compostable plastics, to wit:

Biodegradation occurs when materials are broken down by bacteria, fungi, or other biological means.

Biodegradation is not the same as composting, and industrial and home composting are not the same. Some materials that are industrial compostable are not home compostable.

Fragmentation and disintegration are not forms of biodegradation, but can sometimes lead to biodegradation. Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema

In fact, to be considered “industrial compostable,” Lilienfeld explained, a plastic product must meet ASTM-D6400 or EN 13432 standards by biodegrading 90% in 180 days in aerobic conditions  or disintegrating 90% in 12 weeks (ISO 16929).

Biodegradable-Plastics - DSM-Dyneema

-Avient Announces Agreement to Acquire DSM Protective Materials (Dyneema®) and Plans to Explore Sale of Distribution

Avient Corporation , a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Royal DSM (“DSM”) to purchase the DSM Protective Materials business (including the Dyneema® brand) (the “Dyneema business”). The purchase price of $1.485 billion is subject to certain customary adjustments. In conjunction with this proposed acquisition, Avient has also announced that it plans to explore sale options for its Avient Distribution business. Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema

“We are thrilled to add the Dyneema® brand and its unique technologies to Avient, further expanding our growing composites portfolio,” said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avient Corporation. “For 10 years, we have been building our advanced composites platform by focusing on high-performance materials for applications where failure is not an option. The addition of the Dyneema portfolio will raise Avient’s material offerings to the highest levels on the performance spectrum of composites and engineered fibers.”

The foundation of the protective materials business of DSM is the renowned technology and globally admired brand of Dyneema®, the World’s Strongest Fiber™. The ultra-lightweight specialty fiber is 15 times stronger than steel and is used in demanding applications such as ballistic personal protection, marine and sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, industrial protection and outdoor sports.  Estimated sales and EBITDA for the Dyneema business in 2022 are approximately $415 million and $130 million, respectively.  The business includes six production facilities, four R&D centers and approximately 1,000 employees located around the world.

Excluding intangible amortization, the acquisition will be immediately accretive to EPS, adding approximately $0.35 per share on a pro forma basis for 2022. Further, Avient’s composites platform with the Dyneema business will represent over 50% of the company’s Specialty Engineered Materials segment sales.

“In conjunction with our intent to acquire Dyneema, we plan to explore a potential sale of our distribution business,” said Mr. Patterson. “This would allow Avient to remain modestly levered at 2.9x adjusted EBITDA while also expanding adjusted EBITDA margins from 12% to 18%, the highest amongst our formulator peers.”

The acquisition has been approved by the Boards of Directors at both Avient and DSM and is expected to close later this year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema

Committed financing for the acquisition is being provided by Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan. Jones Day served as outside legal counsel to Avient.

Avient will host a webcast on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EST to discuss the key highlights of the expected acquisition of the Dyneema business as well as its first quarter 2022 financial results.

Avient Announces Agreement to Acquire DSM Protective Materials (Dyneema®) and Plans to Explore Sale of Distribution

Biodegradable-Plastics Won’t Put You on the Path-to-Circularity

Avient Announces Agreement to Acquire DSM-Protective-Materials (Dyneema®) and Plans to Explore Sale of Distribution

Pressco and Somex announce strategic partnership

PVC-prices slip in Asia

VIBA presents bacteriostatic-masterbatch for PE-medical-disposable-gloves

ESMA launches new conference-Textile-Printing-and-Sustainability

Yizheng-Chemical-Fiber starting the construction of an intelligent-PSF-project

China : PE-plant-operating rate plunges to 9-year low

Biodegradable-Plastics – DSM-Dyneema

Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging 21-04-2022

Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch 22-04-2022

Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

-Pressco and Somex announce strategic partnership

Pressco Technology Inc. and Somex Ltd. are pleased to announce their strategic and exclusive partnership effective March 2022.

Pressco Technology, with headquarters in the USA since 1966, is well known for developing high-speed vision and sensory inspection solutions to improve process control and maximise profitability for manufacturers in the food, beverage, and packaging industries.

Somex is an Irish company founded in 2000 with an established market share as a supplier of high quality off-line testing instruments for manufacturers and fillers of PET containers. Somex instruments are complimentary with Pressco’s range of quality and process management products. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

The combination of each company’s innovative solutions will provide customers access to a comprehensive portfolio of in-line inspection solutions and off-line testing instruments, allowing to add increased value to their businesses.

Chemical-Fiber - Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

-PVC prices slip in Asia

This week, PVC prices dropped in Asia. The price fall was on the back of lower import offers from overseas suppliers coupled with continued lacklustre buying trends in the region.

Weaker upstream ethylene values further supported the price drop.

In China, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1340-1370/mt CFR levels, a fall of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.

In China, a Taiwanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1340/mt levels for shipment in May 2022.

In South East Asia, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1380-1440/mt CFR levels, a week on week decrease of USD (-20/mt).

In Vietnam, a South Asian producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade in the range of USD 1380-1440/mt levels for shipment in May 2022

In India, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1500-1570/mt CFR levels, a sharp fall of USD (-40/mt) from the previous week. Buying trends were reported to be soft in the open markets of India.

In India, domestic producers have reduced their PVC resin suspension grade prices by Rs.6/kg basic, with effect from April 19, 2022.

A Japanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade in India at the USD 1720/mt levels for shipment in May 2022. This offer does not attract any customs import duty in India. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

A producer from China has offered its PVC resin suspension grade in India at the USD 1500/mt levels for shipment in May 2022. A Taiwanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1570/mt levels for shipment in May 2022. A South Korean producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1560-1590/mt levels for shipment in May 2022.

In Sri Lanka, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1620-1680/mt CFR levels, down USD (-20/mt) from last week.

In Bangladesh, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1620-1670/mt CFR levels, a week on week fall of USD (-30/mt).

In Bangladesh, a Taiwanese producer has offered its PVC resin suspension grade at the USD 1620/mt levels for shipment in May 2022.

In Pakistan, PVC prices were assessed at the USD 1580-1670/mt CFR levels, a fall of USD (-20/mt) from the previous week.

PVC prices slip in Asia

-VIBA presents bacteriostatic masterbatch for PE medical disposable gloves

VIBA offers its VIBATAN PE BACTERIOSTATIC 51A0150 to prevent contamination of plastic products, according to SpecialChem.

The addition of this masterbatch prevents and stops the growth and propagation of microorganisms and keeps its efficacy even after numerous washes of the end-product, due to the release of small dosages of active substance on each washing cycle. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

VIBATAN PE BACTERIOSTATIC A0150 has been expressly developed for the extrusion of mono and multilayer films, even having thin thickness, and above all to produce medical disposable gloves in PE (in places like hospitals the presence of organic bacteriostatic additives is not always well accepted). The product is suitable also for polyolefin injection moulding.

The product also works as antiviral agent and confers to end products a reasonable protection against the proliferation of some types of Corona viruses.

Antibacterial protection also makes a product considerably cleaner, which implies that the product is less likely to facilitate the transfer of harmful microbes to another surface or person.

VIBATAN PE BACTERIOSTATIC A0150 is food approved according to the American FDA and to the European regulation and is suitable if used in contact with foodstuff.

As MRC reported earlier, in March 2021, Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, started up new production lines for melt-blown nonwoven fabric and medical face masks at its site in Gronau, Germany to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Mondi Gronau has over 50 years of experience in the production and processing of films, nonwovens and elastic components for hygiene products. Last year Mondi announced it would start up production lines to produce both the important base material, melt-blown nonwoven fabric, as well as the medical face mask themselves. With the new lines, Mondi is building up a local value chain in Germany to address the needs of the pandemic. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

We remind that in May 2020, Borealis started production of meltblown fabrics for face mask applications on its unique pilot line in Linz, Austria. Borealis managed quickly to convert the way of working from pure development to smaller scale pilot production to regularly produce rolls of fine fibre fabrics for face masks. Recently developed by Borealis, a new proprietary polypropylene (PP) meltblown resin has boosted filtration properties due to its capability for finer fibres. By exploiting a robust network of co-operation partners in the country, Borealis is helping bolster the supply of filtration media to increase face masks production.

Chemical-Fiber - Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

-ESMA launches new conference Textile Printing and Sustainability

The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) follows its new focus on textile market with a new event to inspire and accelerate change within the industry: The Textile Printing and Sustainability (TPS) conference will take place from 8th to 9th September 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany, and welcomes all involved in automatisation, new business models and best environmental practices for various textile applications.  Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

Textiles have fourth largest climate impact

“According to the European Environmental Agency, textile has the region’s fourth largest climate impact, following only food, housing and transport industries. The average European throws away 11 kilograms of textiles every year”, explains ESMA CEO Peter Buttiens in a press release.

“Different international bodies throw their weight behind changing this. For example, the EU is introducing a digital product passport to boost circular economy. This forms an incentive for every step of textile production and workflow, to stimulate creative reuse, recycling and repurposing of materials and end products,” adds Buttiens.

The new conference for textile printing and sustainability looks at all critical factors and global trends that influence textile market conditions today and in the nearest future: customer-made fashion, responsible businesses, quality concerns, customisation and personalisation.

The event brings together industry experts from two main printing processes – screen and inkjet – to promote best practices, discuss new application fields and explain benefits and challenges of individual technology choices.

Presentations and networking

So far, 40 presentations and 50 networking stands have been confirmed. The conference targets anyone who wants to make textile production more sustainable, including designers, printers, dyers, brand owners, E-commerce, distributors, retailers, engineers, chemists, production developers and sustainability officers as well as NGOs, associations and regulators.

One of the keynote speakers will be Karin Ekberg, talking about leadership and sustainability, an area Ekberg has much experience with as head of environmental services at the Adidas Group and chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Heiner Rupperath from Brother will look at the environmental challenges in hardware manufacturer operations and Inga Barende from Covestro will introduce the raw materials perspective. The Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen will share the latest know-how behind smart textiles.  Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

Chemical-Fiber - Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

-Yizheng Chemical Fiber starting the construction of an intelligent PSF project

On Apr 12, Yizheng Chemical Fiber started the construction of the main unit of an intellegent direct-spun PSF project. Besides the main unit-230kt/yr polyester production line, the project includes four lines of 25kt/yr PSF for spunlace nonwoven and four lines of 33kt/yr low-melting PSF which will start up later.

The delivery of initial construciton and installation is predicted in Sep 2022, and interim delivery is predicted in May 2023. Then in Aug 2023, the trial production will be launched. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

Yizheng Chemical Fiber starting the construction of an intelligent PSF project

-China : PE plant operating rate plunges to 9-year low

Over the past month, China domestic PE plant operating rate has plummeted, with the operating rate of 68.87% on April 12, falling directly below the 70% level, the lowest at least since Dec 2013.  Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

The operating rate has dropped sharply, on the one hand, it is because that the PE producers cut production since March due to high oil prices, which have been basically implemented up to now; on the other hand, it is currently close to the spring turnaround season of some petrochemical plants.

