Alex Totterman is the founder and CEO of Cove, a California-based company that has developed water bottles made of biodegradable materials. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinions at CNN.
Our oceans are now awash in at least 150 million tons of plastic, an amount that researchers say will soon surpass the weight of all the fish in the sea.
Plastic pollution fouls the land too, and the air we breathe.
Scientists now say plastic micro-particles literally rain down on us, introducing toxins into our bodies. And if you think recycling is the answer, you are sadly mistaken. You can be excused for believing that you’re doing your part for the environment by simply sorting your plastics from your trash.
To be constructed in Kermanshah Polymer Company, the mentioned unit will start production of BZN2 catalyst in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2021-March 2022), Ali Rostam-Abadi, the managing director of the company, announced on the sidelines of the ceremony, and said the unit is projected to have an annual production capacity of 50 tons of catalyst. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Addressing the ceremony, Sattari underlined that Iran’s petrochemical industry is experiencing a growing trend.
Strengthening domestic production and indigenizing the knowledge and technology for production of the products and equipment that Iran imports from other countries has become one of the major programs that the country is pursuing in recent years.
To materialize this objective, knowledge-based companies have played a noticeable part, especially in indigenizing the products and equipment applied in the oil industry, which is the major sector in the country’s national economy.
Many Asian petrochemical markets have climbed to multi-month highs and some are expected to remain supported in the near term by the recent climb in upstream markers as well as strong fundamentals within individual markets. Supply cuts have offset some of the demand destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to be a global threat to petrochemical markets.
The propylene market in Asia is poised to strengthen further this week amid unplanned maintenance in the region. Given the recent price hike for propylene feedstock, China’s Tianjin Bohai has reduced its propylene term supply to 80% for September and allocated the supply to its downstream swing plant. Hebei Haiwei was reported to be planning to shut its 500,000 mt PDH plant for turnaround in mid-October, which pushed up last week’s trade levels.
Sentiment in the Asian ethylene market are mixed as October-arrival supply remains tight, leading to a strong interest for more prompt cargoes. However, the outlook for November-arrival cargoes is likely to be bearish on expectations of the re-opening of the US-Asia arbitrage window, and an increase in supply from Taiwan and Japan.
Avery Dennison Corporation Fastener Solutions has unveiled a tag fastener for the apparel industry that completely degrades in one year of exposure to soil microbes, without leaving behind microplastics or harmful substances. The new bio-PP fastener is made of a proprietary blend of polypropylene material. A regular fastener takes 20-30 years to breakdown.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
“Plastic fasteners, which attach price tags and other product information to garments are on 90 per cent of the approximately 80 billion garments manufactured each year and that adds up to a whole lot of plastic — the equivalent of the same amount of plastic found in 761,581,156 single-serve 0.5 litre PET water bottles,” said Dan Riendeau, senior marketing manager, Global Packaging and Retail, Avery Dennison Fastener Solutions. “Brand owners and retailers are increasingly seeking ways to reduce their environmental footprint and this product innovation helps to do that.
From 2021 on, the member states of the European Union will pay 80 cents per kilo of non-recyclable plastic packaging to the European Commission. What will be the effect of this?
The European Union is introducing a levy for the use of non-recyclable plastic packaging. The heads of government of the 27 member states agreed to this at the last European Commission meeting last summer.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
They agreed that each member state must pay 80 cents per kilo of non-recyclable plastic packaging to the European Commission. The total collected will amount to billions on an annual basis, which the European Commission wants to use to balance the budget. Brexit and the corresponding disappearance of the British contribution have created a gap in the budget. The implementation of the Green Deal to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement will also be very costly. The corona fund for which the European Commission is borrowing 750 billion euros on the capital market must also be repaid.
The antiviral effect was tested by an external laboratory specialized in microbiological tests against Influenza H1N1 and Feline Coronavirus
Results showed that over 98 % of the Feline Coronavirus was eliminated within the first two hours Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Tested on both PET and PA applications in various end applications, including fabrics, injection molded parts and films extrusion
Sukano’s Masterbatch uses proprietary technology, registered as preservative (1)
Many viruses have been shown to survive on surfaces including metal, cardboard and plastic. However, plastic items can be treated to trap and inhibit the replication of viruses. Sukano has developed Antiviral Masterbatches for PET and PA fibers that have a strong antiviral effect on the plastic parts, while also potentially helping to reduce waste and improve the sustainability credentials of the final articles produced.
In response to the pandemic, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global chemical company, is transforming post-consumer PET bottles into much-needed PPE suits. The PPE suits have been donated to local hospitals in need of equipment to protect local medical personnel working to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand.
Initiated by Less Plastic Thailand in May this year, the “Separate PET Bottles to Help Doctors” project brings together a range of local partners and their stakeholders to complete the end-to-end waste separation and PPE production process. As the world’s largest PET producer, IVL’s well-established recycling expertise and infrastructure is key to the project’s operation.Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Under the project, approximately 360,000 PET bottles have been recycled and converted into high-quality yarn at IVL’s recycling facilities in Nakhon Pathom and Rayong, and later cut to produce more than 16,000 PPE suits. The project aims to deliver these protective suits to over 200 hospitals nationwide by August 2020 to protect medical personnel from COVID-19 infection during the performance of their duties.
Its role is to monitor and register the industry’s efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers being used annually between 2025 and 2030. Usage includes businesses from packaging, construction, automotive, and consumer goods’ markets.
UNIQLO has just announced a massive initiative to help reduce its global carbon footprint. Named the Re.UNIQLO program, the circular sustainability program will take old clothing from both UNIQLO and GU and breathe new life into them in the form of recycling the material to make new clothing, recycling them to make new raw material and fuel (Japan only), or reusing old clothing in the form of donating the garments to people in need.
UNIQLO started collecting its used clothing as early as 2006, and last year saw the clothing company collect roughly 620,000 down jackets in just half a year’s time.
Each donated piece goes through 18 different sorting criteria from size, gender, season, climate, culture, and religion, to name a few.
Coupled with its efforts on plastic reduction, UNIQLO is on a fast track in keeping its products out of landfills. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
A new report from advocacy group The Changing Markets Foundation appears to reveal how, behind a veil of nice-sounding initiatives and commitments to address the plastics crisis – the plastics industry, consumer brands and retailers have obstructed and undermined proven legislative solutions to the crisis for decades.
Based on research and investigations in over 15 countries across five continents, Talking Trash: The Corporate Playbook of False Solutions, according to the authors, exposes how tactics to undermine legislation in individual countries are in fact part of a global approach by Big Plastic to ensure that the corporations most responsible for the plastic crisis evade true accountability for their pollution. Petrochemicals PETrecycled Containers
Italian BOPP film manufacturer Irplast has launched new film solutions utilising renewable PP polymers from SABIC’s TruCircle portfolio. The company’s films are used for the manufacture of printed adhesive tapes, wraparound labels for the food, beverage dairy, personal and home care markets, and also for multi-pack solutions,
Irplast’s sustainability manager Naomi Lunadei said: “We firmly believe that sustainable growth must become a priority for businesses producing and converting plastics packaging materials. As a packaging producer, we are well aware of our responsibilities in making the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals a reality and we are very committed to the challenge.
“We have undertaken a gradual but determined path, consistent with the development of new materials according to the guidelines of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directives. Therefore, we have brought out two new innovative product lines in collaboration with SABIC, one to reduce the carbon footprint of BOPP flexible packaging, while the other introduces the possibility of entering the circular economy, being progressively mandated by legislators worldwide.”
Demand for spandex was better than other major feedstock of textiles and apparels in 2020. Stocks of spandex declined more compared with polyester and nylon. Price of spandex 70D-140D-280D surged in Apr driven by sound demand for ear band of mask. Almost all spandex price increased in Aug-Sep, with increment at around 500-1,500yuan/mt.
The COVID-19 greatly impacted global economy and commodities. Demand shrank on the year in many fields. Many developed nations witnessed dramatic economic recession. However, spandex market outperformed. Sales of spandex were very sluggish in the first quarter of 2020 as the production resumption of downstream plants was around 1 month later. The YOY demand shrinkage apparently declined by the end of H1. Supported by surging foreign orders and moderate domestic demand, sales of spandex increased, with sales volume higher than the same period of last year. More descriptions became tight. Supply of super fine denier, spandex 20D, 30D and coarse denier is largely in shortage, and the delivery of goods needs to queue now, but supply of 40D and 140D is loose.
European Union governments are considering a number of new EU-wide taxes that would allow the 27-nation bloc to repay the planned 750 billion euros ($888 billion) of borrowing for boosting the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because tax matters in the EU must be decided by unanimity and repayment of the borrowing does not start until 2028, complex decisions on the taxes may take several years.
Below are the taxes under consideration.
This has already been decided and will apply from Jan. 1, 2021. Tax will be calculated on the weight of non-recycled plastic packaging waste at 0.80 euro per kg, with a mechanism to avoid some countries paying much more than others. The executive Commission estimates revenues could reach 7 billion euros annually.
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In 2015, the European Parliament adopted a landmark directive on environmental protection. The goal: to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by an impressive 80 percent by 2025. This definition includes bags with a wall thickness of up to 50 micrometers which also applies to the well-known plastic shopping bags in supermarkets.
Innovia Films has announced the launch of Encore C45cn, the first carbon neutral BOPP label film.
ISCC certified, Encore C45cn will contribute to reducing carbon footprint and reducing the use of fossil resources.
Encore 45cn is carbon neutral on a mass balance and cradle to gate basis as certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC Plus) programme.
Stephen Weber, Key Account Director, Labels at Innovia Films, explained: “In addition to being carbon neutral Encore C45cn is a high MD stiffness 45um BOPP bubble film for automatic label dispensing performance. This could allow the replacement of standard 50um films giving a further 10% material saving “
INEOS Styrolution and Trinseo, global leaders in the manufacturing of polystyrene and other styrenic materials, are advancing plans to build the first-of-its-kind PS recycling plant based in Wingles, France.
The planned full commercial-scale recycling facility will be capable of processing up to 50 tonnes per day of post-consumer PS feedstock and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2023.
In previous project milestones, the depolymerisation of polystyrene has proven to be an ideal recycling process showcasing polystyrene’s unique intrinsic capability for full circularity. The plastics-to-plastics depolymerisation technology converts polystyrene food packaging waste directly back into its original liquid monomer, repolymerised and recycled for the same high-quality applications.
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the voice of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf, has adopted a new initiative for members on the occasion of World Cleanup Day 2020, aimed at improving sustainability and best environmental practices at plastic manufacturing and logistics operations in the GCC.
Practiced in over 60 countries and thousands of plants around the world, Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) arrives in the region for the first time to enable good housekeeping and pellet containment practices at plastic resin handling operations. The global initiative is aimed at ultimately achieving zero pellet, flake, and powder loss and contributing to global efforts by plastic producers today to protect the environment and minimize their environmental footprint.
The initiative is of great significance for the region, as Arabian Gulf plastic producers manufacture 32.3 million metric tons of polymers annually. Pellet, flake, and powder loss is a growing problem, which can have an economic and business cost in the tune of $1.5 billion every year excluding environmental and reputational damage among local communities.
Many believe what we recycle just ends up in general waste
95 per cent of people put plastic bottles, tins, glass, or cardboard out for recycling each week, but more than a third are concerned their recycling ends up with the general waste anyway once taken away.
Although most of the public works hard to ensure they’re as green as possible, 25 per cent admitted they would do more if they understood the recycling messaging on products better, with 15 per cent claiming they don’t feel educated enough on recycling.
Asia’s benzene market was bolstered by firm crude oil futures, following US offshore production shutdowns from Hurricane Sally.
Spot benzene prices rose above $415/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea, after receiving a shot in the arm from buoyant crude, from around $406.5/tonne FOB Korea in the first half of the week. Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
Brent crude futures topped $42/bbl, after slipping under $40/bbl recently, as US crude stocks declined.
The uptick in benzene prices, however, appeared to be still tempered by ample availability in Asia.
“The market is slightly firmer, the crude oil impact is not very significant yet,” said a supplier in Thailand.
Axens says it will license its alpha-olefins production technology to Baltic Chemical Plant LLC (BCP LLC), a subsidiary of RusGazDobycha (Moscow, Russia), for its gas-based petrochemical project at Ust-Luga, near St. Petersburg, Russia, said Chemweek.
Axens will supply its AlphaButol technology for the production of high-purity butene-1 by ethylene dimerization, and its AlphaHexol process to produce high-purity 1-hexene through ethylene trimerization. Both products are used as comonomers in the production of various grades of polyethylene (PE), including linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
Butene-1 will be produced at two 60,000-metric tons/year units at the petchems complex, while 1-hexene will be produced at a single 50,000-metric tons/year plant on the same site. The agreement includes the transfer of the license, the process book, a number of chemicals such as catalysts and adsorbents, and proprietary equipment, says Axens. It will also provide training to the customer’s employees, plus technical support, it says.
PakTech announces participation in the U.S. Plastics Pact, a multi-sector public-private collaborative aimed at creating a circular economy for plastics in the U.S. As one of the founding organizations, PakTech is at the forefront of creating a solutions-driven system to better reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics. Our aim is to create a more efficient and just economy that keeps plastic in the economy and out of the environment.
The U.S. Plastics Pact is led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. The U.S. joins similar pacts in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, which unites over 850 global organizations with the shared goal of taking meaningful, measurable, and actionable steps toward creating a sustainable economy for plastic. Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
European supply of butanediol (BDO) has tightened, though sources’ views remain mixed on the extent of supply limitations in the market.
Increased demand, a production issue causing reduced rates for major producer INEOS during September and limited availability from Asia have resulted in lower availability of BDO. Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
Sources also referred to increases in spot pricing due to this change in fundamentals.
European supply of BDO has rebalanced, though some sellers see restrictions on availability.
One producer said that it had been approached by multiple customers looking for spot volumes due to tight market conditions, while another said that it would be difficult for a consumer to secure larger volumes of BDO in the current situation.
Buyers agreed that availability of material has reduced compared to recent weeks but said that supply continues to be ample.
On 15.09.2020, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) online launch event took place with around 1000 participants from European and national institutions, industry and associations from around the world. Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
The Fuel Cell Hydrogen Observatory (FCHO) provides data and up to date information about the entire hydrogen sector. It focuses on technology and market statistics, socio-economic indicators, policy and regulation, as well as financial support.
Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are now seen as a firm part of public strategies to drive the climate-neutral revolution envisaged in the European Green Deal and to decarbonise the economy. The arising interest in fuel cells and hydrogen technologies requested filling knowledge gaps and providing analysis covering the entire value chain. The FCHO provides rich synthesis and data interpretation of all hydrogen industry and it is designed to engage directly with policy-makers and experts, industry players and investors, as well as the general public.
Carbon fiber continues to grow in popularity as an alternative to steel-reinforced concrete bridges, and a recent report indicates the material can stand up to years of harsh weather.
Lawrence Technological University tested carbon fiber reinforced polymer components for four years to determine how well they would endure the Michigan’s harsh weather and other conditions. Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
The ensuing report for the Michigan Department of Transportation was named one of the top 16 research projects in 2020 by the Research Advisory Committee at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
“Investigators found that CFRP strands held up well to conditions that simulated Michigan’s harsh weather,” says an MDOT news release. “Moisture, rain, freezing rain and extreme temperature swings did not significantly affect the material’s strength or mechanical properties over time. In addition, test results showed that some currently accepted parameters for CFRP are conservative and can be updated.”
Belgian textile innovator Devan Chemicals has been lauded by Frost & Sullivan for its antimicrobial technology, known under its trade name as BI-OME. The non-leaching attributes of the technology coupled with its ability to reduce microbial mutation make it a potential candidate for textiles where durability and safe human contact are highly valued.
Based on its recent analysis of the European antimicrobial technology for the textile market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized the Belgium-headquartered Devan, with the 2020 European Technology Innovation Leadership Award. Devan’s highly relevant antimicrobial technology addresses issues concerning the contamination of PPE and textiles, including the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, viral transmissions, and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
ALPLA has acquired a property in Toluca, capital city of the State of México in the country’s centre.
Construction of a state-of-the-art recycling plant will commence on it in autumn 2020, with its launch planned for the second half of 2021.
The amount invested is roughly 15 million euros and 65 jobs will be created.
The company will be run as a 100-per-cent subsidiary of ALPLA, while the facility will have an annual capacity of 15,000 tonnes of HDPE recycled material for non-food applications, for example for packaging solutions for personal care or household cleaning products. The target markets are primarily Mexico, neighbouring countries in Central America and the United States. Petrochemicals PETBottles Hydrogen
The company believes by making this investment, ALPLA is realising its global objectives for the New Plastics Economy (an initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation).
Seoul – Hyosung has developed new creora Color+ elastane for natural blended materials which, aimed at meeting the consumer desire for more colour variety in comfort apparel made with natural fibres, is being introduced at Interfilière Connect, which is taking place online from September 2-30, 2020.
The new variant is described as a specialty elastane for deeper, darker colours in stretch fabrics made with natural blends.
creora Color+ has the same performance stretch characteristics as Hyosung’s flagship fibre, creora Power Fit, with the added benefit of providing richer colours in natural and cellulose yarns – an attractive fibre blend for leading intimate, activewear and ready-to-wear brands.
As the pandemic has prompted Japanese companies to diversify their supply chain, the Indian textile sector has the potential to serve the specific needs of this sector despite India’s share in the Japanese market being negligible, Indian ambassador to Japan Sanjay K Verma recently said virtually inaugurating the 7th edition of India Tex Trend Fair in Tokyo. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
“India can provide a more resilient supply value chain to Japan as India has comparative advantage in the textile sector in terms of low-cost production and traditional knowledge in the sector. The Indian exporters will have to address some issues like productivity and prices,” he was quoted as saying by Indian media reports.
As a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, BIO-FED is the specialist for innovative and application-oriented biocompounds. The product portfolio under the trade name M·VERA® is constantly being expanded with new products.
Depending on the requirements profile, these compounds are either biodegradable in various environments or suitable for long-term use – and completely or partially made from renewable raw materials. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
The legislation in various European countries for film packaging is currently becoming increasingly stringent. For example, a biobased carbon content of 60% or more and the “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” certificate will be mandatory for the fruit and vegetable bags in Italy from January 2021. In France, this carbon content does not have to be reached until the end of 2024. In this case, however, the specifications according to “OK compost HOME” must also be fulfilled for the fruit and vegetable bags, as has been the case up to now.
The first machine in the new series, with a clamping force of 4,000 kN and 6000 injection unit accommodating molds with up to 128 cavities, is now available.
KraussMaffei HighPerformance launched today its new side-entry Netstal PET-Line that is fully compatible with legacy side-entry molds and post-mold cooling stations. A machine with a 4,000-kN clamping force and 6000 injection unit that accommodates molds with up to 128 cavities is now available; other models will follow to suit the full range of common beverage applications, said KraussMaffei.Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
The laterally positioned post-mold cooling station is the most obvious feature of the new preform system, said KraussMaffei in making the announcement, adding that a closer inspection will reveal numerous other optimizations. For example, the company believes that the proportion of recycled PET (rPET) in bottle production will continue to increase in the years ahead.
Prices for both PE and PP resins were already on the rise before Hurricane Laura and then jumped in chunks over the past several weeks. Meanwhile, more storms are forming in the Atlantic, with at least one targeting the Gulf Coast. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
Despite challenging polyethylene (PE) conditions last week, high volumes in polypropylene (PP) generated one of the best overall weeks ever at the PlasticsExchange trading desk. The industry is reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update: Some resin production remains offline, largely as a result of significant damage to the Louisiana power grid, and supply chains are still interrupted. As expected, the flow of fresh railcar offers was sporadic, and most material was off grade. Prime truckloads of all commodity grades were available, but in limited quantities. Prices for both PE and PP resins were already on the rise before the storm and then jumped in chunks over the past several weeks. They are now transacting at lofty levels.
The latest developments in recycling, bioplastics, and environmental issues and ideas aligned with a circular economy for plastic packaging.
The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.
The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.
In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.
It’s a good problem for a reporter or reader or any human who appreciates the progress made daily across the globe to improve the environmental aspects of plastic packaging for this and future generations. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) announced that it has launched a joint research project in pursuit of innovative technology to promote the recycling of plastic waste, working here with Professor TAKAHASHI Tsutomu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, National University Corporation, said Chemweek. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
Plastic waste often includes varying states of the material, meaning that when heat is applied for material recycling, the melted plastic is uneven in terms of fluidity. This in turn results in the regenerated plastic itself being unable to maintain a consistent level of fluidity or quality, limiting its range of possible applications. But with this new joint development project, Mitsui Chemicals aims over the course of the next three years to develop technology that will facilitate in-line measurement and control for the melted plastic’s fluidity, which will in turn help to stabilize the quality of the regenerated plastic.
AkzoNobel’s aerospace coatings facility in Dongguan, China, has been qualified by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to color blend the company’s Aerodur 3001 basecoat, said Chemweek. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
The certification means the site has been certified by Boeing to blend AkzoNobel’s industry-leading basecoat/clearcoat system, Aerodur 3001/3002, locally in China with OEM (original equipment manufacturer) approval. The Dongguan facility is also now listed on Boeing’s official QPL for BMS10-72 specification.
QPL approval status is an important milestone for the facility, which opened in 2017 to specifically serve the North and South Asian aviation market and deliver cutting-edge technologies faster and more reliably. “We’re proud to receive this certification from Boeing,” says Ron Fattal, AkzoNobel’s Key Account Manager for Boeing. “It’s further recognition of our commitment to putting the needs of our customers at the heart of our product development.”
NextChem, together with its subsidiary MyReplast Industries, has trademarked its proprietary Upcycling technology and the resulting recycled polymer granulates and flakes.
The Italian firm has also launched a new website – myreplastindustries.it – showcasing technical fact sheets for the portfolio of products. Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil
MyReplast Upcycling combines mechanical recycling with chemical processing. The technology is installed in northern Italy (Brescia) in a 40,000-tonne plant, with up to 95 per cent recycling efficiency, managed by NextChem’s subsidiary, MyReplast Industries.
50% of regenerated plastic in PET bottles by 2020, the commitment of the colossus Coca-Cola Petrochemicals Biodegradable CrudeOil While unilateral news circulates in Italy that “there is no market for recycled plastic”, some news from the world:
12/07/2017 COCA COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS plans to increase the content of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in its bottles from 25 to 50% by 2020. In addition, it will launch a communication campaign aimed at encouraging more people to recycle. The campaign will include a “new and clear recycling message” on the bottles and a “collection system with reward for empty bottles”.
25/10/2017 NEW MEGA PLANET RPLANET EARTH: Construction is underway of a mega plastics recycling plant in the Los Angeles area, which will process the bales of post-consumer PET bottles up to the production of preforms of bottles, sheets extrusions and thermoformed packaging. The 302,000-square-foot facility in Vernon, California was built for a new company, rPlanet Earth, which will power post-consumer PET bottles from door-to-door collections. The processing cycle includes washing, decontamination and regeneration in food and beverage packaging. It will be able to produce approximately 36,300 tonnes of finished product per year. “The percentage of recycled content in the new products will depend on the wishes of the customer, but the facility will be able to generate 100% RPET products” said Daviduk the CEO by rPlanet Earth.
The COVID-19 pandemic put paid to such plans but many WIBA UK customers – such as White Horse Plastics and Linear Plastics – have since been turning their hand to medtech manufacture against the pandemic and WIBA UK has been in the vanguard of support.
