Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles 28-01-2021

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-PET to PET: Over 28,000 t of PET material processed in 2020

PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH reports a new recycling record for 2020: last year, more than 28,200 t of PET material went through the recycling cycle, and around 1.13 billion used PET bottles became valuable secondary raw material for new PET containers won. This corresponds to a renewed increase in throughput of 7.3% compared to the previous year. In addition, the Burgenland model company continues to invest in the Austrian circular economy: In addition to the expansion of manipulation areas and silo capacities, a new granulation system ensures production increases.

2020 was a difficult economic year – especially for the recycling industry. The pandemic and associated lockdowns were particularly demanding as a critical infrastructure. And heavily reduced sales, due to an extremely low oil price or the very low price level for new goods, are still causing problems for the industry. “Despite these major challenges, PET to PET managed to keep production operations going almost continuously and even achieved a new record result. We are very proud of that “, explains PET to PET managing director Christian Strasser and explains the reasons:” There are primarily three points responsible for this: Firstly, thanks to a detailed pandemic plan that is precisely tailored to production – incl.extremely strict hygiene measures and COVID-19 rapid tests – enable employees to work safely according to the circumstances.

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-PrimaLoft increases recycled content in Cross Core Series

Initial series of Cross Core insulations leverage temperature-blocking aerogel used by NASA, providing enhanced warmth while reducing weight.

PrimaLoft, Inc., a leader in advanced material technology, is increasing the use of post-consumer recycled content in its high-performance PrimaLoft Cross Core Series, which now includes a stretch version for freedom of movement. The Cross Core platform fuses existing PrimaLoft fibres with next-generation materials, the New York state based company reports. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

The initial line of products utilize aerogel, a highly porous, lightweight structure originally developed by NASA scientists, that acts as a high-performance insulator. Commencing in autumn 2021, products in the Cross Core Series will contain up to 90% PCR content, while maintaining their industry-leading performance attributes.

PrimaLoft increases recycled content in Cross Core Series

-Huafon Chemical to construct plans spandex plant in China

Huafon Chemical plans to invest CNY4.36bn (USD674m) to construct a 300,000 tonne/year spandex project at Chongqing, said the company.

The project will be implemented in three phases, with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, 150,000 tonnes/year and 100,000 tonnes/year, respectively. Each phase is expected to take two years to complete construction.

Currently in early stage without a detail timeline, the project will focus on high-end products to improve the company’s competitiveness, it said.

As MRC informed earlier, BASF and Huafon Group Co., Ltd. have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to extend their partnership with initiatives to develop the polyurethane, bio-fiber and spandex markets in China. The two companies will work together in the areas of technical exchange, market development, and quality raw material supply. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

Huafon Chemical to construct plans spandex plant in China

-Biopolymer Producer Aquapak Gets Major Investment from Private Equity Firm

ADM Capital’s Cibus Enterprise Fund is investing in Aquapak’s Hyrdopol bioplastic technology. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

U.K.’s biopolymer manufacturer Aquapak Polymers is getting major investment for its novel biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble bioplastic Hydropol from the Cibus Enterprise Fund (“Cibus”) of London-based private equity advisory firm ADM Capital Europe LLP.

As PT has reported previously, Aquapak’s Hydropol is based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH),  is said to be three times stronger than alternatives, and can be easily processed into films, laminates and injection moldings, giving it a wider range of applications. The base plastic is currently used for dishwasher tablets, ingestible pill casings and soluble stitches. Hydropol’s resistance to low temperature solubility and high barrier to elements adds functionality, providing a wider range of uses. It can be recycled, re-pulped, composted and is distinctively compatible with anaerobic digestion.

Biopolyme Producer Aquapak Gets Major Investment from Private Equity Firm

-SACMI, Rigid Packaging Technologies B.U. established

All of SACMI’s closure, preform, container, computer vision system and post-processing operations to come under the ‘roof’ of the newly formed Business Unit. This operation is part of a wider SACMI strategy of developing technologies and solutions for every stage of the production process, with applications ranging from every stage of post-processing to research into new materials.

A further milestone for the long-standing SACMI business that provides first-class technology for the manufacture of caps, preforms, containers, quality control and assembly.Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

The SACMI RigidPackagingTechnologies Business Unit brings all SACMI solutions concerning rigid packaging under one roof. The aim? To enhance the company’s numerous market-leading technological plus-points and keep pace with the industry’s accelerating focus on sustainability, versatility and performance.

“SACMI has always stood out” highlights the General Manager of the B.U., Vezio Bernardi, “on account of its ability to develop specific technologies for every single stage of rigid container manufacture, closure, assembly and quality control. We have the advantage of working alongside key international brand owners on a daily basis, a fact that sets us apart from companies that operate in just one product-area”.

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-BHS-Sonthofen consolidates process technology expertise within company

BHS-Sonthofen is bringing together its collective process expertise in filtration, mixing, drying, granulation, sterilisation and reaction in the newly created Process Technology division.Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

As of 1 January 2021, AVA GmbH & Co. KG and the Filtration Technology division have been operating jointly under the BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG name with headquarters in Sonthofen, Germany, and a site in Herrsching. Their activities are targeted primarily at the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

With its acquisition of AVA GmbH & Co. KG in 2018, BHS-Sonthofen expanded its range of solutions and consulting services in and around mixing, drying, granulation, sterilization and reaction. BHS is consolidating its process expertise and portfolio of filtration technology and related products in the newly established BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG. This marks the final step in the process of integrating AVA into the group.

-BHS-Sonthofen consolidates process technology expertise within company

-South Korea economy contracts 1.0% in 2020; shrinks 1.4% in Q4

South Korea’s economy contracted by 1.0% year on year in 2020, its worst performance in 23 years, as exports and manufacturing faltered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the fourth quarter, its GDP shrank by a steeper annualized rate of 1.4% compared with a 1.1% decline in the third quarter, the Bank of Korea (BOK) said on Tuesday.

Full-year 2020 manufacturing output fell by 1.0%, while exports dropped by 2.5%. Exports account for about 50% of South Korea’s economy.

Private consumption fell by 5.0% year on year in 2020.

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-China’s December PVC exports fall on month amid higher freight rates

  • China’s Q4 PVC exports more than double
  • Global PVC market hits record-high in Dec

China’s PVC exports in December dropped 28.9% on the month to 76,343 mt, as higher freight rates limited export opportunities, latest data by Chinese Customs showed Jan. 25. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

From a year earlier, however, exports marked a steep 199.9% increase.

Asia’s PVC demand remained firm due to limited spot availabilities, notably from the US. US supplies to Asia have been slashed due to multiple plant shutdowns.

As a result, Chinese PVC started to export their cargoes in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, China’s PVC exports amounted at 280,218 mt, more than double compared to 102,229 mt registered in the third quarter.

For the fourth quarter, China’s PVC exports to India stood at 31,252 mt, more than five times from 5,996 mt in the third quarter, the data showed.

But in December, China’s PVC exports slowed down as limited container space availabilities made it difficult to do so. China’s exports to India in December stood at 9,389 mt, down 7% from a month earlier.

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-Shell invests in Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant

The approximately $875 million Varennes Carbon Recycling project was first announced by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem in December 2020.

Shell Canada is investing in what’s being called Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant in the greater Montreal area.

The approximately $875 million Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) project was first announced by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem in December 2020.

Shell Canada has taken a 40 per cent stake in the facility, which will use technology developed by Enerkem. Other strategic partners in the project include Suncor Energy, Proman, and Hydro-Quebec. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

The VCR project will be constructed in Varennes, where it will produce low-carbon fuels and renewable chemicals products from non-recyclable waste using Enerkem’s proprietary technology. Commissioning of the first phase of the facility is scheduled for 2023.

Shell invests in Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant

-IDTechEx Explores Sustainability as a Potential Key Driver for Emerging Graphene Markets

The market for graphene is at a tipping point, with long periods of R&D now starting to translate into significant purchase orders. For a long time, the graphene market was overwhelmingly driven by a ‘materials push’ whereby graphene firms worked hard to persuade markets of the properties and benefits of their product. Now, that has transitioned into ‘market pull’, with key drivers coming to the fore.

IDTechEx continues to provide the most comprehensive independent market research on the field of graphene and other nanocarbons. In the latest update to their report, “Graphene Market and 2D Materials Assessment 2021–2031”, IDTechEx provides a granular outlook for the industry, including forecasts, manufacturer analysis, material benchmarking, price and applications. The tipping point for graphene is here but with so many manufacturers not all will become successful and some consolidation is inevitable. Petrochemical BioPolymers PETBottles

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-Market review of nylon industrial chain in 2020

  1. The price shows a W trend, hitting a record low.

In 2020, the price trends of nylon industrial chain have shown a “W” shape. The prices were falling in the first and third quarters and rising in the second and fourth quarters, showing sharp distinctions between seasons.

In the first quarter of 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic became a black swan event and triggered a flash crash in oil prices and aggravated panic in the market. Multiplied negative factors led to a deep fall in nylon prices, to a record low in history.

The outbreak of the pandemic also brought a significant increase in the demand for pandemic prevention materials. Entering April 2020, demand for nylon filament relating to mask ear straps surged greatly, and the market bottomed out significantly. The strong bullish trend in nylon raw material market, caprolactam and nylon 6 chip lasted nearly two months and then ended in June, as end user’s demand was not sufficiently supportive. Since end-June, nylon market started the second round of decline in the year.

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-Biocatalysis in Green and Blue: Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria use photosynthesis to harvest the Sun’s energy to bind atmospheric CO 2 and accumulate biomass. This ability renders cyanobacteria interesting hosts for sustainable industrial processes.

The photoautotrophic metabolism allows a constant supply with oxygen and NADPH, and so overcoming limitations, often faced in biotransformation with heterotrophic hosts. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Compared to established biocatalysis hosts, cyanobacteria lag several years of development. Exploitation of their metabolism, especially of the photosynthesis apparatus, still shows room for improvement.

Many aspects for whole-cell catalysis have not been investigated carefully enough, including mass transfer of substrate and product or tolerance towards stressors, such as solvents or ROS.

Biocatalysis in Green and Blue: Cyanobacteria

-Green materials: Wheat straw converted to PU foam; Audia Elastomers’s new family of sustainable TPEs

Wheat straw converted to PU foam

Every year around 734 million tonnes of wheat straw is produced worldwide, creating a large amount of waste that has had no well-defined use until now. Recently, the Chemical Engineering and Organic Chemistry research groups at Spain’s University of Córdoba have been able to give a new use to this agricultural excess material, by using it to manufacture polyurethane (PU) foam.

Also known as foam rubber, this plastic material, often manufactured from petroleum by-products, is extremely versatile within the industry and has multiple uses in the construction and automobile sectors as a sealant as well as a thermal and acoustic insulator. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Green materials: Wheat straw converted to PU foam; Audia Elastomers’s new family of sustainable TPEs

-Biome Bioplastics successfully completes feasibility phase of biodegradable tree shelter project

Biome’s Bioplastics announces the successful completion of its three-month feasibility project to develop and test a new generation of biodegradable tree shelters to be manufactured from our bioplastics.

Tree shelters protect young trees and bushes from predation by animals. They are a well-proven and economic route to limiting losses in the first five years of a tree’s life. Traditionally made from oil-based and non-biodegradable plastics, the majority of such shelters are never collected and eventually litter the environment with microplastics. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

In the UK, around 45 million trees are planted each year, most of those using non-biodegradable tree shelters for protection, with an estimated 2,500 tons of persistent plastics ending up annually in the natural environment after use. Plans to significantly increase tree planting as part of the UK’s drive to mitigate climate change will exacerbate these problems.

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-Conference on cellulose fibres focuses on applications

The 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres to be held online from February 2 to 3 will focus on the wide range of applications of cellulose fibres that are increasingly expanding.Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

“Cellulose fibres are virtually miracle materials – almost endless possibilities and high market growth due to great demand,” remarked nova-Institute, a private and independent research institute and the organizer of the online event.

“Cellulose fibres have a wide range of applications that are increasingly expanding. The markets are driven by technological developments and political framework conditions, especially bans and restrictions on plastics and increasing sustainability requirements,” it said in a statement.

The environmental need for an industry based on renewable carbon puts natural materials in the spotlight. Cellulose fibres meet many demands: The demands of new policies, the demands of consumers with increasing awareness and a new sense of appreciation for natural materials, the market demands for diversely applicable strong and soft materials and the demands of our planet, which is already burdened far too heavy by microplastics and greenhouse gases.

-Conference on cellulose fibres focuses on applications

-Spandex: price soars by 50%, how about cash flow?

Price of spandex increased apparently since Aug 2020 and the increment of conventional varieties such as 20-40D was around 50%. Price of spandex 20D rose by 16,700yuan/mt or 50.2% to 50,000yuan/mt and that of spandex 40D ascended by 12,700yuan/mt or 45.7% to 40,500yuan/mt. Spandex became “noble fiber” again, and how about the cash flow? Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Let’s review the cash flow of 40D in 2016-2019 at first. Based on the statistics of CCFGroup, cash flow of 40D improved driven by supply-side reform in 2016-2017. The growth rate of supply was hard to match with that of demand from 2018 to the first half of 2020, and price kept falling amid oversupply. Average cash flow of spandex 40D was at 548yuan/mt in 2018 and turned to during negative territory in 2019, at -1,102yuan/mt. Except for some leading companies, foreign enterprises and medium-to-high brands, most spandex plants suffered obvious losses in 2019.

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-Novel Flexible and Toughened Engineering Resin

Toray leverages proprietary nanoalloy technology to create a unique flexible and toughened type of nylon.

Japan’s Toray (U.S. office in New York City) has leveraged its proprietary nanoalloy technology to create a novel flexible and toughened engineering resin.

The new polymer is said to retain the outstanding thermal resistance, rigidity, and strength of nylon 6 while delivering a bending fatigue limit that is 15-fold that of conventional polymers. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Prospective applications for such exceptional durability include automobiles, home appliances, and sporting goods.

Toray is looking to initiate full-fledged sample work through this year while cultivating applications in diverse industrial materials fields.

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-Scientists Develop Biodegradable Plastic From Marine Seaweed

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has developed a bio-plastic film using marine seaweed and PEG-3000 which could have a huge impact on limiting the usage of non-biodegradable plastics and a game-changer in the plastic industry. Bio-plastic films safely breakdown in the environment without leaving any toxicity. The physical and mechanical properties of bio-plastic film meet the properties of conventional plastics. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Conventional plastics are posing a grave threat due to their interaction with water resulting in the formation of hazardous chemicals that ultimately leach into the environment. Again, other bio-plastics such as those made from plant materials like corn starch and sugarcane, though sold as eco-friendly and renewable, are found to be equivalent to seaweed based bio-plastic. Conventional plastic takes hundreds of years to break down. In their bid to find viable alternatives without hampering the land-based edible plants used for human consumption, scientists have now directed their research to find marine biomass as an alternative to producing biodegradable plastics more sustainably so that biomass used for feedstocks are not disturbed.

Scientists Develop Biodegradable Plastic From Marine Seaweed

-If it’s up to MacRebur, the US may soon be travelling on plastic roads

Scotland-based plastic road manufacturer MacRebur is on a mission. The company says it has developed a solution that can metaphorically kill two birds with one stone, by helping to solve the waste plastic epidemic and to improve the poor quality of roads around the world today. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

Tired of the potholes in the road in from of his house, MacRebur CEO Toby McCartney remembered something he’d seen people in Southern India do to fix potholes. They plugged the hole with waste plastic and rubbish from landfills, poured it over with diesel and set it alight, so that the plastic melted and sealed the hole, he said. He wondered whether they might be on to something.

Together with two partners, he started to explore whether the waste plastics in the UK could somehow be used to strengthen the roads in the UK. After 18 months of testing and trials, they came up with a product meeting British and European standards that used non-reyclable plastic waste – from the oceans, from landfills – mixed with asphalt for road repairs and construction.

If it’s up to MacRebur, the US may soon be travelling on plastic roads

-European car market in 2020 showed a drop of almost a quarter

Sales of passenger cars in Europe at the end of 2020 decreased by 24.3% and amounted to 11,961,182 cars, Avtostat reported .

As noted in the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), this is the largest drop in the history of the European car market, which is due to the closure of dealerships and other quarantine restrictions in European countries throughout the year due to the outbreak of coronavirus infection. Petrochemical GeneralNews PETBottles

As noted in the review of the European car market for 2020, among automakers, Volkswagen sold the largest number of cars in the European Union – 1 million 346 thousand 999 cars (-24.5%). Renault holds the second place with 819,009 cars (-22.9%). The third line is occupied by Peugeot, which sold 741,498 cars (-23.2%). The top five leaders are closed by Mercedes-Benz (738,236 units, -17.3%) and BMW (674,654 units, -18.8%).

Earlier it was noted that the Russian car market amounted to 1 million 598 thousand 825 cars at the end of last year, which is 9.13% less than in 2019, according to the Association of European Businesses (AEB). At the same time, sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia in December decreased by 2.1% to 166,666 vehicles.

European car market in 2020 showed a drop of almost a quarter

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-SK Advanced to startup new PP plant in South Korea in March

SK Advanced is planning to start up the new PP plant in Ulsan, South Korea this March 2021 as construction works are nearly completed, reported CommoPlast with reference to market sources.

The PP unit is a joint venture between PolyMirae and SK Advanced, using the “Spheripol” process of LyondellBasell, and have an annual output of 400,000 tons/year.

The unit will be utilizing the propylene output from SK’s 600,000 tons/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at the same complex. It is expected that SK Advanced would have a smaller propylene allocation for export once the new PP line comes online.

As MRC wrote previously, in October, 2020, Advanced Petrochemical signed an amendment to the partnership agreement between its subsidiary, Advanced Global Investment Co. (AGIC), and SK Gas Petrochemical Pte. Ltd. (SKGP), a unit of SK Gas Co. Ltd.. Under the amendment, an isopropanol (IPA) plant with a capacity of 70,000 tons per annum will be added, along with the Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) and Polypropylene (PP) plants that were already announced earlier. The company said in a bourse statement that by adding the IPA plant with an estimated cost of SAR 300 million (USD80 million), the total cost of the project for the three factories is currently estimated to be approximately SAR 7.05 billion (USD1.88 billion).

SK Advanced to startup new PP plant in South Korea in March

-Corbion to Expand Lactic Acid Capacity in North America

Investment to increase production capacity demonstrates company’s commitment to regional customers and to meeting their growing needs.

Corbion will increase its capacity for producing lactic acid in North America by around 40% to meet the growing demand for natural ingredients in multiple industries.

The investment reinforces the company’s leadership position as a supplier of lactic acid and its derivatives worldwide. Corbion also operates lactic acid production facilities in the Netherlands, Brazil, Spain and Thailand, and early last year announced plans to build a new lactic acid plant at its existing site in Rayong Province, Thailand, to help meet global demand. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

“At Corbion, we enable brand owners to commercialize safe, high-performing products using our lactic acid-based products and technology,” said Marco Bootz, President-Lactic Acid & Specialties at Corbion. “Given the growth our customers in North America are experiencing, and the increased demand for our products, we believe this expansion is the right thing to do for our customers and for Corbion. We’re committed to further strengthening those relationships by enabling more growth.”

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-January contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR100 per ton

The contract price of monoethylene glycol (MEG) for January in Europe has been finally agreed at EUR690 per tonne, which is EUR100 per tonne higher than the level of the previous month, ICIS reported .

The contract price for the material for January shipments has been approved on FD NWE delivery terms (with delivery to Northwest Europe).

The contract price of MEG for the current month was finally agreed upon, as the necessary configuration was achieved to approve the contract price – at least 2 producers / suppliers and 2 buyers / consumers. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

The December contract price for MEG on the European market was finally set with a delay in agreement in the first week of January at EUR590 per tonne, which corresponds to the level of the previous month.

Negotiations on the December contract price were lengthy and full confirmation was not reached until the end of 2020 due to changes in market conditions, rising commodity prices and supply restrictions.

The November contract price for MEG in Europe  decreased by EUR40 per tonne from October level to EUR590 per tonne, FD NWE, while the October contract price for material increased by EUR65 per tonne in relation to the previous month and was at the level of EUR630 per tonne. FD NWE. EUR65

MEG, along with terephthalic acid (TPA), is one of the main components for PET production.

January contract price of MEG in Europe increased by EUR100 per ton

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-ALPLA EXPEDITING A BOTTLE CYCLE IN ITALY

CONSTRUCTION OF AN EXTRUSION SYSTEM IN ANAGNI FOR 15,000 TONNES OF RPET A YEAR

The global manufacturer of plastic packaging and recycling specialist, the ALPLA Group, is investing more than five million euros in an extrusion system for food-grade recycled PET (rPET) made of used PET bottles (so-called post-consumer material) at its site in Anagni. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Anagni in central Italy is home to one of the ALPLA Group’s most important preform production plants. The plant, which currently has a workforce of 91, processes around 50,000 tonnes of PET a year, of which only a very small proportion is recycled material as of today. But in future a substantial portion of the volume required is henceforth to be supplied in the form of recycled material, giving customers the option of sourcing preforms made partly or even entirely of rPET.

To this end, ALPLA is installing an extrusion system for 15,000 tonnes of rPET a year at the existing business premises. The investment sum for construction of the building needed and for the system totals more than five million euros. It is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2021. Ten new jobs will be created.

ALPLA EXPEDITING A BOTTLE CYCLE IN ITALY

-“Technyl” name to go global when non-compete clause with BASF ends in 2022 / New customer support platform

The new platform will help customers select materials while supporting innovation (Photo: Domo Chemicals)  Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Domo Chemicals (Leuna / Germany; www.domochemicals.com) is looking ahead to February 2022, when it will be able to use produce and commercialise all of the PA 6 and PA 6.6 polymers it picked up in the acquisition of Solvay’s (Brussels / Belgium; www.solvay.com) performance polyamides business globally under the “Technyl” brand (see Plasteurope.com of 02.12.2019). The company already claims to be the leading back-integrated supplier of the engineering plastics in the European Economic Area and Switzerland. At present, however, it is not able to use the well-known brand name in other markets due to a two-year non-compete clause with BASF (Ludwigshafen / Germany; www.basf.com).

The Ludwigshafen chemicals and plastics giant acquired the bulk of Solvay’s polyamide assets for EUR 1.3 bn, but due to concerns about market dominance, the European Commission obliged Solvay to divest its European PA assets separately (see Plasteurope.com of 14.08.2019). The EUR 300m deal with Domo, which included production, sales, technical support, R&D and innovation services in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain, along with 100 employees, was completed on 31 January 2020.

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-Royal DSM Selects MAAG Group for Expansion in Strand Pelletizing Business

MAAG Group, part of Dover, announced that it has been selected by Royal DSM to supply them with several automatic strand pelletizing lines (Jet Stream Granulation System – JSG) for the extensive modernization and expansion of their high-performance materials compounding plant in Evansville, IN.

The automatic JSG strand pelletizing systems from MAAG Group are designed to achieve the highest throughput rates in plastics compounding.

MAAG Group’s JSG systems can be used across various pelletizing applications and are typically chosen by customers when a high level of automation and machine availability at the best possible pellet quality is required.

The process handling is fully machine automated, and once the pelletizing process is set up, manual interaction is nearly eliminated. This makes the JSG systems particularly attractive for the pelletizing of highly filled compounding products, as well as high-quality recycling applications. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

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-‘Unique’ Polymeric Melt Flow Additive for PLA

CAI Additives is now offering ST-PA210 flow agent for PLA and other biobased polyesters. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Boston-based CAI Performance Additives is now marketing here what is said to be a unique flow improver for use with biodegradable PLA and other biobased polyester resins. Flow Improver ST-PA210 has been shown to increase melt flow index, enhance dispersion, and improve compatibility.

Produced by China’s Starbetter Chemical Materials, for which CAI Additives is the sole distributor in North America, this flow agent is based on a unique polymeric chemistry, versus traditional wax or ‘oily’ lubricants, and has been shown to be highly compatible with PLA, according to CAI Additives CEO Richard Marshall.

Unique' Polymeric Melt Flow Additive for PLA

-Plastigaur puts Dow’s PCR resin to use

Spanish converter Plastigaur has become the first large-scale commercial user of a resin made with 70 per cent recycled plastics.

The flexible packaging and film manufacturer has turned to Dow’s Agility CE resin, initially launched in 2019, to develop a range of collation shrink films.

Agility CE resin is based on LDPE, into which post-consumer recycled (PCR) material from shrink film is incorporated. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Dow said the addition of the PCR material had been achieved “without sacrificing material quality and functionality in the final application”.

The PCR content in the final shrink film developed by Plastigaur is 50 per cent, which equates to an overall reduction in carbon emissions of 25 per cent.

Dow has also worked with Plastigaur to reduce the thickness of the shrink film from 45 to 40 microns.

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-Expressed Juice’s Landfill-Biodegradable Bottles Withstand HPP Pressure

Florida-based premium juice distributor finds the perfect mix of technology and shelf appeal with its biodegradable bottles. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

When Paul van Hamond arrived in the U.S. in 2012, he didn’t expect he would end up staying nine years. A native of Queensland, Australia, van Hamond was taking what he thought would be a six-month sabbatical from running the five restaurants he owned in Australia to pursue another business venture.

“That venture didn’t get legs,” says van Hamond, also a chef who trained in Monaco and London. “But when life gives you lemons, you make lemon juice, and that’s literally what I did.”After discovering how the technology renders pathogens in food inert without compromising taste, it was a no-brainer for The Drinks Co. to use HPP to launch Expressed Juice, its first brand.

After discovering how the technology renders pathogens in food inert without compromising taste, it was a no-brainer for The Drinks Co. to use HPP to launch Expressed Juice, its first brand.

The Drinks Company, the premium juice distributor he founded by squeezing those lemons, has grown to be a dominant player in South Florida, he says. “Today, we distribute about 22 brands throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, focused mainly on our main sector in hospitality and cruise lines.”

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-Funding for plastic recycling tech

Greenback Recycling Technologies, a company striving to develop circular solutions for packaging waste, has closed an approximately £8m series A financing round.

The firm says it is building a globally distributed, decentralised network of advanced recycling plants near the sources of plastic waste. It buys this waste from local collectors and sorters to provide feedstock for the production of food-grade packaging. To evidence the recycled content in the new packaging, it uses its ecoVeritas certification system, which is based on blockchain and AI technologies.

The funding will support the further development of these packaging certification, data and compliance systems. Petrochemical GeneralNews CrudeOil

Founder and CEO Philippe von Stauffenberg said: “In the recycling industry, we are beginning to see how impactful advanced plastics recycling can be for food contact packaging.”

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-Celanese globally raises February prices for engineered materials

Celanese (Irving, Texas) says it will raise prices globally for its portfolio of engineered materials due to strengthening product demand and increased transportation, energy, and raw material costs, as per the company’s press release.

The price hike will be effective for orders shipped on or after 1 February 2021 or as contracts otherwise allow.

Nylon-6,6, polyphenylene, long-fiber thermoplastics, and amorphous products will be increased in price by USD0.30/kilogram (kg), while GUR – the trade name for its ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) product – will rise by USD0.25/kg. Nylon-6, polybutylene terephthalate, and polyoxymethylene products will each be increased by USD0.20/kg, with its technical thermoplastic elastomer product to rise by USD0.15/kg.

Individual grades may be subject to higher increases than the rises specified, the company said.

As MRC informed previously, in October, 2020, Celanese (Dallas, Texas) announced plans to add a 15,000-metric tons/year line for the production of GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) at its facility in Bishop, Texas. Startup is expected by the beginning of 2022.

Celanese globally raises February prices for engineered materials

-Researchers develop recyclable composites

A WSU research team has created a recyclable carbon-fiber reinforced composite that could eventually replace the non-recyclable version used in everything from modern airplane wings and wind turbines to sporting goods.

Led by Jinwen Zhang, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, researchers developed a recyclable material that is as strong as commonly used carbon-fiber composites and can also be broken down in very hot water within a pressure vessel.

The new material could be easily substituted into current manufacturing processes. The research team, including scientists from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, report on their work in the journal, Macromolecular Rapid Communications.

Researchers develop recyclable composites

-Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment

Biodegradable plastics are not a ‘silver bullet’ to solve the problem of plastic pollution – it would be better to reduce the amount of plastic we use, or to promote reuse and recycling

bop-coverPlastic pollution is a worldwide problem, and it is still growing. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.

Biodegradable plastics have a specific role to play in reducing the accumulation of plastics in the environment.

Replacing conventional plastic with biodegradable plastic can help with applications in the open environment — such as agriculture and fisheries, or plastics in fireworks — and where it is difficult or expensive to remove it from the environment. Biodegradable plastics that are designed for industrial composting can also bring benefits in a waste system that is well-managed to ensure this happens.

Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment Biodegradable plastics are not a 's

-ITMA 2023 to highlight innovative shift of industry

ITMA, the world’s largest textile and garment technology showcase, has announced that it will continue to present and share innovative manufacturing technology and materials with the industry at its 19th edition in Milan. ITMA 2023 will feature the theme, ‘Transforming the World of Textiles’ and will be held from June 8-14, 2023 at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan.

The exhibition will be supported by four sub-themes: advanced materials, automation and digital future, innovative technologies, and sustainability and circularity.

“ITMA 2023 will highlight innovations and new approaches that serve as catalysts to inspire and help textile and garment manufacturers grow their business, scale and sustain their transformation journey,” Ernesto Maurer, president of Cematex, the European Committee of textile machinery manufacturers, which owns the ITMA exhibition, said in a press release.

-ITMA 2023 to highlight innovative shift of industry

-China’s Fujian Billion starts up Quanzhou PTA unit

Chinese polyester producer Fujian Billion is starting up its new 2.5mn t/yr purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at Quanzhou in southeast China’s Fujian province.

Feedstock paraxylene was fed into one of the unit’s two production trains today, while the second train will start up in early February. Fujian Billion targets to have on-specification production within a few days.

The PTA unit is located in the Quangang district of Quanzhou city, 50km northeast of Fujian Billion’s existing polyester production base in Fujian. Construction started in March 2019 with an initial completion target of August 2020. But disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the completion by two to three months.

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-Optimism and caution prevail, entering into 2021 

The automotive and mobility technology suppliers have started the year 2021 with mixed feelings of optimism and caution. Optimism, because demand for vehicles and components is picking up more rapidly than expected and the appetite for new, innovative technologies is accelerating. Caution, because the scars from 2020 are deep and the level of uncertainty remains high.

What are the threats and opportunities for the automotive and mobility technology sector in 2021? We’ve listed five themes that will play a key role in shaping the recovery:

Thorsten Muschal, member of the management of Faurecia and CLEPA President comments on the supply industry’s outlook on the new year: “COVID-19 has hit the automotive supply industry particularly hard and the impact of the crisis will remain a major factor in the new year.

Optimism and caution prevail, entering into 2021 

-Dow to collaborate on closing plastics packaging loop in China

Dow is to work with laundry brand Liby and environmental tech company Lovere on addressing plastics packaging waste and promoting a circular plastics economy in China.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the three companies is to focus on keeping plastics out of the environment, increasing collective impact through partnerships, and delivering circular economy solutions.

The companies plan to collaborate on achieving these aims in three areas – designing for recyclability, collection of waste, and reusing or recycling plastics waste.

They have also committed to implementing content marketing as a tool in getting more end-consumers to understand the value of recyclable packaging and the concept of a circular economy.

Under the terms of the MoU, Dow’s Innate tenter frame, biaxially oriented PE (BOPE) based and all-PE packaging will be applied to a number of Liby product lines – expanding its fully recyclable packaging applications.

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-EuPC warns of ‘alarming increase’ in Force Majeure declarations

The EU market for polymers is under pressure

A repeat of the Force Majeure crisis of 2015 is concerning the polymer industry after what the European Plastics Converters association (EuPC) called “an alarming increase in issued declarations by numerous polymer producers towards the end of 2020”.

EuPC formed the Polymers for Europe Alliance in 2015 due to the shortage of polymers for converters in Europe. Its objective is to build and maintain good communications between suppliers and customers of polymers and additives in Europe.

The Alliance’s monitoring of Force Majeure declarations globally has shown a significant rise in recent months, with the supply situation for polyolefins and PVC worsening significantly. This is making it difficult for converting companies to get the necessary material to keep their production running.

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-Keg producer OneCircle in recycling firm deal

Plastics keg producer OneCircle is building on its commitment to the circular economy after announcing a tie-up with fellow Dutch company Kwaliflex Food Recycling.

Under the terms of the deal, Kwaliflex – which converts residual waste streams from the food and beverage industry – will recycle used KeyKegs, OneCircle’s PET keg range.

Alongside its food and beverage processing, Kwaliflex has invested in the recycling of the associated food and beverage packaging by designing dedicated machinery and building up a network of material recyclers for further material processing. Today, almost 100 per cent of all of its incoming goods are captured for reuse.

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-NOVA Chemicals will raise polyethylene prices in February

NOVA is targeting a 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) increase in polyethylene (PE) prices from February 1, according to the company’s letter to customers.

The letter said the increase complements the  company ‘s earlier announced price hike of 6 cents per pound in January.

Polyethylene demand in the United States remained strong throughout the pandemic, driven by heavy use of non-durable consumer goods such as food packaging.

In recent weeks, supply has faced constraints amid stronger demand from Mexico and some other key overseas regions, as well as some manufacturing difficulties in North America.

Previously reportedthat LyondellBasell will raise polyethylene (PE) prices in North America by 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) on the back of higher ethylene feedstock. The price increase will take effect on February 1, in addition to any previously announced price changes. The letter also said the company is confirming a previously announced 6 cents / pound increase in January.

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INEOS Styrolution plans to build a demonstration polymerisation plant for production of ABS plastic from recycled feedstock

  • Plans are part of the “ABSolutely Circular” project
  • Project is supported by the EU LIFE programme
  • Technology partners welcome to join

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announced today plans to build a demonstration plant at its Antwerp, Belgium, site to test production of ABS[1] plastic from recycled feedstock.

The plans for the new plant are part of the project “ABSolutely Circular”, which is supported by the EU LIFE programme. INEOS Styrolution’s plant is intended to complement a demonstration unit planned by project partner Indaver, making Antwerp the leading European center for the recycling of styrenics. Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

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Canada is set to have one the world’s biggest green hydrogen plants

  • Canada could eventually be home to a number of large-scale green hydrogen facilities.
  • At the moment, so-called “green hydrogen” is expensive to produce, with the majority of hydrogen production based on fossil fuels.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

A major green hydrogen project in Canada took another step forward with an engineering contract awarded to a subsidiary of German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp.

The agreement, announced on Monday, will see the green hydrogen product division of Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers carry out the installation of an 88 megawatt water electrolysis plant for Hydro-Québec, an energy firm backed by the provincial government.

Electrolysis splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, and if the electricity used in the process is from a renewable source — like wind — then it’s termed “green hydrogen.”

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-Sumitomo enters ‘green hydrogen’ business in Australia

Japanese trading house to use solar power in tie-up with plant engineer JGC

Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corp. will begin producing “green hydrogen,” which is made without emitting carbon dioxide, Nikkei has learned.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Sumitomo will set up a production facility in Australia with Japanese engineering company JGC Holdings and produce hydrogen using small solar-powered electrolyzers.

The project is estimated to cost less than 1 billion yen ($9.6 million). Each device produces 300 tons of hydrogen annually, which can power about 3,000 fuel cell vehicles. The gas will be supplied to local factories and fuel cell buses.

Hydrogen is seen as a green energy source during use, but its production results in the emission of greenhouse gases.

Hydrogen does not generate these gases even when burned, but CO2 is emitted in the process of extracting it from fossil fuels and producing it in large quantities. Making it by electrolyzing water using renewable energy does not produce CO2 but has been prohibitively expensive.

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-From Trash to Your Dash: JLR Plans to Use Recycled Nylon for Its Cars’ Interiors

Recycling should be a huge part of our lives by now but for certain manufacturers, using plastic is a cheaper and faster solution. Luckily, some of them chose to set an example, spending time and money on clean, renewable solutions.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has recently revealed plans to use ECONYL nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from the ocean and landfill waste.

The company’s next-generation vehicles will feature floor mats, and interior trims made from this fabric, which is sourced from recycled industrial plastic, offcuts from clothing manufacturers, or fishing nets abandoned in the ocean.

Created by Aquafil, a global leader in the synthetic fibers industry, this regenerated nylon has already been used by fashion designers, sportswear, and luxury watch brands to manufacture items like handbags, backpacks, or watch straps.

The company claims that it recycles around 40,000 tons of waste from all over the world every year and that this process reduces the global warming impact of nylon by 90%.

ECONYL is produced in Aquafil’s state-of-the-art treatment centers, where the waste is analyzed, treated, and prepared. It’s then transported to a chemical plant, where it is broken down into raw material using depolymerization.