At present, the shutdown plants in China are as follows, involving a total production capacity of 7.11 million tons.

So, in the case of such a low operating rate, does it mean that the opportunity for PE to rebound has come?

Although supply is tight, demand is being suppressed at the same time. On the one hand, affected by the pandemic, logistics and transportation in some regions had been restricted, both the cross-regional allocation of raw materials and the delivery of finished products have been affected. Moreover, some reservoir areas in Jiangsu and Zhejiang are in closed or controlled areas, resulting in certain restrictions on downstream delivery. On the other hand, spring ploughing in the north basically ends in mid-April, the peak demand season for agricultural plastic film is coming to an end, and the demand is gradually weakening in the later period.

Currently, PE plant operating rate is on the low side, China domestic supply decreases significantly and demand weakens gradually. Moreover, international crude oil price fluctuate widely in the current turbulent international situation, the market still has to balance the relationship between the cost side and the supply and demand side, and PE market may keep range-bound. Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

China : PE plant operating rate plunges to 9-year low

Chemical-Fiber – Bacteriostatic-masterbatch

Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging 21-04-2022

Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging 21-04-2022

Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging

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-The IMF predicts a reduction in Russia’s GDP by 8.5%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Russia’s GDP to shrink by 8.5% in 2022 and by 2.3% in 2023, Interfax reported.

The IMF expects that the unemployment rate in Russia by the end of 2022 will grow to 9.3% against 4.8% in 2021. According to the fund, in 2023 the situation will improve slightly and the unemployment rate will already be 7.8%.

The IMF notes that the deterioration of the Russian economy will be affected by sanctions, oil and gas embargoes from some countries. In their opinion, the rejection of Russian energy will cause damage in the medium term.

IMF analysts believe that the prospects for the Russian economy “remain gloomy.” “The outflow of finance and the loss of investor confidence will lead to a significant reduction in private investment and consumption, this will only partially be compensated by budget expenditures,” the IMF said.

In addition, the IMF lowered its forecast for global GDP growth from 4.4% to 3.6%.

Earlier it was reported that the GDP of the Russian Federation in 2021 grew by 4.7%. This first assessment was published on Friday by Rosstat. Earlier, the Ministry of Economic Development estimated russia’s GDP growth in 2021 at 4.6% compared to 2020. Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging

Russia-GDP - Low-carbon-PET-packaging

-Origin Materials partners with LVMH on low-carbon PET packaging

Origin Materials has formed a strategic partnership with French luxury goods firm LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said the company.

As part of the partnership, LVMH signed a multiyear capacity reservation agreement with Origin to purchase “sustainable, carbon-negative PET (polyethylene terephthalate)” for use in packaging for LVMH’s perfumes and cosmetics.

Furthermore, Origin aims to work with LVMH on sustainable packaging solutions across LVMH’s brands, it added. Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging

Origin uses woody biomass as a chemical feedstock.

PET produced using Origin technology is functionally identical to petroleum-based PET, but with “a dramatically lower carbon footprint” since it is made from sustainable wood residues which capture carbon, the company said.

Additionally, Origin’s PET is recyclable to fossil-based PET within existing infrastructure, “which is critical to creating a circular economy with a significantly reduced carbon footprint”, it said. Financial or other details about the partnership with LVMH were not disclosed.

As per MRC, Origin Materials, Inc., the world’s leading carbon negative materials company, and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that, subject to finalization of economic incentives, the company has selected a site in Geismar, Louisiana, for the construction of its first world-scale manufacturing facility, Origin 2. The facility would produce carbon-negative materials used to make polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) plastic, which is used in packaging, textiles, apparel, and other applications, as well as hydrothermal carbon, which can be used in fuel pellets, as activated carbon, and as a replacement for carbon black. Origin’s patented technology platform can turn the carbon found in sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process.

Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world’s leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging

Origin Materials partners with LVMH on low-carbon PET packaging

-The IMF predicts a reduction in Russia-GDP by 8.5%

Origin-Materials partners with LVMH on low-carbon-PET-packaging

Cellulose-Nanofiber–Reinforced-PP Homes in on Auto-Exteriors-Interiors

SK-ecoplant works with domestic firms to produce GFRPrebars using recycled-PET-bottles

BOPA-Films Market to Reach $1.6 Billion by 2030

PepsiCo-Germany launches sustainable-shrink-film pilot

-Has the polyester-polymerization rate touched bottom?

IMF slashes global-growth-outlook amid Ukraine-war

Russia-GDP – Low-carbon-PET-packaging

Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business 20-04-2022

Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled 21-04-2022

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-Cellulose Nanofiber–Reinforced PP Homes in on Auto Exteriors, Interiors

Japanese auto parts maker Toyoda Gosei has developed a cellulose nanofiber (CNF)–reinforced polypropylene (PP) compound with the aim of reducing CO2 over the lifecycle of automotive components, from raw material procurement and production to recycling and disposal. The work is part of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Nano Cellulose Promotion project, which promotes efforts for the early social implementation of CNF-reinforced plastics, which are the basis of various products, with the aim of reducing CO2.

The newly developed CNF-reinforced plastic combines 20% CNF in a general purpose plastic used in automobile interior and exterior components. For practical applications, reduced impact resistance from the inclusion of CNF was initially an issue. Toyoda Gosei overcame this with its material mix design and kneading expertise to raise impact resistance to a level suitable for automotive components. The company will continue to lower costs in cooperation with CNF material manufacturers.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

In moving toward decarbonization and a circular economy, Toyoda Gosei is developing materials that raise the environmental performance of its products by leveraging the following features of CNF:

CNF has one-fifth the weight and five times the strength of steel. When used as a reinforcing material in plastic or rubber, the product can be made thinner and foam molding becomes easier. This reduces weight and contributes to lower CO2 emissions when the vehicle is being driven.

When the material is reused after vehicles are scrapped, little strength is lost from heating and melting, making recycling of automotive components possible.

The material does not increase the total amount of CO2. Even when CNF is incinerated, the only CO2 emitted is that which was absorbed by the plant during its growth.

Japan is somewhat of a hotbed for development of cellulose-reinforced composites as well as the fibers themselves.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

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-SK ecoplant works with domestic firms to produce GFRP rebars using recycled PET bottles

SK ecoplant, affiliated with South Korea’s conglomerate SK Group, joined hands with two domestic companies to produce glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP) rebars using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. Their joint plant will secure price competitiveness through the automation of all processes.

GFRP was used as an alternative material to the reinforcement bar (rebar), a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used as a tension device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures. GFRP has characteristics of lightweight, no-corrosion, superior tensile strength, and high mechanical performance.

SK ecoplant said it would jointly invest in establishing a production line for  GFRP rebars brand-named “KEco-bar” with KCMT and Carbon Fiber & Young. The joint plant is to secure 40,000 tons of production capacity per year by 2024 and 200,000 tons by 2027. The size of investments was not disclosed. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

About 300 million PET bottles can be recycled to produce 200,000 tons of GFRP rebars annually, SK ecoplant said. PET is the most common thermoplastic polymer resin used in the creation of fabrics and plastic bottles. Recycled PET bottles have been used to manufacture clothes, bags and shoes.

“KEco-bar is a breakthrough technology that can increase the resource circulation rate of PET bottles because it is not limited to colors due to the nature of construction materials,” Jo Jung-shik, head of SK ecolplant’s eco-solution business unit, said in a statement on April 20. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The production of high-quality GFRP rebars has not been easy in South Korea due to high prices, with imported products used in special processes. SK ecolplant and its partners have completed a joint patent application for a technology that uses recycled PET bottles and produces a key raw material for the production of GFRP rebars.

SK ecoplant works with domestic firms to produce GFRP rebars using recycled PET bottles

-BOPA Films Market to Reach $1.6 Billion by 2030

Food and pharmaceutical packaging applications, among others, will drive growth in the global market for biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) films between 2022 and 2030, according to recent research from Future Market Insights (FMI). Polyamide is better known as nylon.

FMI’s new “BOPA Films Market” report estimates the market for these nylon films will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% to become a $1.6 billion market by the end of the decade. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The food industry is predicted to be the largest end user of these films, controlling two-thirds the global market by 2030. BOPA films can be used to package products such as frozen and cooked food, meat and poultry, cheese, ready-to-eat foods, liquid and viscous food, liquid bag-in-box products, and produce.

Technologically advanced pharmaceutical packaging made from BOPA films — including next-generation blister packaging and blood and parenteral nutrition bags that can be serialized — is also expected to play an important role in the market’s growth.

Increased production of products requiring packaging formats such as stand-up pouches and single-dose packs (creams and soaps, for example) will also drive revenue gains in the BOPA films market.

“The demand for BOPA films in packaging is expected to increase in the years to come, as the companies opt for flexible [and] functional solutions at affordable pricing,” said an FMI research analyst in a prepared statement. The “beauty and cosmetic industry and rising demand for improved packaging in the pharmaceutical industry are also projected to give the BOPA market a shot in the arm.”

Demand for transparent packaging, particularly for food, will also aid in market growth. Multilayer BOPA films offer superior transparency, for showcasing food products. As an added benefit for food processors, transparent packaging reduces printing/labeling costs by reducing the area of the package that needs to be decorated.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to influence the BOPA films market both positively and negatively. Consumer preference for packaged food products, for hygienic reasons, has had a short-term positive affect on the market. But at the same time, the pandemic has disrupted BOPA films production, raw material procurement, and supply to end users.

In terms of technical specifications, the preferred thickness in manufacturing BOPA films is 11 to 20 microns, and these thicknesses are expected to represent 60% of the global market by the end of 2030. Additionally, nylon 6 represents a substantial slice of market share among BOPA films; end users prefer this grade for its high-impact strength and easy orientation from both axes.

