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NOVA Chemicals expects to make a final investment decision (FID) on a possible new polyethylene (PE) unit in Geismar by the end of 2019, an executive at the Canada-headquartered chemicals producer said on Thursday.

NOVA would build the plant at its Louisiana site, where it has a cracker that it acquired from Williams in 2017. The cracker has a capacity of 885,000 tonnes/year and currently sells all of its output on the merchant market.

If NOVA does choose to build the PE plant, then operations could start in mid-2024, said Naushad Jamani, senior vice president, olefins and feedstock at NOVA Chemicals.

The company is still considering which technology it will use for the plant, he said, but it is leaning towards the Advanced SCLAIRtech (AST) technology that it used for its new linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in Joffre, in Canada’s Alberta province.

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Washington, D.C., can lead the horse to the well, but the well doesn’t always pump.

The oil cartel formally known as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced this week that it would cancel its planned meeting in April, delaying the decision to June on whether to stick to its plans to curb production by 1.2 million barrel a day.

The decision to wait for its regularly scheduled meeting is “one more sign of Saudi Arabia’s resolve” to continue its planned cuts and “ignore the noise from Washington,” notes Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets in a report published Wednesday.

The company notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that it couldn’t file its annual report on time. It gave three reasons.

What happened

Shares of Amyris (NASDAQ:AMRS) fell more than 22% today after the business filed a form NT 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

That’s the ominous filing code for the “notification of inability to timely file form 10-Kreport for a business.

Believe it or not, this is the seventh consecutive year (!) the synthetic biology pioneer has been unable to submit its annual report to the SEC on time.

The explanation given for the delay this year isn’t reassuring markets.

Decision on CLP entry delayed again amid questions over waste forms

The European Commission is looking to amend hazardous waste guidance for titanium dioxide after its proposal to classify only powder forms as a category 2 carcinogen hit a fresh hurdle over waste.

The Commission is taking the action following concerns raised at the 7 March REACH Committee meeting over waste containing titanium dioxide. Notably these included: how to handle waste containing the substance when it can be in powder, solid or liquid forms.

In its latest update of the proposal from late January, the Commission restricted the classification mainly to mixtures in powder form, arguing that titanium dioxide-induced carcinogenicity is only associated with inhalation.

Northern Ireland-based Blow Moulding Technologies (BMT) has been awarded £40,000 ($52,000) for winning the semi-final of the Shell Springboard Aberdeen Awards with its Preview Bio-Plastics Simulation software.

BMT’s software can carry out a series of fundamental tests and generate data on all types of polymers – from PET blends, to bio-sourced polymers to biodegradable. This validated data is then used to create a representation of the plastics bottle blowing process.

BMT’s chief executive said the award will help fund the global commercialisation of the company’s software

Speaking at the awards, chief executive Yannis Salomeia said: “Our simulation software enables plastics bottle manufacturers to confidently design bottles made from alternative materials.

At European Coatings Show 2019, Clariant launched the first bio-based version of Pigment Red 254 – the automotive’s industry most widely-used red pigment for exterior coatings.

Clariant is the only pigment producer to offer high-performance Diketopyrrolo Pyrrole (DPP) pigments, such as Pigment Red 254 and other red, pink and violet shades, based on renewable raw materials.

It is pioneering the use of succinic acid derived from renewable resources rather than from crude oil for manufacturing all of its DPP reds.

Asia’s naphtha prices touched their highest in over three months, riding on the back of firmer crude oil benchmarks and demand, even as supply is set to stay adequate in the short term.

Spot open-specification naphtha prices for first-half May delivery on Thursday morning were at $575.25/tonne CFR (cost and freight) Japan basis, marking a $21.25/tonne increase from week-earlier levels, ICIS data showed.

Prompt-month naphtha spot prices were last this high in early November 2018 averaging at $576.50/tonne CFR Japan, according to ICIS data.

Strong gains in crude oil futures at above $60/bbl amid tightened oil supplies in the US lifted sentiment as a whole. ICE Brent May crude oil futures at $68.50/bbl, in part, helped drive up the prices of petrochemical feedstock naphtha.

If there has been any concern about the environment in our part of the world, it is in official circles not among the individuals who make up the country Ghana and generate the tons of plastic waste.

The European Union and indeed other organised groupings in the other hemispheres have shown sufficient worry about the rate of production and use of non-biodegradable materials such as polythene bags and straws – not forgetting lately plastic cutleries.

The foregone are massively produced yet the products are disposed of immediately after their use as receptacles for food and varied items. What makes it scary is the fact that, according to scientific analysis, such stuff takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.

Keystone Folding Box Co., a designer and manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions, has responded to calls for reduced plastics in packaging. The company’s Ecoslide-OTC™, a paperboard pack for Over-The-Counter medication eliminates the need for larger plastic peel/push blister packs. Ecoslide-OTC™ allows manufacturers to eliminate up to 50% of plastics used in conventional blister packs.

Walmart, the EU, and global consumer product companies have all annouced plans to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging by 2025. In the nearer term, the global retail giant will work with suppliers to eliminate non-recyclable packaging materials in general merchandise packaging by 2020 and to reduce the overall amount of plastic used in its private brand packaging.

New from Macpac is Breakdown PET, a resin that naturally decomposes after just a few years, rather than centuries.

The material is both fully recyclable and biodegradable; it boasts all the same characteristics as standard r-PET (with at least 90% recyclable content), but has the added benefit of and end-of-life solution.

A UNIT of D&L Industries, Inc. (DNL) has received international certification for its biodegradable plastic products, in line with the company’s goal to provide sustainable and environment-friendly materials.

The listed plastics and oleochemicals manufacturer said in a statement that its subsidiary, D&L Polymers & Colours, Inc. (DLPC) was given a certification by Berlin-based organization DIN CERTCO, which provides conformity assessments based on several international standards.

For a product to be certified, it must meet several standards including a heavy metal limit, 90% biodegradation within six months, and eco-toxicity that ensures the soil can still be used for plant growth after the product was used for compost, among others.

By Matt Egan, CNN Business America’s once-robust imports of crude oil from Venezuela have ground to a halt because of Trump administration sanctions and chaos gripping the OPEC nation.

America’s once-robust imports of crude oil from Venezuela have ground to a halt because of Trump administration sanctions and chaos gripping the OPEC nation.

The United States imported exactly zero barrels of crude from Venezuela last week, according to government statistics. That’s never happened since the US Energy Information Administration began tracking this weekly metric in 2010.

A new process has been developed by researchers in China that turns plant waste, derived from agriculture and timber harvesting, into aviation fuel. This new, more sustainable fuel could be the key to reducing CO2 emitted by air travel.

Published in Joule, the process revolves around cellulose, an abundant polymer found in the walls of plant cells. Chain alkanes pulled from cellulose have been previously used in the production of jet fuel, however, the researchers say their new process produces more complex polycycloalkane compounds that can be used as high-density aviation fuel.

Polymers Petrochemicals Renewable Packaging 21-03-2019

Bottle Grade PET Resin  Quotation in NorthEast Asia Market FOB CMP $     

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are in healt, with exception of PX that continues to be weak.

  • Polyamide 6 and its chain are always steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,550 yuan/ton – MEG $ 63540/650 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,040/1,050 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

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Oil rose above $60 a barrel in New York for the first time in more than four months after the biggest withdrawal of crude in U.S. storage tanks since July signaled tightening supplies.

Futures advanced as much as 1.7 percent on Wednesday. A 9.59 million-barrel decline in American oil stockpiles reported by the government confounded all 10 forecasts from analysts in a Bloomberg survey. U.S. crude exports jumped while domestic inventories of gasoline and diesel shrank.

“Exports continue to be pretty strong,” said Brian Kessens, portfolio manager and managing director at Tortoise Capital Advisors LLC in Leawood, Kansas.

The chemical industry is heading for a slowdown as society turns against disposable plastics and the rise of recycling weakens demand, IHS Markit predicted at its annual World Petrochemical Conference.

After climbing to multi-year highs, chemical earnings will drop this year and won’t recover until 2023 as environmental issues add to the drag from a downturn in the global economy, according to the global research firm.

“Plastic waste I believe is going to be the sustainability issue of our time,” Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of Dow Inc. and chief operating officer at DowDuPont, said Wednesday at the conference. “It represents not only the biggest risk to our industry,” he said, but also “one of the biggest opportunities.”

The plastics packaging industry and the entire value chain should join efforts to protect the environment and make the circular economy a reality, according to Manfred Stanek, CEO of Austria-based Greiner Packaging.

“We only talk about the waste that has made its way to the ocean. That is of course very important but the problem is bigger. We are talking about emission, climate change and CO2 footprint. While we need to work on reducing plastic waste, we also need to ensure that the final solution is better than what we have today,” said Stanek opening the company’s 2019 innovation day on March 14.

Reviewing the environmental developments over the past 14 months, Stanek said the European Union Strategy for Plastics, introduced in January 2018, was a positive development.

TINTEX, driven by its strong DNA toward responsible innovation, introduces a brand new project  born in Germany and is now flying at international level thanks to a group of pioneers key players who are implementing it.

A unique initiative called THE BLUE LAB, created by the NGO Drip by Drip aimed at developing alternative textile solutions with the lowest possible water footprint, in collaboration with a network of participants.

Polymers Petrochemicals Nylon Biobased 18-03-2019

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Kate Bailey who is running the Ecocycle which is a nonprofit recycling organization based in Colorado has put some light on this matter.

China has stopped accepting any plastic trash from the U.S., making the conditions worst for everybody.

All the trash which was generated went to China in order to get recycled or reused. India also imposed a ban on the acceptance of plastic trash as they are trying to reduce the pollution in their country also. India’s ban will come in the picture after August.

The U.S. has been sending the hazardous and highly contaminated waste which contributed to the pollution in other countries.

Now obviously recycling expense is increased in the U.S. and people are not ready to spend that sum of amount and they are opting to throw it in landfills.

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Oil prices last week rose to 2019 highs as a result of the tightening oil market that reflects lower inventories levels with a combined fall in both crude oil and refined products, though US crude exports reached record high levels.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported total US petroleum stockpiles were the lowest since December 2018; this implies that the oil market is under-supplied.

Brent crude hit $68 for the first time this year and settled at $67.16 per barrel by week closing. WTI rose to $58.52 per barrel.

OPEC is ready to produce at full capacity if the NOPEC (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act) bill is passed in Washington, an action that would likely kill the cash intensive US shale industry.

The oil minister of the UAE, Suhail al-Mazrouei, reportedly told lenders at the meeting that if the bill was made into law that made OPEC members liable to US anti-cartel legislation, the group, which is to all intents and purposes indeed a cartel, would break up and every member would boost production to its maximum.

“Namthip Thinking Water”, a leading environmentally-friendly drinking water brand by The Coca-Cola system in Thailand, on Friday launched its new brand identity with a newly designed and more transparent label.

In a press release on Friday, the company said the shade of green used for the leaf logo and cap has been changed to a darker hue to harmonise with the colour of nature. This reflects the brand’s commitment to keeping innovation and environment in mind while continuing to promote consumer engagement to help make the world a better place. Namthip maintains its use of light-weight PET that consumes 35 per cent less plastic than the previous design while remaining in line with Coca-Cola’s highest standards. The new packaging can be crushed after use in order to reduce space for the recycling process.

Stockpiling of chemicals in the UK continues as clarity on the model for Brexit remains as elusive as ever, while producers from the rest of Europe are eyeing their portfolios in light of the potential for a UK Reach regulatory system.

– Brexit date likely to be extended, but little clarity on when

– UK Reach could cause European sellers to stop exports of some products

The need to ensure stability of supply along chains spanning the UK and mainland Europe, despite any disruption that may accompany the UK’s projected 29 March departure from the EU – an outcome that seems less likely after votes in parliament this week – means that storage space is at a premium, particularly specialist warehouse space.

Eastman Chemical is eliminating jobs because of trade disputes and a slowing economy in China and Europe, the company said on Friday.

“We are operating in a difficult business environment and had hoped and expected to see stronger signs of economic recovery by now,” according to a statement from the company.

“Unfortunately, the ongoing US-China trade dispute and the associated economic slowdown in China and Europe have created tremendous uncertainty, which has resulted in reduced demand for our products.”

Eastman did not specify how many jobs would be cut or where the cuts would be made. The Tennessee-based producer said it will manage its costs on two fronts.

Upward pressure eases in Philippines while prices fall in Malaysia

Inflation is tapering off across Asia’s emerging economies as crude oil prices stabilize and the currencies of developing nations regain their footing, giving room for the region’s central banks to step back from last year’s spate of monetary tightening.

Growth in consumer prices in India and the Philippines slowed for four straight months through February on a month-to-month basis, while Malaysia saw consumer prices fall 0.7% year on year in January, the first such decline in about nine years.

Though the slowdown in inflation removes a primary motivation for raising key interest rates, it is unclear whether the current stability will last, as goods prices remain highly prone to outside factors such as fuel prices and the actions of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made the U.S. economy one of his top issues, has repeatedly tweeted about oil prices and the Organization of the Petroleum Producing Countries.

He has expressed concern about higher prices, including last month and ahead of OPEC’s meeting in December.

“Americans talk a lot and I advise them to talk less. They (have) caused tensions in the oil market for over a year now and they are responsible for it, and if this trend continues, the market will be more tense,” SHANA quoted Zanganeh as saying.

When the oil price began to fall in late 2014, guided by then Saudi oil minister Ali Al Nuaimi, the producers’ organisation judged that it was time to fight a price war

As the monitoring committee meets in Baku this Monday, they will see that compliance to production cuts has been high. AFP

As the monitoring committee meets in Baku this Monday, they will see that compliance to production cuts has been high. AFP

The deal between Opec and some non-Opec states has been an impressive achievement. As the monitoring committee meets in Baku on Monday, they will find that compliance to production cuts has been high, excess stockpiles have fallen to normal levels and prices have recovered from a low of $28 per barrel in January 2016 to above $80 per barrel in November. But does the deal’s very success undermine it?

Analysts predict oil prices to rise by $5 per barrel if there was no extension on waivers

Oil prices are expected to rise by at least $5 per barrel if the US administration does not extend Iran sanction waivers granted to eight countries following the reimposition of sanctions on the Islamic Republic late last year, analysts said.

“If [US President Donald] Trump does not renew waivers and takes Iranian exports off the market, we expect oil prices to rise by approximately $5.

A final figure around this number also depends on the timing of disruptions from Venezuela,” said Jaafar Al Taie, managing director of Manaar Energy group.

Coca-Cola has admitted for the first time that it uses three million tons of plastic packaging annually.

The volume is equivalent to 108 billion 500ml plastic bottles.

The revelation was made in a report jointly compiled by a British foundation dedicated to environmental issues and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The document is based on figures reported from major European and US beverage and food makers.

The report revealed that the world’s largest food producer Nestle uses 1.7 million tons of plastics a year, while Danone uses 750,000 tons and Unilever uses 610,000 tons.

The possible legislation under the act was subject of frenzied discussion at CERAWeek

Virtual unanimity in Houston among industry representatives that NOPEC would threaten booming US oil industry

US oil industry leaders are concerned by the potential damage that could be done to their businesses if the Trump administration passes the so-called NOPEC act, opening up oil producers to legal action in the US.

An employee of the American Petroleum Institute (API), the trade organization for the US oil and gas industry, wrote: “The act’s extraterritorial overreach would harm core US economic and energy interests.”

The Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producer’s Federation (KMF) announced on Saturday that it will add PET bottles to its packaging lineup, indicating that it is tone-deaf to the debate raging over the impact of plastic on environment.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, M T Kulkarni, Director of Marketing, KMF, said the Federation has plans to package nearly all of its diary products in PET bottles in the near future. Currently, the Federation sells 38 lakh litres of milk each day through plastic sachets. With the development of a new manufacturing unit at Hassan, Kulkarni said that they will phase out sachet production by manufacturing 5 lakh PET bottles per day. The plant will be operational in July or August.

The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on companies from third countries that facilitate the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba, a senior administration official told the Miami Herald.

“The interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, recognized by the U.S. and Europe, where most of these companies are from, has asked us to stop these shipments and we are considering everything to be supportive,” the official said.

The Venezuelan National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, agreed to suspend the shipment of crude oil to Cuba as part of a state of emergency decree approved on Monday to respond to the chaos caused by a major electrical blackout. Guaidó published on Twitter a chart estimating that the Nicolás Maduro regime sends 47,000 barrels of oil per day to Cuba, the equivalent of about $2.5 million under current world oil prices.

The world has laid the groundwork for a radical shift to a more sustainable future, where innovation will be harnessed to tackle environmental challenges, the use of throwaway plastics will be significantly reduced and development will no longer cost the earth.

After five days of talks at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in this Kenyan capital, ministers from more than 170 UN member states on Friday delivered a bold blueprint for change, saying the world needed to speed up moves towards a new model of development in order to respect the vision laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Maidenform and The LYCRA Company have partnered with Refinery29, a leading digital media and entertainment company for millennial women. The campaign, which highlights fail-safe looks, features social media influencer and model Aiyana Lewis wearing Maidenform Magic Slimming shapewear as part of a show-stopping evening outfit. Photo courtesy of Refinery29

Maidenform, America’s No. 1 shapewear brand owned by HanesBrands, in partnership with The LYCRA Company, has introduced the new Magic Slimming collection. The new shapewear provides innovative ultra-lightweight fabric, and targeted ultra-firm control powered by LYCRA ® FitSense™ technology.

Evonik A.G., a specialty chemicals company, is merging its specialty methacrylate monomers with its oil additives business to create a new oil additives business line.

“The integration just made sense since oil additives is the specialist for Polyalkylmethacrylate-based additives for the lubricant industry,” Matin Trocha, head of the application monomers product line said in a statement.

Trocha went on note that the combined businesses have a substantially larger specialty monomer production set-up, with capabilities that mesh well.

Biotech

The German government has committed €40 million ($45 million) to the development of products that tackle the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

German officials put up the money as part of their decision to join U.S. and U.K. authorities in the CARB-X partnership.

CARB-X, a global partnership against drug-resistant bacteria, is set to receive €39 million of the German money, bringing the total amount committed to the group up to €480 million.

The commitment from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will support four years of antibiotic, vaccine and diagnostic early development.

Koksan postponed PET Gaziantep 

Koksan postponed plans to launch line number 2 PET by the end of 2019 in Gaziantep 

Koksan postponed PET Gaziantep 

MOSCOW – The Turkish company Koksan Pet and Packaging, a local producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has postponed plans to launch line 2 for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by the end of 2019 in the city of Gaziantep (Gaziantep, Turkey), ICIS reports with reference on the words of the source in the company.

According to the source, the uncertain economic situation caused the delay in the implementation of the second line project with a capacity of 260 thousand tons of PET per year.

Earlier it was reported that Koksan Pet and Packaging planned to launch this line with a capacity of 216 thousand tons per year first in late 2016, and then moved to the end of 2017.  The company explained the launch delay by adverse market conditions.

Currently, a PET plant with a capacity of 216 thousand tons of PET per year or 700 tons per day is operating at the site.

Koksan Pet and Packaging was founded in 1068.  The company currently manufactures PET bottles, PET preforms, PET sheets, PET stoppers and PET granules.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Biodegradable Packaging 20-03-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8,450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,650/7,800 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 840/850 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,450 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/645 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,050/5,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,050/1,060 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

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The Turkish company Koksan Pet and Packaging, a local producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has postponed plans to launch line 2 for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by the end of 2019 in the city of Gaziantep (Gaziantep, Turkey), ICIS reports with reference on the words of the source in the company.

According to the source, the uncertain economic situation caused the delay in the implementation of the second line project with a capacity of 260 thousand tons of PET per year.

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LANXESS at the VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”, April 3 – 4, 2019, Mannheim, Congress Center Rosengarten

e-Powertrain team for electromobility founded

Newly developed, fatigue resistant polyamide 6 types

“High-Tech Thermoplastics for Future Mobility”: This is the slogan under which the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit of the specialty chemicals company LANXESS will be showcasing at the VDI Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” in Mannheim. “Our focus this year is on new applications in electromobility and cost-effective alternatives to polyamide 66 compounds. We are also focusing on lightweight design with continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites and new solutions such as hollow-profile hybrid technology,” says Dr. Martin Wanders, Head of Global Application Development in HPM.

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PureCycle Technologies is stepping up an effort to open an Ohio plant that would use a polypropylene plastic recycling process based on patented technology developed by Procter & Gamble Co.

The plant would restore used polypropylene plastic to virgin-like quality with a recycling method that is one of a kind, according to the Cincinnati-based maker of Tide detergent (NYSE: PG) and Chicago-based PureCycle.

The P&G technology enabled PureCycle to strike partnerships with Swiss-based food and beverage company Nestlé and South Carolina-based specialty chemicals firm Milliken & Co.

Egypt’s planned $10bn Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex (TPC) in the Suez Economic Zone will outshine competitors in the Middle East as its exports to Europe will be more competitive when it starts up in 2023, according to the chief projects officer (CPO) at producer Carbon Holdings.

First envisaged by Carbon Holdings in 2012, TPC’s construction start-up date has been delayed several times.

The guidance in 2018 indicated construction would start in the first quarter of 2019, but the company’s chief projects officer (CPO) Peter Skelly confirmed actual construction would start in the fourth quarter.

Supply of Group I base oils from Iran is likely to tighten in the weeks ahead as market participants there mark the annual Nowruz, or Iranian new year, holidays which start this week.

Although Nowruz officially starts on 20 March, Iranian market participants said they would likely start their holidays a few days before that, probably as early as 16 March, before returning to work in late-March.

Ahead of the holidays, spot prices of Group I SN500 base oils in Iran fell to their lowest in about two-and-a-half years in the week ended 14 March, dragged by lower priced deals done by Iranian refiners while demand in the region remained generally weak.

Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports continued to fall at the start of this year after OPEC’s largest producer started to aggressively cut oil supply in December last year to prevent another glut, while the Kingdom signals that further cuts are coming.

According to data by the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) database, which collects self-reported figures from 114 countries, Saudi crude oil exports dropped to 7.254 million bpd in January, down from 7.687 million bpd in December 2018.

During the last month of 2018, OPEC’s de facto leader and the cartel’s key ally Russia realized their preemptive production ramp-up to meet a steep Iranian export shortfall would create another glut if they don’t implement another round of cuts, which they did, starting in January.

Carlos Monreal is the association’s first president

It is the right time to enhance the opportunities for chemical recycling in Europe in order for the plastics industry to be fully circular, says the first president of a new organisation called Chemical Recycling Europe.

The non-profit association was established at the start of the year with the vision of establishing an industry platform for developing and promoting chemical recycling technologies for polymer waste across

The 2019 edition of Heimtextil—the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles, held in Frankfurt, Germany, during January 8-11, 2019—attracted a large number of visitors and exhibitors from all over the world, affirming Heimtextil’s reputation as one of the most important and most international home textiles fairs.

Visitors to Heimtextil had the opportunity to browse the latest product developments in the sectors of decorative and upholstery fabrics, digital print, household textiles, wallpapers and wallcoverings, and window and interior decoration.

Numerous innovations were presented at the fair, including environmentally sustainable fibres, flame resistant fabrics, performance fabrics for outdoor applications, sun protection fabrics, and new fibrefill products.

Americhem will be highlighting the latest technology at the IDEA 2019 show in Miami FL.Americhem, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom colour masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies, is expanding its additive softening technology platform.

Its mBrace products are designed to provide an enhanced soft feel while offering efficient processing with extremely low volatiles. Most of the mBrace line can be used as a single additive package or combined with colour for an all-encompassing concentrate solution.

Tronox Limited (NYSE: TROX) (“Tronox” or the “Company”), a global mining and inorganic chemicals company, today confirmed that its proposed acquisition of the titanium dioxide (“TiO2”) business of The National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (“Cristal”) will be presented to the Federal Trade Commission for its consideration.

Thinking about sustainable packaging? With the attention given to this issue globally, odds are your top management and marketing folks are asking you to check into packaging that can be composted or possibly biodegraded in marine environments. Here are the eight things you need to know and share with them before starting on a rather complex and potentially costly journey that does not always lead to the intended results.

  1. Biodegradation is a process, not an end result.Biodegrade showing tractor at biodegradable compost heap

Biodegradation occurs when materials are broken down into simpler materials by bacteria, fungi, or other biological means. The end result you are looking for is probably home or industrial compostability, which is where biodegradation can lead. Ditto for marine biodegradation.

Polymers Petrochemicals Polyethylene furanoate 19-03-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to be weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,090 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 845/855 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/645 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,050/5,150 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,050/1,070 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,900/9,000  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton

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Asia naphtha’s crack spread rose to its highest in over two months as steady demand provided market support, shrugging off supply that is expected to remain ample in the days ahead.

Spot naphtha market fundamentals were perceived as soft going into the second quarter, as downstream cracker turnarounds is expected to rein in demand.

Naphtha’s crack spread to ICE Brent crude oil futures, closed at $57.33/tonne on 15 March, up from $48.40/tonne in the preceding week, ICIS data showed.

The crack spread, a measure of naphtha refining margins, stood at a previous high of $66.90/tonne on 2 January.

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PrimaLoft fibres production. © PrimaLoftPrimaLoft, a leading expert in advanced material technology, has announced that its PrimaLoft Bio fibres are renewable in a circular economy. As a result of third-party testing, the polyester fibres have proven capable of being chemically recycled. This process breaks down polyester to its basic components so that it can be rejuvenated into a new high-performance material, without compromising its original integrity.

“The intention of PrimaLoft Bio was always to address the eventual end of life of a garment in an impactful way, while finding a solution for the industry-wide microplastics issue,” said Mike Joyce, PrimaLoft President and CEO.

March was certainly an eventful month for Knitting Industry with reports coming in from a number of leading industry events.

ISPO

Jana Bukolovska kicked things off with her report from ISPO, the world’s largest trade fair for sporting goods. The show welcomed around 80,000 industry visitors from 120 countries in February and a total of 2,943 exhibitors showcased their products and innovations, an increase of 5% over the previous year. The share of international exhibitors also set a record at 89%, with the largest participant groups by country being Germany, China, France, Great Britain, Italy, Taiwan and the US.

This year, the show occupied 18 halls of the Messe München exhibition centre and focused specifically on creating a consumer-centric environment that encourages valuable connections and helps accelerate the global evolution of sports. You can read Jana’s full report here – ISPO roadmaps future for industry.

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The newly founded AFPA (Australian Fresh Produce Alliance) is currently in the news for its strategy of planning to get rid of plastics from the fresh produce aisles in Australia. The consortium, which is constituted by leading Australian fresh fruit & vegetable companies, is reportedly intending to make produce packaging completely recyclable and sustainable.

As per genuine sources, the AFPA is presently working on its mission, with necessary support from the country’s major retailers including Woolworths and Coles. Harry Debney, the AFPA Chairman, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the largest Australian vertically-integrated fruit & vegetable company Costa Group, recently claimed that about 75% of the AFPA’s members are already into the use of recycled packaging.

Initiatives taken by sustainable packaging manufacturers to use environmental friendly packaging materials and technology in packaging products, has been supported by various organizations as well as governments. Sustainable packaging manufacturers are looking towards developing biodegradable plastics that will reduce carbon footprint. With a growing demand for a sustainability driven world, packaging experts and consumer products companies are focusing on “green packaging”.

Rampant Plastic Packaging Waste Prompts at Emergency of Adopting Sustainable Packaging Solutions

“More than 200 million tons waste created by plastics cause major landfill issues”. This is majorly reduced by the use of sustainable packaging.

Scientific studies have shown that light of any kind – whether in the supermarket, refrigerator, kitchen, or through a window – can cause food, beverages, and cosmetic products to degrade faster – often before they meet the expiration date.