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-SINOPEC Yizheng selects INVISTA P8++ PTA Technology

INVISTA’s technology and licensing group, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT), and China Petrochemical International Co., Ltd. (“Sinopec Yizheng”) have reached an agreement for licensing of INVISTA’s industry leading PTA P8++ technology for Sinopec Yizheng’s third PTA line. This plant will be installed in Jiangsu province, China, with an annual name-plate capacity of 3 million tonnes.

Sinopec Yizheng previously utilised IPT’s P6 PTA technology for its 450,000 te/annum second PTA line. Sinopec Yizheng and INVISTA are pleased to once more leverage this technology to create long-term value for both parties.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

SINOPEC Yizheng selects INVISTA P8++ PTA Technology

-US economic stimulus may squeeze already tight chem markets

The economic stimulus packages being proposed in the US could further tighten in markets for several plastics and chemicals.

Prices for many of these materials were already rising amid a boom in US residential construction and a change in consumer buying habits.

US President Joe Biden intends to propose a two-part stimulus package. The first, worth $1.9tr, is made up mostly of direct payments, such as the $1,400 the government would give to many consumers.

If approved, this $1.9tr proposal would come on top of the $900bn package that the US adopted in December. This package includes checks worth up to $600.Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

US economic stimulus may squeeze already tight chem markets

-VIDEO: Upwards pressure growing on Europe R-PET prices

Senior Editor for Recycling Matt Tudball discusses the increasing upwards pressure on European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) prices, including:

Stronger-than-expected demand

Falling stock levels of R-PET flake  Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Some higher numbers already being heard for February

Upwards pressure growing on Europe R-PET prices

-Blow Molder Bets on New Options in Large PET & HDPE Containers

Priority Plastics is thinking big—large, wide-mouth containers and drums, that is—to offer new concepts to the U.S. market. The company is launching lines of industrial and consumer packaging made on machinery said to offer capabilities not seen before in the U.S.

How does a company whose business is primarily in stock blow molded containers create excitement in the market? For Priority Plastics, the answer today is to offer new choices to packers and brand owners that present opportunities for product differentiation, enhanced quality and cost savings. Petrochemical GeneralNews GreenHydrogen

Is the midst of a global pandemic the right time to explore new technology and expand production in new directions? That’s evidently not holding back Priority Plastics, which is just now introducing its second major product line in two years, while trying on a different type of manufacturing technology for the first time. Its first foray into PET injection stretch-blow molding (ISBM) has something in common with its introduction of new high-speed HDPE tight-head container production a year ago: Both are made possible by imported machine technology not seen previously in North America.

Blow Molder Bets on New Options in Large PET & HDPE Containers

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-BASF Q4 sales expected to rise on higher volumes, prices

German chemicals giant BASF said operating income saw a better-than-expected gain during the fourth quarter, boding well for its upcoming dividend policy review, said the company.

Quarterly earnings before interest and tax, adjusted for one-off items, rose 32% to 1.11 billion euros (USD1.35 billion), beating market consensus and slightly above the highest analyst estimate, BASF said in an unscheduled statement on Wednesday, citing preliminary figures.

Quarterly sales increased by 8% to 15.9 billion euros as higher volumes and product prices outweighed the effect of weaker overseas currencies.

“The BASF Group’s operating business performed better than expected in the fourth quarter of 2020,” the company said in a statement.

The company expects to post an EBIT loss in the full year of 2020, mainly due to the non-cash-effective impairments and provisions for restructuring in the third quarter of last year.

BASF Q4 sales expected to rise on higher volumes, prices

-Biodegradation is Not a Sustainable Silver Bullet

Sustainable packaging expert Robert Lilienfeld reacts to a scientific opinion on biodegradable plastics published by The European Commission (EC).

Some of you may remember that in February of last year I wrote a piece for PlasticsToday entitled Top Eight Things to Know about Biodegradable Packaging. It stated that biodegradable plastics were a complex undertaking that would not be the silver bullet that many marketers and packaging designers were hoping they would become.

Well, about a month ago the European Commission (EC) published the Scientific Opinion on the Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment.

Because of all the news relating to the pandemic and politics during this time, the opinion has received very little attention. This is too bad, because it will set the direction of both regulatory and business activity in Europe, and therefore in North America as well (only a little bit later). Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

Biodegradation is Not a Sustainable Silver Bullet

-Biomass-Based Fuel, ‘Paper’ Bottles, and the Carbon-Neutrality Myth

A huge industry has developed around the use of wood pellets as a source of energy, and wood pulp–based beverage “bottles” are being promoted as an eco-friendly alternative to plastics. In fact, these initiatives may be doing more environmental harm than good.

It wasn’t that long ago when people used wood to build their cooking fires and heat their homes on cold winter nights.Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

The 20th century brought us better, cleaner ways than burning wood, such as natural gas and oil, even some types of coal. So why is there a global push to return to burning wood as a source of energy? It seems that the Kyoto Protocol signed in 1997 provided a loophole for the burning of forest biomass as a carbon-neutral “renewable energy source” equal to wind and solar.

Biomass-Based Fuel, ‘Paper’ Bottles, and the Carbon-Neutrality Myth

-Recycled plastics recover from pandemic but economics remain challenging

As 2021 gets underway, Europe’s new plastics tax is creating a demand boost for recycled plastics in the region, while in Asia, recyclers are expected to struggle with bearish virgin markets and soaring freight costs at least in the first half of the year. By Benjamin Brooks, Sarah Schneider, Miranda Zhang and Hui Heng Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

After a tumultuous 2020 for the global recycled plastics markets that saw production margins pressured and bearish virgin prices causing buyers to shun recycled plastics, the first half of 2021 may see a step change, at least in Europe and the US, in reaction to newly signed legislation that may provide an impetus to increased demand.

In the Asian markets, a combination of uneconomic export opportunities and expected low virgin prices well into H1 2021 will likely mean recycled plastics markets will continue to struggle, though upcoming high-specification recycling plants, delayed from 2020, may provide a lifeline and a new impetus to high-specification recycled plastics in the region.

Recycled plastics recover from pandemic but economics remain challenging

-TEPAR Success Story; From Recycled Banknotes to Extremely High Value Filament Yarns

Interview with Mr Hasan Tepe – CEO at Tepar Filament Yarns Corp

Tepar has been established in 1992 as an exporting company for cotton and textile wastes for European banknotes. With the booming of denim cut and saw industry, a tremendous denim fabric clipping has been accumulated. Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

The entrepreneurship of Tepar owners has turned this waste denim clipping into extremely high value-added products such as banknotes, high-security paper and bleached absorbing cotton.

  1. Please let us know more details about Tepar Filament Company, history and success story.

I am pleased to inform you that, today Tepar is the leading functional yarn texturizer from 5 den up to 8000 Denier (ATY and DTY) of Turkey. Despite the fact that Tepar has been established only 29 years ago, with our vision and enthusiasm for innovation we have reached a dominant position in functional filament yarns for active sports, home textile, Athleisure, Medical as well as military applications.

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-Industry-Led Program to Solve Plastic Waste Problem Falls by Wayside

Funded by some of the world’s biggest oil and chemicals companies, Renew Oceans has failed to meet its goal of keeping plastic waste in the Ganges River from entering the ocean surrounding India.Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

The plastics industry has devoted tremendous resources to trying to solve the plastic waste challenge, even if anti-plastic activists are loath to recognize the efforts. Sometimes, though, the industry gives itself a black eye, as is seemingly the case with Renew Oceans. Funded by some of the world’s biggest oil and chemicals companies, Renew Oceans has failed to meet its intended goal of keeping plastic waste in the Ganges River from entering the ocean surrounding India.

Industry-Led Program to Solve Plastic Waste Problem Falls by Wayside

-Husky’s latest UltraShot injection system

Canadian machinery maker Husky Injection Molding Systems has launched the UltraShot Injection System, a next generation melt delivery and control system that is said to eliminate the deficiencies of traditional injection moulding.

“With the UltraShot Injection System, we are re-engineering the injection moulding process. We are breaking down the barriers of traditional injection moulding processes in order to achieve higher levels of capability, control and overall part design freedom. The UltraShot Injection System is a game changer and provides better control than anything else in the industry. Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

This approach is especially important now with massive, increased demand and speed-to-market, especially in the medical market, for example, where production risks and scalability are critical,” said John Galt, President/CEO, Husky.

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-Tests prove strength of CFRP Phoebus fuel tank

Recent tests have shown that lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is strong enough to replace metal in upper-stage rocket structures. This is an important milestone in Europe for the development of a prototype of a highly optimised ‘black’ upper stage, Phoebus, a joint initiative by MT Aerospace and ArianeGroup, funded by ESA.

The key goal of the Phoebus project is to increase launch vehicle payload performance by over two tonnes by reducing the mass of the upper stage through design and materials.

Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, or carbon composites, allow new architectures and combinations of functions otherwise not possible using metallic materials. CFRP is lightweight and dark in appearance and will be used for the cryogenic propellant tanks.Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

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-PETValue gets BOI pioneer incentives for recycling facility

PETValue Philippines has been awarded pioneer incentives by the Board of Investments (BOI) for aP2.28-billion project, the country’s first bottle-to-bottle, food-grade recycling facility.Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

The multi-phased project is a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI)– the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country, and Thailand-based Indorama Ventures, a global leader in packaging solutions and green technology.

PETValue will establish the most advanced and world-class technologies in the Philippines to produce more sustainable packaging innovations and to help improve the collection and recycling rates of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles.

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-How do we turn oil into plastic?

That plastic milk carton in your fridge has had a very interesting life.

“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” Those are the words of oceanographer Capt. Charles Moore, who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997. And, of course, he’s talking about plastic.Petrochemical LLDPE GreenHydrogen

Most people reading this will probably have something made of plastic within their line of sight. This material is ubiquitous: we’re now producing more than 300 million tons (272 metric tons) of plastic a year, and roughly half of that is intended for single-use — meaning that it’s discarded immediately after it has served its purpose. This has led to a mounting problem of plastic waste going to landfills, and some of this waste gets blown off course and makes its way into rivers and ultimately the sea. In fact, around 8 million tons (7.2 million metric tons) of plastic pollution enters the ocean every year, where it entangles marine life, pollutes coral reefs and ultimately — subjected to degradation by water, wind and sun — breaks apart into trillions of tiny microplastic pieces.

How do we turn oil into plastic?

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-Sabic plans to raise ABS prices by USD154 per ton

Sabic Innovative Plastics plans to raise prices for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in North America by 7 cents per pound (USD154 per tonne) effective Feb 1, according to the company’s letter to customers.

The letter says that the increase will relate to the CYCOLAC ABS brand for the production of extruded profiles and sheets, pipes and pipe fittings, as well as for the production of compounds.

Sabic has been pushing for a 9 cents / lb (USD198 / t) increase in ABS value since January 11, citing supply and demand dynamics. The company has sought to increase the value of ABS by 7 cents per pound since December 1.

ABS supplies to the United States have recently been limited due to a shortage of imports, high demand, and long lead times.

Sabic plans to raise ABS prices by USD154 per ton

-Chroma Color: Three plastic masterbatch trends for 2021

Chroma Color Corporation experienced an increased demand for enhanced masterbatch and functional additives during 2020, and we anticipate this “specialized” trend to continue in 2021. Chroma Color expects plastic processors to expand their focus on Color Solutions for Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) resins, increased usage of Antimicrobial Additives, and an emphasis on Healthcare Compliant Color Concentrates for Medical Products.

Colors for post-consumer recycled (PCR) resins

Corporate Sustainability goals along with pressure from Consumer and Environmental groups are driving increased demand for higher content of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) resins, especially within commercial packaging applications.  With this increased PCR feedstock demand, the quality of the available raw material adds a new challenge. This is particularly evident in the two resins leading this growth trend; PP and PET. Processors often face difficulty in achieving the desired aesthetics and color consistency due to the inherent range of chalky-grey shades or yellow undertones associated with commercial PCR resins. Each resin family will require unique color or additive formulation adjustments to ensure the development of an acceptable finished package on shelf.

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-LyondellBasell will raise PE prices in North America by USD154 per tonne

LyondellBasell will raise polyethylene (PE) prices in North America by 7 cents / lb (USD154 / t) amid rising ethylene feedstock, according to the company’s letter to customers.

The price increase will take effect on February 1, in addition to any previously announced price changes. The letter also said the company is confirming a previously announced 6 cents / pound increase in January.

Polyethylene demand in the United States has been strong throughout the pandemic due to increased consumption of polyethylene for the production of fast-use consumer goods such as food packaging.

On the supply side, availability has been limited in recent months due to some production issues at polyethylene plants in the US and Mexico.

-LyondellBasell will raise PE prices in North America by USD154 per tonne

MEG remains supported despite weakening seasonal demand 

MEG cargo discharges were smooth in the week ended January 15, and the port inventory figure recovered modestly to around 780kt Monday January 18, 2021. However, only around 100kt MEG cargoes are scheduled to arrive in Jan 18-24, and next Monday’s inventory figure would drop sharply. Port inventory is hard to recover clearly before the Chinese New Year according to the shipping schedule.

Meanwhile, China-Europe arbitrage window remained open. By last Friday January 15, MEG price was 785 euro/mt FD NWE and $823/mt CIF NWE. Exports from China to Europe would be around 60-70kt in January-February.

Operating rate of downstream looms in Jiangsu and Zhejiang dropped sharply to around 63% on January 15, and is expected to fell to around 20-30% by end January. However, polyester product inventories were still low, and cash flows were good. January average polyester polymerization rate is estimated at around 89%. The apparent decrease would be in February, and February average polymerization rate is estimated at about 83%.

MEG remains supported despite weakening seasonal demand |CCFGroup

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Euratex unveils ReHubs initiative to upcycle textile waste

Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, in November proposed the development and setting up of European Textile Recycling Hubs (ReHubs). The Hubs’ capacity to treat large volumes will create economies of scale, justifying the costs of existing recycling technologies as well as investments into new ones, such as chemical and thermal/melt recycling. This will generate new raw materials for the textile value chains, which is mostly made of SMEs (fibre-to-fibre closed loop), and for symbiosis with other European industries (like automotive or other industries). Five member states have emerged as the ideal candidate hosts: Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain.

£22.5-million UK funding to recycle industry waste

The United Kingdom will provide £22.5 million to five research centres in London, Loughborough and Exeter to help industries tackle waste, boost recycling and build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic. The centres will explore how the reuse of waste materials in the textile and other industries can protect the environment and boost the economy.

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-Amcor demonstrates packaging industry leadership by reporting to SASB standards

Amcor has become the first global diversified packaging company to report to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) packaging standard.

Amcor – a global packaging leader – has for the first time reported against SASB’s standards, setting a new benchmark for the packaging industry by becoming the first global diversified packaging company to do so.

SASB standards are recognized as best-in-class, enabling businesses around the world to offer greater transparency and improve risk management.

This view is shared by the investor community, which has embraced the SASB standard as a means to allow informed decision making on sustainable investing. By reporting against SASB’s Containers & Packaging standard, Amcor is leading the industry with regard to benchmarking and transparency to drive more sustainable performance.

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-Polyester filament yarn price may inch down in short run

Price of polyester filament yarn kept rising for 2 months since late-Nov, 2020. Taking POY150D/48F as an example, price of it has increased by 1,300yuan/mt or 26% from 5,000yuan/mt to 6,300yuan/mt since late-Nov.

In the first month of increase, PFY price was mainly driven by downstream orders and ascending cost. Downstream buyers were active in chasing up and replenishing. In the second month, downstream buyers were forced to restock for speculation with mounting feedstock cost but modest new orders. Price increase of PFY lacked strong momentum. Only new orders for fabric for home textiles were tolerable.

Actually, stocks of PFY were low now but price of PFY lacked upside stimulus. Recent increase was mainly driven by rising feedstock as downstream procurement has apparently weakened. Sales of PFY have been lackluster for a period and price of PFY showed signals to head south. Actual trading price of Lianda and Tongkun was discounted by 100yuan/mt and other plants may successively cut price for promotion in later period. Price of PFY is expected to inch down in short run.

Polyester filament yarn price may inch down in short run

-RedStar is taking a major step in reducing plastic

Tomato specialist RedStar has succeeded in further reducing the amount of plastic packaging in the retail sector. By expanding a special production line, even more tomatoes can now be packed in thin plastic trays instead of thicker buckets. As a result, 40% less plastic is used.

For the plastic trays with top seal film, the company uses 100% recycled plastic, which can also be fully recycled after use.

‘Every day, we pack about 150 tons of tasty tomatoes for our customers’, says Henri Lambriex, the CEO of one of the largest tomato specialists in our country. ‘In the supermarket, the customer increasingly makes a conscious choice for environmentally-friendly packaging. We can help them with this with our tomatoes in the shopping trolley. Additionally, our tomatoes are more visible thanks to the plastic film. This works to our advantage because we grow tasty tomatoes. You can see and taste that difference.’

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-OPEC “cautiously optimistic” oil market will recover in 2021

OPEC’s secretary general said on Tuesday he was cautiously optimistic the oil market would recover this year from the slump in demand brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Monthly meetings of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies led by Russia – a grouping known as OPEC+ – are there to stop an imbalance from re-emerging, OPEC’s Mohammad Barkindo told a virtual forum.

“We all agree that the recovery is fragile, there are still more uncertainties, but we are cautiously optimistic that the recovery will materialise this year,” he said.

Oil prices have rallied to an 11-month high this month, helped by a Jan. 5 decision by most members of OPEC+ to hold production steady in February and a pledge by Saudi Arabia to voluntarily cut output.

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-CPET range claims circularity for dairy market

Thermoformer Faerch is introducing a circular mono-PET pot range for the dairy market that can withstand high-temperature sterilisation.

The Eco HotPro product family can survive hot-filling at up to 120 deg C, while the ability to use up to 75 per cent recycled or post-consumer content makes the CPET packs a “circular solution”, according to the Danish firm. After use, they can be recycled to new food grade products.

Explains Faerch, legacy material PP, which has so far been widely used for high-temperature sterilisation in dairy applications, is by no means circular. Like PS, for food safety reasons, PP products need to be made from 100 per cent virgin material. Moreover, they can only be downcycled to non-food applications, contradicting the basic principles of a circular economy.

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-Tough and very fire-resistant

LANXESS offers new flame-retardant thermoplastic composite materials with a polyamide 6 matrix

Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites from LANXESS are characterized by their high inherent flame-retardant properties.

One of the reasons for this is their high fiber content.

They therefore already pass many of the flammability tests required for typical applications without flame protection.

However, for some applications – such as housings for control cabinets or components of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles – a V-0 classification in the UL 94 flammability test from the US testing institute Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is often mandatory.

For such cases, LANXESS has developed three new halogen-free, flame-retardant Tepex variants with a polyamide 6 matrix.

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-DOMO to exclusively produce and commercialise TECHNYL

Following its acquisition of Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe in 2020, including the market reference product TECHNYL, DOMO Chemicals is now the leading supplier in the European polyamide arena with the upstream integration of PA 6 and PA 66.  Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

In addition, from February 2022 DOMO will exclusively produce and commercialize TECHNYL globally, providing the worldwide market with the brand’s almost 70 years of experience. Since 1953, TECHNYL has offered the full range of PA 66/PA 6 based solutions, widely used in diversified applications.

These include high thermal and chemical resistance materials, light engineering solutions to replace metal, aluminium and thermoset, flame retardant materials for advanced electrical protection, high aesthetic materials and coloured compounds, and TECHNYL ORANGE, a flame-retardant product range for high-voltage components and cabling, specifically developed for the e-mobility market segment.

-DOMO to exclusively produce and commercialise TECHNYL

-Equipolymers improves Viridis PET grade, now made with 30% recycled feedstock

Equate’s Equipolymers (EQP) subsidiary has launched Viridis 30, a food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufactured with 30% chemically recycled PET as feedstock, accoridng to GV. Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

The Viridis grade was started in 2009, with the support of the Coca-Cola Co., when EQP launched Viridis 10, made with 10 % chemically recycled PET. Last January, it produced its first successful batch of Viridis 25, which uses up to 25% chemically recycled PET. Viridis 30 is expected to be commercially available to the European market from the first quarter of 2021.

“Viridis 30 is a significant achievement for EQP and for the petrochemical industry,” said Muayad Al Faresi, global business director for PET at EQP. “As global demand increases, the transformation of our industry is necessary to create new products that are more sustainable in the long term. The development of Viridis 30 is aligned with the EU’s (European Union) target to achieve 25 % rPET (recycled PET) in packaging by 2025, and 30 % by 2030. It highlights our commitment towards innovation – this is a breakthrough that will have far reaching environmental, social and business benefits.”

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-UK plastic recycling ‘could more than triple by 2030’

The British Plastics Federation projects exports of plastic waste could more than halve and the UK could eliminate reliance on low quality exports within the next decade

Plastics recycled within facilities across the UK could increase 3.5 times by 2030 with the right drivers in place. Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

That’s according to a new report from the British Plastics Federation (BPF), which highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to drastically reduce reliance on exporting plastic waste for recycling and cut the amount of plastic going to landfill to 1% over the next decade.

It projects exports of plastic waste could more than halve and the UK could eliminate reliance on low quality exports within the next decade.

The report calls for same plastic waste collection schemes across all local authorities, kerbside collections for plastic film, increases in the use of recycled material in new products and better communication to the public about what can be recycled, in addition to investment in UK recycling systems.

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-New Fire-Retardant Additive Formulated for Thermoplastics

GrafGuard 280-50N has the highest on-set temperature on the market, according to NeoGraf Solutions.

NeoGraf Solutions LLC announces the addition of GrafGuard 280-50N to its lineup of expandable graphite flake, non-halogenated, non-flammable, fire-retardant additives. The Lakewood, OH–based company specializes in the development and manufacture of natural and synthetic graphite sheets and powders used in consumer electronics, building and construction materials, transportation equipment, and sealing and gasketing. Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

Designed for plastics, roofing, and other construction and building materials, GrafGuard 280-50N specifically targets the thermoplastics industry. The additive performs optimally in specialty polymers with high processing temperatures, including composites and multi-functional systems with high melting points for both injection molded and thermoformed applications.

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-USA: Circular Plastic Economy

KBR Partners with Mura Technology for Plastic Recycling

Under an agreement signed between KBR and Mura Technology, KBR will be the exclusive licensing partner for Mura Technology’s Cat-HTRTM, an innovative advanced plastics recycling process. KBR will also provide studies, basic engineering, technical services, proprietary equipment and modules for the technology to global customers.

KBR has recently announced that it has signed an alliance agreement with Mura Technology to offer Cat-HTRTM, an innovative advanced plastics recycling process.

Cat-HTR is a sustainability-focused, innovative technology that recycles end-of-life plastic such as thin plastic packaging, which would otherwise be combusted, sent to landfills or leaked into the environment. Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

Cat-HTR converts these mixed plastics into an intermediate hydrocarbon feedstock that can be further refined to produce virgin polymers and chemicals. The technology is based on a patented hydrothermal upgrading process which utilizes supercritical water to produce stable hydrocarbon products from a wide range of mixed plastic waste.

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-Arburg Acquires Longtime Electric Drive Partner AMK

AMK has worked closely with the injection molding equipment maker for more than two decades and played a significant role in the success of the Arburg electric Allrounder machines.  Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

The Hehl and Keinath families — the entrepreneurs at the helm of injection molding machine maker Arburg — have acquired longtime electric drive partner AMK Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG. AMK has worked closely with the injection molding equipment maker for more than two decades and played a significant role in the success of its electric Allrounder machines, said Arburg in the announcement. Based in Kirchheim/Teck, Germany, the AMK group has been operating under the new name of AMKmotion GmbH + Co KG since Jan.1, 2021.

Over the past five decades, AMK has evolved from an engine manufacturer into a system supplier, notes Arburg in a press release issued today. The group is divided into a Drives & Automation division, which previously belonged to AMK Arnold Müller GmbH & Co. KG, and an Automotive division, which manufactures items such as air suspension compressors, air suspension systems, and power steering drives.

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-UK chemicals face continued disruption from post-Brexit paperwork, container shortages

UK chemical companies and their 27 EU trading partners are still struggling with new paperwork requirements and disrupted logistics, two weeks after the country left the Single Market and Customs Union.

– Tariffs are 0% from the UK-EU

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– Rules of origin and customs declarations required from exporters and customers before products can cross borders

– Incomplete paperwork holding up trade at border

– DB Schenker pauses UK-EU operations

– Asia-Europe container rates at $4,000-6,000 as global shortage persists

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-unspun Genesis Jeans Harness Eon Technology In New Model For Circular Denim

unspun, the 3D body scan jeans company named one of TIME magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2019” and Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New 2020,” has launched Genesis, its most sustainable pair of jeans yet.

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Developed as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign program, the jeans solve for these challenges by combining the unspun company’s inventory-free systems of production with pioneering globally available best-in-class materials like Resortecs® smart stitch threads (which can be heated and dissolved to make recycling more feasible) and a scannable QR Code to provide customers circular care instructions, and share key circularity data with resellers and recyclers.

-Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil postponed due to pandemic

The next Techtextil and Texprocess will take place in Frankfurt in the second quarter of 2022. The new dates will be announced shortly.

Just moments ago, Messe Frankfurt the owner of the Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil trade fairs, which were scheduled for May 2021, announced that all three shows have now been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Messe Frankfurt issued the following statement:

“Back in September 2020, a decision was reached by Messe Frankfurt and the industries involved to forgo any physical events at our home base in the first quarter of 2021. Now, following close consultation with customers, it has become necessary to postpone the international physical trade fairs planned for April and May – Prolight + Sound, the International Consumer Goods Show, Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess – as a result of the regulations and travel restrictions that have been imposed. Petrochemical PAResin GreenHydrogen

-Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil postponed due to pandemic

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-January contract price of paraxylene in Europe increased by EUR60 per tonne

The contract price for paraxylene in Europe for January supplies has been agreed at EUR600 per tonne, which is EUR60 per tonne higher than last December’s level, ICIS reported .

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

The rise in crude oil prices, increased demand and a change in the supply balance in the European market put pressure on paraxylene prices.

The December contract price of paraxylene in the region was at around EUR540 per tonne (an increase of EUR30 per tonne from the level of the previous month).

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

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-China’s 2020 GDP rises 2.3%, robust economic growth expected in 2021

  • Q4 throughput hit fresh high 14.2 mil b/d
  • GDP growth projection at around 8% in 2021
  • Oil product consumption to hit 15.4 mil b/d in 2021: Platts Analytics

Singapore — China’s economy grew at 6.5% in the fourth quarter, bringing the world’s second largest economy’s GDP growth to 2.3% in 2020, National Bureau of Statistics data showed Jan. 18.  Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

This paves a way for robust economic growth of about 8% in 2021, which will help the Asia’s biggest energy consumer propel domestic oil demand in top gear, with analysts S&P Global Platts spoke to expecting a consumption growth of 3.5%-4.5% year on year.

China’s economy has recovered steady from the GDP decline of 6.8% in the first quarter due to COVID-19 outbreak, flipping into a year-on-year growth of 3.2% in the second quarter and 4.9% in the third quarter.

In line with the growth, the country’s crude throughput in Q4 hit record high of 14.2 million b/d, despite the year-on-year increase in the quarter slowing to 2.6% from the jump of 7.5% seen in Q3 due to the relatively higher base in Q4 2019, NBS data showed Jan. 18.

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-Sleeve celebrated for closing loop on PET recycling

Sleever‘s LDPET full-body sleeve has been recognised at the AWA International Sleeve Label Awards for its contribution to the circular economy. Designed to facilitate the closed-loop recycling of PET bottles, LDPET received the accolade due to its “sustainable character” coupled with its “ability to maintain a brand’s identity with premium decoration”.   Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

LDPET was approved by the European PET Bottle Platform in 2014 and the Association of Plastic Recyclers in North America. Sleever provides customers with an LDPET certificate for each project, which confirms that the product conforms with all the stages of material sorting and reprocessing.

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-Recycled plastics recover from pandemic but economics remain challenging

As 2021 gets underway, Europe’s new plastics tax is creating a demand boost for recycled plastics in the region, while in Asia, recyclers are expected to struggle with bearish virgin markets and soaring freight costs at least in the first half of the year. By Benjamin Brooks, Sarah Schneider, Miranda Zhang and Hui Heng

After a tumultuous 2020 for the global recycled plastics markets that saw production margins pressured and bearish virgin prices causing buyers to shun recycled plastics, the first half of 2021 may see a step change, at least in Europe and the US, in reaction to newly signed legislation that may provide an impetus to increased demand. Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

In the Asian markets, a combination of uneconomic export opportunities and expected low virgin prices well into H1 2021 will likely mean recycled plastics markets will continue to struggle, though upcoming high-specification recycling plants, delayed from 2020, may provide a lifeline and a new impetus to high-specification recycled plastics in the region.

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Automotive Car Hyundai Mobis to use Silentium ARNC technology

Israel-based Silentium, a technology company specializing in creating personal in-car sound environments, says it is ramping up the global roll-out of its Active Road Noise Cancellation (ARNC) technology after being selected by automotive supplier Hyundai Mobis as the preferred ARNC software provider. Three production models from other manufacturers, equipped with the company’s ARNC technology, have already been released to the market. Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

After several years’ development of the software, Jaguar Land Rover was the first car maker to announce integration of Silentium’s ARNC in three of its new vehicles in October 2020. Having signed an MoU last year, Silentium and Hyundai Mobis are now collaborating on a global vehicle production program for an unnamed brand.

Sang Hun Lee, Asia managing director at Silentium, commented, “Our active acoustics technology can reduce, cancel and enhance sound inside any vehicle, and can work on any infotainment system and speakers in any car – no extra investment needed on types or placement of speakers. You can already find our broad-band noise cancellation software in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, and we can’t wait to start a wider global roll-out thanks to our new partnership with Hyundai Mobis.”

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-Plans to build PET bottle recycling plant in Pinsk District

Plans have been made to build a plant for recycling polyethylene (PET) bottles in Pinsk District, Brest Oblast, representatives of the Pinsk District administration told BelTA.  Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

The Pinsk-based company OOO Ekoprodshina, which specializes in recycling worn-out automobile tires, is the initiator of the project.

The company has bought a land plot of about 0.5 hectare in the town of Logishin at the suggestion of the Pinsk District Executive Committee.

The land will be used to build a manufacturing wing for processing PET bottles and a boiler house. Engineering infrastructure and communications will be built. The project will create 19 jobs.

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-Construction for EUR 444m large tow carbon-fibre plant begins in China

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical (SPC, Shanghai / China; www.spc.com.cn/) has started constructing a production plant for 48k large-tow carbon fibre.

The CNY 3.5 bn (EUR 444m) project is expected to produce 24,000 t/y of carbon fibre precursors and 12,000 t/y of the 48k large-tow carbon fibre bundles (which contain 48,000 carbon fibres), and is scheduled for completion in 2024.

It will use polyacrylonitrile (PAN) carbon-based fibre technology to manufacture the fibres. Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

The project will change China’s dependency on tow, an untwisted bundle of continuous filaments, which the country imports mostly from Japan and the US.

-Construction for EUR 444m large tow carbon-fibre plant begins in China

-Total, Engie partner to produce green hydrogen at biorefinery in France

Total and Engie (Paris, France) will cooperate in developing, building, and operating green hydrogen production and storage facilities at the 500,000-metric tons/year La Mede biorefinery at Chateauneuf-les-Martigues, France, to create supplies for biofuel output, reported Chemweek with reference to the companiies’ joint statement.

Subject to funding and relevant permits, the partners plan to erect a 40-megawatt (MW) electrolyzer at the refining site by 2024 that would initially produce 5 metric tons/day of green hydrogen, powered from solar farms with a combined capacity of more than 100 MW. Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

First-stage production could avoid 15,000 metric tons/year of carbon dioxide emissions, they estimate. The development of additional renewable power farms could lift hydrogen output later to 15 metric tons/day, utilizing the full capacity of the electrolyzer.

The carbon-free hydrogen would be used to produce renewable biodiesel at the La Mede biofuel refinery, which turns vegetable oil – such as canola, palm, sunflower – and treated waste – animal fats, cooking oil, residues – into hydrotreated vegetable oil. The rest would be sold to external users.

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-Global chemicals output climbs for sixth month

Data collected and tabulated by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) show that global chemicals production rose 1.9% in November, up from 1.7% in October and extending the recovery that began in June. During November, chemical production grew in all regions except the Former Soviet Union (FSU), said Hydrocarbonprocessing. Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

Headline global production was up 3.7% year-over-year (Y/Y) on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis and is now 2.9% above the pre-COVID peak last December. Global output stood at 122.0 percent of its average 2012 levels.

During November, global capacity rose 0.1% and was up 2.2% Y/Y. With improving production, capacity utilization in the global chemical industry rose 1.5 points to 82.9%. This is up from 81.7% in October and the pre-COVID peak in December 2019, but below the long-term (1987-2017) average of 86.5%.

Among chemical industry segments, November results were positive, with gains across all segments. Considering year-earlier comparisons, growth was mixed, with gains in plastic resins, synthetic rubber, manufactured fibers, bulk petrochemicals and organics, inorganic chemicals, other specialties, agricultural chemicals, and consumer products, but contraction in coatings.

-Global chemicals output climbs for sixth month

INDEVCO Plastics announces recyclable, 50% recycled collation shrink film

Partnership, innovation, and service deliver a sustainable plastic solution for food and beverage manufacturers. INDEVCO Plastics has innovated print-grade shrink bundling film for multi-packs that delivers a circular plastics solution. Using 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin, the collation shrink is fully recyclable at store drop off locations across the US.  Petrochemical PETResin GreenHydrogen

INDEVCO Plastics co-developed the film with Dow, a fellow member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, for food and beverage manufacturers who bundle products in multi-unit packages. Dow’s PCR resin, first introduced for shrink applications in North America in October, contains 70% certified PCR sourced from a reliable local US supply.

“In our partnership with Dow,” explained Wayne Mashe, INDEVCO Plastics Divisional General Manager, “we focused on the right resin selection, film thickness, and impact on the waste stream. The result is a high-performing collation shrink that not only meets the market requirements but also uses half the virgin resins and can be recycled and repurposed into other products.”

INDEVCO Plastics announces recyclable, 50% recycled collation shrink film

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-PepsiCo aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040

PepsiCo Inc said on Thursday it aimed to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by 2040, as consumers and investors increasingly call upon big corporations to play their part in the fight against global warming.

The Doritos chips and Tropicana juice maker said it would initially cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 75% and by 40% in areas that are outside its own manufacturing processes and supply chain by 2030.

The food-and-beverage giant generated about 57 million metric tonnes of greenhhouse gas emissions globally in 2019, according to its latest annual sustainability report. Over the next nine years, it hopes to cut those emissions by just under half, or an absolute 26 million metric tonnes.

The Purchase, New York-based company said it would first focus on its agricultural supply system, which contributes to a third of PepsiCo’s greenhouse gas emissions, before turning to carbon sequestration.

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Avient to expand color concentrate capabilities in Vietnam

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, will complete an expansion of existing production capabilities for color concentrates at its Binh Duong site in Vietnam by next month. The move will improve speed-to-market and service level for local customers seeking unique color solutions to enhance aesthetics and appeal of high-quality end products.

“Demand for plastics has become one of the Vietnam economy’s fastest growth areas,” says Say-Eng Lee, vice president and general manager, Color & Additives Asia for Avient. “As consumption grows, requirements for high-quality color concentrates are becoming more challenging as well, as top brands focus on novel color solutions. We have increased our production space by over 30 percent and added to our state-of-the-art machinery portfolio to shorten lead times for developing and producing high-quality color concentrates. As a result, local customers will benefit from an efficient and agile setup, along with expert technical support. In addition, we can be more responsive in accelerating customer development times and help them to reduce time to market.”

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-British Plastics Federation and UK research and innovation launch courses to help increase plastic recycling

January 15, 2021 | Global themes | The British Plastics Federation | London | United Kingdom

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are collaborating to support the UK’s plastics supply chain in creating more sustainable and easy-to-recycle packaging. As part of the initiative, two training courses have been developed for people throughout the plastics packaging supply chain, including brands, designers, manufacturers, retailers and even students, about how to use plastics more sustainably.

The joint initiative aims to drive the development of easy-to-recycle and resource efficient plastic packaging, which will help ensure more sustainable products are developed and used within the UK.

​Governments across the world and the global plastics industry are looking at ways to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment. The BPF’s latest training courses, funded by the UKRI, includes a range of environmental topics including the life cycle approach, causes and solutions to marine litter, the principles of eco-design, bioplastics, legislation and the waste hierarchy.