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-PepsiCo Germany launches sustainable shrink film pilot

  • Packaging films for beverage cans and bottles made from 50% rLDPE for the first time
  • Shrink film made with one-tenth recycled Yellow Bag packaging waste
  • PepsiCo starts pilot project with the green dot

In its consistent efforts to create a world in which plastics never become waste, the company PepsiCo has succeeded in taking a forward-looking step: For the first time, the packaging film for Pepsi bottles was tested in a test project with the Green Dot and cans made from 10% recycled plastic from the Yellow Bag, 40% recycled plastic from other sources, and only half virgin plastic. 0

If further quality tests are just as successful, the next goal is to convert regular production to film from film. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

As early as October 2021, a full 100 days ahead of schedule, PepsiCo switched to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) for all carbonated beverage bottles and the Lipton Icetea range. Bottles and beverage cans are usually sold in so-called shrink film in packs of six, which in turn are on pallets. For safe transport, the six-packs are wrapped with meter-long pallet film. All new plastic. The high quality of the packaging film, which is customary in the industry, results from the need for stability and the desire to print on it. “It’s a charming way of attracting the attention of consumers and differentiating oneself, as well as an expression of our quality standards in design and therefore an important marketing tool,” saysKai Klicker-Brunner, Head of Corporate Affairs and part of the management of PepsiCo Germany . “But they end up in the garbage very quickly. That’s why we commissioned our film suppliers to develop a recycled version for us.”

The supplier turned to the Green Dot, which, among other things, has set up the separate collection of used sales packaging in Germany and is now one of the leading plastics recyclers. Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

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-Has the polyester polymerization rate touched bottom?

The production curtailment has been a hot topic on the market for long and polyester enterprises really started scaling down production in Apr.

Many downstream plants shut down for the Tomb-sweeping Festival (Apr 3-5) and did not resume operation after holiday due to more strict COVID restriction. The operating rate of fabric mills and DTY pants even decreased further. The logistics were blocked amid the pandemic restriction and exerted more effect on the market. As a result, polyester units also greatly slashed production.

Players wondered whether the polymerization rate would be lower than 90% in early-Apr, while it has reduced to 78.4% by Apr 18, lower than that during the Spring Festival holiday.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

Some players had questions in mind: Have the polyester polymerization rate touched bottom?  Will the polyester polymerization rate start increasing later?

The inventory and profit issue are one of the reasons for production curtailment.

PFY plants have faced inventory burden for several months. Inventory does show signals to reduce in Apr and even keep refreshing new high. As for profit, PFY producers have seen heavy losses in Apr.

Factories showed patience in waiting before but their mindset was apparently dragged down in Apr, which was supposed to be a peak season in textile industry, with ongoing weaker market atmosphere.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

Has the polyester polymerization rate touched bottom?

-IMF slashes global growth outlook amid Ukraine war

The negative economic effects from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will significantly hurt global growth, the IMF has said. Increasing food and fuel prices have raised the prospect of unrest in poorer countries.

The economic damage caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will lead to a significant slowdown in global growth in 2022, the International Monetary Fund said in its latest update of the World Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday.

The global economy is now expected to grow 3.6%, down 0.8% from the fund’s January forecast, due to the war and its impact.  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

The Washington-based IMF expects both Russia and Ukraine to experience steep contractions this year, with spillover effects such as surging commodity prices affecting countries across the world. The report shows Ukraine suffering a 35% collapse of its economy, while Russia’s GDP will shrink 8.5%.

“The effects of the war will propagate far and wide, adding to price pressures and exacerbating significant policy challenges,” IMF chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas wrote in a blog post on April 19.

The European Union, which has been rocked by the Ukraine crisis, is projected to take a big economic hit, with the bloc’s growth outlook for this year revised downward by 1.1 percentage points.

“The main channel through which the war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia affect the euro area economy is rising global energy prices and energy security,” the fund said. “Because they are net energy importers, higher global prices represent a negative terms-of-trade shock for most European countries, translating to lower output and higher inflation.”  Auto-Exteriors-Interiors – Bottles-Recycled

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Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business 20-04-2022

Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy 20-04-2022

Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

-LyondellBasell sells Australia polymer business

LyondellBasell has agreed to sell its Australian polymer business, LyondellBasell Australia (LBA), to Viva Energy, said Chemengonline.

BA’s operations include polymer manufacturing and distribution at Viva’s Geelong refinery near Melbourne.

LBA’s Geelong plant is Australia’s only producer of polypropylene (PP). The refinery provides the propylene feedstock for PP.

“This acquisition is another step in the development of our Geelong Energy Hub and the further diversification of our commercial and industrial businesses,” Scott Wyatt, CEO of Viva Energy, said in announcing the deal this week.

The deal’s financial terms or the expected completion timeline were not disclosed.

As MRC wrote earlier, in July, 2021, Neste and LyondellBasell announced a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock from Neste that has been produced from 100% renewable feedstock from bio-based sources, such as waste and residue oils and fats. This feedstock will be processed through the cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name. Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

Sustainable-plastics - Circular-Economy

-Technip Energies & Alterra Energy jointly developing sustainable plastics projects

Combination of advanced recycling and purification technologies enable more efficient processing and reuse of hard-to-recycle plastic.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Technip Energies and Alterra Energy (“Alterra”) today announced they have signed a global joint development and collaboration agreement to integrate Alterra’s commercially available liquefaction process technology with Technip Energies’ pyrolysis oil purification technology to maximize adoption of recycled feedstock and improve circular economy solutions for the global petrochemical industry.

Alterra provides an innovative, patented, thermochemical liquefaction, converting hard-to-recycle plastic into pyrolysis based oil (“PyOil”).

Technip Energies brings extensive knowledge of ethylene furnace and steam cracker design, preparation and purification of heavy feedstocks for refining and petrochemical facilities, all of which is combined in their Pure.rOil ™ purification technology ensuring safe, reliable and an optimized integration with individual crackers.

The combination of both companies’ solutions ensures Alterra’s recycled PyOil is drop-in ready feedstock to further accelerate the replacement of hydrocarbon-based oil with recycled feedstock in the production of new plastic-based materials.

Bhaskar Patel, SVP Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Circularity at Technip Energies said: “Technip Energies’ Pure.rOil ™, combined with Alterra’s experience and innovative advanced recycling solution, is helping create new pathways toward solving the plastic waste problem. This partnership with Alterra further strengthens our growing presence in the field of plastics recycling and circularity. ”

Frederic Schmuck, CEO of Alterra Energy, stated “Our partnership with Technip Energies allows us to offer a more holistic value proposition to our customers by ensuring that our recycled product can be utilized as a direct feed in the majority of existing chemical and petrochemical assets for the production of new plastics, thus closing the plastic recycling loop. To meet the growing demand for recycled content, Alterra will continue to forge partnerships and collaborations with innovative companies like Technip Energies to create a recycling ecosystem that’s as efficient and effective as possible.”Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Technip Energies & Alterra Energy jointly developing sustainable plastics projects

-Exports of PTA from China increased by almost a third in February

Export shipments of refined terephthalic acid (PTA) from China to other global markets rose 32.4 percent in February from the same month a year earlier, ICIS said.

Thus, the export of material from China amounted to 260.35 thousand tons during the reporting period against 196.59 thousand tons in February 2021.

In relation to January 2022 (412.44 thousand tons), february exports of PTA from the country, on the contrary, showed a decrease of 36.9%Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Earlier it was noted that by the end of 2021, the export of material from China amounted to 2,575.53 thousand tons, while the main export destinations for December were countries such as India, Turkey and Pakistan.

PTA is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Sustainable-plastics - Circular-Economy

-Evrnu Is Driving The Apparel Sector To Embrace The Circular Economy

Among its many environmental impacts, it is estimated that the fashion industry uses about 10 percent of the water used by industry worldwide.

While some companies are tackling the negative impacts of the global fashion industry with the types of raw materials they use, and others are trying to overhaul one or more stages of the textile manufacturing process, Seattle-based Evrnu is creating systemic change. Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

The company recently launched what it says is the world’s first high-performance recycling lyocell Material made from 100 percent textile waste.

Evrnu’s mission dates back to when its co-founder, Stacy Flynn, spent a month in China, where she noticed the impact of toxic sewage from textile factories on local communities. Founded by Flynn and Christopher Stanev, both former employees of well-known textile companies, Evrnu aims to tackle textile waste and pollution at large. With its textile technology system nucyclethe company says it can only make its NuCycl r lyocell fabric with Cotton textile waste as starting material.

The company’s manufacturing process begins with the sorting of textile waste, which is then shredded and finally cleaned. The recycled textile pulp is then converted into a highly durable “R-Lyocell” fiber through a closed-loop process. The final fiber, says Evrnu, is one of superior durability and can replace and even outperform new cellulosic and synthetic fabrics, which make up 90 percent of all current textile fibers.

Evrnu recently introduced this material with a t-shirt designed by Karl fields; In the past, the company has worked with brands such as Levi Strauss which explored the use of waste materials to make clothing.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Sustainable-plastics - Circular-Economy

PP futures in China fell 1.5% amid weak demand and falling crude oil futures

China’s polypropylene (PP) futures fell 1.5% on April 11, ICIS reported, citing data from the Dalyan Mercantile Exchange (DCE).

Thus, the PP futures for May 2022, the most actively traded on DCE, were at the level of CNY8,594 (USD1,349) per ton on April 11, which is CNY133 per ton below the approval level of the previous trading day.

According to DCE, about 2.05 million tons of PP were put up for sale on Friday for deliveries in May this year.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

PP futures in the country declined amid falling crude oil futures and weak demand in the downstream market caused by a rise in covid-19 cases in many cities in the country.

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review, buying activity on spot last week was low. First, a serious increase in polypropylene prices has limited current purchases by some processors. Second, some sellers limit their PP sales on the spot, including due to preventive shutdowns and reduced load in some industries.

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-Dow plans to raise PE prices in the US and Canada in May

Dow plans to raise polyethylene (PE) prices by 7 cents per pound (USD154 per tonne) in the U.S. and Canada in May, the company said in a letter to its customers.

The letter added that the company will also implement the previously announced price increase of 7 cents per pound in April.

Domestic demand for PE is robust, although logistical difficulties affecting export sellers are leading to an increase in inventory levels.

According to MrC’s ScanPlast, by the end of 2021, the estimated consumption of POLYETHYLENE in Russia amounted to 2,487.45 thousand tons, which is 13% more than in the same period a year earlier. The supply of all types of ethylene polymers has increased.Sustainable-plastics – Circular-Economy

Dow plans to raise PE prices in the US and Canada in May

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Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste 19-04-2022

Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business 20-04-2022

Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-ECONYL® Makes a Difference This Earth Day + Beyond

The following post is brought to you by ECONYL®. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

With Earth Day coming up this Friday, April 22, running a circular economy and taking the best possible care of our one and only planet is top of mind. That sentence brings along a lot of questions with it: What is the circular economy? Why is it important? How do we achieve it? What role do designers play in a circular economy?

A circular economy is a systemic approach to economic development that’s designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

It’s the opposite of a linear model that creates waste in a throwaway society. Instead, a circular economy is regenerative and aims to separate the ideas of growth and consumption from one another. It minimizes the use of virgin resources, doesn’t add to pollution, and protects our health. A circular economy is the keystone to creating a sustainable society. And one of the biggest keys to creating one lies in the products we choose to purchase and use in our daily lives.