With milk and other dairy products, for example, exposure to such light affects its taste, freshness, and nutritional value. Milk contains components that are sensitive to light, including riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2.

Noluma International, LLC uses technology developed to assess, measure, and certify light protection in packaging. Its unique, patented technology measures the light protection capacity of packaging as a function of its effects on the product contents.

The sale of LANXESS’ remaining 50% stake ahead of market expectations was prompted by a buy-out offer by joint venture partner Saudi Aramco based on the growth plans of the oil and gas giant for the business , according to CEO Matthias Zachert.

The Germany-based chemicals producer rolled its synthetic rubber assets into a joint venture with Aramco in 2016, giving the Saudi oil and gas giant the opportunity to diversify downstream, reducing LANXESS’ exposure to the automotive sector, and providing cash to diversify its portfolio.

Since then, the company has aggressively shifted its focus towards specialty chemicals, with a target of taking up leading positions in niche mid-sized sectors.

Magdi Batato, executive vice president, head of operations at Nestlé

Nestlé and resource management company Veolia are to develop recycling schemes as part of a collaboration aimed at reducing plastics leakage into the environment. The partnership will focus on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastics material, with a particular emphasis on flexible plastics packaging.

Nestlé and Veolia will target 11 priority countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe and the partnership will explore technologies to establish viable models of recycling in different countries.

Malaysia expects no increase in plastics exports this year “due to challenging environmental issues”, but the overall industry should be able to pull a 2% growth amid a global economic slowdown, an industry executive said on Monday.

“With an anticipation of the slowing global and Malaysian economies, the plastics industry is expected to grow at about 2% in 2019,” Malaysia Plastic Manufacturers Association (MPMA) vice president CC Cheah told ICIS in an e-mail interview.

The country’s plastics shipments in 2018 were flat at Malaysian ringgit (M$) 14.6bn, weighed down by a contraction in exports of plastic bags following restrictions in the EU on the use of single-use plastics to reduce marine litter.

Plastics recycler and strapping maker Polychem Corp. is being sold.

The Mentor, Ohio-based company, which makes both PET and polypropylene strapping, was acquired by The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston.

Polychem, located in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, has been family owned since the 1980s. The business includes a PET recycling facility that reprocesses post-consumer material for use in extrusion lines for strapping. The recycled PET also is sold to consumer packaged goods companies for their use.

Polychem also makes packaging equipment for its strapping customers, the new owner said in a statement.

Speakers detailed efforts to increase domestic reprocessing capacity for plastic scrap and to generate demand for PCR.

With China no longer welcoming imports of plastic scrap, investments are being made in the U.S. to add reprocessing capacity and to increase demand for postconsumer resin (PCR). The session Developments in Domestic Markets during the Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, March 11-13 outside of Washington, detailed some of the progress that has been made in these areas and what remains to be done.

The state of North Carolina is growing its network of recyclers by investing in market development using economic development, tax incentives and grant funding, Sandy Skolochenko, industrial development specialist at the Recycling Business Assistance Center at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, explained. The center works with local governments, waste generators and recycling businesses.

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 Polyestertime

ITEM11/03/201918/03/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,500 yuan/ton8,325 yuan/ton-175
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,110 $/ton1,090 $/ton-20
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market8,000 yuan/ton7,825 yuan/ton-175
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market8,025 yuan/ton7,900 yuan/ton-125
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,650 yuan/ton6,455 yuan/ton-195
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market865 $/ton860 $/ton-5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,225 yuan/ton5,110 yuan/ton-115
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market645 $/ton642 $/ton-3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,115 $/ton1,103 $/ton-12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,096 $/ton1,084 $/ton-12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market1,014 $/ton1,003 $/ton-11
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market8,850 yuan/ton8,920 yuan/ton+70
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,350 yuan/ton8,350 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,550yuan/ton10,550 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 10,050 yuan/ton10,150 yuan/ton+100
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,550 yuan/ton9,650 yuan/ton+100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,880 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton-30
Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,950 yuan/ton13,900 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,700 $/ton1,700 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market2,040 $/ton2,040 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,900 yuan/ton14,950 yuan/ton+50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,500 yuan/ton15,400 yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market32,000 yuan/ton31,500 yuan/ton-500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,100 yuan/ton18,100 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,000 yuan/ton21,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,500 yuan/ton19,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,500 yuan/ton+500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,500  yuan/ton+500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton33,000  yuan/ton+500
Adipic Acid domestic market9,050 yuan/ton8,700 yuan/ton-350
Benzene domestic market4,750 yuan/ton4,750 yuan/ton
Benzene overseas  market610 $/ton610 $/ton
Ethylene South East market930 $/ton965 $/ton+35
Ethylene NWE  market970 $/ton978 $/ton+8
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market12,600 yuan/ton13,000 yuan/ton+400
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,600 $/ton1,700 $/ton+100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,400 yuan/ton16,400 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,000 yuan/ton12,400 yuan/ton-600
PP Powder domestic market8,750 yuan/ton8,650 yuan/ton-100
Naphtha overseas market  535 $/ton561 $/ton+26
Phenol domestic market 9,100 yuan/ton9,100 yuan/ton
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,340 $/ton1,312 $/ton-28
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,410 $/ton1,385 $/ton-25
LDPE CFR Far East 1,042 $/ton1,042 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,022 $/ton1,022 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,007 $/ton1,007 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,047 $/ton1,047 $/ton
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,013 €/ton1,033 €/ton+20
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 973 €/ton1,003 €/ton+30
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,070 $/ton1,070 $/ton  –
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,181 €/ton1,201 €/ton+20

 

Slovenian BioApp pollution plastics

Slovenian BioApp helps reduce pollution from single-use plastics

Slovenian BioApp pollution plastics

The Europen Union produces over 25 tonnes of plastic waste every year. In response, Slovenian and Italian scientists joined forces to develop the BioApp platform.

Biopolymers are innovative materials which provide a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics, because they incorporate natural mechanisms for their own degradation. Consequently, they do not pose any risk of accumulation in the environment in the same way as single-use plastics do. Slovenian BioApp pollution plastics

BioApp aims to foster research cooperation on the production of biopolymers from renewable sources, new competitive biopolymer-based products, alternative polymers or plastics, and to contribute to the emergent field of bioeconomics.

The BioApp platform will focus on the needs of the food, cosmetics and health-related industries in the border region between Slovenia and Italy. It will target researchers and industry but will also welcome engagement from the general public.

The project is financed with a total budget of 1.3 million euros, 85  per cent of which comes from the ERDF.

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Slovenia’s BioApp platform, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has become the focal point for research ideas on developing smart biomass materials in the cross-border region of Slovenia and Italy.

The Europen Union produces over 25 million tonnes of plastic waste every year (EU plastics production 2018 about 65 million ton ,World plastics production 2018 about 350 million tonnes). In response, Slovenian and Italian scientists joined forces to develop the BioApp platform.

Biopolymers are innovative materials which provide a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics, because they incorporate natural mechanisms for their own degradation. Consequently, they do not pose any risk of accumulation in the environment in the same way as single-use plastics do.

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Versarien LogoVersarien has announced that it has signed an agreement with Tunghsu Optoelectronic Technology to further progress their relationship. The agreement supports the memorandum of understanding signed in November last year. The parties intend to establish a joint implementation committee, composed of three members from each firm, with a view to ultimately entering into a manufacturing joint venture. However, Versarien said there can be no guarantee this outcome will ultimately be achieved.

The materials engineering company plans to work with Tunghsu to develop and manufacture in China new generation graphene heaters. These heaters are expected to be based on the micro-flow graphene ink technology from Versarien’s subsidiary Cambridge Graphene.

The Chinese branch of the Austrian Starlinger Group has been producing circular looms for plastic fabrics since 2006. In autumn 2018, Starlinger Taicang reached a milestone with the 10,000th circular loom.

Starlinger Plastics Machinery Taicang currently has a workforce of around 75 employees at the plant in the Chinese province Jiangsu near Shanghai. The factory is a local branch of the Austrian Starlinger Group, which recognised the potential of the Chinese market and the importance of a global presence.

In 2006 – a year after its foundation – Starlinger Taicang took up production of circular looms; today, these looms are in use in large parts of the world. With more and more machines being manufactured every year, the factory’s annual production is presently at around 1,000 machines.

The the number of active oil and gas rigs in the U.S. fell once again this week according to Baker Hughes, as oil production fell for the first week this year.

The total number of active oil and gas drilling rigs fell by 1 rig¬ according to the report, with the number of active oil rigs falling by 1 to reach 833 and the number of gas rigs holding steady at 193.

The oil and gas rig count is now just 36 up from this time last year, 33 of which are oil rigs.

Oil prices were trading down earlier on Friday leading up to the data release as OPEC appeared to slow its production cut activities, and as global inventories are still thought to be robust.

Global oil prices remained steady as economic growth concerns in large parts of Asia and Europe offset supply cuts from major oil producing nations.

Brent crude oil futures traded at $67.21 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $58.58 a barrel, both nearly unchanged from its last close, reported Reuters.

According to a report by Reuters, production cuts led by oil cartel Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and ongoing US sanctions against Venezuela and Iran have led to a marginal deficit in oil supplies.

Further price rise was dampened due to concerns that economic slowdown gripping large parts of Asia and Europe could spill into North America.

The facility will become Mitsui Chemical’s third manufacturing base for the material and is expected to increase the company’s production capacity to 10,500 tons per year.

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced that it is building a new production facility for long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at Chinese manufacturing subsidiary Mitsui Advanced Composites Co Ltd.  (Zhongshan).

This will become Mitsui Chemicals’ third manufacturing base for LGFPP, joining existing bases in Japan and the U.S. By establishing this new facility, Mitsui Chemicals’ production capacity for LGFPP will increase to 10,500 tons per year, according to the company.

IK, Industrievereinignung Kunststoffverpackungen, the German association for plastic packaging, and EuPC, European Plastics Converters, are organising together the 2019 edition of the conference A Circular Future with Plastics. The two associations, representing plastics converters both at national and European level, will bring together over 200 participants from across Europe, who will work together during two days of conferences, debates and networking opportunities.

The two-day event will take place on 13th & 14th June at the Maritim Hotel proArte in Berlin. During the morning of the 13th June, the “EuPC Market Divisions” on Packaging, Automotive and Building & Construction will take place in parallel, before a session on marine litter is organised by Waste Free Oceans in the afternoon.

Europe’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler used 27.6% recycled content in its plastic bottles last year – more than ten times the beverage sector’s global average proportion of 2-3%.

The progress was posted in Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) first integrated annual report, which also tracks the beverage giant’s progress on water conservation, carbon reduction and improving the nutritional portfolios of its products.

Published on Thursday (14 March), the 200-page report states that CCEP is on track to achieve its 2025 goal of making all PET bottles with at least 50% recycled content. To secure a continuous and secure supply of recycled PET (rPET), the firm has made several investments into recycling infrastructure improvements and closed-loop innovations. A key step for CCEP in this space was securing a deal with rPET supplier Loop Industries, which uses patented technologies to restore plastic streams contaminated by dyes to ‘near-virgin’ quality.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a comprehensive inventory of all of the high-volume plastic additives used to date in the EU. The inventory is expected to provide a better basis for ensuring safe use of these substances.

Additives in plastics are used to achieve desired properties needed to make products fit for purpose and ensure safe use by consumers throughout a product’s service life. The additives recorded in the inventory are antioxidants, antistatics, flame retardants, nucleating agents, plasticisers, pigments, heat stabilisers, and UV/light stabilisers.

Analysts from IHS Markit see a buyer’s market for PP, PE and PET in the year ahead.

Analysts based in Houston with IHS Markit, speaking during a session at the 2019 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show, said it’s shaping up to be a buyer’s market for virgin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene (PE) in 2019. While polypropylene (PP) “has been tight globally,” said Joel Morales, senior director of polyolefins, North America, for IHS Markit, it is “becoming more balanced” now that the U.S. is “swimming in supply.”

Unfortunately, this is not good news for reprocessors of these polymers, as prime prices will be very competitive given their abundant supply and more off-spec material likely will be available at a discount, the analysts said.

eurolaser GmbH, a manufacturer of CO2 laser cutting systems, presents the latest technology in the field of textile cutting at the Texprocess fair in Frankfurt.

The focus is on automation for Industry 4.0.

This year, the cutting of textiles on the L-1200 and 3XL-3200 systems will be demonstrated live on-site.

The emphases of the exhibition will be on the automatic feeding of textiles from the roll, on the cutting of printed textiles including the camera and QR code recognition as well as on the labelling of the individual pieces in a single operation

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to be weak, with exception of  PX.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,065/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,300/8400 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/645 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,090/1,100 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,750/8,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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Crude Oil Prices Trend

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The United States will likely extend the Iran sanction waivers that it granted eight countries importing crude from Iran, but will demand that they reduce their intake of the commodity, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The ultimate goal of Washington remains the same: reduce Iranian oil exports to zero in hopes this will topple the government. However, for the time being, the Trump administration will ask major Iran oil importers to reduce the amount of crude they buy from the sanctioned country.

The figure Washington is aiming at is below 1 million bpd, which means a cut by some 250,000 bpd. Iran’s biggest oil clients are India and China.

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Staeger wants to use British plastics made from British waste

Transparent packaging producer Staeger Clear Packaging is to start sourcing recycled PET (rPET) from the UK instead of overseas, as the company looks to protect its lines of supply in the event of a disorderly Brexit, but also to encourage the UK recycling industry to produce better quality recyclate, and more of it.

The converter, which is based in Coventry, has historically sourced its rPET from mainland Europe, where Staeger was happy with the quality of the material and the food contact credentials dictated by the likes of retailer Marks & Spencer and EU legislation.

The UK government is to drop trade tariffs on chemicals and polymers to an average of 0.1% for a year in the event of a no-deal Brexit, removing most tariff protection for UK chemical producers.

The move follows another rejection by the UK’s Parliament late on Tuesday of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, which could increase the likelihood of a no-deal exit from the EU. Although Parliament is to hold another vote on Wednesday which could approve a motion to avoid a no-deal Brexit, the default legal position remains that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March with or without a deal. Any extension to the exit date would have to be approved by the EU 27.

Many European politicians have insisted there can be no extension unless the UK Parliament – which is deeply divided on the issue – can agree a position on Brexit. Under World Trade Organisation (WTO) Most Favoured Nation rules, if the UK drops tariffs to 0.1% for the EU, it must also do so for all other WTO members globally.

A recycling method has been developed by researchers that converts single-use plastic bottles and materials made from an ordinary polyester material into more useful products with an extended lifecycle. Their study can assist to safeguard oceans from waste of plastic by fueling the recycled plastics market.

PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) is tough but lightweight, shatterproof, and resistant to water—characteristics that make it very famous among producers. Though PET can be recyclable, the majority of the 26 million tons generated each year finishes up in landfills or somewhere else in the surroundings, where it requires hundreds of years to disintegrate.

Nevertheless, even when it is recycled, the method is away from perfect. Retrieved PET has a low worth than the actual and can only be recycled once or twice.

The Coca-Cola Foundation has pledged $5.4 million worth of recycling grants to programs in multiple cities in an effort to help “fix” recycling infrastructure in the U.S., as first reported by CNN Business.

An estimated $4.15 million of this funding will go toward a three-year curbside education program in Atlanta being done in conjunction with The Recycling Partnership. The stated goals are to reduce contamination by more than 25% and increase capture rates by 20% across 100,000 households. The nonprofit will also be working with local multi-family buildings, colleges and universities.

 

Accessories line uses recycled PET

In its pursuit of sustainable manufacturing, Loftex is introducing two new qualities of throws made with recycled plastic PET.

Best known in the U.S. for its towels, the manufacturer has also produced throws for many years.

Plastic to Plush collection throws are made of recycled polyester from plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The recycled polyester uses the ADNAS Certain T molecular tagging platform, which assures the consumer of recycled authenticity. In addition, the throws are made under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, which verifies that products are made without the use of harmful chemicals.

Borealis and Indorama have signed a commitment to reduce global plastic waste and apply more transparency to their plastics production figures, a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said on Thursday.

The Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, has collated information in a bid to improve transparency of what is being done to tackle plastic waste and pollution.

Indorama Ventures and Borealis have revealed their 2025 targets to increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastic, joining more than 150 businesses who also signed the pledge.

By signing the commitment, the companies have agreed not only to endorse the global commitment and publicise 2025 targets, but must report publicly report on progress towards these targets on an annual basis.

Four of the world’s largest consumer goods companies produce 6 millions of tons of plastic waste every year, the companies revealed in a report published Thursday.

Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestle and Danone are responsible for 6 million metric tons of plastic every year, according to company-provided figures in a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Coca-Cola alone produces 3 million tons.

It’s the first time Coca-Cola has been public about its packaging production.

Croda will be selling to end products including treated fabrics and fibres for use in apparel, home textiles and furniture products. © Microban

Croda will be selling to end products including treated fabrics and fibres for use in apparel, home textiles and furniture products. © Microban

Microban, a leader in antimicrobial and odour control and prevention solutions, has reached an agreement with Croda International for the selling of Microban technologies in Southeast Asia. The company will offer Microban’s full portfolio of antimicrobial and odour control technologies, including Scentry, Scentry Revive, AEGIS, ZPTech and SilverShield to customers in India and Indonesia.

ATS events have been called key a destination by sourcing professionals and buyers throughout the apparel supply chain. © ATS

ATS events have been called key a destination by sourcing professionals and buyers throughout the apparel supply chain. © ATS

What started as a trade show in Toronto in 2016 has become the fastest growing fashion industry sourcing trade show organiser in the world. Apparel Textile Sourcing (ATS) expanded to Miami in 2017, filling a void for the industry focused on Latin America manufacturing. ATS events have now been called key a destination by sourcing professionals and buyers throughout the apparel supply chain.

The event now brings its world-class seminar series and hand-selected exhibitors to the European market for the launch of Apparel Textile Sourcing Germany (ATSG) at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, from 11-13 September.

Transparency Market Research delivers crucial insights on the PET bottles market in its published report, titled “PET Bottles Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2018-2027”. In terms of revenue, the global PET bottles market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.1% during the forecast period, owing to numerous factors, about which TMR offers thorough insights and forecasts in this report.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a widely used plastic across the globe. PET bottles can be manufactured by two types of molding methods, namely – one step and two-step. PET bottles are highly consumed product in the packaging industry owing to the rising demand from food & beverages, personal care & cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other end-use sectors. PET bottles find useful applications in various end-use industries.

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to be weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,065/1,100 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,850/8,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/645 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,100/5,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,085/1,095 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,750/8,850  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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Crude Oil Prices Trend

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Innova Market Insights identifies “Recyclable by design” as its number one trend in packaging for 2019. Widespread bans on single-use plastics, the implementation of China’s “National Sword” policy and increasing media attention around the environmental scourge of plastic pollution have intensified the demand for recycle-ready packaging solutions. Innova Market Insights labeled 2018 “a sustainability tipping point for packaging” and fully expects the industry to respond with innovative, recyclable designs in 2019.

Innova Market Insights highlights that industry alliances between food manufacturers, packaging suppliers and waste management agencies will be key in achieving ambitious circular economy and sustainability goals set forth by governing bodies and businesses alike in 2019.

It is already evident that the global packaging industry will continue to be dominated by the sustainability debate in 2019.

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13th Edition of Graphene B2B Conference Approaches

Like many advanced materials, there is a significant learning curve to progress promising lab results to real commercial products. This includes a learning experience from the manufacturer, for cost-effective high-volume production, and a learning experience for the end-user, to establish the value and utilisation of this market entry.

IDTechEx have been following this market throughout this learning experience, and the 13th edition of their commercially focussed B2B graphene conference, Graphene & 2D Materials, will be held from 10 – 11 April 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

During the previous 12 conferences, the attendees have heard from all the main market players and end-users, with key market announcements made and technical insights provided. As the market reaches a turning point, this becomes more significant as the headlines have greater global impact.

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be Nigel Farage? Of course you don’t. Why would you want to put yourself through such torment?

But just for a minute, imagine that you’ve backed the wrong horse for just far too long.

With parliament rejecting Brexit deals left, right and centre, leaving Theresa May with no alternative but to try and obtain an extension on Article 50, Farage is literally pulling his hair out.

Apoplectic at the thought of not leaving the EU on 29 March and basically seeing all of his hopes and dreams begin to crumble away, like a stale flapjack, Farage was forced to do something he probably never thought he would do… plead to the European parliament.

Speaking to the assembled MEPs in Strasbourg, Farage wheeled out his usual Brexit spiel before asking Michel Barnier to veto the extension request.

The UK government is to drop trade tariffs on chemicals and polymers to an average of 0.1% in the event of a no-deal Brexit, removing most tariff protection for UK chemical producers.

The move follows another rejection by the UK’s Parliament late on Tuesday of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, which could increase the likelihood of a no-deal exit from the EU.

Although Parliament is to hold another vote on Wednesday which could approve a motion to avoid a no-deal Brexit, the default legal position remains that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March with or without a deal.

LANXESS has gone through a series of dramatic transformations over the last half decade improving its resilience as a business, but exposure to weak end markets is likely to weigh on the company this year after a difficult 2018.

– Extensive repositioning of the company in recent years

– Significant remaining exposure to weak end markets in 2019

– Healthy capital reserves following ARLANXEO stake sale

Since rejoining the company, CEO Matthias Zachert has taken significant steps in diversifying its portfolio and reducing reliance on the automotive and rubber sectors, which saw a slump earlier in the decade as well as in the second half of 2018, and a sales footprint overwhelmingly dependent on Europe.

Honeywell International Inc. HON recently announced that its business unit, Honeywell UOP, has been selected by Phu My Plastics Production JSC to provide its state-of-the-art UOP technology in Vietnam. Notably, Phu My Plastics Production will be using Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology for the production of polymer-grade propylene at its facility. This will enable the plant to cater to the increasing requirement of plastics in Vietnam as well as other countries in Southeast Asia.

Honeywell UOP is a division of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also comprises Honeywell Process Solutions.

The world is slowly turning into a massive landfill with lots of waste accumulation day by day. Norway is one of the first nations to step up with its impressive recycling game, with 97 percent of its plastic bottles now being reused.

Norway now has a program that pushes both business owners and members of the public to recycle their used plastic bottles. Now, other countries are trying to follow suit and the hope is that someday, the world will be one in this environmental endeavor.

Norwegian Way Of Recycling

The Norwegian system of recycling plastic bottles involves the government putting an environment tax of about 40 cents per bottle for all plastic producers and importers.

With the ever-increasing problem of plastic waste showing no sign of relenting, can a new breed of sustainable polymer end the nightmare?

In 2016, a 17-strong team of executives and analysts working for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation claimed that by 2050 the world’s oceans are expected to contain, by weight, more plastics than fish. For three years they had pored over hundreds of pieces of literature while consulting more than 180 researchers, engineers and policy-makers from universities, industry and government.

Their report, ‘The New Plastics Economy – Rethinking the Future of Plastics’, painted a bleak scene. At least eight million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean every year; on par with dumping the contents of a refuse truck every minute.

Oil market participants had started to worry in advance about how the U.S. sanctions on Iran in November would impact global supply, causing oil prices to shoot up to four-year-highs in early October.

Just a month later, the U.S. re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil industry and granted waivers to the eight key Iranian oil buyers to continue importing oil at reduced rates. Oil prices then started to dive, dragged further down by fears of slowing economic and oil demand growth.

When at end of January the U.S. slapped sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and state oil firm PDVSA in order to deprive Nicolas Maduro’s regime of pretty much its only hard-currency income, oil prices barely budged.

Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), the technology and licensing group of Invista, and Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou) Co Ltd have reached an agreement for the licensing of Invista’s latest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process technology.

Pan-Asia will utilise Invista’s P8 PTA technology at a scale of 1.25 million metric tonnes per year.

The new PTA plant would be built in Jizan Economic City, Saudi Arabia, and the projected start-up is in the first quarter of 2021. This project signifies Invista’s first technology license in the Middle East.

Biodegradable plastics might seem an obvious solution to the plastic waste problem, but their current form lags behind fossil-based polymers in required properties. Sometimes they don’t even biodegrade that well. Ne research is trying to find a solution.

“Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which plastic water bottles are made of, is a remarkable polymer,” says Professor Alex Conradie, who leads the Sustainable Process Technologies research group at the University of Nottingham. “It has very useful properties and given decades of process optimisation invested into PET manufacturing, it’s also very cost effective. It is a tall order to match the properties of such a versatile material.”

Oil prices have been pushed up this year by supply cuts led by the Middle East-dominated producer group of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Oil prices Crude oil rises amid OPEC supply cuts, US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela

Singapore: Oil prices rose on Wednesday, pushed up by ongoing supply cuts from producer group OPEC and by US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela. International Brent crude oil futures were at $66.95 a barrel at 0751 GMT, up 28 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close.

MEGlobal price monoethyleneglycol Asia

MEGlobal raises the April contract price of MEG in Asia by USD10 per ton

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the MEG April contract price for Asia at USD840 per tonne, which is USD10 per tonne higher than in March, an ICIS source said the company.

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The MEG spot prices rose after polyester sales rose in March following the return of buyers to the market after a long Chinese New Year.MEGlobal price monoethyleneglycol Asia

The recent announcement of a reduction in value-added tax (VAT) in China also strengthened confidence in the further growth of domestic consumption in China, which subsequently led to an increase in prices for petrochemical futures, including MEG, in China. Lunar New Year, which falls on February 5, 2019, is celebrated in most parts of Southeast and Northeast Asia. China celebrated this holiday for a whole week – from 4 to 10 February.MEGlobal price monoethyleneglycol Asia

Earlier, it was noted that MEGlobal nominated the MEG March contract price for Asia at USD830 per ton, which is USD20 per ton higher than the February level.

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

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in Russia, the total estimated PET consumption in December last year was 63.84 thousand tons, which is 22% higher than the consumption figure for the same month of 2017. In January-December 2018, the total PET consumption in all sectors (casting, fiber filaments, films) exceeded the level of 2017 by 5% and amounted to 695.30 thousand tons.MEGlobal price monoethyleneglycol Asia

MEGlobal, headquartered in Dubai (UAE) is the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG). Established in July 2004, MEGlobal currently sells more than 2.5 million tons of DG per year worldwide. DG is used as a raw material for the production of polyester fibers (clothing and other textiles), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), antifreeze and other industrial products. MEGlobal is a 100% subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Company. In December 2015, Dow Chemical closed a deal to sell its stake in MEGlobal to Equate Petrochemical Company as part of a strategy to optimize its equity participation in Kuwaiti joint ventures.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Graphene Polyester 13-03-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,065/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,350/8450 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,000 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,500/6,650 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/650 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,150/5,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,095/1,105 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the MEG April contract price for Asia at USD840 per tonne, which is USD10 per tonne higher than in March, an ICIS source said the company.

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The MEG spot prices rose after polyester sales rose in March following the return of buyers to the market after a long Chinese New Year

Chinese scientists have developed a nanogel that can be applied to textiles for durable antibacterial effects.

Since bacterial infections seriously threaten human’s health, the design of nanoscale antibacterial materials has become a hot research area.

Scientists from Shanghai-based Donghua University have developed a kind of environmentally friendly nanogel with long-lasting antibacterial effects, good biocompatibility and positive effects on preventing wound infection.

The nanogel has a regular spherical structure with a size of about 200 nanometers. The nanogel grafted on the surface of cotton fibers displayed good thermal stability, which is essential for the finishing of fabrics.

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The world is slowly turning into a massive landfill with lots of waste accumulation day by day. Norway is one of the first nations to step up with its impressive recycling game, with 97 percent of its plastic bottles now being reused.