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-STARTUP OF FIRST TERTINOX CATALYST REFERENCE TO REDUCE HARMFUL N₂O AND NOX IN NITRIC ACID INDUSTRY

Haldor Topsoe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark) and Proton Ventures B.V. have announced a successful startup of the first TertiNOx catalyst reference at Kavala Fertilizers, one of the largest nitric acid producers in Greece. Topsoe has supplied both catalyst and basic engineering for the project. The plant has already exceeded its design conversion with N₂O emissions below 10 parts per million (ppm), low ammonia slip, and practically eliminated NOx emissions.

“With the new deNOx and N₂O removal system, we are very proud to be able to outperform the current Best Available Technologies achieving extremely low emission levels,” says Theodora Kouloura, COO, Kavala Fertilizers LTD.

TertiNOx is a catalyst for removal of nitrous oxide. The catalyst is developed for the nitric acid industry where N₂O is formed as byproduct of the oxidation of ammonia. TertiNOx  is also active for SCR reactions to remove NOx.

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-Circle of plastics

A completely circular plastic, thanks to Versalis’ Hoop project which applies innovative chemical recycling techniques to waste.

Plastic’s durability that was once considered a boon is now viewed as a bane. When we hear the word plastics today, one of the lasting images in our minds is that of a plastic bag floating in the ocean. This is largely because of the unprecedented rise in single-use applications and a mindset as consumers to just use and throw.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of plastics?

It is critical to not lose sight of the value plastics bring and the various industries that depend on this important material. Plastics have proven their merit in terms of mechanical properties, performance, versatility, cost, etc. For example, plastics are a key material of choice in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. The health risk, especially for the medical professionals and frontline workers, would be higher without plastics in PPE kits, masks and gloves.

The way plastics are currently produced, consumed and managed at the end-of-life, however, is not completely sustainable.

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-Catalytic and compatibilization solutions for plastics recycling

A study completed in 2020 by The Catalyst Group Resources analyzes catalytic and compatibilization solutions for plastics recycling and the circular economy.

The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a global consultancy based in Spring House, Pennsylvania, released a study in the summer of 2020 that looks at catalytic and compatibilization solutions for plastics recycling and the circular economy. The study’s scope and specific contents reflect inputs from a group of “charter” subscribers who indicated their priorities for coverage, areas to be expanded and focal points for emphasis in opportunity identification. These are leading industrial developers, suppliers and end-users of technologies and plastics resins addressing recycling and the circular economy. TCGR reports that its multiclient study was launched in December 2019 and completed in June 2020.

A research and development effort is being undertaken by plastics producers, industry consortia and academia globally to understand the hurdles to improve plastics recyclability, which has taken center stage in a global debate.

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Research Targets Sorting Robots And Separating Chemicals To Improve Plastic Recycling

First off, the robots can help sort the plastic that’s set aside for recycling. Second, the chemicals can help break down the plastics into valuable raw materials. The University at Buffalo in New York has been awarded $2 million from the National Science Foundation to make it happen.

The four-year grant from the foundation’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program was announced in late 2020; researchers are now building a robotic system that will “learn” to sort plastic.

They hope to have a prototype by October 2021, says Paschalis Alexandridis, University at Buffalo distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, who is leading the effort.

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-Circular Economy Opportunities: Vanuatu

Vanuatu is on the frontlines of climate change. It is highly exposed to its impacts change, even as the country adopts policy measures that will help preserve natural assets and keep GHG emissions per capita low. With an annual per capita material footprint of 6.1 tonnes and a per capita carbon footprint of 2.1 tCO2e, Vanuatu’s population already maintains a small carbon and material footprint. Furthermore, reports suggest that the country’s people rank among the happiest in the world.

Vanuatu’s 80 islands have chosen to depart from the traditional development pathway, where the use of large amounts of carbon-intensive materials helps build infrastructure, assemble stocks of consumer goods and provide material wealth. Instead, Vanuatu prioritizes its national resources and seeks to further advance national well-being without increasing material consumption and thereby avoid associated environmental impacts.

-Circular Economy Opportunities: Vanuatu

-7 ways the circular economy will grow in 2021

From more reusable packaging to more companies taking back used products to more empowered designers, 2021 will be a key year in the development of new, less wasteful systems.

Right now, most of the world’s economy is linear: Materials are mined, processed, manufactured, sold, and then eventually dumped in landfills. But the idea of  a circular economy—one in which materials are used in a closed loop, running on renewable energy—is gaining traction, and many companies are setting goals to become circular in the next few decades. The coming years will be crucial in solidifying the growing circular economy. Here are seven trends that are likely to help it expand in 2021.

MORE BRANDS WILL EMPLOY REUSABLE PACKAGING

A growing number of companies are rethinking product design to avoid disposable packaging. Startups like Blueland and Everdrop now sell cleaning products in the form of tablets that can be dropped in reusable bottles. Bite sells tiny toothpaste tabs so it can avoid the standard plastic tubes.

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-Sustainable plastic packaging plays a vital role in food and beverage sector

Packaging now plays vital role when it comes to branding in food and beverage industry. With constant climate changes and environmental changes it has become vital to switch to sustainable, eco friendly options.

First step towards sustainable packaging would be to reduce packaging weight, in terms of material used per unit, without compromising on function, safety or quality. ‘Light weighting’ like this is a long-established means of reducing both the environmental impact of packaging and food waste.

Other sustainable packaging practices generally include:

  • Bulk packaging – the unit size of raw material packaging being delivered to the food manufacturer – reusable container with a 1 tonne capacity for margarine rather than smaller consignments in cardboard cartons, or procuring flour in tankers rather than 25 kg sacks.
  • Refills – refillable packaging can be used several times – a more recent development is the use of lightweight refills.

Sustainable plastic packaging plays a vital role in food and beverage sector

-Expected growth in EV and hybrid vehicles seen helping drive polymer demand in automotive applications

The media team helping to bring Chinaplas back after an unprecedented hiatus discuss the effects of the pandemic, and share how it has had little effect on lightweight composites for the automotive markets. Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

The pandemic has not been kind to automotive sector. In a recent report, French automotive data and market research company Inovev projected that global automobile production will fall by 17 per cent over the whole of 2020, representing a loss of 15 million vehicles compared to 2019 and returning volume to 2011 levels.

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-January prices of European PE rose by EUR100/tonne and higher for CIS markets

The January contract price of ethylene was settled in Europe up by EUR65/tonne from the previous month. However, all European producers announced a much greater increase in export polyethylene (PE) prices for January shipments to the CIS markets, than the rise of monomer prices, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

Negotiations over January prices of European PE began in the first days of the month. All market participants said European producers significantly raised their export prices of ethylene polymers. Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

Moreover, some producers adjusted their export prices twice in the first two weeks of January. In some cases, the price increase was EUR100/tonne, and in other cases, the price rise reached EUR170/tonne and higher.

It is also worth noting that all European producers have major export restrictions, and some producers do not even plan to sell PE to the CIS countries this month.

Deals for January shipments of high density polyethylene (HDPE) were done in the range EUR950-1,030/tonne FCA, whereas last month”s deals were done at EUR850-925/tonne FCA. Deals for low density polyethylene (LDPE) were done in the range of EUR1,140-1,200/tonne FCA, versus EUR970-1,020/tonne FCA a month earlier.

January prices of European PE rose by EUR100/tonne and higher for CIS markets

-How the use of robotics is evolving at sorting facilities

A recycling facility operator and a robotics company say artificial intelligence is providing materials recovery firms with much-needed data to analyze changes in the recycling stream. That’s in addition to sortation improvements

Representatives from AMP Robotics and GFL Environmental spoke about the benefits of robotics during a recent presentation hosted by Greenbiz, a business sustainability media and events company. Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

The event was tied to an announcement from AMP and Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP), which recently redesigned its K-Cup coffee pods to produce them in a polypropylene format that is recyclable in many U.S. programs, though not all.

After the product redesign, KDP and AMP Robotics worked together to equip AMP’s robotic sorting systems with the tools to properly identify and sort the cups in a materials recovery facility (MRF). The project partners hailed the collaboration as an example of how producers, equipment/technology companies and other recycling stakeholders can work together to improve sortation.

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-Sale of PE producer Gemini to Ineos completed

As planned, South African oil and petrochemicals group Sasol (Johannesburg; www.sasol.com) has completed the sale of its joint venture stake in US-based HDPE manufacturer Gemini to venture partner Ineos Olefins and Polymers USA (see Plasteurope.com of 01.12.2020). Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

The subsidiary of UK-based Ineos, which has been operating the venture’s US “Battleground Manufacturing Complex” in LaPorte, Texas, will pay USD 404m (around EUR 340m) for its partner’s stake, according to the companies.

Sasol plans to use the money to lower its debt.

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-Europe R-PET colourless flake, PCB prices rise

Senior editor for recycling Matt Tudball looks at this week’s developments in the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) markets, including:

Price increases for colourless post-consumer bottles and flakes;

Rising virgin PET prices driving buyers back to R-PET; and

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-Slew of food-contact PET approvals issued

A European authority gave the thumbs up to using Starlinger and EREMA technologies to recycle post-consumer PET for use in food and drink packaging.

The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP), which is part of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), issued 10 favorable opinions covering two PET recycling processes in recent months.Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

In the European Union, recycled plastics and additives can only be used in food and beverage packaging if they’re first reviewed by EFSA for safety. Recycling companies submit applications to individual countries, which apply to the EFSA on their behalf.

The following is a semi-annual roundup of recent opinions from the CEP. Plastics Recycling Update published its previous EFSA roundup in June 2020.

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-Turkish converter expands shrink film capacity

Turkish shrink sleeve converter Etimag has founded PlasMag Plastik Film Ambalaj Sanayi and ordered a shrink film line from Brückner Maschinenbau.

The daughter company will install a 4.2m-wide 3-layer MOPET-G line with a capacity of 6,600 tonnes a year, which will go into production late 2022 in its facility near Istanbul. The shrink films produced will have a thickness range of 20-70 microns and be used for full-body sleeves, secure tamper-evident packaging or labels.

Founder Mehmet Hilmi Okur said: “This investment is a milestone not only for us but for the entire Turkish film and packaging industry and of course also for our region, as this project provides jobs for 80-100 people.” Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

Turkish converter expands shrink film capacity

-The BRIC at 20: An assessment of the economic grouping’s two decades of existence

November 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of the BRIC acronym that I coined to capture the economic potential of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Many commentators will be revisiting the concept and assessing each country’s performance since 2001, so here are my own thoughts on the matter.Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

First, and contrary to repeated suggestion, the main point of my original November 2001 paper, “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs,” was neither to forecast endless growth for these economies, nor to promote some new marketing concept for investment funds. As anyone who read that paper will know, the central argument was that these economies’ probable growth in relative GDP would have important implications for global-governance arrangements.

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-Linde to build green hydrogen plant at Leuna chemicals complex, Germany

Linde says it will build, own, and operate the world’s largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer plant for the production of green hydrogen at the Leuna chemical complex in Germany, reported Chemweek.

The 24-megawatt electrolyzer will produce hydrogen from renewable sources to supply Linde’s industrial customers at the site through an existing pipeline network. Liquefied green hydrogen will also be distributed to refueling stations and other industrial customers in the region, it says. Petrochemical PETResin Hydrogen

The electrolyzer will be built by ITM Linde Electrolysis, a joint venture of Linde and ITM Power, with the plant scheduled to start production in the second half of 2022. No investment figure was given.

Clean hydrogen “is part of the solution to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions across many industries, including chemicals and refining,” says Jens Waldeck, president/western Europe West at Linde. “This project shows that electrolyzer capacity continues to scale up and it is a stepping stone towards even larger plants,” he says.

Linde to build green hydrogen plant at Leuna chemicals complex, Germany

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-TOMRA and Borealis open state-of-the-art plant for post-consumer plastic waste sorting and advanced mechanical recycling

TOMRA and Borealis have announced the operational start of their advanced mechanical recycling demo plant in Lahnstein, Germany, the result of a partnership that marries chemistry with technology for unsurpassed results.

Volker Rehrmann, Executive Vice President and Head of Circular Economy at TOMRA, said: “This plant is just the beginning of what’s possible when key players in the value chain come together to make a truly significant impact in the market. Having just launched the new Circular Economy Division, it is clear what a large role waste management and pivotal projects like this have on moving towards a sustainable future. We are proud to have initiated one of the most advanced mechanical recycling plants when it comes to post-consumer polymer waste. This will become an important enabler as we accelerate the transformation to a circular economy in the years to come, and we are excited to be a part of this pioneering project.”

TOMRA and Borealis open state-of-the-art plant for postconsumer plastic waste sorting and advanced mechanical recycling

-BPF says plastic recycling could triple by 2030

Plastic recycled in the UK could increase by 3.5 times by 2030, the British Plastics Federation (BPF) has said in its 2021 Recycling Roadmap.

The roadmap estimates that plastics recycling could increase 3.5 times with the right factors in place    Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

The report by the BPF, published yesterday (12 January), highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to reduce the reliance on exporting plastic waste for recycling and to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill by 1% by 2030.

It suggests that the UK could eliminate reliance on low quality exports of plastic waste in the next ten years, and in doing so, more than halve the amount of plastic waste being exported.

Investment

In addition to investment in UK recycling systems, the report calls for there to be the same plastic waste collection schemes across all local authorities, such as the kerbside collection of plastic film, increases in the use of recycled material in new products and better communication to the public about what can be recycled.

-BPF says plastic recycling could triple by 2030

-Resuming the Battle Against Plastics

“From ‘no-plastic’, the conversation has moved to ‘know-plastic’, where we need to understand plastic better to use it more responsibly,” says Vikram Baid, Director of Vinayak Polycon International, a plastic processing company. This sentiment was reflected in many initiatives launched by India Inc. and the Indian government in recent times, but got partially diluted by COVID-19 and the consequent high use of plastic equipment to prevent infections. There’s another dimension, too. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

“COVID dealt a blow to the recycling industry at the grassroots level,” says Atul Sud, president of WECARE, an industry association focused on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and plastic waste management (PWM). “The rag-pickers remained most vulnerable to the pandemic with their lack of safety and health benefits and awareness.”
Despite this derailment, the movement against plastic pollution in India has not halted because of steps taken by the country against plastic use and the import ban on plastic scrap in 2019. Companies, too, are doing their bit, including plastic users such as sports gear maker Adidas as well as plastic generators and processors such as petrochem giant Reliance Industries (RIL) and packaging major UFlex.

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-EUBP elects new board

European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry, has elected a new board with François de Bie of Total Corbion PLA as its chair.

The new Board of European Bioplastics (L-R): Paolo La Scola (Novamont), Patrick Zimmermann (FKuR), François de Bie (Total Corbion PLA), Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks), Lars Börger (Neste), Jean-Marc Nony (Sphere), Erwin Lepoudre (Kaneka) and Michael von Ketteler (BASF SE, not in the picture)

EUBP’s new Vice Chairpersons, Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks) and Lars Börger (Neste), will lead the association’s continuous support towards achieving a circular economy. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

De Bie said: “It is a pivotal time for our industry as the European Union is serious in developing from a linear to a circular economy. This provides us with a unique opportunity.

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-Eurozone chemicals output rises 1.6% in November

Chemicals output in the 19-country eurozone rose by 1.6% in November, month on month, the EU’s statistical office Eurostat said on Wednesday, with growth slowing after a resurgence of the coronavirus.

All the major chemical producing countries posted lower growth in chemicals output during November.  Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

In the wider 27-country EU, chemicals output rose by 1.5%.

In November, some European countries reimposed lockdown measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and the restrictions have become stricter in December and January.

The measures, however, have mostly affected the services sector and industry across the eurozone has fared better this time than in the first wave of lockdowns which were imposed in the second quarter of 2020.

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-Expanding the boundaries of CO2 fixation

Design and realization of synthetic enzymes open up an alternative to natural photorespiration   Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

Photorespiration is a highly energy consuming process in plants that leads to the release of previously fixed CO2. Thus, engineering this metabolic process is a key approach for improvement of crop yield and for meeting the challenge of ever-rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Researchers led by Prof. Dr. Tobias Erb from the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology have now succeeded in engineering the TaCo pathway, a synthetic photorespiratory bypass. This new-to-nature metabolic connection opens up newpossibilities of CO2 fixation and the production of value-added compounds.

All life is dependent on the fixation of CO2 through plants. However, enzymatic efficiency of natural photosynthesis is limited, setting a boundary on agricultural productivity and CO2 fixation.Photorespiration is a detoxification process in plants that recycles a toxic by-product of photosynthesis, 2-phosphoglycolate. Photorespiration is highly energy consuming and leads to the release of previously fixed CO2, thus further curbing the photosynthetic balance.

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-Fight against climate change: Fermentalg and SUEZ create a joint venture to accelerate the industrialization and commercialization of solutions for capturing and valorizing CO2 in bioproducts

Memorandum of understanding for a joint venture, which will develop algae photobioreactors capable of capturing CO2 by biomimicry Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

Strengthened by their feedback following a five-year partnership, and to address the growing climate emergency, SUEZ and FERMENTALG, a key French player and expert in the research and bio industrial exploitation of micro-algae, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the creation in the first half of 2021 of a joint venture, equally owned, which will develop algae photobioreactors capable of capturing CO2 by biomimicry.

In addition, this major innovation will enable the development of circular loops, notably by producing products that can be used in the fields of biocontrol, nutrition and animal health.

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-Aquafil Acquires Planet Recycling to Enter Carpet Collections

Carpet fiber producer Aquafil has traveled a long and multidirectional journey since its founding in Italy 50 years ago in order to make its own polymer at scale—and to do it sustainably. In building its business model, it’s taken on roles from manufacturer, to recycler, and now has added the role of collector. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

It was about a decade ago that Aquafil began creating product from would-be waste, which meant traveling to more territories in search of recycled feedstock. The company has gone as far as the Philippines and Africa and has established headquarters in North American carpet-making hub Atlanta. It’s forged into the West Coast and in December 2020 bought Arizona-based Planet Recycling to get ahold of more scrap in that state as well as in neighboring California.

Through the deal inked with Planet Recycling Aquafil will now add to its assets three collection and sorting facilities: two in Arizona and one in California, boosting its used carpet supply in this region, and as well as augmenting its existing nylon 6 feedstock stream for its plant in Slovenia where it goes into Aquafil’s brand, ECONYL, made from nylon, textile scraps, industrial plastic, fishing nets and old carpets.

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-Engel Gruppe is now also selling injection molding machines manufactured in China in Europe

Engel is now also selling the standard hydraulic injection molding machines produced by its Chinese subsidiary Wintec in Europe. The two-platen large-scale machines manufactured in China are thus available worldwide. The move to Europe is justified with the good price-performance ratio and the increasing need for quickly available machines for manufacturing products with a short life cycle. Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

Wintec has been producing high-quality injection molding machines for standard applications in Changzhou, China, since 2014. In the six years of its existence, the company has established the brand very well, first in Asia, later in the METAI region (Middle East, Turkey, Africa, India) and since 2018 in the American markets. With the expansion into Europe, the Engel Group is consistently developing its two-brand strategy.

-Engel Gruppe is now also selling injection molding machines manufactured in China in Europe

-New biobased materials are everywhere, old biobased materials can be repurposed by modern technology

New biobased materials pop up everywhere these days. On the basis of organic materials, often processed with modern chemical technologies. They seem to be able to substitute many fossil-based and mineral materials. Just a few of these innovations.

Natural materials from local resources  Petrochemical Recyclability Hydrogen

One portfolio of new biobased materials that drew our attention was developed by the Columbian company Fiquetex. These materials are made from the fique plant and the rubber tree. Both plant and tree are autochthonous to Colombia. The fique plant grows in the Andes Mountains and the rubber tree is originally from the Amazon basin. Fiquetex’s patented non-woven textile materials are all biodegradable. They can be applied in many markets, like packaging and vegan leather for the automotive and shoe industry. The company’s founder Alejandro Moreno lived in Great Britain for a long time, where he witnessed that on the one hand there is much talk of a circular economy; but that on the other hand nothing much is done about the on-going plastic pollution. He developed materials produced from local Columbian resources, that are sustainable, renewable and above all, compostable. Among his first products are carrier bags and ‘the world’s first shoe made with 100% natural materials.’ Ready to be marketed.

New biobased materials are everywhere, old biobased materials can be repurposed by modern technology

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,650 yuan/ton 5,650 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 805 $/ton 820 $/ton +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,150 yuan/ton 5,050 yuan/ton -100
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.300 yuan/ton 5.225 yuan/ton -75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,770 yuan/ton 3,710 yuan/ton -60
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
555 $/ton 550 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,595 yuan/ton 4,445 yuan/ton -150
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 595 $/ton 578 $/ton- -17
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 689 $/ton 680 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 671 $/ton 662 $/ton -9
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling

623 $/ton 622 $/ton -1
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 6,225 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton
-325
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton -100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,300 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton -200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling
6,300 yuan/ton 6,050 yuan/ton -250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton -50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 10,750 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton
+250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,490 $/ton 1,500 $/ton +10
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,820 $/ton 1,780 $/ton -40
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,450 yuan/ton 11,550 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 11,800 yuan/ton 11,900 yuan/ton +100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,200 yuan/ton 31,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling

14,000 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,350 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 50,500 yuan/ton 52,500 yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 50,500 yuan/ton +2,000
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 40,500 yuan/ton 42,500 yuan/ton +2,000
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,600 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton +150
Benzene domestic market 4,590 yuan/ton 4,600 yuan/ton +10
Benzene overseas  market 649 $/ton 656 $/ton
+7
Ethylene South East market 985 $/ton 905 $/ton +10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,108 $/ton 1,137 $/ton +29
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,400 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton +100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 12,900 yuan/ton 13,200 yuan/ton +300
PP Powder domestic Petrochemical DTYPolyester PETRecycling 7,770 yuan/ton 7,620 yuan/ton -150
Naphtha overseas market  529 $/ton 509 $/ton
-20
Phenol domestic market 6,040 yuan/ton 6,160 yuan/ton +120

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,650 yuan/ton 5,650 yuan/ton
Bottle grade PET chips export market 790 $/ton 805 $/ton +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 5,150 yuan/ton 5,150 yuan/ton
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 5.250 yuan/ton 5.300 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,735 yuan/ton 3,770 yuan/ton +75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
550 $/ton 555 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,400 yuan/ton 4,595 yuan/ton +195
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 570 $/ton 595 $/ton- +25
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 693 $/ton 689 $/ton -4
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 675 $/ton 671 $/ton -4
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical PSFPolyester PETRecycling

627 $/ton 623 $/ton -4
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 6,175 yuan/ton 6,225 yuan/ton
+50
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 6,100 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,900 yuan/ton 8,000 yuan/ton +100
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 7,100 yuan/ton 7,300 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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6,200 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton +100
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,300 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 10,650 yuan/ton 10,750 yuan/ton
+100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,500 $/ton 1,490 $/ton -10
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,820 $/ton 1,820 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,400 yuan/ton 11,450 yuan/ton +50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 11,850 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton -50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 31,000 yuan/ton 31,200 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical PSFPolyester PETRecycling

14,050 yuan/ton 14,000 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,950 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,400 yuan/ton 15,350 yuan/ton -50
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 49,000 yuan/ton 50,500 yuan/ton +1,500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 47,000 yuan/ton 48,500 yuan/ton +1,500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 39,000 yuan/ton 40,500 yuan/ton +1,500
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,650 yuan/ton 7,600 yuan/ton -50
Benzene domestic market 4,600 yuan/ton 4,590 yuan/ton -10
Benzene overseas  market 664 $/ton 649 $/ton
-15
Ethylene South East market 995 $/ton 985 $/ton -10
Ethylene NWE  market 1,154 $/ton 1,108 $/ton -46
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 11,500 yuan/ton 11,400 yuan/ton -100
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,700 yuan/ton 12,900 yuan/ton +1,200
PP Powder domestic market 7,520 yuan/ton 7,770 yuan/ton +250
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical PSFPolyester PETRecycling

513 $/ton 529 $/ton
+16
Phenol domestic market 6,040 yuan/ton 6,040 yuan/ton

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-More than 40% of EU plastic packaging waste recycled

In the EU, an estimated 41.5% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in 2018. In seven EU Member States, more than half of the plastic packaging waste generated was recycled.

In 2018, the highest recycling rate of plastic packaging waste was recorded in Lithuania (69.3%), ahead of Slovenia (60.4%, 2017 data), Bulgaria (59.2%), Czechia (57.0%), Cyprus (54.3%), Slovakia (51.4%) and Spain (50.7%).

-More than 40% of EU plastic packaging waste recycled

-India imposes anti-dumping duty on rayon yarn imports for five years

India has made an affirmative final calculations of anti-dumping on imports of rayon yarn from China, Indonesia and Vietnam, and proposed to impose an additional anti-dumping duty ranging from $0.25/kg to $0.8/kg for five years (from 2021 to 2025). The amount of the duty imposed on imports originating in China is USD 0.41-0.8 per kilogram.

For exporters, the amount of the imposed on imports originating in Vietnam is as large as that in Indonesia, reaching USD 0.41 per kilogram and USD 0.44 per kilogram respectively, at the exception of three Indonesian company whose exports are subject to a duty of USD 0.25-0.35 per kilogram, meaning that their competitive advantage has increased significantly. In China, the duty burden is the biggest and Grace, the lowest taxed company in China, exports are also subject to a duty of USD 0.41 per kilogram, which is almost double that of Vietnam and other manufacturers, and 2-3 times that of Indonesia. Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

-India imposes anti-dumping duty on rayon yarn imports for five years

-Eneos sets January contract price for benzene in Asia at USD635 per tonne

Eneos (formerly JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy), part of Eneos Holding, a major Japanese petrochemical producer, set the January contract price for benzene in Asia at USD 635 per tonne, up USD60 per tonne compared to the contract price last December, a company source told ICIS .  Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

The price has been approved on CFR Asia delivery terms.

The rise in the company’s January contract price for the material was driven by an increase in spot prices for benzene in the last weeks of 2020.

The December contract price for benzene in Asia was set at USD575 per tonne, which is USD115 per tonne higher than the contract price in November.

Benzene is a raw material for the production of styrene, which, in turn, is the main raw material for the production of polystyrene (PS).

-Eneos sets January contract price for benzene in Asia at USD635 per tonne

-GCC chemical industry to post 15-20% revenue growth in 2021 – GPCA

The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) chemical industry is projected to post a 15-20% revenue growth in 2021, reversing the contraction of more 20% last year, on the back of higher output and trade despite no dramatic recovery in upstream crude oil prices.

The projected growth, however, is still lower than the pre-pandemic pace of expansion of 25-30%, when incremental annual revenues were posted at $80bn since 2011, the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) said on Tuesday.

Higher oil prices and a demand rebound in end-user industries would drive up revenues this year, it said. Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

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-Polygiene acquires antibacterial additive specialist

UK antibacterial additive supplier, Addmaster, has been sold to Polygiene for $44.5m, with the support of Midlands-based Shakespeare Martineau and Bracebridge Corporate Finance.

The acquisition aims to bring together Addmaster’s antimicrobial technologies on hard surfaces with Polygiene’s odour control and antiviral solutions for textiles.

Addmaster’s Biomaster technology has reportedly been found to be effective on both porous and non-porous substrates against SARS-CoV-2. The company claims Biomaster can give up to 99% protection four hours after it has been added to products, preventing any bacteria or virus growing on everyday items. Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

Addmaster founder, Paul Morris said: “This is a fantastic deal for our business and gives us the financial backing and global resources we need to maximise the potential of our products, including the world-leading antimicrobial protection offered by Biomaster.”

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-NOVA revises its proposed January PE price hike in North America

NOVA has revised its proposed January 1 price increase for polyethylene (PE) from 3 cents per pound (USD66 per tonne) to 6 cents per pound (USD132 per tonne), according to the company’s letter to customers. Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

The letter says the increase applies to all types of polyethylene and is in addition to the 5 cents per pound price increase the company made in December.

Polyethylene prices are facing upward pressure due to stronger-than-expected demand both domestically and in foreign markets, as well as high raw material costs.

Ethylene spot prices have risen significantly in recent weeks, spot prices have risen to a six-year high, while crude oil futures have bounced back above the USD50 per barrel threshold for the first time since the mid-year coronavirus outbreak began.

-NOVA revises its proposed January PE price hike in North America

-Why does spandex price rise again?

Rigid demand for spandex gradually weakens recently, and many fabric mills intend to shut down for the Lunar Chinese New Year (in mid-Feb). Spandex companies till raised offers by around 2,000yuan/mt last week, and the market price chased up, with price of 20-40D up by around 1,000yuan/mt, bigger for some tight descriptions. Why does spandex price increase again after the New Year’s Day holiday and how about the durability?

Firstly, macro environment is bullish recently. Stimulated by the free inoculation of the vaccine against the COVID-19 and the complete of Sino-Europe investment agreement negotiation, market players presented apparently recovering confidence. In addition, capital fundamental is loose and the interest rate is low.

Participants show higher intention to take long position toward commodity such as oil and stocks. Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

Supply of spandex such as 20D and 30D for light fabrics for spring and summer wear is tight amid moderate demand, and the delivery needs to queue. Price of spandex 40D inched down in the second half of Dec and sales slowed down. However, spandex enterprises raised price in early-Jan and stocks were low.

Why does spandex price rise again?

-Inex Belgium chooses Sidel’s aseptic solutions to package UHT milk in PET bottles

Belgian milk producer Inex has selected Sidel’s aseptic PET packaging line to help meet a growing demand for locally produced milk, prompted by the COVID-19 restrictions in March. Thanks to Sidel’s new and sustainable packaging line, Inex plans to boost production capacity by supplying ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk products in PET bottles.  Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

Passionate about sustainability and the delivery of high quality milk, Inex is a 100% privately owned company in the heart of Belgium. It exports 50% of its production to neighbouring countries and produces a variety of authentic dairy products including fresh and long-life UHT milk, dairy drinks, cream and other milk derivatives. The milk is exclusively collected from local Belgian farmers and Inex has established a long-term relationship with its suppliers. Inex manufactures private labels for leading retailers as well as products under its own name.

To increase production capacity and simultaneously reduce its environmental footprint, Inex has cooperated closely with Sidel to design and install the new aseptic packaging line that will package its UHT milk in a safe, sustainable and user-friendly PET bottle.

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-AIMPLAS launches MOBACT Project to develop bio-based solutions for health sector

AIMPLAS, Plastics Technology Centre, is developing the MOBACT Project with funding from the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI).  Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

The MOBACT project, funded by the Valencian Innovation Agency (AVI), is developing bio-based solutions as an environmentally sustainable alternative to metal in order to fight the current major public health problem of hospital-acquired infection.

The project, which will end with the validation of its results in a real hospital environment, involves encapsulating substances so they can be applied both as a furniture coating and an injection product produced at high manufacturing temperatures.

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-SK Capital acquires majority interest in Lacerta Group

Lacerta Group, a designer and manufacturer of specialty thermoformed packaging solutions, has secured strategic investment from funds advised by SK Capital Partners, a New York-based private investment firm focused exclusively on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors. Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

SK Capital is acquiring a majority interest in the business. Lacerta’s co-founders, Ali and Mory Lotfi, will continue to retain a significant ownership stake in the Company. Terms of the deal have not been announced.

Privately held since it was founded in 1993, Lacerta is a leading provider of innovative packaging solutions primarily serving the food sector. The Company offers a comprehensive range of custom PET packaging products, including a leading line of tamper-evident products sold under the “Fresh N’ Sealed” brand. Lacerta has experienced top-line growth of 25 per cent annually since 2013 driven by a customer-centric model that is supported by product innovation and fulfilment through its extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities. Given that the vast majority of its products are 100% recyclable, and the packaging solutions produced by the Company can be made with up to 100% recycled content, Lacerta promotes a more circular and sustainable approach to food packaging.

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-Texas well-suited to become leading US producer of low-cost hydrogen: panelists

State benefits from infrastructure, cheap gas, renewables

Texas leads states in wind power capacity   Petrochemical Bioproducts Hydrogen

Texas is well-suited to become the leading producer of low-cost hydrogen in the US due to its existing hydrogen infrastructure and proximity to renewables, natural gas and storage resources, according to several people speaking Jan. 12 on a webinar sponsored by the University of Texas.

The Demonstration and Framework for H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond project was announced last September and will continue for three years, according to the DOE. The $10.8 million project is intended “to demonstrate how hydrogen production and use can enable grid resiliency, align domestic industries, increase competitiveness, and promote job creation.”

“Texas is ideal to lead,” said Nico Bouwkamp of Frontier Energy, which has partnered with the DOE to run the Texas initiative. “We think the location is well chosen.”

Bouwkamp was speaking Jan. 12 during the Texas Hydrogen Roundtable webinar sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas well-suited to become leading US producer of low-cost hydrogen: panelists

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-No Compromises:How Eastman’s Naia™ Renew Is Transforming the Fashion Industry

Here, Shaw’s Kellie Ballew and Eastman’s Ruth Farrell discuss the opportunities created by Eastman’s Naia™ Renew textile, and the need to show the market that sustainability and circularity can be achieved without compromise.

As part of an ongoing effort to highlight organizations making a positive impact on people and the planet, Kellie Ballew, Shaw’s VP of Global Sustainability, recently interviewed Ruth Farrell, Eastman’s global marketing director of textiles.

The two discussed the company’s approach to sustainability and its textile brand Naia™ Renew — which is helping the fashion industry become more sustainable.

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-RadiciGroup invests EUR 15 million in a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the filtering material used in protective face masks

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A strategic decision aimed at more independent Italian production of personal protective equipment   Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

RadiciGroup has taken the next step in its commitment to the health emergency response, by making a sizeable investment for the purchase of a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the material used for manufacturing protective face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Group has been at the forefront in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 from the very beginning of the pandemic, above all by rapidly setting up a production chain involving local factories for the manufacture of spunbond nonwoven for medical gowns and other personal protective equipment. As a result, the Group quickly came to the decision to produce meltblown nonwoven, a type of nonwoven not readily available in the Italian market, but indispensable in the manufacture of surgical masks.

“In the midst of the pandemic crisis,” said Maurizio Radici, vice president and COO of RadiciGroup, “the lack of meltblown nonwoven became evident. We kept receiving tens of requests from potential customers. A very small quantity of meltblown material is produced in Europe, which is certainly not sufficient to meet demand in a health emergency. Given our extensive experience in the field of nonwovens, we swiftly began figuring out how to set up a chain for the production of PPE in Italy. And, as soon as the opportunity arose to take concrete action, we had no hesitation to jump on it”.

RadiciGroup invests EUR 15 million in a new production line for meltblown nonwoven, the filtering material used in protective face masks

-SABIC’s new, breakthrough LNP™ COLORCOMP™ compound uses nanotechnology to enable differentiated foams

SABIC today introduced LNP™ COLORCOMP™ WQ117945 compound, a breakthrough material based on advanced nanotechnology that facilitates efficient production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foams for core materials in sandwich structures.

This new compound improves control over nucleation and cell growth, resulting in decreased cell size and uniform, narrower cell size distribution.

These attributes can reduce the foam’s weight by minimizing resin uptake in sandwich structures. It can also potentially improve shear strength/strain properties for better fatigue performance. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

Enhancing PET foams with SABIC’s new LNP COLORCOMP compound can address the evolving needs of multiple industries, including marine, building and construction, packaging and wind energy.

-SABIC’s new, breakthrough LNP™ COLORCOMP™ compound uses nanotechnology to enable differentiated foams

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

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe, have announced a price increase for all polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) in Europe, according to the company’s press release as of 5 January.

Effective January 1, 2021, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:

– STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) — by EUR135 per metric ton;

– STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech and STYRON C- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) – by EUR135 per metric ton;

– MAGNUM ABS resins – by EUR400 per metric ton;

– TYRIL SAN resins – by EUR170 per metric ton. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

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

-Gron Fuels lets technology contract for billion-dollar clean fuels project

Gron Fuels, LLC has recently selecte Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex renewable fuels and H2bridge bio-hydrogen technologies with bio-carbon capture and sequestration option for a multi-billion low carbon intensity complex in Louisiana, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

The integration of the fully proven H2bridge hydrogen technology with the HydroFlex technology enables Gron Fuels to produce renewable bio-hydrogen equivalent to the production of a 1,000 MW hydrolyser plant at a fraction of the cost. The design flexibility to include bio-carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to the project is added to pursue negative carbon intensity renewable fuel production.

Bio-hydrogen not utilized for renewable diesel production will be made available by Gron Fuels for purchase by third parties for lowering the CO2 emissions of power production, industrial processes, or transportation and can be shipped by the ~600 miles/1,000 km of hydrogen pipelines operational and located near Gron Fuels’ site.

Gron Fuels worked collaboratively with Topsoe to design the facility to be able to manufacture renewable arctic diesel with an additive-free -40 degrees cloud point.