Last year we introduced you to ECONYL®, a versatile, innovative nylon that can be recycled and regenerated infinitely without reducing quality. Resource extraction, and the waste created by the process itself, are big contributors to environmental damage and climate change. ECONYL® yarn uses 100% waste materials in its manufacturing process, saving 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoiding roughly 65,100 tons of CO2 eq. emissions for every 10,000 tons of raw material produced in comparison with standard nylon.

ECONYL® nylon is currently used by more than 2,000 brands worldwide, proving that beauty and quality are not exclusive of sustainability. And as renewable, carbon-free energy gains in popularity, a growing number of manufacturers are sourcing what were once seen as throwaway materials and using them to create new products. This not only reduces waste and energy, it makes the circular economy that much stronger. Aquafil, manufacturer of ECONYL® regenerated nylon, is a leader in this push forward. Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

ECONYL® Makes a Difference This Earth Day + Beyond

-Angelini Industries Takes Full Ownership of Fameccanica

P&G gives up ownership stake in hygiene machinery specialist

Angelini Industries, a multi-business Italian industrial group which operates in 26 countries with 5700 employees, has signed an agreement with Procter & Gamble to buy 50% of Fameccanica, which until now was a 50/50 joint venture between the two companies. The deal will give Angelini Industries 100% ownership of the international company which specializes in automation and robotics for the consumer goods industry. Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

The closing of the operation is subject to approval by the Antitrust Authority and is expected during June 2022.

The agreement aims to consolidate Angelini Industries’ pursuit of growth and diversification as it becomes increasingly active in the field of industrial technology, thanks to the skills and know-how of Fameccanica, which will keep its leadership unchanged under the guidance of Alessandro Bulfon.

“We are taking an important step,” says Sergio Marullo di Condojanni, CEO of Angelini Industries,”in the diversification and internationalisation of Angelini Industries. With the acquisition of Fameccanica we wish to further invest in a sector which has great growth potential and in which Italy has extraordinary resources. We are convinced that automation, innovation and robotics will be increasingly at the heart of profound change in industrial processes and will therefore represent a great growth opportunity for our Group.”

“The operation opens up a new stage in the history of Fameccanica,”  comments Alessandro Bulfon, general Mmanager at Fameccanica –which will see the strengthening of our strategy of growth and leadership in the sector of single-use hygiene products, our historic stronghold, at the same time providing further drive to our diversification plans. I wish to thank P&G, which has participated in the growth and development of Fameccanica and will remain one of our key clients on all the main markets.” Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

With over 1200 lines of machinery delivered worldwide, over 600 active patents and 700 employees in three production facilities in Italy (San Giovanni Teatino, in the province of Chieti), China (Shanghai) and the U.S. (West Chester, OH), Fameccanica designs and develops technologies, robotics and services for the industrial production of fast-moving consumer goods, sustainable packaging, handling and automated recognition for logistics and digital services dedicated to process optimisation, with constant attention to sustainability and continuous innovation.

Regenerated-nylon -Polymer-business

ECONYL® Makes a Difference This Earth-Day + Beyond

Angelini-Industries Takes Full Ownership of Fameccanica

LyondellBasell sells Australia-polymer-business

Technip-Energies & Alterra-Energy jointly developing sustainable-plastics-projects

-Exports of PTA-from-China increased by almost a third in February

Evrnu Is Driving The Apparel-Sector To Embrace The Circular-Economy

PP futures in China fell 1.5% amid weak demand and falling crude-oil-futures

Dow plans to raise PE-prices in the US and Canada-in-May

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Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste 19-04-2022

Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste 19-04-2022

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Suntory Announces 100% Plant-based Plastic Bottle Prototype

Grocery store shelves are filled end-to-end with single-use plastic packaging. Shoppers, whether they like plastic or hate it, have few better alternatives. However, Suntory, makers of drinks like Orangina and spirits like Jim Bean, recently announced a successful 100% plant-based PET bottle prototype. This is encouraging news considering the many issues associated with plastics.

The vast majority of plastics are made from petroleum products. Not only is petroleum a finite resource but extracting it produces pollution and releases greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, because very little plastic is recycled, most manufacturers make their bottles from virgin petroleum-based plastic.

Plastic does not biodegrade. Instead, it breaks down into microplastics that end up in drinking water, seafood, and even the air. In addition to the potential human health risks that these plastic particles pose, marine animals that mistakenly eat microplastics are also at risk.  Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste

Although some smaller companies are trying to make sustainability improvements for packaging, Suntory’s announcement is particularly encouraging because the large multinational corporation has numerous product lines. Suntory has committed to “100% sustainability” in packaging by using either recycled or plant-derived materials for plastic beverage bottles by 2030.

The plant-based PET bottle prototype is an indication that Suntory is marking progress towards this important target. Other companies are likely to follow Suntory’s example, potentially creating a ripple effect throughout the food and beverage industry. In particular, Coca-Cola has been under considerable scrutiny because it is the #1 plastic polluter globally.

Will the plant-based bottle contribute to food insecurity?

Although there are some advantages to bioplastics, one ongoing concern is that using corn, sugar beets, sugar cane, and other feedstock could contribute to food insecurity. However, the Suntory plant-based bottle was created in partnership with Anellotech, a U.S.-based sustainable technology company that uses non-food feedstock. According to Suntory, this prototype is critical for realizing its 100% sustainable bottles target by 2030. The company reports that its plant-based plastic is comprised of two raw materials: 70% terephthalic acid (PTA) and 30% mono ethylene glycol (MEG).  Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste

Plant-Based-Plastic - Textile-waste

-MEG USD market inches up

The market inches up in the afternoon. Offers for H2 Apr cargoes are at $643-645/mt, bids at $640/mt and discussions at $640-643/mt. Deals are concluded at $638-640/mt. Offers for H1 May cargoes are at $650-651/mt, bids at $640-645/mt and discussions at $645-650/mt.  Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste

MEG USD market inches up

‎-Suntory Announces 100% Plant-based-Plastic-Bottle Prototype

MEG-USD market inches up

MEGlobal announces ACP for May-2022-MEG

Curb NOW OR cry later

Brazil is against BRICS-payment-system as requested by Russia

CATL invests in $6 billion battery-project to manufacture, recycle, and mine-material-in-Indonesia

China prepares its back, Chinese energy giant CNOOC sells all its assets in North-America

-China aims to recycle 25% of textile-waste, hike recycled-fibre output

Plant-Based-Plastic – Textile-waste

Recycled-Polyester – Petrochemical-plants 18-04-2022

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution 19-04-2022

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

-MEGlobal announces ACP for May 2022 MEG

MEGlobal today announced that its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) will be US$910MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival April 2022. The April 2022 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.

Monoethylene Glycol

MEGlobal’s monoethylene glycol (MEG) is a basic building block used for applications that require chemical intermediates for resins, solvent couplers, freezing point depression solvents and humectants and chemical intermediates, such as automotive antifreeze and coolants, resins, water-based adhesives, latex paints and asphalt emulsions, electrolytic capacitors, textile fibers, paper and leather.

MEGlobal announces ACP for May 2022

-Curb NOW OR cry later

According to studies, only 9 per cent of plastic is recycled and 79 per cent is dumped into the ocean. Excessive use of plastics and lack of a proper waste plastic disposal system, causes huge garbage dumps, pollution in rivers and ocean and is a threat for the ecosystems, says DR Mukesh Kwatra  Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Plastic is everywhere so much so that humans are now vulnerably reliant on it. Decades of plastic use has contaminated our air, water, and soil. Plastics can take hundreds of years to decompose depending on the material. For instance, plastic bottles require approximately 450 years to decompose in a landfill.

Excessive use of plastics and lack of a proper waste plastic disposal system, causes huge garbage dumps, pollution in rivers and ocean and is a threat for the ecosystems. According to studies, only 9 per cent of plastic is recycled and 79 per cent is dumped into the ocean. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Innovative tech solutions can help contain this plastic pollution: to replace some plastics by natural substitutes; reduce the demand for new plastics; disposal of plastic-based goods; and collection and disposal of plastic waste.

Use of nanotechnology

Cardboard, paper etc can be used for packaging instead of plastics with the help of nanotechnology. For instance, coating cardboard with thin, water-resistant materials will prevent leaks or damage, is economical and can be recycled. Another medium through which nanotechnology can benefit us is by creating metals like aluminium and steel that are light in weight and can replace plastic.

Innovators are even looking beyond wood-pulp cardboard boxes to more ecological materials, including edamame beans, cocoa beans and waste hazelnuts.

Besides, nanotechnology is used for the production process of bioplastics, which is not limited to the composites, but also offers new techniques for blending polymers which results in polymers with better mechanical properties.

Natural substitutes to replace plastic

Finding natural substitutes to replace plastics is another way to curb plastic pollution. Genetic engineering, the process of using DNA technology to alter the genetic makeup of an organism, also helps in creating natural substitutes of plastics. Hemp, flax and jute are a few natural fibres that are being used as substitutes for plastics with the help of genetic engineering. The bonding of jute fibre cellulose and soy resin protein has been utilised to produce a sturdy bio-composite, called jute-soy, which is also biodegradable.

Biodegradable plastics

Another important step to reduce plastic pollution is by creating plastics that are biodegradable. They decompose either under natural conditions or by processes like chemical hydrolysis, heat, photodegradation, or composting. Renewable biomass like starch, cellulose, protein or fossil fuels are the sources for creating biodegradable plastics. Over the years, we have been using the process of mechanical recycling in which the plastic is melted, sorted and remoulded into lower grade products; however, this process is limited as the properties of the plastic keeps degrading after every recycle. To avoid this degradation of properties implementing the process of chemical recycling will help to break the plastic immediately at a molecular level, which ensures the plastics to be recycled into a material that is useful and can hold its properties, for example, burning polythene bags having material of polyolefins produces wax and useful fuels. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG - Plastic-pollution

-Brazil is against BRICS payment system as requested by Russia

Russian government suggests measure to circumvent Western sanctions

The Brazilian government believes that the Swift network, the global service that allows international transactions, needs updating. The Executive says that the system is “too slow” and “costly”. It has been used to impose sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, and prevents the country from receiving money from other nations.

To circumvent sanctions, the Russian government has asked the BRICS, a group of emerging economies that includes Brazil, to expand the use of national currencies and integrate payment systems. The economic team is against the way the proposal is presented. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Erivaldo Gomes, Secretary of International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, believes that it makes sense to discuss the implementation of a new payment platform. However, globally – not a specific solution for some countries. The reason: to avoid fragmentation of payment methods.