Norway now has a program that pushes both business owners and members of the public to recycle their used plastic bottles. Now, other countries are trying to follow suit and the hope is that someday, the world will be one in this environmental endeavor.

Norwegian Way Of Recycling

The Norwegian system of recycling plastic bottles involves the government putting an environment tax of about 40 cents per bottle for all plastic producers and importers. If companies are able to recycle plastic materials, their taxes go lower. If the organizations manage to recycle more than 95 percent of their plastic materials, their taxes are forfeited.

The downloadable document shows that it is technically possible and economically worthwhile to produce goods from 100% recycled plastic.

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has published an e-book examining the role that recycling can play in providing solutions to the world’s worsening resource crisis. It explores the technical feasibility and progress made towards 100% recyclability of plastics and highlights the opportunities of using high-quality recycled plastics for manufacturers of plastic products and packaging.

The e-book points out that the consumers’ concerns about waste bring opportunities for brands to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and build customer loyalty, to the benefit of their business results.

A handful of states have proposed legislation to add bottle bills in an effort to recycled used beverage containers.

Lawmakers in at least six states released proposed legislation to add bottle bills so far in 2019. Bills have been proposed in Arkansas (House Bill 1771), Florida (Senate Bill 853), Illinois (House Bill 2651), New Jersey (Assembly Bill 1710), Tennessee (House Bill 0814 and Senate Bill 0885) and West Virginia (House Bill 3120).

Arkansas state House Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) filed HB 1771 on March 11 in hopes of introducing a bottle bill. The state last proposed legislation in 2007, but according to a news release from KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, proposed legislation “appears to have bipartisan support.”

Susan Collins, executive director of the Container Recycling Institute, Culver City, California, says lawmakers in various states propose bottle bills every year; however, she adds that seeing six different states with active proposals is a little on the “high side.”

EU has “done all that is possible,” says Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk says the EU is “disappointed” by tonight’s Brexit result — and that it has done “all that is possible to reach an agreement” with the UK.

“Given the additional assurances provided by the EU in December, January and yesterday, it is difficult to see what more we can do.

If there is a solution to the current impasse it can only be found in London,” Tusk said in a statement, supplied by his spokesman.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country registered in the fourth quarter of 2018 a fall of 2.4% compared to the previous quarter, falling into technical recession for the first time since 2009.

Turkey consolidates its role in the European fashion sourcing while its economy weakens. The county, which has entered a technical recession, shot up last year its exports of textile and fashion goods to Europe, relying mainly on the devaluation of the local currency. Now, in this new period of recession, everything indicates that the situation will persist.

Honeywell (Charlotte, N.C.; www.honeywell.com) announced tthat Phu My Plastics Production JSC will use Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce polymer-grade propylene at its facility in Vietnam. The plant will help meet growing domestic demand for plastics in Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia. This is the first award for Honeywell’s propane dehydrogenation technology in Vietnam.

Honeywell UOP will provide technology licensing for the Oleflex process, the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for startup and continuing operation, and proprietary catalysts and adsorbents.

Water-based, waterproof and water-vapor permeable but also to allow water vapor from sweat to escape to the outside air. More and more buyers are also looking for outdoor textiles that are sustainable.

All three of these requirements are met by INSQIN® technology, which stands for water-based textile coatings that don’t use any solvents.

At the European Coatings Show 2019 from March 19–21, Covestro will present outdoor clothing that owes its functional properties to this coating technology at its “City of Sustainnovation” in hall 4A, booth number 528.

Thrive™ consists of a variety of solutions dedicated to providing CPGs with the opportunity of fulfilling their sustainability mission. With the industry moving toward a stronger circular economy, PPT is committed to staying true to its mission of providing customers with purposeful, powerful, packaging, while also presenting the added benefit of incorporating a sustainable package solution for participating brands. Readily available solutions consist of: Thrive™-Recyclable and Thrive™-Post Consumer Recycled Content (PCR). PPT plans to expand this line with multiple solutions including: Thrive™- Renewable and Thrive™-Compostable.

According to Dave Potter, Vice President of Strategic Sales, “As corporate sustainability objectives continue to turn into solid mandates, the timing appears perfect for serious sustainable packaging solutions.

The structural undersupply ofrecycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET)available for the packaging sector will necessitate imports from outside of the EU,according to Raffi Schier, European director at Bantam Materials International, on Tuesday.

Schier, speaking atthe ICIS PET Value Chain conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, quoted from ICIS analysis showing that current collection volumes are only enough for  packaging and beverage companies to include just 16.08% R-PET content across the industry.

“If we have 16% supply… how do you bridge that gap? You bridge it with non-EU material,” Schier said.

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would be very negative for the UK’s science industry, according to a new survey by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In a survey of 5,800 chemistry professionals, 72% said that a ‘no deal’ would be very negative for UK science, with only 4% expecting a positive impact.

UK based respondents of the survey raised concerns about access to international facilities, collaborative networks, funding for research, access to large-scale grants and easy movement for skilled scientists.

More so, 71% said there would be a negative impact in attracting talent to the UK due to a new visa requirement.

MEGlobal, the world leader in the production of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DG), nominated the MEG April contract price for Asia at USD840 per tonne, which is USD10 per tonne higher than in March, an ICIS source said the company.

The price was named on the terms of delivery CFR Asia.

The MEG spot prices rose after polyester sales rose in March following the return of buyers to the market after a long Chinese New Year.

Polymers Petrochemicals Carbon fibre 12-03-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,065/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,900/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/650 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,150/5,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,095/1,105 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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Rome, 8 March 2019 – Today, Eni signed an agreement with COREPLA, the National Consortium for the Collection, Recycling and Recovery of Plastic Packaging, to launch research projects to produce hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic packaging waste.

The agreement was signed by Giuseppe Ricci, Eni Chief Refining & Marketing Officer, and Antonello Ciotti, President of COREPLA.

It defines the joint working group that will, over the next six months, assess the launching of research projects to produce hydrogen and high-quality biofuels from plastic waste.

The working group will analyse how the market of non-mechanically recyclable packaging will evolve in the next few years.

They will study the types of waste that can be used to develop a positive, innovative circular economy process and maximise recovery, in line with new EU directives.

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  1. Surface modification of PLA

Surface interaction of PLA with other materials plays an important role in many consumer and biomedical applications.

Special surface chemical functionalities, hydrophilicity, roughness and topography are often necessary and must be controlled.

Synthetic polymers, natural polymers and biomacromolecules have been used to adapt these properties to the PLA substrates by various techniques.

Surface modification methods can be classified as non-permanent (non-covalent attachment of functional groups) or permanent (covalent attachment).

For example, although studies have been made to modify PLA for packaging films, there is a lack of data in the literature regarding friction modification, adhesion and anti-fogging.

State-owned Saudi Aramco’s oil allocations for April are 635,000 bpd below customers’ nominations — requests made by refiners and clients for Saudi crude, the Saudi official said.

The April allocations by Aramco show “a deep cut of 635,000 bpd from customer requests for its crude oil.”

Saudi Arabia plans to cut its crude oil exports in April to below 7 million barrels per day (bpd), while keeping its output  “well below” 10 million bpd, a Saudi official said on Monday, as the kingdom seeks to drain a supply glut and support oil prices.

State-owned Saudi Aramco’s oil allocations for April are 635,000 bpd below customers’ nominations — requests made by refiners and clients for Saudi crude, the Saudi official said.

Borealis has awarded Tecnimont, main contractor of Maire Tecnimont with the engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) and commissioning services contract for a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, including the requisite utilities and interconnections.

The new facility, located at an existing Borealis production site in Kallo, Belgium, will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes per year, making it one of the largest and most efficient in the world.With a total contract value of approximately €90m the Kallo PDH project is on a reimbursable basis.

In a new position paper, FKuR Kunststoff GmbH offers its viewpoint on the use of biobased and biodegradable plastics, and their contribution to a circular economy.

As part of the current discussions regarding the ecological sense and consequences of the use of plastics, biobased as well as biodegradable plastics are taking on an as yet unidentified special status.

As a responsible manufacturer and marketer, FKuR confirms both product groups have a great potential to meet the demands of the current EU directives in addressing this issue. The company emphasises the excellent suitability of biobased thermoplastics for conventional material recycling, while it sees biodegradable plastics as an efficient and proven solution for those applications where this property generates added value for the end product.

With the importance of operating a sustainable business in an industry consistently experiencing technological change, it has become vital that companies embrace technology and introduce new systems in order to keep up with competitors. In particular, the manufacturing sector has heavily embraced technology with many companies undergoing a digital transformation.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TrakRap, Martin Leeming, believes that industry 4.0 is prioritised heavily at his company. “It’s massive for us. I suppose you can argue that we’re unfortunate because we’re coming into an already established industry of end of line packaging,” he says. “However, where we’re fortunate is that because we’re coming in late, we’re able to start off digitally. We don’t have any baggage and haven’t got to try and transition from one to the other.”

Professor Henry is conducting the first gene-editing experiments to effectively produce biofuels and bioplastics

Professor Henry is conducting the first gene-editing experiments to effectively produce biofuels and bioplastics11 March 2019

Gene-editing sugarcane for use in renewable energy and bio-plastics could help secure the industry’s future.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Robert Henry said sugarcane’s reinvention as an “energycane” crop could sustain the industry in the face of falling global demand for sugar.

“The industry must think beyond just producing sugar, to also producing electricity, biofuels for transportation and oils to replace traditional plastics,” he said

Professor Henry, Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at UQ, is conducting the first gene-editing experiments to tailor sugarcane production to effectively produce biofuels and bioplastics.

“It’s about reinventing sugarcane as a crop with a wider range of end uses, and sugarcane is ideal for renewables because it is fast-growing with abundant biomass,” he said.

By layering two different mineral forms of titanium oxide on perovskite, scientists in Japan have improved the efficiency of pervoskite-based solar cells by almost 17 percent.

Researchers in Japan have layered different mineral forms of titanium oxide on top of one another to improve perovskite-type solar cell efficiency.

Their findings are published in the journal Nano Letters. While most solar cells are made of silicon, such cells are difficult to manufacture, requiring vacuum chambers and temperatures above 1,000°C.

Research efforts have therefore recently focused on a new type of solar cell based on metal halide perovskites. Perovskite solutions can be inexpensively printed to create more efficient, inexpensive solar cells. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: https://www.asianscientist.com/2019/03/tech/titanium-oxide-anatase-brookite-layer-perovskite-solar-cells/

UK and EU chemicals companiesreiterated on Monday that a no-deal Brexitwould have “disastrous consequences” for theEU-wide supply chains created in the last fourdecades.

Among othersignatories, the statement published on Mondaywas signed by both the EU-wide chemicals tradegroup Cefic and its peer in the UK, the CIA.

The two trade groups said that small- andmedium-size enterprises (SMEs) are alreadyexperiencing cash flow issues due to theuncertainty surrounding Brexit.

“Value chains have become so closelyintertwined that a no-deal Brexit will lead tochaos. Delays at customs and disrupted supplyof all goods, including foods and medicines,will affect communities and incur significantcosts for businesses and governments alike,” the trade groups said.

Chemicals recycling technologyis continuing to mature and could becomemainstream within the next five to 10 years,according to executives from BASF and INEOSStyrolution on Friday.

The process ofbreaking plastic waste down to its constituentmolecular parts to reconstitute it as apetrochemicals feedstock is the “missing link” to close the loop on a functioning circulareconomy, according to Klaus Wittstock, head ofindustry advocacy and environmental policyat Germany’s chemicals major BASF.

Chemicals recycling solutions are at variousstages of development, with some at thelaboratory or pilot plant phase and othersfurther along the cycle.

However, five to 10 years remain before thetechnology is fully mature, said Wittstock,speaking at the IdentiPlast conference inLondon.

Norbert Niessner, director of global researchand development (R&D) at styrenicsspecialist INEOS Styrolution, also set out afive-to-10-year timeline.

Polymers Polyethylene Terephthalate Petrochemical

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 Polyestertime

ITEM04/03/201911/03/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,450 yuan/ton8,500 yuan/ton+50
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,095 $/ton1,110 $/ton+15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,750 yuan/ton8,000 yuan/ton+250
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,775 yuan/ton8,025 yuan/ton+250
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,600 yuan/ton6,650 yuan/ton+50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market860 $/ton865 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market5,215 yuan/ton5,225 yuan/ton+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market638 $/ton645 $/ton+7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,121 $/ton1,115 $/ton-6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,102$/ton1,096 $/ton-6
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market1,011 $/ton1,014 $/ton+3
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,255 yuan/ton8,850 yuan/ton+595
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,350 yuan/ton+250
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,250 yuan/ton10,550 yuan/ton+300
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,700 yuan/ton10,050 yuan/ton+350
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,150 yuan/ton9,550 yuan/ton+400
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,750 yuan/ton8,880 yuan/ton+130
Caprolactam CPL domestic market14,000 yuan/ton13,950 yuan/ton
-50
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,700 $/ton1,700 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,990 $/ton2,040 $/ton+50
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market15,000 yuan/ton14,900 yuan/ton-100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,300 yuan/ton15,500 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market32,000 yuan/ton32,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market18,000 yuan/ton18,100 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market21,000 yuan/ton21,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,400 yuan/ton19,500 yuan/ton+100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,000  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market9,050 yuan/ton9,050 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market4,950 yuan/ton4,750 yuan/ton-200
Benzene overseas  market626 $/ton610 $/ton-16
Ethylene South East market1,030 $/ton930 $/ton-100
Ethylene NWE  market982 $/ton970 $/ton-12
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market12,400 yuan/ton12,600 yuan/ton+200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,600 $/ton1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,300 yuan/ton16,400 yuan/ton+100
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,300 yuan/ton13,000 yuan/ton-300
PP Powder domestic market8,900 yuan/ton8,750 yuan/ton-150
Naphtha overseas market  545 $/ton535 $/ton-10
Phenol domestic market 9,025 yuan/ton9,100 yuan/ton+75
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,315 $/ton1,340 $/ton+25
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,380 $/ton1,410 $/ton+30
LDPE CFR Far East 1,042 $/ton1,042 $/ton
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,022 $/ton1,022 $/ton
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,027 $/ton1,027 $/ton
LLDPE FOB Middle East1,007 $/ton1,007 $/ton
HDPE CFR Far East1,047 $/ton1,047 $/ton
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,013 €/ton1,013 €/ton
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 973 €/ton973 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,060 $/ton1,070 $/ton    +10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,171 €/ton1,181 €/ton+10

 

Polymers Petrochemicals Automotive Recycling 11-03-2019

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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) markets in both Europe and Asia are showing upward pressure on production costs in what should be the start of peak sales, yet buyers in central Europe are holding back.

– Feedstock costs firm

– Central Europe buyers reject higher prices

– Impact of Asia imports to Europe

There is evidence of the anticipated rise in March feedstock costs, with a paraxylene (PX) contract already concluded in Asia, which, as the dominant market, would normally translate to higher prices in Europe. The pressure is on.

However, this is failing to prompt the usual effect of increased PET sales prior to an expected price increase.

BUYERS’ REACTION

Sellers in Europe have been separately targeting moderate price increases for March PET, and while there has been some success, a lot of European buyers are rejecting the higher numbers and pushing for a returnto February prices.

“After the hiatus of Q2 last year, [producers] managed to hold on to margin, so if we ask for €20/tonne [more] and raw material proves to be €30/tonne, then it’s not a disaster,” a seller said.

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Sinterama, a European leader in the production of coloured polyester threads and yarns, is celebrating 50 years. By offering a wide variety of specialist polyester yarns, Sinterama Asia experienced high visitor footfall and back-to-back client meetings during last year’s Yarn Expo Autumn, the company’s first ever trade fair in China.

The next autumn edition of Asia’s leading trade platform for the yarn and fibre industry will take place from 25-27 September 2019, welcoming quality suppliers from around the world showcasing natural and blended yarns including cotton, wool, flax, and man-made fibres and yarns, as well as specialty products including elastic, fancy and blended yarns. Meanwhile, Yarn Expo Spring is getting ready to open its doors next week.

The show organisers sat down with Ashish Puri, Managing Director of Sinterama Asia, to discuss how the company presents its greener solutions to the Chinese market.

The company’s two latest technologies, 223 and Racetrak, are said to be a step-change in the affordability of composite materials.

Williams Advanced Engineering (Grove, U.K.) has published a white paper to introduce its proprietary, patent-pending carbon fiber composite technologies and their benefits to automotive and other industries. The company’s latest pair of technologies, known as 223 and Racetrak, are said to be a step-change in the affordability of composite materials.

According to the company, 223 and Racetrak offer comparable performance to existing composites solutions, but include additional benefits and will be available at a cost that brings them within reach of mainstream applications. They are said to be end-to-end, whole-life solutions that address every aspect of the manufacture, use and recycling of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and the way in which carbon fiber’s properties can enable new approaches to vehicle design and manufacture.

Oil nudges higher on Venezuela and Iran sanctions, OPEC cuts

* Venezuela’s PDVSA struggles to export oil amid U.S.sanctions

* U.S. crude oil inventories rise amid record output – EIA

* U.S. crude output & inventory levels: https://tmsnrt.rs/2VegNR3 (Adds comment, updates prices)

Oil edged up on Thursday amidongoing OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions againstexporters Venezuela and Iran, but price gains were capped byrecord U.S. crude output and rising commercial fuel inventories.

Oerlikon Group announces successful results for 2018. In 2018, Oerlikon Group increased their net sales by 26.2% and orders by 23.5% and increased their market power by focusing on two main segments. Group’s Surface Solutions and Manmade Fibers Segments both recorded growth with double digits.

Oerlikon, a global technology and engineering group, announced that they have achieved very successful financial results both in general and on segment basis in 2018. Significantly increasing their net income due to their strong operating performance in all business units, the group continued to be one of the most important technology suppliers of the textile industry with the technologies they developed for the manmade fiber industry.

Mechanical recycling has the biggest potential to provide value to the circular economy, the chairman at the World Plastics Council (WPC) said on Thursday.

Jim Seward, who is also an executive at chemicals major LyondellBasell, said: “There is a hierarchy. We need to push mechanical recycling as far as it goes just because of the value it brings. That’s probably how you can bring the most value.”

Seward was speaking at the IdentiPlast conference in London.

In several European recycling markets, a shift in consumer attitudes to plastic and the resulting raft of brand commitments to minimum recycled plastic content from packaging firms has meant that demand for material outweighs supply, particularly for food-grade material.

Since mass production of plastics began more than a half-century ago, 8.3 billion metric tons of the stuff has been created. According to a recent study, only 9 percent of that – less than 750 millions metric tons – has been recycled.

The vast majority of plastics created on Earth, 6.3 billion metric tons of it, have wound up as waste.

Which countries are contributing most to this problem? We are.

Those living in the U.S. (and Western Europe) generate an average of 220 pounds of plastic waste per person each year, according to the research organization Worldwatch Institute. That’s the highest rate in the world.

European polypropylene (PP) prices are moving up in March, but the market is no tighter than balanced, according to most buyers.

– Propylene contract up €25/tonne

– Prebuying ahead of Brexit, cracker outages

The March propylene contract rose by €25/tonne, and most sellers have managed to pass this – or at least a large portion of this – to the market.

Hikes as high as €40/tonne have also been talked of.

Demand has been strong in the first quarter, according to several producers, although smaller sellers are not convinced because some applications, such as automotive and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are facing tough conditions.

A genetically engineered microbe could be used to break down woody plant material and create a biodegradable alternative for plastic.

Finding environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic is a mission taken on by a number of research teams, and the focus of these endeavors is typically the sugars and cellulose in plant cell walls.

But while researchers have been able to break down plant materials and extract sugars, an abundant polymer called lignin is stripped away in the process. Lignin is so abundant and carries such little value that it’s typically just burned during manufacturing processes.

If this lignin could be broken down and utilized efficiently, it could be used to make durable materials that could replace plastic. Unfortunately, the molecule is large, complex, and challenging to break down, and so it has been long overlooked until now.

Proposed measures in the UK to introduce a tax on plastics packaging containing less than 30% of recycled product by 2022 is a “blunderbuss” regulation to fit political agendas that fails to recognise the complexity of the system, an executive at European chemicals major INEOS said on Thursday.

The measures fail to engage with the complexity and requirements of the plastics packaging sector, with the 30% target an arbitrary standard, according to INEOS director director Tom Crotty.

Different materials may have different requirements, and the regulation would be feasible for some forms of plastic packaging but not for others, with targets of 100% appropriate for some forms and below the 30% mark for others, he added.

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The Chinese government’s latest stimulus measures should give a boost to economic activity in the coming months following the demand shock in December, the CEO of DowDuPont said on Thursday.

“China is phenomenal at stimulating its economy. In two to three months, it should really loosen things up,” said Ed Breen, CEO of DowDuPont, at a meeting of the Chemical Marketing & Economics Group in New York.

The severe downturn in China’s market in December 2018 came as a shock to the chemical industry – a “fascinating” phenomenon, he noted.

An existing line dedicated to 500-mL PET bottles couldn’t produce more than 42,000 bottles/hr. So management at Altmühltaler Mineralbrunnen decided it had to be replaced.

The roll-fed glue-applied labeler relies on hot melt for label application.

The end-of-line stretch wrapper applies stretch film from two separate rolls simultaneously to speed up the overall process.

Germany’s Altmühltaler Mineralbrunnen GmbH produces bottled mineral water brands for large German retail chains, hotels, and restaurants. The company has several facilities in Treuchtlingen, Central Franconia, and Baruth, a small town near Berlin.

Together with officials from the government, Dr Frank Heislitz (third from right, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials) and Atsushi Shimoda (second from right, CTO of Japan Vilene Company) inaugurate the new production line. © Freudenberg

Together with officials from the government, Dr Frank Heislitz (third from right, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials) and Atsushi Shimoda (second from right, CTO of Japan Vilene Company) inaugurate the new production line. © Freudenberg

Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens brought a new production line for car headliners into operation at its Suzhou site in Eastern China. This enables the company to meet the increasing demand for high-quality car headliners in China and South-East Asia.

NAIROBI – As global concern over plastic pollution rises, corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Unilever are pumping cash into a recycling initiative in Kenya they hope will provide a model for other developing countries.

However, the voluntary scheme lacks legal backing, leaving a few companies to pick up the bill for everyone — a problem that doomed a similar program here before.

Many multinationals are scrambling to support recycling, stung by criticism from environmentalists over pollution and keen to be able to re-use valuable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. Single-use plastic is a key topic at next week’s global United Nations Environmental Program summit.

As a current participant in Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville programme, 4M Carbon Fiber’s Chairman Rodney Grubb provided a brief overview to the IK group about the carbon fibre industry and 4M’s role in “pioneering revolutionary carbon fibre manufacturing technologies right here in our own backyard”.

“This was a great opportunity for me to highlight the exciting work we are doing at 4M, while also making connections with other business and community leaders. Contributing positivinsidecomposites.com/4m-carbon-fiber-discusses-carbon-fibre-manufacturingely to the fabric of our community is important to us at 4M, and we want to be a significant part of Knoxville’s success,” said Mr Grubb.

Researchers at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) have created a method to produce scalable graphene-based yarn. Such e-textiles may have great potential for sportswear, healthcare, aerospace, and fitness applications, ans so are attracting research attention worldwide.

Graphene-based yarn to be used for advanced wearable e-textiles

Integrating textile-based sensors into garments in the manufacturing process is still time-consuming and complex. It is also expensive non-biodegradable, unstable, metallic conductive materials are still being used. Now, the NGI researchers have developed a process that has the potential to produce tonnes of conductive graphene-based yarn. It is possible to do this using current textile machinery without any addition to production costs. The produces graphene-based yarn is also said to be flexible, cheap, biodegradable, and washable.

Reports out of China state that Chinese authorities have audited and approved research by Linglong Tire into the “large-scare application” of graphene rubber composites in tires”.

The research was conducted jointly by Beijing Tiancheng Linglong Tire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linglong Tire, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology. An audit was conducted by Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission along with other Chinese technology institutes.

Led by South China University of Technology professor Guo Baochun, the team completed trial production of graphene-enhanced tires at Linglong’s Zhaoyuan factory. This involved a graphene ‘pre-treatment’ technology that enables tires to be made without changing existing manufacturing processes or equipment. Linglong did note, however, that the technology required some adjustments to the process to help ensure the feasability of production.

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Prices of mono ethylene glycol (MEG) in Asia are expected to rise, with the intermonth spread potentially nudging towards backwardation as China’s value added tax (VAT) cut bolsters buying.

The market sentiment is now bullish because downstream polyester sales and Chinese domestic MEG values are being buoyed by expectations of improved MEG demand in China, the world’s number-two economy after the US.

Prices are also underpinned by prospects of reduced supply in the second half of March because of production cuts and turnarounds at MEG facilities.

On 7 March, MEG buying indications for first-half March were at $640-650/tonne CFR (cost & freight) CMP (China Main Port), while offers stood at $655-660/tonne CFR CMP.

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Eastman Chemical is dusting off an old process to handle polyester waste

As pressure builds on chemical makers to solve the plastic waste problem, firms are increasingly exploring chemical recycling as a complement to traditional mechanical techniques.

Eastman Chemical plans to build a facility that will use methanolysis to depolymerize polyethylene terephthalate (PET), used in food packaging and soda bottles, into dimethyl terephthalate and ethylene glycol. The company developed the process decades ago, as Eastman Kodak, to recycle polyester waste such as X-ray film.

Measures to stem the tide of plastic waste should focus on management of resources rather than on outright bans of products, a representative for the UK government’s environment agency said on Thursday.

Improving collection of waste plastics and making the value chain more circular should be the focus of new legislation introduced, according to Steven Andrews, deputy head of resources and waste at the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

“It is not a war against plastics, it’s a war against plastic waste,” he said, speaking at the IdentiPlast conference in London, UK.

The UK uses 5m tonnes of plastic every year, of which half is packaging material, and 3.7m tonnes of plastic waste is produced annually, Andrews said.

Elisabeth Skoda looks at ways how Industry 4.0 and smart solutions have helped companies become more energy efficient and keep track of what happens at their production sites.

Adopting Industry 4.0 into a packaging line can bring many benefits from better data management to improved efficiency. Smart packaging lines can improve traceability, uptime, and quality, while reducing running costs and total cost of ownership.

“Benefits come from having an integrated component and control platform which allows seamless exchange of data between devices and the control system. Having access to this component level data is a key enabling factor to realise the benefits of an Industry 4.0 system,” observes Daniel Rossek, regional marketing manager at Omron.

European polyethylene (PE) prices are moving up for the first time since June 2018.

Some traders sighed a breath of relief.

“It’s been really tough these past months, with only dropping prices,” said one.

“Nice to hear something like this after months of decreases,” said another.

The last time most PE prices moved up was in June 2018.

Some net low-end spot PE prices have been trading below the ethylene contract price for months.

Low-end low density polyethylene (LDPE) spot prices have been trading largely below the ethylene contract since July 2018, with C4 (butene based) linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) low-end net prices faring worse.

Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) has decided to leave the Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose (CV).

This initiative originally encompassed ten viscose producers in China joining forces to make the industry more sustainable.

As a sustainability leader in the industry, the Lenzing Group will now pursue its own path in collaborating with the entire value chain to green up the industry and thus expand the company’s position.

This cooperation will involve forest owners, spinners, weavers and knitters, fabric makers as well as brands and retailers selling products made from wood-based fibers.

CARBIOS has announced to have successfully accomplished the production of first PET-bottles made with 100% Purified Terephthalic Acid (rPTA). The company did it through the enzymatic biorecycling of plastic waste. The achievement of this remarkable milestone is groundbreaking and confirms the potential of the company’s technology to engage the whole industry in a responsible transition towards a circular economy.