Wittmann Battenfeld offers its MicroPower, EcoPower and SmartPower moulding machines (15-550t) in medical versions: All three are available in multi component format. Minimum emissions are standard and all machines can be upgraded for cleanroom purposes to the EN-ISO 14644 medical standard.
Micromoulding has led the way for many customers. When Wittmann acquired Battenfeld in April 2008, the revamping and renaming of the latter’s micromoulding machine was high on the list.
The MicroPower was the result and it has been particularly effective in leading the production of new polymer-based dental and medical implants and other small components.
Adapting to consumer trends in terms of sportswear can be difficult to keep up with, and Lubrizol believes it can bring unique, meaningful solutions to its customers with new materials optimised for training shoes. Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
Addressing the biggest trends in sportswear production can be difficult to maintain. With a growing demand for sustainability, comfort, aesthetics and customisation, the needs and wants of consumers are continuously changing.
Julie Shlepr, Business Development Director for Engineered Polymers, said: “There’s a strong push to fast-track development to respond to consumer style preferences and to enable customisation. We see colour, texture, haptics, structure, cushioning, lightweight and novel fabrication methods as ways to enable this and allow close-to-consumer production.”
Trinseo has announced that it has developed a new grade of post-consumer recycled polystyrene, together with the German packaging manufacturer Fernholz.
The latest Form Fill Seal (FFS) formulations incorporate 40 per cent rPS, depending on final application, due to Trinseo’s unique technology, which embeds the material into the polymerisation process using solvent processes.
Nicolas Joly, Vice President Plastics and Feedstocks at Trinseo, said: “With rPS technology, we have developed a process that will help the plastics industry conserve resources and reduce oil consumption. We are very pleased to work with Fernholz as our collaboration partner to jointly respond to consumer and market expectations, offering companies a tangible solution for more sustainable packaging.” Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
As part of its ‘Issue Alignment’ process CEFLEX stakeholders are working with Swiss University ETH to collect and assess topics which are essential to realising a circular economy for flexible packaging. Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
These issues are being tackled individually to create considered and aligned positions on each topic. The result has been its first Position Paper on ways to achieve this goal.
The first CEFLEX Position Paper, entitled ‘Accelerating the circular economy for flexible packaging – a recommendation for recyclable mono-materials’ is now being made available.
Taking into account the current best-practice technologies established in Europe, CEFLEX strongly recommends the use of flexible packaging made from recyclable mono-materials. The paper clearly states the need to evaluate functional requirements of packaging and, when possible, to redesign existing flexible packaging to a recyclable mono-material.
The new company’s R&D to focus on sustainable solutions by pooling the competencies of all RadiciGroup companies Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
RadiciGroup has announced the founding of Radici InNova, a non-profit consortium, to carry out the Group’s strategic aims of ensuring business continuity, improving corporate competitiveness and creating value for the community. The new company’s main object is the development of new research and innovation projects for the chemical, high performance polymers and advanced textile solutions sectors, in accordance with the RadiciGroup sustainability strategy.
Indeed, Radici InNova renews and strengthens RadiciGroup’s commitment to a development model that balances economic profitability with environmental sustainability and social equity.
The new company will take advantage of and improve the synergies of the R&D activities that have long been carried on by the RadiciGroup Specialty Chemicals, High Performance Polymers and Advanced Textile Solutions Business Areas.
The automotive industry has an important relationship with the chemicals sector while remaining an instrumental force on the global economy as an employment-intensive sector.Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
In a fast-changing world, automotive manufacturing is susceptible to unique challenges. While vehicle manufacturers are impacted by material prices, trends impacting the market ripple upstream. Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
Globally the automotive sector continues to recover, led by a very strong performance in China. However, there are concerns about balance sheets with some producers struggling to survive in the short term.
Long-term investments for trends – including tightening emission standards, a growing push to electrify and shared-car ownership – have already left firms cash strapped. The pandemic, lockdowns, supply chain disruptions and associated sales cuts have further slashed profitability. This could lead to greater rationalisation or strategic partnerships.
Plastics do have proven benefits during their use phase – for example preservation of food loss in packaging applications, lightweight construction of vehicles, and building insulation. Plastic waste, however, and in particular plastic waste in the context of marine littering, is a major global challenge.Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
There is also increasing regulatory pressure regarding recycling targets and recyclability on the one hand and strong commitments of our customers towards increasing the share of recycled material in their offerings on the other hand.
Solving these challenges requires innovation and joint efforts globally across the value chain. Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
In the fashion industry, sustainability and innovation aren’t at odds with each other. More than ever, brands and designers are reducing their environmental impact by delivering beautiful, high-performance products that are made with sustainable and waste materials — and ECONYL® regenerated nylon is helping them do it.
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Chemicals output in the eurozone rose slightly more than 1% in July, month on month, a lower increase than average industrial production levels, the EU’s statistical office Eurostat said on Monday. Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
In the wider 27-country EU, chemicals output also rose slightly more than 1%.
These modest increases compared with more than 4% increase in industrial production in both the EU and the eurozone.
However, the increase was not enough yet to compensate for falls in output during the second quarter amid lockdowns.
Analysts at Oxford Economics said the recovery was showing “early signs of fatigue” as rising coronavirus infections across Europe were denting confidence.
“Eurozone industrial output has recouped a large portion of its losses since the April trough but still remains almost 8% below the pre-pandemic levels,” said the analysts.
Economic prospects in developing Asia have worsened amid a revival of coronavirus cases in some areas, with regional GDP expected to contract by 0.7% this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday. Petrochemicals Biodegradable PET Flakes
The contraction marks the first regional recession in nearly six decades, it said in a report. The ADB previously projected the region’s economy to grow by 0.1% this year.
ADB’s list of developing countries consists of 45 countries in the Asia-Pacific.
The region’s GDP is projected to grow by 6.8% in 2021, but this will still leave it substantially below expectations before the coronavirus pandemic, the ADB said.
“The threat of a prolonged pandemic is the main risk to the outlook. A return to more stringent containment measures could slow or even derail recovery and possibly trigger financial turmoil,” said Yasuyuki Sawada, ADB’s chief economist.
Entering September, the turnaround season has basically ended. Except for some long-term shutdown plants, only Sinopec Zhongyuan PC and PetroChina Jinxi PC are still in maintenance. Most plants are now operating normally, and the overall supply returns to a relatively high level. At this time, new plants are putting into production gradually.
In September, up to now, there are mainly four new start-ups, namely, 550kt/year Zhongke (Guangdong) Refining & Chemical Co., Ltd., 350kt/year Sinochem Quanzhou II, 600kt/year Liaoning Bora Enterprise Group (Bora) and 350kt/year Wanhua Chemical Group Co.,Ltd.
ECOBAT Battery Technologies (ECOBAT) has upgraded and added to its fleet of delivery vehicles. The new vehicles will be responsible for delivering batteries from all 16 of ECOBAT’s sites across the UK and Ireland. Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
One of ECOBAT’s key values is to promote sustainability, not just with its closed loop battery recycling, but also with day to day practices, including its delivery vehicles. The 11 new vehicles take advantage of the latest technology that converts NOx emissions into nitrogen and water and reduces more than 99% of emitted solid particulates. The Start-Stop battery fitted in each van also helps to reduce CO2 emissions and the company’s smarter delivery routes are further reducing CO2 emissions.
‘We have taken back control of our trade policy and will continue to thrive as a trading nation outside the EU,’ says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Britain on Friday, September 11, announced its first major post-Brexit trade agreement – a deal with Japan – as its negotiations with the European Union (EU) become increasingly fractious. Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
The Department for International Trade said the accord, which largely replicates the current EU-Japan deal, will be worth £15.2 billion ($19.5 billion, 16.5 billion euros).
The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi during a video call on Friday.
Both the textile machinery branch of Germany’s VDMA and Swissmem – the Swiss textile machinery association which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year – held separate online webinars on aspects of the latest advanced technologies on 9 September.
The VDMA seminar – the fourth in a series which has so far examined the growth in meltblown production, best practice for making face masks and energy saving processing – this time looked at wastewater reduction and treatment.
Fong’s International, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of its THEN brand and also became part of the Sinomach group in 2019, has recently introduced two new machines with which significant water savings can be made.Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
The company’s head of applied technology Bertram Stetter said the keyways to reduce water and effluent in textile dying were to reduce all inputs to the minimum required with automatic dosing systems and to use yarn with less or no fibre linting.
Using new energies – that sounds so simple. But behind it there is hard work, a lot of money and idealism. The chemical companies in Rhineland-Palatinate put all of this into sustainability and drive it forward with various projects and products.
Felix Herberg is someone who appreciates this: He heads the “Fuel Cell” market segment at Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, a business group of the global technology company Freudenberg. Here the Hambacher and his team advise customers all over the world.
Freudenberg has been pursuing alternative drive concepts since the mid-1990s: “It is not just a single technology that will replace the combustion engine,” says Herberg, summarizing the position of the conglomerate. Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
The vision for BASF’s reciChain project is to take circularity into the real world by increasing traceability of recycled plastics. The company created a plastic additive that enables the traceability. Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
Mitchell Toomey, director of sustainability for North America at BASF, shared an example of how it could work on a laundry detergent bottle: “Once that product goes to the end of its life and goes into recycling, it can be scanned an tracked at that point in time to give the recycler some information about what it contains,” he said, noting that the tracker could show the types of resins and plastics the packaging is made of.
Toomey added that once a product is recycled, the tracker can be maintained through multiple uses. The pilot will need to be scaled to have a big impact but BASF is already working with partners across the value chain.
AMI Consulting has published its new report on the global Chemical Recycling industry. The report provides a comprehensive view of the current status of chemical recycling of commodity polymers, market drivers, growth dynamics as well as a forecast for future development. Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
AMI Consulting’s study Chemical Recycling – Global Status 2020 quantifies the global market for chemical recycling in terms of the amount of plastic waste chemically recycled by region, polymer and technology through to 2030.
Legislative measures are being introduced to curb the plastic waste production and to include more recycled content into everyday products, with Europe leading the way.
Sustainability initiative Fashion For Good (FFG) has initiated a new project which, with the support of a consortium of brands, manufacturers and industry organisations, will vie to scale promising chemical recycling solutions in cellulosic textile production.
The Full Circle Textiles Project: Scaling Innovations in Cellulosic Recycling project brings together Kering, PVH Corp., Target, Birla Cellulose, the Laudes Foundation and Canopy, and creates an incubated environment in which the technologies of Infinited Fiber Company, Re:newcell, Tyton Biosciences, Evrnu and Phoenxt will be trialled in the manufacture of garments, with scope to scale such solutions.
On a webinar which announced the project’s inception, Christine Goulay, head of sustainable innovation at Kering, commented: “I think the timing is right for this. There are so many brand commitments out there about going circular and not sourcing virgin materials and I think that the pandemic has shown us that, if we didn’t see it before, everything we do is so tied to our natural ecosystems and we can’t do business as usual through this linear supply chain.“Petrochemicals Bioplastics PET Flakes
Oil slipped in Asia, trading near last week’s three-month lows, as the market braces for reduced consumption after the U.S. summer driving season and traders look to this week’s OPEC meeting.
Futures in New York fell as much as 0.8%, after nudging up 0.1% Friday. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies will meet Thursday to discuss the state of the market amid a stalling recovery from April’s price rout.
The pandemic continues to rage in some parts of the world, forcing prices back below $40 a barrel in September for the first time since June.
Opec has lowered its oil demand forecasts for 2020 and 2021 as a result of an uncertain Covid-19 outlook, and it increased its projections for non-Opec supply.
Opec’s latest Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) projects 2020 oil demand to fall by 9.5mn b/d on the year to 90.2mn b/d, down by 400,000 b/d from last month’s projection.
The slowdown in economic activity resulting from rising Covid-19 has led to a weaker-than-expected demand performance in what Opec describes as “other Asia” — Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and some other countries.
Opec expects this performance to spill over into the first half of 2021 and it has revised lower its demand forecast for next year to 96.9mn b/d. This is up by 6.6mn b/d on the year, but 770,000 b/d lower than last month’s projection.
A commander seeking to oust Libya’s United Nations-backed government will let the country’s oil industry re-open after an eight-month blockade that’s all but halted exports, according to U.S. diplomats. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
Khalifa Haftar gave his “personal commitment” to “allow the full reopening of the energy sector” by Sept. 12, the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, the capital, said in a statement the same day. He made the pledge via an exchange of letters between his self-styled Libyan National Army and the embassy.
By Sunday morning, however, Haftar and the LNA still hadn’t made any public statement about ending their blockade or allowing oil shipments to resume.
OECD countries have agreed to update rules on the export of hazardous plastic waste for recycling in line with international changes so that advance consent from destination countries will be required ahead of shipping. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
However, they did not reach consensus on updated arrangements for the export of non-hazardous plastic waste, which will go under review in 2024.
Therefore, all OECD countries will need to secure permission from destination countries before shipping hazardous plastic waste, there will be no OECD-specific controls on shipping non-hazardous plastic waste between member countries.
While each OECD country can decide what controls to apply to shipments of non-hazardous plastic waste, they have committed to inform the OECD Secretariat of their decisions. Non-hazardous plastic waste includes pure single-polymer and mixed plastic waste.
AMUT has been awarded a new tender project by a joint venture between two world-leading groups specialising in raw materials production and rigid packaging solutions.
The Italy-based group will contribute as a turnkey supplier to the project for sorting and recycling post-consumer PET and HDPE bottles. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
The lines, which will be processing lightweight bottles with high percentages of PVC and non-PVC shrinkable sleeves, will feature a double De-Labeller configuration. In the first stage the AMUT patented De-Labeller performs a dry-cleaning action able to detach most of the shrink sleeve labels, while the second unit is a wet De-Labeller working as a cold pre-washer.
With a total capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year, the process will include a plant for sorting and recycling post-consumer PET bottles for the beverage industry. Another plant, with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year, will be dedicated to sorting and recycling post-consumer HDPE bottles for the flexible and rigid packaging industry.
As the UK publishes new legislation which seeks to renege on important parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, the country’s chemical sector and its trading partners need to ramp up preparations for the rising prospect of a no deal exit from the EU on 31 December, 2020. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
No deal means WTO tariffs average 4.5%, maximum 6.5%
Lose access to EU free trade agreements (FTAs)
UK has rolled over 20 FTAs = less than 10% of total UK trade
Customs declarations set to rise from 55m to 300m/year
Rules of Origin could remap supply chains
On Wednesday the Internal Market Bill was published which will allow the UK government to make unilateral changes to parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement on customs controls in Northern Ireland. Ministers admit the bill breaks international law. It was published just as the latest round of EU27-UK Brexit negotiations got underway this week in London.
Oleo Recycling, Europe’s leading cooking oil supply and recycling solutions provider, has announced the UK roll out of its fully-integrated collection and disposal service. From collection and treatment, to processing and recycling, the company will offer a start-to-finish solution for used cooking oils and fats.
Through its fleet of state-of-the-art collection vehicles, Oleo Recycling will deliver a comprehensive national service, arranged at a frequency to suit individual business requirements. Customers benefit from a hassle-free, hygienic process, specifically tailored to meet exacting service needs. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
Working in partnership with sister companies ReFood and ecoMotion, every last drop of cooking oil collected will either be recycled to create renewable energy or used in the production of high-quality biodiesel. This not only keeps waste out of drains and sewers, but also delivers significant environmental and sustainability
Braskem has launched commercial production at its new polypropylene (PP) facility in La Porte, Texas, according to a Thursday press release.
The new plant can produce 450,000 tonnes/year of PP, including a broad range of products within the PP portfolio such as homopolymers, impact copolymers and random copolymers.
Construction at the site began in October 2017 and mechanical completion was achieved in June 2020. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
Mark Nikolich, Braskem America CEO, stated, “The launch of commercial production at our new world class polypropylene production line in La Porte clearly affirms Braskem’s position as the North American polypropylene market leader. Our investment of $750m in the largest polypropylene production line in the Americas, and the first new polypropylene plant in North America since 2008, reflects our enduring commitment to meeting the needs of our clients today and for the long-term.”
“The startup of our new production line comes at a time when the North American polypropylene industry needs it most. The market has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and demand in North America has recovered to pre-COVID-19 levels. This demand, coupled with recent operating challenges in the industry, has created a situation where clients in North America need our support,” commented Alexandre Elias, vice president, Polypropylene North America.
Two newly constructed plants in China have achieved on specification polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) cargoes following a trial run throughout the month of August 2020, reported CommoPlast.
These companies are stabilizing rates, from which players are expecting more steady quantities in the near-term. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
The first company, Liaoning Baolai Petrochemical Co Ltd (Bora Petrochemical) – a 50:50 joint venture between LyondellBasell and Baolai Group. The company has been offering off-grade PP and PE cargoes in August and the first on-spec parcels emerge this week. Bora Petrochemical owns two PP lines with a combined capacity of 600,000 tons/year, a 350,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit and a 450,000 tons/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) unit.
The second company, Zhongke Refinery and Petrochemical has also offered prime grade homo-PP cargoes this week after much struggling to stabilize the units in August. The two PP lines with a combined production capacity of 550,000 tons/year are slated to enter commercial production by the second half of September 2020.
The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is facing new challenges following damages at feedstock monoethylene glycol (MEG) plants. The damages resulted in a force majeure declaration by three MEG producers, which in turn led to a force majeure declaration by a PET producer. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
Asia is being considered as a possible supplier of MEG until domestic plants resume operations. Local sources are hopeful that water and power at the affected plants in Louisiana may be restored in early October, but believe that the impact on PET availability will be significant. This has tightened supply as demand has remained robust.
Although resin imports from Latin American may offset part of the shortage, many believe that pellets prices are likely to increase.
Inquiries to Asian PET suppliers have shown an increase as prices in the region are low at $650-680/tonne FOB, but delivery would take weeks.
60th birthday party in Baghdad canceled due to virus
OPEC’s been declared dead many times, but lives on
But COVID-19 may permanently change the market
In a more “normal” 2020, OPEC would be gathering in Baghdad to celebrate the organization’s 60th birthday Sept. 14.
But, like many events in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic interfered.
The oil producing bloc that has managed to keep meeting through wars between its members was forced to cancel the festivities — an inauspicious omen, perhaps, as the infection may present OPEC’s biggest existential threat yet.
Global economies are struggling to adapt to the pandemic, with oil demand taking a potentially permanent hit. As well, many governments are seeing an opportunity to accelerate ambitious energy transition goals. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
The 13 members of OPEC have teamed up with Russia and nine other allies to institute drastic production cuts, helping rescue prices from historic lows this spring to current levels of about $40/b. But beyond the current crisis, to thrive in the next decade, let alone survive another 60 years, OPEC will have to confront some painful realities.
“In times of crises like now, OPEC has proved that it is needed,” said Facts Global Energy analyst Fereidun Fesharaki, noting that the market crash this year prodded US President Donald Trump to broker the OPEC-Russia production cuts in a demonstration of the bloc’s importance.
A force majeure declaration by US producer DAK Americas has propelled the European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market on a new course as an exporter.
Traditionally an import region, Europe is responding to requests for thousands of tonnes to be sent to the US.
DAK Americas declared force majeure on PET earlier this week after Hurricane-related outages in US monoethylene glycol (MEG) restricted its supply of feedstock, according to sources. Petrochemicals Crudeoil PET Flakes
“Already more than 10,000 tonnes have been done and there are more to come. It will clear out EU stocks!” a trader said.
Others concurred, with one producer saying it had sold “big volumes” at a higher price than what is achievable in Europe.
Spot prices in Europe moved down just as production costs looked like they were on the way up.
LANXESS is extending the applications that can use its continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites with the addition of extrusion blow moulding.
The company’s ‘Tepex’ brand of thermoplastic composites can now be integrated in the production process, opening up new possibilities for use.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
In a feasibility study, experts at the speciality chemicals company demonstrated that components made of polyamide 6 can be manufactured with blow moulding technology while receiving local reinforcement with Tepex at points subject to heavy loads.
The investigations were performed on a state-of-the-art and close-to-production blow moulding machine at the technical centre of LANXESS’ High-Performance Materials business unit (HPM) in Dormagen.
As of September 1, 2020, Michael A. Tuschak will take over the position of sales director at Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG in Leonberg. He succeeds Gerd Kolmer, who will hand over management responsibility after many years of service and will focus on market development in selected countries and technologies.
He will also continue to be available to his successor and the company with his extensive experience in all areas. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
Tuschak has been working as a textile engineer and MBA International Marketing for over 25 years in the sales of textile machines, technical textiles and nonwovens and has many years of professional experience in leading positions.
During his professional career, he not only be-came acquainted with the textile machinery industry, but also with the customer side and was, among other things, responsible for the sales of technical textiles and nonwovens. His goal in his new position as sales director is to use his extensive experience to build on the existing successes and provide new impetus.
Danimer Scientific and Plastic Suppliers (PSI) have joined forces to create bio-based, home compostable film packaging. The US firms claim that they will produce films that degrade without leaving behind microplastics.
PSI, a manufacturer of biopolymer EarthFirst PLA barrier and non-barrier sealant films, will use Danimer Scientific’s proprietary biopolymer Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) to produce the packaging films. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
Tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) researchers and the UGA New Materials Institute, PHA is a biodegradable alternative to petrochemical plastics made from sustainable materials such as canola oil. Danimer Scientific will work with PSI to create customised resins that will offer additional End-of-Life (EOL) options to PSI’s existing line of compostable films.
Based on enhanced recycling, the partnership will combine the resource management expertise of SUEZ and Loop’s unique breakthrough technology for the production of virgin quality, food grade, 100 per cent recycled and infinitely recyclable plastic.
Loop’s patented and proprietary low-energy technology enables waste plastic to be recycled an infinite number of times, with no degradation in quality. Combined with the expertise of SUEZ, the Infinite Loop facility will respond to huge growth in demand in Europe from global brandowners committed to aggressive targets for a high level of recycled content in their products. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
According to Lux research over the next 20 years, the chemicals and materials industries will face fundamental changes, forcing them to adopt new skills and develop new goals and these changes will have a major impact on the flow of both materials and information.
In the new report “The Chemicals and Materials Company of 2040,” Lux Research outlines the factors impacting these industries and how they will cause large-scale change.
There are four megatrends currently shaping the chemicals and materials industries: feedstock and resource transformation, sustainability, change in consumer demand, and digital transformation. The first two will impact the flow of materials, while the last two will impact the flow of information. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
Addressing the plastics waste crisis and achieving the circular economy in the European Union through recycling will require new technologies and significant collaboration and investment, say speakers at a waste management and recycling session during the IHS Markit PEPP 2020 Online: Annual Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology & Business Forum, currently underway, reported Chemweek.
Although advances have already been made thanks to technology innovation, investment in infrastructure, and sustainability-focused brands, many challenges remain, largely around aligning regulations, collection, sorting, logistics, conversion, downstream processing, and consumer acceptance to create an economically viable supply chain.
Martin Wiesweg, Executive Director Polymers EMEA, IHS Markit, believes that Europe’s target of recycling 50% of plastic packaging waste by 2025 will be a challenge for industry, but notes that it is attracting billions of dollars in investments. Currently, about half of Europe’s PE films – about 9 million tons of waste material from the packaging, agriculture, and commercial markets – is collected.Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
Corrects Hyosung’s PDH expected start-up year to 2021 in paragraph 7
The start-ups of new polymer capacities in southeast Asia are expected to be delayed from the second half of 2020 to 2021.