Within the economic team, the assessment is that an opportunity has opened up to discuss improvements to the Swift system. THE Power 360 found that a payment through the platform takes up to 3 days. In other words, it does not meet the demands of the current economy. Pix, used by most of the Brazilian population, already allows instant payment within the country, for example.

A Brics unified payments system, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has been studied for years. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG - Plastic-pollution

-CATL invests in $6 billion battery project to manufacture, recycle, and mine material in Indonesia

Fresh off news of its first expansion outside of China into Germany, CATL is expanding further as part of a new $6 billion dollar battery chain project in Indonesia. Through its subsidiary and an agreement with Indonesia PT AnekaTambang (ANTAM) and PT Industri Baterai Indonesia (IBI), CATL will have a majority stake in five of the six planned battery projects.

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd., aka CATL, is a global energy technology company and the leading EV battery manufacturer in China. In fact, its ever-growing presence has helped it retain its crown as the world’s largest battery manufacturer by installed capacity for a fifth-straight year Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

More recently, CATL has taken increased efforts to integrate more sustainability into the battery manufacturing process, announcing a new $5 billion recycling facility as well as a zero-carbon plant in China.

At the same time, the battery powerhouse (literally) is working to expand its manufacturing processes outside of China for the first time. Earlier this month, the battery maker received production approval to manufacture at a plant being constructed in Thuringia, Germany.

Not to be outdone, CATL has shared additional expansion plans, this time a bit closer to home in Indonesia. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG - Plastic-pollution

-China prepares its back, Chinese energy giant CNOOC sells all its assets in North America

prevention is better than cure! Beijing will reduce its dependence on the West, as is evident from the view of the CNOOC, the Chinese oil and gas giant, which will sell all its shares in Great Britain, Canada and the United States, reveals the Reuters agency. Threatened in return for sanctions for its support for Russia, itself subject to a Western sanctions since the military invasion of Ukraine, Beijing seeks to prevent some of its assets from being confiscated abroad.

China has not only refused to condemn the Russian operation, but intends to maintain good relations with Russia, whose hydrocarbons and other raw materials are of interest in it to ensure its supply. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

By purchasing Canadian manufacturer Nexon for $15.1 billion in 2012, CNOOC, which has a state enterprise status, became one of the world’s leading producers of hydrocarbons.

220,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day

Ex-Nexon assets – a name that disappeared in 2019 to be integrated into the CNOOC brand – include shale hydrocarbon exploration offshore, offshore fields in the North Sea, a stake in northeast British Columbia’s shale gas. At the Soderglen Wind Farm in Newfoundland and Labrador or southern Alberta, Canada. In the United States, CNOOC has assets in the onshore Eagle Ford and Rockies Shale basins, as well as interests in two large offshore fields, Appomattox and Stampede, in the Gulf of Mexico. Cumulative production is about 220,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) according to Reuters calculations. Outside of China, CNOOC is present in approximately twenty countries. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG - Plastic-pollution

-China aims to recycle 25% of textile waste, hike recycled fibre output

China aims to recycle 25 per cent of its textile waste and produce 2 million tonnes of recycled fibre by 2025 as part of its push to peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2060, according to a document jointly released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the ministry of industry and information technology and the ministry of commerce.

It hopes to greatly increase its recycling capability and have a waste textile recycling system ‘initially established’ by 2025, the document says.

According to the document, titled ‘Implementation Opinions on Accelerating the Recycling of Waste Textiles’, the government hopes to have in place by 2030 a relatively complete system achieving a recycling rate of 30 per cent for waste textiles and producing 3 million tonnes of recycled fibre. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

“With the continuous improvement in people’s living standards, more and more used clothing [is being put to waste], and the problem of recycling textile waste has become increasingly prominent,” Zhao Kai, vice chairman of the China Association of Circular Economy, said in a statement on the NDRC website.

In 2020, China produced around 22 million tonnes of textile waste, and had a recycling rate of around 20 per cent, according to the NDRC. Around 1.5 million tonnes of recycled fibre was produced from textile waste that year.

Measures outlined in the document include promoting green and low-carbon production in the textile industry; improving China’s recycling network; and promoting the comprehensive use of textile waste. Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

China aims to recycle 25% of textile waste, hike recycled fibre output

Monoethylene-glycol-MEG – Plastic-pollution

Recycled-Polyester – Petrochemical-plants 18-04-2022

Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices 18-04-2022

Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

-Nestle, Danone, Unilever and PepsiCo agree on plastic chemical recycling principles

A clutch of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, including Mars, Nestle, Danone and Unilever, have united behind a set of principles for safe and environmentally responsible chemical recycling of plastic waste, arguing that such methods have a role to play in combatting the global plastics pollution crisis.

A position paper published by the 16 firms which make up the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Waste Coalition concludes that chemical recycling could increase packaging recycling rates and deliver progress towards recycling targets, in particular for plastics that can’t be mechanically recycled, such as post-consumer flexible film.

But it notes that for chemical recycling to be credible, technologies must meet certain conditions around material traceability, process yields, environmental impact, and the extent to which they complement existing mechanical recycling approaches.

The Coalition brings together many of the corporate world’s most prolific plastic consumers, including PepsiCo, GSK, Colgate-Palmolive and Proctor & Gamble (P&G), which are under growing pressure to reduce their consumption of the fossil fuel-derived material, and ensure the packaging they do use is recycled instead of incinerated, causes pollution or dumped in landfill. Just last month, 175 national governments agreed to draw up a legally binding global treaty to combat plastic waste and pollution by 2024.  Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

Used in the right way as part of a holistic approach, chemical recycling can contribute to a world where no plastic ends up in nature.

Advocates of chemical recycling argue pyrolysis, gasification, and solvent-based extraction technologies could help to reduce demand for virgin, fossil-based plastic and provide alternative waste management systems where mechanical recycling is impossible.

Plastic-recycling - ABS-Eu-Prices

-Consumer Goods Forum weighs in on new plastic recycling technologies

The CGF’s Coalition of Action on Plastic Waste has published an independent scientific study that it says demonstates that chemical recycling could reduce the climate impact of plastic compared with waste-to-energy incineration.

The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Plastic Waste Coalition of Action has published ” “Chemical Recycling in a Circular Economy for Plastics,,” a paper that encourages the development of new plastics recycling technologies that meet six key principles for credible, safe and environmentally sound development.

In support of this position paper, the coalition also has  an independent life cycle assessment (LCA) study that shows the chemical recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic could reduce the climate impact of plastic when compared with waste-to-energy incineration. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

Guided by the global commitment led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and in line with the newly announced UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, the coalition says it is committed to the growth of the circular economy, having launched its full set of Golden Design Rules for plastic packaging and developing a framework for  extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. The coalition says it also is working to encourage recycling innovation, including chemical recycling to complement the growing mechanical recycling capacity.

In the area of chemical recycling, the coalition says it has established a set of principles for the safe scaling of pyrolysis-based chemical recycling. According to the paper it has released, chemical recycling could increase packaging recycling rates, enabling recyclability targets to be met, specifically for hard-to-recycle plastics, such as postconsumer flexible film.

To ensure that chemical recycling is developed and operated under “credible, safe and environmentally sound conditions,” the paper outlines what the coalition says are six key principles related to the technology’s complementarity with mechanical recycling, material traceability, process yields and environmental impact, health and safety and claims. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

CGF members say they welcome feedback and engagement on this study and its broader work within the Plastic Waste Coalition of Action.

Plastic-recycling - ABS-Eu-Prices

-Consumer Goods Forum weighs in on new plastic recycling technologies

Bridgestone Americas has partnered with carbon capture and transformation (CCT) company, LanzaTech NZ, Inc. (LanzaTech) to address end-of-life tire waste. The two companies will co-develop a dedicated end-of-life tire recycling process leveraging LanzaTech’s proprietary CCT technology, creating a pathway toward tire material circularity and the decarbonization of new tire production.

According to the Tire Industry Project operating under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), more than one billion tires globally reach the end of their useful service life each year.

Bridgestone and LanzaTech will work to address this issue by converting end-of-life tires into new materials, including exploring processes to create sustainable synthetic rubber that does not rely on petrochemicals. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

“We are excited to join forces with LanzaTech to co-create a more sustainable pathway for end-of-life tires,” said Paolo Ferrari, President & CEO of Bridgestone Americas. “The steps we take today are determining the health of our planet for future generations. We are determined to meet the moment with sustainable innovation that transforms the way tires are made and promotes end-to-end material circularity.”

“LanzaTech and Bridgestone are working together to find solutions to some of our world’s greatest challenges,” said Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO at LanzaTech. “We have already proven that we can convert unrecyclable, unsorted municipal solid waste to ethanol and then make products we use in our daily lives. With our partnership with Bridgestone, we are developing a circular pathway to use tires to make tires.”

Bridgestone and LanzaTech seek to develop a new business model that will create a post-consumer waste management strategy for end-of-life tires, while also driving increased adoption of sustainably sourced chemicals for commercial applications. Applying LanzaTech’s carbon capture and gas fermentation process to end-of-life tires yields sustainably produced chemicals such as ethanol that can be converted to materials such as PET for packaging, polyester yarn and surfactants used in consumer home goods like laundry detergent.

In addition, Bridgestone and LanzaTech will jointly explore opportunities to co-develop proprietary microbe technology to produce more efficient pathways to produce butadiene, a key ingredient in new tire production, realizing true circularity for end-of-life tires. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

Plastic-recycling - ABS-Eu-Prices

-ARC to research end-of-life EV processing, parts reuse, and recycling

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) plans to create a roadmap for its members and the industry in preparation for the increased number of end-of-life electric vehicles (EVs) over the next three to five years.

The first part of the project will include research, gap analysis and an assessment for future work, such as sales, end-of-life estimates, and additional data required to fill in any identified gaps. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

The analysis will also take into consideration the potential reuse of the entirety of EV parts, not just the battery.

Research and analysis conducted in Part One will aim to answer questions such as the metal content difference between EVs and ICE vehicles; which critical minerals are presently being used in EVs and what materials may require new approaches for end-of-life processing; which EV parts can be re-used, re-purposed, re-built and recycled, and by whom; how auto recyclers are currently managing EV parts and components, including advanced batteries and rare earth magnets; whether OEMs need to be involved in the management of EVs and the end-of-life; and many more.

Part Two will involve the development of a roadmap for the next three to five years, with the goal of helping the automotive recycling sector meet future needs for the management of end-of-life electric vehicles, including their batteries, in an economically feasible and environmentally sound manner. The aim of the roadmap is to guide and build capacity across Canada to address these challenges.