Alain Marty, Chief Scientific Officer at CARBIOS, explains, “We have successfully developed the first biological process with which all kinds of PET plastic waste can be broken down into its original components and reused to produce virgin plastic products for applications such as PET-bottles. This new step shows the strong potential of CARBIOS’ enzymatic technology and provides a breakthrough solution to help solve society’s growing waste problem.”

Prices are being supported by efforts led by the OPEC and other countries to withhold around 1.2 million barrels per day

US sanctions against the oil industries of OPEC members Iran and Venezuela have also had an impact

SINGAPORE: Oil edged up on Thursday amid ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts and US sanctions against exporters Venezuela and Iran, but price gains were capped by record US crude output and rising commercial fuel inventories.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were at $56.31 per barrel at 0637 GMT, up 9 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last settlement.

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain loose ground,only Polyester is steady.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,065/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,450/8,600 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,950/8,100 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/870 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,600/6,750 yuan/ton – MEG $ 640/655 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,200/5,300 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,100/1,110 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,500/10,600  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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Asia’s benzene market has been adrift since late February after some post-holiday gains, as participants await concrete announcements from the ongoing US-China trade talks.

Spot prices were hovering in the low-$600/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea levels, from under $590/tonne FOB Korea in late January.

Trading has been cautious since late February, with market players mostly on a wait-and-see mode.

“There is now a lack of definitive price direction as players are unsure of how the trade talks will pan out,” said a Singapore-based trader.

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An existing line dedicated to 500-mL PET bottles couldn’t produce more than 42,000 bottles/hr. So management at Altmühltaler Mineralbrunnen decided it had to be replaced.

Germany’s Altmühltaler Mineralbrunnen GmbH produces bottled mineral water brands for large German retail chains, hotels, and restaurants. The company has several facilities in Treuchtlingen, Central Franconia, and Baruth, a small town near Berlin.

The newest line in its Treuchtlingen facility, dedicated to 500-mL PET bottles of still or carbonated water, replaces a line that topped out at 42,000 bottles/hr. “It just wasn’t enough throughput,” says Plant Manager Andreas Wiedemann. He adds that the new line, running since 2017, provides 56,000 bottles/hr.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) launched by private companies in January is set to broaden its membership to national chemicals trade groups as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the CEO at US trade group the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Wednesday.

Cal Dooley, who also serves as council secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), added that a key challenge with plastic waste would be to reuse it in order to bring economic benefits to the often-impoverished communities where a large portion of it derives from.

Together with officials from the government, Dr Frank Heislitz (third from right, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials) and Atsushi Shimoda (second from right, CTO of Japan Vilene Company) inaugurate the new production line. © Freudenberg

Together with officials from the government, Dr Frank Heislitz (third from right, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials) and Atsushi Shimoda (second from right, CTO of Japan Vilene Company) inaugurate the new production line. © Freudenberg

Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens brought a new production line for car headliners into operation at its Suzhou site in Eastern China. This enables the company to meet the increasing demand for high-quality car headliners in China and South-East Asia. Freudenberg Performance Materials is the specialist for technical textiles of the Freudenberg Group. In China, Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens, a joint venture with Japan Vilene Company, Tokyo, represents the Group.

The Uflex Booth at IndiaPlast 2019 captivated the attention of exhibitors, customers and visitors by showcasing a mix of innovative launches and proven products from its various businesses. The 5 day exhibition held at IndiaExpo Centre in Greater Noida was inaugurated on Feb 28 2019 in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog and Ashok Chaturvedi, CMD, Uflex amongst other dignitaries and concluded today.

Amongst the array of products on display from Uflex, what became the centre of interest at IndiaExpo was a Live Demonstration of Uflex Recycling Machine at the Green Pavilion of PMMAI. The pavillion showed how Multi-layer Packaging (MLP) Waste is recycled into pellets through a fairly simple method.

Lipnin, a filler found in plants, usually goes to waste as people think it’s useless

But researchers have found that when digested by a bacteria it creates PDC

The bacteria digests it by turning compounds in lignin into PDC polyester

They then made changes to three genes from them to make PDC the end point for the digestion process

A genetically engineered microbe may be key to producing biodegradable plastic from woody plants.

Researchers have found a unique way to genetically engineer bacteria found in plants to produce the environmentally friendly petroleum subsitute.

Proposed measures in the UK to introduce a tax on plastics packaging containing less than 30% of recycled product by 2022 is a “blunderbuss” regulation to fit political agendas that fails to recognise the complexity of the system, an executive at European chemicals major INEOS said on Thursday.

The measures fail to engage with the complexity and requirements of the plastics packaging sector, with the 30% target an arbitrary standard, according to INEOS director director Tom Crotty.

Different materials may have different requirements, and the regulation would be feasible for some forms of plastic packaging but not for others, with targets of 100% appropriate for some forms and below the 30% mark for others, he added.

European polypropylene (PP) prices are moving up in March, but the market is no tighter than balanced, according to most buyers.

– Propylene contract up €25/tonne

– Prebuying ahead of Brexit, cracker outages

The March propylene contract rose by €25/tonne, and most sellers have managed to pass this – or at least a large portion of this – to the market.

Hikes as high as €40/tonne have also been talked of.

Demand has been strong in the first quarter, according to several producers, although smaller sellers are not convinced because some applications, such as automotive and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are facing tough conditions.

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A few genetic modifications can induce a strain of soil bacteria to convert a renewable material, lignin, into plastics. The best part? Lignin is so cheap and plentiful we don’t even bother trying to use it right now.

  1. aromaticivorans bacteria.N. aromaticivorans bacteria.

Image credits Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center / UoW.

Woody plants show great promise as a potential replacement for petroleum in various uses — such as fuel, plastics, and chemical production. They contain a lot of sugars, which can be used for those applications, but they’re kept out of reach behind the cellulose in their cellular walls.

Those walls are so durable and hard (read: ‘expensive’) to break down industrially, that we generally don’t really bother extracting the materials.

Oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, supported by OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against exporters Venezuela and Iran, but gains were capped by falling stock markets and renewed concerns over demand growth.

Brent crude futures gained 26 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $66.25 a barrel by 11:43 a.m. EST (1643 GMT).

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 45 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $56.67 a barrel.

“The big picture is that short-term fundamentals are very strong,” said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. “There’s still some nervousness about supply.”

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to be in good health,only MEG is weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain continue to be steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,065/1,110 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,550/8,700 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,950/8,050 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,000/8,100 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/870 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,750/6,900 yuan/ton – MEG $ 650/670 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,200/5,350 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,110/1,120 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,550/10,700  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

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Crude oil futures sank on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed an unexpectedly sharp build in crude inventories, but a third weekly draw down in gasoline stocks kept losses at bay.

A drop in U.S. equity indexes also weakened sentiment in crude prices.

Brent crude futures fell 12 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $65.74 a barrel by 1:40 p.m. EST (1840 GMT). U.S. crude oil futures fell 46 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $56.10 a barrel.

U.S. crude inventories rose 7.1 million barrels last week, far exceeding analysts’ expectations for an increase of 1.2 million barrels, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

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A new report from WWF International warns that the amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans will reach 300 million tons by 2030. According to the researchers, plastic pollution will likely double over the next decade and nearly a third of all plastic produced will make its way into the environment.

The experts found that only around 20 percent of plastic is recycled globally, while 39 percent ends up in the landfill and 15 percent is incinerated. The study also revealed that carbon dioxide emissions from burned plastic will triple by 2030.

Dr. Lyndsey Dodds, the Head of UK & EU Marine Policy, explained: “Plastic is choking the planet, from emissions caused in its production to the animals harmed when it leaks into our oceans.”

“Nature is not disposable, it is essential – we need it for our health, wealth and security. This is a global problem that requires a global solution and that is why we are calling for a legally binding United Nations agreement to stop the leakage of plastics into our planet’s oceans by 2030.”

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EIPET to launch a second PET line at a new plant in Egypt in mid-March 

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MOSCOW – EIPET, a major Egyptian manufacturer of polyester products and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), plans to launch a second PET line at its new plant in Ain Sokhna (Egypt) in mid-March, an ICIS source told the market.

The capacity of the second line will be 270 thousand tons of PET per year.

According to him, raw materials for the production of PET on the first line of the enterprise, which can produce a total of 540 thousand tons of material per year on two lines, were submitted August 18-19 last year, August 22-24, commercial products were received .  And in mid-September of the same year, this line went to full capacity.

Meanwhile, at that time, the second line was not yet launched, the source said.

The new PET plant in Ain Sokhna is a joint venture of Indorama Ventures and Dhunseri (India), managed by the Egyptian EIPET.  A new joint venture was created in June last year, he added.EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

It is planned that the company will supply part of its products to Europe, and the rest of PET will force out imports of material from India and Indonesia.  In addition, EIPET can start supplying PET from a new plant to the US market.

Raw materials for this plant in Ain-Sokhna will be supplied by Indorama from the recently acquired Terephthalic Acid (TPA) plant in Portugal.

Initially, the new PET plant in Egypt was scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2016.

As reported by Market Report, Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL), the world leader in the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), at the end of July 2018 announced the acquisition of a 74% stake in Egyptian PET processor – Medco Plast for Packing and Packaging Systems SAE ( Medco).  Medco operates a plant for the production of PET preforms with a capacity of 70 thousand tons in Egypt with a market share of 25%.  The deal was closed in the third quarter of 2018.EIPET polyethylene terephthalate Egypt 

According to Scan Report Company Market Report, in Russia, the total estimated PET consumption in December last year was 63.84 thousand tons, which is 22% higher than the consumption figure for the same month of 2017.  In January-December 2018, the total PET consumption in all sectors (casting, fiber filaments, films) exceeded the level of 2017 by 5% and amounted to 695.30 thousand tons.

EIPET is a joint venture (50:50) of Indian Dhunseri Petrochem and Tea and Indorama Ventures Company Ltd (IVL).

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are assessed mixed,but the polyester fibre gives signs of recovery.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,050/1,095 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,400/8,500 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,500/6,600 yuan/ton – MEG $ 635/650 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,150/5,250 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,100/1,110 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,300/8,400  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,250/10,350  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/ton

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The Teijin Group announced today that Nantong Teijin Co., Ltd., the group’s textile manufacturing and sales company based in Nantong, China, will participate in Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition 2019, one of the world’s biggest and most comprehensive exhibitions of apparel fabric and accessories.

The show will be held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai from March 12 to 14

The Nantong Teijin booth (8-1H-C68) will showcase proprietary materials and high-performance fabrics to further expand its presence in the Chinese market widely from sports to fashion, as well as strengthen relationships with existing customers. Approximately 100 materials and 40 final products will be exhibited.

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US shale oil output growth plans point to a possible slowdown compared with 2018, as leading independent producers prioritise boosting investor returns and look to rein in their capital expenditure (capex) budgets to stay within cash flows.

The broader shale outlook is nuanced. Majors, listed independents and privately held operators are the main output drivers.

Majors continue to rapidly ramp up unconventional portfolios as the sector becomes key to their short-cycle investments, while privately held firms with solid financial backingare similarly unfazed.

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Oil climbs as the U.S. and China were said to near a deal on trade that would underpin the outlook for crude demand.

(Bloomberg) — Oil climbed as the U.S. and China were said to near a deal on trade that would underpin the outlook for crude demand, while supplies around the world showed signs of tightening.

Futures in New York rose as much as 1 percent after a drop of 2.6 percent last week. The world’s two biggest economies are approaching an accord that could lift most or all U.S. tariffs, according to people familiar with the discussions. Working oil rigs in America fell to the least since May, according to data from Baker Hughes. OPEC’s output dropped last month, aided by unplanned supply losses in Iran and Venezuela.

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Hexamethylenediamine (HMDA) is an organic compound having chemical formula H2N (CH2)6NH2. It is a colorless solid with strong amine odor similar to that of pipiridine.

It is synthesized from adiponitrile and has numerous applications in chemical industry. Almost 90% of the produced HMDA is utilized in the production of nylon 66. The non-nylon applications of HMDA includes high performance polyurethanes paints, epoxy curing agents, petrochemicals additives and coatings.

It also has applications as corrosion and scale inhibitors in water treatment plants. HMDA is not only used for the production of nylon 66, but also used along with dicarboxylic acids for the production of nylon 69, nylon 610, and nylon 612.

Over the years the demand for bio based HMDA has increased for the production of nylon 66 owing to the green revolution.

The market for HMDA can be segmented on the basis of application into nylon synthesis, coatings, biocides, and others. Based on end user, the market for HMDA has been divided in to fiber, textile, automotive, plastics, and others.

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The largest end use market for injection moulding is the packaging industry, which accounted for 51% of polymer usage in 2017.

The largest end use market for injection moulding is the packaging industry, which accounted for 51% of polymer usage in 2017. (Source: AMI)

While the image of packaging is currently divided, the fact remains that it is still a large part of the injection moulding industry. As a matter of fact, it makes up the largest portion in both the French and Italian industry.

AMI conducted extensive research in Italy and France to determine which areas are strongest in the moulding sector. Surprisingly, the two countries show a very similar spread of end markets for the industry, except for one area. The high focus on packaging is not truly surprising.

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Oerlikon Manmade Fibers’ Nonwoven business unit presents its expanded nonwovens product portfolio at the show in Miami. © Oerlikon

Oerlikon Manmade Fibers’ Nonwoven business unit presents its expanded nonwovens product portfolio at the show in Miami. © Oerlikon

Oerlikon presents its complete nonwoven plant portfolio for the production of airlaid, meltblown, spunbonded and hybrid materials at this year’s IDEA, which takes place in Miami, FL, from 25-28 March. The focus of its presentation will be on solutions for hygiene, medical and other disposable nonwovens.

While two years ago the Nonwoven business unit of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers segment focused almost exclusively on solutions for technical applications, the company has now expanded its product portfolio to include solutions for disposable nonwovens by establishing strong partnerships.

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Global brand owner Nestlé (Vevey, Switzerland) and Danimer Scientific (Bainbridge, GA), a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastic products, announced in mid-January a global partnership to develop biodegradable bottles for Nestlé’s water business using Danimer’s polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) polymer Nodax.

“Researchers have shown that PHA biodegrades in a wide range of environments, including industrial and home compost, soil, fresh and sea water,” said Stephen Croskrey, CEO of Danimer Scientific. “As a material that is reliably biodegradable across both aerobic and anaerobic conditions, our Nodax PHA is an ideal fit to drive the creation of eco-friendly packaging for Nestlé’s products. Nodax PHA is suitable feedstock for industrial compost, home compost, and anaerobic digester facilities as well as reuse through recycling. We look forward to supporting Nestlé in the years to come.”

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All 54 actions under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented. This will contribute to boost Europe’s competitiveness, modernise its economy and industry to create jobs, protect the environment and generate sustainable growth.

The European Commission today published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan it adopted in December 2015. The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised. The findings of the report will be discussed during the annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference taking place in Brussels on 6 and 7 March.

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A European monoethylene glycol (MEG) spot price recovery is set to continue after truck prices increased for a second week running.

The European ICIS truck spot range was assessed at a €5/tonne increase at both ends, bringing prices to €645-660/tonne free carrier (FCA) northwest Europe (NWE).

There was some talk of sellers achieving prices above the high end of the range, but this was not said to be representative of the market at the end of last week.

European traders have been concerned by an unhealthy spread between bulk and truck prices in Europe for some time.

Elsewhere, spot prices in Asia have recovered in the last few days and there is an expectation that supply will decrease in the second half of March.

The MEG market has been dealing with higher inventory levels in China due to increased imports, mostly from Kuwait and the rest of the Middle East.

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Wittmann Battenfeld will present its latest injection moulding technology at the Plastimagen event in Mexico City between 2 and 5 April.

Alongside its top of the range automation and auxiliary equipment and a wide range of exhibits, the Austria-based Wittmann Group has already been operating its own sales subsidiary in Mexico for more than 20 years.

The Plastimagen is an important platform for Wittmann to present its innovative technologies and processes in the area of injection moulding machines and automation.

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The acquisition of UTT reinforces IVL’s position as a global leader and integrated supplier of airbag yarns and textiles. Indorama Ventures (IVL), a leading chemical producer, has completed the acquisition of UTT Beteiligungsgesellschaft that was announced in December last year. The company is one of the leading suppliers of airbag fabrics and has manufacturing sites in Germany and Mexico with a combined capacity to produce around 70 million sqm of fabrics. UTT also produces other highly specialised solutions in the field of technical textiles.

The acquisition of UTT reinforces IVL’s position as a global leader and integrated supplier of airbag yarns and textiles. This further accelerates IVL’s growth momentum in the automotive sector by bringing together a complementary product portfolio. IVL can offer a wider choice to its customers from yarns to fabrics. In addition, this acquisition will also create opportunities for cost synergies and operational improvements, according to Aloke Lohia, Group CEO.

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Paraxylene Asia polyethylene terephthalate

Paraxylene buyers in Asia voiced counter offers at USD990-1 020 per tonne

Paraxylene Asia polyethylene terephthalate

MOSCOW – Several paraxylene buyers in the Asian market put forward their counter-proposals for the March contract price of material at USD990-1 020 per ton, market sources told ICIS on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Asian paraxylene manufacturers nominated their March contract prices at USD1,190–1,210 per tonne, CFR Asia.

The February contract price of paraxylene in the region was agreed at around USD1,050 per tonne, CFR Asia.

According to ICIS, paraxylene spot prices for February 27 in Asia were in the range of USD1 108-1 110 per tonne, CFR China / Taiwan.

Paraxylene is used as a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid (TPA), an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , a period of price stability continues on the Russian spot PET market. Expected to maintain current spot prices until the end of the month. The demand for material is low. There is a high probability that prices for spot buyers will not rise significantly until the end of the first quarter. The prerequisites for this are the creation of stable PET prices in foreign markets and the relative stability of the ruble exchange rate.

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Author:                Margarita Volkova

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ITEM18/02/201925/02/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,325 yuan/ton8,450 yuan/ton+125
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,080 $/ton1,095 $/ton+15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,750 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,750 yuan/ton7,775 yuan/ton+25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,455 yuan/ton6,600 yuan/ton+145
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market855 $/ton860 $/ton+5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market4,970 yuan/ton5,215 yuan/ton+245
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market613 $/ton638 $/ton+25
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,118 $/ton1,121 $/ton+3
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,099$/ton1,102 $/ton+3
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market1,020 $/ton1,011 $/ton -9
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,440 yuan/ton8,255 yuan/ton-185
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,350 yuan/ton10,250 yuan/ton-100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton9,700 yuan/ton-200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,250 yuan/ton9,150 yuan/ton-100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,820 yuan/ton8,750 yuan/ton-70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,800 yuan/ton14,000 yuan/ton
+200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,670 $/ton1,670 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,940 $/ton1,990 $/ton+50
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market15,200 yuan/ton15,000 yuan/ton-200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market15,100 yuan/ton15,300 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,000 yuan/ton-500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market17,900 yuan/ton18,000 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market20,900 yuan/ton21,000 yuan/ton+100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market19,200 yuan/ton19,200 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,000  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market9,000 yuan/ton9,050 yuan/ton+50
Benzene domestic market4,950 yuan/ton4,950 yuan/ton
Benzene overseas  market620 $/ton626 $/ton+6
Ethylene South East market1,080 $/ton1,030 $/ton-50
Ethylene NWE  market937 $/ton982 $/ton+45
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market12,400 yuan/ton12,400 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,500 $/ton1,600 $/ton+100
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,300 yuan/ton+300
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,450 yuan/ton13,300 yuan/ton-150
PP Powder domestic market8,700 yuan/ton8,900 yuan/ton+200
Naphtha overseas market  542 $/ton545 $/ton+3
Phenol domestic market 8,800 yuan/ton9,025 yuan/ton+225
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,325 $/ton1,315 $/ton-10
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,385 $/ton1,380 $/ton-5
LDPE CFR Far East 1,032 $/ton1,042 $/ton+10
LLDPE CFR Far East1,0021,012 $/ton1,022 $/ton+10
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,01,017 $/ton1,027 $/ton+10
LLDPE FOB Middle East997 $/ton1,007 $/ton+10
HDPE CFR Far East1,047 $/ton1,047 $/ton
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,003 €/ton1,013 €/ton+10
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 973 €/ton973 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,070 $/ton1,060 $/ton -10
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,171 €/ton1,171 €/ton 

 

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Several paraxylene buyers in the Asian market put forward their counter-proposals for the March contract price of material at USD990-1 020 per ton, market sources told ICIS on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Asian paraxylene manufacturers nominated their March contract prices at USD1,190–1,210 per tonne, CFR Asia.

The February contract price of paraxylene in the region was agreed at around USD1,050 per tonne, CFR Asia.

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More than 600,000 tonnes of plastic packaging – out of 900,000 tonnes used – was not recycled last year

Of the plastic that is collected for recycling in Australia, nearly 20% gets exported. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Only a third of Australia’s plastic packaging waste ends up being recycled, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by the University of Technology Sydney and commissioned by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), tracked different kinds of packaging waste in the 2017-18 financial year.

It estimated that only 56% of all packaging waste in Australia was recovered and recycled. Of that, 72% of paper packaging was recycled, but only 32% of plastics.

Plastic bottles can be ‘upcycled’ to create materials strong enough to make car parts and wind turbine blades, experts say.

Single use containers can be transformed into more durable materials by reducing them to their chemical building blocks.

These blocks are then mixed with plant fibres and a hardening agent is added to complete the process.

The resulting fibre-reinforced plastics are two or three times more valuable than the plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from which the bottles were originally made.

When the giant P-67 floating oil production vessel lit its flare tower earlier this month, it marked the start of a Brazilian supply boom that’s poised to challenge Opec’s efforts to balance the global market.

The mammoth facility – long and wide enough to fit an American football field – is the first of four similar platforms that will begin pumping crude this year, lifting Brazilian output by roughly 365 000 barrels a day, its largest annual increase in at least 20 years, according to the International Energy Agency.

The UN has been warning that by 2050 our oceans may contain more plastic waste than fish – a disconcerting outlook given our dependency on healthy ecosystems to survive.

Now, Israeli researchers say they have developed a process to make biodegradable plastics using the ocean’s own resources – algae. And the invention could become a viable counter to enormous amounts of plastic already found in oceans.

In six decades, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, only nine percent of which has been recycled, according to a 2018 joint report by the National Geographic Society and Great Britain’s Royal Statistical Society. Since plastic takes over 400 years to degrade, many of it still exists in some form in landfills and in our oceans, harming wildlife and marine life and ecosystems.

On Monday, January 28th, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced coercive measures against the main Venezuelan companies operating in the United States, accusing them of “helping prevent Maduro from continuing to divert Venezuela’s assets and preserve these assets. for the Venezuelan people, The executive order places the institutions of the entity, including the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) and PDVSA as the target of sanctions.

In addition to blocking $ 7 billion worth of assets, the ban on US and allied companies to negotiate with PDVSA would result in a loss of $ 11 billion additional, no more for exports.

In an analysis published by the EIA, it is denied that sanctions against PDVSA will have significant consequences on the operation of U.S. refineries. Apparently, the oil companies that supplied Venezuelan oil were reducing their imports by providing for this scenario.

Production costs for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) are under pressure to increase if the dominant Asian market is to be adhered to, but not as much as the markets were originally anticipating.

– PX prices end downturn

– PET bottling season imminent

– Economic mood affects PTA and DMT

PX PRICES

Paraxylene (PX) prices ended a four-month downturn in February, and look set to continue to rise. European values tend to be influenced by Asian dynamics, as can be seen in the following graph.

PET SEASON

The seasonal uptick in the PET bottling season is imminent and March is usually when the buying frenzy begins.

While contractual offtake is decent, buyers are reluctant when it comes to spot purchases. This is partly due to import commitments and the general macroeconomic mood.

With an eye toward a circular economy, technology developers are advancing a host of new approaches to chemical recycling of post-use commodity plastics

Plastics are indispensable parts of almost every sector of the economy, with wide-ranging economic, environmental and convenience benefits in their use stage.

But increasingly, the sheer volume of plastics produced (estimated at well over 300 million metric tons annually) presents environmental risks if the material is not captured, and represents a waste of resources if the material is disposed of in landfills.

Currently, only a small fraction of commodity plastics are recycled globally (some estimates peg the number at 14%), while the majority end up in landfills, incinerators or in the environment, particularly the ocean.

Petrochemical giant ExxonMobil will fund the construction of a polypropylene production unit in Baton Rouge, Texas, that will expand capacity along the US Gulf Coast by up to 450,000 tonnes per year.

Construction is set to begin this year, with start-up anticipated by 2021, and 65 permanent jobs likely once completed. The company first raised the possibility of such an expansion a year ago, adding that a final investment decision would follow by the end of 2018.

The facility will expand the production capacity of ExxonMobil’s latest Achieve Advanced Polypropylene grades, which the company claims eliminate trade-offs in performance, processing and end-of-life handling, pushing the boundaries in packaging design.

Plastics Recycling Update iconA number of companies have announced developments in technologies for breaking down plastics for use in other products. Here are a few of the notable news items.

Polyester fiber recovery: A Taiwanese company developed a chemical recycling technology that recovers polyester from mixed-material textile.

Recycling International reports Far Eastern New Century (FENC) developed a process through which polyester is dissolved and other polymers and dyes are filtered out.

Called TopGreen rTex, the technology can be used to recover polyester from spandex-blended polyester fabrics.

FENC, a conglomerate involved in PET and synthetic fiber production, has worked for years with Adidas to incorporate recovered marine plastics into shoes.

Ultra high barrier variants for packaging industry

Participating at the Indiaplast 2019 show in Greater Noida, Uflex has come with multiple solutions for all segments of the packaging industry. Apart from other solutions, Uflex film division has innovative products for flexible packaging on offer at the show.

DK Dosi, joint president – Film Division of Uflex said to Packaging South Asia, “Uflex as a company has put up a big stand here. We are presenting all our products and innovations at this show. From our film division we are specifically targeting six new products here. In the polyester segment, we have three new products.

The latest one that we are offering today for the first time in India is the easy-to-tear pouch. This film is yet to be commercially launched but it will hit the market in the coming month. Starting from this month we will be fully equipped to supply to the market.

  • Japan proposes U.N. working group to tackle ocean microplastics pollution

Japan has submitted to the United Nations a draft resolution to establish a working group for coordinating efforts toward combating ocean microplastics pollution, people close to the matter said Saturday.

Norway has tabled a similar resolution, and the two countries have been discussing combining their proposals for the fourth session of the U.N. Environmental Assembly in Nairobi starting on March 11, they said.

The resolution, if adopted, would create a new international framework to accelerate study on and promote measures to tackle the emerging issue for food security and marine life.

Negotiations over March shipments of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) began in the Russian market this week, with producers separately announcing further price increases for shipments to the domestic market, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

Prices of Russian polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have already risen twice in 2019, and this is expected to continue in March. Dwindling stocks and a lack of large quantities of import material are the main factors for further price increases.

Russian producers announced price increases of Rb1,000-2,000/tonne for March deliveries, depending on the resin.

The current situation is similar to the last year’s trend, when PVC prices rose monthly for Russian consumers until September, and converters were forced pass on costs.

Congress has been debating the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, or “NOPEC,” which would make international oil cartels illegal, exposing countries that coordinate on the price of oil to the risk of litigation in US courts.

The odds are pretty good that anti-OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) legislation could eventually win the approval of Congress, given rising anti-Russian and Saudi Arabia sentiment, including anger over President Trump’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the subsequent resurgence of progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Shima Seiki, leading computerised flat knitting technologist of Wakayama, Japan, has released a major update to its smart device app VR-knit.com. New features include an AR mode and ultra-realistic knit fabric viewer, enabling a richer virtual knit experience. Shima Seiki is a pioneer in complete garment manufacturing technology called Wholegarment.