The delay was possibly linked to several factors. These included manpower shortages plant upgrading, concerns over poor production economics on rising supply in China, a weak economy during the prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns and lower demand for plastic resins.
The Philippines’ JG Summit is expected to increase its polypropylene (PP) production from 190,000 t/yr to 300,000 t/yr from December 2020, a slight delay from its previous target of the third quarter of 2020. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
Berlin, 9 September 2020 – In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlights the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets made use of a biased interpretation of the report to draw a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP, stated “In several respects, the EEA report is laudable in its objectives to provide information about the types of biodegradable products available, their labelling and their properties. It also accurately highlights the need to raise awareness about the different packaging solutions to ensure proper sorting and collection of waste”. In terms of additional benefits, the EEA correctly notes that contamination with conventional plastics is an increasing challenge for compost quality and emphasises that substituting conventional plastics with certified compostable plastics can significantly help in reducing this risk. Indeed, compostable plastics are essential in this respect of recovery and recycling, since no other economically viable solutions will be available for food-contaminated plastics in the near future.
Trioplast takes another step towards a circular economy with the launch of a manual stretch film made from 75% recycled material – of which minimum 51% from Post-consumer recycled (PCR) sources. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin PET
Trioplast has a market-leading role in climate-smart packaging thanks to its sustainability concepts Triolean™ (downgauging with sustained or increased performance), Triogreen™ (products based on renewable raw materials) and Trioloop™ (products made from recycled plastic). Using post-consumer recycled (PCR) material in a stretch film is a ground-breaking move that represents a major step forwards in transitioning transport packaging into a circular economy.
Canadians have relied on the sanitary benefits of plastic during the coronavirus pandemic, with some reports showing upwards of a 250-per-cent increase in single-use plastic. As Albertans, we are part of that statistic and we know this trend is expected to continue with plastics as the go-to material that is lightweight, cost-effective and essential for our health and safety. While plastic use increases, there’s a little-known fact that Alberta is experiencing a surge in plastics sustainability.
Many stakeholders, focused on finding solutions to address plastic waste, have come together to manage environmental outcomes and capture lost value from the material. The goal is a circular economy for plastics — where materials are designed for reuse and recycling and producers demand recycled content for their products. This means reducing plastic waste by being smarter about how it is managed.
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China’s chemical fibre products manufacturer Hengyi Petrochemical is reportedly planning to spend $13.65bn to build the second phase of a refinery and petrochemical complex in Brunei.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
Hengyi plans to add a 14Mpta (equivalent to 280,000 barrels per day) crude oil refinery and a 2Mtpa paraxylene unit at its Palau Muara Besar complex.
It also intends to build a 1.65Mtpa ethylene plant and a 2.5Mtpa purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facility, Reuters reported.
Paraxylene and PTA are the potential materials for making polyester fibre used in textiles and packaging.
Construction of the petrochemical complex will take three years.
According to the company, investment on the project is expected to bring an ‘additional annual net profit’ of around $1.72bn.
Hydrogen, long touted as the fuel of the future, had a bit of a coming-out party at this week’s S&P Global Platts Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference, as some of the world’s biggest refiners, drillers and traders extolled it as key to fighting climate change
Indian Oil Corp., one of the biggest refiners in Asia, is taking the bus to reach what it considers the future of energy: hydrogen.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
The company that sells almost half the oil products in India will deploy 50 buses around the capital powered by a blend of hydrogen and compressed natural gas, Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said. The fleet will serve the public and could start rolling as soon as this year, potentially creating a new market for a producer trying to rebound from its first annual loss in at least 20 years.
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Global reverse vending leader TOMRA has unveiled its robust solution for big-city recycling, the TOMRA S1 Rugged.
Designed to withstand challenging weather conditions, this innovative reverse vending machine (RVM) has been designed for returning drink containers for recycling in semi-outdoor, metropolitan locations. TOMRA S1 Rugged hits the US market today and will roll out to other markets in the future.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
TOMRA S1 Rugged can withstand demanding use as well as increased exposure to the elements in metropolitan areas. It has been tested to comply with product standards for water resistance, making it ideal for semi-outdoor locations. The reverse vending machine’s touchscreen display is easy to read, even in bright sunlight. With TOMRA Flow Technology, the TOMRA S1 Rugged accepts containers in a smooth, fast flow, with top-of-the line system integrity.
The Polyplastics Group has launched a new grade of DURANEX polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin which delivers significant improvements in hydrolysis resistance and heat shock resistance for a range of applications.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
DURANEX 201HR is a new offering which ensures long-term reliability of parts and expands the penetration of DURANEX PBT in the automotive market.
DURANEX 201HR is an unfilled material which drastically improves hydrolysis resistance, which is an issue in the molecular structure of resins, while also maintaining the excellent mechanical and moulding properties of conventional PBT resins. Ideal for use in high-humidity environments, DURANEX 201HR can extend the usage life of a broad range of products. It is particularly well-suited for automotive connectors which function in harsh operating environments.
DURANEX 201HR complements Polyplastics’ DURANEX LT Series which also significantly improves heat shock resistance by enhancing toughness of the resin as well as relaxing strain due to heat shock cycle testing. Its performance even surpasses that of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin, which is known to be one of the top resins in terms of heat shock resistance.
EU chemicals trade has shrunk this year as the coronavirus pandemic has spread and lockdowns have restricted industrial activity and consumer goods demand.
Trade is vitally important for the sector which has enjoyed a strong trade balance over the years. Chemicals has benefited hugely from globalisation and from broad-based tariff reductions.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
A key question is how the pandemic will impact trade over the longer term.
Through lockdowns, local production for local supply was of vital importance. Producers worked hard to supply and work with customers as best they could, but long trade routes came under particular pressure.
An underlying trend may be towards more local supply for local demand, although how that might be achieved in such an asset and investment heavy industry as chemicals remains to be seen.
For years, large companies have sought to produce from bigger, more efficient hubs, strategically placed to serve increasingly globalised markets.
A long-awaited tie-up between Sinochem and ChemChina looks closer, but the timing is precarious.Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
Three years of efforts to combine China’s giant state-owned chemicals companies Sinochem Group Co. and China National Chemical Corp., or ChemChina, may finally be paying off. A merger between the two unlisted companies is at last “in progress,” Frank Ning, the chairman of both companies, said last week.
Such a deal would create a behemoth with about 1.04 trillion yuan ($152.2 billion) of revenue. If it was ever listed, that might result in a market capitalization of 777 billion yuan on the 0.75 times price-sales multiple typical of large chemical businesses — roughly the size of BASF SE, Dow Inc., and Nutrien Ltd. put together.
Kemira has signed a multiyear extension of its polymer supply agreement with Ithaca Energy, the Finnish chemicals company said on Wednesday.
Kemira says it has signed a multiyear extension to its polymer supply agreement with Ithaca Energy (Aberdeen, UK).Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
The agreement extends the contract between the two companies, signed in 2018, covering the supply of polymers to enhance oil extraction performance at one of the assets operated by Ithaca Energy in the UK North Sea.
The extended supply agreement is expected to utilize product from an expansion of polymer production capacity for chemical enhanced oil recovery at Kemira”s Botlek, Netherlands, site that took place in 2017, the company says.
The financial or volumes details of the supply deal with Ithaca were not disclosed.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing PE and polypropylene (PP).
Sinopec Zhongke Refinery and Petrochemical has started selling on-spec polypropylene (PP) materials in the open market with limited quantity from its new plant in China, reported S&P Global with reference to sources.
Thus, first lots of commercial material enterd the market in early September, 2020.
The company successfully completed the trial run at its newly constructed PP plant, consisting of two lines, and proceeded to commercial production within the month of August. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Hydrogen
Thus, No. 1 PP unit with an annual capacity of 350,000 tons/year started producing commercial cargoes on 18 August 2020. The initial output might be homo-PP yarn before the company switches to PP fiber grades. And No. 2 PP line with nameplate capacity of 200,000 tons/year was scheduled to produce commercial cargoes on 24 August 2020, making homo-PP injection and high MI PP copolymer.
As MRC wrote previously, Sinopec Zhongke successfully conducted trial runs at its new 350,000 tons/year No. 1 PP unit on 9 June, 2020.
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says it expects the country’s production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals to fall by 3% in 2020 compared to the prior year, with annual sales to decline by 6% year on year (YOY). A return to pre-COVID-19 levels is not expected before the end of 2021 at the earliest, it says, said Chemweek.
Initial signs of a recovery are, however, now being seen, says Christian Kullmann, VCI president and chairman of Evonik Industries. “If another shutdown can be avoided, demand for chemicals and pharmaceuticals is expected to stabilize in the second half of the year,” he says.
Production by Germany’s chemical and pharmaceutical industry fell by 2.5% YOY in the first six months of this year, while sales shrank by 6.1% YOY to EUR96 billion (USD113 billion). Excluding pharmaceuticals, chemicals output fell by 3.6% in the first half of the year, compared to the equivalent period last year.
Turkish compounder, Epsan, has added three new engineering polymers to its product portfolio.
The three new grades, designed for automotive interiors, fall under the Epimix ABS/PA family of compounds.Petrochemic als Crudeoil Lignin
The new High Impact Modified, eight percent glass filled and 15 per cent glass filled products all feature improved UV resistance.
“EPIMIX ABS/PA grades are the outcome of long term of formulation and process runs prior to commercialisation, they have excellent followability and matte surface finish,” explained Seckin Simsek, Research and Innovation Engineer for the product group at Epsan.
“The automotive interior requiring an unpainted high surface quality and high dimensional stability is one of the main applications of Epimix ABS/PA compounds.
Magnum’s pint tubs are made using certified circular PP from SABIC’s TruCircle portfolio, said Chemweek.Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
When it comes to food and drink applications, recycled plastic has limited uses. Regulations forbid the use of post-consumer resin (PCR) in food & drink contact, as well as in hygiene and medical applications. However, brand owner Unilever and its partner SABIC have developed a solution and introduced it to some European markets. Their goal: prove that PCR can be transformed for use in food-contact applications safely.
“Unilever and SABIC thought it vital to move fast in bringing this type of solution to the market. Because it helps consumers and regulators become aware of what is currently possible when it comes to plastic recycling technology,” says Mark Vester, circular economy leader at SABIC, told CW during a recent phone interview.
In early 2019 the brand owner got together with SABIC to discuss the new packaging concept for one of Unilever’s Magnum ice cream tubs. In just over nine months, the collaboration went from concept to market with a packaging solution made from recycled polypropylene (rPP).
Company completes next step towards an industrial scale conversion of plastic waste into feedstock Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, today announced the successful start-up of its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara, Italy, site. LyondellBasell’s proprietary MoReTec advanced recycling technology aims to return post-consumer plastic waste to its molecular form for use as a feedstock for new plastic materials.
LyondellBasell successfully starts up its MoReTec molecular recycling facility at its Ferrara, Italy, site. The pilot plant completes the company’s next step towards an industrial scale conversion of plastic waste into feedstock.
“Ending plastic waste in the environment and advancing the circular economy are key sustainability focus areas for our company,” said Jim Seward, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President of Research & Development (R&D), Technology and Sustainability. “With our advanced plastics recycling technology, we return larger volumes of plastic waste back into the value chain and produce new materials for high-quality applications, retaining their value for as long as possible.”
Huntsman says its polyurethanes segment is performing well above expectations owing to continued strength in construction-related markets, faster improvement in automotive demand, and higher overall margins, reported Chemweek.
The company says third-quarter results in its other segments are still roughly in line with previous guidance. Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
During its second-quarter earnings call on 28 July, Huntsman forecast a 30% year-over-year (YOY) decline in the segment’s third-quarter adjusted EBITDA, but the company now expects a figure close to the year-ago value of USD146 million.
During the second quarter of 2020, the polyurethanes segment turned in adjusted EBITDA of USD31 million, down 80% YOY, and revenue of USD730 million, down 28% YOY, both reflecting lower average selling prices for methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and lower overall polyurethanes sales volumes.
Ethanol producers are considering whether to appeal to Brazil’s congress should president Jair Bolsonaro’s decide to reinstate a tariff exemption for US ethanol imports without providing better access to the US sugar market.
Bolsonaro has still not communicated the executive branch’s position on the preferential no-tariff regime for up to 750mn litre/year of ethanol imports, which officially expired on 31 August, leaving US ethanol shipments subject to a 20pc common import tariff. A senior government official confirmed to Argus that there has been no final decision on whether to reinstate the lapsed quota.Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
If the duty-free quota is reestablished without reciprocation for Brazilian sugar exports to the US, producers could petition the president of Brazil’s congress for a legislative decree reversing the decision of the executive, Brazilian producers told Argus.
Swiss trading group Meraxis and the integrated Central and Eastern European oil, gas and petrochemical company MOL Group are entering into a strategic partnership.
They will be joining forces to forge ahead with the development and production of polyolefin re-compounds in the future. The aim is to develop and produce high-quality recycle-based compounds and then distribute them worldwide.
Meraxis will supply MOL Group with high-quality, post-consumer recycled materials going forward to be blended with MOL virgin polyolefin resins.Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
Circularise, a blockchain solution for tracing materials and sharing data, has raised €1.5 million ($1.75m) from the EU Commission’s H2020’s SME Instrument Phase 2, to fuel the continued growth of the collaborative project for circularity in the plastics industry.
Circularise’s founder Jordi de Vos said: “This funding shows that the EU Commission is ready to invest in emerging technologies that can enable real growth in the circular economy space. With this support we will scale projects with our existing partners, attract new people to join us on this exciting journey and accelerate the transition to a circular economy on a global scale.” Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
“Circularise Plastics is building a data-exchange protocol with privacy at its heart, which we believe is a smart strategy as privacy concern is what often refrains companies from becoming more transparent,” said Thomas Nuyts, director of global product management, who is leading the development of Circularise Plastics at Domo Chemicals.
The organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) have announced the postponement of PRSE 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 October 2020 at the RAI Amsterdam, the next edition of the PRSE exhibition and conference will be held in 2021.
A virtual PRSE event is planned instead, in the last quarter of 2020. Dates of both events will be announced in due course.Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
The event organisers had worked closely with the venue to implement enhanced health and safety measures in line with government guidance so that PRSE could take place this October. However, the decision to postpone the event was made after consultation with all the event’s stakeholders and with careful consideration of current restrictions on international travel.
For the first time, Lenzing Group has delivered wood-based cellulosic fibres, which are produced at the Austrian sites in Lenzing and Heiligenkreuz, directly to China by train. Thanks to this new transport route, Lenzing is able to meet urgent demand for sustainably produced fibres from Chinese customers twice as quickly as by usual sea freight.
The first complete train with goods 100 per cent “Made in Austria” started on August 20 in the presence of Leonore Gewessler, federal minister for climate action, environment, energy, mobility, innovation and technology; Xiaosi Li, Ambassador of China in Austria; Stefan Doboczky, chief executive officer of the Lenzing Group; Thomas Kargl, board member of the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group; Erwin Cootjans, chief executive officer of Nunner Logistics; and Erich Hampel, chairman of the board of the B&C Private Foundation, at the Vienna South Terminal and reached his destination on September 5 at the Xinzhu train station in Xi’an, China.Petrochemicals Crudeoil Lignin
New bio-based textile technologies such as Ecodear nylon, allow the company to reduce the amount of petroleum used in the fabric production supply chain
Toray Industries, Inc. has developed a new, more sustainable nylon that represents a major step forward in the company’s sustainability vision.
The nylon is the latest addition to the company’s integrated Ecodear brand for biomass-based polymer materials and products. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
Toray’s new Ecodear nylon is 60% bio-based, based on sebacic acid derived from castor beans. The resulting fibre, initially available in 10, 20 and 50 denier versions, can be spun using the same process as conventional nylon.
In setting up the integrated brand, Toray aimed to advance Toray’s ambition to provide solutions to environmental issues by expanding its business of biomass-based polymer materials and products using the ecodear brand in wide-ranging fields of fiber, resin and film.
How will Close the Glass Loop, the new pan-European action platform, achieve its aim of increasing European glass recycling rates to 90%, and why is this so important now? Victoria Hattersley spoke to Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE – one of the founding partners of the initiative – to learn more.
As we reported at the time of its official launch in June, Close the Glass Loop is an industry platform that aims to unite the glass collection and recycling value chain to achieve more bottle-to-bottle recycling. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
The goal is to achieve a 90% collection rate of used glass packaging in the EU by 2030. The rate currently stands at an average of 76%, although this does vary considerably from country to country: Belgium and Sweden have achieved particularly impressive levels, at 98% and 97% respectively, while the UK is at a less inspiring 68%.
Co-ordinated by AIMPLAS, the European ELIOT project, with the participation of the Dutch research centre TNO, is developing promising recycling methods for biocomposites, which are now being used in the aeronautics industry. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
Due to an end-of-life solution for these materials based on circular economy principles, environmental sustainability in the sector will be substantially improved.
In view of anticipated growth, the aeronautics industry is working to develop promising technologies that reduce its impact on the environment. High-performance composites have become one of the keys to reducing weight, and thus fuel consumption and emissions. The sector has also explored the development of biocomposites that use natural fibres as reinforcement and resins from renewable sources.
While sawmills have become more efficient and innovative over time, a vast amount of residue is still generated. Wood pellet producers must find the delicate balance of buying the volume required to meet production needs, and buying what a supplier
In 2019, wood pellet producers in the U.S. consumed over 18 million tons of wood fiber, nearly 80% of which was the byproduct of upstream sawmilling and wood product manufacturing. Since 2012, wood fiber demand from pellet producers has steadily risen along with global demand for wood pellets.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
In 2019 alone, wood pellet producers spent nearly $500 million on residual wood fiber, greatly expanding the overall value of harvested wood while providing an offtake option for wood product manufacturers that, 20 years ago, simply was not there. Since 2016, the first year the U.S. Energy Information Administration began tracking wood pellet production and fiber procurement, wood pellet manufacturers have spent $1.6 billion purchasing over 50 million tons of residuals.
The President of the EU Commission Von der Leyen: “Pacta sunt servanda”. EU Council President Michel: “Unacceptable law violation”
09 September 2020The vice-president of the European commission, Maros Sefcovic, in a phone call with the British minister Michael Gove expressed “strong concerns” on the state of negotiations on Brexit, and called an extraordinary session of the EU-GB commission on the implementation of the agreement of divorce, for London to “answer and process”.
This was announced by Sefcovic himself, explaining that speaking with Gove he sought “reassurance on full compliance with the withdrawal agreement” by London.
INEOS Olefins & Polymers have partnered with waste management company Saica Natur in a supply agreement for recycled LDPE and LLDPE. The long-term agreement will help INEOS to serve the growing demand for increased levels of recycled product in sustainable, virgin quality flexible packaging.
Through this partnership, INEOS Olefins & Polymers has been able to develop high-performance polyethylene Recycl-IN resins to meet the needs of converters, brand owners and retailers, to use more than 60% recycled plastics in very demanding applications such as stretch and lamination films typically used in flexible pouches for detergent and personal care products.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
Recently, thoughtful disagreements between scientists concerning environmental issues including the use of renewable materials have enhanced universal awareness of the use of biodegradable materials. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the most promising biodegradable materials for commercially replacing nondegradable materials such as polyethylene terephthalate and polystyrene.
The main advantages of PLA production over the conventional plastic materials is PLA can be produced from renewable resources such as corn or other carbohydrate sources.
Besides, PLA provides adequate energy saving by consuming CO2 during production.
Thus, we aim to highlight recent research involving the investigation of properties of PLA, its applications and the four types of potential PLA degradation mechanisms.
In the first part of the article, a brief discussion of the problems surrounding use of conventional plastic is provided and examples of biodegradable polymers currently used are provided.
Next, properties of PLA, and (Poly[L‐lactide]), (Poly[D‐lactide]) (PDLA) and (Poly[DL‐lactide]) and application of PLA in various industries such as in packaging, transportation, agriculture and the biomedical, textile and electronic industry are described.
Behaviors of PLA subjected to hydrolytic, photodegradative, microbial and enzymatic degradation mechanisms are discussed in detail in the latter portion of the article.
European PE film and PET sheet producer Aliplast has developed a circular system that allows for the introduction of plastics materials in the recycling cycle, reducing costs and impact on the environment. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
Called closed-loop, the system can be leveraged by companies in industries such as packaging (for food and beverage) and ceramics.
Designed for the treatment of special waste – waste produced by companies – the system is a vertical process for the recovery and recycling of plastics. The waste is collected in the customer’s production centre before being transported to one of Aliplast’s processing centres across Italy, France, Spain and Poland.
Axens, IFPEN and JEPLAN have recently signed a joint development and commercialisation agreement in order to develop, demonstrate and commercialise an innovative PET monomer recycling process for all types of waste PET-based materials, including bottles, films, trays or textile (polyester).Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
This new process, called ‘RewindTM PET’ is involving an optimised – glycolysis based – PET depolymerisation combined with specific purification steps aiming at removing all organic and inorganic compounds present in waste PET. The product is a purified BHET (Bis(2-HydroxyEthyl) Terephthalate) monomer, ready to be used in a PET plant and produce again any type of PET, from fibres to food grade resins.
The partners can demonstrate a strong track-record in the field: JEPLAN has operated the first ever industrial PET bottles chemical recycling plant, called Pet Refine Technology (PRT: 22 kTA), in Japan. In 2018 JEPLAN also started-up a demonstration plant, called Kitakyushu Hibikinada Plant (KHP) in Japan, aiming at textile to textile recycling. While in the past 6 years, IFPEN and Axens have developed a process able to recycle and upgrade coloured and opaque PET bottles into clear food grade PET.
Polyester yarn prices in northeast Asia are rising on the back of higher feedstock cost and better offtake amid seasonally strong demand.
Spot discussions for polyester partially oriented yarn (POY) 150 denier (D) were at $0.83-0.88/kg FOB (free on board) NE (northeast) Asia, up from $0.80-0.86/kg FOB NE Asia in the week ended 1 September.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Lignin
Prices have been gradually rising since late July, according to ICIS data.
“We raised the offers to cover our margins as you know feedstock MEG [monoethylene glycol] is rising sharply recently,” a major polyester producer said.
Feedstock MEG have risen to their highest in nearly six months on the back of tight supply due to output cuts and firmer crude futures.
Coca-Cola in western Europe will produce certain bottle types in the Netherland and Norway from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET), beginning in October 2020, and reduce its use of virgin plastic derived from fossil fuels, the company announced on Monday.
In the Netherlands, all locally produced small bottles, including the Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta brands will be produced from 100% R-PET, with larger bottles to follow in 2021. This does not apply to the Coca-Cola/Fanta Orange 250ml bottles, Aquarius/ Minute Maid 330ml or Sprite 375ml, which are produced in France and Belgium.
Norway will transition to 100% R-PET for all locally produced bottles during the first half of 2021. The switch will not, however, apply to its Fuze Tea and Powerade brands.
Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) released a detailed plan to carve out its oil-to-chemicals business into a separate entity for a potential stake sale, the company said in a filing on Sunday. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
As per the scheme, RIL’s oil-to-chemicals (O2C) assets, including its refining, petrochemicals, fuel retail (majority interest only) and bulk wholesale marketing businesses, along with its assets and liabilities, will be transferred to a new unit.
The new unit will include the refining and petrochemical plants and manufacturing assets at RIL’s Jamnagar, Dahej, Hazira, Nagothane, Vadodara, Patalganga, Silvassa, Barabanki and Hosiarpur locations.