-Gron Fuels lets technology contract for billion-dollar clean fuels project

-EC: New report on ‘Industry 5.0’ published

The EU’s recovery requires the acceleration of the twin green and digital transitions, to build a more sustainable and resilient society and economy. Industry is among the key drivers of this dual transition.Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

The report “Industry 5.0” published today recognises the power of industry to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet and placing the wellbeing of the industrial worker at the centre of the production process.

The report describes the main building blocks of the Industry 5.0 approach, lays out the main benefits for workers, as well as for industry itself, and provides a mapping of ongoing and finalised research and innovation projects that are pertinent to Industry 5.0.

-EC: New report on ‘Industry 5.0’ published

-Mars and Amcor announce recyclable rice pouch

Mars Food Australia

Mars Food has announced it will begin to use recyclable mono-polypropylene plastic (PP) for its microwavable rice pouches in 2021.

The pouch is a result of a three-year partnership between Mars Food and Amcor, with the companies sharing a vision to support a circular economy where the packaging doesn’t become waste. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

The companies are in the final stages of development of the new food-safe, monomaterial, microwavable rice pouch, with the first packs expected to be launched in limited European markets by mid-year 2021 and ambitions to scale the technology across Mars Food’s portfolio beginning in the back half of the year.

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-Faster, greener way of producing carbon spheres could improve carbon capture technology

Swansea University researchers have developed one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres, which are a vital component for carbon capture technology

A fast, green and one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres, which are a vital component for carbon capture technology and for new ways of storing renewable energy, has been developed by Swansea University researchers.

The method produces spheres that have good capacity for carbon capture, and it works effectively at a large scale.Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

Carbon spheres range in size from nanometers to micrometers. Over the past decade they have begun to play an important role in areas such as energy storage and conversion, catalysis, gas adsorption and storage, drug and enzyme delivery, and water treatment.

They are also at the heart of carbon capture technology, which locks up carbon rather than emitting it into the atmosphere, thereby helping to tackle climate change.

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-New Technique Promises Deeper Insights Into Polymer Degradation in High-shear Conditions

Ultra-long polymers are used widely in high-performance applications including energy-efficient lubricants, working fluids for energy production and performance plastics. Yet they also are often degraded by extreme flows and mechanical processes that break chemical bonds along the “spine” of the polymer chain. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

Motor oil in your car is a good example, explains Matthew Helgeson, an associate professor of chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara: “Polymer additives are engineered to control the viscosity of the oil and maintain its load-bearing characteristics, but if polymer degradation is too severe, the oil loses its effectiveness, resulting in poorer fuel efficiency and increased engine wear.”

To counteract such degradation and the resulting compromised performance, engineers have designed complex polymer shapes, including branched or star-like architectures that are less susceptible than straight polymer chains to damaging shear forces encountered in flow environments.

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-Utilising recyclable PET plastic waste: Towards a circular economy

“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” – a household phrase you’ve probably heard over and over again either through school, from awareness campaigns or even on TV.

This commonly used phrase is one expected to enthusiastically and optimistically drive the mind-sets of those listening, to essentially do the right thing and help efforts to save the environment. Petrochemical Sustainability Hydrogen

In Sri Lanka, waste segregation and management is a topic that has been gradually building up notoriety due to inefficiencies and lack of proper implementation. The Western Province alone generates around 7,500 metric tons of solid waste every day of which only 3,500 metric tons are collected (Central Environmental Authority, 2018).

Over the past few years, we’ve seen these poor practices result in overcrowded landfills, environmental deterioration and even economic drawbacks. Perfectly recyclable materials go to waste due to poor disposal, segregation and management practices across all stakeholders, from homes to municipalities and local authorities.

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-Enel, Maire Tecnimont to build green hydrogen plant in US

Enel Green Power (EGP), the renewable energy subsidiary of Italy’s Enel Group, and Maire Tecnimont (Rome, Italy) have agreed to work together on the development and construction of a green hydrogen production plant in the US, according to Chemweek.

A specific location has not been given.

EGP and NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the project, which will produce green hydrogen via electrolysis using renewable energy from an existing EGP solar plant. The project is expected to be operational in 2023 and supply hydrogen to a biorefinery, Enel says.

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-AUDI: CHEMICAL RECYCLING PROJECT FOR MIXED PLASTIC COMPONENTS

Audi in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology has launched a pilot project with the aim of finding a sustainable solution for plastic components that cannot be replaced in the automotive industry due to the stringent safety, heat resistance and quality requirements they must meet.  Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

The components under study are a mix of plastic materials that make them difficult to manage at the end of their life.

The project consists of the development of a chemical recycling process for mixed plastic components, which allows the material to be re-entered into a closed-loop supply chain system, thus contributing to a significant reduction in virgin material resources used.

The test was performed on discarded components such as fuel tanks, wheel trim parts and radiator grills recovered from some dealerships.

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-DSM announces price increase for polyamides

Royal DSM, a purpose-led, global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announces an increase in price for its Akulon® and Novamid® unfilled polyamide 6 grades for film, extrusion and unfilled injection molding in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America by a minimum of €165/mT and in North America by a minimum of $0.08/lb. In addition, the price for Akulon® polyamide 6 and 66 compounds in Europe will increase by a minimum of €140/mT. Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

These increases reflect raw material cost increases in the recent period, and take immediate effect, where contracts and prior agreements allow.

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-FIMIC webinar: Automatic melt filtering in Plastic Recycling

Automatic melt filtering in Plastic Recycling

Overview

Join us on the 3rd of February for an unmissable discussion with experts from FIMIC on automatic melt filtering in plastic recycling. This webinar taking place 03–Feb–2021 15:00 GMT | 16:00 CET | 10:00 EDT provides a platform to illustrate the latest techniques and challenges presented by recycling products, and how FIMIC is addressing these challenges.

We will explore why a self-cleaning filter is advisable, given the level of contamination the materials include. The experts will describe a number of specific applications, indicating materials, related common contaminations and pellets obtained, giving insights on the challenges posed by the different incoming materials and the results which can be obtained. Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

Listen as we discuss not only the most recycled materials but also a number of other materials less commonly processed which are getting increased attention such as PVC, PET and PVB.

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-UK parliament approves Brexit trade deal

Members of parliament in the UK voted Wednesday to approve legislation that will pass the post-Brexit trade deal into law, after European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel signed the agreement earlier in Brussels, Belgium, as per Chemweek.Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

The House of Commons approved the EU (Future Relationship) Bill by a vote of 521-73 at its first stage after Parliament was recalled. The bill will now pass to the House of Lords for approval. When this is done, the Queen will be asked to sign the legislation, known as Royal Assent.

The Brexit agreement was finally reached on 24 December after months of negotiation between the UK and the EU, and is based on international law. As part of the bill, it was agreed that there will be no tariffs or quotas on the movement of goods between the UK and the EU.

UK parliament approves Brexit trade deal

-Alstom to supply Italy first hydrogen trains

Alstom will supply six hydrogen fuel cell trains, with the option for eight more, to FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), the main transport and mobility group in the Italian region of Lombardy, for a total amount of approximately EUR160 million, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

The first train delivery is expected within 36 months of the date of the order. The new hydrogen trains will be based on Alstom’s Coradia Stream regional train platform, which is dedicated to the European market and already being produced for Italy by Alstom’s main Italian sites. The hydrogen powered Coradia Stream for FNM, will be equipped with the same fuel cell propulsion technology that was introduced to the world by the Coradia iLint. The hydrogen Coradia Stream will maintain the high standards of comfort already appreciated by passengers of its electric version. The hydrogen version will match the operational performance of diesel trains, including their range.

“We are immensely proud to be introducing hydrogen train technology to Italy, and we recognise the trust placed in us by our Italian customer. This development confirms Alstom’s role in defining the future of mobility.

Alstom to supply Italy first hydrogen trains

-Goldman sees Brent hitting $65/b by mid-2021 on sharp demand rebound

  • Vaccine roll-out seen triggering demand boost
  • Sees potential delays in supply-side response
  • US shale sector hampered by higher capital costs

London — Goldman Sachs sees Brent crude rising to $65/b by the middle of 2021, up to six months earlier than previously forecast, as a demand boost from the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and potential delays in restarting OPEC+ production keeps the oil market tight over the coming months.Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

Following Saudi Arabia’s surprise decision to slash another 1 million b/d from its crude production in February and March, Goldman noted that March production levels by the OPEC+ group will still be near the recent lows just even as global demand starts “rebounding sharply driven by warmer weather and rising vaccinations.”

“With vaccines being rolled out across the world, the likelihood of a fast tightening market from 2Q 2021 is rising as the rebound in demand stresses the ability of producers to restart production,” Goldman’s global head of commodities research, Jeffrey Currie, said in a note.

Goldman in December had a “target” price for Brent of $65/b for the end of 2021, supported by a rapid demand recovery as part of a “long-lasting bull market” for commodities based on dollar weakness, government spending and the energy transition.

-Goldman sees Brent hitting $65/b by mid-2021 on sharp demand rebound

-Sustainable Plastics Strategy

Plastic waste is ending up in the environment, and unmanaged, is amongst the greatest global environmental challenges of our time12,.

As an industry, we believe plastic waste in the environment is unacceptable and represents a massive loss of a valuable resource. Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

One of the keys to tackling plastic waste is the creation of a circular economy. In contrast to the make, use, then dispose, of linear economy; in a circular economy we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their life. The circular economy is about recognising and capturing the value of plastics as a resource, with the least impact on the climate. We have over recent years accelerated the transition to a circular economy, amongst other actions.

However, the circular economy for plastics is not just about waste. Whilst eliminating leakage and the increased use of secondary materials is one part of the picture, the transition to renewable feedstock completes this picture.

Long-term, plastics production should also decouple from fossil feedstock. This means using more renewable energy and more alternative feedstock from waste and renewable resources.

Much of the plastic in use today can already be recycled in some way, but according to an analysis by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, roughly one-third of the world’s plastic packaging waste is lost in the environment. In comparison, about 14% is collected for recycling, and 40% is disposed of in landfill.

The remaining 14% is incinerated, sometimes with energyfrom-waste recovery. In view of this, chemical technologies are needed to improve the labelling, identification and separation of waste plastics and composites into single-component polymers.

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-Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Jan 11

The market sentiment in Asian petrochemicals may remain mixed in the week starting Jan. 11. Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

Overall market sentiment is on a downward trajectory due to the sluggish demand and muted discussion prior to the Lunar New Year holiday. Meanwhile certain markets showed optimistic signs of recovery, spurred by surging upstream crude oil prices. Upstream crude oil market is expected to stay upbeat, driven by an expectation of the US stimulus package and COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

BUTADIENE:

Asian butadiene market would likely to remain bearish in the week to Jan. 15, after hitting a three-month low on Jan. 8, as supplies continue to normalize.

Market participants eye a planned restart of LG Chem’s butadiene unit in Yeosu, South Korea on Jan. 16. The butadiene unit is able to produce 145,000 mt/year.

Asia petrochemicals outlook, w/c Jan 11

-Milliken PP additive for thermoforming uses cleaner chemistry to deliver brighter look

New Hyperform® HPN® 909ei offers one less SML for food-contact applications

Ghent, Belgium – Designed for use by thermoformers, Milliken & Company’s Chemical Division’s latest high-performance additive for polypropylene (PP) homopolymers delivers an excellent balance of physical properties and superb aesthetics—all enabled through cleaner chemistry. Petrochemical SustainablePackaging R-PET 

Hyperform® HPN® 909ei checks all those boxes, and more, as this formulation also addresses an important aspect for safety reassurance in the European Union. Tailored specifically to minimize migration, especially in food-contact applications, this new grade of Hyperform has one Specific Migration Limit (SML) less than the previous generation product. A lower number of SMLs means there is one less substance that must be monitored and tested for, reducing customers’ compliance burden. With this simplification, the reassurance of safety is even stronger. This is vital, given that this type of PP homopolymer is typically used to thermoform drink cups and lids, food packaging, and trays.

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-AUTOMATION TRIPLES PROCESSING CAPACITY

Premier Surplus automates E-waste processing with TOMRA AUTOSORT® FINES to take efficiencies to the next level

Electronics waste processing is extremely challenging. The material feed landscape is ever-changing with varied circuit board colors and multiple types of plastics used in electronics. “Manufacturers are producing green, yellow, blue and red circuit boards, and we even see some black circuit boards now,” comments Phillip Kennedy, VP of Premier Surplus, Dawsonville, Ga.  Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

For this reason, the material recovery division for Premier Surplus manually sorted the varied material stream, ultimately focusing on the high-valued product, printed circuit boards (PCBs). “We are urban mining,” he adds, “searching for gold, copper, aluminum, steel and plastics, so they are not sent to the landfill.”

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-Brexit ‘question of damage limitation’ for chemicals – CIA’s CEO

Brexit has always been a question of damage limitation for the chemicals sector, according to the head of the UK’s chemicals trade body.

New regulations have come into play as of the 1 January after a deal was agreed at the eleventh hour, swerving the possibility of a no-deal exit at the end of 2020.

While avoiding quotas and a £1bn annual hit in tariffs is a relief to the chemicals industry, the CEO of the UK’s CIA trade body said the devil is in the detail in around the rules of origin. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

Steve Elliott urged chemicals producers to study the agreement.

Elliott was speaking at the ICIS Brexit webinar ‘UK Chemicals stand alone in a post-Brexit world’, in which he addressed what would happen to the country’s industry following its exit from the EU.

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-2021 recycling round-up: The future of reverse vending is already here

Convenience, community and digital experiences hit beverage container recycling

With alarming growth in plastic pollution worldwide, and particular concern over waste from single-use beverage containers, the recycling space is driving forward new innovations to make returning bottles and cans more motivating and efficient.

This is especially true at global resources sustainability company and reverse vending leader TOMRA. TOMRA has reverse vending installations in more than 60 markets across the globe, and a long history of reverse vending innovation: from inventing the world’s first fully-automated reverse vending machine (RVM), to pioneering the first 360-degree instant recognition system for containers, and the first Internet of Things (IoT) platform and consumer app for reverse vending. As the calendar turns to a new year, Gudbrand Arnesen, Head of Product & Solution Management at TOMRA Collection Solutions, shares eight of the latest innovations in reverse vending. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

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-World Bank expects global economy to expand by 4% in 2021

The global economy is expected to expand by 4 per cent in 2021, assuming an initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout becomes widespread throughout the year, according to the World Bank, which recently said a recovery, however, will likely be subdued unless policy makers move decisively to tame the pandemic and implement investment-enhancing reforms.

The bank, in its latest Global Economic Prospects report, said in India, the pandemic hit the economy at a time when growth was already decelerating. Output is estimated to contract by 9.6 per cent in fiscal 2020-21, reflecting a sharp drop in household spending and private investment.  Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

Growth in India is expected to recover to 5.4 per cent in 2021 as the rebound from a low base is offset by muted private investment growth given financial sector weaknesses.

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-Crude oil prices surge nearly 8 % during the week

Crude oil prices surged nearly 8 percent during the week to hit their highest level in nearly a year yesterday, supported by Saudi Arabia’s pledge to cut output and strong gains in major equity markets. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

So the Brent crude oil prices climbed 8.1 percent during the week to settle at 55.99 dollars a barrel. US crude gained 7.7 per cent to also close at 52.24 dollars a barrel, its highest level since February.

Saudi Arabia this week pledged extra, voluntary oil output cuts of 1 million barrels per day in February and March as part of a deal under which most OPEC Plus producers will hold production steady during new lockdowns.

Crude oil prices surge nearly 8 % during the week

-Recycling PET plastic waste: Towards a circular economy

“Reduce, reuse, and recycle” – a household phrase you’ve probably heard over and again either through school, from awareness campaigns or even on TV.

This commonly used phrase is one expected to enthusiastically and optimistically drive the mind-sets of those listening, to essentially do the right thing and help efforts to save the environment. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

In Sri Lanka, waste segregation and management is a topic that has been gradually building up notoriety due to inefficiencies and lack of proper implementation. The Western Province alone generates around 7,500 metric tons of solid waste every day of which only 3,500 metric tons are collected (Central Environmental Authority, 2018).

Over the past few years, we’ve seen these poor practices result in overcrowded landfills, environmental deterioration and even economic drawbacks. Perfectly recyclable materials go to waste due to poor disposal, segregation and management practices across all stakeholders, from homes to municipalities and local authorities.

Recycling PET plastic waste: Towards a circular economy

-PLA is moving into the mainstream

As polylactic acid becomes an increasingly established material option, demand has soared. For almost two decades, NatureWorks has been the driving force behind the development of this market. Leah Ford, Global Marketing Communications manager for NatureWorks explained to Sustainable Plastics how well its renewably-sourced material fits into today’s circular ambitions, offering functionality and sustainability. “New applications are just starting to really grow,” says Ford.Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

Q: Back in 2002, NatureWorks built the first commercial facility for PLA production in the world. Since then, there have not been many competitors enter this market. Why is that?

Ford: For a little over 15 years, NatureWorks was the sole, global supplier of PLA at a commercial-scale, and in the early years our capacity was enough to supply the market. Entry into this market requires significant investment and expertise in manufacturing PLA at scale, and this is still a relatively new process compared to petrochemical-based plastics that have been optimized for well over 60 years.

An integrated PLA complex is three distinct facilities: lactic acid fermentation, lactide monomer production, and PLA polymer production that need to be brought together for efficient, quality, economically viable manufacturing.

PLA is moving into the mainstream

-INEOS R&D creates styrenics polymer with 67% energy saving

An INEOS Styrolution research and development project reported an overall energy savings of up to 67% through the life cycle of a new styrenics polymer compound. The comparison styrenics compound was traditional Polyamide 12 (PA12).

The massive savings derived from the new material benefits manufacturers and customers alike, let alone the wider environmental benefits supplied by energy-efficient products.

This research breakthrough comes as Joseph Biden Jr.‘s democratic party takes control of the United States’ Senate, a major breakthrough for environmentalists.

Biden has promised a major infusion of government funds into green technologies in the coming years. With control of Congress now assured for two years, congressional Democrats will be able to implement the incoming President’s plans.

This news, moreover, occurs in conjunction with sustained European Union efforts to fund green AM projects. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

-INEOS R&D creates styrenics polymer with 67% energy saving

-AI-enabled sorting machines keep plastic in circular economy

Unilever and the Alibaba Group have created an Al-enabled recycling system that automatically identifies and sorts plastic packaging. Its aim is to speed high-grade plastic back into the circular economy and move China’s companies and consumers towards a waste-free world. Petrochemical PolylacticAcidPLA R-PET

Unilever has joined forces with the Alibaba Group to launch the country’s first large-scale closed-loop plastic recycling system.

The joint initiative – called Waste-Free World – is part of Unilever’s drive to tackle the root cause of plastic waste and think differently about packaging.

As a company we have set a goal to halve our use of virgin plastic, cut plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes and accelerate our use of recycled plastic by 2025.

The initiative is part of that drive and an active response to the Shanghai government’s plan to create a plastic packaging management system that can be used country-wide to promote a more circular economy.

AI-enabled sorting machines keep plastic in circular economy

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,400 yuan/ton 5,650 yuan/ton +150
Bottle grade PET chips export market 790 $/ton 790 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 4,850 yuan/ton 5,150 yuan/ton +300
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 4,925 yuan/ton 5.250 yuan/ton +325
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,680 yuan/ton 3,735 yuan/ton +55
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
480 $/ton 550 $/ton +70
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,425 yuan/ton 4,400 yuan/ton -25
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 568 $/ton 570 $/ton- +2
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 635 $/ton 693 $/ton +58
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 617 $/ton 675 $/ton +58
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

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567 $/ton 627 $/ton +60
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 5,870 yuan/ton 6,175 yuan/ton
+305
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,800 yuan/ton 6,100 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton +350
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 7,100 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
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5,950 yuan/ton 6,200 yuan/ton +250
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 6,020 yuan/ton 6,300 yuan/ton +280
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,350 yuan/ton 10,650 yuan/ton
-700
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,550 $/ton 1,500 $/ton -50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,800 $/ton 1,820 $/ton +20
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,850 yuan/ton 11,400 yuan/ton -450
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,200 yuan/ton 11,850 yuan/ton -350
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 30,500 yuan/ton 31,000 yuan/ton +500
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

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14,450 yuan/ton 14,050 yuan/ton -400
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 16,950 yuan/ton -250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,400 yuan/ton -200
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 49,000 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 46,500 yuan/ton 47,000 yuan/ton +500
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 39,000 yuan/ton 39,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,650 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 4,450 yuan/ton 4,600 yuan/ton +150
Benzene overseas  market 626 $/ton 664 $/ton
+38
Ethylene South East market 930 $/ton 995 $/ton +65
Ethylene NWE  market 1,087 $/ton 1,154 $/ton +67
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 12,100 yuan/ton 11,500 yuan/ton -600
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,300 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton +400
PP Powder domestic market 7,700 yuan/ton 7,520 yuan/ton -180
Naphtha overseas market 

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487 $/ton 513 $/ton
+26
Phenol domestic market 6,250 yuan/ton 6,040 yuan/ton -210

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-Sulzer Chemtech to supply lactide processing technology to Chinese project

Sulzer Chemtech has won a contract to supply lactide production equipment to a project at Zhejiang Depei New Material Co.’s latest plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China.

The processing equipment will enable the company to produce large volumes of high-quality lactide from plant biomass. The plant will leverage an innovative hybrid technology to reach high purity levels, resulting in outstanding thermal and mechanical properties.

The project in Ningbo of Zhejiang Depei New Material, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Youcheng New Materials, is part of the company’s strategy to support the large-scale adoption of sustainable plastics and fibers made from renewable resources, such as biomass from agricultural processes.

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-Views on caprolactam market trend in January 2021

On December 24th 2020, Sinopec settled the December contract for caprolactam at 11,700yuan/mt, up 1,050yuan/mt or 9.9% month-on-month. Many downstream users said that the settlement was too high. In fact, in comparison with CPL spot (11,750yuan/mt on Dec 24), the settlement was in line with market expectation, at least not too unreasonable.

Contract rise is also in line with CPL spot market movement and benzene contract settlement. Due to previous intensive plant maintenance, CPL supply had been very tight in the middle of the month and prices were soaring up high to 11,850yuan/mt, which was not acceptable for traditional nylon 6 chip makers. But some cord fabric plants had taken some orders at 11,800-11,900yuan/mt or above, as cord fabric market hiked on bullish demand. Rising spot market pushed up the natural average CPL spot rate in Dec and thus finally made settlement as high as 11,700yuan/mt. This rate was also in line with the increase in Sinopec’s benzene contract settlement for Dec, which rose 603yuan/mt or 15.6% month-on-month. The cost increase takes around 57.4% of CPL contract settlement increase.

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-Specialized Packaging Group bought by investment firm Altamont Capital Partners

Baldwinsville, N.Y.-based SPG manufactures protective packaging products that operates under two divisions, Ivex and Engineered Packaging.

Private investment firm Altamont Capital Partners has acquired Specialized Packaging Group Inc. (SPG), said to be one of the largest independent manufacturers of protective packaging in North America, from Paul Gaulin, the company’s founder.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

As part of the transaction, Gaulin is retiring as president and CEO of SPG, but will remain a member of the board of directors and a minority investor in the business.

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-H&M and Danone AQUA turns PET plastic into comfy kids wear

Swedish fashion brand H&M has in collaboration with Danone AQUA, Indonesia’s number one water bottled brand turned PET plastic into colorful and comfortable kids wear.

The project ‘bottle2fashion’ initiated in September 2020 is a response to the Indonesian government to lessen ocean pollution as well as creating more jobs. Indonesia is on a mission to tackle its huge plastic pollution problem and aims to cut marine plastic waste by 70% in 2025.

From this initiative, locals collected more than 3.5 million PET plastic bottles on the islands of Indonesia, cleaned them, and crushed them into small pieces. The small pieces were then made into polyester fabric fibers and combined with organic cotton and other types of recycled cotton to create comfortable hoodies, jogger pants, and colorful long sleeve t-shirts for the bottle2fashion collection.

Nellie Lindborg, H&M sustainable manager says that with the project they want to be involved with cleaning the beaches and the oceans. The bottle2fashion project is an incorporation with other companies, as part of their initiative to move towards circular economy. The project aims to find alternatives to conventional polyester, which is also a kind of plastic, to make more sustainable and affordable clothes for kids and overall to improve the environment, the economy and the livelihood in Indonesia.

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-Sparsh produces high barrier CPP films using Bobst’s AluBond

Sparsh Industries aggressive expansion plan in the coming years

Sparsh Industries is the first company in India to have the Bobst AluBond process on a wide web machine and is achieving excellent barrier properties as a result. The Expert K5 3300mm-wide metallizer was commissioned in June 2020 and is producing metalized CPP with an oxygen barrier of less than 10 cm3/(m2 d) and a water or moisture barrier of less than 0.50 g/(m2 d). The AluBond process enables substrates to achieve higher bond strength results without any modification. The PSA desk has slightly edited the interview submitted to us by Bobst Manchester in the United Kingdom, mainly for style.

Bobst’s long relationship with Sparsh, based in Kanpur in North India, exceeds a decade. In these years, four of its metallizers have been installed and commissioned at Sparsh. Incorporated in 2009, Sparsh Industries is a well-known and reputed manufacturer of polyester and metalized films marketed under its ‘SPARSHPET’ brand. With its metalized films available in numerous optical densities for various applications, Sparsh also manufactures CPP films, customized holographic film and paper, offline coated products, and polyester resins.

The company has advanced R&D and testing facilities for process innovation and product development. In a major expansion mode, Sparsh Industries is developing an aluminum foil rolling plant and an additional polyester film and polymer plant. Ashutosh Agarwal, CEO of Sparsh Industries, is extremely satisfied with how the new metallizer is running, and we decided to speak to him to find out more.

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-Biodegradable plastics will not solve the plastic problem

Biodegradable packaging will not solve China’s plastic crisis, according to a report published by Greenpeace East Asia.

China’s biodegradable plastics industry has seen a huge growth in recent years, driven by legislation to ban several types of single-use plastics.

As of this year, 36 companies have planned or constructed new biodegradable plastic manufacturing facilities in China.

According to the report, if this rush to produce biodegradable plastics continues, China’s e-commerce industry is estimated to produce 5 million tonnes of biodegradable plastic waste per year by 2025.

The authors of the report have highlighted that the term ‘biodegradable plastic’ can be very misleading.

The majority of biodegradable plastics only degrade within six months in controlled compost facilities at temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celcius and carefully managed humidity conditions. Under typical conditions such as landfill, the biodegradable plastics can remain intact for much longer than six months.

Biodegradable plastics will not solve the plastic problem

-Blast at Chinese Recycler Shows Battery Supply Chain Risks

  • Explosion occurred Thursday at factory in China’s Hunan
  • Local government says one person killed, six seriously injured

China’s biggest battery manufacturer has urged a focus on safety issues after an explosion at a recycling affiliate, which has drawn attention to the risks in the industry’s supply chain.

The blast at a Hunan Brunp Recycling Technology Co. factory in Hunan province killed one person and seriously injured six others, the local government said on its official Weibo. Hunan Brunp is a unit of Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology Co., a subsidiary of Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

-Blast at Chinese Recycler Shows Battery Supply Chain Risks

-Henkel CSR Contributes to Circular Economy and Climate Protection

Henkel has reached a milestone in its engagement for sustainable packaging: The company used almost 700 million bottles made of 100% recycled plastics for Laundry & Home Care products in Europe – more than 400 million alone in 2020.

The recycled material stems from post-consumer waste, including Social Plastic from Henkel’s partnership with the Plastic Bank. By increasing the number of packaging made of recycled material, Henkel not only contributes to a circular economy but also to climate protection: Recycled PET has an almost 80% lower CO2 footprint compared to virgin plastic.

“At Henkel, we promote sustainable packaging solutions and foster a circular economy along the value chain – because we are committed to live up to our responsibility as a consumer goods manufacturer,” said Abdullah Khan, head of Packaging Sustainability Laundry & Home Care at Henkel. “We are increasing the share of recycled material across our entire portfolio and many packaging includes recycled plastics already. It is not always possible to advance to 100% – also due to the limited availability of high-quality material. Nevertheless, we have significantly expanded the number of consumer products with bottles made of 100% recycled plastics.”

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-Circular in Motion targets recycled-content plastics

European online platform seeks to provide marketplace for companies with recycled-content sustainability goals.

Netherlands-based Circular in Motion says it is starting with plastics as it introduces its online platform “to sell and buy sustainable materials” in an effort to “help operators, from municipalities to companies of all sizes, shift from linear to circular economy.”

“In Europe, we have a big gap between offer and demand of the secondary raw materials, and we need to bridge this,” says Leila Oksanen, chief commercial officer of Circular in Motion. “We want to help companies connect, generate business and create value chains around sustainability. We are certain the accessible e-marketplace can be a concrete boost to the European circular economy, and of course beyond EU borders too.”

Continues Oksanen, “We help match the supply and demand of the recycled and renewable content raw materials and make it possible for all kinds of operators, big and small, to be part of circular economy.”

Circular in Motion targets recycled-content plastics

-Volume Resin Prices Keep Rising

Constrained supplies, higher feedstock costs, and continued strong demand fuel ongoing price hikes.

Going into 2021, prices of the five volume commodity resins seem set to continue their upward march, at least for now. Driving this trajectory were higher feedstock costs, supplies tightened by production outages, and healthy domestic and export demand for all of these resins but polystyrene. In some cases, most notably polypropylene, suppliers aimed to push through non-feedstock-related price increases to boost their profit margins.

Those are the views of purchasing consultants from Resin Technology, Inc. (RTi), senior editors from PetroChemWire (PCW) and CEO Michael Greenberg of The Plastics Exchange.

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-Green Materials: Equate’s food-grade PET with 30% chemically recycled content; Citrus-based bottles with VTT’s new FDCA tech

Equate’s  food-grade PET with 30% chemically recycled content

Equipolymers (EQP), a subsidiary of Equate Group has launched Viridis 30, a food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufactured with 30% chemically recycled PET as feedstock.

Viridis 30’s roots go back to 2009, when EQP launched Viridis 10 (with 10% recycled PET) with the support of The Coca Cola Company. Viridis complies with the relevant European Commission’s regulations for food contact plastics, meaning it can be used in beverage bottle production as well as in thermoforming applications. In 2016, EQP and Coca-Cola announced Viridis 25, a PET grade containing 25% recycled PET.

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-Asia manufacturing continues recovery in December

Asa’s manufacturing activities mostly improved in December, affirming the region’s economic recovery despite a recent pick-up in coronavirus infection rates.

China’s official purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector remained above the above expansionary threshold despite slipping to 51.9 in December from the year’s highest reading of 52.1 in November. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

A PMI reading above 50.0 indicates expansion in the manufacturing economy.

“The pace of domestic recovery has been quite solid in recent months, thanks to China’s status as the first in and first out of the pandemic and policy stimulus packages in major developed economies, which significantly boosted domestic production from supply and demand sides, respectively,” Japan’s Nomura Global Markets Research said.

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-DSM and Clariter are partners in the search for a chemical recycling solution for Dyneema®-based end products

Royal DSM, a high-tech multinational specialized in Food, Health and Sustainable Life, and Clariter, an international cleantech company, today announce their strategic partnership aimed at finding a recycling solution chemical for products based on DSM’s Dyneema®, an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber.

As a first step in this partnership, a range of sample products – including ropes, nets and ballistic materials made with Dyneema® – were successfully converted at the pilot plant in Poland, demonstrating the recyclability potential of Dyneema® and highlighting the active commitment of DSM Protective Materials to shaping a more sustainable world.

In line with its ambitious sustainability goals, and following the successful launch of bio-based (mass balance) Dyneema®, DSM Protective Materials is actively pursuing reuse and recycling solutions for Dyneema®-based end-of-life products. In an effort to promote technical recycling solutions, DSM Protective Materials and Clariter teamed up to test the feasibility of using Dyneema® as a raw material in Clariter’s chemical recycling process. Sample products made with Dyneema® were used in Clariter’s tests at its pilot plant in Poland. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

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-Coronavirus, oil price crash – impact on chemicals

Economic growth in east Asia and the Pacific is projected at 7.4% in 2021, reversing an estimated contraction of 0.9% in 2020, led by a strong rebound in China, the World Bank said late on Tuesday. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

Despite a recovery in domestic and global demand, regional activity is expected to remain somewhat relatively subdued, reflecting lasting damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report.

Global economic output is expected to expand by 4% in 2021 before moderating to 3.8% in 2022, after shrinking by 4.3% in 2020, based on World Bank’s projections.

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-EU imposes preliminary duties on Turkish HRC

The European Commission has introduced provisional anti-dumping duties on Turkish hot-rolled coil (HRC) imports, which will be collected starting tomorrow. A definitive decision is expected by 10 July.

The commission has maintained the duty rates as proposed — Habas will be subject to a 4.8pc duty, Erdemir to 5.4pc and Colakoglu to 7.6pc, and will apply to the cif value of the products. Agir Haddecelik and Borcelik both face 5.9pc duties, and all other exporting companies 7.6pc. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

Imports have been subject to registration since 12 November, which will now be stopped in light of the preliminary duty. A decision on whether the commission will collect a retroactive duty for the period between 12 November and the imposition of the provisional duty will be made at the definitive stage of the probe.

EU imposes preliminary duties on Turkish HRC

-Europe R-PET starting strong in 2021

Senior Editor for Recycling, Matt Tudball, looks at how the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) is starting off the New Year strong.

– Bullish outlook for January flake prices   Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

– Demand looking strong in Q1

– Limited impact of higher virgin PET prices

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-FrieslandCampina switches to 100% recycled PET bottles

As from February 2021, FrieslandCampina will be making PET bottles from 100% recycled PET (rPET). Because a PET bottle can only be recycled if the consumer has removed the label, FrieslandCampina’s Research & Development department has additionally developed a brand new “zipper” that makes it easier to separate from the bottle.

This makes FrieslandCampina the first company in the dairy sector to make its bottles virtually circular for its brands in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Hungary. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

Patrick van Baal, Global Director Packaging Development at FrieslandCampina: “With the 100% recycled PET bottle, FrieslandCampina is taking a new step in making its packaging circular. Our ambition is to become fully circular. That is why we are increasing the recycled content of our PET bottles from 20% to 100%. This step is crucial because in order to achieve our sustainability goals, all packaging must first become recyclable and/or reusable.”

FrieslandCampina switches to 100% recycled PET bottles

-Carbon Clean and Veolia team up to fund green projects in India through a joint venture

This partnership between Veolia and Carbon Clean is an important step in the right direction  Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

Carbon Clean, a leader in low-cost carbon dioxide capture and separation technology, announced today that it has joined forces with Veolia, the global leader for optimised resource management, to exclusively develop multiple green projects in India.

The newly established company Veolia Carbon Clean will first develop two carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) and compressed biogas (CBG) projects in India, utilising Carbon Clean’s patented CDRMax and MethPure technologies.

CCUS and biofuels (including CBG) are both important components of India’s future green energy mix, as outlined in the Government’s 2018 Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme.

-Carbon Clean and Veolia team up to fund green projects in India through a joint venture

-SIBUR and Sinopec set up a JV at Amur Gas Chemical Complex

Svobodny (Amur Region), 28 December 2020. SIBUR Holding, Russia’s leading petrochemicals company and one of the most rapidly growing petrochemicals businesses globally, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), China’s leading energy and chemical company, have closed the deal to set up a joint venture (JV) at the Amur Gas Chemical Complex after obtaining all the necessary approvals from the regulators of both countries. SIBUR and Sinopec will hold interest in the JV in the amount of 60% and 40%, respectively. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

In June 2019, the parties agreed on the main terms and conditions of the potential JV. Following the investment decision, all corporate and regulatory approvals were obtained as required to close the deal. Following the deal, the parties will gain joint control over the JV.(1)

Set to become the world’s largest basic polymer production facility, Amur GCC will have a capacity of 2.7 mtpa, including 2.3 mtpa of polyethylene and 400 ktpa of polypropylene, and will be producing a wide range of grades.

SIBUR and Sinopec set up a JV at Amur Gas Chemical Complex

-Pyrolyx files for insolvency in Germany

Tire pyrolysis company Pyrolyx A.G. has started insolvency proceedings, the company revealed in a statement canceling an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for Jan. 15.

On Dec. 4, 2020, the company filed with the Munich District Court under file number 1507 IN 2125/20 for the opening of insolvency proceedings, the recycled carbon black (rCB) manufacturer said. Petrochemical AutomotiveIndustries ShaleOil 

“The court-appointed insolvency trustee does not see himself in a position to give its consent to payments in connection with the AGM,” it said. “It is therefore impossible… to hold the extraordinary general meeting.”

As of Jan. 4, the company had not provided any update to investors about the progress of the insolvency process via its website.