VR-knit.com was initially released in November 2017 as an app for showcasing Shima Seiki’s original knit collection as 3D images in virtual space. Knitwear can be browsed by trend theme and rotated 360°, and with the use of VR goggles, the collection can be enjoyed in 3D.

Abstract:

Researchers have layered different mineral forms of titanium oxide on top of one another to improve perovskite-type solar cell efficiency by one-sixth. The layered titanium oxide layer was better able to transport electrons from the center of the cell to its electrodes. This novel approach could be used to fabricate even more efficient perovskite-type solar cells in future.

Layering titanium oxide’s different mineral forms for better solar cells: Kanazawa University-led researchers layer two different mineral forms of titanium oxide to improve electron flow at the negative electrode for better metal halide perovskite-type solar cells

While most solar cells are made of silicon, such cells are difficult to manufacture, requiring vacuum chambers and temperatures above 1000 °C. Research efforts have therefore recently focused on a new type of solar cell, based on metal halide perovskites. Perovskite solutions can be inexpensively printed to create more efficient, inexpensive solar cells.

Yarn Expo Spring 2019 will see a significant rise in exhibitors at the Fancy Yarn Zone, with 125 exhibitors already set to showcase their latest fancy yarn collections. Yarn Expo, be held in Shanghai, comes out with new options each edition, with a wide array of yarn and fibre products, from fancy yarn to high-quality wool yarn, cotton, and chemical fibres.

Over 460 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions will join the fair, to be held during March 12-14. These include China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and newcomer country Egypt.

Widening fiscal deficits to warrant higher government borrowings

Dubai: In the six GCC countries, overall real GDP growth is set to ease from 2.2 per cent in 2018 to 1.8 per cent in 2019, dragged down by compliance with the recent Opec+ deal, according to latest forecasts from the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

Despite a decline in overall GDP growth from lower exports and potentially lower oil prices, the IIF sees the non-oil growth accelerating from 2.7 per cent in 2018 to 3.3 per cent in 2019 supported by fiscal expansion, including the implementation of major public investment projects.

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Bio-based polymers capacity, market to grow 4pc

The capacities and production of bio-based polymers will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CGAR) of about 4 per cent until 2023, a report said.Biobased polymers polylactic acid

This will be at about the same rate of growth of petrochemical polymers and plastics, said the “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2018-2023” report from the German nova-Institute.

The total production volume of all bio-based polymers reached 7.5 million tonnes in 2018, about 2% of the production volume of petrochemical polymers, a report said.

The potential of bio-based polymers is much higher, but is currently hampered by low oil prices and a lack of political support, said Biobased polymers polylactic acid

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

The increase in production capacity is mainly based on the expansion of the polylactic acid (PLA) production in Thailand and the polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) and starch blends production expansion in US. Biobased polymers polylactic acid

Especially PLA and starch blends will continue to grow significantly until 2023. Also new capacities of bio-based polyamides, polyethylene (PE) and, for the first time, polypropylene (PP) and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) will also be added in Europe in this period.Biobased polymers polylactic acid

The great hopeful polyethylene furanoate (PEF) will presumably only be able to offer commercial capacities after 2023.

Overall, the market environment remains challenging with low crude oil prices and little political support, the report said.
So far, the two major advantages of bio-based polymers have not been politically rewarded.

The first advantage is that bio-based polymers replace fossil carbon in the production process with renewable carbon from biomass.

This is indispensable for a sustainable, climate-friendly plastics industry and is not yet politically rewarded, the report said.

The second advantage is offered by about a quarter of bio-based polymer production: They are biodegradable (depending on the environment) and can therefore be a solution for plastics that cannot be collected and enter the environment where they can biodegrade without leaving behind microplastics. Only a few countries such as Italy, France and, in future probably Spain will politically support this additional disposal path, the report said.

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Microplastic from plastic bags and food packaging form the most common waste in the ocean, scientists warned.

Polyethylene makes up over half the plastic (54.5%) found in the Mediterranean, according to new research.

It is followed by polypropylene (16.5%) – used in margarine tubs, for instance – and polyester (9.7%) that helps create clothing, furnishings and textiles.

More than 60 per cent of the debris swirling through the sea is plastic.

But they are not all the same.

They are made of different chemical building blocks and have different densities.

Both polyethylene and polypropylene are lighter than seawater.

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Dan K. Eberhart is CEO of Canary, an independent oilfield services company in the United States, and a frequent commentator on oil markets and US politics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

Congress has been debating the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, or “NOPEC,” which would make international oil cartels illegal, exposing countries that coordinate on the price of oil to the risk of litigation in US courts.

The odds are pretty good that anti-OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) legislation could eventually win the approval of Congress, given rising anti-Russian and Saudi Arabia sentiment, including anger over President Trump’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the subsequent resurgence of progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives.

UK-based supplier of flexible packaging products Now Plastics is planning to introduce its new line of films, made using 60% to 90% post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PCR PET) resin, across European markets.

The European Union has approved the new films for use in food contact and other product applications

The company noted that the PCR PET films are suitable for the CPG industry and will allow converters and manufacturers across Europe to comply with new sustainability goals.

Haley Gershon is marketing specialist for Beta Analytic. Web: betalabservices.com

A growing interest in natural and eco-friendly products makes the role of eco-labels crucial in legitimising some of the claims made about packaging materials, says Haley Gershon

Many products claim to be composed of renewable materials, and within a competitive market there is potential for greenwashing here. ​This can create uncertainty and distrust among consumers as they consider their purchases.

Monforts will demonstrate a number of enhancements that have recently been made to its texCoat and Allround coating units at the forthcoming Techtextil show in Frankfurt from 14-17 May.

In a major development for the coating of technical textiles and nonwovens, Monforts is now offering the coating roller for its texCoat and Allround coating units as an optional carbon fibre version, in order to meet even the highest level of coating accuracy that is being demanded by the most exacting customers today.

“The carbon rollers provide the extreme stiffness necessary to deal with the winding tension required in the processing of materials such as prepregs for composites and other heavyweight fabrics, but at the same time, a significant improvement in coating accuracy is achieved, even for very lightweight flexible materials,” explained Jürgen Hanel, Monforts Head of Technical Textiles.

Reclaiming the value of plastic waste has been on the front burner for many companies recently, and several are on the path to commercializing their innovations, including Loop Industries Inc. and the folks at IBM’s laboratory with their VolCat process.

This week, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL; Golden, CO) announced their take on plastics upcycling—transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value, with the goal of incentivizing recycling of waste plastics.

HFPA memo clarifies latest from the USTR, Congress

News on the tariff front is a mixed bag, according to the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA).

On the up side, the US Trade Representative (USTR) is scheduled to publish a notice today in the Federal Register that makes President Trump’s previously announced delay in hiking List 3 duties effective “until further notice.”

List 3, which kicked in Sept. 24, 2018, imposed 10% duty on $16 billion in Chinese-made goods. The list included fibers, carpet and rugs, and feather & down products like feather boas, but not down & feather itself. Due to the delay, they will not rise to 25% tomorrow, according to a memo from HFPA legal counsel Robert Leo.

“There are reports that the President wants to sign a deal with China by the end of March. However, there are also reports that the difficult trade issues to be resolved are not close to agreement,” wrote Leo, a partner at Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury.

Resin, which uses sugarcane as a raw material and is 100% recyclable, will be used for the first time in line of garden sprayers

Braskem’s Green Plastic will be used in the manufacture of sprayers from Guarany, a producer of machines for the application of pesticides and agribusiness equipment. The resin, which uses sugarcane as a raw material, will be used in the products of the Katu line, which Guarany is launching to strengthen its portfolio of sustainable products.

The line, which features 5 L high-pressure sprayers, 1.2 L and 7.6 L pre-compression sprayers, and 10 L lever sprayers, in addition to the 500 ml Multisprayer and 350 ml Export models, made with the renewable resin, are already available on the market. The equipment is aimed at the gardening sector and will feature the I’m greenTM seal, identifying the products, as a differentiator.

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US films supplier Now Plastics has launched a “groundbreaking” line of films, made from 60-90% post-consumer PET specifically for the European market.

The company is targeting Europe as the region takes on its stringent Plastics Strategy, which targets higher rates of recycling and a blanket ban on a number of single-use plastics.

 

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  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET  bottle grade,MEG and PTA take a breath ,PX lose ground,while PET filament grade and its chain are steady,but weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,085 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,350 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 855/865 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,350/6,450 yuan/ton – MEG $ 625/635 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,050/5,200 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,080/1,090 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,100/8,250  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/ton

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A recycling facility is to be opened by Indorama Ventures in Guadalajara, Mexico later this year, which is designed to process very dirty consumer landfill-collected bottles.

The plant will process more than 100 million pounds (45,359 tonnes) of plastics bottles annually into clean PET flakes to produce FuTuRe-PET. Italy’s Amut Group is supplying a washing line capable of reaching 4,000kg/h. It features a wet-cold-cleaning technology in the de-labeller unit, which removes labels (especially full-body shrink sleeves).

Amut also increased the friction force of its turbo and friction washer machines, in order to remove not only fine pollutants, labels and glue, but even soil. Pre-washing and de-labelling phases are carried out in a cold water process while the turbo and friction washer have hot water flow.

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Bayport Polymers (Baystar) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its new 625,000 tonne/year Borstar polyethylene (PE) unit in Pasadena, Texas, expected to start up in 2021.

Baystar is a 50:50 joint venture between Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA and Novealis Holdings. Novealis is a joint venture between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals

“This new Borstar unit will more than double the site’s capacity and allow Baystar to provide our North American customers with a greater range of high-value-added and resource-efficient products,” said Diane Chamberlain, president of Baystar.

Baystar is also building a 1m tonne/year ethane cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, to supply feedstock for its existing 400,000 tonne/year PE units and the new Borstar PE unit.

Scientists have developed a recycling process that transforms single-use plastic bottles, and fabrics made from a common polyester material into more valuable products with a longer lifespan.

Their research, published in the journal Joule, could help protect oceans from plastic waste by boosting the recycled plastics market.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is strong but lightweight, resistant to water, and shatterproof — properties that make it extremely popular among manufacturers.

Although PET is recyclable, most of the 26 million tonnes produced every year ends up in landfills or elsewhere in the environment, where it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.

However, even when it is recycled, the process is far from perfect. Reclaimed PET has a lower value than the original and can only be repurposed once or twice.

When the price of oil was over $100 a barrel, I was often derided for suggesting that level was a) elevated and b) unsustainable.

(I was also derided in 2006 for suggesting in Forbes the price might go as low as $20 by 2008, which it almost did, but not because of market fundamentals as I thought but rather due to the financial crisis.

Mea very culpa. But when the price soared in 2008 and I wrote columns titled “Investing for the Oil Price Collapse,” the response was beyond derisive, so tongue-stuck-out-emoji.)

Wittmann Battenfeld will present its latest injection moulding and automation technology at the Eurostampi event held in Parma, Italy, between 28 and 30 March 2019.

For Wittmann Battenfeld, this year’s Eurostampi focuses on digitisation and sophisticated process technology, which will be showcased in two injection moulding machines from the servo hydraulic SmartPower series.

The Wittmann 4.0 integration will be demonstrated on a SmartPower 120/525, in which the UNILOG B8 control system, the WITTMANN robot W918, is integrated with all connected auxiliary appliances, such as the TEMPRO plus D temperature controllers, GRAVIMAX blenders and DRYMAX dryers.

Bio-based” Reinvigorating Flexible Plastic Packaging Market, Recycling Solutions Gain Momentum: New FMI Study

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As reported by a recent Future Market Insights study, flexible plastic packaging consumption will equate a valuation of over US$ 85 billion in 2019.

Sales of bags and sacks, notably in the retail sector, currently accounts for over a third of market share. While flat pouches remain preferred over stand-up pouches, the report projects growing adoption of the latter in the future.

A new collaborative project aimed at making black plastic easily recyclable has been awarded £800,000 by the government’s Innovate UK grant scheme.

The project is a joint effort between recycling compliance scheme Ecosurety, plastic innovations specialist Impact Solutions, reprocessors Impact Recycling and plastics injection moulder company McLaren Plastics.

The companies will be working to develop and bring to market Impact Solutions’ recycling technology, PolyMet, a process by which the pigment in coloured, rigid plastics can be removed without damaging the original plastic polymer.

After its acquisition of a PET plant in Egypt last year and in Nigeria this month, Indorama Ventures, one of the world’s leading producers in the intermediate petrochemicals industry, plans to invest $5.5 billion in its various businesses.

The global manufacturer of wool yarns plans to invest $5.5 billion over the next four years to further grow its fibres, chemicals and upstream business following a series of acquisitions in U.S, Brazil, and Germany in 2018.

According to SC Johnson, Windex bottles will be made from 100 percent recycled ocean plastic.

As part of its ongoing commitment to tackling the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, SC Johnson has announced it will launch the industry’s first product that uses 100 percent recycled ocean plastic in a major home cleaning brand. That product is part of the Windex brand.

“With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, conditions are continuing to get worse and worse,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, said in a statement. “The Windex bottle is just one of the many ways we are not only providing solutions to combat ocean pollution but taking action to make these solutions a reality.”

The capacities and production of bio-based polymers will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CGAR) of about 4 per cent until 2023, a report said.

This will be at about the same rate of growth of petrochemical polymers and plastics, said the “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2018-2023” report from the German nova-Institute.

The total production volume of all bio-based polymers reached 7.5 million tonnes in 2018, about 2% of the production volume of petrochemical polymers, a report said.

Sesotec sorting systems PET recycling

Sesotec sorting systems at New Zealand’s first PET recycling plant

20,000 tons of virgin PET is imported to New Zealand annually. New Zealand government’s Waste Minimization Fund supports the project to reduce that environmental harm.
Sesotec sorting systems PET recycling
Flight Plastics installed a multi-sensor sorting line including two bottle sorters.

A grant enables the parent company Flight Group Ltd. to open New Zealand’s first PET recycling plant in Wellington and spend NZ$ 12 million (US$ 8.8 million) on a full upgrade at its facility including a wash plant for PET bottles.

Flight Group was established in 1907 and initially made leather luggage. It is still privately held by members of the original Osborne family owners. Flight moved into plastic production in the 1970s. It also has PET product manufacturing plants in Adelaide, Australia, and Romsey, England. Sesotec sorting systems PET recycling 

Keith Smith, CEO of Flight Plastics Ltd in Wellington said the wash plant and other work at the facility enables Flight Plastic to produce thermoformed packaging from recycled PET bottles. The company installed extrusion equipment to use recycled PET flakes starting in 2014, using imported flake to prove the process and establish a customer base.

They had very encouraging results, so the next step was to install their own wash plant. Flight Plastic has the capacity to recycle 6,000 metric tons of PET a year. It gets feedstock from curbside collections around the nation, which collect about 8,000 tons annually.

Sesotec sorting systems PET recycling

Sesotec‘s FLAKE PURIFIER multi-sensor-sorting-system is used for a final cleaning of the PET flakes. As a part of

Sorting bottles and flakes

the investment in a wash plant, Flight Plastics installed a multi-sensor sorting line including two bottle sorters and a flake sorter. These three systems secure the output quality as well as a continuous supply of PET flakes to the production line.

After the upstream process steps such as bale breaking the bottles are feed to Sesotec‘s VARISORT MN multi-sensor sorting system.Sesotec sorting systems PET recycling

This system was installed for the separation of PET bottles from other polymers (near infrared sensor N) as well as metals (metal sensor M). Flight Plastics also decided to install a further VARISORT CN. This second VARISORT is equipped with colour sensors C and near infrared sensor N for material identification and sorts as well as cleans the PET bottles into a transparent clear and a coloured fraction.Sesotec sorting systems PET recycling

Those sorted bottles are feed into a cutting mill where they are cut to the desired flake size and passed through a washing and drying process. In the next step Sesotec‘s FLAKE PURIFIER multi-sensor-sorting-system is used for a final cleaning of the PET flakes. Here the remaining off-colours, wrong polymers and small sized metal pieces will be removed. This multi-sensor configuration equipped with a high resolution out-blast system allows highest possible sorting efficiency combined with lowest possible material loss rates. Depending on the application the three sensors can be used individually or in combination.

Source: Sesotec

Shandong Lihuayi phenol prices

Shandong Lihuayi raises phenol prices in CNY200 per tonne in northern China 

Shandong Lihuayi phenol pricesChinese Shandong Lihuayi, a subsidiary of the Lihuayi Group, on February 21 raised the price offers of phenol in northern China by 200 yuan (CNY) or USD30 per tonne, ICIS reported. Shandong Lihuayi phenol prices

Thus, the February prices of phenol companies are now at the level of CNY8 800 or USD1 309.5 per ton, EXWH (ex warehouse).

The spot prices of phenol in East China on February 20 were at the level of CNY8 600-8 800 per tonne, ex-tank (free tank), which is CNY150 per tonne higher in the upper part of the price range compared to the level of the previous day, according to ICIS.

At the site in Dunying (Dongying, Shandong Province, China), Shandong Lihuayiu operates a bisphenol A (BFA) plant with a capacity of 120 thousand tons per year, which the company closed last year for annual prevention from April 19 to May 30.

Phenol is the main raw material component for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in turn, is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).Shandong Lihuayi phenol prices

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , in the Russian market in the middle of the first quarter there is a situation of price dominance of Kazan material.  In January, the Russian plant lowered the lower limit of the cost of the PC to 160 thousand rubles.  per tonne, FCA plant, VAT included.  The cost of a PC for the end customer is in the range of 162,000-165,000 rubles.  per ton, CPT Moscow, including VAT.  At this level of cost of Kazan material, similar brands of imported PCs in the domestic market are noncompetitive in price.

Lihuayi Group Co.  Ltd.  It produces various petrochemical products, including phenol, acetone and bisphenol A. The company was founded in 1987 with headquarters in Dongying, China.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

HeiQ functional fabric development

HeiQ launches functional fabric development service

HeiQ functional fabric development

HeiQ Fabric Lab is a new service to assist brands with fabric innovation. © HeiQ

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches HeiQ Fabric Lab, a new service to assist brands with fabric innovation so they can turn their product concepts into reality. With HeiQ Fabric Lab, HeiQ takes a brand’s product idea and applies its expertise in fibre, yarn, fabric solutions, chemical technology, as well as its knowledge and sourcing partners to develop the brand partner’s future functional fabric.HeiQ functional fabric development

In addition to fabric development, HeiQ Fabric Lab also offers additional services, such as fabric trend research, product marketing and materials education seminars for employees.

HeiQ Fabric Lab was developed to help brands across the board, from supplier selection to tackling technical challenges, as well as material testing and finalizing fabric agreements. “We are here to assist brands every step of the way until the perfect product has been developed,” said Regina Goller, Director of Fabric Management at HeiQ Materials.

“With over 25 years of experience working inside and with major sports apparel brands, from concepts to final products, we are highly knowledgeable in functional materials from base layers to outerwear.” HeiQ functional fabric development

Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation creating effective, durable and high-performance textile technologies. HeiQ combines three areas of expertise – scientific research, specialty materials manufacturing and consumer ingredient branding.

www.heiq.com

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Fabric 28-02-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are assessed mixed.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,030/1,075 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,200/8,300 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,250/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 610/620 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,950/5,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,085/1,095 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,150/8,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,150/10,250  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/ton

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Fabric

20,000 tons of virgin PET is imported to New Zealand annually. New Zealand government’s Waste Minimization Fund supports the project to reduce that environmental harm.

Flight Plastics installed a multi-sensor sorting line including two bottle sorters.

A grant enables the parent company Flight Group Ltd. to open New Zealand’s first PET recycling plant in Wellington and spend NZ$ 12 million (US$ 8.8 million) on a full upgrade at its facility including a wash plant for PET bottles.

Flight Group was established in 1907 and initially made leather luggage. It is still privately held by members of the original Osborne family owners. Flight moved into plastic production in the 1970s. It also has PET product manufacturing plants in Adelaide, Australia, and Romsey, England.

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ launches HeiQ Fabric Lab, a new service to assist brands with fabric innovation so they can turn their product concepts into reality.

With HeiQ Fabric Lab, HeiQ takes a brand’s product idea and applies its expertise in fibre, yarn, fabric solutions, chemical technology, as well as its knowledge and sourcing partners to develop the brand partner’s future functional fabric.

In addition to fabric development, HeiQ Fabric Lab also offers additional services, such as fabric trend research, product marketing and materials education seminars for employees.

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Fabric

Chinese Shandong Lihuayi, a subsidiary of the Lihuayi Group, on February 21 raised the price offers of phenol in northern China by 200 yuan (CNY) or USD30 per tonne, ICIS reported.

Thus, the February prices of phenol companies are now at the level of CNY8 800 or USD1 309.5 per ton, EXWH (ex warehouse).

The spot prices of phenol in East China on February 20 were at the level of CNY8 600-8 800 per tonne, ex-tank (free tank), which is CNY150 per tonne higher in the upper part of the price range compared to the level of the previous day, according to ICIS.

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Fabric

Process can repeatedly recycle all kinds of PET plastic waste

An industrial solution to achieve brand-owners’ sustainability goals

Innovative tech strives to help create a cleaner planet through a circular economy, resulting in less oil and gas consumption

CARBIOS ,a company pioneering new, bioindustrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, today announced it has successfully produced the first PET-bottles made with 100% Purified Terephthalic Acid (rPTA), through the enzymatic biorecycling of plastic waste. This major milestone is a world-first and confirms the potential of the company’s technology to engage the whole industry in a responsible transition towards a circular economy.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil futures rose more than 2 percent on Wednesday after a surprising plunge in U.S. crude inventories and as OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia appeared unfazed by pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to prevent oil prices from rising.

Crude inventories fell by 8.6 million barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for an increase of 2.8 million barrels, the U.S. government reported. U.S. crude imports fell to an all-time low of 2.6 million bpd, in the wake of declining OPEC production and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela.

Filters feature ultrafine microperforations for melt filtration in PET recycling.

With filtration fineness of 60 µm, self-cleaning ECO melt filters by Ettlinger, Königsbrunn, Germany, part of Maag and Dover, Downers Grove, Illinois, are designed to facilitate treating recycled material for use in the film, packaging tape and fiber industries.

The filters help plastic recyclers remove challenging contaminants, such as paints, silicones, barrier materials, cross-linked fractions and gels, from the melt.

In particular, the new filter screens will enable cost-efficient conversion of postconsumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle flakes and fines into recycled material, according to the manufacturer.

The Kroger Company (KR:  NYSE) has been around since the late 1800s.  It has developed into a major retailer of a broad range of food products in its supermarkets that also feature specialty sections such as pet centers, electronics, apparel, toys, and pharmacies.  Kroger stock is selling at a bargain multiple of 6.6 times trailing earnings.

The 2.0% current dividend yield is icing on Kroger’s cake.

Kroger is distinguished among other grocery retailers with its pledge to achieve zero waste.

The company is aiming to recycle or reuse at least 90% of its waste.  Sustainable product packaging is a central part of its zero waste plan.

For example, Kroger is using a new plastic milk jug that requires 10% less plastic compared to regular plastic jugs.

The company is also revising instructions on its Our Brands private label to promote recycling.

As consumer demand for plastic-free and plant-based products soars, large consumer goods firms are prioritising vegan products and recyclable packaging over low-carbon innovation, new research by CDP has concluded.

CDP’s new ‘fast-moving consumers’ report, which ranks 16 of the world’s largest consumer goods companies on their readiness for the transition to a low-carbon economy, reveals that 60% have begun investing in biodegradable plastic alternatives and recycling infrastructure, with Danone leading the charge.

The report attributes this trend to a “tide of consumer activism” on plastic packaging, which has resulted in the consumer goods sector facing increased pressure to develop circular or zero-waste offers, while noting that the demand for plant-based products is now following a comparable trajectory.

Leading specialist weaver of technical textiles Arville will once again take its place among the sector’s biggest names and innovators at Techtextil in Frankfurt, from 14-17 May. Representatives from the firm’s Sales and Technical teams will fly to Germany for the four-day event to meet and talk to customers and partners, old and new, from across the globe.

Arville will headline its integrated manufacturing capabilities, covering the design, weaving, coating and fabrication of bespoke textiles – suitable for demanding end applications in a wide range of industries including defence, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and automotive sectors.

Groundbreaking New Product Offers Reduced Environmental Impact and Lower Costs

Now Plastics, one of the world’s largest suppliers of films and aluminum foil, is now targeting European markets with a groundbreaking line of films made from 60 to 90% PCR PET resin. The European Union has recently outlined a stringent policy on single-use plastics as part of its transition to a more circular economy for plastics. As a result, Germany, France and the United Kingdom have all taken steps to heighten restrictions on all plastics used in food packaging.

The PCR PET films offered by Now Plastics are especially geared to the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry and will enable European converters and manufacturers to comply with the new sustainability goals. The films use an extremely high content of recycled PET materials which have been fully sanitized and reconfigured into film grade resin, making it environmentally sensitive and 100% compliant with sustainability requirements.

Oil prices rise after Saudi Arabia appeared undaunted after President Donald Trump called on OPEC to slacken its restrictions on crude production.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said OPEC and its partners were “taking it easy” in response to the tweet from Trump.

U.S. crude stockpiles plunged by 8.6 million barrels last week, the Energy Information Administration reports.

Oil prices surged more than 2 percent on Wednesday after government data showed an unexpected and sharp drop in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Prices were already higher after Saudi Arabia’s influential energy minister brushed aside pressure from President Donald Trump to tread carefully as OPEC and its allies cut output.

Teijin Limited announced today that it has agreed to acquire Renegade Materials Corporation (Renegade), a leading North American supplier of highly heat-resistant thermoset prepreg for the aerospace industry. Renegade will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teijin.

The shares of Renegade will be purchased by Teijin Holdings USA Inc., the Teijin Group’s holding company in the United States. The acquisition is anticipated to be completed this spring after customary closing conditions have been satisfied including receipt of regulatory approvals.

Radicigroup Novel SpA Electricity Market

Best practice in Italy: GE’s total gas plant services solutions to increase Novel S.p.A.’s competitiveness in the Italian Electricity Market

In alignment with the trend of decoupling steam production from power production in cogeneration applications in combined-cycle plants, Novel S.p.A. turned to GE Power to modernize its power station in Novara, Italy. Novel is a joint venture between the Swiss energy company Alpiq and Geogreen, owned by Radici Group. Radicigroup Novel SpA Electricity Mark

We’re excited that GE’s hardware and software solutions will help us improve plant competitiveness in the Italian ‘Electricity Market’ and modernize this asset, which is a strategic move for Alpiq and Radici shareholders“, said Massimiliano Bignami, CEO of Novel S.p.A. “We trust GE’s solutions will give our 100-megawatt combined-cycle power plant more flexibility, reliability and output with lower emissions, matching the sustainability targets of the company.

GE will upgrade its GE gas turbine with an array of Fleet360 total gas plant services to increase power and steam for the industrial process at Radici Chimica’s chemical plant. The surplus power will be sold to the Italian “Electricity Market”.

Radici Chimica Novara

GE also will install its Asset Performance Management (APM) software solution—a first-of-its-kind digital solution for Novel—that includes predictive maintenance capabilities and 24/7 remote monitoring from GE’s global Monitoring & Diagnostics Center in Atlanta.

GE also will provide its DLN 2.6 combustion system with Mark VIe solutions, which will expand the power station’s operational flexibility to meet its power demands while reducing costs.  Radicigroup Novel SpA Electricity Market

We look forward to taking our facility into the future with GE’s powerful predictive maintenance digital solutions that will help us decrease our operating expenses and increase overall power reliability“, said Maurizio Radici, vice president of Novel S.p.A.