German company honored for system designed to recycle flexible plastic packaging.
Merseburg, Germany-based APK AG says it has received an innovation award at eREC, an event that bills itself as a “digital recycling expo and conference for circular economy and waste management.” The Germany-based organizers of the event held online sessions from August 31 to Sept. 5, 2020. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
“We thank the eREC organizers very much for acknowledging the game-changing contribution APK’s Newcycling technology delivers to high-quality recycling of complex, flexible plastics packaging waste streams,” says Klaus Wohnig, CEO of APK.
Following the wave of outrage at the plastic pollution crisis aimed at parties from governments to the plastics industry, recycling has come to the fore as holding a significant role in creating a circular economy, assisting with improved waste management of plastics.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
The rise of regulation and industries, namely FMCGs, commitment to sustainability goals saw a rise in recycling activity and this was set to grow in 2020. However, no one could have predicted the dramatic and sustained impact the coronavirus pandemic, the subsequent crash in crude oil prices, and demand drop-off would have on the world’s recycled polymer markets.
Carbon fiber has been used in race cars and high-end road cars for decades, but the lightweight material is still considered too expensive for mainstream cars, though that may change soon.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
Nissan is the latest automaker to attempt to mass produce the material, announcing Wednesday a new production process for carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts.The new process can cut the lead time for development of new parts by half, and the cycle time for molding parts in production by about 80% compared to conventional methods, Nissan said.
Compared to other materials, carbon fiber is fairly labor intensive to work with. Most conventional production methods involve bonding sheets of the material together with resin, and then molding it into the proper shape. This has to be done largely by hand, and requires extra time for the resin to cure.
Lukoil (Moscow, Russia) has selected Lummus Technology’s Novolen polypropylene (PP) technology for a previously announced new petrochemical facility in Kstovo, Russia, said Chemweek.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
Lummus says its Novolen business has been awarded a contract by the Russian oil company to supply the technology license for the 500,000 metric tons/year PP production unit, as well as basic design engineering, training and services, and catalyst supply. The PP technology license award is the first since Lummus became an independent company earlier this year, it says. The contract is the largest Novolen PP unit licensed in Russia to date, according to Lummus.
Russia is “a critical market where Lummus has had a strong presence for decades,” and where it will continue to expand, says Leon de Bruyn, president and CEO at Lummus Technology.
Demand fears are once again rippling through the oil patch.
US oil prices plummeted 9% Tuesday, their worst day since mid-May. Oil dropped to a low of $36.13 a barrel, the weakest level in nearly three months. Brent crude, the world benchmark, fell below $40 a barrel for the first time since late June.
Mexican petrochemical company Alpek announced on Friday the approval of a financial restructuring agreement between M&G Polímeros México and most of its creditors, which will allow it to recover $ 160 million in guaranteed debt.
Alpek, a unit of the Alfa conglomerate, said the agreement would conclude the bankruptcy process started last year by M&G Mexico and its creditors, among which are some of its petrochemical subsidiaries.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
On Monday, despite bearish upstream crude and naphtha values, ethylene prices edged higher in Asia. Reports of tight regional product avails supported the price gain.
CFR North East Asia ethylene prices were assessed up at the USD 785/mt levels, a gain of USD 10/mt from last Friday’s assessed levels.
CFR South East Asia prices were higher at the USD 740/mt levels, a rise of USD 5/mt from last Friday. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Brexit PET
In plant news, Formosa Petrochemical Corporation (FPCC), has shut its No.3 cracker on August 11, 2020, for a maintenance turnaround. The cracker is expected to remain off-line till end-September, 2020. Located at Mailiao in Taiwan, the No. 3 cracker has an ethylene production capacity of 1.2 million mt/year and propylene production capacity of 600,000 mt/year.
Hyosung TNC is accelerating entry to the global eco-friendly fiber market by supplying an eco-friendly material to Osprey, the world’s No. 1 outdoor backpack brand.
MIPAN®regen robic developed by Hyosung TNC is the world’s first eco-friendly high-strength nylon yarn brand.
This eco-friendly material is created by recycling byproducts generated from the fiber production stage. Lightweight with excellent tearing strength (resistance against tearing) and wear resistance, MIPAN®regen robic is suitable for outdoor products, such as backpacks, working clothes, and swimsuits.
When 1kg of reclaimed nylon yarn is produced, an effect to reduce greenhouse gas emission in an amount equivalent to 6 – 7kg of CO2 is created. Therefore, this product is known as an eco-friendly yarn.
In the Champions League, where the Bergamo club will play for the second consecutive year (in its sporting history), only the brand of the Israeli online trading broker “Plus500” will be visible. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET In the previous seasons, Radici Group, a consolidated brand of the territory (with a strong international propensity), had signed the match kits in the role of “Main sponsor”, including participation in the Champions League (ended in the quarter-finals, in the overtime, by the hand of PSG – later Cup finalist). “We are very attached to the territory and to Atalanta – underlined Maurizio Radici, vice president of RadiciGroup, a multinational active in the chemical, technopolymer and textile solutions sectors with over three thousand employees around the world who support Atalanta -. In recent years we have shown on the pitch that by working with loyalty, determination and perseverance unexpected goals can be achieved: the three-year renewal of the partnership with the Nerazzurri club is based on a strong sharing of values and on a great attention to the territory that push us to do always better and to be appreciated globally “.
We all know that transparency and traceability in the textile value chain are playing an increasingly important role and that traceability and the identification of materials used are important to ensure the sustainability and integrity of products.
For this reason, Switzerland based premium brand FTC Cashmere has decided to work with Haelixa, a spin-off of the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), which has developed an innovative technology which uses DNA to mark and trace products.
FTC Cashmere is 100% vertically integrated and Haelixa, as a neutral partner, provides additional physical proof of origin for the cashmere used, thus creating maximum transparency with regard to the entire value chain, FTC says.
This gives retailers and end consumers the necessary certainty regarding the origin of the material used. The information about the raw material used remains inseparably linked to product throughout the entire value chain. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
All cashmere raw material that comes from the company’s own cashmere goat farms, used in FTC Cashmere products, is now marked with the Haelixa marker produced especially for FTC Cashmere. Starting Spring/Summer 2021, the first products made from the marked raw material will be available in stores and will be labelled with the ingredient label Marked & Traced by Haelixa.
Invista’s (Wichita, Kan.) technology and licensing group, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), and SASA Polyester Sanayi A.Ş. (SASA) reached an agreement for the license of IPT’s P8 process technology for SASA’s PTA project in Adana, Turkey.
With an annual PTA production capacity of 1.5 million tons, this would be the largest single-stream design capacity licensed by INVISTA.
Built on the demonstrated performance of IPT’s P8 technology platform, the variable cost, capital productivity and environmental performance of this PTA plant is expected to set new benchmarks within the industry. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
Ibrahim Erdemoğlu, SASA’s chairman, said, “SASA will continue to invest in polyester to position itself as the leading polyester producer after China and India. This agreement will enable self-sufficiency in PTA, terminating all PTA imports into Turkey. This is also the first step of SASA’s investment in petrochemicals with more investment in polyester, PTA and MEG to follow in Adana’s Yumurtalik district.”
Europe intends to be a world leader in the circular economy and in clean technologies. Chemical recycling can act as game changer by recycling much more plastic waste and serving plastic products containing recycled content to a broader range of markets.
Today, just 15% of EU-collected plastic waste finds its way back into the EU plastic market. Mixed or contaminated plastic waste is currently incinerated, ends up in a landfill or litters our streets and waters. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
Chemical recycling technologies can be part of the solution since it can use waste plastic streams that currently have no or low value in recycling, thus present an addition to the already existing mechanical recycling of plastics. It can also potentially remove the so-called “legacy chemicals” and substances of very high concern (SVHC) from plastic waste.
Latest version of nova-Institute’s market report for BIC “European Bioeconomy in Figures” covers the whole period from 2008 to 2017
The often-underrated bio-based industries continue their ascent marking a total contribution of 750 billion EUR to the European economy in 2017, a notable increase of 50 billion EUR (+>7%) compared to 2016. The nova-Institute report commissioned by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) also indicated that the bio-based industries employ 3.6 million people in the EU-28. Figures for the bio-based chemical industry (including plastics) alone reveal a turnover of 60 billion EUR and an increase of the bio-based share to 15%, up from 7.5% in 2008. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
Visuals, German version and PDF file available at: www.nova-institute.eu/press/?id=211
The analysis of the 2017 Eurostat data shows that the turnover of the total bioeconomy*, including food and beverages and the primary sectors of agriculture and forestry, results in just over 2.4 trillion EUR in the EU-28, meaning an increase by 25% since 2008. Roughly half of the turnover is accounted for by the food and beverage sector, roughly 30% is contributed by the bio-based industries, such as bio-based chemicals and plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper and paper products, forest-based industries, textiles, biofuels and bioenergy. The remaining 20% is generated by the primary sectors – agriculture and forestry.
India has overtaken Brazil to become the second-worst country hit by Covid-19, with a world record of over 90,000 new infections daily for the second consecutive day. The pandemic threatens to crush an already anaemic economy – in which GDP fell by a record 23.9pc in the April-June quarter, sending fuel demand lower.
Indian transport fuel demand weakened in August from a year earlier despite several relaxations to the lockdown. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
Demand shrank from low consumer participation in economic activities, with the middle class put off by job losses and the affluent by a fear of the virus. India’s economy is expected to shrink by 10.9pc in the April 2020-March 2021 financial year, according to state-run SBI, India’s biggest bank.
INVISTA Textiles (U.K.) Limited’s technology and licensing business, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT), and Jiangsu Jiatong Energy Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Tongkun Group (Tongkun), have reached agreement to license INVISTA’s latest P8 PTA technology for two PTA lines. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
These two lines will be installed in Rudong, Nantong City, Jiangsu province, China. Both lines deploy INVISTA’s largest twin stream design respectively, utilizing INVISTA’s latest P8++ PTA technology. Building on the demonstrated performance of the P8 technology platform, the variable cost, capital productivity and environmental performance is expected to set new benchmarks within the industry.
Tongkun and INVISTA have been working together for 10 years in PTA. INVISTA’s first P7 and first P8 technology platforms were successfully installed, commissioned, and operated at another subsidiary (Jiaxing Petrochemical) of Tongkun Group. Based on the successful co-operation on these projects, Tongkun has again selected INVISTA’s latest P8++ PTA technology for the Jiatong project.
Adam Sackett, IPT vice president PTA, commented, “We are honoured that our industry-leading P8++ PTA technology has been selected again by Tongkun Group. Our companies have a long history of PTA innovation, and we look forward to working together on this new chapter of technology and cooperation between the two parties.”
LyondellBasell and Liaoning Bora Enterprise Group have commenced operations at their 1.1-million metric tons/year ethylene plant and associated polyolefins complex at Panjin in Liaoning Province, northeastern China, reported Chemweek.
The cost of the project is approximately USD2.6 billion.
The two companies in September 2019 established a 50/50 joint venture (JV), Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical Co., for the project.Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
The ethylene plant has the flexibility to consume naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas. The downstream complex includes units producing 800,000 metric tons/year of polyethylene (PE) and 600,000 metric tons/year of polypropylene (PP) using LyondellBasell’s Hostalen ACP PE technology and the company’s Spheripol and Spherizone PP processes.
The complex will supply the packaging, transportation, building and construction, and healthcare and hygiene industries. The materials produced at the facility will be sold for use within China.
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 4 September.
Effective September 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:
– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR30 per metric ton;
– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR30 per metric ton;
– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR35 per metric ton;
– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR30 per metric ton. Petrochemicals PlasticRecycling Brexit PET
Zhejiang Fangyuan New Materials Co., Ltd. has bid the land use rights, real estate, machinery and equipment and trademarks of “Zhejiang Mesbon Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd.” for 229 million yuan. Fangyuan’s total nylon filament production capacity thus has uplifted to 90kt/year, being the sixth largest NFY maker in China. With nylon capacity expanded continuously in China, the industries are seeing more industrial integration, company merger and giant enterprises produced.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
The proportion of caprolactam plants that are integrated with PA6 polymer production has gradually uplifting in the past 8 years. Since the year of 2012, China domestic caprolactam production capacity started a faster expansion. CPL plants integrated with PA6 are divided into two categories. One kind is CPL plants are forward integrated with polymer production facility, and they are mostly in North China. The other is downstream filament plants that are gradually backward integrated into upstream polymer and CPL production, and these plants are mostly in Fujian, South China. By the end of August 2020, CPL plants integrated with PA6 production takes 43% in total CPL plants in China.
Recently, domestic PE market moves higher as a whole. In the case of the gradual release of demand in the peak season and the continuous replenishment of the downstream end-plants, petrochemical inventories have fallen sharply and the support of the market has become more and more powerful. Among them, LDPE is the strongest. Under the condition of continuous rise, the transaction price of coal chemical industry 2426H in East China has risen to more than 9,800yuan/mt, which is about 2,500yuan/mt higher than that of coal chemical industry 7042 in the same region.
The price spread between LDPE and LLDPE price has expanded to a level that have not seen in several years.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
From the perspective of supply, first of all, in terms of domestic products, the start-up peak season of domestic LDPE plants was in 2016-2017, and it has maintained a stable state since 2017. No new LDPE plant has been put into production in the past three years.
Nova Chemicals (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has entered the post-consumer recyclate (PCR) market through a partnership with Merlin Plastics (Delta, British Columbia, Canada), according to Chemweek.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
Under the agreement, Nova will finance a “multimillion-dollar” project supporting Merlin’s expansion into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) PCR suitable for food-contact applications. Merlin will, in turn, supply up to 30 million pounds/year of the material to Nova under a five-year agreement.
“This partnership with Merlin and our forthcoming suite of PCR-containing resins will help meet our customer and brand-owner needs and expand high-quality PCR supply for use in consumer packaging,” says Luis Sierra, president and CEO of Nova.
Merlin is Canada’s largest plastics recycler, with operations in British Columbia and Alberta.
Oil prices extended losses, falling by more than 2% to their lowest point since early August, as worries about weaker US gasoline demand and a sluggish economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic dented sentiment, reported Reuters.
Brent crude LCOc1 fell USD1, or 2.25%, to USD43.43 a barrel by 1118 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures were down USD1.02, or 2.5%, at USD40.49 a barrel.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
Both benchmarks fell more than 2% on Wednesday.
US gasoline demand last week fell to 8.78 million barrels per day (bpd) from 9.16 million bpd a week earlier, Energy Information Administration (EIA) data showed on Wednesday, with consumption of other oil products also falling.
“It is the latest data set that possibly caught the eye of those who ran long positions, and not even another record close in the US stock market was able to change the direction of the herd,” Tamas Varga of oil brokerage PVM said.
EU’s chief negotiator says London must agree not to change UK law distorting trade with the bloc, The Times reports.
The European Union is demanding a potential veto on the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit laws and regulations, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing senior government officials.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
The British daily reported that the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is said to be insisting that London must agree not to implement any change to UK legislation that could distort trade with the bloc without first consulting Brussels.
Barnier’s UK counterpart, David Frost, has rejected the approach, The Times reported.
EU demanding potential veto on UK’s post-Brexit laws: Report
EU’s chief negotiator says London must agree not to change UK law distorting trade with the bloc, The Times reports.
The European Union is demanding a potential veto on the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit laws and regulations, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing senior government officials.
UK prime minister calls on the EU to be ‘sensible’ and agree to a Canada-style deal.
The EU should be “sensible” and give the U.K. a Brexit deal of the sort it gave to Canada, the U.K.’s prime minister said Friday, stressing Britain is ready for any Brexit scenario at the end of the year.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
Speaking to Sky News, Boris Johnson said the public needed to understand the changes coming after the Brexit transition ends on December 31 and the U.K. severs its ties with the EU, but stressed Britain “will get through this.”
In a message seemingly targeted at his counterparts in the EU, Johnson said: “It’s absolutely vital that our partners understand that the U.K. is going to do what we need to do. If we have to have an Australia-style deal, an Australia-style solution, then that is what we will achieve, and we will prosper mightily one way or the other.”
Nottingham UK based Toray Advanced Composites is celebrating the successful inaugural mission of the European rideshare service for light satellites.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully launched and deployed over 50 satellites via its Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) modular rideshare system. The innovative modular payload dispenser will make satellite launch more accessible and affordable and is made using Toray Advanced Composites’ RS-36 space-approved composite materials.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
The new Vega Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) comprises an innovative modular dispenser, launched in the fairing of the Vega rocket. The dispenser is designed and manufactured by SAB Aerospace (Czech Republic) for ESA’s Vega prime contractor Avio (Italy).
Freudenberg Performance Materials has completed the installation of a state-of-the-art spunlaid line in Taiwan and will begin production of nonwovens for diverse markets. The new production line is the first to feature the latest spunlaid technology developed by Freudenberg.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
The technology enhances filament distribution for increased material uniformity, which in turn provides customers with ease of processing the nonwovens for a variety of applications. The line also utilizes AI technology to detect variances in the material and automatically adjust uniformity as well as a high-grade IR camera to identify small melt defects.
“The expansion of our capabilities underscores our long-term commitment to Asia. We want to continue to support our customers in the automotive and carpet markets with innovative and sustainable solutions that will help them grow,” Dr. Frank Heislitz, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials.
At a time when the industry is scrambling to react to societal and political pressure for more sustainable packaging, Andrew Capper, creative director at Echo, a London-based innovation, brand strategy and design agency, looks at how lightweighting could help solve this issue.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Brexit
Lightweighting might not be the ultimate answer to producing sustainable packaging, but it should be an important shorter-term step towards achieving a solution to a hugely complex problem. The process is a bit like a carmaker creating an increasingly efficient petrol engine whilst at the same time innovating an alternative power source that is “greener”.
BDSV, BVSE others see SCIP database as potential barrier to large-scale recycling.
Several German recycling industry associations have issued a letter jointly questioning the practicality of the pending SCIP (Substances of Concern in Products) database planned for the European Union.
The four associations, the Federal Association of German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Management (BDE), the Federal Association of German Steel Recycling and Disposal Companies (BDSV), the Federal Association of Secondary Raw Materials and Disposal (BVSE) and the Association of German Metal Dealers (VDM), also have called for a dialogue or forum on the SCIP database.
The start-ups of new polymer capacities in southeast Asia are expected to be delayed from the second half of 2020 to 2021.
The delay was possibly linked to several factors. These included manpower shortages plant upgrading, concerns over poor production economics on rising supply in China, a weak economy during the prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns and lower demand for plastic resins.
The Philippines’ JG Summit is expected to increase its polypropylene (PP) production from 190,000 t/yr to 300,000 t/yr from December 2020, a slight delay from its previous target of the third quarter of 2020. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
Brazil has dealt a blow to US ethanol producers by allowing a tariff-free quota for ethanol imports to lapse yesterday, but there are signs that the government could reinstate the quota if the US eases a sugar tariff that affects Brazil.
Now that the 750mn liter/year (12,924 b/d) quota has expired, all US ethanol shipments are subject to a 20pc common import tariff in Brazil.
Brazil’s deliberative body on trade issues (Gecex) is scheduled to meet next on 16 September, but it could hold an extraordinary meeting sooner to discuss the tariff, a government source told Argus. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
TOMRA Sorting Recycling has released a new eBook “Digitalization – Connect to Enhance Productivity in the Recycling Industry,” from the global leader in sensor-based sorting.
Connected machines and cloud-based data storage is transforming how businesses collect, access and analyse data.
The recycling industry is at the advent of discovering the power of data reported by connected optical sorting equipment. This capability is ushering in a new era of data-driven process optimisation suggests the new eBook. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
Prior to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), production data remained local to optical sorters, making it difficult to harvest and analyse.
Almost all current recycling (98%) is open loop recycling, meaning the outputs have lower value applications (“down-cycling”) and hence don’t reduce the feedstock that is needed to manufacture the original product.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
It is obvious that the plastics industry wants to move focus to recycling and circularity, however recycling in this open form simply isn’t helping to reduce our dependence on oil – from which most plastics are derived today. We need to transition to a world where the plastics we make fit into a perfectly circular economy.
Closed loop recycling, I truly believe is one of the ways to achieve this. With this process, the recycled plastic materials are fed back into the same product cycle, leading to the direct reduction of a new “virgin” polymer.
The new phase involves the signing of a cooperation with the Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores, SENAI CETIQT and COPPE/UFRJ with total investment of R$2.7 million
Committed to developing innovative solutions that promote the circular economy and sustainable development, Braskem takes another important step in enhancing the technology for the chemical recycling of post-consumer plastics.
The company, which already had been working in partnership with the Polymers Engineering Laboratory (EngePol) of the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Postgraduate Studies and Engineering Research of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ) and with the training institute SENAI CETIQT, through the SENAI Innovation in Biosynthetics and Fibers Institute, now has signed a cooperation agreement for the next research phases with the same academic institutions, as well as with the company Fábrica Carioca de Catalisadores. Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
Trinseo (Berwyn, Pa.) and Coexpan announced that they will collaborate to validate various polystyrene recycling technologies to develop polystyrene containing recycled content that is fit for use in the global dairy industry’s form fill seal (FFS) market.
With materials and input supplied by Trinseo, Coexpan will be testing recycled polystyrene across various technologies at its Innovation Technology Center for Rigid and Flexible Packaging).
The dairy FFS packaging market, which has historically preferred the use of polystyrene due to its technical superiority over alternative polymers, has recently seen greater interest in alternative materials owing to misperceptions regarding the circularity and recyclability of polystyrene.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
Due to the recent developments regarding the Covid19 pandemic, the event scheduled on 7 October will be held fully digital. Registrations are now open.
Due to the growing interest in PET Monomer Recycling, Petcore Europe is organising the 2020 PET Monomer Recycling Forum on the 7th of October 2020 in Brussels. Due to the recent developments regarding the Covid19 pandemic, the event will be held fully digital. Registrations are now open.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is continuing its work to drive a closed-loop system, most recently investing in an up-and-coming technology to turn mountains of waste plastic bottles into new bottles with virgin-like properties.
CCEP’s new funding venture is supporting a partial depolymerization process developed by start-up CuRe Technology.Petrochemicals Chemical Recycling Textile
Terms of the deal are confidential, but plans are to back CuRe in accelerating the development of its technology from pilot plant to commercial readiness, ultimately enabling CCEP to increase recycled PET in its packaging and get closer to its goal of eliminating virgin PET bottles altogether.
The acquisition is designed to expand Borealis’ global wire and cable asset footprint.
In a move that expands its global wire and cable asset footprint, resin supplier Borealis has acquired a controlling stake in South Korean compounder DYM Solution Co. Ltd.
The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Based in Cheonan, South Korea, DYM Solution Co. Ltd. was founded in 1992 and is a provider of compound solutions for the global wire and cable industry. It specializes in semi-conductive, halogen-free flame retardant (HFFR), rubber and silane cured compounds.
As of 1 September 2020, Michael A. Tuschak will take over the position of Sales Director at Brückner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG in Leonberg, Germany. Mr Tuschak succeeds Gerd Kolmer, who will hand over management responsibility after many years of service and focus on market development in selected countries and technologies. He will also continue to be available to his successor and the company with his extensive experience in all areas. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
“Mr. Tuschak has been working as a textile engineer and MBA International Marketing for over 25 years in the sales of textile machines, technical textiles and nonwovens and has many years of professional experience in leading positions,” the company said in a statement this morning.