Last November, the tire pyrolysis company placed its Terre Haute, Ind., unit in the U.S. into bankruptcy, adding that it was reviewing “the viability of its entities” following a failure to raise capital for a major restructuring plan.

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-Latest Global Innovation In PET Manufacturing By Equipolymers Adds Step Closer To Circular Economy Objective

Equipolymers (EQP), a subsidiary of EQUATE Petrochemical Company has once again achieved a global product innovation with the launch of Viridis 30, a food-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufactured with 30 percent chemically recycled PET as feedstock.

The successful development of Viridis 30reflects EQUATE Group’s alignment with the European Commission’s ‘Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’. Adopted in January 2018, the strategy aims to transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled in the European Union.

Viridis 30 is a strong example of EQUATE’s commitment to innovation, and continuous drive to shrink its carbon footprint.  The company believes that designing more and better quality recyclates will not only help close the loop in the circular economy, but deliver greater added value for a more competitive, resilient plastics industry.

SudhirShenoy, Senior Vice President at EQUATE Group, said: “Operating in a sustainable economy is a critical area of focus for EQUATE Group, and has driven the development of the Viridis 30 innovation – a demonstration of our industry leadership and excellence. This new product adds a new milestone to the successful manufacture of recyclable materials without compromising on quality and contributes to improved economic and environmental performance for our customers.”

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-M&As: Pritzker Private Capital acquires speciality chemicals firm Vertellus; Evonik closes acquisition of US firm’s biodegradable polymers business

Investment firm Pritzker Private Capital (PPC) says it has acquired the Vertellus group of companies, a specialty chemicals manufacturer.

PPC is investing alongside John Van Hulle, President/CEO of Vertellus, as well as other members of the Vertellus management team. Van Hulle and existing management will continue to lead the business. Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Vertellus is a leading provider of specialty chemicals for the healthcare, personal care, food & agriculture, coatings and transportation markets. Founded in 1857, Vertellus manufactures more than 700 products that are used in medical devices, vitamins, health & beauty, crop protection, fuel & lube, and other products. The company serves customers across the globe from 10 manufacturing facilities located in the US, UK, India and China.

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-Advancing a circular economy for plastics in Africa – Dow and Mr. Green Africa expand partnership to tackle plastic waste in Kenya

Mr. Green are very excited to announce the extension of the partnership with DOW to help fight the plastic waste challenge in Kenya and advance a circular economy for plastics in Africa.

The partnership, was officially launched in November 2019 during Dow’s Project Butterfly™ event to raise awareness of the plastic waste issue, influence positive behavior and invest in solutions in waste disposal and recycling initiatives. Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

The collaboration has so far enabled Dow and Mr. Green Africa to drive positive change in communities in Kenya where a lack of waste infrastructure has led to plastic waste ending up in rivers and informal dumps, as well as creating a market for flexible plastic packaging enabling an additional source of income for workers in the informal waste sector.

By incentivizing waste pickers with a higher, stable income and establishing sorting centers that allow waste pickers to bring plastic waste in for payment, and then enabling this waste to be processed in recycling centers, the partnership has not only created a new market for flexible plastic waste, it has made sorting materials more effective in the region.

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-Pretium joins U.S. Plastics Pact

Pretium joins u.s. plastics pact, committing to meet ambitious circular economy goals by 2025. Led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Plastics Pact will unify approaches to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics.  Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

Pretium has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative rooted in four ambitious goals intended to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions to create a path forward toward a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. The first North American Pact of its kind, the U.S. Pact is a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

As part of the U.S. Pact, activators like Pretium recognize that significant, system-wide change is imperative to realize a circular economy for plastics. As such, the U.S. Pact will convene more than 70 brands, retailers, NGOs, and government agencies across the plastics value chain to bring one voice to U.S. packaging through coordinated initiatives and innovative solutions for rethinking products, packaging, and business models.

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-Commission’s SAM report confirms role of biodegradable plastics within a circular economy

EUPB is pleased to see that new report clearly identifies several beneficial application areas for biodegradable plastics even though this was not its original focus

This week the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) published a report, entitled “Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment”.

The report identifies applications of biodegradable polymers which contribute towards achieving a circular economy and tackle the challenge of managing the EU’s waste.

“We are pleased to see that this report clearly identifies several beneficial application areas for biodegradable plastics even though this was not its original focus”, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP).

“We also welcome the call for economic incentives to promote appropriate disposal behaviour as well as the need for further research that it highlights”, he adds.

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-The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund welcomes Nestlé as an investor to accelerate sustainable innovation in Europe

With the commitment of Nestlé, ECBF Management GmbH has successfully raised €175 million in total   Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

ECBF Management GmbH today announced Nestlé’s investment in the second closing of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF), the first venture fund exclusively focused on scaling up late-stage circular bioeconomy companies in Europe. Circular bioeconomy includes innovation in the food and feed sectors as well as in sustainable packaging. With the commitment of Nestlé, ECBF Management GmbH has successfully raised €175 million in total. The €93 million raised in ECBF´s second closing has doubled the Fund´s size only two months after it assumed operations.

With a target size of €250 million, ECBF will be an important financial instrument contributing to the European Green Deal of making Europe climate neutral by 2050. Nestlé as well as Neste Oyj, Volkswohl Bund Versicherungen, NRW.BANK and one family office participated in this investment round.

The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund welcomes Nestlé as an investor to accelerate sustainable innovation in Europe

-BPF publishes new sustainability report

The UK’s leading plastics trade association, the British Plastics Federation (BPF), has launched its first sustainability report looking at wider sustainability initiatives from across the industry.  Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

Sustainability in the plastics supply chain highlights the positive contribution the industry has made towards ongoing environmental issues, covering sustainable manufacturing practices, sector-specific contributions to sustainability and end of life management.

The new report builds upon a 2018 publication, Plastics: A Vision for a Circular Economy, and examines areas where the BPF and its members can positively influence sustainability outcomes and work towards achieving a UK circular economy. It shows how the plastics industry is contributing significantly to strengthening the market for secondary plastics materials, decreasing energy use in plastics processing, and setting new international standards such as the recently announced Publicly Available Specification (PAS 510) to prevent plastic pellet loss

BPF publishes new sustainability report

-ThinKing December 2020: Wood, hemp, and chicken feathers – creating technical components from natural fibres

The injection blow moulding or “fibre injection moulding” (FIM) process uses three mould halves to manufacture components  Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

The last ThinKing of 2020 is dedicated to a process with an impressive lightweighting potential: The injection blow moulding or “fibre injection moulding” (FIM) process uses three mould halves to manufacture components. It is an intelligent combination of material-independence and process-engineering expertise that yields components which are not only light in weight but also efficient in terms of cost and material use. This makes them particularly resource- and climate-friendly.

The Development Agency for Lightweighting Baden-Württemberg presents this innovation in its December 2020 edition of ThinKing. Under this label, Leichtbau BW GmbH provides a platform every month for new innovative lightweighting products or services from Baden-Württemberg.

-ThinKing December 2020: Wood, hemp, and chicken feathers – creating technical components from natural fibres

-Italy considers scale-up of renewable fuels output

The Italian government will evaluate several proposals to increase production of renewable fuels to accelerate energy transition, as part of its recovery plan for which the country will receive €209bn ($257bn) from the EU. Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

The projects include conversion of integrated Eni’s 84,000 b/d Livorno refinery into a biorefinery for hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) production and construction of a waste-to-methanol plant (WtM) nearby. The conversion would be completed by the third quarter of 2024, and the WtM plant should be operational by the end of that year.

Eni confirmed its willingness “to carry out the appropriate assessments for the start of the conversion of the Livorno refinery into a biorefinery,” but said it is too early to elaborate.

-Italy considers scale-up of renewable fuels output

-Nexe Innovations edges closer to commercial-scale production of biodegradable coffee capsules

NEXE Innovations Inc., a leader in plant-based materials science and advanced manufacturing technologies headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has developed and is now seeking to further commercialize its fully compostable coffee capsules designed for use in Keurig Brewing Systems. Petrochemical Circular Economy ShaleOil 

According to a statement earlier today, the company NEXE placed orders early 2020 for custom-built high-speed automation in order to scale its NEXE Keurig-compatible (“K-Cup”) pod production capacity from 20 million annually toward capacity of up to 120 million pods/year. Delivery and commissioning of the equipment is expected by mid-2021.

The company also announced that pilot-scale composting and sieving tests for measurement of disintegration had been performed on its NEXE Nespresso-Compatible Pods by OWS Labs, and that these conformed to international standards.

-Nexe Innovations edges closer to commercial-scale production of biodegradable coffee capsules

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-Jindal takes over the Italian films of Domo (Italian Language Only)

The Indian group finds an agreement to acquire the Brianza-based company DOMO Films Solutions from the Belgian group, active in the production of BOPA and CPA.

Jindal Films, a company active in flexible packaging part of the Indian group Jindal, has signed an agreement to acquire from the Belgian group DOMO Chemicals 100% of the Brianza-based DOMO Films Solutions (DFS), based in Cesano Maderno (MB), specialized in production of polyamide films, produced by cast extrusion (CPA) and in double bubble with biorientation (BOPA).

The transaction, subject to a series of regulatory clearances, is expected to close towards the end of the first quarter of this year.

Founded in the early seventies under the name Caffaro, then in the SNIA group, DOMO Films Solutions over the years has specialized in the production of BOPA films, among the first to use “double bubble” extrusion technology. In 2002 it moved to the Bridgepoint Capital fund, changing its company name to CFP Flexible Packaging and, in 2014, it became part of the DOMO Chemicals group with its current name. With 110 employees, it produces 8,500 tons of BOPA film and about 5,000 t / y of cast film per year.

Jindal takes over the Italian films of Domo

-Extension of partnership in Kenya to tackle plastics waste / Collaboration with PIL to improve silage storage

US chemicals and materials giant Dow (Midland, Michigan; www.dow.com) has announced the extension of its partnership with Kenyan recycling company Mr. Green Africa (Nairobi; www.mrgreenafrica.com) to further tackle plastics waste in the African country and advance a circular economy for plastics on the continent.Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

Dow first began working with Mr. Green Africa in 2019 to raise awareness about plastics waste and to invest in recycling initiatives and waste disposal solutions in Kenya. Approximately 30 t of hard-to-recycle flexible plastics waste is currently processed every two months through the waste stream established by the companies.

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-Eurozone manufacturing makes continued gains in December

Eurozone manufacturing in December reached its strongest point in more than two years, according to the latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) data released by IHS Markit on Monday.Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

All three market segments in the eurozone marked an improvement in operating conditions on November’s levels, but the rate of growth differed between segments.

Those producing investment goods recorded the strongest growth in operating conditions, followed by the intermediate goods segment, while consumer goods’ producers tracked marginal strength on the previous month.

Strength in upstream manufacturing highlights the relative buoyancy of the chemicals sector compared to other industries.

Manufacturing PMI in the eurozone has maintained growth above the 50.0 neutral-mark for sixth consecutive months, following the crash in the second quarter as lockdowns swept the continent

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-Researchers transform CO2 into jet fuel

In the United Kingdom, Oxford University researchers turned carbon dioxide into jet fuel using novel, inexpensive iron-based catalysts – an organic combustion-synthesized Fe-Mn-K catalyst.Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

This catalytic process provides an attractive route not only to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions but also to produce renewable and sustainable jet fuel.

They prepared the Fe-Mn-K catalyst by the so-called Organic Combustion Method, and the catalyst shows a carbon dioxide conversion through hydrogenation to hydrocarbons in the aviation jet fuel range of 38.2%, with a yield of 17.2%, and a selectivity of 47.8%, and with an attendant low carbon monoxide (5.6%) and methane selectivity (10.4%).

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-Braskem America and Encina Announce Intent to Develop Circular Feedstock Agreement for Production of Recycled Polypropylene

Company is considering three locations in the northeast, and it should complete site selection in the first quarter of 2021  Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and leading producer of biopolymers in the world, today announces its collaboration with Encina Development Group (“Encina”), a leading provider of solutions to produce renewable chemicals, to develop a long-term relationship enabling the production of circular, recycled polypropylene (PP).

Encina’s technology is able to produce renewable chemicals made from post-consumer plastic and the company is targeting to break ground on a new facility in the second half of 2021. Once completed, the facility is targeted to process 175,000 tons of plastic waste, converting it into more than 90,000 tons of recycled chemicals per year.  The plant will be designed to expand to 350,000 tons of incoming plastic waste in future phases.  Encina’s new facility will leverage its proprietary technology that economically extracts chemicals from plastic through catalytic pyrolysis. The process utilizes mixed plastics from post-consumer sources, which are currently costly to recycle and often destined for landfills.

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-New Research Reveals Massive Market Potential Exists for Plant-Based Products and Packaging

Majority of Consumers Receptive to Products and Packaging Made from Plants

New research out today from the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) shows the majority of U.S. consumers are receptive to plant based products and packaging, with 54% viewing them favorably and 59% expressing interest. According to the report, the potential market size for plant-based products is estimated to be over 136 million U.S. consumers.

“There is clear consumer desire to support and promote innovation in the plant-based products and packaging arena,” said Jessica Bowman, Executive Director of the Plant Based Products Council. “PBPC and our members stand ready to embrace the opportunity to educate consumers on the many benefits of plant-based products as we work to guide the global economy toward more sustainable and responsible consumer products and packaging.” Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

In addition to being receptive, more than half (54 percent) of U.S. consumers are likely to purchase plant-based products in the next three months, with just less than half (49 percent) also self-reporting as likely to recommend these products to others.

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-2020 PX market review

  1. PX price slumps to record low

With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, prices of petrochemicals plunged to record lows in the first quarter of 2020, as demand evaporated. WTI crude oil futures nosedived to record low of -$37.63/bbl on Apr 20 under supply glut. On Apr 22, Asian PX price slumped to refresh new low of $439/mt CFR China/Taiwan, a whopping drop of 93.6% from $850/mt CFR on Jan 6 2020.  Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

  1. PX margins declines to new low

PX margins had been reducing since the last quarter of 2018, as China PX capacity expansion outpaced demand growth in recent years. PX-naphtha spread and PX-MX spread kept shrinking to hit record lows in 2020. PX-naphtha spread dropped to as low as $122/mt on Oct 9, and PX-MX spread to $44/mt on May 29. On annual basis, the average spread of PX-naphtha and PX-MX shrank to $198/mt and $88/mt respectively in 2020, down 48% and 54% year-on-year.

2020 PX market review

-Major events of China PP market in 2020

In 2020, for the PP industry chain, is destined to be an extraordinary year, from PP non-woven fabrics, to BOPP, and to PP raw materials, all of them perform wonderfully to varying degrees, and they are all in the limelight. Let’s briefly combs the operation of the PP industry chain in 2020 in chronological order.

Since late January, COVID-19 has gradually spread, and pandemic prevention measures have been implemented throughout China. Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

In February, under the pandemic, the transportation of logistics across the country has blocked on a large scale after the Spring Festival holiday, and the work resumption of enterprises have postponed. In terms of new start-ups, Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical, Hengli Petrochemical II and Hebei Lihe Zhixin I have been put into production. As for the downstream, market price of meltblown nonwoven fabric surged, which have moved to 600,000yuan/mt. With the gradual control of the China domestic epidemic, the price have dropped to 300,000yuan/mt. In addition, Sinopec urgently built 10 production lines to produce meltblown nonwoven fabric.

-Major events of China PP market in 2020

-Ascend purchases Eurostar Engineering Plastics

Acquisition will expand Ascend’s flame-retardant portfolio and European footprint

Ascend Performance Materials has purchased Eurostar Engineering Plastics, a France-based compounder with a broad portfolio of flame-retardant engineered plastics and expertise in halogen-free formulations.

“Eurostar’s experience in compounded polyamides fits well within our own portfolio and manufacturing capabilities,” said John Saunders, Ascend’s vice president for Europe. “Their Starflam® materials are enabling the transitions to clean energy and transportation, and smarter devices.”  Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

Last year, Ascend acquired the Italian firms Poliblend and Esseti Plast, as well as a compounding facility in China.

“We are following through on our strategy of becoming a more global, diversified and reliable supplier to our customers,” said Phil McDivitt, Ascend’s president and CEO. “While the past 10 months have been challenging, we have remained focused on providing our customers with the solutions and support they need to continue growing.”

Ascend purchases Eurostar Engineering Plastics

-Recycled polyester threatened by China waste ban

PET from clear plastic water bottles is the raw material for recycled polyester

A ban on solid waste imports into China could mean more upheaval for the recycled polyester market, raising the spectre of supply bottlenecks and price increases.

A ban on all the import of all materials classified by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment as “solid waste” – including recovered fibre – came into effect on 1 January 2021. Petrochemical Biochemicals ShaleOil

Industry consultants fear this may end imports of high-end recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flakes, which are especially valuable to make functional fabrics and footwear, as well as stuffed toys, pillows and cushions.

A partial import ban on solid waste was implemented in January 2018 and has already blocked large volumes of recycled PET flake imports – although high-grade recycled PET flakes were allowed back in in May the same year. The looming ban of all solid waste imports may reverse this regulative easing.

Use of recycled fibres in garments and footwear is seen as one of the key ways to achieve sustainability in the apparel industry, given that waste PET bottles create serious disposal problems as they are not biodegradable.

Recycled polyester threatened by China waste ban

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-Plastics Value Chain leading the way towards zero pellet loss

Collaboration agreement on first ever European OCS certification scheme signed – Unintentional loss of plastic pellets can occur at all stages along the value chain despite the application of the current standard environmental, safety and quality management controls.

The “Operation Clean Sweep®” (OCS) programme was developed to help companies tackle pellet leakage by providing a series of key recommendations.

Today, two major actors of the European plastics value chain signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop a certification system by 2022 aimed at controlling pellet loss across the plastic supply chain.

All signatory companies of the scheme will be audited regularly by accredited third parties to establish their compliance with OCS requirements. It will also support the effective, harmonised and quantifiable implementation of the programme.

“I am proud to be part of this major step forwards by the industry and its ongoing commitment to tackling plastic pollution.

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-Circular Plastics Alliance

The EU Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) is a collective endeavour aimed at taking actions to boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025, a target set by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy.

VinylPlus has committed to recycling 900,000 tonnes of PVC per year into new products by 2025 and at least one million tonnes by 2030.  Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

More than 215 organisations – representing industry, academia and public authorities and covering the whole plastics value chain and interested stakeholders – have to date signed the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which was officially launched in September 2019. These organisations included VinylPlus, several of its partners and PVC sectoral associations.

Circular Plastics Alliance

-INEOS completes the acquisition of BP’s global Aromatics & Acetyls business

  • The acquisition consists of 15 sites across the world (5 in the Americas, 2 in Europe and 8 in Asia) as well as 10 leading joint ventures
  • INEOS has acquired a range of world class assets and an experienced team of people.
  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS says, “We are delighted to have been able to acquire these top-class businesses from BP, extending our position in global petrochemicals and providing good scope for expansion and integration with our existing business.”  Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has today completed the purchase of the global Aromatics and Acetyls businesses from BP for a consideration of $5 billion.

INEOS is already one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies and this acquisition will extend both the portfolio and the geographic reach of the business. The businesses will be known as INEOS Acetyls and INEOS Aromatics.

INEOS Aromatics is a global leader in PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) and PX (Paraxylene) technology with 6 sites and supplies the global polyester business which includes polyester fibre, film and PET packaging.

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-Tesco removes one billion pieces of plastic packaging

In 2019, Tesco pledged to remove one billion pieces of plastic packaging from its UK business by the end of 2020. The UK’s biggest supermarket has now revealed it has met the lofty target by working closely with suppliers and own-brand design teams.

Tesco has a long-standing partnership with WWF to help drive progress towards key sustainability targets   Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

Tesco set the target as part of its broader plastics strategy, which centres around the ‘4 Rs’ – removal, reduction, reuse and recycling. The retailer is in the process of assessing all of its plastic packaging formats and changing them in line with this hierarchy.

Shortly after announcing the billion pieces of plastic goal, Tesco confirmed that it would remove plastic wrapping from its most popular tinned multipacks like chopped tomatoes and baked beans. It also worked with third-party brands including Heinz to remove the same packaging. In total, 67 million pieces of plastic wrapping have been removed through these initiatives.

A further 44 million pieces of plastic were tackled by removing plastic covers from greeting cards, in partnership with Hallmark, and some 122 million by phasing out secondary lids where possible. On the latter, Tesco’s own-brand baby wipes, salads and pots of cream now have just one lid.

Tesco removes one billion pieces of plastic packaging

-Supplier offers carbon-free black masterbatch for NIR sorting of rigid packaging

German plastics pigment producer Karl Finke (Wuppertal; www.finke-colors.eu) says it has developed a range of detectable black masterbatches for standard packaging plastics such as HDPE, polypropylene, polystyrene and PET. A concentration of 5% of the carbon-free “Fibaplast” NIR additive in a product enables near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) technology used by recyclers to sort and separate plastics to “reliably detect” the waste plastic packaging. Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

NIR technology has difficulty detecting material coloured with carbon black because the element absorbs much of the infrared radiation. This renders the plastic virtually invisible to such systems, raising the difficulty of separating different polymers into the correct streams. Following successful trials with leading sorting-machine manufacturers,

-Supplier offers carbon-free black masterbatch for NIR sorting of rigid packaging

-Viewpoint: US toluene, MX facing derivative challenges

Increased global supplies of aromatics derivatives in Asia could curb chemical demand for US toluene and mixed xylenes (MX) in 2021.

US MX demand from the paraxylene (PX) sector is expected to remain limited on ample global supply, particularly following capacity expansions in Asia since the start of 2019. Since the start of 2019, more than 2mn t/yr of PX capacity has come online or reached commercial status in Asia. Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

Increased PX production in Asia has pulled down global PX prices, particularly in the US, as Asian producers are able to export PX and derivatives to the US East Coast, often at a cost advantage to US Gulf PX producers. Since peaking in November 2018, the US PX contract has fallen to 31.75¢/lb from 65.5¢/lb.

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-Waste plastics

Neste focuses on efficient utilization of raw materials from waste and residue streams to reduce fossil oil dependency and related climate emissions, as well as to accelerate circularity.

Liquefied waste plastic provides our traditional crude oil refineries and opportunity to replace crude oil use with more sustainable alternatives. Besides already producing over 3 million tons of renewable products from various bio-based raw materials annually at our renewables refineries, we are working towards replacing crude oil use with over 2 million tons of alternative renewable and recycled raw materials at our traditional oil refineries by 2030. Our aim is to have liquefied waste plastic to account for over 1 million tons of this annually.  Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

We focus on post-consumer plastic waste, e.g. colored, multimaterial, multilayer packaging waste that currently cannot be recycled mechanically.

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-REMOTE COMMISSIONING: THE CASE STUDY FAE, BANDERA AND SIEMENS

In recent times, due to the Covid19 pandemic, we have often heard people talking about social distancing to indicate the necessity to keep a safe distance between people in order to prevent contagion.

However, the choice of these terms intails also the perception of an isolation, on a personal and corporate level, from which we dissociate ourselves.

If we choose to look at the new global situation with a propositional attitude, perspectives will change. That is what happened in the virtuous example that follows in which, also thanks to the collaboration among partners with a mindset projected into the future like FAE (Siemens Solution Partner, Industrial Automation and System Integrator), Costruzioni Meccaniche Luigi Bandera (Blown&Flat Die Extrusion lines, Pellettizing and Recycling) and Siemens, it was possible not only to complete delivery, installation and start-up of a plant for the extrusion of recycled plastic material on time, but it was also possible to implement new methods to do it. Easier, more performing, cheaper, in line with the current orientation of the Confindustria’s DIH Lombardia, with which FAE made the assessment to evaluate its own digital maturity.  Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

-Danish startup Cellugy nabs €2.38 million to make eco-friendly packaging from surplus sugars

Cellugy, the Danish-based biotech startup replacing single-use plastics with 100% natural bio-cellulose, announces the securement of €2.38 million in seed round funding from the European Innovation Council Accelerator Pilot Phase 2.

The company, which was founded in 2018 by Isabel Álvarez-Martos, Deby Fapyane, and Paruntungan Sihombing, has been developing a biomaterial to sustainably replace fossil-based plastic in the packaging industry. Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

“The world produces approximately 360 million tons of plastic every year, and almost 40% is single-use,” explains Álvarez-Martos. “In Denmark specifically, 40 kg of plastic waste per person is produced each year which ends up directly in the environment. We created a company to contribute to the solution to such a problem.”

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-REFUCOAT develops hygienic recyclable food packaging

The European REFUCOAT Project has developed sustainable active packaging solutions to address the challenge set by the European Union for 2030 by researching packaging solutions that could positively impact the reduction of food waste.

Specifically, innovative, efficient bioplastic production processes were developed to package food using renewable materials that are also recyclable and could replace conventional fossil fuel-based materials. These bioplastics include polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and polyglycolide (PGA), which were used to develop three different bio-based active packaging systems, specifically designed to package fresh chicken meat, cereals and snacks. Petrochemical Biochemicals CrudeOil

One of project’s innovations was the formulation of bacteriophage-based coatings that considerably reduce the proliferation of Salmonella bacteria in chicken breast samples packaged in a modified atmosphere.

REFUCOAT develops hygienic recyclable food packaging

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-Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling Trend

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-Masterbatch incorporates recycled carbon black from post-consumer tires

Modern Dispersions Inc. (MDI) has launched a new line of black masterbatches that contain 100% recycled content. The company’s ECOBlack product, made of 100% recycled carbon black from post-consumer tires and polyethylene (PE) resin from a recycled stream, reportedly sets a new standard for quality versus competitive recycle-content black masterbatches and furthermore delivers cost savings. The company will introduce the new masterbatch at the K 2016 exhibition (Hall 5/C09-4), which runs Oct. 19-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

From the sustainability standpoint, the use of 100% recycled content delivers major advantages. Every ton of feedstock used in the recovery process results in the elimination of one ton of oil in the production process and 1.4 tons of CO2 emissions, according to the company. “The carbon black is recovered from tires using pyrolysis,” says Kozma.

The black masterbatch offers a cost savings from 5% to 10% over standard grades and can be used in many traditional applications such as film, sheet, and molded items. The new material is used at typical masterbatch letdown ratios of between 2% and 5%. Modern Dispersions has trialed the new black masterbatch in several automotive and office furniture applications.

Masterbatch incorporates recycled carbon black from post-consumer tires

-Textile Recycling: Methods and Developments

An aspect of the textile industry, which in any case has a strong impact on the ecosystem, concerns the large production of solid waste.

The types of waste can be classified in function of the relative production: spinning wastes are realized by opening waste, carding waste, sliver waste, roving waste, combed noil, bonda soft waste, and pneumafil waste. Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

Examples of clothing waste are given by knitting waste fiber sulfonate and yarn, woven waste fiber and yarn, woven and knit cutting waste, or also by the use of old clothes; in terms of waste coming from nonwoven production, it can be found thermally and chemically bonded, in lightweight webs, needled webs, and coated and uncoated materials [40]. Finally, a large part of refuses comes from carpet manufacturing. In the work of Wang [41], it has been reported that in the US industries, about 1.4 million tons of fibers (such as nylon (60%), polyolefin (29%), polyester (10%), and wool (0.3%)) have been spent per year for the production of carpets.

About every 5–10 years, the old carpets should be replaced by new ones, constituting in this way a quantity of waste equal to 2–3 million tons per year in the U.S. and about 4–6 million tons per year worldwide.

The major part of carpet is made of nylon that represents a superior fiber compared to the most common of polyester and polypropylene in terms of features but also in terms of cost.

From this perspective, the usefulness, also economic, of recovering a potential resin from the discarded nylon fiber appears to be evident. In the following picture (Figure 3), some examples of textile refuse have been shown.

-Textile Recycling: Methods and Developments

-LatAm eyes muted recovery from pandemic

Latin America will likely have a muted recovery in 2021 following the recession caused by the coronavirus.

The GDP of Latin America and the Caribbean should grow by 3.6% in 2021, after contracting by 8.1% in 2020, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

For comparison, Asia will grow by 6.9% in 2021, Europe by 4.7% and North America by 3.3%. Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

Among the largest countries in Latin America, Brazil’s recovery will likely slow down because it cannot continue to fund the large stimulus packages that contributed so much to its economic rebound in 2020.

Brazil’s GDP rose by 7.7% in the third quarter from the second.

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-Homework launches anti-viral curtain range with Amicor

Homework fabrics brand from Gold House Decor has launched new collection of anti-viral curtains with Amicor fibre. The collection is for both home and hospital curtains available in range of colours and designs. The fabrics contain Amicor fibre and have high level of efficacy against SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) virus, tested as per ISO 18184:2019 test standards.  Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

The results showed a kill rate of 99 per cent of the viruses in just 15 seconds. Amicor is an anti-microbial fibre from Thai Acrylic Fibre Co Ltd, which is specially engineered by incorporating additives into the core of the fibre. The fibre has shown its effectiveness against bacteria, fungi and lately against viruses.

-Homework launches anti-viral curtain range with Amicor

-TOMRA – Infrastructure, framework and action: Now is the time to enable change and create sustainable communities

We cannot afford to waste any more time in our efforts to tackle waste and create sustainable communities. Global waste is expected to reach 3.4 billion tons in 2050 – a 70% increase on the latest figures – and 40% of all current plastic waste is entering and polluting our environment.  Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

The performance of existing recycling systems is also wavering. In the US, for example, the recycling rate has stagnated at 34%. Despite investment in curbside recycling, this figure has plateaued for two decades. We have reached a crisis point.

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-20 Good Things to Come Out of 2020

Processors and resin makers step up; biobased/renewable PP makes commercial strides; BOPE makes inroads as monolayer contender; and, performance PP for engineering applications & sustainability ‘shines’.

Diverse Processors Step-Up for PPE

Through 2020, we saw so very many examples of plastic processors stepping up to meet the need for PPE and other hygienic and medical equipment. In the majority of cases on which we reported, these were not the type of products typically manufactured, and their production nearly always entailed some innovative equipment conversion and also collaboration with other manufacturers. Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

Among my favorites were an  automotive parts and packaging manufacturer and a global thermoformer that serves the medical, telecommunications, automotive, and electronic industries.

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-First meeting on guidelines for more circular plastic packaging design in Israel

On 22 December, the first meeting for “the national working group for building a guide and training program for the design of sustainable packaging” was held as part of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) led SwitchMed/MED TEST III project in Israel.  Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

Due to the strict coronavirus measures, the meeting was convened online and presented the findings of a review of international guidelines for design and recyclability of plastic packaging.

Members from Israel’s packaging, plastic and recycling industry along with international experts in packaging, and UNIDO attended the meeting to discuss the findings and the applicability for Israel.

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-Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Polyolefins into Alkanes

We live in the “plastics age” where plastics are the most commonly engineered material and found in almost everything we purchase, ranging fromfood packaging and clothing to electronic and medical devices.

Polyolefins are the most common type of plastics, and there is tremendous interest from consumers, governments, and industry to have more efficient technologies for their recycling.  Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

In this month’s issue of JACS Au, Julie E. Rorrer and Yuriy Roman-Leshkov at Massachusetts Institute of Technol- ́ogy and Gregg T. Beckham at National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated that polyolefins can be converted into alkanes over a ruthenium on a carbon suppor (Ru/C) catalyst under mild conditions of 200 °C and hydrogen pressure of 20 bar. Globally, more than 92.2 million tons of polyethylene

(PE) and 52.6 million tons of polypropylene (PP) are produced each year.2,3 However, most plastics are not efficiently recycled due to the lack of viable recycling technologies. Plastic recycling has several challenges including the low-density of plastics, contamination, and challenges with collecting and sorting the waste plastics.

It has been estimated that only 14% of plastics that are produced are recycled (with only 2% being recycled in closed-loop processes), 40% are being landfilled, and 32% are leaking into the environment.

-Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Polyolefins into Alkanes

-Crude ends year at two-week high as market looks to OPEC+ meeting

  • OPEC+ ministers meet Jan. 4 to set February quotas
  • Cr NYMEX February WTI settled 12 cents higher at $48.52/b and ICE March Brent climbed 17 cents to settle at $51.80/b.
  • ude forward curve strengthens
  • US oil, gas rig count falls by six to 407

Crude oil futures rode a late session upswing to end 2020 higher, as the market looked to a Jan. 4 OPEC+ meeting for next direction.

With oil markets closed Jan. 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday, the next driver is likely to be the OPEC+ group meeting Jan. 4, when ministers will decide on production quotas for February.  Petrochemical Biochemicals PETResin

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak floated the possibility Dec. 25 of another 500,000 b/d increase for February, the maximum monthly amount allowed under the rules set by the alliance for the first half of 2021.

Crude ends year at two-week high as market looks to OPEC+ meeting

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,350 yuan/ton 5,400 yuan/ton +50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 750 $/ton 750 $/ton -5
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 4,800 yuan/ton 4,850 yuan/ton +50
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 4,850 yuan/ton 4,925 yuan/ton +75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,605 yuan/ton 3,680 yuan/ton +75
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
475 $/ton 480 $/ton +5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,155 yuan/ton 4,425 yuan/ton +270
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 540 $/ton 568 $/ton- +28
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 620 $/ton 635 $/ton +15
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 602 $/ton 617 $/ton +15
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling

550 $/ton 567 $/ton +17
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 5,795 yuan/ton 5,870 yuan/ton
+75
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,750 yuan/ton 5,800 yuan/ton +50
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling
5,925 yuan/ton 5,950 yuan/ton +25
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 6,020 yuan/ton +120
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,550 yuan/ton 11,350 yuan/ton
-200
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,500 $/ton 1,550 $/ton +50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,800 $/ton 1,800 $/ton
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,950 yuan/ton 11,850 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,300 yuan/ton 12,200 yuan/ton -100
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 29,900 yuan/ton 30,500 yuan/ton +600
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling

14,550 yuan/ton 14,450 yuan/ton -100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 48,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 46,500 yuan/ton 46,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 39,000 yuan/ton 39,000 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton
Benzene domestic market 4,200 yuan/ton 4,450 yuan/ton +250
Benzene overseas  market 629 $/ton 626 $/ton
-3
Ethylene South East market 930 $/ton 930 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,080 $/ton 1,087 $/ton +7
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 12,100 yuan/ton 12,100 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,300 yuan/ton +300
PP Powder domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,700 yuan/ton -100
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling

473 $/ton 487 $/ton
+14
Phenol domestic market 6,310 yuan/ton 6,250 yuan/ton -60

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-MY SHAPES, antivirus textiles from an Italian patent
A line of garments capable of inactivating viruses and bacteria present on the surface of fabrics. This is the one proposed by the company GEA srl of Modena with MY SHAPES Stay Safe: a collection that uses an antiviral yarn born from the Rhodia / Solvay laboratories and produced under license in Italy by FULGAR Spa.
An extra barrier against viruses and bacteria
The ingredient used for the products of the MY SHAPES Stay Safe line is the Q-SKIN® yarn powered by AMNI® Virus-Bac OFF, a very recent patent containing an antiviral and antibacterial agent in its polymeric matrix capable of deactivating in particularly short times the pathogens that come into contact with the worn garment; all with a verified effectiveness following the international textile protocols contained in ISO 18184 and the international textile standards AATCC100.
The new technology – the company explains – inhibits enveloped and non-enveloped viruses (influenza, herpes and the new Coronavirus), helping to avoid the retransmission of the viruses from textile surfaces. No chemical migration occurs from the fabric to the skin and the environment. The yarn blocks the cross-contamination of viruses and bacteria on textile surfaces, inhibits bacteria, ensuring greater protection and has a stable and unlimited efficacy over time.

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-Plastics Recycling with Tracer-Based-Sorting: Challenges of a Potential Radical Technology

Abstract: To improve the recycling quality of plastics packaging and achieve high recycling rates new identification and sorting technologies are required. Tracer-based-sorting (TBS) is an innovative

identification technology based on fluorescent tracers and a corresponding detection unit. TBS can be considered a radical technology change towards a circular economy for plastics and to support

sustainability as it has the potential to render several established sorting and/or recycling steps obsolete. This article shows which drivers and barriers are perceived by stakeholders with regard to

the implementation of TBS in the market and how challenges are addressed responsibly in the early phases of the innovation process. Influencing external factors and framework conditions of TBS are

identified and suitable business models for TBS in a circular economy are discussed. Further, practical recommendations on how to optimize technology and market development for TBS are provided. To

obtain these results a mixed method approach of integrated innovation and sustainability analysis, external environment analysis (PESTEL analysis), and business model development approaches was

chosen. The research results can be understood as a practical contribution towards a responsible and sustainable implementation of a radical technology-based innovation for a circular economy of plastics.

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-Key elements of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

The cumulative EU foreign direct investment (FDI) flows from the EU to China over the last 20 years have reached more than €140 billion.