Where Part One of the work will establish a baseline, Part Two will focus on what can and should be done to address any noted obstacles, by who, when, and how. The roadmap will address both economic and environmental dimensions and consider how the gaps or challenges identified in Part One can be bridged.

“The project is about the entire EV–not just the battery–like so many other studies and efforts,” said Steve Fletcher, managing director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada. “This way we can look at the vehicles holistically and separating parts from the vehicle makes that challenging.”  Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

Plastic-recycling - ABS-Eu-Prices

-Trinseo raises April prices for PC/ABS grades and MAGNUM ABS in Europe

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all PULSE polycarbonate (PC)/ acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and for all MAGNUM ABS automotive market products in Europe, according to the company’s press release.  Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

Effective April 1, 2022, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products stated above rose as follows:

– PULSE PC/ABS resins – by EUR230 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR200 per metric ton.

Note: Utility surcharges are not included in the above price changes and are in addition to these amounts.

As MRC reported earlier, Trinseo last raised its prices for all PULSE PC/ABS grades and MAGNUM ABS products in Europe on January 1, 2022, by EUR200 per metric ton.

Trinseo raises April prices for PC/ABS grades and MAGNUM ABS in Europe

-Q1 spandex market revew and Q2 outlook

Supply of spandex turned to be longer in the first quarter of 2022 after being tight in 2021. Most spandex plants kept running at high capacity and new units successively started operation. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

uying interest compared with the same period of last year. The divergence between supply and demand escalated in Q1 on spandex market. Price of spandex shivered weakly.

The spandex capacity has reached 1014.5kt/year at the end of first quarter in 2022, up by 4.1% on the quarter and 19.1% on the year respectively.

Price of spandex extended lower since Q4 2021 with cautious downstream procurement and increasing supply. Price of 20D and 30D was weak with inadequate downstream orders for spring and summer fabrics and meager cash flow. 35D-140D saw apparently shrinking cash flow and the cash flow narrowed to near the break-even line after price rapidly fell before the Lunar Chinese New Year holiday, while prices still inched down after holiday. Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

Prices of 35D and other coarse denier spandex slightly rallied in Mar after replenishment grew in end-Feb when dealers restocked and players expected spandex price to increase with the coming of traditional peak season.

Q1 spandex market revew and Q2 outlook

Plastic-recycling – ABS-Eu-Prices

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Recycled-Polyester – Petrochemical-plants 18-04-2022

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Ineos warns high energy costs threaten British manufacturing

UK petrochemicals group says regions such as US more attractive

Petrochemicals group Ineos has warned that British manufacturing is coming under threat from competing regions such as the US because of its higher energy costs.

Britain’s largest privately owned company said European chemical producers were suffering from gas prices that had hit seven times the levels paid by competitors in the US, where abundant shale supplies have fuelled a petrochemicals renaissance.

“It doesn’t take long before people cotton on and say we should produce [chemicals] in the Middle East and the US and import it into the UK,” said Tom Crotty, director at Ineos. “The longer [high energy costs] go on, the more risk you have to those assets and industry.  Recycled-Polyester – Petrochemical-plants

Higher natural gas prices for heavy industries such as chemicals, steel and glass have prompted Ineos to renew its push for the UK government to consider fracking to bolster domestic energy supplies.

Ineos, owned by Jim Ratcliffe, has a sprawling business spanning petrochemicals, refineries and oil and gas production, as well as consumer brands and sport. It runs the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemicals complex in Scotland, while it has invested £250mn to develop the extraction of UK shale gas to replace dwindling supplies from the North Sea.

Most European crackers — industrial facilities that break down hydrocarbons into chemicals — use naphtha, an oil-derived feedstock that has risen in price by as much as 35 per cent since the invasion of Ukraine. About 44 per cent of Europe’s naphtha imports came from Russia last year, according to Ajay Parmar, senior oil market analyst at ICIS, a commodity data business

Ineos’s strategy has been to shift its petrochemical plants in western Europe towards feedstocks of ethane, made from natural gas, which Crotty said it was still able to secure cheaply from the US.

Even so, the soaring energy costs to process it into ethylene, the building block for a vast range of chemicals and plastics, were limiting operations, with output down roughly 10 per cent, added Crotty.

“From an overall Ineos perspective, our petrochemical businesses are being really hard hit,” he said.  Recycled-Polyester – Petrochemical-plants

Crotty estimated that 1.2mn tonnes of annual ethylene production would shut down as a result of higher energy costs. ICIS estimates that Europe produces about 21mn tonnes of ethylene a year.

Ineos warns high energy costs threaten British manufacturing

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester 

Ineos warns high-energy-costs threaten British-manufacturing

Nestle, Danone, Unilever and PepsiCo agree on plastic-chemical-recycling-principles

Consumer-Goods-Forum weighs in on new plastic-recycling-technologies

Bridgestone-partners with LanzaTech to develop an end-of-life-tire-recycling-process

ARC to research end-of-life-EV-processing, parts reuse, and recycling

Trinseo raises April-prices-for-PC/ABS-grades and MAGNUM-ABS in Europe

Q1-spandex-market revew and Q2 outlook

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Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant 16-04-2022

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ITEM 11/04/2022 18/04/2022 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 8,100 yuan/ton 8,350 yuan/ton +250
Bottle grade PET chips export market 1,215 $/ton 1,235 $/ton +20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 7,130 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +170
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

6,025 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton +225
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market 990 $/ton 1,030 $/ton +40
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,820 yuan/ton 4,840 yuan/ton +20
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 643 $/ton 645 $/ton +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 1,161 $/ton 1,201 $/ton +40
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 1,141 $/ton 1,181 $/ton +40
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market 1,268 $/ton 1,311 $/ton +43
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,950 yuan/ton
+250
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 7,450 yuan/ton 7,500 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 9,300 yuan/ton 9,500 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F 8,800 yuan/ton 9,150 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market 8,250 yuan/ton 8,600 yuan/ton +350
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 7,720 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton +280
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 13,750 yuan/ton 13,800 yuan/ton
+50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 2,250 $/ton 2,250 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 2,500 $/ton 2,500 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,750 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 14,950 yuan/ton +150
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

28,000 yuan/ton 28,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market 17,150 yuan/ton 17,350 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 19,700 yuan/ton 19,850 yuan/ton- +150
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  18,200 yuan/ton 18,300 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 70,500 yuan/ton 70,000 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 61,000 yuan/ton 60,500 yuan/ton -500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 51,500 yuan/ton 51,000 yuan/ton -500
Adipic Acid domestic market 12,350 yuan/ton 12,100 yuan/ton -250
Benzene domestic market 8,440 yuan/ton 8,390 yuan/ton -50
Benzene overseas  market 1,151 $/ton 1,150 $/ton -1
Ethylene South East market 1,400 $/ton 1,360 $/ton -40
Ethylene NWE  market 1,530 $/ton 1,535 $/ton +5
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,900 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton -400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

1,950 $/ton 1,950 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 18,500 yuan/ton 18,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 14,100 yuan/ton 14,100 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market
9,680 yuan/ton 9,900 yuan/ton +220
Naphtha overseas market  888 $/ton 943 $/ton
+55
Phenol domestic market 10,580 yuan/ton 10,200 yuan/ton -380

Petrochemicals-prices – Recycled-Polyester

Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant 16-04-2022

Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant

-NOVA Chemicals and Enerkem advance commercialization of chemical recycling technology

NOVA Chemicals Corporation and Enerkem Inc. are advancing the companies’ energy-efficient chemical recycling technology to the pilot stage in Edmonton, Alberta, thanks in part to CDN$4.5 million in funding from Alberta Innovates.

The funding, provided through Alberta Innovates’ Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (“TIER”) economic recovery program, has enabled the companies to expedite the construction of a pilot-scale reactor system that converts syngas produced from used, non-recyclable and non-compostable plastics to feedstocks for virgin-grade plastics. Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant

The team has been working to achieve lower greenhouse gas emissions while accelerating the upgrading process for waste materials.

“By taking waste streams that are otherwise non-recyclable, we can complement mechanical recycling efforts and provide an important solution to close the gap between recycling targets and the important role plastics play in our daily lives,” said Michel Chornet, executive vice president of engineering, innovation, and operations at Enerkem. “The project aims to expand the types of materials that can be recycled and increase recycling rates while reducing emissions from incineration and landfill and keeping plastic out of the environment. It is a significant step in realizing the vision of the circular economy.”

Chemical-recycling - Flexible-R-LDPE-plant

-Prices for finished products from polymers increased in March by 10-50% in Russia

Prices for plastic products and polymer building materials rose by 10% in March, and in some segments to 50%, despite the freezing of prices for raw materials – basic polymers, Kommersant reports. Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant

This is explained both by the growth of real costs for the maintenance of imported equipment and the purchase of imported raw materials, and by the fact that plastic processors expect the situation to worsen. Sources in the market fear that further price increases may attract the attention of the regulator.

Manufacturers of polymer packaging and other plastic processing products have raised the prices of their goods by 10-50% since February, and this growth may continue in April. Prices for complex types of polymer pipes, complex building and thermal insulation materials increased most significantly. Sources explain this by the rise in the cost of servicing imported equipment and the purchase of foreign components, rising bank rates and fears of a further deterioration of the situation. At the same time, the cost of simple polymer pipes for housing and communal services and gasification remained at the level of February.

Dmitry Leonov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Rusprodsoyuz Association, estimates the current increase in prices for polyethylene film and polypropylene bags at the level of 50% year-on-year. According to him, for packaging that is purchased abroad, many suppliers have transferred calculations to prepayment in foreign currency: for a month, on average, prices increased by 15-20%. The cost of some types of packaging, for example, flexible, increased by 42-45% in euros. Suppliers are forced to increase their costs for packaging, regardless of the place of its production, mr. Leonov notes. Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant

As explained by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the manufacturer of BOPP film “Waterfall” Konstantin Kuzin, first of all, prices are actively raised by small producers who cannot compensate for growing costs, primarily for raw materials and components, some of which are imported. The top manager notes that the industry needs logistical and financial adaptation, which can take up to six months.

Prices for finished products from polymers increased in March by 10-50% in Russia

Sidel launches PressureSAFE™ a new safe PET-aerosol-container offering brands a sustainable and competitive-edge

Röchling-Industrial, Polysecure-partner on use of SmartMarkertechnology

Indian-Oil, Larsen and Toubro, ReNew to form JV to develop green-hydrogen sector in India

Morssinkhof-Rymoplast to build flexible-R-LDPE-plant in Germany

PET-bottle-chip-industry run sharply down 10% du- to the delay of logistics

Navis-Tubetex Acquires Gaston-Systems

Chemical-recycling – Flexible-R-LDPE-plant

Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling 15-04-2022

PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip 16-04-2022

PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

-Sidel launches PressureSAFE™ a new safe PET aerosol container offering brands a sustainable and competitive edge

Sidel launches PressureSAFE™, an innovative PET aerosol container design that will give home and personal care brands the opportunity to offer more environmentally sustainable dispensing spray packaging. This new PET product-packaging solution is approved for the traditional PET recycling stream.