Maurizio Radici, vice president of Novel S.p.A.

These modernizations will improve asset management, enhance the Novara plant’s performance and ultimately help Radici Group be more competitive in the chemical industry at a global level.

Today, additional flexibility to decouple steam production from power production is ‘the’ trend in cogeneration applications at combined-cycle plants“, said Michael Rechsteiner, CEO of GE’s Power Services business in Europe. “Novel’s choice to upgrade its gas turbine with GE’s APM software solution and DLN 2.6 pre-combustor system should be considered an industry best practice.

Hyosung carbon fibre manufacturing

Hyosung to double carbon fibre manufacturing capacity

Hyosung carbon fibre manufacturing

The JeonJu plant expansion will produce an additional 2,000 metric tons annually of carbon fibre. © Hyosung

Hyosung Advanced Materials Corporation is to invest 46.8 billion won (US$ 41.5 million) in a PAN carbon fibre production expansion at its plant in JeonJu, South Korea.

The JeonJu plant expansion will produce an additional 2,000 metric tons annually of carbon fibre resulting in a total production yearly capacity of 4,000 metric tons by the first half of 2020.

The new production line will produce high-performance PAN carbon fibres, which provide some of the highest tensile strengths available on the market.

This expansion will support growth in industrial markets such as CNG (compressed natural gas) pressure vessels and hydrogen fuel tanks.

Hyosung will also target the aerospace market by producing intermediate modulus and ultra-high strength carbon fibres developed for next-generation primary and secondary aerospace structures.Hyosung carbon fibre manufacturing 

“The aerospace community and our industrial customers have wanted to see Hyosung carbon fibre capacity increased and this expansion will support their growth,” said Kwang Seok (Kenny) Han, vice president of Hyosung’s Carbon Fibre Division. “Our customers have also requested the production of unsized carbon fibres which we have introduced to support their efforts in high temperature thermoplastic applications for aerospace and oil and gas.” Hyosung carbon fibre manufacturing 

Hyosung developed the Tansome brand of carbon fibre in 2007 and in 2013 was the first to commercially produce PAN carbon fibres in South Korea.  Since May 2013, Hyosung has manufactured carbon fibres at its JeonJu, South Korea Eco-friendly Industrial Complex.

“The adoption of Tansome fibres by our North American customers for critical high-performance industrial applications has been amazing,” said Paul Kennedy director of sales and marketing for North America. Our customers are impressed with our fibre quality, its processing, and its mechanical performance.” Stated

HAMC is one of four subsidiaries of Hyosung Holding Company based in Seoul, South Korea. As an advanced fibre manufacturer it is the largest supplier of textile tyre-cord, seatbelt yarns and airbag fabrics worldwide.  In addition, HAMC is recognised as a quality supplier of automotive carpeting, aramid fibres and carbon fibres. Hyosung has a global network in over 65 countries with over 19,000 employees, with annual sales of over US$ 13US billion.

Spanish films BOPP Poligal manufacturer

POLIGAL
Spanish films manufacturer closes down main factory
Spanish films BOPP Poligal manufacturer

Poligal’s films plant in Narón is to be shuttered (Photo: Poligal)

BOPP and CPP films manufacturer Poligal (Narón / Spain; www.poligal.com) is to shut down the plant at its headquarters. The company is restructuring since production in Narón and its margins have had to sustain tough market conditions, including high raw material prices and overcapacity. Its customers will be served from Poligal’s other facilities.

In addition to the Narón plant, the company operates another in Portugal. In 2018, Poligal also opened a factory in Poland with a capacity of 40,000 t/y – see Plasteurope.com of 26.02.2018Spanish films BOPP Poligal manufacturer

The company is part of family-owned Grup Peralada (Barcelona / Spain; www.grupperalada.com), which has lines of business in viticulture, casinos, hotels, gastronomy as well as art and culture. Spanish films BOPP Poligal manufacturer
Source : Plasteurope

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Biodegradable 27-02-2019

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are always weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,030/1,075 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,200/8,300 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,600/7,700 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,250/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 610/620 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,950/5,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,090/1,100 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,200/8,300  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,200/10,300  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,800  yuan/ton

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Biodegradable

Hyosung Advanced Materials Corporation is to invest 46.8 billion won (US$ 41.5 million) in a PAN carbon fibre production expansion at its plant in JeonJu, South Korea.

The JeonJu plant expansion will produce an additional 2,000 metric tons annually of carbon fibre resulting in a total production yearly capacity of 4,000 metric tons by the first half of 2020.

The new production line will produce high-performance PAN carbon fibres, which provide some of the highest tensile strengths available on the market.

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Biodegradable

In alignment with the trend of decoupling steam production from power production in cogeneration applications in combined-cycle plants, Novel S.p.A. turned to GE Power to modernize its power station in Novara, Italy. Novel is a joint venture between the Swiss energy company Alpiq and Geogreen, owned by Radici Group.

Crude Oil Prices Trend

BOPP and CPP films manufacturer Poligal (Narón / Spain; www.poligal.com) is to shut down the plant at its headquarters.

The company is restructuring since production in Narón and its margins have had to sustain tough market conditions, including high raw material prices and overcapacity. Its customers will be served from Poligal’s other facilities.

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Biodegradable

Anellotech and its joint development partners IFPEN and Axens have processed renewably-sourced aromatics made at Anellotech’s TCat-8® pilot plant to successfully recover high-purity bio-based paraxylene – a key component for making 100 per cent biobased PET bottles a reality.

This is a key development milestone for Anellotech and global consumer beverage company Suntory, as the two partners will collaborate to produce the bottles. Anellotech, IFPEN and Axens will now purify additional paraxylene to create pilot sample 100 per cent bioPET beverage bottles – as well as sample quantities of bio-based benzene whose derivatives (nylon, ABS, polycarbonate, linear alkyl benzene) are used in clothing, toys, mobile phones and laundry detergent.

Polymers Petrochemicals Bioplastic Biodegradable

As part of its sustainability initiative, the Gabriel-Chemie Group is implementing several strategy programs. One of the first modules is the introduction of a colour range based on Post Consumer Recycled polypropylene.

Gabriel-Chemie has been working for some time on the reduction of virgin materials, i.e. the native, fossil raw materials in plastic or masterbatch processing. With a first colourful masterbatch offer from Post Consumer Recycled polypropylene, a milestone in the market has been achieved.

The suppliers collect their polymer from post-consumer waste such as the so called “Yellow Bag“(“Gelber Sack”), which serves as a base material. The creation of a large variety of colours is already possible. Lighter and effect colours, as well as e.g. the combination with laser marking additives, can also be realized depending on customer requirements and demands.

OPEC and its allies will stick with their agreement to cut oil supply, pushing for more adherence despite a demand by U.S. President Donald Trump that the producer group ease its efforts to boost crude prices, a Gulf OPEC source said on Tuesday.

Based on current market data, the so-called OPEC+ group is “likely to continue with the production cuts until the end of the year”, the source told Reuters.

Trump, in the latest in a series of tweets about oil prices since April 2018, wrote on Monday: “Oil prices getting too high. OPEC, please relax and take it easy. World cannot take a price hike – fragile!”

Following the tweet, oil prices registered their largest daily percentage drop this year, with Brent crude losing 3.5 percent on Monday. Brent edged up on Tuesday.

More than eight million barrels of Venezuelan crude oil is sitting in tankers as U.S. sanctions are preventing the country from selling the commodity worth about half a billion dollars, Bloomberg reports, adding this is happening amid dwindling heavy crude supply globally that has seen the traditional premium of light crude to heavy dissipate.

The cargoes, distributed among 16 tankers off the Venezuelan coast, hold crude oil belonging to PDVSA but also to Chevron, Valero Energy, and Rosneft: all PDVSA partners in production joint ventures.

The crude had to be moved to tankers, sources told Bloomberg, to clear up storage space at the JVs upgraders that convert the heavy crude into liquid that can be utilized in refineries.

Ring Container Barrier Guard clear PET bottles Ring Container Technologies (Memphis, TN) launched a patent-pending, proprietary and customizable technology platform, BarrierGuard. The company is disrupting the traditional balance of protection and value with the initial application of this technology, BarrierGuard OxygenSmart, that is already being used by a major food company, PlasticsToday is told.

“BarrierGuard represents a customer solution philosophy rooted in improved efficiency and customizable performance,” said Brian Smith, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Supply Chain at Ring Container Technologies. “Ring is thrilled to grow its portfolio of innovative proprietary technologies, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with both current and prospective customers on solutions that optimize their packaging and profits.”

Spot resin continued to transact at a rapid pace last week, reports the PlasticsExchange (Chicago) in its Market Update. Completed volumes remained high, favoring once again polyethylene (PE) over polypropylene (PP).

Good trading activity was spread among all commodity resins, with film grades reigning supreme. Most prime materials were accessible at a fair price, making transactions relatively easy to complete.

Nicely discounted off-grade deals also came and went, snapped up by savvy buyers.

PE contracts are rolling flat in February, according to the PlasticsExchange.

The initial $0.06/lb nomination was split into two $0.03 parcels for February and March, but then the plan just sputtered. Processors might call steady a win, while producers can celebrate standing their ground . . . at least officially.

UK-based natural plastics producer Biome Bioplastics has partnered with compostable packaging films maker Futamura to present a range of bio-based and compostable multilayer films.

The films combine Biome’s biodegradable sealant resins with compostable NatureFlex cellulose films from Futamura to generate various laminated flexible structures.

Biome Bioplastics sales manager Myriam Moeyersons said: “This range of multilayer films allows brand owners to move away from non-recyclable packaging and show that they are at the forefront of the drive to create a circular economy for plastics.

Chemicals giant BASF has put its pigments business up for sale as it continues to divest lower-margin businesses. The news came during the company’s full-year results, which included a drop in earnings for 2018.

A deal for the business unit, which posts sales of about €1 billion ($1.1bn), is expected by the end of 2020, according to chief executive Martin Brudermüller.

The news comes a month after Swiss competitor Clariant put its pigments business up for sale, with an estimated value of around $820 million, on the back of intense competition from Asian companies.

Despite this, BASF is targeting an acceleration of its organic growth and the strengthening of its position in Asia – particularly China – the key market for the chemical industry.

A project aimed at creating a solution for hard-to-recycle black plastic that places recycled content into food-grade packaging has been awarded £800,000 under the UK Government’s Innovate UK grant scheme, in order to bring the technology to market.

Called PolyMet, the technology uses a chemical process to remove the dark pigment from coloured, rigid plastics without compromising their structure. With the pigment removed, the material can be more easily detected by traditional recycling machines and, therefore, re-incorporated into future plastic manufacturing processes.

Sorting machines typically cannot detect black plastics because of the carbon pigment, which mean they generally get sent to landfill or incineration. Overall, the UK is estimated to send more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year – largely because most Material Recycling Facilities (MRF’s) view them as contaminants which are expensive to recycle.

Demand for biodegradable plastics may be soaring, but as Bunzl’s Joanna Gilroy argues they are far from being a quick fix for the plastic waste challenge

The term biodegradable is certainly the buzz word of the moment when it comes to finding environmentally responsible alternatives to everyday disposable plastics. Rapid growth in the biodegradable plastics market is largely being driven by conscientious consumers demanding environmentally friendly products. Consequently, the global bio-based plastics market grew at around the 20 per cent mark in 2018, and this year the European bio-plastics market is projected to grow by 12 per cent.

It is very easy to understand this sudden demand and the appeal of biodegradable plastic. It sounds environmentally friendly. The very term, biodegradable, strongly suggests that the material will just disappear after use. However, before we all buy into this solution, we need to challenge assumptions and ask the question: What makes biodegradable plastics a credible, long-term, sustainable option?

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced the completion of its acquisition of M&G Fibras Brasil, in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil. The Cabo plant manufactures and supplies Polyester Staple Fiber, with total polymerization capacity of 75,000 tonnes/annum.

Indorama Ventures had previously announced its agreement to acquire M&G Fibras Brasil on 2 November 2018, following the acquisition of Brazil’s largest PET asset announced in the first quarter of 2018. This acquisition is the Company’s debut into the fiber business in Brazil and is a strategic step forward. It provides IVL a unique opportunity to add capacity in fibers and establish its presence in South America’s largest economy, Brazil.

March price paraxylene Asia

The March contract price of paraxylene in Asia is nominated at USD1,190-1,200 per tonne 

March price paraxylene Asia

MOSCOW – The contract price of para-xylene in Asia for March deliveries was nominated at USD1,190-1,200 per tonne, market sources told ICIS on Tuesday.

For example, South Korean S-Oil, SK Global Chemical and Japanese JXTG Nippon Oil & energy announced their March contract prices for material at USD1,200 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Meanwhile, ExxonMobil announced its March contract price for para-xylene at USD1,190 per ton, CFR Asia.

The February contract price of paraxylene in the region was set at USD1,050 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Paraxylene is used as a raw material for the synthesis of terephthalic acid (TPA), an intermediate product for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the ICIS-MRC Price Review , a period of price stability continues on the Russian spot PET market.  Expected to maintain current spot prices until the end of the month.  The demand for material is low.  There is a high probability that prices for spot buyers will not rise significantly until the end of the first quarter.  The prerequisites for this are the creation of stable PET prices in foreign markets and the relative stability of the ruble exchange rate.

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Author:   Margarita Volkova

Polymers Petrochemicals Recycled PET 26-02-2019

A decade after the crash, many nations are still on emergency monetary policies, even before a new downturn strikes

President Xi, left, and President Trump at a trade meeting in December.

Central banks are getting twitchy. On average, recessions have come along once a decade since the mid-1970s and the nadir of the last downturn occurred almost a decade ago.

The Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has predicted that there will be a recession in America by the time Donald Trump comes up for re-election at the end of next year.

Polymers Petrochemicals Recycled PET

  • China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain continue to be weak.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain are tendencely better than yesterday.

PET Bottle grade export 1,030/1,075 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,200/8,300 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,600/7,750 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,300/6,400 yuan/ton – MEG $ 610/620 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,950/5,050 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,090/1,105 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,200/8,350  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,250/10,350  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,700/8,850  yuan/ton

Polymers Petrochemicals Recycled PET

The contract price of para-xylene in Asia for March deliveries was nominated at USD1,190-1,200 per tonne, market sources told ICIS on Tuesday.

For example, South Korean S-Oil, SK Global Chemical and Japanese JXTG Nippon Oil & energy announced their March contract prices for material at USD1,200 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Meanwhile, ExxonMobil announced its March contract price for para-xylene at USD1,190 per ton, CFR Asia.

The February contract price of paraxylene in the region was set at USD1,050 per tonne, CFR Asia.

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Crude Oil Prices Trend

Materials Resin Pricing Materials Suppliers

The year got off to a bit of a rough start for North American polypropylene, solid polystyrene and PET bottle resin markets.

Regional PP and solid PS prices both fell an average of 2 cents per pound in January, with PET down 1 cent, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News. Prices for PP continued a slide that has seen them tumble a total of 18 cents in November and December.

Like previous price drops, the January PP slide was tied into lower prices for polymer-grade propylene feedstock. Those prices have dropped as propylene supplies have increased. North America now has the lowest PGP prices in the world, according to Scott Newell, a market analyst with Resin Technology Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Lithuanian PET stretch-blow moulding machinery maker, FlexBlow, is building a new 3,500sqm facility in addition to its existing 10,000sqm site in Kretinga, as the company expands capacity and improves its technology.

Since its formation in 1994, the family-owned company has witnessed the development of the PET bottle blowing business, with shrinking production batches and increasing demand for greater in-house PET container production flexibility.

The vision for FlexBlow’s new site, which is expected to open in July 2019, is set to transform the company’s processes and operations by introducing a complete manufacturing environment that operates based on real-time data collection and localisation during production. The installation includes intelligent robot units, a dedicated testing laboratory, and 3D printers for both plastics and metal components.

Roger Renstrom, Plastics NewsJeff Hrivnak, Solvay Specialty Polymers global healthcare business manager, discussed material substitution issues in a Center Stage presentation at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing expo in Anaheim, Calif.

Anaheim, Calif. — Jeff Hrivnak made a rational case on utilizing specialty polymers instead of metal in a presentation at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing expo in Anaheim.

In discussing material substitution issues, he outlined the benefits of polymers including a material’s performance and the total cost of ownership.

Hrivnak is global business manager for health care at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers business unit in Alpharetta, Ga.

Total SA Acquisition increases company’s PS capacity by 400ktpa

Ineos Styrolution has completed the previously-announced acquisition of two polystyrene production sites in China from French energy giant Total SA.

The acquisition includes the purchase of Total’s wholly owned Chinese PS business, which comprises two production sites in Ningbo and Foshan and two related offices in Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Driven by the company’s “triple shift” strategy, the transaction signals Ineos Styrolution’s first production move into China and will increase the company’s PS capacity by 400 kilotonnes per annum.

Although computer-generated simulation has been used for many years to evaluate the structural attributes of a bottle before it is even blown, oftentimes the process stops short.

PTI shrink-sleeve simulationIf you consider that labels are the “hook” by which consumers are enticed to purchase the particular product, it stands to reason that simulation should be expanded to include what happens to the visual attributes once the label is applied to a bottle.

Even though your internal designers or external design house are capable of creating a stunning label, have you given any thought to how what happens to the visual impact should those graphics end up distorted?

By autumn 2019, BBC Cellpack Packaging will expand its production site in Illfurth, France, with state-of-the-art ultrasonic technology for the manufacture of resealable stand-up pouches for baby food, beverages and cosmetics. BBC Cellpack Packaging is the first company in the field of flexible packaging solutions to realize the entire manufacturing process for stand-up pouches using ultrasonic. By using this technology, BBC Cellpack Packaging will completely convert production to recyclable monomaterials and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The trend is towards disposable convenience packaging. Individually portioned, resealable, hygienic, light and flexible.

Biome Bioplastics and Futamura have partnered to demonstrate a range of bio-based and compostable multilayer films.

The materials offer competitive performance, while tackling the negative environmental impact of traditional oil-based, non-recyclable multilayer packaging.

Sustainable alternatives to challenging packaging formats such as multilayer pouches will be key to meeting the UK Plastics Pact target that 70 per cent of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted by 2025.

The extension of a 90-day trucein the trade dispute between the US and Chinashould boost optimism in the Asiancountry and remove some of the gloomsurrounding its outlook.

Had the deadlinetranspired, the US would have imposed a 25%tariff on $200bn worth of Chinese imports, upfrom the 10% tariff it imposed on the samegoods in September.

China would have likely retaliated, since ithad done so for each of the other tariffs thatthe US had imposed on imports from thatcountry.

President Donald Trump saidhe was extending the 1 March deadlinebecause of progress the US was making in itstalks with China.

He did not specify a new deadline for thetariffs.

His statement caused a jolt in optimism inChina, fuelling a 5.60% rise in the compositeindex of the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

The US is set to impose “even stronger sanctions” on Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s financial networks, likely further hindering crude oil production and exports as US sanctions on state-owned oil company PDVSA entered their fifth week, US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday.

“We will find every last dollar they have stolen and return that money to the Venezuelan people,” Pence said in a speech in Colombia before the Lima Group. “As we continue to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the Maduro regime, we hope for a peaceful transition to democracy, but as President Trump has made clear, all options are on the table.”

The European Union (EU) and others—including policy makers, companies, and organizations—have recently announced goals to reduce or eliminate the amount of plastic packaging sent to landfills. For example, Kraft Heinz announced in July 2018 that it aims to make 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025.

A few months earlier, the American Chemical Council’s Plastics Division announced targets of 100 percent of plastic packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030 and 100 percent of plastic packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. As early as February 2016, the Plastics Trade Association launched the Zero Net Waste program, which recognizes plastics companies that take steps to reduce net waste in manufacturing. These goals fit in well with the drive toward the “circular economy” idea that is being pushed by the EU as a way of meeting the dual objective of minimizing waste and reducing the use of raw materials and energy.

Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

Polyester Daxie “Fire Fighting” aromatics industry chain

Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

Source : texnet

Just after the Spring Festival in 2019, the “Dayu” enterprises in the polyester market released a signal of active expansion, which caused concern in the chemical fiber industry and capital market.

On February 14th, when many downstream clothing brands and terminal retailers actively created a “romantic Valentine’s Day” atmosphere, when the hot-selling festival was busy, the chemical fiber listed company Tongkun Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Tongkun Shares”) Also “hot” a hand. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

On the same day, Tongkun announced a number of announcements announced that it plans to build three new projects, including: signing an investment agreement with Jiangsu Rudong Yangkou Port Economic Development Zone, with an investment of 16 billion yuan, and an interim plan to build an annual output of 2 × 2.5 million tons of PTA. Project, 900,000 tons FDY, 1.5 million tons of POY project; start Hengteng 4 phase annual output of 300,000 tons of green fiber project, and Hengchao chemical fiber annual output of 500,000 tons of intelligent super-simulation fiber project. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

“In order to enhance operational stability and obtain cost advantages, polyester filament leading enterprises have extended the industrial chain upstream, starting from crude oil refining and refining, and building a complete industrial chain of ‘aromatic-PTA-polyester-polyester civil silk’. The flexibility and anti-risk ability of enterprise development.

At the same time, with the demand for polyester filament products to diversify and high quality, seize the opportunity of market demand adjustment, introduce advanced production equipment, improve production intelligence, optimize product structure of enterprises, It has become an important choice to enhance the competitiveness of the enterprise market and become stronger and stronger.” Tongkun shares expressed this in the announcement. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

” In this regard, an industry insider also pointed out: “At this stage, the polyester group is very hard.

From the overall situation of the polyester industry chain, as the competition advances to the depth of the industrial chain integration, several large polyesters The Group is accelerating the ‘staking of the land’ through various forms, and continuously extending the industrial chain to enhance the comprehensive competitiveness of the entire industry chain. This situation will also accelerate the re-integration of the entire polyester industry.”

Tongkun plans to pay attention to 3 new projects

In the current expansion of the polyester industry, Tongkun has taken the initiative. With its leading technology level, overall scale advantage and comprehensive strength, it has actively invested in the construction of several new projects to accelerate the expansion of polyester filament and PTA capacity.Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

In 2018, the three bases of Jiaxing Port, Zhouquan and Changxing Hengteng, which are under the jurisdiction of Tongkun, proceeded smoothly. Several projects such as Jiaxing Petrochemical FDY Project, Hengbang Phase III, Hengteng Phase III and Hengrui Phase III were put into operation.

Among them, Hengten Phase III project is the project with the largest middle-age production capacity of Tongkun’s 2018 project. It has 20 spinning production lines, including 16 POY production lines and 4 FDY production lines. After the project is fully produced, it will be With an annual output of 600,000 tons of various types of differential fiber.Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

At present, Tongkun has an annual production capacity of 5.7 million tons of polyester filament yarn, and a production line of 900,000 tons of polyester filament yarn is being transformed.

It is estimated that by the end of 2019, the total production capacity of polyester filament will reach 6.6 million tons.

At the same time, it has an annual production capacity of 4 million tons of PTA.

Moreover, its PTA products are basically used to meet the demand for raw materials for polyester filaments inside the company, forming a strong “synergy effect” and cost control ability.

The announcement of the three new projects to be launched on February 14 undoubtedly shows that the pace of Tongkun’s expansion will continue.

According to the announcement, Tongkun Co., Ltd. and the Jiangsu Rudong Yangkou Port Economic Development Zone Management Committee recently signed the “Tiankun Group (Yangkou Port) Petrochemical Polyester Integration Project Investment Cooperation Agreement”.

The project will invest about 16 billion yuan, with a total construction land of about 2610 mu. It will build an annual production capacity of 2 × 2.5 million tons of PTA, 900,000 tons of FDY and 1.5 million tons of POY.

Among them, the first phase investment of the project is 12 billion yuan, and 2×2.5 million tons of PTA, 300,000 tons of FDY and 900,000 tons of POY projects will be built.

The investment for the second phase of the project is 4 billion yuan. It is planned to build 600,000 tons of FDY and 600,000 tons of POY projects in the original main plant area.

The construction period of the first phase of the project is from December 2019 to December 2022, and the second phase is from December 2023 to December 2025.

In terms of process technology, the project will realize integrated production of PTA and polyester spinning, with obvious competitive advantages.

In the process of melt direct spinning, the project will also use online additive technology, adding functional additives to achieve on-line copolymer blending modification, and achieve new functional fiber production such as antistatic, antibacterial, flame retardant, and dye-free environmental protection .

It will break through the continuous polycondensation melt direct spinning can only produce equipment technical bottlenecks of conventional products, so as to meet the individualized needs of customers for different functional fibers and realize personalized customized production.Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

As the new project is located in Rudong, Jiangsu, the location is a certain distance from Tongxiang Group’s headquarters in Tongxiang, Zhejiang. In order to better promote the project, Tongkun shares announced on February 14 that it plans to establish a subsidiary, Jiangsu Jiatong. Energy Co., Ltd.

The subsidiary invested 950 million yuan from Tongkun, accounting for 95% of the shares; Pengyu Trading Co., Ltd. invested 50 million yuan, accounting for 5% of the shares.

Then, based on the existing annual production capacity of 4 million tons of PTA, Tongkun will have to build another 2 × 2.5 million tons of PTA project.

In this regard, Tongkun shares said in the announcement that in recent years, in the context of the industry’s phasing out of backward production capacity , China’s chemical fiber market share has further gathered to leading enterprises.

In the PTA segment, the production capacity of private polyester leading enterprises accounts for more than half of the total PTA production capacity of the whole industry, and everyone’s PTA self-sufficiency rate continues to increase.

In recent years, the rapid development of the polyester polyester fiber business of Tongkun has increased the demand for PTA, but the self-sufficiency rate is seriously insufficient. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

After the new project is put into production, the self-sufficiency rate of PTA in the downstream enterprises of the company can be improved, and all can be digested by itself.

At the same time, the new PTA project will also help Tongkun realize the integration of the industrial chain and further enhance the scale cost advantage.

On February 14, Tongkun also announced that it plans to build an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons of green fiber (Chengteng Phase IV) and an annual production of 500,000 tons of intelligent super-simulation fiber project.

Among them, the Hengteng Phase IV project is planned to be 11.32 mu of newly acquired land on the northeast side of the existing plant of Hengteng Company in Changxing District, Huzhou South Taihu Lake Industrial Cluster, Zhejiang Province, and utilizes 94.3 mu of existing land to organize the implementation of the new plant.

The total investment of the project is 991 million yuan. It plans to build 1 set of polyester production equipment, introduce 672 high-speed FDY winder, 4 automatic packaging lines and 14 automatic drop wires.

It will use large-capacity flexible polymerization and polyester melt. Direct spinning and intelligent, green production technology, forming an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons of functional and differentiated green fiber.

The construction period of the project is expected to be 2 years. After the project is put into operation, the annual operating income is expected to be about 2.974 billion yuan, and the total annual profit is about 249.36 million yuan.

The investment of “500,000 tons of intelligent super-simulation fiber project” is 1920.35 million yuan. It is planned to build a new plant in Linhang Economic Zone, Tongxiang City, Zhejiang Province. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

It plans to build 217 mu of newly acquired land and build a set of polyester production equipment. Introduced 880 high-speed POY winder, 480 FDY winder, 5 automatic packaging lines and 20 automatic wire-cutting lines.

It will adopt domestic large-capacity flexible polymerization technology, polyester melt direct spinning technology and intelligent manufacturing technology. And green manufacturing technology, the annual production capacity of 500,000 tons of intelligent super-simulation fiber and 1,320 tons of acetaldehyde.

The construction period of the project is expected to be 2 years. After the project is put into operation, the annual revenue is expected to be 4.96 billion yuan, and the total annual profit is about 410 million yuan.