For Chinese FDI into the EU the figure is almost €120 billion. EU FDI in China remains relatively modest with respect to the size and the potential of the Chinese economy.

As regards investment, the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) will be the most ambitious agreement that China has ever concluded with a third country.

In addition to rules against the forced transfer of technologies, CAI will also be the first agreement to deliver on obligations for the behavior of state-owned enterprises, comprehensive transparency rules for subsidies and commitments related to sustainable development.

Petrochemical Biochemicals Antibacterial

-ALL THAT GLITTERS: ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS STILL SPARKLE

As if 2020 hasn’t handed us enough heavy blows, along comes a pill that will be especially hard for Key Westers to swallow. Friends, this won’t be easy, but we have to talk about … glitter. Sadly, the world is realizing that our sparkletastic standby is classified as a microplastic.

Microplastics are exactly what they sound like — minuscule bits of plastic that find their way into the soil and water, wreaking particular havoc on oceans and aquatic life. This form of pollutant is divided into two categories: plastic products such as bottles that eventually break down to sand-sized particles, and microplastics that are initially produced as tiny units of waste. The latter has typically been defined as microbeads, those teeny little globs found in scrubs and soaps. In 2018, microbeads in cosmetics were banned in the U.S. and Canada, drastically diminishing this particular subset of waste. Other countries followed suit, giving credence to the concept that these little specks were inarguably detrimental to the environment.

What wasn’t initially considered was the microbead’s fabulous, flashy and flamboyant cousin, glitter. As much as we wish it didn’t, logic follows that if microbeads and microplastics in general have a profound negative effect on the oceans, so does glitter.

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-The battle over biodegradable plastics

A British company promotes its vision for plastics that break down into harmless substances.

There’s a spat between tech companies trying to develop a new generation of plastics that biodegrade harmlessly without leaving a trace and skeptics worried that such novel substances won’t live up to their promise and will worsen the plastic waste problem.

The companies are calling for more time to perfect their inventions — which they say differ from earlier efforts to make cleaner plastics — while environmental campaigners demand even firmer regulatory action to get rid of plastic garbage. Firms are also battling against the image problem of an earlier generation of innovative biodegradable plastics that experts say haven’t lived up to the hype.

“The popular understanding of biodegradability is based on legacy solutions such as oxodegradable plastic, many of which unfortunately don’t work,” said Niall Dunne, the CEO of British firm Polymateria, adding that the “landscape has moved on significantly yet outdated perceptions remain.”

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-PROCESS FOR RECYCLING OF COTTON GARMENTS PRODUCES MULTI-TON QUANTITIES FOR TESTING

A process developed by Evrnu (Seattle, Wash.; www.evrnu.com) to regenerate cotton fibers from waste fabric and post-consumer garments has been used to produce ton quantities of recycled cotton fiber for testing.

An economically viable process for recycling cotton would have the environmental benefits of drastically reducing the amount of landfilled or incinerated fabric, which currently totals millions of tons annually, while also reducing the amount of land and water required to grow the cotton plants.

Evrnu has developed an end-to-end process, known as NuCycl, that includes sorting fabrics to identify the types of fibers in the textile, shredding the textiles and removing the dyes and additives (diagram).

-PROCESS FOR RECYCLING OF COTTON GARMENTS PRODUCES MULTI-TON QUANTITIES FOR TESTING

-Americans are not causing the ocean plastic problem

For years, environmental activists and political leaders have used images of waste-filled beaches to turn consumers against plastic. The imagery has been used to support calls to ban common single-use plastics, including straws, shopping bags, bottled water, and more. Thinking they are helping the environment, many Americans support these policies.

But is plastic trash in the United States actually as bad as we’ve been led to believe? New evidence provides important context.

A study published this fall in Science Advances generated breathless headlines claiming that the U.S. is a major culprit for plastic in the ocean. A dive into the study itself shows the opposite.

-Americans are not causing the ocean plastic problem

-The recyclable packaging trend: PepsiCo’s partnership with bioplastics manufacturer Danimer Scientific

PepsiCo, producer of soda beverages and snack brands such as Lay’s potato chips, among other products, joined forces with Danimer Scientific several years ago with the goal to develop sustainable flexible packaging, Danimer says in a news release published on its website.

According to the release, Danimer Scientific developed biobased compostable packaging for PepsiCo’s snack brands in the past. The new initiative is said to be “right in line with PepsiCo’s announced strategy to make all of its packaging recoverable or recyclable.”

PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Mehmood Khan is quoted as saying “our plan to scale Danimer Scientific’s technology is a step toward achieving both our greenhouse-gas emission reduction and our recoverable and recyclable packaging goals.”

The recyclable packaging trend: PepsiCo’s partnership with bioplastics manufacturer Danimer Scientific

-Thailand witnessed $1.7 billion investment in Bio-Circular-Green economic activities (BCG) during Jan-Sep 2020

The BCG model encompasses industries that allow inclusive, sustainable growth while reducing waste, pollution, and dependence on finite resources

In the first nine months of 2020, local and international companies applied to invest as much as $1.7 billion in Thailand in more than 300 projects in the sectors listed as “BCG”, or Bio-Circular-Green economic activities focused on environmental protection and sustainability, according to data collected by the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI). An announcement was made on 24 Dec 2020.

This lifted the total value of BCG applications since the start of 2018 to $6.7 billion, reinforcing Thailand’s position as a Bio-Circular-Green hotspot, the BOI said.

The BCG model, as defined by the Thai Government, encompasses industries that allow inclusive, sustainable growth while reducing waste, pollution and dependence on finite resources. Thailand is a major agricultural producer, tourism destination and medical hub and its BCG sector comprises many of the country’s important industries: agriculture and food; bioenergy, biomaterials and biochemicals; medical and wellness; and tourism and the creative economy.

Thailand witnessed $1.7 billion investment in Bio-Circular-Green economic activities (BCG) during Jan-Sep 2020

-Saudi AGIC signs offtake agreements for new PP project

Saudi petrochemical producer Advanced Petrochemical has signed through its subsidiary Advanced Global Investment (AGIC) offtake sales agreements of polypropylene with traders Vinmar, Tricon and Mitsubishi. These will last until 31 December 2028, with volumes to be delivered from its planned Advanced Polyolefins (APOC) plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The PP offtake agreements total 620,000 t/yr, with Vinmar and Tricon procuring 250,000 t/yr each, while Mitsubishi will take 120,000 t/yr. The agreement will take effect on the date of commercial operations commencing at APOC, which is targeted for the second half of 2024. No details were known on the underlying pricing basis of the offtake agreements.

Saudi AGIC signs offtake agreements for new PP project

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,350 yuan/ton 5,350 yuan/ton -50
Bottle grade PET chips export market 750 $/ton 750 $/ton
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market 4,800 yuan/ton 4,800 yuan/ton +25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 4,850 yuan/ton 4,850 yuan/ton +25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,605 yuan/ton 3,605 yuan/ton +25
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
475 $/ton 475 $/ton -5
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 4,155 yuan/ton 4,155 yuan/ton +175
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 540 $/ton 540 $/ton- +22
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 620 $/ton 620 $/ton -7
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 602 $/ton 602 $/ton -7
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling

550 $/ton 550 $/ton -7
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 5,795 yuan/ton 5,795 yuan/ton
-10
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,750 yuan/ton 5,750 yuan/ton
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,550 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,800 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling
5,925 yuan/ton 5,925 yuan/ton
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 5,900 yuan/ton 5,900 yuan/ton +70
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,550 yuan/ton 11,550 yuan/ton
-250
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,500 $/ton 1,500 $/ton
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,800 $/ton 1,800 $/ton +80
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 11,950 yuan/ton 11,950 yuan/ton -50
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,300 yuan/ton 12,300 yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 29,900 yuan/ton 29,900 yuan/ton +400
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling

14,550 yuan/ton 14,550 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 17,200 yuan/ton 17,200 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,600 yuan/ton 15,600 yuan/ton +100
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 48,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 46,500 yuan/ton 46,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 39,000 yuan/ton 39,000 yuan/ton -200
Adipic Acid domestic market 7,750 yuan/ton 7,750 yuan/ton -150
Benzene domestic market 4,200 yuan/ton 4,200 yuan/ton -275
Benzene overseas  market 629 $/ton 629 $/ton
-22
Ethylene South East market 930 $/ton 930 $/ton
Ethylene NWE  market 1,080 $/ton 1,080 $/ton +38
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 12,100 yuan/ton 12,100 yuan/ton -200
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 17,000 yuan/ton 17,000 yuan/ton +1,500
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 11,000 yuan/ton 11,000 yuan/ton +500
PP Powder domestic market 7,800 yuan/ton 7,800 yuan/ton -370
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical Spandex Nylon66 PETRecycling

473 $/ton 473 $/ton
+3
Phenol domestic market 6,310 yuan/ton 6,310 yuan/ton

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-RadiciGroup :”Radici” after the masks is ready to make filters for cars and constructions ( Italian Language Only)

The group led by Angelo Radici launches new investments for the production of anti-covid devices but is already looking to the subsequent use of machinery for other industrial sectors
Angelo Radici, president of Radici Group, a multinational chemical company with a turnover of 1.1 billion, explains the mask paradigm. Three pillars: speed in understanding the customer’s needs, flexibility in production, short supply chain. “Last March, in full lockdown, the country had no surgical masks – he says -, we worked hard to contribute to their realization: we owed it to our territory, and we succeeded”.
The new investments
In the momentary conversion, however, Radici seizes an opportunity and that of medical protective devices becomes an integral part of the company’s production. So much so as to trigger the intuition of bringing the manufacture of meltblown back to Italy, the filtering fabric that is in the middle of the sandwich-mask.

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-European plastic bottle recycling held back by structural shortage of feedstocks

Results of the ICIS study of the R-PET industry in 2019 show that progress to greater circularity of resources has been made but challenged in equal measures.

FAILINGS OF THE COLLECTION STRATEGY

Europe has a target of 77% collection of plastic bottles by 2025, under the Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive.  The ICIS study shows collection volumes of post-consumer PET bottles reached 2.2m tonnes in 2019, an increase of 5% on 2018 which is the highest growth rate in several years.  Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

However, the overall collection rate across the region increased just 1 percentage point to 64% in 2019, so over a third of post-consumer bottles remain uncollected.

Feedstock supply may have increased in volume but so too did contamination levels.

The average yield across the region was 69.5% in 2019, down from 71% in 2018. Unsurprising given the reduction of PET waste exports to China, due to the waste import ban, and pushback from other Asian markets unable and, or, unwilling to accept shipments and become a dumping ground for the rest of the world.

European plastic bottle recycling held back by structural shortage of feedstocks

-Hot News in Plastic Packaging Sustainability

The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.

In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.

The amount of news related to sustainable packaging developments is overwhelming.

In fact, the majority of content posted at PlasticsToday involves sustainability in some way. Yet there are as many features we publish as there are opportunities for more.

That’s the idea behind this regularly updated newsfeed of Tweets that center on plastics’ recycling, bioplastics, and other closely related news, issues, and innovations that support circularity for plastic packaging. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

Hot News in Plastic Packaging Sustainability

-Sabic intends to raise prices of PC and ABS in the USA in January

Saudi Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), one of the world’s largest petrochemical producers, intends to raise the prices of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC) in the United States from January 11, according to the company’s letter to customers …  Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

In the letter, the company said that “the current price level and the overall dynamics of supply and demand in some of our key market segments are forcing us to raise prices.”

The company increases the prices of LEXAN PC by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), PC compound and CYCOLOY ABS by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), CYCOLAC ABS by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton), PC GELOY ASA by 20 cents per kg (USD198 per ton).

Sabic intends to raise prices of PC and ABS in the USA in January

-PETCYCLE GmbH with a mixed annual balance 2019 – Decline in sales and progress in sustainability

For the twentieth anniversary of the company, the extraordinary weather of the previous year, the increasing plastic bashing and the progressive individualization of branded packaging clouded the balance sheet of Petcycle GmbH. The operator of the petcycle pool system for beverage packaging reports a drop in sales of 11.8 percent in 2019.

The circulation system for mineral water and soft drinks is used by over 65 beverage manufacturers in Germany for around 150 beverage brands. With reusable crates and one-time fillable PET bottles, Petcycle is one of the pioneers in the circular economy and sustainable PET recycling cycles. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

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-LATI and Star Plastics Form Global Partnership to Expand Material Availability in North – America

Star Plastics, North America-based custom compounder of engineering grade thermoplastics, and LATI, a European Manufacturer of engineering thermoplastics, announce a global alliance to expand material offerings in North America, Europe, and Asia. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

LATI, headquartered in Italy, has partnered with Star Plastics, headquartered in WV, USA, to service customers and broaden the sales network of LATI materials further into North America, enhancing both companies’ specialty product lines.

“The alliance with LATI will extend new opportunities for our customers and our companies, driving growth and increasing exposure with markets in which we already exist,” said Doug Ritchie, President and Founder of Star Plastics, Inc.

This partnership aligns strategically with Star Plastics’ current North American and Asian customer base within the electrical, electronics, and appliance markets, as well as other applications that require engineering grade plastics, and will enhance existing material offering for both Star Plastics and LATI customers.

LATI and Star Plastics Form Global Partnership to Expand Material Availability in North - America

-SK Capital completes purchase of 40% Venator stake from Huntsman

SK Capital Partners has completed the acquisition of a 39.75% stake, roughly 42.4 million shares, in titanium dioxide maker Venator from Huntsman for roughly $100 million. The deal includes a 30-month option for the purchase of Huntsman’s remaining approximate 9.5 million shares by SK at $2.15/share. Huntsman spun off Venator in a 2017 initial public offering. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

“We are excited to engage with [SK founder] Barry Siadat and the SK Capital team, who have a strong reputation within the chemical industry for supporting long term growth and innovation,” said Simon Turner, president and CEO of Venator.

“Our business is poised for increased shareholder value creation as demand for our world class functional and specialty products continues to strengthen.” Venator said it remains “well positioned to deliver the full $55 million in EBITDA improvement from our 2020 business improvement program over the next two years. We look forward to implementing additional steps to strengthen our business and further unlock shareholder value.”

SK Capital completes purchase of 40% Venator stake from Huntsman

-Viewpoint: US ethylene may ease in 2021

US spot ethylene prices are expected to give back some recent gains during the first quarter as a recent surge in export demand is poised to wane with Asia crackers returning to normal operations.

US spot ethylene surged by 90pc, or 16¢/lb, between 10 November and the end of December after LG Chem’s 1.16mn t/yr naphtha cracker in Yeosu, South Korea, shut down following a fire.Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

Six crackers totaling 5mn-5.5mn t/yr of ethylene production in Asia are slated to return to service between now and the end of the first quarter of 2021.

Ethylene prices in northeast Asia may give back much or all of their 27pc gain since the start of November.

The landed CFR price has been around $975/t following the LG outage and saw no decrease when an extended turnaround that began in March at Lotte Chemical’s 1.1mn t/yr cracker in Daesan, South Korea, ended on 8 December.

Viewpoint: US ethylene may ease in 2021

-Dhunseri Ventures share rises 10% on levy of anti-dumping duty on PET Resin imports from China

Dhunseri Ventures share price has risen 12.86% in the last 2 days. Dhunseri Ventures stock price is trading higher than 5, 20, 50, 100 and 200-day moving averages

Dhunseri Ventures share price jumped almost 10% in morning trade after the government imposed provisional anti-dumping duty on ”PET resin” chemical from China to guard domestic players from cheap imports. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

With only bids and no offers, Dhunseri Ventures stock opened higher at Rs 65 today, also its day’s low and later gained 9.96% to hit the day’s high of Rs 70.65 during the session, against the last close of Rs 64.25.

Dhunseri Ventures stock has gained 10% in a month and 2.39% in one year. However, the stock has declined 3% since the beginning of the year.

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-Supply of benzene is tight in Europe due to reduced rates of crackers in the region in H2 December

Steam crackers in the UK and rest of Europe, including Germany and Sweden, have been running at reduced rates in recent weeks because of unexpected production problems, reported Chemweek. Petrochemical Packaging Hydrogen

This tightened the supply of pyrolysis gasoline feedstock needed for benzene extraction, according to sources. Prolonged cutbacks in refinery operating rates due to weak margins from falling demand following the COVID-19 pandemic have also reduced availability of reformate feedstock, further pressuring benzene supplies.

Demand from downstream sectors, including styrene and cumene, has remained strong, even as supplies have gradually tightened, sources said. “Despite the squeezed benzene-styrene spread, we continue to see strong demand for styrene and some of the styrene derivatives such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene,” said one styrene supplier.

“We see robust offtake of cumene,” a market source said. “It’s been difficult for us to source benzene during December, not just because of the price but also because of availability for the requested date.”

Supply of benzene is tight in Europe due to reduced rates of crackers in the region in H2 December

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-Brexit deal mixed bag for chems, unresolved regulatory issues risk ‘huge cost’

The UK and EU chemicals sectors face “huge costs” over the coming years in implementing the Brexit trade deal which comes into force on 1 January, according to sector trade groups.

The deal was agreed on 24 December as a looming year-end deadline was approaching. The UK officially left the EU in January but remained as a member of the Single Market under a transition period.

The deal ended years of uncertainty for the UK and EU chemicals industries, whose supply chains are heavily intertwined after more than four decades of UK membership to the now 27-country bloc.

STILL UNCERTAINTY

But the 1,246-page trade pact did not resolve all aspects for future trade within the chemicals and wider manufacturing sectors, and left practically untouched services sectors that make up 80% of the UK’s economy.

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-Europe must take ambitious lead in green hydrogen – German govt advisor

Europe’s economy is well placed to benefit from the fledgling global hydrogen economy and should decisively follow through with its hydrogen strategies, says Veronika Grimm, a member of Germany’s council of economic experts, one of the country’s most important advisory committees.  Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

“We are in a very strong position in Germany and Europe when it comes to hydrogen and synthetic fuels, and we should keep that advantage,” Grimm told Clean Energy Wire.

“It’s very important to create, on an ambitious timeline, the energy policy framework conditions that make hydrogen-related investments attractive for european companies,” said Grimm, who is also a member of Germany’s freshly launched hydrogen council dedicated to supervising the implementation of the country’s recent hydrogen strategy. In this interview, Grimm talks about her expectations for a global hydrogen economy, its implications for industries across the globe, and why she thinks the coronavirus crisis might speed up the transition rather than slowing it.

Europe must take ambitious lead in green hydrogen – German govt advisor

-LyondellBasell and Suez jointly acquire plastics recycling company in Belgium

The acquired company, Tivaco, will become part of Quality Circular Polymers, the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture.

Chemical supplier LyondellBasell and French multinational environmental services provider Suez have jointly acquired Tivaco, a plastics recycling company located in Blandain, Belgium, for an undisclosed amount. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

The company will become part of Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the companies’ existing 50/50 plastics recycling joint venture. With this transaction, QCP will increase its production capacity for recycled materials to approximately 55,000 tons per year.

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-Recycling: PET recycling technologies continue to grow for Erema; Starlinger doubles production capacity for recycling systems

The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics, due to the stricter guidelines for plastic packaging and higher recycling rates set by the EU.

One such company offering systems is Austrian recycling machine manufacturer Erema and its bottle-to-bottle Vacurema technology, which allows high recyclate content. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

Erema estimates the total capacity of all PET recycling machines sold to date for various applications at 2.6 million tonnes/year, with the recent trend pointing towards large-scale systems processing 2,000 kg/hour upwards.

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-Cautious waste sector welcome for Brexit trade deal

A cautious welcome for the trade agreement reached today (24 December) over the UK’s exit from the European Union transition period on 1 January has emerged from the waste and recycling sector.

Formal approval of the post-Brexit trade deal from the European Parliament and the European Council as well as the UK Parliament is still awaited, but there are strong expectations that approval will happen. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

The Environmental Services Association said that a Brexit deal which enables the free flow of materials from 1 January “has to be a good thing”. The Recycling Association echoed the importance that it brings to the free flow of materials and also highlighted remaining challenges as well as costs issues around VAT.

Cautious waste sector welcome for Brexit trade deal

-Europe automotive industry will continue to be haunted by pandemic aftermath

The automotive industry will start 2021 on rough terrain as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be the dominant factor impacting businesses.

This demonstrates the scale of damage Covid-19 has caused to the sector; at the dawn of 2020 – before the novel coronavirus had been identified – the industry had anticipated stable growth to follow from relative weakness in 2019.

European vehicle manufacturers have suffered a more severe impact than most industries in 2020.  Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

The chemicals sector has unequivocally suffered in response to the weakness in a key downstream industry but has remained more resilient.

Depending on the material and the application, chemicals and plastics used in automotive production could continue to hold steady on the back of continued demand.

-Europe automotive industry will continue to be haunted by pandemic aftermath

-What Kind Of Shareholders Own Aquafil S.p.A.

A look at the shareholders of Aquafil S.p.A. can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

With a market capitalization of €246m, Aquafil is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Aquafil.

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-2020: East Asia moves towards more free trade

China, South Korea and Japan—all dominant players in the textile and garment industry—are among the countries that have signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The agreement will be the first to bring the three nations together under a single FTA platform. The year that was also saw South Korea and Vietnam stepping up trade cooperation.Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

The Chinese economy—the world’s second-largest—shrank by 6.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared with a year ago. The contraction was the first economic shrinkage acknowledged in official statistics since 1976. But China is the only country in the world whose industry witnessed the quickest revival after being the first to be hit by the novel coronavirus, writes assistant editor Dipesh Satapathy in the January 2021 edition of Fibre2Fashion as he looks back at the year that was.

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-Japan aims to eliminate gasoline vehicles by mid-2030s, boost green growth

Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years, the government said on Friday in a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050.

The “green growth strategy,” targeting the hydrogen and auto industries, is meant as an action plan to achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s October pledge to eliminate carbon emissions on a net basis by mid-century.Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

Suga has made green investment a top priority to help revive the economy hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and to bring Japan into line with the European Union, China and other economies setting ambitious emissions targets.

“The government has set up ambitious targets to achieve a carbon neutral society in 2050,” said Yukari Takamura, professor at the University of Tokyo.

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-ASIA: The week ahead in petrochemicals

Asian petrochemicals, particularly in the polymers sector, will continue to be hit by high container freight rates as well as tight supplies in the week starting Dec. 28.

Meanwhile, demand for all petrochemicals has slowed down due to the year-end holiday lull. Market participants continued to eye startups of new petrochemical plants planned in 2021 in a bid to assess the market’s supply condition for the near-term.

Polyethylene

**Asia’s low density polyethylene markers were stable to weak due to soft demand on the back of the year-end lull. Although prices had fallen in Southeast Asia, they remained at five-year highs, according to S&P Global Platts data.

**US supply was lower and no cargoes were headed to Asia due to high ocean container freight. Petrochemical Plastic Hydrogen

**The issue of container shortages and high freight rates, which has been impacting polymer markets, is expected to persist till early-February 2021, according to market players.

Polypropylene

**Physical spot discussions are expected to be scarce with most Asian polypropylene sellers and buyers adopting a wait-and-see approach amid year-end holiday.

**Chinese PP demand slowed down as some downstream plants in Zhejiang province were shut for electricity control, while some in North China were shut for environmental pollution control, according to sources.

**Offers were likely to remain limited with high prices due to low stocks with many sellers.

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-PFY downstream market not slack during off-season

Sales and orders of downstream plants hit expectation during this period. Local sales improved, mainly driven by the replenishment of traders for the production during Lunar New Year holiday.

Orders for fabrics for winter wear were moderate and those for summer wear and spring wear were placed successively.

Orders for fabrics for home textiles were relatively better than other varieties.

Some large plants in Changxing even did not plan to shut down for holiday. Domestic business of circular knitting plants improved in Shaoxing, especially large companies. Downstream plants may put their holiday schedule for the Spring Festival ahead this year due to the pandemic, which are one of the reasons for better downstream orders as some traders replenish in advance.

Some water-jet mills and circular knitting plants that saw poor business may put their holiday schedule for the Lunar Chinese New Year, and most twisting units and fabric mills are unlikely to start holiday in advance. Firstly, downstream market performed moderately now and feedstock price was low.

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-A.P. Moller Holding invests millions in Green Hydrogen Systems

Denmark’s A.P. Moller Holding, a parent company of shipping major Maersk, has decided to invest in compatriot Green Hydrogen Systems, a supplier of modular electrolyzers producing green hydrogen from renewable energy.

As informed, A.P. Moller Holding will invest in Green Hydrogen Systems in the form of a convertible loan of EUR 20 million (around $24 million).

“We see hydrogen as an important part of the future green energy mix for industry, shipping and heavy transport,” Jan T. Nielsen, CIO, A. P. Moller Holding, commented.

“Green Hydrogen Systems has a compelling technology platform for electrolytic hydrogen production based on green energy and we are excited to support them in developing this platform further.”  Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

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-Grooming nylon 6 market, beware of risk from the commodities

In December, nylon 6 industrial chain has been driven by caprolactam market, and the specific reasons have been sorted out in the previous insight “Caprolactam still bullish in December despite changing logics”.

It is mainly based on the considerable sales/production of nylon 6 chip industry as a whole, fermented with tightening CPL supply and bullish benzene performance. The basic logic in the uptrend in December is a continuation of that in November, and no other factors are noticed in the month. Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

In the past half month, Haili, Juhua, and Lanhua have stopped production one after another, and the fundamentals of benzene remains healthy.

The external environment is relatively mild: oil prices fluctuate up slowly, and the economic data released in November continues to improve steadily. No alerting news to the market appear over the past month.

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-INTESA SANPAOLO AND NOVAMONT: 20-MILLION-EURO

CIRCULAR LOAN AGREEMENT

FOR TWO INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

  • The world’s first plant for generating a new monomer to produce biomaterials from renewable sources will be completed in Terni.
  • Bottrighe (Rovigo) will be the most efficient facility in Europe for the production of chemical intermediates from renewable sources, thanks to the construction of a high-quality biogas plant.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen
  • Catia Bastioli: ” The project we launched 30 years ago has become a genuine showcase for Italy, feeding several high- value supply chains throughout the country using a systemic, transformative and multidisciplinary approach to redesign. The two projects at our production sites in Terni and Bottrighe represent yet another step in this direction.”  Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen
  • Mauro Micillo: ” To support initiatives like these and the gradual transition towards the circular economy, in the 2018- 2021 Business Plan, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group made a 6- billion-euro Circular Economy Fund available to businesses. To date, a total of 1.5 billion euro have been used to finance many initiatives in Italy and abroad.”

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-EU BANS PLASTIC WASTE FROM BEING SHIPPED TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

The European Union has banned all non-recyclable plastic waste being shipped to developing nations from 1 January.  Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

The large quantity of plastic sent to the Global South is often not being properly treated. A lot of this waste ends up either in landfill, the ocean, or being incinerated because these countries often don’t have the capacity to sustainably treat the waste.

Under the new rules, only ‘clean plastic waste’ which can be recycled is allowed to be exported to non-OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. In addition, stricter measures have been adopted on the export of plastic waste from the EU to OECD countries and intra-EU shipments of plastic waste.

EUROPE’S WAR ON PLASTIC

Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than a third (30 per cent) of it is being recycled. And across the world, plastics make up around 85 per cent of beach litter.

-EU BANS PLASTIC WASTE FROM BEING SHIPPED TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

-BASF opens new Technical Development Center in Thailand housing state-of-the-art pre-polymer reactor technology

On 17 December, BASF opened its ASEAN Technical Development Center adjacent to its existing polyurethane (PU) System House at Bangpoo site in Thailand, as per the company’s press release.  Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

The new facility houses a state-of-the-art pre-polymer reactor technology to produce a hardener (component B) – a key component to boost product development efficiency, thereby enabling faster time-to-market of PU materials and solutions.

The advanced reactor technology is further designed to deliver on a much larger capacity, meeting most demanding customer requirements across all grades. The new pre-polymer reactor technology is additionally capable of developing customized PU System products, which helps improve the commercialization of these specialized solutions.

The ASEAN Technical Development Center also boasts several new service upgrades, such as more advanced testing and software capabilities. With the new pre-polymer reactor technology, the ASEAN Technical Center strengthens and complements BASF’s technical support network in China, Korea, and Germany.

BASF opens new Technical Development Center in Thailand housing state-of-the-art pre-polymer reactor technology

-Highsun invests in new nylon-6 line in China

HSCC, also known as Highsun, is installing a polyamide 6 (PA6) film grade polymer line with a nameplate capacity of more than 70,000 tonnes/year at its site in Fuzhou, Fujian province, said Chemweek.

The line will include an integrated dry-blending system, enabling HSCC to produce a full range of differentiated PA6 polymers targeted at the film market, it said in a statement.

70,000-metric tons/year PA6 production line in Fuzhou will start operations in March 2021.

German chemical engineer Uhde Inventa-Fischer is the project’s technology partner. Financial details were not disclosed. Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

As it was written earlier, in accordance with the agreement initially announced on June 10, 2019, Air Liquide has closed the sale of its subsidiary Air Liquide Fuzhou to Highsun Holding Group, the parent company of Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co., Ltd.

Highsun invests in new nylon-6 line in China

-Avient Colorforward™ experts predict pandemic likely to influence color preferences, even in 2022

December 28, 2020 | Material technology | Avient Corporation | Milan | Italy

Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, today announced that Avient ColorWorks™ has launched ColorForward™ 2022. This 16th edition of the annual color forecasting guide for the plastics industry marks its debut within Avient, which was formed this year from legacy businesses PolyOne and Clariant Masterbatch.Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

As in years past, ColorForward 2022 presents stories associated with four societal trends that are expected to influence consumers consciously or unconsciously over the next few years. Each trend theme also includes a palette of five associated colors that are predicted to elicit a response from consumers. Developed by a global team, many of whom work in the four Avient ColorWorks™ design and technology centers around the world, this unique tool has become invaluable to plastic product designers and marketing professionals seeking help in making more informed color choices for new products and packaging.

Avient Colorforward™ experts predict pandemic likely to influence color preferences, even in 2022

-Online Exclusive: Ushering in a new era of sustainable plastics

Research suggests the amount of plastic waste entering the world’s oceans could almost triple to 29 MMtpy by 2040[1]. It is a bleak prediction that highlights the scale of the challenge, which must be addressed not only by governments and consumers, but also by plastics manufacturers themselves. The solution may lie in the next-generation of degradable plastics.Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

As we discovered through the coronavirus pandemic, the problem with trying to phase out plastics – even the single-use variety – is that there is often nothing else to replace them with (as of yet). That is why, rather than focusing on plastics consumption, we should instead be directing resources towards finding sustainable solutions that address the issue of plastic waste at source.

Ushering in a new era of sustainable plastics

-Future material demand for automotive lithium-based batteries

As the world shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate change, it is important to quantify future demands for key battery materials. In a new report, Chengjian Xu, Bernhard Steubing and a research team at the Leiden University, Netherlands and the Argonne National Laboratory in the U.S. showed how the demands of a lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese oxide dominated battery will increase by many factors between 2020 to 2050. As a result, supply chains for lithium, cobalt and nickel will require significant expansion and likely additional resource discovery.Petrochemical BOPEFilm CrudeOil

Nevertheless, uncertainties are large relative to the development of electrical vehicle fleets and battery capacities per vehicle.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

While closed-loop recycling plays a minor but increasingly important role to reduce the primary material demand until 2050, researchers must implement advanced recycling strategies to economically recover battery-grade materials from end-of-life batteries. This work is now published on Nature Communications Materials.Petrochemical BOPPFilm Hydrogen

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-Is The Green Hydrogen Hype Justified?

Has the time for the “fuel of the future,” green hydrogen, arrived?

Recently, some of the world’s biggest green hydrogen project developers and partners joined hands to launch the “Green Hydrogen Catapult” initiative that aims to drive down costs to below U.S. $2 per kg to help change energy across carbon intensive industries, including steel.

The seven founding partners include the Saudi-based ACWA Power, CWP Renewables, Envision, Iberdrola, Ørsted, Snam and Yara.

The Green Hydrogen Catapult initiative will try to scale green hydrogen 50-fold in the next six years. The initiative will leverage the support of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization.

The race to zero emissions is aiming for the deployment of 25 gigawatts through 2026 of renewables-based hydrogen production.

-Is The Green Hydrogen Hype Justified?

 

-Asian paraxylene producers announce January contract prices above December levels

Several major Asian paraxylene producers have announced their material contract prices for January shipments at USD650-710 per tonne, market sources told ICIS .

Thus, South Korean SK Global Chemical (SKGC) announced its contract price for paraxylene for January 2021 at USD700 per tonne, CFR Asia, and American ExxonMobil announced its price for material supplies next month at USD650 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Meanwhile, Reliance has nominated the January material contract price at USD710 per tonne, CFR Asia. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

Spot prices for paraxylene in Asia on December 22 were in the range of USD608-610 per ton, CFR Taiwan / CMP (main ports of China), and on 23 November they were at USD553-555 per ton, CFR Taiwan / CMP, according to ICIS.

Earlier it was noted that Asia could not reach agreement on the December contract prices for paraxylene. This is the twelfth time this year that agreement on contract prices for paraxylene in Asia has not been reached.

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

Asian paraxylene producers announce January contract prices above December levels

-The contract price of benzene will be agreed on December 28

Negotiations on the contract price of benzene in Europe for January deliveries will take place on December 28, ICIS reported .

At the same time, a five-day trading window formed on December 17-23.

Negotiations usually take place on the last business day of the month, but will be held earlier this year due to the New Year period.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

The January contract price of styrene in Europe is expected to be approved on January 4, 2021, which is also associated with the New Year holidays. The contract price for styrene is usually on the first business day of the month.

Earlier it was noted that the December contract price of styrene monomer in Europe was  agreedat EUR918 per tonne, which is EUR139 per tonne higher than in the previous month. The contract price was negotiated free on board (FOB) Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA).

The contract price of benzene will be agreed on December 28

-As Alberta seeks to become a recycling hub, experts say it needs to hold plastics producers accountable

Recycling advocates say for Alberta to become a North American recycling hub, it needs to take plastics manufacturers to task on designing and directing where products go once they’ve been used.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

As part of its natural gas strategy announced in October, the government said it will continue to seek investment in petrochemicals, along with working with the Plastics Alliance of Alberta to make the province a leading jurisdiction for plastics recycling by 2030.

Alberta has its sights set on establishing a circular economy in which plastic waste is reused in new products, something it could be well-positioned to make happen because of its large petrochemical manufacturing industry.

As Alberta seeks to become a recycling hub, experts say it needs to hold plastics producers accountable

-Japan’s Sumitomo to study combining PDH, CO2 utilisation technology

Sumitomo Chemical is planning to study combining propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology with another technology that efficiently synthesises methanol using hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), the Japanese producer said on Thursday.

Hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) are byproducts from the PDH process.

This initiative is under consideration in Sumitomo Chemical’s petrochemical complex in Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) as it can increase economic activity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company said in a statement.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

“Because PDH technology is already well established, Sumitomo Chemical believes that a technology to efficiently synthesize methanol using CO2 and hydrogen will be a new breakthrough that can meet product demand and improve the economics of the petrochemical complex, while also reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating their impact on the environment,” it said.

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-Chemical recycling to resolve environmental issues for plastics

Plastic is an essential part of modern life, but the way we use it causes major environmental damage. To fix this, we need circular economy and chemical recycling of plastics.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

Executive Vice President Jussi Manninen, Professor of Practise Holger Pöhler and Senior Scientist Anna Tenhunen from VTT and Professor Jukka Seppälä from Aalto University discussed these possibilities at VTT’s Sip of Science.

Currently, we produce globally around 400 million tons of plastics every year and this is expected to increase to 1000 million tons by 2050. Only 10% of plastics is recycled today. EU has set new, demanding targets for recycling. To reach them, we can no longer rely on mechanical recycling alone – we also need chemical recycling.

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-6 inventions nominated for Cellulose fibre award

Six inventions including plastic-free absorbent hygiene products and Cellulose nanofibre assisted biomimetic aerogels for EMI shielding have been nominated for the “Cellulose Fibre Innovation Award”. Of these, three winners will be selected and awarded at the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (CCF), to be held during February 2–3, 2021 online.

For the first time ever, the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the innovative cellulose fibre industry for the development of new technologies and applications.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

Cellulose fibres are the fastest growing fibre group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy, and a solution for avoiding microplastics. Producers and inventors along the entire value chain from feedstock to the final product joined the competition.

6 inventions nominated for Cellulose fibre award

-Mondelez Joins P&G, Colgate-Palmolive to Make Packaging Recyclable

Mondelez International committed to making all of its packaging recyclable by 2025.

By now most people are aware of that a lot of plastic is floating in our waterways.

As far as back 2015 a study estimated that 8 million tons of plastics are swept into waterways annually — equivalent to a garbage truckload every minute.