Intended for use with products such as perfumes and deodorants, PressureSAFE™ will offer home and personal care brands a more competitive choice of pressurised container than the traditional metal aerosol container. This will enable these brands to choose PressureSAFE™ so that they can demonstrate their carbon-saving credentials, while responding to sustainability demands of consumers.

A unique and safe PET aerosol container enabling maximum packaging performance

PressureSAFE™ maintains the highest standards of product safety, making PET containers as safe as metal aerosol containers. This innovative design’s name refers to the PET dispensing spray’s resistance to pressure in order to maintain a safe structure, protect against leakages, breakages and roll-out during transportation and storage. PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

Sidel expects PressureSAFE™ to transform the way that companies specialising in home and personal care products can respond to high consumer expectations, while addressing operational challenges and withstanding extreme supply chain conditions. Sidel’s unique and patented PressureSAFE™ container base design provides maximum packaging performance by combining an optimised preform design and viscosity level with a specific container’s vault shape. This ensures that the final product is fully compliant with FEA and PARG aerosol regulations and material specifications. A specific active mould base solution, Sidel’s proven Base Over Stroke System, provides the on-site production-line blower configuration to produce the desired aerosol spray design. Sidel also offers customers laboratory bench tests to qualify the package’s performance.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

PET aerosol container - PET-bottle-chip

-Röchling Industrial, Polysecure partner on use of SmartMarker technology

Polysecure GmbH and plastics processor Röchling Industrial have entered into an exclusive partnership agreement under which Röchling will make use of an innovative marker technology in plastic products developed by Polysecure.

Polysecure GmbH has been developing innovative marker materials and detection technologies at its site in Freiburg, Germany, since 2009 and is one of the leading companies in marker technology. Röchling will use the technology, which it calls SmartMarker, to provide its plastic products with an identifier, allowing customers to authenticate and identify their components and providing enhanced options for counterfeit protection, the development of digital material passports and sorting for recycling purposes.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

“We give our plastic products a distinctive identifier made of tiny marker particles. The markers are invisible and do not affect the technical properties of the material. Every component complies with our high standard technical requirements,” explained Axel Höfter, general manager Corporate R&D at Röchling Industrial.

Used for authentication purposes, SmartMarker can serve to prove which company manufactured a component. Scanning the marker in the component with the pocket detector developed by Polysecure offers proof of origin, said Höfter, and each marker is associated with a particular customer.

The marker can also be used to to identify certain components. In that case, a reference surface on the component is determined. “This reference surface contains a random, and thus individual, irreproducible particle pattern.

The pattern gives the component an unmistakable particle fingerprint,” said Jochen Moesslein, managing director of Polysecure GmbH. Such authentication and identification applications can also help prevent counterfeits and unjustified complaints from occurring.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

PET aerosol container - PET-bottle-chip

-Indian Oil, Larsen and Toubro, ReNew to form JV to develop green hydrogen sector in India

India’s state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and renewable energy player ReNew Power have announced a joint venture (JV) company to develop the nascent green hydrogen sector in India, according to Kemicalinfo.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

The tripartite venture is a synergistic alliance that brings together the strong credentials of L&T in designing, executing, and delivering EPC projects, IndianOil’s established expertise in petroleum refining along with its presence across the energy spectrum, and the expertise of ReNew in offering and developing utility-scale renewable energy solutions.

Additionally, IndianOil and L&T have signed a binding term sheet to form a JV with equity participation to manufacture and sell Electrolyzers used in the production of Green Hydrogen.

SN Subrahmanyan, chief executive officer and managing director of L&T, said the JV would focus on developing the projects in a time-bound manner to supply green hydrogen at an industrial scale.

“While L&T will bring its strong EPC credentials to the table, IOC being India’s premier oil refiner with extensive capabilities in chemical processes and refining has established deep R&D capabilities in many aspects of the green hydrogen value chain. ReNew Power has in a short time established itself as a leading renewable energy supplier and has built itself a very strong reputation,” he said.

Additionally, IndianOil and L&T have signed a binding term sheet to form a JV with equity participation to manufacture and sell electrolyzers used in the production of green hydrogen.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

“Both these JVs aim to enable the nation’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ mission to rapidly build, expand, and bring in economies of scale to make green hydrogen a cost-effective energy carrier and a chemical feedstock for many sectors,” Subrahmanyan said.

The planned JVs aim to enable India’s transition from a grey hydrogen economy to a greener economy that increasingly manufactures hydrogen via electrolysis powered by renewable energy.

The central government in February notified the Green Hydrogen policy aimed at boosting production of green hydrogen and green ammonia to help the nation become a global hub for the environmentally friendly version of the element.

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-Morssinkhof-Rymoplast to build flexible R-LDPE plant in Germany

Plastic recycler Morssinkhof-Rymoplast will build a 30,000 tonne/year flexible recycled low density polyethylene (R-LDPE) plant in Markranstadt, Germany, said the company.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

The new unit is scheduled to come onstream in Q1 2023. Once the plant is onstream it will bring Morssinkhof-Rymoplast’s overall R-LDPE flexible pellet capacity to more than 100,000 tonnes/year. The company is investing EUR30m in the new unit.

The R-LDPE flexible pellet market remains structurally short, and consumption from the packaging sector high – despite concerns of an impact on demand from any economic downturn created by the cost of living crisis.

There has been talk this month of delays to the onboarding of new capacity in the market from 2023 to 2024 because of delays to equipment delivery and building schedules because of wider backlogs in the construction industry. Some sellers are already sold out of material for the remainder of 2022.

As per MRC, PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) shut its No. 2 linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in Map Tai Phut complex last week after encountering an unexpected technical issue. At present, it is unclear on the restart schedule for this plant with the production capacity of 400,000 mt/year LLDPE. The company also operates No. 1 LLDPE plant at the same site, which has an annual output of 410,000 mt/year. Overall, PTT has a total capacity of 800,000 mt/year of high density polyethylene (HDPE), 345,000 mt/year of LDPE and 800,000 mt/year of LLDPE at the same site.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

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-PET bottle chip industry run sharply down 10% due to the delay of logistics

Recently, due to the spread of the epidemic, many major provinces and cities have closed highways and set up checkpoints, as a result, the previously not abundant logistics delivery time has been lengthened again.

So far as we know, the logistics in most parts of East China is seriously restricted and ports are congested, it is difficult for raw materials to enter, and difficult for products to be shipped out as well. Recently, the inventory of bottle factory is obviously rising. As of Apr 8, the average stock level of PET bottle chip factory has risen to near 11 days, partly lower within one week and higher at 15-20 days. The highs are basically found in factories based in E. China. PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

In addition, Anyang Chemical has arranged annual maintenance, and the spot liquidity is quite difficult, which can’t guarantee the consumption of intermediate sectors and end-user customers. This phenomenon can also be seen from the fact that the spot price is still firm at above 8000yuan/mt.

Due to the disruption of logistics, only after one Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, the average O/R of PET bottle chip industry has dropped by 10%. O/R of some factory has declined from full rate to the current 20-30%. As of April 11, the average industry run has fallen to 80.5%, compared with the previous peak of 89.9%. Based on design capacity of 11.71 million tons, the figure has dropped from 100.1% to 89.6%.

Following this trend, April production is likely to fall from the original level of 950-960kt to 900kt. According to the historical data of domestic and export sales as well as assessment of to be delivered orders, Apr delivery volume is basically more than one million tons. Even with China Resources Zhuhai 500000-tonne line restarting, total PET bottle chip stock level may drop to slightly below 800kt end Apr, down more than 400kt from the end of 2021.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

PET bottle chip industry run sharply down 10% due to the delay of logistics

-Navis Tubetex Acquires Gaston Systems

Move brings together two companies with complementary technologies

Navis TubeTex, a leading provider of high technology finishing machinery to the global textile and nonwovens industry, has purchased Gaston Systems, Inc.

Based in Stanley, NC, Gaston Systems designs and engineers advanced coating systems for the textile and nonwoven industries. Using propriety foam generation and application systems, Gaston Systems has an international reputation for offering high quality and innovative technologies to satisfy long-term sustainability requirements.  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

Founded in 1979, Gaston Systems has more than 500 installations worldwide and an international reputation for high quality and innovative technologies. Christoph Aurich, Managing Director of Gaston Systems states, “I have known and worked with Navis TubeTex for many years.  Our systems are frequently integrated with Navis Tubetex finishing lines making this the right fit for future growth and global expansion. I am very excited by the possibilities as a member of the team.”

Gaston Systems continues to develop new dyeing and finishing technologies. Applications for indigo, reactive and other dyeing concepts have a measurable positive environmental impact.

Gaston Systems’ technology for indigo dyeing eliminates waste water at the end of the manufacturing process while driving down energy usage. According to one of the leading denim jean brands, the foam process requires 60% less energy and mitigates by the same percentage.  Aurich adds, “Navis TubeTex is the right company to take this technology to the next level.”  PET aerosol container – PET-bottle-chip

Will Motchar, president and CEO of Navis TubeTex, comments, “We are very excited to expand our product line with the addition of Gaston Systems precision technology in the application of chemicals to a wide variety of substrates.

Navis Tubetex Acquires Gaston Systems

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Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling 15-04-2022

Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling 15-04-2022

Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling

Technip Energies and Clariant partner to implement ethanol technology

Technip Energies and Clariant announced that they have signed a cooperation agreement for the implementation of Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

By choosing Technip Energies, sunliquid customers can benefit from combining Clariant’s proven technology with Technip Energies’ deep experience as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to build advanced biofuel plants.

The sunliquid process converts agricultural residues, woody materials or municipal solid wastes into advanced biofuel. The bio-sourced feedstock is converted into cellulosic sugars, which is then fermented into cellulosic ethanol.

The process design is completely integrated and based upon proven process technology. The innovative technology involves enzymes that are produced as part of the process and tailored to respective raw materials to deliver the highest possible sugar yields.  Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling

End of 2021, Clariant completed the construction of its first full-scale commercial sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania, which has started-up and will be fully operational in 2022. The plant will process approximately 250,000 tons of straw to produce 50,000 tpy of cellulosic ethanol.