For the significance of implementing these two new polyester fiber projects, Tongkun shares pointed out in the announcement that in recent years, China’s chemical fiber industry has intensified innovation, focusing on the overall technological progress of the industry, eliminating backward production capacity by market means, and the difference in chemical fiber.

The rate of conversion has further increased, but there is still a certain gap between the rate of differentiation of polyester fibers in developed countries.

Therefore, improving the differentiation rate of chemical fiber products has become the top priority of the current chemical fiber industry.

The new project will mainly produce differentiated and functional polyester filaments, which will help to further improve the differential rate of Tongkun’s polyester filament products and optimize the product structure.

“The newly-built project of Tongkun Co., Ltd. reflects the company’s long-term development strategy – making it bigger and stronger on the road of petrochemical integration, and using its capital and scale advantages to accelerate industry integration, and gradually grasp the pricing power of the polyester industry chain.

It is expected that by the end of 2020, Tongkun’s polyester filament production capacity is expected to reach 7.6 million tons, and its leading position is stable. Maintain the company’s ‘recommended’ rating,” said an analyst from a brokerage firm.

Polyester “Dayu” staged refining and chemical project competition

The announcement of Tongkun’s new project investment plan has also brought the attention of the chemical fiber industry and the capital market to the new situation of the current polyester market – the integrated operation mode of the industrial chain, especially the “private refining project”. This hot topic.

In recent years, representative companies that only produced polyester fiber have invested in the construction of PTA projects, which has changed the competitive landscape of the polyester industry chain. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

Then, these representative companies have extended the reach of expansion to the upstream of PTA – the production of PX refining projects.

In the past few years, the ideas and models of the large-scale representative private polyester enterprises to strengthen the layout of the entire industrial chain of “PX-PTA-polyester” have become more and more clear, and this has opened up a “competition” for refining and chemical projects.

The layout of PX projects by private chemical fiber enterprises is first of all to benefit from the liberalization of relevant domestic policies.

Previously, China’s refining and chemical projects were basically invested by state-owned enterprises.

Relevant data shows that as of July 2017, there are mainly 17 PX manufacturers in China with a total production capacity of 13.83 million tons/year.

Among them, China Petrochemical Group has 9 PX production plants, with a total PX production capacity of 4.93 million tons / year, accounting for 35.7% of the total domestic PX capacity; China National Petroleum Corporation has three PX production plants, its PX total production capacity 2.35 million tons / year, accounting for 17.0% of the total domestic production capacity; CNOOC Group has a PX production plant, PX capacity of 950,000 tons / year, accounting for 6.9% of the total domestic production capacity, the three major group PX total production capacity The proportion is 59.5%.

However, in recent years, relevant national policies have begun to allow private enterprises to refine their projects.

In May 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission issued the “Pipeline Industry Planning and Layout Plan”.

The “Pipeline Industry Planning and Layout Plan” proposes that China will build seven major petrochemical industrial bases, corresponding to Zhejiang Ningbo, Dalian Changxing Island and Jiangsu Lianyungang Base.

In July 2018, the State Council passed the “Pipeline Industry Planning and Layout Plan”, which required safety and environmental protection priority, and supported private and foreign-funded enterprises to sole proprietorship or holding investment to promote industrial upgrading. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

The private chemical fiber enterprises laid out the PX project, and the second was because the large-scale polyester enterprise group itself was in the market demand for improving the independent guarantee capability of raw materials and the overall competitive advantage of the industrial chain.

PX is a very important raw material for chemical products.

In the aromatics industry chain, 90% of PX is used to produce PTA, and 90% of PTA is used to produce polyester products.

However, due to environmental protection and the domestic public’s misunderstanding and resistance to PX projects, China’s chemical industry requires insufficient PX self-sufficiency and high dependence on foreign countries.

In the past 10 years, the development speed of China’s PX industry is relatively slow, the supply of domestic PX is insufficient, and the PTA and polyester industry have formed a prominent contradiction between the rapid growth of PX, which makes the PX required by China for many years.

Import dependence is as high as 50% or more, mainly imported from Japan, South Korea and other countries and Taiwan.

This situation has certain constraints on the efficient control of the production costs of China’s polyester enterprises and the ability to control the industrial chain.

In addition, the refining and chemical chain also has a relatively high profit margin.

Therefore, when the policy liberalized the private enterprises, the leading polyester enterprises began to actively apply for the construction of refining and chemical projects, and obtained approval. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

These major projects are: 20 million tons/year refining and chemical integration project invested by Hengli Group in Changxing Island, Dalian, and 40 million tons of Zhejiang Petrochemical invested by Rongsheng Holding Group and Tongkun Group in Zhoushan, Zhejiang.

The annual refining and chemical integration project, the Hengyi Brunei PMB petrochemical project invested by Hengyi Group in Brunei, and the refining and chemical integration project invested by Shenghong Group in Lianyungang.

Among them, the Hengli refining and chemical project will soon open up the entire production process to achieve full-load production operations of the entire refinery.

The Zhejiang Petrochemical Refining and Chemical Integration Project is currently progressing smoothly and has started oil operation. It is expected to be put into operation this year.

The Hengyi Brunei PMB petrochemical project is also in full swing.

The Shenghong Refining and Chemical Integration Project started construction at the end of 2018 and is expected to be completed and put into operation in 2021

In this regard, industry analysts pointed out that the “aromatics industry” represented by PX and the “olefin industry” represented by ethylene are called “the two major families” of the petrochemical industry.

Due to the long industrial chain of PX and high added value, the processing of aromatics industry is also known as the “golden industrial chain”.

And 80% of the downstream industries in the global PX industry chain are in China. With the successive launch of several large-scale private refining and chemical projects in China in 2019 and the following years, the “synergy effect” of the whole industry chain will be generated for enterprises and industries, which will form a strong support for the performance of several listed companies. It will also drive the redistribution of profits in the entire polyester industry chain. Polyester Daxie aromatics industry

“From a deeper level, with the successive commissioning of refining and chemical integration projects invested by several private enterprises, the self-sufficiency rate of China’s PX will be improved, and the voice of China’s petroleum and petrochemical industry and petrochemical polyester industry in the global market will also be Will be further improved,” said the industry insiders.

Source : texnet

Polymers Polyethylene Petrochemicals Prices

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ITEM18/02/201925/02/2019+/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market8,300 yuan/ton8,325 yuan/ton+25
Bottle grade PET chips export market1,080 $/ton1,080 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market7,850 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton-100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market7,825 yuan/ton7,750 yuan/ton-75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market6,485 yuan/ton6,455 yuan/ton-30
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market855 $/ton855 $/ton
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market4,960 yuan/ton4,970 yuan/ton+10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market626 $/ton613 $/ton-13
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market1,106 $/ton1,118 $/ton+12
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market1,087 $/ton1,099 $/ton+12
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market1,001 $/ton1,020 $/ton+19
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 8,480 yuan/ton8,440 yuan/ton-40
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market8,100 yuan/ton8,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market10,400 yuan/ton10,350 yuan/ton-50
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 9,900 yuan/ton9,900 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market9,350 yuan/ton9,250 yuan/ton-100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market8,880 yuan/ton8,820 yuan/ton-60
Caprolactam CPL domestic market13,700 yuan/ton13,800 yuan/ton+100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market1,600 $/ton1,670 $/ton+70
Nylon6 chips overseas  market1,940 $/ton1,940 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market14,900 yuan/ton15,200 yuan/ton +300
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market14,800 yuan/ton15,100 yuan/ton +300
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market17,500 yuan/ton17,900 yuan/ton+400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market20,500 yuan/ton20,900 yuan/ton+400
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market18,800 yuan/ton19,200 yuan/ton+300
Spandex 20D  domestic  market39,000 yuan/ton39,000 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market38,000 yuan/ton38,000  yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market32,500 yuan/ton32,500  yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market8,600 yuan/ton9,000 yuan/ton+400
Benzene domestic market4,920 yuan/ton4,950 yuan/ton+30
Benzene overseas  market595 $/ton620 $/ton+25
Ethylene South East market1,075 $/ton1,080 $/ton+5
Ethylene NWE  market905 $/ton937 $/ton+32
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market12,400 yuan/ton12,400 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market1,450 $/ton1,500 $/ton+50
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market16,000 yuan/ton16,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market13,450 yuan/ton13,450 yuan/ton
PP Powder domestic market8,700 yuan/ton8,700 yuan/ton
Naphtha overseas market  520 $/ton542 $/ton+22
Phenol domestic market 8,600 yuan/ton8,800 yuan/ton+200
PS Taiwan 5250 GPPS1,330 $/ton1,325 $/ton-5
PS Taiwan 8250 HIPS1,390 $/ton1,385 $/ton-5
LDPE CFR Far East 1,022 $/ton1,032 $/ton+10
LLDPE CFR Far East1,002997 $/ton1,012 $/ton+15
LDPE   FOB Middle East1,0984 $/ton1,017 $/ton+33
LLDPE FOB Middle East999 $/ton997 $/ton-2
HDPE CFR Far East1,027 $/ton1,047 $/ton+20
LDPE FD Northwest Europe 1,003 €/ton1,003 €/ton
LLDPE FD Northwest Europe 973 €/ton973 €/ton
Homopolymer PP CFR Far East1,047 $/ton1,070 $/ton +23
Homopolymer PP FD NWE1,171 €/ton1,171 €/ton 

Adiponitrile plant Shanghai Invista

The world-class adiponitrile plant settled in Shanghai, why is the localization road difficult?

Adiponitrile plant Shanghai Invista

On the news, today, INVISTA and Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) signed a memorandum of cooperation to start the design of a 400,000-ton adiponitrile (ADN) production base, with an estimated investment of more than 1 billion US dollars (7 billion yuan), plans Construction began in 2020 and production started in 2023.

It is reported that this is the first adiponitrile plant in China and the largest investment project in the history of INVISTA.

INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers.

In the past five years, INVISTA has invested more than US$600 million in China to support the nylon market, including the 215,000-tonne hexamethylenediamine (HMD) plant and the 150,000-ton polymer plant located in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP).

INVISTA has the global know-how for the production of adiponitrile from the butadiene process , which has been the result of nearly 300 million RMB (US$40 million) in research and development in Europe and the Americas in the past four years.

Compared with other technologies, this technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions by half and energy consumption per unit by 40%.

Adiponitrile is 100% dependent on imports

Adiponitrile is a key intermediate in the production of PA66. It is mainly used to produce nylon intermediate diamines, and about 90% of adiponitrile is used in the production of nylon 66 salts.

Due to the high technical barriers and high investment thresholds, the concentration of adiponitrile industry is extremely high.

There are 14 sets of global adiponitrile production facilities with a total production capacity of about 2 million tons. Among them, the five companies of INVISTA, BASF, Solutia, Rhodia, France and Asahi Kasei have a total production capacity of 1.72 million tons.

At present, the global supply of adiponitrile is tight. Most of the production capacity is only used for the production of hexamethylenediamine and nylon 66. Only INVISTA, BASF and Rhodia have some surplus adiponitrile products for sale.

Due to the foreign technology monopoly and blockade of the preparation of adiponitrile by butadiene, there is currently no enterprise in China that can produce adiponitrile on a large scale, all relying on imports, and the price is completely controlled by foreign manufacturers . Even the domestic nylon 66 leading enterprise Pingmei Shenma’s industrial chain is also lacking in adiponitrile.

At present, the adiponitrile of Pingmei Shenma is purchased from INVISTA, and the advantages of industrial integration are remarkable. The company is also working on the new production process of adiponitrile. Due to the technical difficulty, the technical patent of the butadiene method of foreign companies has been China’s registration has progressed slowly.

Domestic equipment is short-lived

On August 22, 2015, Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology Co., Ltd., located in Huantai County, Zibo City, Shandong Province, had a separator fire accident.

The company plans to build 100,000/ton annual HDI and 300,000 tons/year adiponitrile project. Its adiponitrile production system is the first device to adopt acrylonitrile electrolysis process in China.  The company also plans to gradually build supporting projects such as acrylonitrile and nylon 66, and is determined to build a green high-tech fine chemical industry chain.

Runxing Chemical is the only adiponitrile production enterprise in China and has received attention in the industry.

After the accident, the localization time of adiponitrile in China continued to move backward.

PA66 future development

P PA66 still has a lot of room for development, and it is expected that demand growth will come mainly from China in the next decade.  Based on the rapid development of China’s economy, based on China’s per capita nylon occupancy is still at a low level, based on the rapid development of the automotive industry in emerging countries, and the consideration of energy-saving and environmentally friendly development of automobiles, nylon 66 engineering plastics and nylon 66 industrial yarn, nylon 66 airbag wire and so on will have a lot of room for development in the Chinese market.

Compared with the increase in demand, China’s nylon 66 high-performance engineering plastics production capacity is seriously insufficient, and a considerable part of domestic demand depends on imports to meet。 The localization of raw material adiponitrile is still difficult and urgent.

Source : Sohu

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On the news, today, INVISTA and Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) signed a memorandum of cooperation to start the design of a 400,000-ton adiponitrile (ADN) production base, with an estimated investment of more than 1 billion US dollars (7 billion yuan), plans Construction began in 2020 and production started in 2023.

It is reported that this is the first adiponitrile plant in China and the largest investment project in the history of INVISTA.

INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers.

Just after the Spring Festival in 2019, the “Dayu” enterprises in the polyester market released a signal of active expansion, which caused concern in the chemical fiber industry and capital market.

On February 14th, when many downstream clothing brands and terminal retailers actively created a “romantic Valentine’s Day” atmosphere, when the hot-selling festival was busy, the chemical fiber listed company Tongkun Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Tongkun Shares”) Also “hot” a hand.

Oil prices touched their highest since mid-November on Friday and posted weekly gains for the second week in a row, boosted by hopes that US-China trade talks would soon produce a deal, although new record US oil supply limited gains.

Brent crude futures briefly reached US$67.73 a barrel, their 2019 high. The global benchmark fell 5 cents to settle at US$67.12 a barrel. Brent gained 1.2 per cent on the week.

Marco Mori, Chief Financial Officer. © SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler SSM Schärer Schweiter Mettler (SSM), Switzerland’s leading supplier of precision winding machines in the fields of dyeing, weaving, and sewing thread preparation, has appointed Marco Mori as Chief Financial Officer. He started as of 1 February 2019 as CFO and member of the management team of the SSM Group.

Mr Mori holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Southern Switzerland (SUSPI) and has many years of experience in finance and controlling.

In addition, to strengthen the worldwide team and to achieve complete customer satisfaction, the company has also announced the appointment of Roman Haefeli as Head of Sales. As of 1 January, Roman Haefeli started as Head of Sales and member of the management board of SSM Horgen. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and many years of experience in research, development, operations and sales.

Polyester and other synthetic fibres like nylon are major contributor to microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibres will solve the problem. Unlike natural fibres like wool, cotton and silk, current synthetic fibres are petroleum-based and are mostly not biodegradable.

“These materials, during production, processing and after use, break down into and release microfibers that can now be found in everything and everyone,” said Melik Demirel, Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Endowed Chair in Biomimetic Materials.

While natural fibres can be recycled and biodegrade, mixed fibres that contain natural and synthetic fibres are difficult or costly to recycle.

The centre has already developed kitchen cutlery, household furniture and decorative items

GUWAHATI: For the first time in India, scientists from IIT-Guwahati have developed biodegradable plastic with the help of homegrown technology.

In a country where rising pollution levels remain a serious areas of concern, the innovation comes as a major shot in the arm for solid waste management.
The biodegradable plastic has been developed by IIT-G’s Centre of Excellence-Sustainable Polymers (CoE-SusPol), which is funded by the department of chemicals and petrochemicals under Union ministry of chemicals and fertilizers.

The centre has already developed kitchen cutlery, household furniture and decorative items including flower pots and toys using this non-biodegradable plastic variant.
“Ours is the only centre in India which is carrying out research on biodegradable plastic. Though the US has been a major producer of biodegradable plastic, the production costs there are very high.

But our team has managed to achieve this with lower costs by using homegrown technology.

This is cutting-edge innovation and a remarkable achievement,” CoE-SusPol coordinator and principal investigator of the project, Vimal Katiyar, told TOI on Saturday.

He added that the biodegradable plastic, which has passed the hot-beverage test, is unique because it has no hazardous chemicals.

Bio-on, an Italian intellectual property company, and Innova Imagen, a company of the Himes Group with operations in the textile sector in Mexico and the United States with particular attention to eco-sustainable innovation, have joined hands to produce 100 per cent natural and biodegradable bioplastic, obtained from agro-industrial residues and by-products.

The two have signed an exclusive agreement to design the realisation of the first plant in Mexico for this purpose.

The agreement grants to Innova Imagen the exclusive right to realise on the field the development of the investment and evaluate the business initiative regarding the use of the Bio-on technologies in Mexico for a period of 18 months. To Bio-on this is an agreement worth half a million euros, the first of its kind in Central-North American region and confirms the success of the business model based on the licensing of one of the most innovative technologies in the sector of biopolymers.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures are grinding higher at the end of the week as they head toward major upside objectives. If reached, traders will have major decisions to make since these objectives are often viewed as profit targets. Short-sellers are likely to vigorously defend these areas in an effort to form secondary lower tops, while aggressive counter-trend buyers are going to try to drive the market through these areas.

Driving prices higher is OPEC and its ally’s quest for a balanced market. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Wednesday he hoped the oil market would be balanced by April and that there would be no gap in supplies due to the U.S. sanctions on OPEC members Iran and Venezuela.

The Austrian recycler ‘PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH’ recorded a plus of 9 % in the recycling of PET bottles in 2018.

With the growing demand for recycled material, the required capacity of the PET recycling line is increasing as well: Together with manufacturer Starlinger recycling technology, the output has recently been raised by 20 %.

Located in Austria’s east, the recycling company PET to PET has processed about one billion PET bottles or 25,400 tons in 2018 – a plus of 9 % compared to the previous year. The five largest domestic beverage producers (Coca-Cola, Egger, Rauch, Spitz und Vöslauer) jointly operate the site with the aim of recovering recycled material from local sources for reuse in PET bottles.

For these Austrian brand owners, “circular economy” is more than just a buzzword: On average, domestic PET bottles already include 30-50 % of recycled material. Vöslauer even lists a content of roughly 60 % per bottle of mineral water and a planned increase to 100 % within the next years.

The flagship of the company is the 0.5 liter bottle, which is made of 100 % recycled PET while using the same amount of material.

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Sunday issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for plastic bottle industry, ARY News reported.

Only food grade plastic bottle should be used for eatables, while bottle made with used plastic should not be used for eatables.

Used bottle should have written ‘it is not for use of edible items’. These bottles/ containers with the warning could be used for other items though.

The PFA has constituted special operation teams for raids during night time. The PFA director vigilance has been made in-charge of the operation teams.

Oil prices rise on US, China trade deal optimism

Illustrative image – This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Shale oil output in the US as well as compliance to Opec+ production cuts will determine the course of oil prices for the rest of 2019, analysts said.

Oil prices rose in the last few days due to US, China trade talks and on optimism that a deal would be reached between the two powerful countries to boost global economy and trade. Brent and West Texas Intermediate rose to a 2019 high of $67.75 per barrel at $57.81 per barrel respectively.

“For 2019, the key driver will be compliance with the Opec+ production cuts agreed to in December 2018.

New Delhi wants to diversify import sources

India is seeking to diversify its oil import sources amid tough U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, two key members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that provides the bulk of its crude needs.

On Monday, state-run Indian Oil Corp., the country’s largest refiner and fuel retailer, announced the signing of an annual contract for the purchase of U.S. crude under which it will import three million tons of oil worth about $1.5 billion in the fiscal year beginning April.

UK polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) buyers have been getting a surprise this week as some sellers have been informing them of changing terms for as early as April, as the official Brexit date looms.

A ship flying the British flag outside the Falkland Islands (source: Global Warming Images/REX/Shutterstock)Several have been informed they will be offered only on a duty unpaid basis, and that buyers may have to see to clearing customs themselves.

“I told them they can’t just change the terms of my contract,” said one buyer. “We have a contract in place.”

A major producer was heard to be offering all sales on a duty unpaid basis from April.

Another buyer said its haulier was not prepared to bring product from the EU into the UK in April.

“I will use somebody else,” said the buyer. “To be honest, I’m not worried. I’ve got April covered.”

“We are considering selling on a DDU [delivered duty unpaid] basis,” said a trader, “but we haven’t settled anything yet.”

High inventories weigh on sentiment in the US PP market

High inventory levels continue to weigh on sentiment in the US polypropylene (PP) market, with participants currently anticipating that contracts might settle lower for a fourth consecutive month.

PP inventories in North America rose 19% between the months of September and December, according to data from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Vault Consulting.  Inventory levels reached their 2018 high point in December at a level 6.7% above the second highest inventory figure for 2018 recorded in November.

Debottlenecking projects added some capacity to the market over the past year, while operating rates also improved in recent months as some major plant outages from earlier in the year were resolved.

Ample monomer inventories have also encouraged higher PP production and inventory levels. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), propylene inventories hit a fresh record high on the week ended 15 February.

Contract and supply at zero km: three companies united to create industry 4.0 “made in Alba” (Italian Language Only)

The Sublitex (Miroglio group) has entrusted Bianco and Dromont with the task of creating two mega machines

Sublitex (Miroglio group), Bianco and Dromont are three excellent entrepreneurial companies that are only a few kilometers away in Alba. For Sublitex and Bianco, you should more correctly talk about a few meters. But the horizon of their productions is much wider: the fabrics printed by Sublitex end up 80% abroad and the same goes for the machines of Bianco, while for the dosing systems for the mixing of inks and varnishes designed from Dromont it reaches 95%.

The company, which is the optical sorting division of CP Group, explained that when processing lightweight materials such as flexible plastic packaging or single sheets of paper, controlling the trajectory of those types of materials inside the eject hood is challenging.

Building on years of experience from previous designs, MSS said that the newly patented PrecisionFlow™ eject hood uses a curved design that eliminates back pressure and smoothly guides the materials by using air flows along the outline of the wall.

The ECO melt filters by Ettlinger, part of Maag and Dover, will make it easier to treat recycled material for the film, packaging tape and fiber industry, and help plastics recyclers remove challenging contaminants like paints, silicones, barrier materials, cross-linked fractions and gels from the melt.

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

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

The construction of the plant is expected to commence in 2020 with operations likely to begin in the year 2022.

INVISTA, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers, fibers and chemical intermediates, has recently inked a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) to set up adiponitrile (ADN) plant in Shanghai, China.

INVISTA and SCIP sign memorandum of cooperation for China ADN plant

Sources close to the matter claim that the plant, with a capacity of engineering 400,000-ton adiponitrile (ADN), is currently underway and is estimated to require an investment of over $1 billion (7 billion RMB). Moreover, the construction of the plant, with the support of local authorities, is expected to commence in 2020 while operations are expected to begin by 2022, claim sources.

 

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China : Naphtha $ prices 

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Polymers Petrochemicals sustainability biodegradable

New lactam wastewater recovery plant at RadiciFil: setting new targets on energy savings and emission reduction

Enhanced environmental performance and improved polymer and, hence, yarn quality: these are the main objectives set for the new lactam wastewater recovery plant installed at the RadiciFil production site in Casnigo (Bergamo) during the course of 2018. The production facility specializes in polyamide 6 polymerization and BCF yarn production, the core business of the RadiciGroup Performance Yarn Business Area.

The new plant, which has recently undergone a test run, recovers the wastewater from the polymerization process with a caprolactam concentration of 8-12%. Using falling film and mechanical vapour recompression technologies, the plant processes the water, so as to raise the caprolactam concentration in the output up to 80%, thus making the recovered caprolactam suitable for reuse in continuous cycle polymer production.

“This investment has taken advantage of some of the benefits provided by Industry Plan 4.0”, said Nicola Agnoli, CEO of the RadiciGroup Performance Yarn Business Area, “and is part of the company production plan.

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According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.3 percent in January, following a 0.6 percent gain in December and a 0.2 percent gain in November.

During January, chemical output rose across all regions, with the largest gains in the Gulf Coast region.

Chemical production was mixed over the three-month period. There were gains in the production three-month moving average output trend in inorganic chemicals, plastic resins, synthetic dyes & pigments, and other specialty chemicals.

These gains were offset by declines in the output of fertilizers synthetic rubber, consumer products, manufactured fibers, adhesives, pesticides and coatings.

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Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar TD has announced the GW Plastics is expanding its advanced manufacturing operations in Sligo.

GW Plastics established its first European location with the purchase of Avenue Mould Solutions in 2017 and is growing its operation in response to increased customer demand in its medical device and drug delivery business.

The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

GW Plastics plans to invest in excess of €6 million to grow their product development, precision tooling, thermoplastic and silicone injection moulding, and contract assembly capabilities in Europe.

The company plans to expand its moulding operations into a scalable 28,000 square foot site in Sligo.

A team of researchers at NYU have presented a new chemical reactor type that synthesizes a precursor for nylon production through electrosynthesis, rather than a thermal based reaction.

The need for chemical products accounts for about a quarter of the world’s energy demand.

With most of that energy turned into heat for thermochemical reactions, researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have developed a new type of reactor that uses renewable energy to generate electrosynthesis reactions.

Battenfeld Cincinnati China The market for polyethylene in China is strong, but U.S.-based suppliers may be hamstrung in exporting there because of an ongoing trade war.

For most North American commodity resins, 2018 was a good year.

U.S./Canadian high and linear low density PE sales reported major growth in 2018, according to the American Chemistry Council, resulting from larger amounts of new capacity being sold into the export markets as well as domestic sales that have grown at strong rates.

HDPE sales in the region were up 12 percent for the year, according to ACC, with domestic growth of more than 5 percent amplified by export sales growth of more than 42 percent. Domestic HDPE growth for 2018 was led by the pipe and conduit market, where sales surged 14 percent.

Color masterbatches are combinations of pigments and additives that are used in various applications, for instance, roofing, storage containers, cables, electronics, cosmetic objects, toys, belts, silage sheets, pipes etc.

They have numerous benefits owing to which several synthetic fiber and plastic producers use color masterbatches – they come in form of pellets which makes it easier to apply, store or move as compared to powdered pigments, it is easier to handle and feed the color concentrates during manufacturing where color masterbatches are used, binding agent used in the masterbatches can be easily matched to the polymer which is used for enhanced melt processing, they offer good control on transparency as well as opacity of colored objects and special effects can be added to enhance color thus distinguishing between different objects.

NatureWorks’ Blair, Nebraska, production facilityThe recent initiative at Nature Works targets that by 2020, 100 percent of the agricultural feedstock for Ingeo biopolymers and Vercet performance chemicals will be certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC) to the ISCC PLUS standard of best practices in agricultural production.

In 2012, Nature Works became the first biopolymers manufacturer to become certified to the new ISCC PLUS standard. Looking at the current scenario, more than 40 percent of its agricultural feedstock stands certified. However, it is expected that around 90 farms will be involved in this program by 2020.

Construction could resume in May at the M&G plant in Corpus Christi. The bankrupt company was sold last year to Corpus Christi Polymers LLC, which signed a year-long lease this week with the Port of Corpus Christi for a laydown yard used to store construction materials and equipment. The agreement allows for an extension of one year if needed.

Corpus Christi Polymers is a consortium of its former vendors: Alpek S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican chemical manufacturing company; Indorama Ventures Holding LP, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Limited; and Far Eastern Investment Holding Limited of Taiwan. It was formed to purchase the plant, which is under construction, and put it into operation.

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China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are weak,except for paraxylene.

  • Polyamide6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,200/8,300 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,700/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,350/6,450 yuan/ton – MEG $ 605/615 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,900/5,000 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,095/1,105 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,400/8,500  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton

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Rising seasonal demand and upstream paraxylene (PX) costs are putting upwards pressure on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices in Europe.