In the marine environment, plastics break down into indigestible particles that marine life mistake for food. If no actions are taken, oceans are expected to contain more plastic than fish by 2050.Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

In an effort to reduce waste, many companies are reviewing their packaging plans. And they have been pushed to do this over the past several years by a shareholder activist group called As You Sow.

Mondelez Joins P&G, Colgate-Palmolive to Make Packaging Recyclable

-More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months

EXPLAINER-Why green hydrogen is finally getting its day in the sun

More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months

Hydrogen has taken off this year as the future green fuel of choice, with governments and businesses betting big that the universe’s most abundant element can help fight climate change.  Petrochemical BOPEFilm Hydrogen

More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months. In total, more than 70 gigawatts of such projects are in development, which could require $250 billion worth of investment by 2040, research firm Rystad Energy estimates.

More than $150 billion worth of green hydrogen projects have been announced globally in the past nine months

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-Plant plastic bottles, new technology Reduce waste and global warming

Biodegradable Plastics There has been a lot of research over the years, despite some of the findings, but the price is quite high. But in the 5G era, we skipped bioplastics, focusing on plant-based plastic bottles, or PEF (Polyethylene Furanoate), which is a trend in the world, which is classified as one of the 10 Technologies to Watch that could have an impact on business and life after the Covid-19 era. In the next three to five years,

Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul Director, N.S.A. Thailand has about 2 million tons of plastic waste per year. This amount can be recycled by only 0.5 million tons. Another 1.5 million tons. 0.3 million tons of plastic bottle waste and another 1.2 million tons of plastic bags and disposable packaging envelopes.

However, a material called PEF (Polyethylene Furanoate) is made from 100% biobased or biobased materials, which can reduce carbon footprint by more than 50% compared to the production of PET bottles from petrochemicals, making it expected to replace PET plastic in the future.

The main feature of PET SUPERIOR PEF is that it is made from 100% bio-raw materials, lightweight but strong, with high thermal stability. 100% recyclable in the same system as conventional plastics, and has a water-resistant properties and gas escaping better than conventional plastics.

-Plant plastic bottles, new technology Reduce waste and global warming

-PP capacity continues to expand

2020 is coming to an end. Let’s sort out some new PP plants in recent years.

Since 2014, the growth rate of domestic PP production has slowed down, while from 2019, domestic PP production capacity has grown rapidly. In 2019 and 2020, domestic PP production capacity increased by 8.91% and 15.54% respectively.

From 2018 to 2020, China’s new production capacity was mainly concentrated in Northeast China, South China, East China, Northwest China and North China, with a significant increase of 70.05% in Northeast China, it’s mainly because that there was a large amount of new production capacity and the original capacity base was small; and the new capacity in South China ranked second, with an increase of 41.21%.

From a regional point of view, the proportion of Northeast China, South China and East China has increased, while that of Northwest China, North China and Central China has decreased correspondingly. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

PP capacity continues to expand

-A new era for bioplastics

The very dense regulatory context induced by the ecological transition calls for a reasoned approach to conventional and bio-based plastics. Decoding in four points, while the Council of Environment Ministers of the European Union, meeting on December 17, calls for the definition of a clear framework. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

Just as plastics from fossil resources, known as conventional, are polymers as different as polyethylenes (PE), polypropylenes (PP), polystyrenes (PS), polyethylene terephthalates (PET) and other polyamides (PA), bioplastics look like a big blended family. Emballages Magazine offers a deciphering of the issues in four points: semantics, ethics, ecological and strategic. Polysemous, the prefix “  bio  ” is actually a false friend. This is the first point, semantically, on which  Emballages Magazine has been returning regularly to its columns for several years now. In the world of bioplastics, thus appear polymers resulting from fossil resources and / or biodegradable and / or compostable and / or water-soluble or even recyclable; others are produced from biomass – so-called biobased plastics from renewable plant or animal resources and others (minerals, algae, bacteria, etc.) – but are neither biodegradable, nor compostable nor water-soluble but recyclable where appropriate, while whereas others, apparently identical, are on the contrary and / or biodegradable and / or compostable and / or water-soluble or even recyclable. Some can even be ingested … As for the (bio) degradable oxo, they have caused enough inkling not to come back here. All crossings are therefore possible.Are bioplastics just like any other plastics? Playing with words is tempting.

-A new era for bioplastics

-December ABS contract prices in Europe increased by EUR180-250 per tonne

December contract prices for European acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) rose by EUR180-250 per tonne amid rising styrene feedstock, ICIS reported .

The contract price for styrene monomer in Europe was finally agreed at EUR918 per tonne for December deliveries, up EUR139 per tonne from the previous month.

In addition, butadiene raw material prices increased by EUR160 per tonne in December. ABS prices rose sharply in November and December this year due to a significant reduction in supply. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

The continued very limited supply is of serious concern to ABS market participants. It is rumored that the material will not be available until the end of the first quarter, which will put pressure on buyers, most of whom have small inventories and are trying to buy additional volumes. Suppliers cannot meet the high demand.

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-ULMA and TIPA predict industry shift to biomaterials

Machinery manufacturer ULMA Packaging and compostable packaging supplier TIPA have partnered with the aim of improving efficiency for running compostable films on advanced packaging machinery. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

The collaboration will optimise ULMA box moPetrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefinstion and flow-wrapping machines to run with compostable films, and seeks to match the performance and machinability of conventional plastic.

The move comes as the companies gear up for what they predict will be an industry shift to the use of sustainable films in flexible packaging.

The growing market share of alternatives to conventional plastic, such as compostable films, is projected to be a key factor contributing towards the growth of the global flexibles market – which the companies expect to increase from 160.8 billion USD to 200.5 billion USD by 2025

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-Perfect Hydration doubles down on sustainability mission with 100% rPET bottles and aluminum cans

Alkaline water brand shares plan to divest from traditional plastic bottles, moving to rPET and aluminum in 2021 – Perfect Hydration (pH) – the ultra-purified alkaline water with electrolytes – is converting its 1-liter, 1.5-liter and 1 gallon bottles to post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) bottles beginning in Q1 2021.

This is in addition to Perfect Hydration’s recently announced line extension featuring highly recyclable 16.9-ounce aluminum cans. The full sustainability plan is part of the brand’s commitment to serve the wellness of consumers and the health of the planet.

“Simply put, consumers can’t get ultra-purified 9.5+ pH alkaline water with electrolytes from their faucets,” said Louisa Lawless, Chief Strategy Officer of Stratus Group. “Perfect Hydration has to be packaged for consumption.

However, we have worked intently to optimize our supply chains and packaging to be more sustainable, keeping bottles out of oceans and landfills and reducing the need for new virgin plastic. We are proud to be launching our recycled plastic bottles and aluminum cans at the beginning of 2021.  Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

They are a win-win for our discerninPetrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefinsg consumers who want to achieve better hydration and make more environmentally-friendly purchasing decisions.”

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-Major Asian Manufacturer Raises January PVC Prices for China by USD60 / Ton

A major petrochemical producer in Northeast Asia (NEA) has raised its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bids for next January shipments to the Chinese market by USD60 per tonne from December levels, market sources told ICIS …

Thus, the company’s January price proposals for China were announced at USD1,160 per ton, CFR China, without providing a discount for the supply of significant volumes of material, market sources said.

For the markets of Southeast and North-East Asia (NEA), as well as for other regions, the company named January PVC price offers at USD1,110 per ton, FOB NEA / Southeast Asia / other regions, which is USD50 per ton higher than the December level … The discount does not apply here either. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

The increase in PVC prices for this company in January was driven by a reduction in material production in South Korea and China, as well as increased transport costs caused by a shortage of ships and containers.

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-Big events of spandex industrial chain in 2020

Affected by the pandemic, orders for spandex in pandemic prevention materials, fabrics for sportswear and home dress, and thermal fabrics improved in 2020. Price of spandex gradually touched bottom in Jan-Jul, 2020.

Demand for spandex surged after Aug and spandex market entered prosperity cycle.

By the end of 2020, price, profit, operating rate and stocks of spandex all apparently improved compared with the beginning of 2020.

Spandex price even hit 5-year new high.

-Big events of spandex industrial chain in 2020

-Work begins on Spain’s largest PV plant for self-consumption

The facility is expected to cover around 25% of the consumption of the Brilen / Novapet industrial complex, located in the Polígono Valle del Cinca de Barbastro, in the eastern Aragon province of Huesca.  Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

Spanish polyester yarn producer Brilen is set to begin work on what it claims will be the largest photovoltaic solar power plant for industrial self-consumption in Spain and one of the largest in Europe.

The facility is expected to cover around 25% of the consumption of the Brilen / Novapet industrial complex, located in the Polígono Valle del Cinca de Barbastro, in the eastern Aragon province of Huesca.

-Work begins on Spain’s largest PV plant for self-consumption

-Heimtextil organizers looking ahead to May 2021 event

Messe Frankfurt will release details after February booking deadline

Frankfurt, Germany – Within a few weeks, Heimtextil organizer Messe Frankfurt expects to have a firm idea about the size of the rescheduled 2021 international home textiles expo.

Traditionally held each January, the event has been postponed to May 4-7 because of COVID-19 concerns. It will also take place concurrently with Techtextil and Texprocess.

“In February, we will have received binding registrations from our Heimtextil exhibitors. In the case of Techtextil and Texprocess, the deadline is the end of January. Only then – after these deadlines have passed – will we have a clearer view forward and our teams be able to plan the fairs in detail. As soon as possible afterwards, we will hold a press conference and provide details about the number of registrations received and the planning status of the individual events,” said Olaf Schmidt, Messe Frankfurt’s VP of textiles and textile technologies. Petrochemical BOPEFilm Polyolefins

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-UK and EU agree Brexit trade deal

No 10 says ‘we have taken back control’, after years of tortuous talks end in historic settlement allowing tariff-free trade in goods

A historic deal on the UK’s future trading and security relationship with the European Union has been struck on Christmas Eve, a week before the end of the Brexit transition period, triggering a victory cry from Downing Street and sombre reflection in Brussels.

As the country leaves the single market and customs union on 31 December, new arrangements allowing for tariff-free trade in goods and close police and judicial cooperation will come into force.

The announcement followed a final call between Boris Johnson in Downing Street and the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, in her Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels – at least the fifth such call over the last 24 hours.

The trade agreement – running to 2,000 pages – is unprecedented in scope, containing provisions on subjects varying from civil nuclear cooperation and energy interconnections to fishing and aviation.

UK and EU agree Brexit trade deal

-Lack of collection infrastructure blights European plastic bottle recycling

Europe is falling behind on its race to meet the European Union (EU) target of 90 per cent collection of plastic bottles by 2030 according to new research by ICIS. Results of the ICIS survey of the European RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) industry in 2019 show that progress has been made, but this progress is being threatened by inadequate collection strategies and high contamination levels when it comes PET bottles.

Overall, the region saw a recycling rate of 46 per cent a rise of two per cent on the rate in 2018. “This is a marginal improvement, but still less than half of the bottles put into the market are recycled,” Helen McGeough, Senior Analyst of Plastic Recycling at ICIS said. “Given that PET is one of the most recyclable polymers in the market and the recycling infrastructure is more mature than other polymers, the question remains as to why this is not advancing to higher recycling rates.”

Lack of collection infrastructure blights European plastic bottle recycling

-Brexit talks risk dragging beyond Christmas

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc must be prepared to continue negotiations with the UK next year.

Michel Barnier’s chances of presenting a Brexit deal under the Christmas tree look slimmer than ever. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator told EU ambassadors and members of the European Parliament’s U.K. Coordination Group in two separate briefings on Tuesday that he could not give any indication whether he will be able to deliver a deal on future EU-U.K. relations before Christmas, whether talks will continue into next week or whether they will even drag into next year.

Barnier offered a somber assessment, in which he said there are gaps remaining on fisheries but also concerning the so-called level playing field, which determines how closely aligned Britain stays to the bloc, and on enforcement of any possible deal. The briefings raised strong doubts among EU diplomats and MEPs that a deal before Thursday morning, the last possible date by which EU diplomats say it can still be implemented before years’ end, is still feasible.

Brexit talks risk dragging beyond Christmas

-BASF to increase caprolactam, nylon 6 prices

BASF says it will increase prices for caprolactam and downstream polymer polyamide 6 (PA6, Nylon 6) in North America by 6 cents/lb, effective 1 January, said Chemweek.

Major North American producers of caprolactam are AdvanSix, in Hopewell, Virginia; BASF, in Freeport, Texas; and Univex, in Salamanca, Mexico. Caprolactam is produced from the benzene derivatives phenol or cyclohexane. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

North American producers of Nylon 6 include AdvanSix, BASF, Cast Nylons, Custom Resins, DuPont, EMS-Chemie, Mohawk Industries, Nylene Canada, Nylon Corporation of America, Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products USA, and Shaw Industries.

We remind that German chemicals maker BASF said in early November it had put a project to build a petrochemicals complex in India worth up to USD4 billion on hold due to the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. BASF signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Adani Group and Borealis AG in October 2019 to evaluate a collaboration to build the chemical site in Mundra, in India’s Gujarat state.

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-OUTLOOK ’21: Europe PE and PP tightness to ease on new supply

2020 is not ending as many expected in the European polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets, and sentiment has changed significantly in the last few weeks. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

2020 was expected to be a poor year, as imports of ethane-based PE, mainly from the USA, were expected to arrive in greater supply.

In fact, there was an increase in PE and PP packaging, caused by strong buying as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic sent buyers rushing to the shops.

Other industries were shut down, such as automotive, where 10-11% of PP is used.

By the second half of the year most applications were returning to normal. Automotive has fared better than expected, and packaging is back to normal levels. Those involved in health and hygiene have remained good throughout.

OUTLOOK ’21: Europe PE and PP tightness to ease on new supply

-Henkel launched almost 700 million bottles made of 100% recycled plastics to the market in Europe

Henkel is reaching a milestone in its engagement for sustainable packaging: The company used almost 700 million bottles made of 100 percent recycled plastics for Laundry & Home Care products in Europe – more than 400 million alone in 2020. The recycled material stems from post-consumer waste, including Social Plastic® from Henkel’s partnership with the Plastic Bank. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

The bottle of Pril Pro Nature is one of many in Henkel’s portfolio which are already converted to 100 percent recycled plastic. (Photo credit: Henkel)

By increasing the number of packaging made of recycled material, Henkel does not only contribute to a circular economy but also to climate protection: Recycled PET has an almost 80 percent lower CO2 footprint compared to virgin plastic.

“At Henkel, we promote sustainable packaging solutions and foster a circular economy along the value chain – because we are committed to live up to our responsibility as a consumer goods manufacturer,” says Abdullah Khan, Head of Packaging Sustainability Laundry & Home Care at Henkel. “We are increasing the share of recycled material across our entire portfolio and many packaging includes recycled plastics already.

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-Graphene coating could help create higher energy density lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at Northwestern University and Clemson University in the U.S, along with researchers from Sejong University in Korea, have examined the origins of degradation in high energy density LIB cathode materials and developed graphene-based strategies for mitigating those degradation mechanisms and improving LIB performance.

Their research could be valuable for many emerging applications, particularly electric vehicles and grid-level energy storage for renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. Petrochemical GraphPetrochemical Graphene Polyolefins ene Polyolefins

“Most of the degradation mechanisms in LIBs occur at the electrode surfaces that are in contact with the electrolyte,” said author Mark Hersam. “We sought to understand the chemistry at these surfaces and then develop strategies for minimizing degradation.”

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-HMSHost and Sourcy: launch 100% rPET bottled water at Schiphol

HMSHost International, global market leader in the food and hospitality industry for people on the move, puts sustainability firmly on the menu by introducing Vrumona’s 100% recycled plastic (rPET) Sourcy mineral water at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. From this month onwards, all locally sourced bottled water at HMSHost stores at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will switch over to the rPET bottles, boosting the company’s 2030 sustainability goals and nationally launching Sourcy’s move to 100% rPET bottles.

Sustainability is a strong feature of the long-term partnership between HMSHost International and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Together they are working to reach their goals around zero waste and a circular economy by 2030. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

With annual sales of around 30 million PET bottles, HMSHost International highlighted this as a high impact opportunity for sustainability savings across its 19 countries. Back in 2019, rPET made up around 14% of the raw materials for HMSHost’s bottled beverages. This initiative, amongst others, boosts the company’s rPET ratio to about 85% in 2021, and is estimated to save around 200,000kg of virgin plastic and 150,000kg of CO2. Perfectly in line with the company’s sustainability catchphrase ‘start somewhere’, and positively contributing to making the world a better place.

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-Smart new technologies can play a vital role in addressing plastic pollution crisis

From source to sea, our waters are contaminated by a plastics scourge. A new study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) offers a number of technological solutions aimed at tackling one of the world’s most pressing issues. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

Approximately 8 million metric tonnes of plastic litter flow to the ocean annually, and only 9% of plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. A large percentage of the rest ends up in landfills, dumps and the environment, often findings its way to rivers, lakes and oceans through runoff, leakage, flushing of disposable wipes and hygiene products.

Another major issue relates to microplastics – those plastics that are smaller than 5 millimeters, and that pose increasing environmental, economic and health hazards. Sometimes these are intentionally added to products, for example in cosmetics, for seed coatings, paint, washing powders and other applications.

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-OP-ED: An unlikely saviour for the environment? PET may solve our plastic problem

PET is among those plastics which are an important part of everyday life. PET is the short form of polyethylene terephthalate, the chemical name for polyester. PET was first synthesized in North America in the mid-1940s by DuPont chemists searching for new synthetic fibers. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

Polyethylene terephthalate is a food grade plastic, used the world over for food and pharma packaging and has the highest rate of recycling, with 95% of PET products being recycled.

PET is a great resource with many advantages: Clear, safe, lightweight, transparent, shapeable, and 100% recyclable, as PET bottles can be made from completely recycled resin, meeting all food safety parameters. PET also has a very low environmental footprint compared to alternative non-plastic materials.

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-Africa: Chemical Industry Targets Kenya for Dumping Plastic, Chemical Waste

Kenya has been a beacon for global efforts to reduce plastics. The country’s 2017 plastic bag ban reduced environmental degradation that comes from plastic waste and demonstrated decisive government action against plastic pollution. Now, Kenya finds itself again in the spotlight as the primary line of defense to protect Africans from an unprecedented explosion of toxic plastic waste across the continent. New research exposing that toxic chemicals from plastics are poisoning Africa’s food chain, covered in The East African, should strengthen governmental resolve to protect the collective health of Kenyans and all Africans. Petrochemical Graphene Polyolefins

When China closed its door  to imports of the world’s plastic waste in 2017, the world’s biggest plastic waste producers began dumping plastic waste in countries with developing economies and weaker environmental infrastructures, predominantly in South East Asia. The recycling game had been disrupted , but the world pushed back .

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-High-melt flow scratch resistant TPE targets large automotive interior applications

“Dryflex HiF TPE” skin with PP carrier backfoamed with PU (Photo: Hexpol TPE)

Swedish compounder Hexpol TPE (Malmö; www.hexpoltpe.com) introduced “Dryflex HiF”, a family of high-melt flow scratch resistant thermoplastic elastomer-styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene (TPE-SEBS) materials developed for injection moulding of large-scale interior automotive parts such as instrument panels, door trims and skins. Dryflex HiF was developed in collaboration with US speciality polymers company Kraton (Houston, Texas; www.kraton.com) based on Kraton’s “IMSS” technology.

The surface performance of Dryflex HiF meets Erichsen scratch resistance and Crock abrasion testing values, making the materials viable for automotive applications with higher abrasion, scratch and heat-resistance requirements. Injection moulding TPE is a faster process than traditional polyurethane coating, PVC slush moulding or TPO foil processes used in these applications, and the TPE is recyclable.

High-melt flow scratch resistant TPE targets large automotive interior applications

-Europe R-PET flake market surprised by strong January demand

Matt Tudball, senior editor, Recycling, discusses the European recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) market, including:

December monthly price settlement   Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

January sentiment turns increasingly bullish

Impact on post-consumer bottles, flake and food-grade pellets

Europe R-PET flake market surprised by strong January demand

-Neste successfully completed its first industrial-scale processing run with liquefied waste plastic in Finland

Neste successfully processed 400 tons of liquefied plastic waste at its refinery in Finland this fall, an amount corresponding to the annual amount of plastic waste generated by 20,000 average European citizens*. This was the first time Neste processed liquefied waste plastic at an industrial scale. During the run, packaging and mixed waste plastics were upgraded into high-quality recycled feedstock for petrochemical industry uses, e.g. for the production of new plastics. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

The processing run marks a very important milestone with regards to Neste’s strategic aims of driving circular economy and replacing crude oil use at its own refineries. Neste’s target is to process over 1 million tons of waste plastic annually from 2030 onwards.

Preparations for the next processing runs ongoing

Neste aims to increase the volumes of liquefied waste plastic processing gradually to continue learning and developing the value chains and processing technologies. Next processing runs at Neste’s fossil oil refinery in Porvoo are already being prepared for 2021.

Neste successfully completed its first industrial-scale processing run with liquefied waste plastic in Finland

-Sustainability and recycling set to dominate 2021 agenda

The events of this year may have been unpredictable but 2021 offers no improved certainty given the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic and onset of a global economic downturn. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

Sustainability may have slipped in the focus, if not agenda, of consumers to corporates alike due to other priorities, but it is set to return with fervour next year.

There had been an expectation that demand from the packaging sector would grow sharply in 2020 from recycled high density polyethylene (R-HDPE) and recycled polypropylene (R-PP) amid the growing focus on sustainability, but much of this growth was curtailed by the impact of coronavirus.

Backlogs at testing facilities, concerns about entering new supply chains amid the pandemic, and workforce and financial pressures led firms to concentrate on core products.

Sustainability and recycling set to dominate 2021 agenda

-Dutch Arlanxeo: ‘85% less CO2 emissions thanks to rubber from sugar cane’

Chemical engineers at Arlanxeo in the Dutch city of Geleen have proven that the rubber production based on sugar cane has a much lower CO2 footprint than that of petroleum-based rubber. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

One of the most innovative gems on the Chemelot Campus in the Dutch town of Geleen is perhaps Arlanxeo, a subsidiary of the world’s largest oil company, Saudi Aramco. Which means it is a throwback of the old fossil fuel industry. But at the same time, it is one of the few producers of sustainable rubber that uses far fewer petroleum-based raw materials.

But what exactly is sustainable rubber? -That’s a question for Herman Dikland, a chemical engineer and head of innovation at Arlanxeo. “It’s not the case that this rubber is biodegradable,” says Dikland. “Try to imagine if a rubber car tire was biodegradable, then it would crumble under certain circumstances. Whereas the tire has to last a long time. When we talk about sustainable rubber, we are talking, for example, about synthetic rubber such as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber), whose main raw material, ethylene, is not extracted from naphtha (a product processed from crude oil) but rather from bioethanol.”

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-The Basics of Advanced Recycling

  • Advanced recycling is a collection of technologies that enable a new way of plastic recycling.
  • It is praised as a promising solution to drastically increase the recycling rate of plastic waste and solve the plastic packaging waste problem.
  • Investments in advanced recycling are increasing and new coalitions are being formed throughout the value chain
  • The development of advanced recycling is at a very early stage and will take several more years to mature. There are still questions around legislation, energy consumption, environmental impact and financial viability that constitute obstacles. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

Interest and investments in advanced, or chemical, recycling are increasing worldwide. This group of circular technologies should help solve the problems with plastic packaging waste. In a series of specials, we discuss the key aspects of advanced recycling.

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-STOROPACK presents Styropor Ccycled, the first 100% recycled EPS from mixed and contaminated waste

As long-time customers and partners of Basf, Storopack has been chosen to exclusively test the innovative raw material Styropor Ccycled in the field of polystyrene packaging. Storopack offers products made with the new Styropor Ccycled material, originating for the first time from the chemical recycling of mixed waste from the yellow container and suitable for food contact. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

The innovative ChemCycling process makes it possible to recycle mixed or contaminated plastics, previously impossible to recycle. The resulting plastic, Styropor Ccycled, provides the same exceptional packaging and insulation properties as conventional EPS.

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-Repsol to supply Berry circular polyolefins

Repsol’s polyolefins, obtained through advanced recycling methods, will help Berry to procure food-grade polypropylene packaging.

Berry Global Group, Evansville, Indiana, has announced that Madrid-based Repsol, its longtime supplier, will supply it with circular resins.

The Spanish multienergy global company will supply Berry with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus-certified circular polyolefins from its Repsol Reciclex range. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

According to a news release from Berry Global, these polyolefins are obtained by advanced recycling, enabled by the adoption of new chemical recycling technologies, of postconsumer plastic scrap not suitable for traditional recycling.

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-Starlinger doubles recycling plant production capacity

Austrian equipment maker builds German facility to make its recoSTAR plastics recycling systems.

Austria-based Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft mbH. says it has opened a new facility in Germany that has allowed it to double its capacity to make plastics recycling systems.

Starlinger says it has been producing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics recycling systems in the recoSTAR series at its new site in Schwerin, Germany, since August, which has allowed it to quickly increase its capacity. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

“In the past two years, our division Starlinger Recycling Technology has seen strong demand for recycling systems,” says Angelika Huemer, CEO and managing partner of Starlinger.

“This field of activity with an annual turnover of 130 million euros ($159 million) constitutes an important mainstay for the future of Starlinger–a mainstay that we intend to build on.”

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-ITMA ASIA + CITME 2020 on track for next June showing

With leading textile machinery manufacturers affirming their support, preparations for the seventh edition of ITMA ASIA + CITME are underway as scheduled, according to the organisers. Following the completion of stand allocation exercise, some 1,650 exhibitors have started to receive their certificate of admission and stand details from December 14, 2020. Petrochemical Polyamide6 Polyolefins

Despite the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, the combined show continues to receive the support of exhibitors from 25 countries, including the world’s most established textile machinery brand names.

Among the major exhibitors allocated space are: CHTC, Danis Makina, Electro-Jet, Eton Systems, Fong’s, Groz-Beckert, Itema, Jeanologia, Karl Mayer, MS Printing Solutions, Muratec, Oerlikon Barmag, Picanol, Reggiani Macchine, Rieter, SDC Enterprises, Santoni, Saurer, Savio, Shima Seiki, Staubli, Toyota, Tsudakoma, Vandewiele and Vanwyk.

-ITMA ASIA + CITME 2020 on track for next June showing

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-UK-EU logistics woes mount as companies stock up ahead of Brexit deadline

UK logistics at border crossings into the EU are under intense pressure as companies try to build stockpiles ahead of the country’s 31 December exit from the EU single market and customs union.

Long delays for container traffic and queues of trucks are being reported at ferry terminals and Eurotunnel on both sides of the English Channel, with additional pressure caused by ferries running a reduced timetable because of a lack of passenger and car traffic caused by the pandemic.

On Sunday (20 December), queues at the UK’s port of Dover were growing as France halted during 48 hours all freight bound to Calais as it aims to stop a new coronavirus strain found in London and surrounding areas reaching its territory.

Several countries, including Germany and Italy, as well as France, announced over the weekend they were halting passenger flights from the UK.

The pandemic has also disrupted the global container shipping system, with reduced availability and long delays at container ports along the south coast.

Shipping companies – which took out 12% of global capacity in the first half of 2020 – were taken by surprise as Asian economies bounced back quickly in the second half of the year.

They have been unable to restore this quickly enough.

UK-EU logistics woes mount as companies stock up ahead of Brexit deadline

-Brazilian Abiquim disagrees with decision to reduce import duty on PVC in the country

Brazilian chemical trading group Abiquim has criticized the Camex Chamber of Commerce’s decision to reduce the import duty on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from 14% to 4%, ICIS reported  .

The new duty, which is in effect for three months and can be extended for another three months, is capped at a maximum quarterly quota of 160,000 tonnes of PVC, Camex reported. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

For Abiquim, the government’s assertion that the new tariff will address the supply gap in the domestic market is unfounded. “In the short term, there is no risk of PVC shortages,” Abiquim said in a statement. “There are two large PVC producers in Brazil with enough capacity to meet all domestic demand. These companies are doing well and reporting successful sales.”

“The Brazilian PVC market is already open to competition. The share of imports in the domestic market is much higher than the average for other countries, with 10 to 20 companies exporting PVC to Brazil,” Abiquim said.

Brazil imported USD282.3 million worth of PVC and exported USD24.9 million this year, according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

Brazilian Abiquim disagrees with decision to reduce import duty on PVC in the country

-US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions forecast to fall 11% in 2020

In 2020, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the U. energy sector could be 11% lower than in 2019, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data through August and EIA estimates for September through December. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

According to values published in EIA’s December Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA expects CO2 emissions in 2020 to fall by 19% for coal, by 13% for petroleum, and by 2% for natural gas. Many of this year’s changes in energy-related CO2 emissions are attributable to the economic and behavioral effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on energy consumption.

EIA calculates energy-related CO2 emissions by multiplying energy consumption, measured in British thermal units, by the carbon factor associated with each energy source. For this reason, changes in emissions reflect both changes in the overall amount of energy consumed and the mix of energy sources used.

US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions forecast to fall 11% in 2020

– OXYNOV™ Barrier Bottles New branding introduction in Airnov

  • High barrier protection against oxygen and moisture for use in automated fill lines
  • Ideal for use with oxygen and moisture absorbers
  • Standard bottle neck SP-400

Airnov Healthcare Packaging is introducing its new brand, OXYNOV™. Applicable for High Protective Barrier Bottles, OXYNOV offers protection for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and probiotic products. The OXYNOV Barrier Bottles utilize extrusion-blow-molding (EBM) technology creating a 6-layer bottle with ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) which offers the highest barrier to oxygen and moisture available on the market for this packaging category. The OXYNOV bottles are rigid containers to be used on automated filling lines for a fast, reliable output, and do not shrink when bottles are used in conjunction with oxygen absorbers. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

The OXYNOV bottle is the latest brand in Airnov’s oxygen protective solutions which, when combined with oxygen absorbers, offers the ideal product to avoid the degradation of oxygen sensitive products such as drugs, proteins or probiotics.

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-Industrial packaging manufacturer may have new owner / Further investment for SK Capital

France’s Ipackchem ,an extrusion blow-moulder that makes industrial packaging, could soon have a new owner.

US private equity firm SK Capital Partners plans to take over the packaging producer, which recently achieved a turnover of EUR 123m, with 850 employees, from the previous owner, Sagard Holdings. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

The private equity firm bought Ipackchem from investment company Cerea Partenaire in 2017.

SK Capital said it expects the transaction to close before the end of first quarter of 2021; no financial details have been disclosed.

Industrial packaging manufacturer may have new owner / Further investment for SK Capital

-Acquisition of Spolchemie plant completed / Focus on polyester resins from recycled PET

US polyester and vinyl ester resins producer AOC (European headquarters: Schaffhausen / Switzerland; www.aocresins.com) said it has completed the acquisition of a factory for unsaturated polyester resins in Usti nad Labem / Czech Republic.

The plant on the Elbe River, located 70 km southeast of Dresden, had previously been operated as a joint venture between the Czech companies Kaprain (Prague; www.kaprain.cz) and Spolchemie. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

Acquisition of Spolchemie plant completed / Focus on polyester resins from recycled PET

-Avient adding capacity for medical-grade Mevopur materials in Asia-Pacific

The material supplier is equipping an existing facility in Singapore with a new production line to meet growing demand for the specialty polymers in that region.

U.S.-based specialty material supplier Avient Corp. is equipping an existing facility in Singapore with a new production line to meet the growing demand for specialty pre-coloured, medical grade Mevopur polymers in the region.

The new line will be installed at the EN-ISO13485-2016 certified site, and complements similar capabilities in North America and Europe. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

“When our newly added production line is validated and goes on-stream in Singapore next quarter, Avient will be able to increase its capacity to supply these materials, which address the particular needs of the healthcare industry in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Say-Eng Lee, vice president and general manager, colour and additives, Asia.

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-Berlin Packaging acquires Consolidated Bottle – Significant expansion in Canada

Transaction Increases Canadian Rigid Packaging Offering and Value-Added Services – Berlin Packaging, the world’s largest hybrid packaging supplier, announced today the acquisition of Consolidated Bottle Corporation, a leading packaging supplier in Canada. The transaction significantly expands Berlin Packaging’s footprint in Canada, enabling the combined businesses to offer even more packaging solutions and value-added services to their customers.Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

As one of Canada’s most established companies, Consolidated Bottle has 110+ years of experience supplying innovative plastic, glass and metal containers and closures across various industries, including personal care, pharmaceutical, cannabis, food, beverage and industrial.

Berlin Packaging is a global supplier of rigid packaging products and services designed to streamline packaging supply chains and help companies grow their profits. In 2016, Berlin Packaging established a Montreal location focused on supplying specialty glass packaging for food, spirits and wine.

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-Gleistein switches its entire portfolio of products made with Dyneema® to bio-based Dyneema® fibres

World’s first rope manufacturer to take this step towards a more sustainable future

With immediate effect, Gleistein is switching its entire portfolio of products made with Dyneema® to be manufactured exclusively from bio-based Dyneema® fibres. These fibres possess exactly the same trusted strength and reliability of their conventionally sourced counterparts, yet contribute substantially to climate protection due to their renewable, bio-based raw material. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

This results in a significant reduction in carbon emissions and fossil fuel dependency. With this move, Gleistein is adopting the leading role worldwide among textile rope manufacturers aiming towards becoming carbon neutral in the future.

Over the past decades, Gleistein Ropes and DSM Protective Materials (formerly DSM Dyneema) have continuously worked together to deliver premium, industry-leading textile rope solutions for their customers. The outstanding quality, often featuring the world’s highest performance attributes, is the result of extensive ongoing R&D investments and a joint, resolute commitment to excellence.

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-U.S. blacklists Chinese, UAE-based companies over sale of Iranian petrochemicals

U.S. blacklists Chinese, UAE-based companies over sale of Iranian petrochemicals

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on companies based in China and the United Arab Emirates, accusing them of supporting the sale of Iranian petrochemicals as Washington increases pressure on Tehran in the closing days of President Donald Trump’s term. Petrochemical LDPEPackaging Polyolefins

The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement it had blacklisted the four entities for facilitating the export of Iranian petrochemical products by Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd, which was hit with sanctions by Washington earlier this year.

Also targeted in the move was Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation over its connection with significant transactions for the transport of petroleum products from Iran, the Treasury said.

Vietnam said on Thursday it regretted the U.S. decision to sanction the company and hoped that the U.S. would remove the sanctions.

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Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,375 yuan/ton 5,400 yuan/ton +25
Bottle grade PET chips export market 725 $/ton 750 $/ton +25
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

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4,750 yuan/ton 4,775 yuan/ton +25
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 4,775 yuan/ton 4,825 yuan/ton +50
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,590 yuan/ton 3,580 yuan/ton -10
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
470 $/ton 480 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 3,930 yuan/ton 3,980 yuan/ton +50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 510 $/ton 518 $/ton- +8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 594 $/ton 627 $/ton +33
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 576 $/ton 609 $/ton +33
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 PETBottle

522 $/ton 557 $/ton +35
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 5,625 yuan/ton 5,805 yuan/ton
+180
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,550 yuan/ton 5,750 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 7,375 yuan/ton 7,550 yuan/ton +175
olyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,650 yuan/ton 6,800 yuan/ton +150
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 PETBottle
5,800 yuan/ton 5,925 yuan/ton +125
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 5,780 yuan/ton 5,830 yuan/ton +50
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,700 yuan/ton 11,800 yuan/ton
+100
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,450 $/ton 1,500 $/ton +50
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,680 $/ton 1,720 $/ton +40
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 12,200 yuan/ton 12,000 yuan/ton -200
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,200 yuan/ton 12,250 yuan/ton +50
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 29,500 yuan/ton 29,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 PETBottle

14,250 yuan/ton 14,450 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,900 yuan/ton 17,100 yuan/ton +200
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 15,250 yuan/ton 15,500 yuan/ton +250
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 48,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 46,500 yuan/ton 46,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 39,200 yuan/ton 39,200 yuan/ton
Adipic Acid domestic market 8,000 yuan/ton 7,900 yuan/ton -100
Benzene domestic market 4,450 yuan/ton 4,475 yuan/ton -15
Benzene overseas  market 631 $/ton 651 $/ton
+20
Ethylene South East market 910 $/ton 930 $/ton +20
Ethylene NWE  market 982 $/ton 1,042 $/ton +60
Acrylonitrile ACN  domestic market 12,300 yuan/ton 12,300 yuan/ton
Acrylonitrile ACN  overseas market 1,600 $/ton 1,600 $/ton
Acrylic staple fiber ASF  domestic market 15,500 yuan/ton 15,500 yuan/ton
Viscose Staple Fiber VSF  domestic market 10,300 yuan/ton 10,500 yuan/ton +200
PP Powder domestic market 8,370 yuan/ton 8,170 yuan/ton -200
Naphtha overseas market 

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 PETBottle

449 $/ton 470 $/ton
+21
Phenol domestic market 6,640 yuan/ton 6,310 yuan/ton -330

 

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 PETBottle

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Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 PETBottle Trend

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Textural, Frosted Matte Special Effects Masterbatch for PET

Ampacet’s new Whispers Collection that provides a textured, frosted matte finish for PET applications within all market segments.