The cellulosic ethanol produced by the sunliquid process can be used as a drop-in solution for fuel blending and offers further downstream application opportunities into sustainable aviation fuels and bio-based chemicals. In addition, it can be further processed into green ethylene and ethylene derivatives, and other sugar-derived chemicals using other proprietary technologies offered by Technip Energies.

As MRC wrote previously, Clariant has recently announced that its StyroMax UL3 catalyst is demonstrating successful results at Risun’s new styrene monomer (SM) plant located in Tangshan, China.

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-The fall in Ukraine’s GDP in 2022 may reach 45% – World Bank

MOSCOW (MRC) — Ukraine’s gross domestic product (GDP) may fall by 45.1% by the end of 2022 compared to the previous year, the Ukrainian edition of Ekonomicheskaya Pravda reports, citing a forecast by the World Bank (WB).

It is noted that the forecast was made “in conditions of extreme uncertainty.”

The more accurate extent of the economic downturn will depend on the duration and intensity of the hostilities.  Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling

Analysts expect a slow recovery of the Ukrainian economy. According to their estimates, in 2023 the country’s GDP will grow by 2.1%, in 2024 – by 5.8%.

Inflation in 2022 will be 15%, a year later – 19%, in 2024 – 8.4%, follows from the forecast.

At the same time, Russia’s GDP by the end of the year may be reduced by 11.2%, analysts say. The reason for this they call the significant consequences of the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation, in particular, the reduction in domestic demand.

According to the World Bank, annual inflation in Russia will rise from 9% in 2021 to 22% in 2022 and will remain significantly higher than the central bank’s target.

Analysts expect a drop in GDP this year in Belarus – by 6.5%. According to the World Bank, in 2023 the Belarusian economy will grow by 1.5%, a year later – by 1.6%.

Earlier it was noted that Ukraine’s GDP in the first quarter of 2022 fell by 16% compared to the same period last year. The most affected industries are those where remote work is impossible, in particular aviation, sea transportation, the service sector, where business works directly with consumers.

It was also reported that the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, predicted on March 22 that the decline in Ukraine’s GDP due to the war that had begun could be a third of the pre-war one. Prime Minister Denis Shmygal at the end of March gave a forecast of a 35% decline and “slightly higher”.  Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling

The fall in Ukraine's GDP in 2022 may reach 45% - World Bank

Technip-Energies and Clariant partner to implement ethanol-technology

-The fall in Ukraine’s-GDP in 2022 may reach 45% – World-Bank

ExxonMobil rethinks film design with Exceed™S Performance-Polyethylene

China’s-trade-with-Russia slows but still beats overall growth

MERLIN: Increasing the quality and rate of MultilayER-packaging recycLINg-waste

Polymer-prices offer 20-50% arbitrage on the surplus in China and shortage-in-Europe

-Cheaper alternative to current carbon-capture-technology is on the way

BASF and Henkel focus on renewable-feedstock in Henkel’s consumer goods products

Ethanol-technology – Ukraine-GDP – Recycling

Recycled-plastic – $100-Oil-Sustainable 14-04-2022

China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture 15-04-2022

China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

-ExxonMobil rethinks film design with Exceed™ S Performance Polyethylene

The new PE platform aims to decrease complexities associated with film formulations

American oil & gas giant ExxonMobil has reportedly launched the new Exceed™ S performance polyethylene (PE) resins capable of providing industry-leading combinations of characteristics like stiffness and toughness, making it easily processable.

Based on the company’s innovative developments in polymer science, the PE platform has the potential to eliminate the complexity of film formulations as well as design, whilst improving film performance, packaging durability, and conversion efficiency.

Speaking about the new innovation, Tom Miller, Exceed™ S Marketing Manager at ExxonMobil, highlighted the simplicity of the new PE resins, allowing converters to obtain higher performance levels through easy processing.

Miller added that Exceed S also comes with ideal toughness and stiffness with less blending to simplify operations and enhance package durability.

Innovative converters can use Exceed™ performance PE to strengthen film design as it helps create robust functional layers to maximize performance which will ultimately provide sustainable solutions and reduce the need for HDPE or LDPE for stiffness and processing respectively.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

Exceed™ S resin’s first three resins’ first three commercially launched grades are designed to offer low melt pressure with high output on blown film lines.

Significance of Exceed™ S resins in packaging and film applications:

Exceed™ S resins’ low melt pressure and high extrusion output benefits large-format heavy duty sacks used in agriculture and silo bags used for farming via increased impact, puncture, and tear resistance while enhancing converter’s production capacity.

Higher rigidity/toughness is key in primary packaging, such as in non-laminated coextruded films for pouches/bags storing liquid, food, or other goods as they often break during transportation.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

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-China’s trade with Russia slows but still beats overall growth

China’s overall trade with Russia rose over 12% in March from a year earlier, slowing from February but still outpacing the growth in China’s total imports and exports, as Beijing slammed Western sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Shipments to and from Russia increased 12.76% in March to $11.67 billion, Chinese customs data showed on Wednesday, slowing from 25.7% growth in February, when Russia launched its invasion.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

Still, the growth in March was faster than the 7.75% increase in China’s trade with all countries and regions to $504.79 billion that month.

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 in a move that Moscow described as a “special military operation” designed to demilitarise and “denazify” its southern neighbour.

Beijing has refused to call Russia’s action an invasion and has repeatedly criticised what it says are illegal Western sanctions to punish Moscow.

Several weeks before the attack on Ukraine, China and Russia declared a “no-limits” strategic partnership. Last year, total trade between China and Russia jumped 35.8% to a record $146.9 billion.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

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-MERLIN: Increasing the quality and rate of MultilayER packaging recycLINg waste

The main objective of the MERLIN project, coordinated by ITENE and supported by the Horizon 2020 programme, is the development of new sorting, delamination and recycling processes for multilayer post-consumer packaging, both flexible and rigid, in order to produce new packaging solutions for food packaging with a circular economy model.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

Context

In 2019, 29.1m tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste was collected in Europe. Only 32.5% of this plastic packaging was recycled, while 42.6% was incinerated and 24.9% was landfilled (data from Plastics, The Facts 2020). This is still far from the target of recycling 55% of plastic by 2030, as set out in the European Plastics Strategy and Directive (EU) 2018/852 on packaging and packaging waste.

Currently, the market demands a large share of multilayer packaging. These are structures that are difficult to detect in sorting plants, as current technologies can only identify their surface layer.

Moreover, once sorted, their recyclability depends on costly and complex methods to separate their layers, as the different nature of the polymers makes them incompatible. In addition, the high-strength adhesive used to bond the layers requires the current delamination processes to be improved and optimised.

This results in multilayer packaging being landfilled or incinerated and requires improved sorting and recycling processes for multilayer plastic waste currently not recovered from post-consumer sources. Therefore, this project will focus on the identification of multilayer rigid, non-metallised flexible and metallised flexible packaging, as well as on their recycling, by developing a specific recovery process for each of them.

Summary and objectives

MERLIN’s main objective is to offer technological solutions to increase the quality and waste rate of recycled multilayer packaging and to work on the development of disruptive processes for the sorting, delamination and recycling of multilayer rigid and flexible plastic packaging with a circular economy model.

These are expected to provide solutions to recover and recycle 3.03 million tonnes per year of multilayer packaging waste in Europe, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on imported fossil fuels.

It will also contribute to boosting the EU recycled plastics market to reach 10 million tonnes of recycled plastic by 2025, as proposed by the Circular Plastics Alliance, and will contribute to meeting the European circular economy requirements set out in the European Plastics Strategy or the European Green Deal, as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

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-Polymer prices offer 20-50% arbitrage on the surplus in China and shortage in Europe

At a time when the world is struggling to overcome the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war coupled with supply disruptions from China on account of the coronavirus (Covid)-induced lockdowns, arbitrageurs see an enormous trading opportunity in the volatile polymer price movements between China and Europe.

Most polymers are currently trading in China at around a 20-50 percent discount to their prevailing prices in Europe primarily due to the demand-supply imbalance. While producers across China are unable to transport polymers from the factory premise to the port for shipment overseas and also to the downstream industry for processing because of lockdowns, massive traffic congestion at Chinese ports has worsened the movement of ships for loading and unloading.

Eventually, the unavailability of workers at the port following Covid restrictions has crippled port traffic movement.  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

In China prices of various olefins and polyolefins are under downward pressure while in Europe, there is a strong bullish undertone for want of material.

Propylene price for both domestic origin and imported variety is hovering at around euro 1580-1590 (US$1597-1607) a tonne for immediate delivery in the North West European markets as compared to US$ 1217-1232 a tonne in East China.

Similarly, polypropylene prices are quoting in the northwest European market at around euro 1995-2005 (US$ 2017-2027) a tonne compared to US$ 1342-1381 a tonne in East China. Elsewhere across China also, polypropylene is quoted in the range between US$ 1349-1404 a tonne.

The price anomaly is no different for other polymers across the two regions. Polymer prices have declined in China and increased in Europe in the last few weeks.

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-Cheaper alternative to current carbon capture technology is on the way

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The University of Nottingham is leading an international consortium aiming to accelerate the development of carbon capture and storage, informs the university in this press release.

It’s one of several projects that have received a share of £5 million grant funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is recognised to be one of the most effective measures towards the European Union’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and mitigate against global warming, staying within 1.5 degrees centigrade of pre-industrial levels during the remainder of the 21st century.

Cheaper alternative with a polymer

The experts are setting out to develop a cheaper alternative to the current process of amine scrubbing – the most mature technology that separates CO2 from natural gas, however the process is expensive, requiring a high level of energy and water consumption, and can cause environmental issues.

Professor Colin Snape, study lead, said: “Carbon Capture and Storage is key to achieving the UK’s ambitious target of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It’s therefore extremely important to accelerate the pace of developing alternatives to the current technologies on offer.”

Professor Snape added: “PEI is a polymer that avoids environmental issues associated with the basic liquids, used in amine scrubbing and requires less energy to release the CO2 after capture to enable subsequent pipeline transport and storage.”

What is carbon capture and storage (CCS)?

CCS is the technology used to prevent and reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere as an attempt to mitigate global warming. Some of the largest sources of CO2 includes coal and natural gas power plants and industrial processes (such as iron and steel and cement plants).  China-Russia-trade – Carbon-capture

CCS involves three main components: capture, transport and storage. Once CO2 has been captured, i.e. separated from other gases being emitted, it is transported to a final storage location (usually through a pipeline). In the UK, the captured CO2 will be injected into either depleted oil and gas reservoirs or deep saline aquifers.

Amine scrubbing is the most mature technology that separates CO2 from natural gas however the process is expensive, requires a high level of energy and it can cause environmental issues.