Meanwhile, the delayed start of new monoethylene glycol (MEG) capacity may result in a more balanced market than expected.

Caroline Murray, editor of the ICIS PET report discusses the dynamics of these markets with Melissa Hurley, editor of the MEG report.

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The ECHA Sector Approach on Plastics Additives has been published, focusing on end use and involving the European Chemical Agency together with the industry supply chain.

The publication follows the addition of the EuPC and EuMBC Use Maps for masterbatching, compounding, and converting processes, which were published in order to facilitate 2018 registrations.

ECHA Sector Approach on Plastics Additives published The ECHA Sector Approach on Plastics Additives has been published, focusing on end use and involving the European Chemical Agency together with the industry supply chain. The publication follows the addition of the EuPC and EuMBC Use Maps for masterbatching, compounding, and converting processes, which were published in order to facilitate 2018 registrations.

Like many advanced materials, there is a significant learning curve to progress promising lab results to real commercial products.

This includes a learning experience from the manufacturer, for cost-effective high-volume production, and a learning experience for the end-user, to establish the value and utilisation of this market entry.

IDTechEx have been following this market throughout this learning experience, and the 13th edition of their commercially focussed B2B graphene conference, Graphene & 2D Materials, will be held from 10 – 11 April 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

As the EU seeks to crack down on plastic waste, scientists in Gdańsk have developed single-use cutlery from a special polymer.

Durable yet workable, the material offers an alternative to plastics derived from oil. The key ingredients: potato flour and corn.

Countries in Europe and beyond are increasingly aware of the negative environmental impact of single-use plastics, especially on the oceans. On 18 January, EU member states confirmed new restrictions on some single-use plastic products.

Recyclability concerns about black PET food trays have been addressed by Ireland’s Quinn Packaging. The company has launched Detecta by Quinn – a new range of black plastics food trays that are fully identifiable in sorting systems, reducing the amount of black plastics waste that ends up in landfill sites.

Standard black PET trays are typically manufactured using a carbon black colour additive. When it comes to recycling these trays, material recovery facilities use near infra-red (NIR) optical sorting equipment to identify and sort various plastics waste streams including PET plastics.

SINGAPORE (ICIS)–The latest trade agreements between Singapore and European Union could help boost the city-state’s slowing base chemical and plastic shipments to the trade bloc, but competition from other regions would put a lid to polymer imports from the southeast Asian nation.

The European Parliament on 13 February gave its green light to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA) and EU-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (ESPCA).

Invista (Wichita, Kan.; www.invista.com) says engineering for a 400,000-ton adiponitrile (ADN) plant in Shanghai, China is underway.

The company’s estimated investment will be in excess of $1 billion (7 billion RMB). With support of the local authorities, we expect construction to start in 2020, and startup is expected to begin by 2022, Invista chairman and CEO Jeff Gentry says.

Representatives from Invista and the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) signed a memorandum of cooperation at a ceremony today in Shanghai.

Venator is off to a good start in 2019, with customer destocking expected to continue to decelerate in the current first quarter, said the CEO of the UK-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer in an update on Wednesday.

Destocking already decelerated in the fourth quarter, with Venator’s TiO2 sales volumes declining by 6% year on year, compared with an 18% decline in the third quarter, Simon Turner told analysts during the company’s Q4 earnings call.

“We are encouraged that we have seen a relatively decent start to the year, and we believe [destocking] will diminish,” he said.

“While it is early, [2019], from an order perspective, got off to a decent start,” he added.

In the near term, Venator expects difference in regional performance, with strength in North America, slower growth in Europe and weakness in China.

A report commissioned by UK-based Staeger has identified four bio-based and/or biodegradable plastics as potential replacements for PET for use in clear plastics packaging: PLA, cellulose acetate (CA), bio-based PET, and polyethylene furanoate (PEF). However, it warns that all four are currently significantly more expensive than the cost of recycled PET.

In response to environmental concerns about plastics packaging, Staeger asked consultancy company NNFCC to look at an array of polymers produced from renewable raw materials (bio-based polymers), to see if they would firstly be suitable for use and secondly, to establish whether by using them it would be better for the environment. This report was part funded by the European Union.

Higher feedstock prices, some pre-buying in the UK, several planned cracker outages, and a force majeure at a major plant are leading some polyethylene (PE) sellers in Europe to expect higher prices in March.

Net prices are also lower than the ethylene contract in some cases.

A couple of producers have already closed order books on some PE grades, and one has said extra volumes for February will incur a surcharge of €50/tonne.

Some spot prices are looking up, but sentiment is also weighed down by fresh import volumes from the US, and not all sellers are convinced prices will go up in March.

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PET Resin bottle grade BGPET prices trend

Polymers Petrochemicals Automotive additives

Polymers Petrochemicals Automotive additives

 

China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are steady.

  • Polyamide 6 and its chain are steady.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,350 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,850 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,450/6,550 yuan/ton – MEG $ 605/615 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,900/5,000 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,085/1,095 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,400/8,550  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,800/8,900  yuan/ton

Polymers Petrochemicals Automotive additives

 

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Mass-production of Automotive Carbon Composite Parts Showcased at JEC World 2019

At this year’s JEC World, pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) is to showcase manufacturing technology that can produce affordable carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts in high-enough volumes for the mainstream automotive industry.

Visitors to TTI’s stand and the Automotive Planet will see a CFRP bumper (fender), 100,000 of which could be manufactured each year using the company’s innovative Radius-Pultrusion process. TTI Sales Engineer Sebastian Mehrtens says, “There are not many CFRP manufacturing processes that can do these numbers.”

Uniquely, this process enables the manufacture of curved and coiled profiles. Mehrtens explains, “In the normal pultrusion process you have a mould that is stationary and two grippers or a caterpillar that pull the fibres through a heated mould. In our Radius-Pultrusion process, we move the mould.”

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Azerbaijan is developing measures to reduce the use of polymer packaging, reports Sputnik Azerbaijan .

“The plan of measures to reduce the harmful effects of plastic packaging on the environment for 2019-2020” was approved by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The main responsibilities in the process of refusing plastic bottles and plastic bags are assigned to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of AR (MENR).

The Ministry of Environment began to actively promote the harm of plastic and the policy of separate collection of garbage back in mid-2018. 135 special containers for collecting plastic containers appeared in the parks of Baku and district centers.

At Plástico Brasil 2019 from 25th to 29th March in São Paulo, Brazil, ENGEL, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system expert headquartered in Austria will be demonstrating how their machines can make their customers more flexible, reliable and efficient with two sophisticated applications from the fields of packaging and technical moulding. It will be clearly demonstrated how digitalisation, and machine and system networking can unlock even more efficiency and quality potential.

Packaging: Thin-wall with IML in 2.2 seconds

Flexibility and high performance play the main roles in ENGEL’s packaging exhibition space at Plástico Brasil 2019. An ENGEL e-motion 440/160 will be used to produce polypropylene ice cream cups using thin-wall technology in a 4-cavity mould with a total shot weight of 14.8 grams. Thanks to in-mould labelling (IML), the cups are ready-to-fill when they leave the integrated production cell. The cycle time is 2.2 seconds.

Germany-based machine builder specializes in water-cooled and biax lines.

Reifenhäuser Group has announced the purchase of Plamex Maschinenbau GmbH, a Kelberg, Germany machine builder that specializes in blown film lines for water-cooled

and biaxially oriented films for the medical and food packaging industry. The company will operate under the name Reifenhäuser Blown Film Plamex GmbH & Co. KG.

The acquisition expands the Reifenhäuser Groups’ product range to include emerging technology for flexible film production. “The extremely efficient water cooling keeps the polymer in amorphous state and produces a particularly glossy and transparent film with remarkable puncture resistance and very good barrier properties. In our discussions with customers we can now provide even more differentiated advice and deliver the optimum solution for the particular application,” says Bernd Reifenhäuser, CEO of the Reifenhäuser Group.

Ineos Styrolution has today announced the completion of the acquisition of the polystyrene sites from Total S.A. following receipt of all applicable regulatory and legal approvals.

The transaction, which was agreed on August 21st, 2018, includes the purchase of the Foshan site in the Guangdong Province in South China and the Ningbo site in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China and the two related sales offices in Guangzhou and Shanghai.

The transaction supports Ineos Styrolution’s Triple Shift growth strategy, as it will increase the company’s manufacturing footprint in Asia, and provides access to the domestic market in China with locally produced materials.

SustainabilityThe food and beverage segment led demand among end users in the global biopolymer films market in 2017, according to a new report from Global Market Insights (GMI; Selbyville, DE), Global Biopolymer Films Market.

Escalating demand for packaged food, particularly because of increasing per-capita income, along with a growing number of working populations across the world will boost demand.

Biopolymer films are used in the packaging of fresh food, tetra packs, dry snacks, bakery goods, juice bottles and meat trays along with coatings for beverage cups, films and card stock.

  • Agreement between Bio-on and Innova Imagen for the production of Bioplastic in Mexico
  • Bio-on and Innova Imagen (Himes Group) announce the signing of a new agreement to produce ultra-green PHA biopolymers in Mexico
  • The two companies start the first collaboration in the central / north America, to exploit the Bio-on technologies for the industrial production of PHA bioplastics valorizing different local feedstock
  • In the coming months Bio-on will work in exclusive with Innova Imagen to bring natural and biodegradable bioplastics for many market sectors into Mexico, with particular attention to the textile and fashion industry

Bio-on, listed on the AIM segment of the Italian Stock Market – Borsa Italiana and operating in the sector of high quality bioplastic, and Innova Imagen, a company of the Himes Group, with operations in the textile sector in Mexico and the United States with particular attention to eco-sustainable innovation, announce to have signed an exclusive agreement to design the realization of the first plant in Mexico for the production of 100% natural and biodegradable bioplastic, obtained from agro-industrial residues and by-products.

Sustainable plastic packaging solutions firm Paccor Group has produced its first 250,000t of eco-friendly materials using 100% recycled PET (rPET).

The company said that the achievement is the result of various investments totalling more than £10m in its UK operations in an effort to expand production.

Paccor Group UK managing director Ashley Jones said: “I am delighted that Paccor UK has achieved this excellent milestone of manufacturing out of fully recycled materials on a large scale.

“The lessons we have learned over the past decade are an important step for us to further support development in the market and to provide sustainable value for our clients and environmental benefits to the retailers and market.

The masterbatch industry is showing strong growth on the back of growing polymer demand and its ability to replace alternative methods of polymer modification, claims a report by AMI Consulting.

The global masterbatch industry continues to outperform both GDP and polymer demand growth and a growth rate in excess of 5 per cent per year is expected in the medium term. The more than 130,000 injection moulders around the world account for the largest customer group for masterbatches.

Mention food packaging and some people’s hackles rise over unnecessary layers of plastic or other wrappings.

However, scientists are working on several smart forms of sustainable packaging that can benefit consumers and help prevent food waste, according to Miranda Mirosa, Erin Young and Phil Bremer, of the department of food science at University of Otago.

They were part of a group of New Zealanders attending a packaging conference in China late last year, and have come back enthused about some of the emerging technologies and the different needs of the China market.

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Azerbaijan is developing measures to reduce the use of polymer packaging

Azerbaijan polymer plastic packaging

MOSCOW- Azerbaijan is developing measures to reduce the use of polymer packaging, reports Sputnik Azerbaijan .

“The plan of measures to reduce the harmful effects of plastic packaging on the environment for 2019-2020” was approved by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The main responsibilities in the process of refusing plastic bottles and plastic bags are assigned to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of AR (MENR).

The Ministry of Environment began to actively promote the harm of plastic and the policy of separate collection of garbage back in mid-2018. 135 special containers for collecting plastic containers appeared in the parks of Baku and district centers. And representatives of the environmental protection agency themselves began distributing cloth shopping bags in stores, advising them to abandon plastic bags.

Earlier it was reported that now 45% of all plastic produced in the world goes to packaging materials, while electronics only 7%. Reducing the use of plastic bags and a number of other types of plastic can slow down the growth of its total consumption by half in the next two decades, thereby weakening the prospects for demand for oil.

Earlier it was reported that the European Parliament Committee on the Environment voted to ban in the European Union from 2021 the use of disposable plastic products, which account for more than 70% of marine garbage.

Earlier it was reported that Moldova, starting in 2019, will begin to abandon plastic bags. Failure will take place in several stages. In Georgia, in order to reduce environmental pollution, since October 1, 2018, the production, import and sale of oxo-degradable plastic bags with a thickness of less than 15 microns is prohibited .

In New Zealand, disposable plastic bags will also be banned from July 2019.

In early August, banned the use of disposable plastic bags banned in Chile. Other countries that have banned the use of plastic bags are Zimbabwe, Australia, the United Kingdom and Kenya.

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Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development

Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development

Actions will promote the reuse of post-consumer plastics by manufacturers

Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development

Seeking solutions that contribute to the circular economy and to sustainable development, Braskem announces new partnerships for the development of chemical recycling, with a focus on transforming post-consumer plastics, such as grocery bags and packaging films for snacks and cookies, once again into chemical products that can be used by various different value chains and will benefit the general public. Braskem, the recognized leader in innovation with a successful record in renewable chemicals, has applied its knowledge and commitment once again to move the industry towards the circular economy.

The partnerships seek to further research into technologies that can transform plastics that are more difficult to be recycled mechanically into new chemical products. The research is being conducted in partnership with the Polymer Engineering Laboratory (EngePol) at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute of Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), the SENAI Institute for Innovation in Biosynthetics (SENAI CETIQT) and Cetrel (an environmental service company that started its activities in 1978 jointly with manufacturers located in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex). Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development

“As we strive to reach a true circular economy, we recognize the challenges and limitations posed by traditional recycling technologies. Braskem is committed to developing, implementing and offering sustainable solutions. Chemical recycling and its potential to overcome all these challenges and limitations will enable us to achieve this goal. We are accelerating these efforts through partnerships and collaboration with other companies that think like we do in order to reach these targets as soon as possible,” explained Gus Hutras, head of Process Technology at Braskem.

This new technological route complements the initiatives that Braskem has recently undertaken to contribute to the Circular Economy, which is a production concept that involves reducing, reusing, recuperating and recycling materials to create a sustainable cycle from the production phase to the reintegration of materials in a new production process. Braskem chemical recycling sustainable development

“These studies in chemical recycling uphold the principles of Braskem, which drives innovation to develop sustainable solutions. Every day, we want to create businesses and initiatives that increase the value of plastic waste,” said Fabiana Quiroga, head of Recycling. “The advantage of chemical recycling lies in its capacity to process and transform plastic waste back into a raw material that can be used to make new plastics,” she added.

To add value to materials made from recycled resins, Braskem has maintained, since 2015, the Wecycle platform, which combines the need for proper disposal with the market’s demand for sustainable raw materials. The platform works to develop businesses and initiatives that add value to plastic waste through partnerships, which enhances the development of products, solutions and processes that involve all links of the plastics recycling chain by supporting businesses and actions involving recycling.

Braskem’s initiatives to promote the Circular Economy 
Braskem, the Americas’ largest resin producer and the world’s leading biopolymer producer, has defined a series of global initiatives to boost the Circular Economy in the production chain of manufactured plastic goods. Entitled “Braskem’s Positioning for the Circular Economy,” the document establishes initiatives for forging partnerships with clients to conceive new products that will extend and facilitate the recycling and reuse of plastic packaging, especially single-use packaging. It also establishes higher investments in new resins derived from renewable resources, such as Green Plastic made from sugar cane, and support for new technologies, business models and systems for collecting, picking, recycling and recovering materials.

Braskem invites its clients and other stakeholders to join forces. The initiatives also include encouraging consumers to get involved in recycling programs through educational actions focusing on conscientious consumerism, the use of life cycle assessment tools and support for actions that improve solid waste management to prevent the disposal of debris in marine environments.

Braskem also undertakes to report on the progress made in these initiatives in its annual report. To learn about “Braskem’s Positioning for the Circular Economy,” go to:  http://www.braskem.com/circulareconomy

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Polymers Petrochemicals Carbon Fibre 20-02-2019

China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are steady,but weak  .

Polyamide 6 and its chain are assessed mixed.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,350 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,350/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 595/610 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,850/4,950 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,085/1,095 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,400/8,550  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

Polymers Petrochemicals Carbon Fibre

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Actions will promote the reuse of post-consumer plastics by manufacturers

Seeking solutions that contribute to the circular economy and to sustainable development, Braskem announces new partnerships for the development of chemical recycling, with a focus on transforming post-consumer plastics, such as grocery bags and packaging films for snacks and cookies, once again into chemical products that can be used by various different value chains and will benefit the general public.

Braskem, the recognized leader in innovation with a successful record in renewable chemicals, has applied its knowledge and commitment once again to move the industry towards the circular economy.

Polymers Petrochemicals Carbon Fibre

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the environment and climate change committee of Dysart et al council held Feb. 7.

Dysart is planning to change the way we look at bottled water and single use plastics, starting in its facilities and with its staff.

“We have an entire class delving into research on reducing single use plastic, particularly focused on water bottles,” said Dysart’s environmental co-ordinator Mallory Bishop.

The class is organized through U-Links Centre for Community Based Research through Trent University. They are researching alternatives to plastic and how best to convince people to make the switch.

Polymers Petrochemicals Carbon Fibre

An oil discovery in a remote corner of northwestern China could trigger a surge in shale drilling, benefiting service companies and providing a needed output boost for the world’s biggest importer, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.

PetroChina has achieved daily output of 733 bbl oil at a test well in the Jimsar field in Xinjiang province, suggesting that shale oil has strong commercial potential in the nation for the first time, analysts including Andy Meng said in a Feb. 18 note.

China has had some success in producing shale gas, but advancing on shale oil would be a particular help to the world’s largest crude importer, which has seen output decline since 2015 even as the country’s leadership extols the virtues of energy self-sufficiency. Still, it’s unlikely China will be able to scale the heights of U.S. shale, which accounts for about half of American production, Morgan Stanley said.

Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles.

The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by environment secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months.

‘We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling,’ Gove said in a statement.

Materials Materials Suppliers Solvay SA Legal

Belgian speciality chemicals company Solvay SA has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Chinese chemicals company Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary Co. Ltd.

In a Feb. 18 statement, the Brussels-based chemicals supplier said it had filed the complaint with the Beijing intellectual property court on behalf of its wholly owned subsidiary, Cytec Industries Inc., and its Polymer Additives business unit “following a lengthy investigation.”

Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is a very commonly used polyester ever since its discovery in 1941. The easiest way to recognize PET in commercial use is to look for the “#1” sign on the plastic, which is the global indicator of the polyester. The two key physical properties of PET that make it so popular are its strength and nontoxic nature. PET products are highly durable, long lasting, light in weight, resistant to several types of mild chemicals, resistant to breakage or shattering, and are also recyclable.

In fact, PET is nearly 100 percent recyclable, as a new PET product can be made from an older PET product of the same volume, and this process can be essentially repeated an infinite number of times.

“Danone brand Evian will be looking to increase the amount of recycled PET it uses in its drink bottles (picture courtesy of Evian).Loop Industries has developed a technology that enables a continuous loop for recycling at large scale.”

French food group Danone has expanded a PET supply agreement with US technology provider Loop Industries to boost the amount of recycled PET it uses across its brands. Earlier this year, Danone entered into a partnership with Loop Industries to enable its drinks brand Evian to meet a “100% recycled plastic” target by 2025.

Under the new agreement, Danone will purchase 100% upcycled Loop-branded PET from Loop’s US joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures for use in brands across its portfolio including Evian.

Higher feedstock prices, some pre-buying in the UK, several planned cracker outages, and a force majeure at a major plant are leading some polyethylene (PE) sellers in Europe to expect higher prices in March.

VARIOUSNet prices are also lower than the ethylene contract in some cases.

A couple of producers have already closed order books on some PE grades, and one has said extra volumes for February will incur a surcharge of €50/tonne.

Some spot prices are looking up, but sentiment is also weighed down by fresh import volumes from the US, and not all sellers are convinced prices will go up in March.

Brent crude prices have increased steadily in recent weeks and, while naphtha has been lagging behind, an upturn has been seen there too.

Motan-colortronic India Privat, a wholly owned subsidiary of the motan group has moved to its modern larger premises in Chennai, India.

The new company building was festively inaugurated, in the presence of Karin Stoll, the Consul General for the Federal Republic of Germany.

The building was opened with a celebratory speech, which made clear that the quality standard “made by motan” is being realised globally. The local suppliers play a big part in this and they, as well as the other guests, then had the opportunity to view the new building.

“Untitled design – 2019-02-19T161251.879The acquisition of Synova is a concrete proof of our commitment to developing plastic recycling.”

Oil giant Total has announced that it has acquired Synova, a French manufacturer of recycled polypropylene for the automotive sector. Combining Synova’s recycling expertise and Total’s polymers know-how will increase the supply of recycled polypropylene for automotive applications that deliver the same performance as virgin polymers, Total claimed in a statement.

Synova produces around 20,000 tonnes per year of recycled polypropylene for automakers.

“By contributing to the lighter weight of vehicles, plastics improve their energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Producing them from recycled materials will also meet the challenge of managing their end of life,” said Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals, Total (@Total).

Ethylene prices Northeast Asia

Ethylene import prices in Northeast Asia rise to 18-week high 

Ethylene prices Northeast Asia

MOSCOW – Last week, import prices for ethylene in Northeast Asia rose to an 18-week high, which was caused by the replenishment of stocks in China after the holidays and a decrease in supplies in the region, ICIS reported.

Spot deals were at USD1 180-1 195 per ton, CFR in northeast Asia, compared with USD1 075 per ton, CFR NE in Asia on February 8.

The spot supply of the material was limited due to problems with cracking installations in Asia and Europe, as well as the upcoming repair of a plant in South Korea.

About 20 thousand tons of February supply of ethylene from Japan and South Korea were postponed to March due to production problems. Ethylene prices Northeast Asia

As for the offer, players expect an increase in availability in the coming weeks.  Additional deliveries are expected to come mainly from Southeast Asia.

Ethylene is a raw material for the production of polyethylene (PE).

According to the ICIS-MRC price review , in Russia demand for polyethylene in the local market is still quite low, in many consumption sectors there is an oversupply.  PE prices continue to gradually subside.  Processors purchase the minimum required volumes of PE, while at the same time delaying the purchase time as much as possible.

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Polymers Petrochemicals Textiles recycling 19-02-2019

China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

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

Polyamide 6 and its chain go up.

PET Bottle grade export 1,040/1,080 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,250/8,350 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 7,800/7,900 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 7,750/7,900 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,400/6,500 yuan/ton – MEG $ 595/610 $/ton – MEG domestic market 4,850/4,950 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,090/1,100 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,400/8,550  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,350/10,450  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,850/8,950  yuan/ton

Polymers Petrochemicals Textiles recycling

 

Last week, import prices for ethylene in Northeast Asia rose to an 18-week high, which was caused by the replenishment of stocks in China after the holidays and a decrease in supplies in the region, ICIS reported.

Spot deals were at USD1 180-1 195 per ton, CFR in northeast Asia, compared with USD1 075 per ton, CFR NE in Asia on February 8.

The spot supply of the material was limited due to problems with cracking installations in Asia and Europe, as well as the upcoming repair of a plant in South Korea.

About 20 thousand tons of February supply of ethylene from Japan and South Korea were postponed to March due to production problems.

As for the offer, players expect an increase in availability in the coming weeks.  Additional deliveries are expected to come mainly from Southeast Asia.

Crude Oil Prices Trend

Polymers Petrochemicals Textiles recycling

As reported by a recent Future Market Insights study, flexible plastic packaging consumption will equate a valuation of over US$ 85 billion in 2019. Sales of bags and sacks, notably in the retail sector, currently accounts for over a third of market share. While flat pouches remain preferred over stand-up pouches, the report projects growing adoption of the latter in the future.

Cost competitiveness of flexible plastic packaging is primarily driving adoption. In addition to the ability of flexible plastic packaging to extend product’s shelf-life, it significantly accounts for overall packaging downsizing, which is another strong demand determinant favoring the growth of flexible packaging market. While adoption of flexible plastic packaging has been pervasive across multiple end-use verticals over the recent past, manufacturing activities are more likely to be instrumental in creating room for the growth of flexible plastic packaging landscape.

Polymers Petrochemicals Textiles recycling

The UK Government has today launched consultations to overhaul the waste system, cut plastic pollution and move towards a circular economy.

These plans have been launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

The consultations build on commitments made in the Government’s Resource and Waste Strategy and will provide details on plans to make packaging producers pay the full price of dealing with their waste, introduce a consistent set of materials collected across England from households, and implement a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for cans, and bottles.

It is hoped that these changes will make up a key part of the Government’s upcoming Environment Bill.

A consultation has launched today on a consistent set of recyclable materials collected from all households and businesses, and consistent labelling on packaging so customers know what to recycle.

Polymers Petrochemicals Textiles recycling

A lightweight rail passenger seat support manufactured from a fire-resistant bio-resin prepreg has been nominated as a finalist in the Land Transportation Category of the 2019 JEC World Awards.

The seat support was designed and manufactured by Bercella using materials supplied by Composites Evolution. Extensive testing of the structure was performed by Element Materials Technology.

A key innovation of the component is the use of Composites Evolution’s Evopreg PFC prepreg. Evopreg PFC was specified for this application because of its excellent fire performance, low toxicity and outstanding environmental credentials. The base resin is 100% bio-derived, thereby providing a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional phenolics for equivalent cost and performance.

Airbus thinks so.

We all know that sitting in an economy class seat on an airplane is murder on your back, your legs, and your sanity. But a new concept developed for the airplane manufacturer Airbus claims to be able to ease your aches and pains through a smart textile.

THE MAGIC OF CONDUCTIVE THREAD

The London-based design firm Layer has created a prototype seat that’s knitted with conductive thread. During a plane ride, electrical currents pass through the thread, altering the firmness of different parts of the seat, based on the sitter’s weight, size, and movements.

In response to the overwhelming amount of plastic polluting the planet, the U.K. government is implementing a new plastic packaging tax. As explained in a summary of the plans on the government website, there will be a tax on any plastic packaging with less than 30 percent recycled content, beginning in April 2022.

According to the summary and the full consultation document on this tax, back in March 2018, the U.K. government put out a call for evidence that the tax system needed to tackle plastic packaging, and a whopping 162,000 responses were sent in. Many replies provided evidence that new plastic is actually cheaper than recycled plastic, which is why so many producers prefer virgin plastic.

Crude oil prices are oscillating in a rising channel since January 2019, considering the daily time frame. Last week, crude oil prices closed above 4 weeks consolidation and formed bullish engulfing candle on week scale, which suggests bulls were in dominant position.

Crude oil opened above two major hurdles, on Monday. One is 100-day exponential moving average, which is currently placed at $56.30 and second one is 38.2 per cent of Fibonacci retracement, level of its entire downward move started form the high of October 3, 2018 to the low of December 24, 2018.

Scientists have found toxic bacteria on microplastics in waters around Singapore. The bacteria are believed to be one of the culprits behind coral bleaching. They have also been known to cause wound infections in people.

Researchers working out of the National University of Singapore (NUS) discovered over an alarming 400 varieties of bacteria on a little less than 300 pieces of microplastics. The samples, which are only around 5 mm in size, were taken from three coastlines in the region: Changi Beach, Sembawang Beach and Lazarus Island.

According to The Straits Times, scientists located the toxic bacteria through DNA sequencing. Once the results were in, they discovered traces of photobacterium, which has been linked to coral bleaching, and a species called vibrio, which is known to cause infections in wounds. The team also found traces of arcobacter, a microorganism that has been linked to gastroenteritis.