Picanol will be present at Cinte Techtextil in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre! Visit us at booth E3-A15.
Driven by extensive investments in R&D, Picanol has grown into an industry leader for high-tech weaving machines in the sector of technical textiles. The various developments made in recent years clearly highlight this point and have resulted in the growing success of our weaving machines in technical segments.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
The wide OptiMax-i rapier machines can be equipped with positive guided grippers in widths up to 212 inches (540 centimeters). This demonstrates how Picanol can efficiently replace obsolete projectile technology for such applications as agro-textiles, packaging, and carpet backings.
Microfibres released during laundry pollute the environment considerably / TUV Rheinland to support members of The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) to enhance understanding of fibre shedding from textiles / Information at www.tuv.com/textiles
It happens a million times every second, worldwide. Yet for many people it is happening in secret. “With every wash, textiles shed microfibres.
But while cotton, as an organic material, degrades almost completely, synthetic fibres persist in the environment much longer,” explains Heather Ball, responsible for textile testing at TUV Rheinland in Western Europe. Only a few days ago, researchers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Great Britain published their latest measurements of micro plastics in the Atlantic Ocean. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
The experts assume that an estimated twelve to 21 million tonnes of waste are found in the upper layers of water in the first 200 meters alone. This also includes fibres shed from synthetically produced fibres. “The problem has long been recognized by experts. The microfibres in the wastewater are not completely filtered out by sewage treatment plants and thus end up in the waters or as sewage sludge on the fields”.
LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) announced that Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) has selected LyondellBasell’s world-leading polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility, as per Chemical Engineering. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
The new plants will comprise of a polypropylene (PP) plant that will utilize LyondellBasell’s Spheripol PP process technology to produce 280,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of PP and a 480-m.t./yr high-density polyethylene plant which will utilize LyondellBasell’s Hostalen ACP process technology and will be built in Al Duqm, Oman.
“LyondellBasell’s market leadership in polymer process technologies is once again confirmed with this significant award by DRPIC,” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added: “The selection by DRPIC of the Spheripol technology as the benchmark manufacturing platform for polypropylene resins and the Hostalen ACP technology as the leading low-pressure slurry process for the production of HDPE resins shows once again the confidence operators have in products produced with our technologies.”
ePac Flexible Packaging and RePurpose Technologies Create Disruptive Solution for Plastics Recycling
ePac Flexible Packaging, the first company created based entirely on breakthrough digital printing from HP and RePurpose Technologies (RPT), which provides engineered product solutions through purpose-driven recycling, have announced a partnership to effectively solve the crisis that leads to 9 out of 10 pieces of discarded plastic waste polluting our environment*. The community-based model, which can be replicated easily, provides a transparent and economically viable solution that can once and for all cure the grave problem of our overflowing landfills. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
ePac operates a network of 18 community-based flexible packaging facilities in the US, United Kingdom, and Indonesia focused on supporting the growth of small and medium-sized companies. Through the power of digital printing every package produced can be serialized with a unique code that allows it to be tracked from production through reuse. Using IoT/Blockchain technology, data can be collected to provide tracking information to brands and retailers, while educating consumers about the package they just discarded and incentivizing them to practice a sustainable lifestyle.
eading trade show, Heimtextil, has launched the motto of the trend season 21/22, with the overarching theme ‘Nothing New, Everything New’.
The trends will provide an outlook on the design topics for the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, which will be held from January 12-15, 2021, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in hall 3.0. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
Together with the Heimtextil Trend Council, the management established a trend forecast for the coming season and presented it live via an online conference.
The subsequent design topics are already brought to life in the trend book, which is available now. In terms of trends, this season’s highlight is the comprehensive presentation offering during Heimtextil, according to a press release by Messe Frankfurt.
Bioplastics are being touted by industry marketers as the solution to plastics pollution. But the idea that bottles and packaging made of plant-based material can simply be discarded and then break down and disappear is false – recycling and reuse are the only strategies that can work. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
Coca-Cola calls it the PlantBottle — a new kind of recyclable plastic container, 30 percent of which is made from sugar cane and other plants, with the remaining 70 percent made from traditional oil-based plastic. The company says that PlantBottle packaging now accounts for nearly a third of its North American bottle volume and seven percent globally.
Does the PlantBottle mean the giant soft drink company has cracked one of the world’s most serious environmental problems, the choking of the world with oil-based plastics that never completely break down and disappear? Hardly. Though companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are under public pressure to solve the problem of plastic pollution, they have so far been unable to find a material or method as cheap and effective as single-use plastic.
“If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills.
That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.” If that isn’t a rallying cry, what is? Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
The United States makes up 4% of the world’s population but produces more waste-to-population than any other country at 12%. “ India and China make up more than 36% of the world’s population and generate 27% of the world’s waste.
To make things worse, the U.S. needs help when it comes to disposing and reusing waste. Each year, approximately 90 million tons of extremely useful recyclable products are thrown away and sent to landfills,” said Chris Werth, VP of Marketing for AMP Robotics.
Huntsman Textile Effects has extended its industry-leading High IQ brand assurance program with the launch of HIGH IQ Lasting Black eco.
Based on Huntsman’s award-winning Avitera SE Black reactive dye, the new colour-retention program will help mills, brands and retailers meet global demand for eco-friendly black shades that retain their intense colour even after repeated washing, Huntsman reports. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Textile
“Black shades are an ever-popular choice among designers and consumers, offering visual appeal and timeless style. Leading brands today need to not only deliver intense black shades that won’t fade but must also show that they are sustainable and good for the environment,” the Singapore headquartered company says.
“High IQ Lasting Black eco is a unique combination of the world’s leading colour-retention program with Huntsman’s revolutionary Avitera Black SE reactive dye,” it adds.
Sweden-based packaging firm Stora Enso will build a pilot facility for producing ‘Cellufoam by Stora Enso’ – a lightweight, fibre-based foam material for protective packaging and cushioning.
Bio-based foams are renewable and recyclable and can be used in packaging, for example, to replace oil-based polymer foams which are widely used today. The pilot plant will be located at Stora Enso’s Fors Mill in Sweden.
Cellufoam by Stora Enso is a sustainable packaging material and it further increases Stora Enso’s opportunities to replace fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable materials. The initial target application for Cellufoam will be the protective packaging of fragile products, for example in consumer electronics.
Showa Denko (SDK; TSE:4004) obtained a license to process industrial waste, and started to accept used plastics which were crushed and molded.
Since 2003, SDK’s Kawasaki Plant, which is located in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been operating “plastic chemical recycling business,” a business to recycle used plastics as raw materials for chemicals under the provisions of Containers and Packaging Recycling Law. SDK calls this business “Kawasaki Plastic Recycling (KPR).”
We gasify used plastics under high temperature, and decompose them to the level of molecules. Then gasified plastics are converted into hydrogen (low-carbon hydrogen) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
We use low-carbon hydrogen as raw material to produce ammonia, and CO2 as raw material to produce dry ice and carbonated drinks.
The US plastics recycling industry is struggling to regain its footing as the coronavirus pandemic upended its business model, potentially leaving many recyclers at risk of shutting down, reported S&P Global. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
When the pandemic prompted widespread shutdowns in late March and April, millions of workers left office buildings to work from home, cutting off sources of bulk supply of plastic bottles – made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – from businesses.
Since lockdowns began, large consumer beverage brands have seen significant declines in away-from-home volume sales. The dearth of sporting events, concerts and other crowd-heavy gatherings, as well as closures or limited operations of bars and restaurants, have slashed bottled drink purchases across the US. Additionally, at-work sales remain sluggish as well since many offices have yet to return to capacity, if at all.
For instance, Coca Cola reported in early April a 25% year-on-year decrease in away-from-home sales, translating into a heavy decline in on-the-go packaging demand. As some economies slowly began to reopen, those sales volumes recovered 10% by June, bringing the total second quarter company losses to 16% on the year.
World oil demand will fall more steeply in 2020 than previously forecast due to the coronavirus and there are doubts about next year’s recovery, OPEC forecast, potentially making it harder for the group and its allies to support the market, reported Reuters.
World oil demand will tumble by 9.06 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report, more than the 8.95 million bpd decline expected a month ago. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
Oil prices have collapsed as the coronavirus curtailed travel and economic activity. While some countries have eased lockdowns, allowing demand to recover, fear of new outbreaks has kept a lid on prices and OPEC expects this to persist.
DOMO Chemicals has expanded its THERMEC range of enhanced polymers, with the introduction of a cost-efficient product based on PEEK, blended with a solid polymeric lubricant.
The new solution has been specially developed to replace polyamide-imides (PAI), without impacting performance. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
THERMEC K is an innovative experimental product that has been developed at DOMO’s Mumbai-based laboratory in India. The solution is suitable for numerous industrial applications, including bushings and bearings, aerospace parts, pump and valve components, medical instrument parts and food processing machinery components.
Tushar Parida, Country manager India at DOMO, said: “Generally speaking, the mechanical properties of PAI are higher than those of PEEK-based parts, due to the different types of polymers the material contains.
The European Commission (EC) is currently revising the Essential Requirements for Packaging as part of the amendment of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). They relate to the manufacturing and composition of packaging, its reusable and recoverable nature as well as to the minimisation of hazardous materials.
These requirements, and the associated harmonised standards, have not changed much since their introduction in 1998 and consolidation in 2015 respectively.
The EC has therefore concluded to update them in order to improve the packaging design, particularly in relation to the lack of recyclability of many packaging formats.
The policy landscape has evolved significantly since the PPWD first established the requirements, further contributing to this ambition. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
For example, the 2018 revision of the PPWD included, in addition to a revision of the recycling targets for packaging waste, a mandate for the Commission to examine “the feasibility of reinforcing the essential requirements”.
I’ve been following the Biogenic CO2 Coalition for the past year which was formed by several agricultural trade groups to persuade the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from regulating CO2 emissions from the use of annual crops the same way as CO2 from fossil fuels. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
For clarification, biogenic CO2 emissions, according to the EPA’s definition, are emissions from a stationary source directly resulting from the combustion or decomposition of biologically-based materials other than fossil fuels.
According to the Coalition, the EPA needs to prioritize regulatory reform clarifying that biogenic CO2 emissions from processing and use of agricultural feedstocks (such as corn, soybeans, oilseeds and farm residues) are not pollutants subject to regulation under the Federal Clean Air Act. The removal of this unnecessary regulatory burden would reportedly open opportunities for the development of renewable products, rural economies and the broader bioeconomy while maintaining environmental protections. The agricultural sector in the USA is reportedly poised to invest billions of dollars to develop the potential of the bioeconomy if only EPA would remove the threat of unwarranted regulatory burdens.
Andrej Kržan, BioComPack‐CE Project Co‐ordinator has worked on environmental solutions for plastic waste for more than two decades.
The problem is, packaging combining plastic and paper is difficult to later recycle.
So what are the challenges in Central Europe right now and how can we implement more sustainable packaging in real life? Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
Andrej outlines the issue:
“Plastics and paper are commonly used together and they make great products. But they then create a problem at the end of the life of the product, for the waste. We either can’t recycle them or it is difficult to do and this is a very real limitation to the circular economy we are trying bring about.
RECOUP’s update of its UK Household Plastic Packaging Sorting and Reprocessing Infrastructure Report 2020 and Covid-19 Impact Report, highlights previous challenges relating to capacity, investment and legislative changes are to be impacted further due to the global pandemic. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
The 2020 report provides context around the design of a new tax on the production and import of all plastic packaging that doesn’t include at least 30 per cent recycled content.
The report highlights how the UK’s infrastructure to sort plastic packaging to the required quality and reprocess this material needs to increase in order to handle the additional demands created by both the recycled content target and also to service ambitious commitments by brand leaders to increase circular and environmentally sustainable manufacturing. However, outlined in RECOUP’s Covid-19 Impact Report ), with the impact of Covid-19, the UK’s plastic recycling infrastructure is challenged further.
Americhem said that Controlled Polymers will “seamlessly integrate” with its engineered compounds division to create a full range of offerings for customers in the medical plastics and other industries.
Materials supplier Americhem Inc. has acquired Controlled Polymers, a Ribe, Denmark-based manufacturer of customized compounds and masterbatch for the medical industry and other industries. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Compounds
The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
In a Sept. 1 statement, officials with Americhem said that Controlled Polymers will “seamlessly integrate” with Americhem and its engineered compounds division to create a full range of offerings for customers in the medical plastics and other industries.
“Controlled Polymers has developed a specialized portfolio of products integral to many medical device and healthcare applications, including a particular strength in the hearing aid industry,” the statement said.
Researchers have identified a formerly unknown method through which certain bacteria create the chemical ethylene—a discovery that could pave the way for producing plastics without using fossil fuels.
Ethylene production plants like this one may one day use bacteria rather than fossil fuels. Image Credit: The Ohio State University.
Recently published in the Science journal on August 27th, 2020, the study demonstrated that the microorganisms produced ethylene gas as a byproduct of metabolizing sulfur, which they require for their survival.
However, according to Justin North, the study’s lead author and a research scientist in microbiology at The Ohio State University, the process used by the bacteria to do that could render it highly useful in manufacturing.
Business Planet heads to Austria to see how one large family firm is attempting to turn the problem of plastic pollution from packaging into a sustainable business opportunity.
Today’s modern economy would not function without plastic, but the waste it generates has created a public backlash because of concerns over its environmental impact. Innovative ways of producing, reusing and recycling plastic are therefore needed if we are to change our relationship with this essential material. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
Putting the fantastic back into plastic
ALPLA is a major converter and recycler of plastics. A global leader, the Austrian company is committed to developing innovative sustainable packaging systems. One of its core products is a bottle made from so-called PET, (polyethylene terephthalate) already recycled plastic that can be used again and again.
Newly designed bottle uses 11% less plastic and up to 50% rPET, and features new look that reflects ‘Live young’ theme.
Danone Waters of America, Inc. has redesigned its classic 1.5-L evian bottle as part of the company’s ongoing effort to reduce its ecological impact.
The new bottle, made of up to 50% recycled PET, remains 100% recyclable while using 11% less plastic, resulting in a weight of 3.4 g less than the previous design (down to 28.6 g per bottle). Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
This reduces the bottle’s overall carbon footprint by 32%, says Danone Waters. According to the company, the newly designed bottle represents an important step in evian’s environmental policy, which targets a CO2 emissions reduction of 40% between 2008 and the end of 2011.
By 2020, the average car will incorporate nearly 350 kg of plastics, up from 200 kg in 2014, according to analyst IHS Chemical (Englewood CO).
Meanwhile, the market for carbon fiber in car manufacturing is expected to nearly triple in the coming years. Usage of carbon fiber in automotive manufacturing will increase to 9,800 tonnes in 2030, up from 3,400 tonnes in 2013.
These predictions are made in a report titled, “Weight Reduction in Automotive Design & Manufacture.” Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
Shenghong Refining and Chemical (Shenghong) has selected Shell Catalysts & Technologies (SC&T) to provide catalyst for its C2 FE selective hydrogenation units, the core reaction unit of its 1100 KTA grassroots ethylene Plant in Lianyungang, China, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
The ethylene cracker is part of Shenghong’s grassroots integrated refining and petrochemical complex. The plant is the third largest ethylene cracker, making SC&T the catalyst supplier to the three largest petrochemical plants in China.
The two largest plants, Zhejiang petrochemical (ZPC) and Hengli Petrochemical currently utilize C2 FE selective hydrogenation catalyst from SC&T, and both successfully started up in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively.
In the week started Aug. 30, prices in some petrochemicals products are likely to remain bearish, with more buyers aiming to buy October cargoes than September.
With the startup of new and existing plants expected in the near future, some markets are pausing on demand to see how much supply will flood the market.
Arbitrage from the US to Asia is likely to remain closed amid strong FOB USG prices, leading to a bullish view on prices due to tight supply.
Asian ethylene spot discussions are expected to extend to October arrival cargoes, while most September demand had been fulfilled.
Overall demand remains weak amid healthy domestic supply from China and the expectation that two new crackers with a total 2 million/year of ethylene capacity — Sinopec Zhanjiang and Sinochem Quanzhou — are due to start up in the week started Aug. 30. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
The Asian styrene market is likely to see fewer arrivals at ports, but domestic supply was increasing with the return of two major domestic producers. Despite pressure from high inventory levels, strength in China’s styrene futures may lend some pricing support to the spot market, with an expectation of rangebound prices. Downstream ABS and PS are expected to stay firm on the back of tight supply and strong demand.
In the second quarter of 2020, gross domestic product decreased by 12.8% compared to the previous quarter and by 17.7% compared to the second quarter of 2019. A decline that has never been recorded in these terms since 1995. This was reported by the Istat.
The preliminary estimate of the short-term change in GDP released on 31 July 2020 was -12.4% while the trend estimate was -17.3%. The second quarter of 2020 had one working day less than both the previous quarter and the second quarter of 2019. The change acquired for 2020 is equal to -14.7%. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
Compared to the previous quarter, all the main aggregates of domestic demand decreased, with decreases of 8.7% for final national consumption and 14.9% for gross fixed investments.
Imports and exports decreased by 20.5% and 26.4% respectively. National demand net of inventories contributed -9.5 percentage points to the contraction in GDP, with -6.7 points in consumption by households and private ISP social institutions, -2.6 points in gross fixed investments and -0 , 2 points of Public Administration (AP) expenditure. The change in inventories and net foreign demand also contributed negatively to the change in GDP, respectively by -0.9 and -2.4 percentage points.
Istat recorded negative economic trends for added value in all the main production sectors, with agriculture, industry and services down, respectively, by 3.7%, 20.2% and 11%.
Showa Denko KK (SDK) intends to promote plastic chemical recycling as the company obtained in July a licence to process industrial waste, the Japanese producer said on Monday.
It has started accepting used plastics, which were crushed and molded, it said in a statement. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
“SDK obtained the license to process industrial waste as a response to the increase in such social needs,” it said.
“These days, social needs for high-technology based recycling of used plastics as a countermeasure against plastic-debris problems including marine plastic problem have been increasing,” the company said.
Showa Denko has been operating a plastic recycling business in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture since 2003.
“SDK is the only company in the world that has track record of long-term commercial operation of plastic chemical recycling through gasification,” it said.
Import discussions have slowed to a trickle in the Asian plasticizers market amid a wide buy-sell gap.
Talks to ramp up in September
Import prices have stagnated amid buy-sell gap
Demand for DOTP remains the bright spot
Sellers have been hanging on to higher offers to protect their margins as feedstock prices remain high, while buyers are hesitant to commit amid falling prices in China’s domestic market.
But market players remain optimistic that sentiment for plasticizers in general could be revived in September, as talks ramp up ahead of the traditional seasonal peak at the start of Q4. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
Demand is also expected to see an uptick before the long holiday in China at the start of October, one seller said.
“There’s optimism for discussions and demand to increase as we move into September,” a separate producer said.
Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.
Mary Beth Kirkham hadn’t studied microplastics when she was invited to co-edit a new book about microplastics in the environment—but something stood out to her about the existing research. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Plastics
“I had read in the literature that…cadmium and other toxic trace elements [are] increased when we have these particulate plastics in the soil. So, that was of concern to me,” Kirkham, a plant physiologist and distinguished professor of agronomy at Kansas State University, told EHN.
Kirkham’s expertise is in water and plant relations and heavy metal uptake, so she decided to conduct her own research in which she cultivated wheat plants exposed to microplastics, cadmium, and both microplastics and cadmium. Then she compared these plants to those grown without either additive. She chose cadmium because it’s poisonous, carcinogenic, and ubiquitous in the environment due to human activity—it’s shed from batteries and car tires, and is naturally found in the phosphate rock used to make agricultural fertilizers.
The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) recently provided a grant to a non-governmental organisation, Initiative For The Advancement of Waste Management in Africa (W.A.S.T.E AFRICA), to promote waste as valuable currency for social, good and economic inclusion through the establishment of green recycling hubs across Abuja and Lagos.
“Plastic pollution is a problem that our company is committed to solving. Our vision for a ‘World Without Waste’ focuses on recycling and behavioural-change projects.
We believe projects such as the Cash 4 Trash initiative by W.A.S.T.E Africa are an effective means of working together to create shared value and deliver real change,” said the Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe.
Chris Dow, IRG’s CEO, has more than 20 years of recycling industry experience.
International Recycling Group (IRG), a recycling startup company based in Erie, Pennsylvania, has appointed Chris Dow as its chief executive officer. Dow will be responsible for developing the postuse plastics sorting facility, which the company has dubbed a “SuperPRF” (plastics recovery facility).Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
IRG had announced plans to construct the facility Aug. 18, with a goal of starting operations in 2022. The facility will process more than 500 million pounds of postuse residential, industrial and commercial plastics each year, IRG reports in a news release.
IRG reports that Dow has worked in the recycling industry for more than 20 years, holding executive leadership roles at Closed Loop Recycling in Australia and the U.K. as well as being director at the Resource Association and deputy chairman of the Plastics Recyclers Europe PET group.
Itematech, the leading manufacturer of best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services born from the merging of Itema and Panter (ex PTMT) technologies, is exhibiting at Cinte TechTextil China (Hall E01 – Booth E1) from September 2nd – 4th at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
Itematech is the brand-new Technical Division exclusively dedicated to producing weaving machines for the benefit of technical fabrics weavers launched in 2019 by Itema, the Italian leading global provider of advanced weaving solutions, including best-in-class weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services.
As of 2018, the recycling rate of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles in Norway was 97 percent, making it a world leader in recycling. In comparison, the recycling rate of these plastic bottles in the United States was just 29 percent.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
New drive systems, increased connectivity and the trend towards ridesharing are all contributing to the fact that the car of the future will become a mobile, multifunctional living and working space. This also has a strong impact on the design of the interior. Here, the spotlight is placed on functionality, comfort and design along with efficiency and light weight. To meet these requirements, Covestro and its partners have developed a premium concept with material solutions for the interior and presented it for the first time at the K 2019 plastics fair.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
“In particular, a high-quality and individual design has considerable influence on consumers’ buying decisions while providing car manufacturers opportunities for brand differentiation,” explained Jochen Hardt, Global Marketing Mobility in the Polycarbonates segment at Covestro, in a live webcast to journalists. “Here, the focus is on the design of surfaces using colours, optics and haptics, with light effects and functions. Products from Covestro open up almost unlimited possibilities.”
Plastics recycling is failing. Globally, over 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced annually, but according to the OECD, only 14-18% of that is recycled. And now that China has stopped importing the world’s plastic waste, we’re being forced to deal with it domestically.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
The problem is, most plastics just aren’t recyclable. And even those that are degrade in quality each time they’re remade, meaning they’ll eventually end up in a landfill too. Many environmentalists say this means we need to stop plastics production at the source, and support bans or taxes on single-use plastics.
New project aims to develop a wide range of previously unknown possibilities for the use of CORDENKA® fibres and CORDENKA® fibre composites in product design
Through close cooperation between the School of Product Design at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and Biomimetics, Biological Materials Group at the HSB City University of Applied Sciences Bremen, it has been possible, in collaboration with the company CORDENKA GmbH & Co. KG, to launch a UC Connect doctoral scholarship.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
The “CORDENKA® fibre centred product design” scholarship is jointly awarded by the University of Canterbury and CORDENKA GmbH & Co. KG, Obernburg, Germany, to support scholarship holders on their way to a PhD at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
History of the UC Connect Doctoral Fellowship: The fellowship was established by the University of Canterbury in 2014 to promote collaboration between university research groups and external companies at the doctoral level.
Every viscose staple fibre if woven or knitted into a fabric offers protection to the wearer from bacteria and viruses Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
Liva, the fashion ingredient brand from Birla Cellulose, part of Grasim Industries Ltd, flagship company of US $48.3-billion Aditya Birla Group, has launched Antimicrobial fibres, a breakthrough innovation that not only kills viruses and bacteria, but also inhibits their growth, keeping the fabric fresh and hygienic in the long run.
The latest innovation — Liva with added protection of Antimicrobial fibres by Birla Cellulose — is a leap forward in fashion by successfully injecting antimicrobial agent into Viscose Staple Fibre which when woven or knitted into a fabric offers protection to the wearer from bacteria and viruses, lasting over multiple washes while retaining comfort, fluidity and softness of the fabric.
We understand that there is considerable pressure on plastics and that many people around the world want a sustainable environment for future generations. Amid the challenges, there are also tremendous opportunities with PET, which is a 100 % circular, recyclable plastic with a lower carbon footprint than other packaging materials such as glass and aluminum. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LLDPE PEF
Collaboration with Industry Partners
We are working with several industry partners to achieve a circular economy for sustainable plastics, and intend to play a leading role by bringing customers of recycled products into the value chain and developing ways to include recyclability in all of our products. This is a major priority for us and is included in our climate change strategy.
Naked, the on-the-go smoothie brand from PepsiCo, has introduced bottles made from 100% recycled plastic. The company claims that move makes it the only juice/smoothie brand in grocery retail currently sold in fully recycled plastic bottles.
Naked smoothie bottleThe new bottle is now available across the whole Naked smoothie range, including Naked Machines, Naked Lean and Naked Zing, in retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Boots, SPAR and Nisa.
The brand has also rolled out a new label refresh to emphasise the 100% recycled plastic bottles. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has welcomed the European Commission (EC) proposal to modernise the PanEuroMed (PEM) Convention and its rules of origin, but has called for an ambitious information campaign to ensure companies fully benefit from it. The PEM region covers 24 partner countries in the EU’s neighbourhood region. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
On August 24, 2020, the EC adopted a package of proposals that aims at increasing trade between the European Union and neighbouring countries in the PEM or the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean region. The proposal modernises the rules of origin of the PEM convention, as it introduces, for example, the principle of “full cumulation” and it lifts the current prohibition of duty-drawback.
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) in the cfr China market rose to a 15-month high as of 27 August, on the back of supply shortages following delays of incoming Iranian cargoes.
Prices of polyethylene (PE) have increased from the end of June on delayed arrivals of Iranian cargoes. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
Iran is the single-largest exporter of high-density PE (HDPE) and LDPE to China, accounting for 15pc of total Chinese PE imports of 16.67mn t last year. Prices of other PE grade products also received support but LDPE prices increased by the most this week and rose to $1,030-1,050/t, a level not seen before since May 2019.
Sentiment in the Chinese domestic market is also upbeat as market participants expect higher demand for PE ahead of the upcoming National Day holiday in October. Market sentiment firmed as some market participants expect fewer US origin PE vessels with the approach of Hurricane Laura on the US gulf and led to shutdowns among major producers.
The coronavirus pandemic threw almost every market into a tailspin, including the notoriously sensitive oil market. And when crude oil prices fell into negative territory in April, the recycled plastic industry experienced a reckoning. Would corporations still invest in relatively expensive circular plastic commitments if virgin plastic prices, closely tied to the petroleum industry, nosedived? Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
So far, most big companies seem to be standing by their pledges. “Our strategy hasn’t changed,” Yolanda Malone, vice president of global foods packaging at PepsiCo, told a digital crowd at GreenBiz’s Circularity 20 event this week. “We aren’t letting the oil prices and the fluctuations in the market sway us from our long-term vision. Our strategy needs to be strong enough to weather it.”
Self-assembly of responsive photonic biobased materials in liquid marbles
A surface displays structural colors when light is reflected by tiny, regular structural elements in a transparent material. Researchers have now developed a method to make structural colors from cellulose-based polymers by using coated droplets that exist in a surrounding fluid–so-called liquid marbles. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
The system readily responds to environmental changes, which makes it interesting for applications in bio-based sensors and soft photonic elements, according to the study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
Structural colors are a way to colorize a material without using a dye. Instead, the transparent material generates color through the regular arrangement of its molecules or other elements, as seen, for instance, in the ripples in the scales of colorful fish and butterflies, or in nanocrystals arranged at certain distances, as in the color-changing skin of chameleons.
After close to two years of relatively lacklustre performance, demand for impact (block) copolymer in India is poised to bounce back, boosted by a recovery in the automotive sector. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
Sales of various auto companies have begun to improve from July, after reports of reaching almost zero during the full-fledged lockdown enforced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in March-June this year.
This was the first time in the history of the Indian auto sector that all manufacturing plants had completely shut down operations during the lockdown months.
So Good So You brand introduces biodegradable plastic bottles made of PET that are also recyclable. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber LDPE PEF
So Good So You’s products are unusual in that they’re refrigerated functional beverages taken in shot doses. In fact, they’re billed as the category leader in premium refrigerated wellness shots.
The company also has a healthy respect for the environment.
Says Rita Katona, co-founder and board chair, “we’ve always produced our shots in a Zero Waste facility powered by 100% renewable energy with more than 94% of our facility waste being diverted away from landfills in order to support our initiative of creating products that are better for the world.”
That eco-minded approach carries through to the packaging: the products have been packaged in 50mL/1.7oz PET plastic bottles made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic that’s recyclable.
Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended anti-dumping duty for 5 years on Choline Chloride imports from China, Malaysia and Vietnam
Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended anti-dumping duty for 5 years on Choline Chloride imports from China, Malaysia and Vietnam, following complaints by domestic manufacturers.
Jubilant Life Sciences had approached the directorate on the issue of Choline Chloride imports from these countries.
While the prevalence of single-use plastic has grown dramatically over the last 20 years, the systems to contain, collect, reuse and recycle it have not kept pace. Plastic drinking bottles could be made out of 100% recycled plastic, known as rPET, and campaigners are pressing drinks companies to significantly increase the amount of recycled plastic in their bottles. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
The EU Single-Use Plastics Directive sets a 90% separate collection target for plastic beverage bottles by 2029. Policymakers are debating whether deposit return schemes (DRS) can be the solution to achieve this target. Several EU countries have demonstrated that DRS can help meet the SUP targets much earlier than 2029 and guarantee a closed loop for plastic bottles.
DRS are a system where consumers buying a product pay an additional fee (a deposit) that is reimbursed upon the return of the packaging or product to a collection point.
The upshot of a collaboration among 2A-NYGUARD, COATS, HEIQ, VAGOTEX and SITIP, JUST 5 is an ingenious ‘viroblocked’ jacket that provides the best garment solution for resuming normal life by protecting the wearer, loved ones and everyone encountered.
JUST5 is a multi-functional and fashionable jacket with every component powered by HeiQ Viroblock to protect them from spoilage by contaminating microorganisms in just five minutes. The treatment does not protect the wearer or others against food-borne (or disease-causing) bacteria. But the jacket sets up a highly effective barrier to shield the wearer from spoiling contaminants in the surrounding.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
Aquafil, an Italy-based company specialised in the production of Nylon 6, has announced that it has again joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Network. As a network member of the world’s leading circular economy network, Aquafil will work with the Foundation and other members to share ideas and drive the global transition to a more circular economy.
The Foundation is a collaborative network of businesses, innovators, cities and governments, universities and thought leaders who work together to accelerate the adoption of circular economy practices and processes that maximise the use of resources. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an organisation that leads in transitioning to a circular economy model built on three principles: design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and natural systems.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
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Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) chairman Michael Stephen has said that he was disinvited to the upcoming ‘Plastic Free World Conference & Expo’ in Berlin due to his views on oxo-biodegradable plastics. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
Stephen told news source PlasticsToday: “There is a campaign against oxo-biodegradable plastics promoted by the bio-based plastics industry, on which they must by now have spent millions of dollars. They are obviously not doing this to protect the environment but to damage their competitors.”
One of the global recycling pioneers Gama Recycle, has spent the last two decades spinning other people’s waste material into a new kind of gold regenerated yarns and fibres. As recycled fibres have huge market potential end-users are looking for environmentally friendly products. This is why Gama Recycle has prefered to use Oerlikon Neumag fibre line. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
Gama Recycle have been in business since 1997 and gained a reputation for recycling textiles, as well as some plastics, so five years ago. Gama, recycles pre-consumer cutting or industrial waste as well as postconsumer garments, PET bottles, PET trays, and other PET-based packaging materials or consumer products. It also has several patents for recycling previously used garments into recycled cotton and polyester fibres.
The Italian machinery manufacturer cited uncertainty in the evolution of the COVID-19 disease and the risk of infection as reasons for its decision.
Italian machinery manufacturer Piovan SpA has decided that it “will not take part actively” in the Fakuma 2020 trade show, currently scheduled for Oct. 13-17 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
“The uncertainty in the evolution of the COVID-19 disease, together with the limitations to conduct effective and pleasant meetings without the risk of infection, drove us to this difficult decision,” the company said in a July 14 statement posted on its website.
Bio-based paints and coatings continue to play a rather small role in the coatings business. The current market share is estimated at around 5 % in sales and 1 % in volume. Most of this is also likely to come from long-established natural raw materials. However, something has been happening for some years now. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
The market for bio-based coatings is small but growth is to be expected. (Picture: PiyawatNandeenoparit – stock.adobe.com)
The market for bio-based coatings is small but growth is to be expected. (Picture: PiyawatNandeenoparit – stock.adobe.com)
The market is still too small for reliable data to be available; the 5 % market share mentioned is almost all that can be found in concrete figures on market size. The figure has also not changed for some time, and was communicated by the market research institute Chemquest as early as 2018, and is also found in exactly the same amount in their newsest global market analyis.
Most of the top 100 fashion brands have announced targets for 100 per cent sustainable fibres target by 2025, but less than 5 per cent can trace their textile inputs to verify sustainability credentials. To address this challenge, Lenzing, ArmedAngels and Schneider have joined hands with TextileGenesis to create an unprecedented level of traceability.
The fibre-to-retail traceability pilots covered 45 garment styles each containing Lenzing Ecovero specialty viscose fibres or Authentico organic wool, from supply chains spanning six countries. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
Using the innovative Fibrecoin technology of the TextileGenesis platform, Lenzing, ArmedAngels, and Schneider were able to issue digital blockchain ‘assets’ (or tokens) in direct proportion to the physical shipments of Lenzing Ecovero and Authentico fibres. These digital tokens provide a unique ‘fingerprint’ and authentication mechanism, preventing adulteration and providing a secure, digital chain-of-custody across the entire textile value chain.
Turkish polyester producer Sasa Polyester Industries Inc. and U.S.-based chemical giant Koch Industries have signed an agreement for an investment worth $935 million to build a production plant for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) – a key component in polyester production – in southern Turkey. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PEF
The plant, which will be constructed in the southern province of Adana and is set to be completed by 2022, will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons of PTA, according to a press release issued by Sasa on Wednesday.
The factory will create 400 new jobs and is expected to contribute to the country’s current account balance with $300 million yearly.
Sasa Chairman Ibrahim Erdemoğlu said the company would be the largest polyester producer in the world after China and India.
Asia’s polyester market came to a standstill since early August as any further price upside was curtailed by the sluggish sales, while the overall demand is expected to pick up in September amid the traditional peak season.
Spot discussions polyester partially oriented yarn (POY) 150 denier (D) were at $0.78-0.85/kg FOB (free on board) northeast (NE) Asia in the week ended 25 August, stable since 4 August, while prices for polyester staple fibre (PSF) 1.4D hovered at $0.70-0.73/kg in the past one month, according to ICIS.
The price rise seen since early July halted in August as buying enquiries from overseas markets were very limited amid the global economic downturn. Many downstream converters only purchased small quantities to cover their basic requirements.
In the meantime, major exporters were reluctant to reduce prices given the eroded margins.
The latest data, from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, casts a shadow over some signals that the EU economy may be recovering slowly, since in several EU countries the manufacture of cars is an important indicator of production, exports and consumer confidence. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
After shrinking for 18 months under the pressures of economic reforms on business and household budgets, the EU car market slumped to a 17-year low, trade data showed on Tuesday.
In the first six months of the year, sales fell by 6.6% to a total of 6.205 million.
The EU car market has been shrinking for 18 months, with one small upward blip in April when there were two more working days than in the same month last year.
In June, sales fell by 5.6% on a 12-month comparison across the European Union to a total of 11.3 million, the lowest volume since 1996.
Mars, Unilever and Kimberly-Clark are among the 60+ organisations to have committed to the new US version of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact, which aims to create a fully circular economy for plastics. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
The US offshoot of the Pact launched late on Tuesday (25 August) and is believed to be the only cross-sector commitment of its kind in North America. It has garnered the support of more than 60 organisations, including corporates, trade bodies, NGOs, investors and academic institutions.
As with the other national Plastics Pacts overseen by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the commitment binds signatories to achieve four key commitments by 2025: eliminating all single-use plastics packaging which is problematic or unnecessary; ensuring that all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable; ensuring that 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted and reaching 30% recycled or responsibly sourced, bio-based content in packaging.
A collaboration between Japan-based Toppan Printing and Dow has yielded a new type of recyclable fabric for banners and signage, launched by Toppan under the brand name ‘ecocracy’. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
According to Toppan, banners and signage made from ecocracy can be recovered after events for re-pelletising into a recycled resin. This resin can then be blended with wood waste to produce wood-plastic composite materials to produce benches, floors, plant pots and similar products, enabling Toppan to push beyond the traditional use and end-of-life of its products, said Seiji Furuya, technical strategy and development manager in Toppan’s Information & Communication Division.
The new fabric is the outcome of an Olympics project combining Toppan’s processing technologies with Dow’s plastics expertise. In search of a more sustainable solution for the banners, flags and signage used at this type of event, the Japanese company elected to work with Dow on the creation of a monomaterial product, in which a single resin type is used in the fabric and all other plastic parts, such as the membrane, mesh, eyelet, and yarn.
Singapore’s overall chemicals output fell by 2.4% year on year in July, slowing down from the 11.7% decline in June, weighed by a drop in output from the specialties and petroleum segments, official data showed on Wednesday.
The petrochemicals segment grew by 11.5% year on year in July, but the rest of the chemical segments recorded declines, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said in a statement.
The other chemicals segment fell by 15.2% year on year in July, while the specialties and petroleum segments contracted by 16.0% each, “on the back of plant maintenance shutdowns and lower export orders amid the coronavirus outbreak”, the EDB said.
Economists predict that South Africa’s economy is likely to grow strongly in the third quarter of 2020, after the coronavirus pandemic caused a major contraction in Q2 2020.
A poll conducted by Reuters shows that economists expect an annualised 44.5% contraction in the April-June quarter (Q2), compared with the median estimate in a July poll for a 38.7% fall. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
The most pessimistic forecast was for a 53% contraction while even the most optimistic predicted a 20% fall.
Growth is seen recovering in the third quarter, although the forecast 18.6% rebound is not as sharp as the 19.3% predicted last month.
Denmark’s Haldor Topsoe on Wednesday joined a clean energy project to develop a “ground-breaking hydrogen and sustainable fuel facility” based on electrolysis in the greater Copenhagen area.
The project will be implemented by 2030 in three stages, achieving the capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) in 2023, 250 MW in 2027, and 1.3 GW in 2030, respectively, the firm said in a statement.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
The partnership consists of large Danish companies – including A. P. Moller – Maersk, DSV Panalpina, SAS, and Everfuel – covering the whole value chain for the production, distribution, and consumption of renewable hydrogen and sustainable fuels.
Topsoe will contribute with know-how about technologies that convert captured CO2 into sustainable methanol and jet fuel using hydrogen from electrolysis of water.
Russia-based Titan-Polymer has purchased two EXPERT K5 2,900mm vacuum metallisers which will be installed at their BOPET production facility.
Both machines incorporate the latest BOBST technologies and a 700mm diameter coating drum – the largest in the industry for BOPET film coating. One of the machines is equipped with the BOBST AlOx process for production of transparent high barrier films.
The EXPERT K5 is able to metallise at high speeds due to the High Rate Source and possesses many functions which ensure stable product quality.
It is also important that the machines are distinguished by great environmental characteristics. During downtime, the integrated software activates the ECO mode function which supplies energy and cooling water only when necessary, enabling reductions in energy consumption. Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
Coperion has achieved the complex modernisation of a ZSK 250 high-capacity extruder utilising remote processes and support, and has successfully evolved its modernisation efforts to utilise the Coperion ServiceBox, an integrated system for online monitoring and failure recording in extruders and compounders, as well as communication methods.
This ZSK 250 extruder modernisation package encompassed both a control software update as well as mechanical overhauls on the system.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
A significant throughput increase was achieved on the extruder by modernising the gearbox, mounting a new coupling, installing a ZS-EG side devolatilisation and updating the EpcNT control, including a rebuild of the control cabinet and monitor.
Recently, HC re-PSF market witnesses improvement apparently. Plants reflect that sales are relatively good generally, and inventory reduces much, especially Guangdong market, inventory in plants is basically depleted, and some plants still have orders to deliver later. In Zhejiang market, some plants that have been focusing on liquidating stocks for long time also see the inventory depleted, and inventory in other plants also reduces continually. However, as the inventory is generally high, and no discounts are seen for sales promotion, the de-stocking is not fast.Petrochemicals CarbonFiber Graphene PET
Driven by the HC re-PSF market, PET flake prices rebound somewhat. The purchase price of three-colored bottle bales in Fujian market has risen from 2,500-2,600yuan/mt to 2,900-3,000yuan/mt. In Guangdong, blue and white bottle bale prices move up from 2,900yuan/mt to around 3,100yuan/mt. In Zhejiang and Jiangsu, cold washed blue and white flakes tick up from 3,400-3,500yuan/mt to 3,600-3,700yuan/mt. In the context of price rebounds, suppliers have become cautious to sell and expect to hold the products first to wait the prices up further.
The group includes an industrial complex, a trading house, and an industrial park “BaltTechProm” The Ekopet group of companies was put up for auction by Trust Bank, according to the National Electronic Platform. The starting price of the auction is 5.5 billion rubles. The group includes 3 legal entities: an industrial complex, a trading house, and an industrial park “BaltTechProm” (Baltic Industrial Park). The total area of the park’s land plots is 132 hectares. The auction will take place on September 21. The auction step is 10 million rubles. Ecopet Group’s revenue in 2019 amounted to RUB 15.4 billion.
“The bank managed the Ekopet Group of Companies from 2018 to 2020. During this time, the maximum load of the plant’s installed capacity was reached. A pool of new clients was attracted, including those outside the Customs Union.Kaliningrad Group Companies Ekopet
In addition, the organizational, commercial and technological transformation of the enterprise was carried out. Now this is a business with a completed investment phase, “said Mikhail Khabarov, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust non-core assets bank.
The production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is located in Kaliningrad on the shore of the shipping channel. Ekopet is provided with its own railway line, located near the international sea trade port of Kaliningrad, which provides optimal logistics for the purchase of raw materials (Southeast Asia) and the sale of finished products (Russia, EU, North America).Kaliningrad Group Companies Ekopet
LLC “Balttehprom” is an infrastructure site with a total area of 132 hectares, of which Ekopet occupies 20 hectares. The infrastructure is fully prepared for new large tonnage production facilities, including TPA and fiber PET, there is a possibility of building a quay wall.
The polyethylene terephthalate production capacity reaches 220 thousand tons per year. The granulate is produced under the EköPet trademark and is used for the production of food packaging and PET bottles, specifies rupec.ru.
An escalating dispute between Greece and Turkey over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean is fast becoming militarized, raising the risks of a clash among NATO allies.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany, who visited Greece and Turkey this week urging dialogue, warned both governments against further military escalation. “Fire is being played with and any small spark could lead to catastrophe,” he said on Tuesday.
As Germany tries to mediate, four of its fellow E.U. members, France, Greece, Cyprus and Italy, are engaged in military exercises involving ships and planes off the Cypriot coast. Their purpose, they say, is to deter Turkey from further energy exploration in disputed waters, something it has been doing for several weeks with vessels guarded by warships and jet fighters.
Chemetry’s eShuttle technology produces high-purity ethylene dichloride (EDC), a chemical used primarily for PVC production, at a significant reduction in power consumption and production costs compared with existing techniques.
Chemetry, a business of clean technology innovation company Calera Corp., and Braskem, a leading producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, announced the construction of a demonstration plant in Brazil using Chemetry’s eShuttle technology for the production of ethylene dichloride (EDC).
Founded 12 years ago, Chemetry is dedicated to the development of environmentally and economically sustainable chemical processes. EShuttle EDC employs a unique metal halide ion process to produce high-purity EDC, a commodity chemical used primarily for PVC production, without the generation of chlorine gas.
LyondellBasell came out with quarterly earnings of USD0.71 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of USD0.61 per share. This compares to earnings of USD2.75 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items, as per ZACKS.
This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 16.39%. A quarter ago, it was expected that this oil refiner and chemical company would post earnings of USDUSD.36 per share when it actually produced earnings of USD1.52, delivering a surprise of 11.76%.
Over the last four quarters, the company has surpassed consensus EPS estimates two times.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
LyondellBasell, which belongs to the Zacks Chemical – Diversified industry, posted revenues of USD5.55 billion for the quarter ended June 2020, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3.98%. This compares to year-ago revenues of USD9.05 billion. The company has not been able to beat consensus revenue estimates over the last four quarters.
Vanderbilt engineers recently designed a simple defect-sealing technique to correct variations in pore size in graphene membranes. The researchers reported a breakthrough in scalable fabrication of graphene membranes with a sealing technology that corrects variations in the pore size so they remain small enough to trap salt ions and small molecules but allow water to pass. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
One of the most complex engineering challenges when making membranes so thin is to maintain integrity in the uniformity of the pores, which required drilling atomically precise holes in a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms. “A single large hole can cause high leakage and compromise membrane performance,” said Piran Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
“How do you poke trillions of holes between the size of 0.3 and 0.6 nanometers over a square centimeter of material that is just one-atom thick? That is 3 angstroms tolerance using processes that are scalable and roll-to-roll manufacturing compatible,” Kidambi said. An angstrom is one ten-billionth of a meter.
Prior to the early 1920’s, chemists doubted the existence of molecules having molecular weights greater than a few thousand. This limiting view was challenged by Hermann Staudinger, a German chemist with experience in studying natural compounds such as rubber and cellulose. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
In contrast to the prevailing rationalization of these substances as aggregates of small molecules, Staudinger proposed they were made up of macromolecules composed of 10,000 or more atoms.
He formulated a polymeric structure for rubber, based on a repeating isoprene unit (referred to as a monomer). For his contributions to chemistry, Staudinger received the 1953 Nobel Prize.
The terms polymer and monomer were derived from the Greek roots poly (many), mono (one) and meros (part).
Recognition that polymeric macromolecules make up many important natural materials was followed by the creation of synthetic analogs having a variety of properties.
Indeed, applications of these materials as fibers, flexible films, adhesives, resistant paints and tough but light solids have transformed modern society. Some important examples of these substances are discussed in the following sections.
US chemical production is rebounding, according to the ACC’s US Chemical Production Regional Index (US CPRI). The figure, a three-month moving average (3MMA), increased 0.8% in July after dropping 2.0% in May and 1.6% in June, reported Chemweek.
Segments contributing to the increase included plastic resins, chlor-alkali, organic chemicals, industrial gases, synthetic dyes and pigments, consumer products, and fertilizers, says ACC. Production continued to decline in adhesives, coatings, other specialty chemicals, crop protection, synthetic rubber, and manufactured fibers.
ACC notes that goods manufacturing continued a broad-based recovery in July, with overall factory activity up 4.9% on a 3MMA basis.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
Before plastics recycling in Europe can scale up, the industry needs to overcome sizable obstacles. Our survey helps illustrate what companies can do to achieve their aspirations.
McKinsey and Company; authors Mikhail Kirilyuk, Mirjam Mayer, Theo Jan Simons, and Christof Witte Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
Plastics recycling in Europe is expected to grow significantly in the next five to ten years, particularly in response to increased pressure from regulators and consumers. Governments and major brands are continuously discussing and refining targets to reduce waste and improve the circularity of the plastics value chain. And while players in the chemicals industry aspire to expand access to recycling, adopt new technologies, and grow sustainability efforts, many existing European recyclers that have pursued these goals for years have made little progress.
The amount of film recycled by U.S. and Canadian processors increased for the sixth consecutive year, with 69 per cent of the total amount collected and processed in the U.S. or Canada, the report from the American Chemistry Council said.
U.S. processing of recovered plastic film, bags, and wraps grew 10 per cent between 2017 and 2018, and collection of clear polyethylene film for recycling jumped 20 per cent for the year, according to a new report by the American Chemistry Council and produced by More Recycling. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
The amount of film reported as recycled by U.S. and Canadian processors increased for the sixth consecutive year and reached its highest mark yet, with 69 per cent of the total amount collected and processed in the U.S. or Canada, and the remainder being exported. The amount of recovered film exported dropped by 19 per cent.
Strong demand and substantial completed volumes in the spot resin markets last week led to inevitable rising prices as supplies thinned.
Two major storms developing in the Gulf of Mexico prompted another wave of resin buying and price hikes.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
Strong demand and substantial completed volumes in the spot resin markets last week led to inevitable rising prices as supplies thinned, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.
The week began with producers issuing a new nickel increase for September polyethylene (PE) contracts, lending support to the $0.05/lb increase pending for August, which will probably be implemented.
In addition to the imminent August cost-push polypropylene (PP) increase, which is hovering at $0.04/lb, another major producer joined the $0.03/lb hike for September PP contracts, which is in addition to any change in monomer costs.
The new nominations sent buyers to the spot market seeking to procure additional resin at still fairly good prices.
Carbon-fiber reinforced grade is features 90%-reduced carbon footprint when compared to prime PA, with light weight, strength, and electrical conductivity.
Archman srl, an Italian manufacturer of scissors for viticulture, horticulture, and gardening, has chosen Domo’s Econamid Air for its Helium electric tree pruner. An extremely light tool, weighing only 1.63 kg, the cutting body of the new product is molded with the sustainable polyamide- (PA6) based compound with carbon fiber.
The material’s lightweight, strength, electrical conductivity and sustainability credentials, made Econamid Air the ideal material for this application.
The lightweight nature of the material offers comfort for the user, while its electrical conductivity prevents the accumulation of energy, and the risk of unpleasant small electrical shocks during use. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
Sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic should be exempt from the UK’s new plastic packaging tax, according to a flexible compostable packaging producer.
Sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic should be exempt from the UK’s new plastic packaging tax, according to a flexible compostable packaging producer.
Writing to the UK Treasury, TIPA said: “Traditional recycling alone is failing to deal with the millions of tonnes of plastic detritus on our planet and there is no foreseeable change to this without systematic change in the materials we employ, including compostables.”
The company’s call for action was backed by the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), a UK trade body, and came as the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax consultation closes.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Graphene PET
The group includes an industrial complex, a trading house, and an industrial park “BaltTechProm” The Ekopet group of companies was put up for auction by Trust Bank, according to the National Electronic Platform. The starting price of the auction is 5.5 billion rubles. The group includes 3 legal entities: an industrial complex, a trading house, and an industrial park “BaltTechProm” (Baltic Industrial Park). The total area of the park’s land plots is 132 hectares. The auction will take place on September 21. The auction step is 10 million rubles. Ecopet Group’s revenue in 2019 amounted to RUB 15.4 billion.
“The bank managed the Ekopet Group of Companies from 2018 to 2020. During this time, the maximum load of the plant’s installed capacity was reached. A pool of new clients was attracted, including those outside the Customs Union.Ka
Krones is pleased to announce it has successfully completed the process of validating its Contipure AseptBloc DN system, and gained its approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Contipure AseptBloc DN is part of the standard aseptic equipment portfolio from Krones, and consists in a bloc configuration system with both aseptic filling and blowmolding of PET containers. Decontamination of primary packaging materials, consisting in preforms and closures, is performed with gaseous hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
The system, already 3-A Certified, is now FDA approved for the filling of sterile low acid foods that can be stored and distributed at ambient temperature conditions.
Downstream demand has recovered on the month since late-Jul, but diversified performances are seen. Orders for fabric for home textiles apparently improve. Warp knitting plants in Haining and Changshu and water-jet units in Changxing, which are major representative production bases for fabric for home textiles, witness better orders, with run rate up to near 80-90%. However, the improvement of fabric for apparel and boxes and bags are weaker. Operating rate of apparel fabric bases representative by water-jet units in Wujiang and circular knitting plants in Xiaoshan and Shaoxing is low. The run rate hits yearly low in Wujiang, near 50%, as many companies cut run rate amid poor sales and higher stocks of grey fabric and losses. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
Why is business for fabric for home textiles better than that for apparel and bags and boxes?
Negative impact of COVID-19 on the global economy is deepening and expanding unceasingly, which also affects major participants in the global textile industry. For example, their exports fell, orders were insufficient, and some even applied for suspension of business and production cuts.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
1.Vietnamese textile and apparel exports are expected to drop by 16% in 2020.
According to statistics from Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the exports of various yarns in Jan-Jul 2020 decreased by 20.9% compared with that in the same period of 2019; Exports of fabrics decreased by 40% and those of processed textiles dropped by 12.1%. The VCCI reminded that in the second half of 2020, Vietnamese textile mills will need to strengthen the development of the Vietnamese domestic market and cut production and management costs to make up for their revenue, while maintaining product quality, resetting production lines and manpower deployment measures to weather the effects of the pandemic.
The peak of overhaul of domestic polypropylene plants has passed, new plants are being started one after another, and the market supply is expected to increase gradually. Although the traditional peak season for demand is about to enter, due to the supply pressure in the market outlook, the epidemic and floods, the downstream is mostly bearish, demand recovery is slow, and the contradiction between supply and demand may gradually appear. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
On the supply side, after the peak of the new crown epidemic in March, the downstream operating rate rebounded rapidly, petrochemical depots went smoothly, and inventories fluctuated at low levels recently. According to market news, as of August 21, the polyolefin inventory of the two oils reached 660,000 tons, a decrease of 11.4% compared to the same period last year.
A new type of plastic that can be easily broken down into its chemical building blocks and reassembled into high-quality products could reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in landfill.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
More than 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally each year and only a small fraction – about 10 per cent in the US, for instance – is recycled. The rest is tipped into landfill, incinerated or leaked into the environment.
One reason why so little plastic is recycled is because it is hard to break down, and the processes typically used to remould old plastic weaken its chemical structure. As a result, recycled plastic is normally only used to make low-value products, such as outdoor benches and bins.
To address this problem, Eugene Chen at Colorado State University and his colleagues developed a plastic that is able to maintain its original qualities when recycled.
J-Sustain is Jerico’s line of sustainable polymer compounds. The line includes polyethylene-based compounds that promote sustainability, clean waterways and the recyclability of post-consumer waste in rotational molding, officials with Wadsworth, Ohio-based Jerico said in a news release. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
In an Aug. 24 phone interview, Jerico President Steve Copeland said that several customers had been asking for sustainable products. He added that although the firm has worked with post-industrial recycled plastics before, J-Sustain marks the first time Jerico is using post-consumer material.
“There are a lot of opportunities to put forward a greener footprint,” Copeland said.
Recyclass has launched its Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification, a new certification scheme for products with recycled plastics. An AIMPLAS auditor participated in the two Recyclass pilot audits conducted in Spain.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
The new certification verifies the traceability of recycled plastic material from the source to the final product and can also indicate the recycled content.
The Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification is a new certification scheme that provides proof of the traceability of recycled plastic material from the source, as well as the specific recycled content of each product. Given that it provides transparent information on the source of the recycled material (pre-consumer or post-consumer), it will increase consumer trust in the product’s environmental sustainability
BORIS Johnson needs to pull the plug on trade deal negotiations with the EU after the latest round of talks ended in stalemate, a think tank boss has said, adding: “The EU has had its chance.” Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
Robert Oulds was speaking days after both UK negotiator David Frost and EU opposite number Michel Barnier admitted an agreement was no closer to being struck, with Mr Barnier once again remarking: “The clock is ticking.” However, Robert Oulds, director-general of the Bruges Group, believes any further efforts are futile, and that Britain should now devote its collective energy to leaving on December 31 with no deal in place.
EMS Group (Domat, Switzerland), a producer of high-performance polymers and specialty chemicals, reports first-half 2020 results that deviate slightly from the provisional results it announced in July, according to Chemweek.
The company says net income declined 27.8% year on year (YOY) to 192 million Swiss francs (USD211 million) on sales that fell 26.8% YOY to SFr845 million. EBITDA and EBIT also went down 26.4% and 28.2%, to SFr254 million and SFr227 million, respectively.
Sales in the company’s high-performance polymers division were 27.1% lower YOY at SFr741 million, with EBIT down 28.6% to SFr200 million. The specialty chemicals division recorded a 24.6% YOY drop in sales to SFr104 million, with EBIT of SFr27 million, 25% less than the prior-year period. The company’s net liquidity increased by SFr167 million, or 24% YOY, to SFr863 million, it says. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide6
The development is a headache for OPEC, which had been hoping demand would recover quicker after a round of record global output cuts
Rising OPEC and U.S. oil supply, coupled with stalled economic and crude demand recovery, have pushed the futures market structure back to indicating a surplus, last observed during oil’s collapse in April and May amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The development is a headache for OPEC, which had been hoping demand would recover quicker after a round of record global output cuts. The group will either have to consider further production cuts or tolerate lower oil prices for longer.
The surplus market structure, when prompt prices are weaker than future prices, is also a boon for traders, as they can store crude in the hope to resell it later at a profit. Royal Dutch/Shell , Total , Eni and Norway’s Equinor have all reported bumper trading profits over the past week.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
Klöckner Pentaplast (kp), a global leader in recycled content products and high-barrier protective packaging, announces its commitment to expand its post-consumer recycled PET extrusion capacity by 17,500 metric tonnes, which significantly increases it’s capacity for thermoformed recyclable protein trays in North America.
The multimillion-dollar capacity expansion will be located among the eight, North American locations that are best situated to serve its sustainable consumer and protein packaging customer base.
The extrusion capacity expansion which includes special super-cleaning technology, supports the continuous, increased demand for a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content (PCR), in various consumer and health packaging applications. The thermoforming expansion responds to an increasing demand for sustainable PCR solutions in strategic markets our customers operate in. By increasing capacity for sustainable packaging solutions, we are ensuring that our customer’s sustainability targets can be met in the future.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
Turkey’s first and only integrated petrochemical plant, Petkim, a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), reported a TL 145 million (approximately USD20 million) profit in the second quarter of 2020, reported Chemweek.
According to the statement made by the company on Monday, Petkim’s sales revenue reached TL 2.2 billion with domestic sales recording a 10% increase in the March-May period compared with the previous quarter.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
During the period, the plant, located in the Izmir province in the Aegean region, prioritized the production of medical supplies and raw material for packaging to help the country’s fight against the pandemic.
Anar Mammadov, head of SOCAR Turkey’s refining and petrochemicals department, said the STAR refinery located near Petkim continued to supply the plant with the raw material naphtha without any interruptions.
Plastic polymers comprise about 40% of the output of the global chemical recycling sector1. As we use and make plastic today, for each kilogram that is not reused or recycled, another kilogram is produced from non-renewable, fossil-based raw materials.
Recycling of plastics waste into new plastics is an approach to increase the circularity of supply chains. According to the ‘Accelerating circular supply chains for plastics’ report by Closed Loop Partners, the demand for recycled plastics is strong, however the current supply of recycled plastics meets just 6% of this demand. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
The plastics industry requires a paradigm shift towards an absolute decoupling of materials consumption from growth of the economy if it is to achieve sustainability targets, according to new research from research firm Wood Mackenzie, said Canplastics.
“This shift, a term we call the materials transition, is the process through which we account for – and seek to minimise – the costs of extracting and disposing of raw materials consumed in the global economy,” said Guy Bailey, Wood Mackenzie’s head of intermediates and applications. “The materials transition is driven by societal concern, regulatory interventions and technological innovation.”
If all plastic packaging companies put the materials transition at the heart of their sustainability strategies, what would this mean in terms of plastic production and waste generation? Wood Mackenzie ran two scenarios focused on the major packaging polymers – polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – to answer this question. A “Current Path” scenario represents the world if it continues as it is today, while a “Sustainable Future” scenario sees more stringent legislation implemented to incentives companies to be ambitious. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
The investment from Erie Insurance and plastics packaging supplier The Plastek Group will go towards building the $100-million, mega-sized all-plastics recycling facility in Erie, Pa.
International Recycling Group (IRG), a privately-held start-up company that’s planning to build a large plastics recycling plant in Erie, Pa., has announced an initial round of US$9 million in investments from Erie Insurance and plastics packaging supplier The Plastek Group.Group. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
Ube Industries, Ltd. (President: Masato Izumihara) and Nagoya University (President: Seiichi Matsuo) announced today that the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has commissioned the collaborating parties to develop advanced separation technology for composite plastics. The parties submitted the proposal after NEDO issued a public call for projects to develop chemical recycling technology that enables waste plastics to be efficiently used as chemical raw materials. The project is being implemented as part of NEDO’s leading research program in the field of energy and environmental new technologies. The project is to be completed by March 19, 2021.
The commissioned technology will enable the separation of composite plastic products, such as multilayer films for packaging, into their constituent components. The aim is to develop material recycling technology for recycling singular constituent plastics from composite plastic waste. The commissioned technology will potentially enable low-energy and low-cost separation into constituent components, and will substantially conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as an innovative recycling technology. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
$10 million project funded by the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy
University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are teaming up on a $10 million project to transform coal into high-value carbon fibers and composites. The project was funded by the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy.
This project, titled “C4WARD: Coal Conversion for Carbon Fibers and Composites,” seeks to develop the fundamental and translational science and engineering necessary to create energy-efficient and cost-effective processes for manufacturing carbon fibers with tunable properties. It will address challenges associated with coal processing, variability in coal feedstocks, and carbon fiber manufacturing scale up from laboratory to semi-production scale. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
The Polyamide 6,6 Consumption Market has grown rapidly and contributes significantly to the global economy in terms of sales, growth rate, market share, and size. The Polyamide 6,6 Consumption Market Report is a comprehensive research document that provides readers with valuable information to help understand the fundamentals of the Polyamide 6,6 Consumption report. The report provides details on business strategies, market requirements, players dominating the market, and a futuristic perspective of the market.
The report will be updated with the latest economic scenario and market size in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Polyamide
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is reported to be in a coma after passing some of his powers to his sister. This was stated in the South Korean press citing a collaborator of former president Kim Dae-jung.
According to Chang Song-min, this is the name of the Seoul officer, “I am convinced that he is in a coma, but he is not yet dead: the succession has not yet been completed, so Kim yo-jong (the younger sister, ed) is brought to the fore because there cannot be a prolonged power vacuum.”
Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attended the online official ceremony to mark the foundation of Sibur’s Amur Gas Chemical Complex project.
Once completed, the project is expected to produce 2.3 mtpa of polyethylene and 400 ktpa of polypropylene. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
Svobodny/Russia – A construction site in the Amur Region saw the sinking of the first test pile in the foundation of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex (GCC), a facility set to become one of the world’s largest and most advanced basic polymer producers.
The official ceremony was held online and was attended via video conference by Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and other ministers including Vasily Orlov, Governor of the Amur Region; Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board at Sibur Holding; and representatives of government authorities, the company and its partners.
Trusted Business Insights answers what are the scenarios for growth and recovery and whether there will be any lasting structural impact from the unfolding crisis for the Beverage Packaging market. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
Trusted Business Insights presents an updated and Latest Study on Beverage Packaging Market 2019-2029. The report contains market predictions related to market size, revenue, production, CAGR, Consumption, gross margin, price, and other substantial factors. While emphasizing the key driving and restraining forces for this market, the report also offers a complete study of the future trends and developments of the market. The report further elaborates on the micro and macroeconomic aspects including the socio-political landscape that is anticipated to shape the demand of the Beverage Packaging market during the forecast period (2019-2029).
It also examines the role of the leading market players involved in the industry including their corporate overview, financial summary, and SWOT analysis.
UC Riverside (UCR) engineers have developed a way to recycle PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Energy Storage. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
The researchers first dissolved pieces of PET plastic bottles in a solvent. Then, using an electrospinning process, they fabricated microscopic fibers from the polymer and carbonized the plastic threads in a furnace. After mixing with a binder and a conductive agent, the material was then dried and assembled into an electric double-layer supercapacitor within a coin-cell type format.
Sweden is aiming for a zero waste society. This takes the country’s recycling revolution one step further – from dumping rubbish in landfills, to recycling to reusing.
It is early morning, and 31-year-old Daniel Silberstein collects his bike from the storeroom in his block of flats, but not before he has separated out his empty cartons and packaging into the containers in the shared basement. It is just some of the two tonnes of rubbish he and his fellow Swedes recycle per person each year. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
‘The thing about recycling is that it’s quite mechanical’, he says. ‘It’s basically just this thing you automatically do where you sort your rubbish – just another part of all the consumption we do in our daily lives’, Silberstein says. He lives in a central Stockholm flat with his partner and daughter Charlie.
The Ocean Cleanup project is a non-profit organization with the goal of eliminating 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years and 90% of ocean borne plastic by 2040. These estimates are based upon engineering models of the major ocean gyres combined with reasonable efforts at source reduction. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
By The Ocean Cleanup’s estimates, there are 5,000,000,000,000 pieces of plastic in the ocean. These are distributed in 5 major garbage patches, the most famous of which is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is located between California and Hawaii.
Envases Universales Group provides a complete PET plastic container packaging solution for consumer products, from package design & R&D to PET package products, both standard containers and customized packaging and process optimization services for end customers. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
They recently installed EREMA VACUREMATM Basic 2625-T PET Recycling Equipment. These are the two largest PET recycling plants we have ever built for a customer! The facility produces 8 tons of rPET per hour.
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is commonly employed in the evaluation of polymer materials’ physical properties; for example, their melting point, glass transition point, and thermal decomposition temperature.
When working with standard DSC measurements, however, the peaks and shifts could overlap in cases where multiple thermal phenomena occur in the same temperature range. This can lead to an analysis of the individual phenomena being challenging in some instances. Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
One alternative approach is the use of temperature-modulated DSC (TM-DSC) – a technique that enables the acquisition of information which cannot be obtained with standard DSC by temperature control, thanks to a modulation that is overlaid on a constant temperature increase.
Nylstar, an European textile company, has introduced new Meryl recycled yarns as part of its global strategy to provide circular economy solutions.
Meryl yarn can now be produced with global recycled standard (GRS) certification using Invista recycled nylon 6.6 polymer. With 50 per cent or more recycled content, yarn will retain the world-renowned quality.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
Invista sources post-industrial nylon 6.6 material from its plant in Kingston, Canada, where fibres for airbags and carpets are produced.
Through its proprietary process, Invista converts post-industrial fibre waste to pellet form and supplies it to Nylstar for spinning, enabling some of the world’s top fashion houses to deliver sustainable garments to the market.
“We, through our research centre for advanced recycled materials, are the first to commercialise these recycled materials for use in fine denier yarns for the athleisure market,” Alfonso Cirera, CEO and president of Nylstar, said in a press release.
Injection moulding company Denroy Plastics has poured its expertise into aviation, medical and automotive thermoplastics, for the design and manufacture of clinical grade PPE, and has already supplied more than a million units of its HeroShield visors to UK NHS frontline staff.Petrochemicals Nylon66 Nylon6
Designing and developing their own tooling, Denroy have produced the recyclable visor at their Northern Ireland manufacturing site. Manufactured from PP and PETG sheet. HeroShield is a light, clear, antifog visor that protects the whole face.
In 2020, affected by the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand in many fields has shrunk. But the actual CPL production in the first half of the year has increased by 1% year-on-year, and the supply of nylon 6 has not shrunk. How is the production of PA6 distributed in the first half of the year?
Demand in nylon downstream sectors in H1 2020 Of all the various downstream fields of nylon, consumption of nylon films was the only one that grew significantly in the first half of 2020. This was mainly driven by surging demand for convenient and fast food at the early stage of the pandemic around the world, which drove the demand for nylon film. Particularly in March and April, when the pandemic was spreading fast outside, nylon film exports surged. The output of nylon film grew 35% year-on-year, and the proportion of nylon distribution to film grew 3 percentage from 5% in 2019 to 8% in H1 2020.
Crude oil futures dipped on Aug. 14 as a wave of reports last week painted a gloomier economic outlook with slower demand recovery as the coronavirus pandemic continued to take its toll, reported S&P Global. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
Despite more bullish US news this week in the form of weaker crude production and falling storage volumes, the global picture remained more bearish, with forecasts of lower-than-expected worldwide demand as the OPEC+ alliance increases its output, more US shale producers reverse curtailments and more tankers unload their stored oil.
NYMEX September WTI fell by 23 cents and settled at USD42.01/b, while ICE October Brent dipped by 11 cents to reach USD44.85/b. Crude prices have remained tightly rangebound since late June.
Market atmosphere on polyester market has improved in Aug compared with Jul, exerting active influence on the whole industry.
Recovery from low price was a major reason for this wave of uptrend.
PFY, which suffered huge losses before, increased the most among polyester products. That meant lower price was relatively safer. Improvement of PSF was limited, and PET bottle chip market remained in doldrums. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
Operating rate of twisting units and fabric mills gradually ascended since late-Jul. Meanwhile, stocks of grey fabric descended with better orders. However, diversified performances were seen in various regions. Orders for knitted fabric were relatively better, especially warp knitting fabric in Haining. Water-jet fabric mills in Shengze witnessed weak appearance, and some plants were still bothered by high stocks. Overall run rate of downstream market was rising now.
China and the US have agreed to hold trade talks in the coming days, China’s commerce ministry said today.
The brief comments were made in response to a question at the ministry’s regular press conference and did not include any further details. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
The status of trade talks between the two countries has been plunged into confusion in recent days, after US President Donald Trump said he had postponed talks to review the phase-one trade deal because of his anger over China’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. A senior US administration official later said no talks had been scheduled.
Shell’s ambition is to use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its global chemical plants by 2025.
Shell says that it has successfully made “high-end” chemicals using a liquid feedstock made from plastic waste using a pyrolysis process that is considered a breakthrough for hard-to-recycle plastics. The initiative advances Shell’s ambition to use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in its global chemical plants by 2025.
Atlanta-based Nexus Fuels LLC recently supplied its first cargo of pyrolysis liquid to Shell’s chemical plant in Norco, LA, where it was made into chemicals that are the raw materials for everyday items. Shell Chemicals manufactures ethylene, propylene, and butadiene at the site. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
Injection moulding company Denroy Plastics has poured its expertise into aviation, medical and automotive thermoplastics, for the design and manufacture of clinical grade PPE, and has already supplied more than a million units of its HeroShield visors to UK NHS frontline staff. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
Designing and developing their own tooling, Denroy have produced the recyclable visor at their Northern Ireland manufacturing site. Manufactured from PP and PETG sheet. HeroShield is a light, clear, antifog visor that protects the whole face.
Have you and your colleagues been planning to invest in quality PET plastic recycling equipment? Companies across the recycling industry count on Twinsburg, Ohio’s PlastiWin Capital Equipment, LLC for leading plastic processing equipment purchasing and sales, along with a variety of other services. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
With this in mind, you can learn more about the PlastiWin Capital Equipment, LLC team, and its work by visiting the company website.
Designed for performance and durability, plastics have become an indispensable part of everyday life. However, poor waste management has led to the accumulation of plastic in the environment. Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
In order to solve this issue, the European Union has embarked on a transition to a circular system in which plastics are reused, repaired and recycled plastics. It also aims to produce plastics that are made from renewable resources (bio-based plastics). Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the most promising and frequently used polyesters in this category.
Flexible and versatile, PLA is used in applications ranging from disposable cutlery and degradable sutures to rigid packaging and extrusion coatings, although the dominant market for PLA is food packaging.
Avantium Renewable Polymers, a 100% subsidiary of Avantium, plans to build a flagship plant for the production of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), a monomer for high performance polyesters such as PEF (polyethylene furanoate). Petrochemicals Nylon66 AdipicAcid
The plant, which is aimed to be on-stream at the start of 2023, will have a nameplate capacity of 5 metric kilotons per year and be located in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
We recently ran a consumer survey on a number of things related to consumer attitudes towards sustainability in textile materials, textile raw materials and emerging materials like our wood-based fibre.
Made in four European countries and the US, the survey gives us intriguing insight to all this. We will disclose the entire results in the near future, but here’s a sneak peek, as I wanted to first address a misconception that we often hear and was also visible in the survey results.
Firstly, we were glad to see that 86% of all respondents found wood a “very” to “somewhat sustainable” raw material for textiles. However the 86% includes 37% that answered “somewhat sustainable” and 15% said they don’t think wood is sustainable at all, so there are some concerns and that’s fine. Being worried about overusing wood only shows awareness.
The German arm of a Dutch flexible packaging firm has pledged its commitment to the circular economy by signing-up to the Prevent Waste Alliance.
LC Packaging GmbH said joining the Alliance would help it contribute to minimising waste and maximising the reuse of resources on a global scale.
By working in partnership with other Alliance members, which include other businesses, public institutions and academia in Germany, the company will work towards “conserving resources and closing loops” around packaging. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) recently urged the government to waive the 37 per cent tax on partially-oriented yarn (POY 5402.4600), the basic raw material for the textile industry and small and medium enterprises, so that investors can be encouraged to set up draw textured yarn (DTY) manufacturing plants.
Local production can meet the demand for raw materials of the domestic industry, chairman of FPCCI standing committee on imports Khawar Noorani said.
He expressed deep concern over the equal tax rate on imported POY and DTY. The government imposes 11 per cent customs duty, 2 per cent additional customs duty, 2 per cent income tax, 2.5 per cent regulatory duty, 17 per cent sales tax and 3 per cent additional sales tax on POY imports, which is 37 per cent of the total tax, while the tax rate on DTY is also same and this is unfair as the duty on POY is less all over the world, he was quoted as saying by Pakistani media reports. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
Europe intends to be a world leader in the circular economy and in clean technologies. Chemical recycling can act as game changer by recycling much more plastic waste and serving plastic products containing recycled content to a broader range of markets.
Today, just 15% of EU-collected plastic waste finds its way back into the EU plastic market. Mixed or contaminated plastic waste is currently incinerated, ends up in a landfill or litters our streets and waters. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
Chemical recycling technologies can be part of the solution since it can use waste plastic streams that currently have no or low value in recycling, thus present an addition to the already existing mechanical recycling of plastics.
It can also potentially remove the so-called “legacy chemicals” and substances of very high concern (SVHC) from plastic waste.
Scientists are creating adipic acid without the byproduct of greenhouse gases
The discovery that bacteria that can be used to make a key chemical used in nylon manufacturing could allow for the creation of this component without the emission of greenhouse gases. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have developed a sustainable method for making adipic acid, which is a key component of nylon. The scientists altered the genetic code of E.coli. The modified cells were grown in liquid solutions containing guaiacol, which is the main component of compound that gives plants their shape. Following a 24-hour incubation period, the modified bacteria transformed the guaiacol into adipic acid, but without producing nitrous oxide.
Scientists warn prevalence of plastic pollution may pose risks to human and ocean health
More than 10 times as much plastic has been found in the Atlantic ocean than previously estimated to be there, showing the the world’s plastic problem is likely to be much greater than realised. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
New measurements of the top 200m of the Atlantic found between 12 and 21 million tonnes of microscopic particles of three of the most common types of plastic, in about 5% of the ocean. That would indicate a concentration in the Atlantic of about 200 million tonnes of these common plastics.
Previous estimates, based on calculations of the amount of mismanaged municipal waste in coastal areas, were that between 17 million and 47 million tonnes of plastic had been released into the Atlantic in total over the 65 years from 1950 to 2015.
Researchers use a natural plant product to coat and pin carbon nanotubes uniformly
In current technology, polymers reinforced with ultra-fine strands of carbon fibers represent a class of composite materials that are “as light as a feather and as strong as steel,” leading to versatile applications in several industries. To increase strength and give carbon-fiber composites other desirable properties such as high electrical and thermal conductivities, carbon nanotubes are often added. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
However, the chemical processes used for incorporating the carbon nanotubes into these composites often cause the nanotubes to spread unevenly and clump, reducing the overall benefit.
To facilitate the even distribution of carbon nanotubes, researchers in a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded study at Texas A&M University used natural plant products called cellulose nanocrystals to coat and pin carbon nanotubes uniformly into the carbon-fiber composites.
RadiciGroup and Atalanta B.C. have announced the continuation of their partnership during the 2020-2021 football season.
In the next few days, they will publish the details of their collaboration – a testimony to their shared values and, above all, their deep attachment to the territory and communities of the Province of Bergamo. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
Maurizio Radici, Vice President of RadiciGroup, said: “We are tightly bound to the Nerazzurri jersey. The Atalanta jersey is the symbol of a territory and of a population that is rich in values and aware of its traditions, that works hard with determination to achieve important objectives. At a time like this, in which Bergamo has been put to a tough test, we think it is even more important for local pillars of society to team up, so as to reach increasingly more ambitious goals.”
Scientific collaboration between DS Smith and Aquapak Polymers aimed at commercializing groundbreaking sustainable single-use packaging solutions.
A scientific collaboration between Atlanta-based DS Smith, a leading sustainable packaging company, and U.K. developer of innovative biodegradable polymers Aquapak Polymers, is expected to result in the development of next-generation single-use packaging solutions– a fully recyclable packaging alternative to non-recyclable plastics.
Now that they have completed the pilot project stage, the partners are working on practical applications of the combined, biodegradable materials with a focus on recyclability and performance. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy Adipic Acid
This includes a range of packaging solutions where traditional plastic films can be replaced with Aquapak’s Hydropol, a biodegradable and water-soluble polymer that will help improve the recycling process and result in less contamination, as it is designed to dissolve completely in warm or hot water.
The polymer nanocomposites market is estimated to witness significant growth on account of increasing developments made in electronic & automobile industry. Its exceptional physical and thermal characteristics make it an ideal material for automotive manufacturing. It is generally used in automotive components like windows, headlamp covers, engine & inverter covers, tires, coatings, and body panels. However, it has found new application as a light-weight material in the automotive sector, helping manufacturers to develop vehicles with improved performance and fuel efficiency.
Novozymes says its net profits for the second quarter of 2020 dropped 28% year on year (YOY), to 646 million Danish krone (USD102 million) on 3% YOY lower sales, to DKr3.35 billion, according to Chemweek. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
EBITDA and EBIT also declined 24% and 27%, to DKr1.17 billion and DKr867 million, respectively. The disproportional fall in profits this year is mainly attributed to a decrease in other operating income, which in 2019 included the recognition of DKr287 million in deferred income related to the termination of the BioAg alliance and DKr153 million in proceeds from the divestment of a pharma-related royalty, the company says.
“The pandemic is still very present, and we continue to take all necessary measures to keep our employees safe, protect the business, and maintain our ability to supply our customers. But as countries and economies carefully reopen, we now reinstate our 2020 outlook with an organic sales performance of -2% to +2%, an EBIT margin of around 26% including much weaker currency effects, and free cash flow before acquisitions of DKr2.4-2.8 billion,” says Ester Baiget, president and CEO at Novozymes.
The company plans to develop a plastics recovery facility to separate and sort residential, commercial and industrial plastics in Erie, Pennsylvania.
International Recycling Group (IRG), a privately held startup company based in Erie, Pennsylvania, plans to build a large plastics recycling plant in Erie. According to an announcement on International Recycling Group’s website, Erie Insurance and The Plastek Group, Erie, have invested $9 million in the facility.Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
Erie Insurance is investing in the new IRG plant through its Opportunity Zone Fund based on the company meeting predevelopment progress milestones, IRG reports. Separately, Plastek has purchased an equity stake in IRG’s parent company, GreenSteel LLC.
IRG says its facility in Erie will be a mega-sized, all-plastics “SuperPRF” (plastics recovery facility), and the Erie Insurance Opportunity Zone investment will support plant development, including engineering design, site selection and contract work.
Veolia’s latest Sustainability strategy – Impact 2023 has taken a key step in the growing success of the circular economy in the UK. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
Currently managing over 2 million tonnes of reclaimed material the company is now aiming to expand its pioneering new technologies that lower resource use.
Backed by a planned multi-million pound investment by 2022, this commitment adds to the £2 billion already invested in new infrastructure across the UK.
As the driving force behind this change Veolia has also achieved significant firsts from investment in R&D, which has enabled the recycling of 350 million plastic milk bottles, more than 120 million cups, and processing of 178,000 discarded TVs and monitors.
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed a new range of MDI polyether prepolymers containing renewable, bio-based raw materials. Marketed under the brand name Adiprene Green. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
The products are suitable as replacement for existing fossil-based polyether prepolymers to manufacture highly durable polyurethane (PU) elastomers.
The overall objective was to create a range of bio-based prepolymers which allow the PU processor to produce components with a reduced CO2 footprint. Depending on the system, a reduction of CO2 between 20-30% is possible compared to fossil-based prepolymers due to the use of polyether polyols based on starch.
US President Donald Trump has again called into question the future of trade talks with Beijing, despite a recent surge in US crude shipments to China under the countries’ phase-one trade deal. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
Trump said late yesterday that he postponed scheduled talks to review the trade agreement because of his anger over how China handled the Covid-19 outbreak.
“I postponed talks with China… I don’t want to deal with them now,” Trump said. Asked if he would pull out of the trade deal, Trump said: “We’ll see what happens.”
Under the terms of the phase-one deal, US and Chinese representatives were scheduled to hold a review six months after the agreement took effect in mid-February.
Autonomous driving and car sharing are becoming more and more important and are transforming the car interior into a living and working space. Plastics, with their low weight and shape, are the material of choice for making the new ‘living space’ functional. But the collaboration between Covestro, Dr Schneider Unternehmensgruppe and Engel is going one step further. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
By using so-called continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites, the components can be made not only lighter and slimmer, but also with a high-quality design.
A modular table system, dubbed the ‘lightweight table’, was developed for the ‘autonomotive’ cars of the future by Covestro as manufacturer of the thermoplastic materials; Engel Austria as supplier of machine and process technology; and the Dr Schneider Unternehmensgruppe as a tier one supplier to the automotive industry.
Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announces its participation as a founding member and funding partner of the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a new initiative of The Recycling Partnership, said the company. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
Braskem”s collaboration within the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition will focus on increasing curbside recycling access for polypropylene (PP) to ensure this critical packaging material is widely recovered and reused in end-markets including food and beverage packaging, consumer products and automotive parts.
Geoffrey Inch, Braskem”s North America Sustainability Director, states, “As the North American leader in polypropylene, Braskem is committed to strengthening the recycling and circularity of polypropylene. In addition to a financial commitment, Braskem is also bringing our technical expertise and market knowledge to drive necessary improvements in the U.S. recycling infrastructure for recovering polypropylene.
Repsol (Madrid, Spain) and mechanical recycling specialist Acteco say they are partnering on a project to increase the production capacity for recycled polyolefins at Acteco’s existing facility in Alicante, Spain. No investment figure has been given, said Chemweek.
Recycled polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) from the plant will be used in Repsol’s circular polyolefins plastics range, which incorporates a percentage of mechanically recycled materials and is designed for high-value applications and high technical requirements, it says. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
Repsol has previously set itself a target of recycling the equivalent of 20% of its polyolefins production by 2030, and says it has now launched more than 200 circular economy initiatives to reduce its carbon intensity.
The Flake Scan analysis system from Sesotec GmbH captures data that can be quickly leveraged to determine the purity of plastic flakes and regrind.
The quality of plastic flakes and regrind is crucial in determining whether plastics processors and manufacturers can profitably use and sell plastic recyclate.
Depending on how the recyclate will be used, elaborate manual, visual, or thermal sample analyses are often necessary in order to assess the quality of a batch of materials.
Sample analyses are also used as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of the recycling sorting process. Such sample analyses are hardly representative, however, and require additional resources, cost, and time. Petrochemicals CircularEconomy PET Textile
Turkey’s manufacturing output rebounded further in June from a month earlier, and even increased on the year.
Calendar-adjusted manufacturing output rose by 1pc on the year in June, having fallen by as much as 20.6pc in May. June manufacturing output was 19pc higher than in May.
Industrial activity had already started to pick up in May as Covid-19 restrictions were eased. And some industrial facilities reached capacity in late May following the Eid holiday.
Turkey’s industrial output was particularly low in June last year. Output declined sharply from late 2018 as a result of Turkey’s currency crisis, only starting to recover from September last year when it registered year-on-year increases for each month before falling by 19pc in March.
The automotive industry has an important relationship with the chemicals sector while remaining an instrumental force on the global economy as an employment-intensive sector.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
In a fast-changing world, automotive manufacturing is susceptible to unique challenges. While vehicle manufacturers are impacted by material prices, trends impacting the market ripple upstream.
Globally the automotive sector continues to recover, led by a very strong performance in China. However, there are concerns about balance sheets with some producers struggling to survive in the short term.
China and northeast Asian spot acrylonitrile (ACN) prices increased recently, with regional suppliers raising offers on the back of limited spot availability.
However, buyers are either well covered by contract volumes – or could source for supply in domestic China at lower cost – and were in no rush to buy spot cargoes, thus widening a gap between offers and bids.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
This situation is expected to continue in negotiations for September cargoes.
In the week ended 14 August, average spot ACN prices were at $990/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China/northeast (NE) Asia, up by $15/tonne week on week, according to ICIS data.
Japan’s investments in research and development (R&D) are expected to stay resilient despite a deep economic recession induced by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is putting significant downward pressure on business investment in Japan. But despite a sharp deterioration in demand and profits, we think R&D investment by large manufacturing firms will show resilience,” Oxford Economics said in a research note on Tuesday.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
“We expect Japan to maintain its high levels of R&D spending,” said Shigeto Nagai, head of Japan economics at the Oxford Economics said.
Clariant’s Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives announced that a strategic partnership has been formed with Chemtex Global Corporation for the realization of second-generation biofuel projects, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
Under the partnership, the two parties will collaborate to market and sell Clariant’s sunliquid® technology licenses, as well as services and supplies for advanced biofuel plants in China. As the largest passenger car market in the world, the environmental impact posed by transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a big challenge for the Chinese government. In 2017, the State Council of PRC endorsed a new strategic plan1 to further utilize bioethanol converted from agricultural residue as gasoline for motor vehicles. Under the nationwide blending mandate proposed, all gasoline used for motor vehicles will need to contain bioethanol as an additive. Clariant, with its innovative sunliquid® technology that offers an efficient process for converting agricultural residues into low-emission, carbon negative biofuel, is fully supporting the rollout of the mandate.
Indorama Ventures Ltd. (IVL, Bangkok, Thailand) announced that it has, through its indirect subsidiary Indorama Netherlands B.V., signed a Conditional Share Purchase Agreement with O.R.V. Ovattificio Resinatura Valpadana S.P.A. and OPOKA LTD., to acquire a 100% equity stake of Industrie Maurizio Peruzzo Polowat spolka z ograniczona odpowiedzialnoscia (IMP Polowat), a limited-liability company incorporated under the laws of Poland, according to Chemical Engineering.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
This transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approvals.
IMP Polowat consists of two production sites located in Bielsko-Biala and Leczyca, Poland, and processes post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate
Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, today announced the launch of its new INSPIRE polypropylene (PP) grade designed to replace polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in consumer packaging applications such as ready-made meals at grocery stores and fast casual restaurants when higher temperature resistance is needed, said the company.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
Braskem offers the new PP thermoforming grade, as part of its INSPIRE series, which can be an excellent replacement for PET. Braskem’s INSPIRE series of value added polypropylene products offers enhanced performance attributes delivering a distinctive balance of performance and sustainability, providing Braskem clients differentiated products versus commodity grade polymers.
Nestlé Waters North America’s VP and chief sustainability officer discusses conversion challenges and lessons learned as the brand increases rPET use across the US portfolio.
Nestlé Waters North America took a deeper plunge into recycled PET with a mid-July announcement that three more regional brands in its national portfolio of packaged water will join Poland Spring in using rPET content.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
For many years 100% recyclable in PET bottles, the company’s regional brands’ packaging — Ozarka 100% Natural Spring Water, Deer Park 100% Natural Spring Water, and Zephyrhills 100% Natural Spring Water — will all be made using 100% recycled plastic and be 100% recyclable.
The material targets high-volume applications such as meat trays and microwaveable bowls, along with auto headliners, ducts, and floor liners.
ExxonMobil has introduced a new foamable polypropylene (PP) grade as an easily and affordably processed sustainable solution for high volume applications, including food and beverage packaging, industrial packaging, building products, and automotive parts. Achieve Advanced PP6302E1 is a high melt strength (HMS) grade that improves product stiffness by up to 30 percent, compared to standard HMS PP foam, for significant cost reduction opportunities.Petrochemicals Circular Economy Textile
NOVA Chemicals Corp., a producer of chemicals and resins, and Enerkem Inc., a waste-torenewable fuels and chemicals producer, entered into a joint development agreement to
explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a building block of plastics.
The companies will research advanced recycling technology to transform hard-to-recycle municipal waste, including plastics, household waste, and construction materials, into ethylene at commercial scale.
Ethylene produced from waste would advance a plastics circular economy and help meet consumer brand goals for recycled content in packaging. Advanced recycling technologies can create valuable feedstocks from post-use plastics that cannot easily be mechanically recycled.
The quality of polymers produced is indistinguishable from those made with 100 percent fossil-based feedstocks.
It’s been a long dry spell in the Permian. Shale drilling and completions activity has collapsed to levels not seen since before 2000 (as far back as records are kept).
That was the year shale activity first began to pick up from essentially nil and hit all-time peaks in 2008.Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
With occasional ebbs and flows, it had gradually drifted down to the start of the current calamity, where active rigs stood at a somewhat healthy 805 rigs turning to the right.
Fracking has also taken a commensurate dive over the last eight months, defying the conventional wisdom that as prices began to improve, activity would increase. It hasn’t happened in either case. Why?
Axion Polymers has successfully renewed its current ISO management system certification and gained the new enhanced ISO45001 Health and Safety standard at its two materials recycling plants in Manchester, UK. Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
Following an extensive audit process in 2020, Axion Polymers has been recertified for the ISO 9001 quality management systems at its Salford and Trafford Park operations. ISO9001 certification is based on seven quality principles, covering all aspects of the plants’ operations, from manufacture to supply and customer service.
The global economy and mankind’s need for ever-expanding markets and raw materials seems to be setting us on a path to destruction. We know that the earth is a finite resource. At some point, humanity will need to stop expanding simply because there will be no space to support our basic needs. Although this is a fundamental and obvious truth, we have done very little to change our ways. In fact, we have turned a blind eye to the harm that we are doing by leaving the younger generation to deal with the results of the harmful by-products of our expanding civilization.Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
The concern is that the tipping point may have finally arrived. The solution to our problem of mass consumption needs to come within a generation. Either we choose to work together to create a sustainable future on our own terms or mother nature will balance the world out for us.
Greater circularity and more efficient use of materials present new opportunities for further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Together, European countries have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions significantly since 1990. Achieving climate neutrality by 2050, however, will demand additional and long-lasting climate mitigation strategies.Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
With materials management accounting for up to two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, one promising area for further reductions is the circular economy.
According to a recent briefing of the European Environment Agency (EEA), new methodological approach helps to identify circular efforts that can contribute to reducing emissions in any sector and has highlighted key ways to cut emissions in the buildings sector.
Chemical recycling is key in creating a circular economy for plastics, however, it is not a silver bullet. Many complementary solutions are needed to ensure full circularity, starting at the top of the waste hierarchy.
A lot more should be done to reduce the use of plastic, especially being mindful of “over-packaging” of products. After improving the eco-design of plastics produced, they should remain in use, in a circular system, while keeping key functionalities and properties for their designed application.Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
Chemical Recycling Europe and its members provide a solution to make plastics circular. We are developing a new range of recycling methods, often described as advanced recycling, to complement the current mechanical recycling efforts.
Organisers of the ITM 2021 textile machinery exhibition say that the Turkish textile industry has increased its textile exports during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will crown its success with the exhibition, which will be held from 22-26 June 2021.
“The Turkish textile industry made a righteous name for itself all over the world by playing a successful game during the troublesome coronavirus pandemic period,” organisers said in a statement.Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
“Turkey, coming to the fore especially in the field of production of masks and protective textiles, made happy textile machinery manufacturers be content through the continuation of the stability in textile machinery commerce.”
Almost all current recycling (98%) is open loop recycling, meaning the outputs have lower value applications (“down-cycling”) and hence don’t reduce the feedstock that is needed to manufacture the original product.
It is obvious that the plastics industry wants to move focus to recycling and circularity, however recycling in this open form simply isn’t helping to reduce our dependence on oil – from which most plastics are derived today.
We need to transition to a world where the plastics we make fit into a perfectly circular economy.Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
Japan’s economy shrank by an annualised 27.8% in the second quarter, the sharpest contraction on record, as domestic consumption fell sharply due to coronavirus-related restrictions, official data showed on Monday. Petrochemicals Antibacterial Graphene Textile
On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted basis, this corresponds to a 7.8% drop in the GDP in the April-June period, preliminary estimates by the Cabinet Office showed.
The contraction in July marks the third straight month of contraction.
Private consumption, which makes up more than half the Japanese economy, fell by 8.2% in the second quarter from the previous three-month period.