A special effects masterbatch that provides a textural and frosted matte finish for PET applications within all market segments has been developed by Ampacet Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y.

An extension of the company’s popular Modern Mattes line of special effects masterbatches, the new Whispers Collection reportedly provides a tactile, textural feel in combination with a visual matte effect. This iced energy of the effect is provided without the added expense of a secondary process or mold change.

Colors currently available include Blue Breeze, Calmed Coral, Golden Glimmer, Lucid Lilac, Muted Mauve and Soft Celadon. This collection of colors can be customized for any color pathway to accurately reflect the targeted brand message.

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-BASF’s new Ultramid grade targets application in high-quality surfaces in the car interior

Numerous trends are influencing the automotive industry: automated driving, electromobility, sustainability, lightweight construction, energy efficiency. In addition, the interior is getting into the focus by designers and developers. The transformation into a feel-good space on four wheels is increasing very fast. The haptics and visual appearance of components are becoming even more important. BASF is presenting innovative materials for premium and appealing surfaces to give the interior a distinctive look.

After the successful market launch in 2017 of Ultramid Deep Gloss, a special polyamide for durable high-gloss trim parts, a new generation of surface-improved structural materials is now following with Ultramid B3E2G6 SI BK23353 and Ultramid B3E2G10 SI BK23353. The glass fiber reinforced types based on polyamide 6 impress with very low emission values and good UV stability and are therefore ideally suited for the use in functional visible parts in the interior.

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-Spandex price decreases sporadically with weaker demand

Recently, rigid demand for spandex turned muted after downstream plants witnessed diminishing orders and slightly cut run rate. Some dealers also reduced replenishing. Supply tightness of spandex has been eased slightly and stocks started mounting, while overall stocks on spandex market remained low. Price of some spandex 20D and 30D was high boosted by seasonal demand, while that of 40D/70D/140D inched down amid falling orders. Price of spandex hiked by around 40% compared with the bottom level and started shivering at high level in Dec, even moving down in some regions. Did the market fundamental change?

In view of supply, spandex market entered prosperous cycle after Q3 with soaring price and greatly improving profit. Most units kept running at high capacity, excluding some old units to be eliminated. Current operating rate of spandex market was at 93% and is supposed to remain high in Dec supported by low stocks and high cash flow. Monthly production of spandex may hit yearly high in Dec.

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-How far will polyester market go amid hiking cost?

Panic mood on the external environment gradually eased after the uncertainty of American Presidential Election faded in Nov. Entering Dec, price of oil and futures kept rising and started passed on to polyester fiber market, resulting into changing mindset of players.

Cost stimulus

This wave of uptrend was apparently stimulated by cost. In view of the tempo, price of oil rebounded at first in early-Nov, closely followed by PTA. Price of MEG touched bottom in mid-Nov and that of PFY and PSF gradually climbed up until Dec. From the perspective of demand, demand turned weaker in Nov, deviating from oil price.

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-Major LA Street Paved Using Recycled Plastic Asphalt

First-of-its-kind project supports recovers and repurposes plastic PET water bottles to create a market for long-term use of recyclable materials.

Streets are not paved with gold, but they are being paved in a “greener” way using recycled plastics.

The latest example happened December 17 when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Public Works officials announced the launch of a new sustainability pilot project in which a portion of 1st Street between Grand Avenue and Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles was resurfaced with recycled plastic asphalt. The launch helps accomplish the goals set in the LA’s Green New Deal that the mayor announced earlier this year, to combat climate change by implementing multiple environmental initiatives.

Led by StreetsLA and working with TechniSoil Industrial, this application of recycled plastic asphalt is the first of its kind on a major city street and further proof Los Angeles stays on the cutting edge of innovative, green technology.

Major LA Street Paved Using Recycled Plastic Asphalt

-Turkish investors eye chances in Tanzania

Ten Turkish investors have shown interest to invest in Tanzania, country’s envoy to Turkey Elizabeth Kiondo told journalists yesterday.

Officials of five of the ten Turkish companies toured the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) to explore possible areas for investment.

Some of the firms that have shown interest are Pedo Corporation– a leading manufacturer of baby and adult diaper in Turkey; ERF Grup–Fan and Pomp manufacturer; and Yenler Textile–a manufacturer of curtains and home textile. Others are Compass (General trade), Compass (textile and furniture) and Compass (construction materials).

TIC’s investment promotion director John Mnali cited some of the areas which appeared to be of more interest to the investors as manufacturing and assembling of agricultural machineries. “We’re going on with discussions on other potential areas for investment,” said Mr Mnali.

Turkish investors eye chances in Tanzania

-Cosmo Films develops new transparent printable BOPP film with higher heat resistance

The Cosmo Films stock has nearly doubled this year and now the company has developed a new transparent printable BOPP film called “Teplor” with higher heat resistance. Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films detailed the impact.

“Teplor – a heat resistant BOPP film from Cosmo Films – is a revolutionary product enabling mono-material structures which will help FMCG companies to make their packaging truly recyclable in an easy and cost-effective way,” he said in an interview with CNBC-TV18.

“The increase in raw material prices is pushing the BOPP film prices up. The other challenges are the logistic challenges globally because of the container availability but overall the margins are better,” he said.

On BOPP spreads and on margins, he said, “The spreads are fluctuating quite a bit. I would say that in general, they are at a good level. For the first 10-12 days, the margins were a little better but in general, the margins are stable, they are at a healthy level. So overall the H2 margins should be slightly better than H1 as of now.”

Cosmo Films develops new transparent printable BOPP film with higher heat resistance

-Keycycle gains exclusive sales rights to deinking technology

Keycycle, a subsidiary of recycling machinery manufacturer Erema Group, is intensifying its cooperation with Spanish company Cadel Deinking, and will take over worldwide sales and project implementation of the technology next month.

Keycycle will operate the pilot system in Sant Vicente del Raspeig, Spain together with Cadel Deinking, which has been working on the removal of printing inks from plastics surfaces since 2014.

“Together we are making ink removal technology a process step that can be integrated into the plastics recycling chain,” says Michal Prochazka, managing director of Keycycle.

In combination with Erema recycling technology, this ink removal process has already proven its suitability for real-life applications involving the recycling of printed in-house and post-industrial film waste. This represents a milestone in safely feeding recycled pellets made from originally printed film back into the production process.

Keycycle gains exclusive sales rights to deinking technology

-BASF launches own circular economy scheme / Closing the materials loop / Chemical recycling projects with partners

In its drive to accelerate sustainability and stay apace of the EU’s plans for a Circular Economy and a Green New Deal, BASF  has launched an ambitious plan to promote a circular economy in its own production cycles. Speaking at the group’s annual research press conference – held virtually for the first time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – CEO Martin Brudermüller stressed that innovations from the chemical industry are crucial to the transformation of the industrial economy from linear to circular value chains.

BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer and a major plastics producer focused on high-end engineering polymers and high-volume monomers, has committed to converting 250,000 t/y of recycled and waste-based raw materials into new products each year, starting in 2025.

BASF launches own circular economy scheme / Closing the materials loop / Chemical recycling projects with partners

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-Loop Industries Completes Independent Review Confirming Effectiveness of Depolymerization Technology

To address allegations of fraud in an October report from Hindenburg Research, Loop Industries (Montreal, QC) announced that it engaged Kemitek to perform an independent verification of its patented Gen II depolymerization technology. Loop Industries claims that the process recycles waste PET and polyester fiber into virgin-quality PET resin. Kemitek is a not-for-profit College Center for Technology Transfer that  specializes in green chemistry and chemical process scale-up. Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

According to Loop Industries, Kemitek established a “rigorous and independent methodology” for the verification. The Kemitek team was on site at Loop’s Terrebonne, Quebec, facilities for 16 days to verify each step of Loop’s technology at mini-pilot (25 L reactor) and pilot scales (6000 L reactor) from feedstock (post-consumer waste PET plastic) to final purified monomers (DMT and MEG).

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-Expansion of BOPP capacity in India / Plants for BOPET films in operation in Hungary and Thailand

The board of the Indian conglomerate SRF (Gurugram, Haryana / India; www.srf.com) has approved the construction of a second BOPP film plant and metallisation facility in Indore / India. The existing capacity of 45,000 t/y is to be more than doubled with an additional 60,000 t/y.  Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

Construction is scheduled to take 20 months, so the new plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022, at the earliest. The investment is estimated at INR 4.24 bn (EUR 47.4m) and is to be provided from debt and internal accruals. SRF cites growth in the BOPP market both in India and overseas as the motivation for the investment, as well as the goal of being able to serve the entire spectrum of BOPP products. Based on the current product mix, the existing plant in Indore is running at 100% capacity.

Expansion of BOPP capacity in India / Plants for BOPET films in operation in Hungary and Thailand

-INEOS Styrolution hosts groundbreaking ceremony for its new 600kt abs plant in Ningbo, China

  • Additional resources for the world’s biggest ABS market
  • Improved service offering for customers
  • Investment reflects commitment to the company’s Triple Shift growth strategy

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, today announced its ground-breaking ceremony for its new 600kt ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plant located in Ningbo, China. The development of the new site is part of INEOS Styrolution’s larger expansion plans into China, following an earlier acquisition of two polystyrene production sites in Ningbo and Foshan.  Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

The location of the new site was selected because of its extensive access to feedstock supply options and excellent supply chain connection to customers. The new site is expected to be operational by 2023.

INEOS Styrolution hosts groundbreaking ceremony for its new 600kt abs plant in Ningbo, China

-Tomra, Stadler combine to provide Viridor MRF system

Sorting technology firms work together to equip Viridor’s Mason’s MRF near Ipswich, England.  Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

The Stadler UK Ltd. business unit of Germany-based Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH has led a £15.4 million ($20.7 million) project to upgrade the Masons Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) near Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom, that is operated by Viridor. In 2019, when it sought bids for the project, U.K.-based Viridor specified sensor sorting devices made Germany-based Tomra Sorting Recycling’s in its tender documentation.

The modernization of the facility is part of a 10-year Viridor-Suffolk County Council contract renewal. Viridor runs the MRF on behalf of the Suffolk Waste Partnership.

Viridor says the upgrade allows it to increase capacity from 65,000 metric tons per year to 75,000 (equivalent to 17 metric tons per hour). The plant is now operating at full capacity and at what the equipment firms call optimum processing levels.

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-Mondi helps to reduce plastic use and CO2 footprint with new paper-based diaper packaging for Drylock

Mondi has developed a paper-based packaging solution for Drylock Technologies’ baby diapers  Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

The EcoWicketBags are recyclable, replacing the traditional plastic packaging for diapers

CO2 footprint is significantly reduced with the innovative new products due to the use of renewable resources

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has launched a new paper EcoWicketBag for Drylock Technologies’ baby diaper ranges, bringing sustainable paper-based packaging to the hygiene market globally.

The global hygiene products manufacturer approached Mondi to create a more sustainable alternative to its existing plastic diaper packaging that would travel well, have strong shelf-appeal, and protect the product – while also using renewable resources and significantly reducing its CO2 footprint.

Mondi helps to reduce plastic use and CO2 footprint with new paper-based diaper packaging for Drylock

-Weekly Resin Report: Spot PE, PP Prices Spiral Higher

Processors, many of whom were caught short of supply, flocked to the spot resin market last week seeking material, but demand continued to outstrip current resin availability.

Consequently, prices for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) continued to spiral higher, driven by ongoing production issues, rapidly rising feedstock costs, export demand, and domestic price increase pressures, reports the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update.

Few Prime railcars were spotted, although a steady trickle of off-grade cars passed through.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

Resellers doled out limited Prime offerings from warehoused stocks; as material sold, they raised prices on new offerings.

“Though we cringed to ask for the ever-rising offering prices,” writes the PlasticsExchange, “if the right resin was found, transactions came together with relative ease.”

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-Enval and SAIREM partner to accelerate plastic recycling process

UK-based recycling specialist Enval has selected SAIREM, the French leader in industrial microwave and radio frequency applications, to supply the microwave generators that will power its laminate recycling process.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

Enval uses a unique proprietary pyrolysis technology for treating low-density packaging waste. Its process transforms plastic waste into oil feedstock to produce new plastic. Enval’s process enables the recycling of each of the laminate’s components into materials that can be reprocessed and put back into circulation.

To power its pyrolysis process, Enval has engaged SAIREM, which has four decades of experience developing and delivering microwave and radio frequency applications, to supply its microwave generators. The units provided by SAIREM will provide clean and efficient heating that will be used to create the required conditions in Enval’s pyrolysis reactor. Enval plans to use SAIREM’s products in all of its future plants.

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PLASTICS TAX: National Council of Switzerland calls for plastics levy / Lower house wants 25% recyclate rate for packaging by 2025

The Environment Committee of the Swiss National Council (ESPEC) seeks to create incentives to increase the proportion of recycled material in packaging for beverages and cleaning agents. A motion passed on 1 September 2020 calls for the country’s Federal Council to introduce by 2025 a tax on disposable plastic products with packaging containing less than 25% recycled material.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

The goal is to create incentives for the increased use of recycled materials and to make products in this type of packaging the preferred option. The lower-house committee argues that polyethylene and PET are already collected today and can be recycled without any loss of quality. However, the recyclates are currently not competitive with virgin material due to the higher prices.

PLASTICS TAX: National Council of Switzerland calls for plastics levy / Lower house wants 25% recyclate rate for packaging by 2025

-Australia’s Xefco develops World-First Antiviral Textile Technology to Fight COVID-19

XViroblock™ antimicrobial copper treated textiles effective at inactivating SARS-CoV-2 in as little as five minutes.

Australian-owned materials science and technology start-up, Xefco®, in collaboration with Swiss textile innovator, HeiQ, has developed XViroblock™, the world’s first thin-film antimicrobial copper surface treatment for textiles that is proven to exhibit significant viricidal activity against SARS-CoV-2.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

Studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) showed textiles coated with XViroblock™ inactivated SARS-CoV-2, with significant inactivation occurring within five minutes of direct contact.

By developing textile treatments that provide rapid viricidal and antibacterial functionality, Xefco hopes to reduce transmission of disease by reducing the persistence of pathogens on treated surfaces.

“While the antimicrobial properties of copper are well-known, we have developed a unique process and technology to apply an ultra-thin surface coating of the metal onto textiles,” said Tom Hussey, CEO and Co-Founder, Xefco.

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-VDMA: German plastics, rubber machinery sector initiates trend reversal; sees return to pre-crisis level by 2023

At the beginning of the year, the German plastics and rubber machinery industry, like almost all sectors of the economy, was hit hard by the effects of the Corona pandemic. However, the downward trend in sales and incoming orders already flattened out in mid-2020, and incoming orders even rose again from September onwards. Cumulatively, from January to October 2020 they are only 3% below the incoming orders in the same period of 2019.Petrochemical PETPackaging Polyolefins

According to Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association within the VDMA, the September and October months contributed significantly to this encouraging trend. “In September 2020, we had 13% more incoming orders compared to the same month of the previous year, and in October 2020, there were even twice as many orders on the books as a year ago”, Reifenhäuser said.

VDMA: German plastics, rubber machinery sector initiates trend reversal; sees return to pre-crisis level by 2023

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Crude Oil Prices Trend 

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-Avantium awarded €5.4 million grant from Netherlands Enterprise Agency for expansion of FDCA pilot plant

Avantium N.V, a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, announces that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO – Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) has awarded the company a €5.4 million grant as part of the Demonstration Energy and Climate Innovation (DEI+) scheme, to be paid out in 16 tranches over a period of 4 years.

This grant is solely designated for the expansion of Avantium’s FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) pilot plant in Geleen (The Netherlands) and will therefore not be used for the potential construction of the FDCA flagship plant in Delfzijl.

FDCA is the key building block for the high-quality, fully recyclable, plant-based polymer PEF (polyethylene furanoate) to be used in a wide range of applications such as bottles, packaging, film and textiles.

Avantium awarded €5.4 million grant from Netherlands Enterprise Agency for expansion of FDCA pilot plant

-LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (LDPE) PRICES BOLSTER HIGHER IN SEA AND SA

This week, LDPE prices bolstered higher in the South East and South Asian regions. The sharp price gain was triggered by bullish import offers from the overseas producers, stronger regional demand trends and persistent tight product availability.

In South-East Asia, LDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1430-1500/mt CFR levels, a week on week surge of USD 30-50/mt.

A trader based in Vietnam while in conversation with a Polymerupdate team member said, “LDPE prices in Vietnam continue to remain firm owing to persistent tight product availability and bullish import offers.”

When asked to comment on LDPE lamination grade current import offers, the trader added, “A South Korean producer has offered its LDPE lamination LDC801YY at the USD 1770/mt CFR levels in Vietnam. The producer also offered the same grade in Indonesia and Philippines at the USD 1720/mt and USD 1750/mt CFR levels respectively, for January 2021 shipment.”

In India, LDPE prices were at the USD 1350-1430/mt CFR levels, a spike of USD 40-90/mt from previous week.

In India, a Middle Eastern producer has offered its LDPE film grade at the USD 1430-1450/mt CFR levels, for January 2021 shipment. LDPE lamination grade prices are heard to have been offered by a major Thai producer at the USD 1690/mt CFR levels, for January 2021 shipment.

Domestic producers in India are expected to raise their LDPE prices on the back of persistent tight product availability, robust regional demand trends and bullish import offers from overseas suppliers.

In Pakistan, LDPE prices were assessed at the USD 1400-1470/mt levels, a week on week rise of USD 20/mt. In Bangladesh, prices were assessed at the USD 1400-1450/mt CFR levels, both up by USD 10-20/mt from last week.

-LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (LDPE) PRICES BOLSTER HIGHER IN SEA AND SA

-Is Reusable the Future of Sustainable Packaging?

The food and beverage industry has a plastic problem. According to new research from PreScouter, 35% of plastic waste stems from the industry.

While one solution is to make it easier for consumers to recycle, PreScouter’s report explores why reusable packaging could be a more promising solution.

Why choose to reuse?

Even when plastic packaging is fully recyclable, consumers are more likely to throw it away. Only 14% of plastic packaging makes it into recycling collections, and PreScouter estimates that 95% of packaging material value is lost to the economy because of this rapid disposable. On the other hand, packaging that can be reused several times would result in cost savings. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

And consumers have made it clear that they prefer sustainable packaging. More than half have specifically noted that they’d like to see more reusable materials.

Overcoming challenges

Reusable packaging, however, has a few downsides that make it difficult for brands to get on board. Materials must be more durable than plastic, and thus they’re more expensive.

To make reusable packaging a cost-effective alternative, it would have to be strong enough to withstand five to 10 uses, depending on the comparable material. This should no longer be a problem, as companies are currently producing packaging that can last for up to 20 uses.

Is Reusable the Future of Sustainable Packaging?

-Braskem, Encina to collaborate on circular propylene feedstock supply from new recycling plant

Braskem and Encina Development Group (Encina; The Woodlands, Texas) have agreed to develop a long-term relationship aimed at establishing a supply of circular propylene feedstock from Encina’s planned new post-consumer plastics recycling plant in the US, reported Chemweek. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

Encina plans to break ground on the facility in the second half of 2021, although the location has not yet been given. Once completed, the plant will process 175,000 metric tons/year of waste plastic into over 90,000 metric tons/year of recycled chemicals, the companies say in a joint statement. The facility will be designed to have its capacity expanded to 350,000 metric tons/year of waste plastic in future phases, they say. It will leverage Encina’s proprietary technology that converts mixed plastics to chemicals via catalytic pyrolysis.

Braskem will work with Encina to develop the necessary logistics, product quality, and certifications for the recycled propylene feedstock that Braskem will then use in the production of recycled polypropylene (PP) materials in applications such as food packaging, consumer, and hygiene products, according to the companies. Braskem and Encina intend to develop a formal supply agreement prior to the project’s financing approval in 2021, they say.

Braskem, Encina to collaborate on circular propylene feedstock supply from new recycling plant

-Aker Biomarine launches plastic recycling subsidiary

A new company that aims to recycle marine plastics has been launched by Aker Biomarine today.

Called AION (from the Greek for eternity), it will offer products and services to companies with a desire to recycle waste and re-use materials and stems from circular initiatives focused on plastic waste and production residues from within Aker BioMarine.

The new company will initially use Aker BioMarine’s own streams of plastic and biological production residues will be recycled into new products, allowing the company to reach its zero-waste vision. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

It will also work through Aker BioMarine’s network to receive other companies’ plastic and biowaste streams. In the long run, AION aims to manage production residues globally and will work to scale its business model with an ambition for listing.

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-SABIC joins forces with KraussMaffei’s high-performance NETSTAL for innovative thin-wall packaging applications

SABIC has announced a strategic partnership with KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG, KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of high-performance injection moulding systems known under the NETSTAL brand.

Besides the exchange of mutual know-how in the fields of polymer technology and processing, the aim of the partnership is the joint use and further advancement of the existing application centre for thin-wall packaging at the NETSTAL plant in Näfels, Switzerland. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

The official launch of the cooperation, which will focus on application, material and processing innovations in the thin-wall packaging industry through collaboration across the segment’s entire value chain, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

“This is a major investment in synergy for us,” states Sergi Monros, SABIC Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions, Petrochemicals.

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-PP powder market under pressure

PP powder market moves lower last week, till last Friday (Dec 11), mainstream offers are at 8,520-8,550yuan/mt in Shandong province, and 8,650-8,700yuan/mt in East China.

First, profit has been narrowed by the high cost.

It can be seen that the propylene price moves higher, and its increase is obviously faster than that of PP powder. For powder enterprises who need merchant propylene, they are suffering around 200yuan/mt of deficit. From about 550yuan/mt in late November to about -200yuan/mt at present, the cash flow changes rapidly. As of last Thursday (Dec 10), only Dongming Dongfang Chemical, Shandong Luqing and Hengyuan lower their operating rate, and the operating rates of other plants maintains stable. Some enterprises said that they may shut their plants in the late market if the powder and propylene price spread has not narrowed, while enterprises in Jiangsu and Zhejiang are mostly equipped with upstream plants and the impact is limited. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

Second, market transaction of PP powder has been suppressed by the low price spread between homo PP raffia and powder.

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-ITM ideal springboard for Turkey growth

Istanbul – Next year’s ITM exhibition is expected to act as a major springboard for further investment in the Turkey’s knitting sector.

Exhibition organisers have stressed that the Turkish knitting and wider textile industry, which has continued to increase its exports levels and its investments throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is once again showcasing its resilience – a factor that will continue in the build up and beyond ITM 2021. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

“The exhibition will provide a great advantage to companies that desire to expand their investments and introduce their brand new technologies,” organisers said, highlighting how despite the slowdowns in the textile industry in 2020, Turkey succeeded a big breakthrough with the removal of restrictions in June, thanks to both its textile production infrastructure and international exports capacity.

“The exports of the textile and raw materials sector increased and the companies turned to new investments,” organisers said. “While many local companies enlarged their facilities, some of them made new investment decisions.

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-Plastics Pact set direction for European circular economy

An attempt to harmonise and accelerate the Europe-wide development of a circular economy for plastics is the goal of a new ‘European Plastics Pact Roadmap’.

The strategy has been published by the European Plastics Pact, which was launched in March by the Netherlands, France and Denmark. It comprises 15 national governments, 82 businesses, three regional governments and 43 other organisations, including business/trade associations and NGOs. The European Plastics Pact is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

The roadmap has four targets:

Design for reusability and recyclability – Design all plastic packaging and single-use plastic products placed on the market to be reusable where possible and in any case recyclable by 2025.

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-Plastic Alternatives Made From Industrial Waste

In Brazil, researchers at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Ilha Solteira have developed a film that can replace plastic in food packaging. The film is made from hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and bacterial cellulose scraps leftover from industrial processing. Both raw materials are sustainable. They are combined to produce a biodegradable film of bacterial cellulose nanocrystals and HPMC.

The product outperforms film made of HPMC alone. An article on the research project, which was supported by FAPESP, is published in the journal Applied Material & Interfaces.

“We set out to fill the HMPC matrix with bacterial cellulose nanocrystals in order to enhance its properties. We also wanted to create greener protocols for the development of novel composites, from the material itself to its origin, so we included the reuse of industrial waste in the project,” said Márcia Regina de Moura Aouada, a co-author of the article. Petrochemical PETPackaging ReusablePlastic

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-Recycling: PET recycling technologies continue to grow for Erema; Starlinger doubles production capacity for recycling systems

PET recycling technologies continue to grow for Erema

The recycling of PET bottles has gained worldwide acceptance over the past 20 years and has become a model for the circular economy in plastics, due to the stricter guidelines for plastic packaging and higher recycling rates set by the EU.

One such company offering systems is Austrian recycling machine manufacturer Erema and its bottle-to-bottle Vacurema technology, which allows high recyclate content. Erema estimates the total capacity of all PET recycling machines sold to date for various applications at 2.6 million tonnes/year, with the recent trend pointing towards large-scale systems processing 2,000 kg/hour upwards.

Recycling: PET recycling technologies continue to grow for Erema; Starlinger doubles production capacity for recycling systems

-Nestlé Waters North America invests in startup Timeplast to explore alternative packaging technologies

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has invested in Timeplast, a Florida-based startup that is researching solutions for one of the critical aspects of the global plastic waste challenge – plastic that isn’t properly recycled and ends up in landfills, oceans and waterways. Timeplast is exploring a new technology that may help to minimize the impact of plastic that leaks into the environment.

“I knew a strategic partnership would be critical to further develop a solution that both addresses plastic pollution while maintaining compatibility with the existing recycling system,” said Manuel Rendon, CEO at Timeplast. “With Nestlé Waters’ packaging and recycling expertise, we are excited to continue testing the capabilities of a technology that we will work together to bring to market. This is a steppingstone of our company’s big plan to a world where all plastics are transformed based on their expected use.”

As part of the investment in Timeplast, NWNA will provide financing and additional support to evaluate the technology, combining NWNA’s stringent safety, quality and performance standards for food-grade packaging with Timeplast’s technology. The investment has created a limited liability company, TPN Alliance Polymers, LLC, which is based in Coral Gables, Florida.

Nestlé Waters North America invests in startup Timeplast to explore alternative packaging technologies

-Kraiburg TPE to showcase innovative solutions at Chinaplas 2021

Kraiburg TPE, a global TPE manufacturer of a wide range of high quality and innovative thermoplastic elastomer products and custom-engineered TPE solutions, is showcasing its latest developments in TPE compounds and material solutions at Chinaplas 2021, to be held 13-16 April 2021 at Shenzhen World Exhibition and Conventional Centre, at Hall 17, Booth No A31.

Automotive Exterior: weather-resistance TPEs

Kraiburg TPE will be highlighting its Thermolast K TPE compounds for the automotive sector at the said event, Exposure to extreme temperatures and UV radiation resistance can cause damage to automotive exterior parts and components. Kraiburg TPE’s Thermolast K TPE compounds deliver enhanced UV radiation-resistance and weather-proofing advantages for automotive exterior parts.

Kraiburg TPE to showcase innovative solutions at Chinaplas 2021

-LANXESS increases prices for engineering plastics

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is raising its prices for its engineering plastics of the brands Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) by EUR 0.25 per kg, Durethan B (polyamide 6) by EUR 0.15 per kg and Pocan (polybutylene terephthalate, blends) by EUR 0.20 per kg with immediate effect.

The adjustment is due to strongly increased raw material prices and applies to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Insofar as conditions permit, the price increase also affects existing contracts. For special materials, higher adjustments are possible.

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-MEGlobal raises ACP for January 2021 by USD10 per tonne

MEGlobal has announced its Asian Contract Price (ACP) for monoethylene glycol (MEG) to be shipped in January 2021, according to the company’s press release.

Thus, on 11 December, the company said ACP for MEG would be at USD670/MT CFR Asian main ports for arrival in January 2021, up by USD10/MT from December.

The November 2020 ACP reflects the short term supply/demand situation in the Asian market.

As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal announced its December ACP for MEG at USD660/MT CFR Asian main ports, up by USD10/tonne from November.

MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, in Russia, December contract PET prices were in the range of Rb68,100-71,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT. Most producers raised their prices of material last week and expect further price increases by the end of this month.

MEGlobal is a fully integrated supplier of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), collectively known as ethylene glycol (EG).

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-INEOS Styrolution and Indaver to develop chemical recycling for polystyrene

INEOS Styrolution, an INEOS Group company has announced a collaboration with Indaver nv, a European waste management company with large-scale treatment facilities in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, driving forward chemical recycling for polystyrene in Europe. The collaboration between the two companies aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste into valuable resources.

INEOS Styrolution and Indaver have announced a collaboration that aims at taking advantage of the recyclability of polystyrene to convert post-consumer waste into valuable resources.

Indaver – a European player with facilities and operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland – manages and treats industrial and household waste in specialist facilities for the industry, waste collectors, and public authorities.

INEOS Styrolution and Indaver to develop chemical recycling for polystyrene

-PP futures fell 3.2% in China amid expectations of lower demand

Polypropylene (PP) futures in China fell further on Tuesday – by 3.2% – amid expectations of a decrease in demand for the material in the market before the end of this year, ICIS reported .

So, PP futures for January 2021, most actively traded on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE), were at CNY8 319 (USD1 270) per tonne on December 15, which is CNY288 per tonne lower than the previous agreement.

About 1.37 million tonnes of PP were put up for sale on Tuesday, DCE said, for shipments in January next year.

Electricity restrictions in some cities in China could force some downstream businesses to cut capacity utilization by the end of December.

Earlier it was noted that on December 14, PP futures in the country  fell by 1% for a similar reason.

PP futures fell 3.2% in China amid expectations of lower demand

-Cargill, IFPEN and Axens collaborate to advance lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology

The effort will focus on commercializing the P&G company’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology

Cargill, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Axens are joining forces to further develop and scale bio-based acrylic acid. The collaboration leverages Cargill’s experience with bio-based materials, IFPEN’s expertise in the field of catalyst and bioprocess development, and Axens’ catalyst manufacturing and industrial scale-up design process. The effort will focus on commercializing the Procter & Gamble (P&G) company’s lactic-to-acrylic-acid technology, which won the American Chemical Society 2020 Award for Affordable Green Chemistry. Cargill exclusively licensed the technology earlier this year.

“More than 6 million tons of petro-based acrylic acid will be produced this year,” said Dr. Jill Zullo, Vice President of Biointermediates in Cargill’s Bioindustrial business. “By leveraging Cargill’s processing technology and IFPEN/Axens’ know-how in catalysis and scale up, we’re aiming to produce acrylic acid from renewable resources, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent.”

Since Cargill’s award-winning lactic acid technology is already commercially proven, efforts will focus on the catalyst and process development needed to convert lactic acid into bio-based acrylic acid at scale – expertise for which IFPEN and Axens are world renowned.

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-Braskem, US university research route to make ethylene from CO2

Braskem announced on Monday a research partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop a way to make ethylene from carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the flue gas of industrial plants.

The resulting ethylene would be used to make polyethylene (PE), the world’s most widely used plastic and one that is made by Braskem.

To develop the system, the team at the university will rely on its experience with the electrochemical reduction of CO2, said Meenesh Singh, a professor responsible for the project at the university. This will be combined with technology that is being patented to capture CO2 from flue gas.

Braskem, US university research route to make ethylene from CO2

-China November industry output grows 7.0% year on year

China’s industry output in November expanded by 7.0% year on year, up from October’s growth of 6.9%, official data showed on Tuesday.

In the first 11 months of 2020, industry output was up 2.3% year on year, up from 1.8% posted in January-October, data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Tuesday.

Manufacturing output in November posted a faster growth of 7.7% from the 7.5% pace in the previous month.

Of the 41 sectors covered in the monthly data, 34 reported expansion – led by electric machinery and manufacturing (18%), metal manufacturing (13.8%) and medicine producing (13.6%).

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-Axens selected by Sumitomo Chemical for a waste-to-polyolefins project

Axens selected by Sumitomo Chemical for a waste-to-polyolefins project

Sumitomo Chemical and Axens signed a license agreement of ethanol-to-ethylene technology Atol for Sumitomo Chemical’s waste-to-polyolefins project in Japan.

In the project, to promote circular economy, Axens’ Atol® technology will transform ethanol produced from waste into polymer-grade ethylene that will be polymerized in Sumitomo Chemical’s assets into polyolefin, a key product in the petrochemical industry.

At full roll-out, the project will enable the production of waste-based polyolefin at industrial scale, which will represent a leapfrog towards a sustainable economy based on renewable carbon.

Axens selected by Sumitomo Chemical for a waste-to-polyolefins project

-Newly commissioned Biostoom waste-to-energy plant delivers steam and electricity to Borealis in Beringen, Belgium

-New state-of-the-art power station transforms non-recyclable waste from local households into electricity and steam

-Successful first deliveries of steam and electricity to Borealis Beringen operations

-Borealis moves one step closer to sourcing 50% of its total electricity consumption in operations from renewable sources   Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

Borealis and Bionerga announce the joint commissioning of Biostoom, a new waste-to-energy plant constructed and operated by Bionerga in Beringen, Belgium. The long-term agreement between Borealis and Bionerga, a Belgium-based specialist in recovering energy from waste, has enabled Borealis to move closer to its goal of sourcing 50% of its total electricity consumption from renewable sources for operations in its major business areas by the year 2030. The new Biostoom Beringen facility is allowing Borealis to reduce the amount of natural gas used in operations by supplying steam and electricity recovered from processing of non-recyclable waste collected from nearby communities. The first electricity delivery took place in August, and the first steam was delivered in October 2020.

Newly commissioned Biostoom waste-to-energy plant delivers steam and electricity to Borealis in Beringen, Belgium

-“Europolymer-Trading” has released a new additive based on polystyrene

Europolymer-Trading (Rostov-on-Don) has launched a new line of polystyrene-based compounds in the Ramoy series, the company said. Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

The R80PS-2M chalk additive perfectly matches and has a high degree of distribution due to the identical polymer matrix with the main raw material.

R80PS-2M chalk compound has 60% CaCO3 content, 38% content – polymers, 2% – additives. Calcite whiteness – 99%, MFR – 13-14 g / 10 min and is suitable for the production of items such as disposable tableware (cups, plates, spoons, forks), containers for vending machines, reusable tableware, children’s toys.

According to the manufacturer, the use of the R80PS-2M chalk compound in injection molding and thermoforming allows eliminating shrinkage of the finished product, avoiding warping, obtaining a positive economic effect by reducing the consumption of white dye, and imparting additional physical and mechanical properties to the finished product. …

In November, “Evropolimer-trading” reported the beginning of deliveries to the Russian market a new series pelletizer company Polystar Machinery (Taiwan), intended for the processing of waste polypropylene bags and woven fabrics.

"Europolymer-Trading" has released a new additive based on polystyrene

-Eurozone chemicals production continues growing in October after Q2 crash

Eurozone chemicals output continued to grow significantly in October, month on month, statistical agency Eurostat said on Monday.  Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

Only Spain’s output fell in October, month on month, among the eurozone 19 countries.

Chemicals output growth in the eurozone and the wider 27-country EU has continued in the latter half of the year after output crashed in the second quarter on the back of lockdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT

The trend in the chemicals sector mirrors growth in overall industrial production, increasing by 2.1% in the eurozone and by 1.9% in the EU.

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-Textile industry bounces back stronger

Pakistan’s textile exports seem to have largely recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic shocks and are still growing. The recent monthly data published by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics for the first four months of the current financial year confirms that the textile and clothing export shipments are back on growth trajectory both in terms of their quantity and dollar value.

The data shows that the textile shipments have surged by 3.8 per cent to $4.8 billion between July and October from $4.6bn a year ago. The rise in the textile and clothing group has been a wee faster than the 0.6pc growth in the overall export. The export recovery is most prominent in the knitwear, home textiles and denim segments.

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-Report advocates for improving chemical recycling LCAs

Rethink Plastic Alliance reviewing four commonly cited life cycle assessments (LCAs) on chemical recycling; report identifies undisclosed data, flawed assumptions, questionable accounting methods; suggests LCAs should not be used for public communication or as the basis for political decision making or investment decisions, should be improved to be “more independent,” “transparent,” “comprehensive”

Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), a member of the Rethink Plastic Alliance (RPA), released a new report investigating the quality of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies assessing the environmental impacts of chemical recycling. The report voices concern over the current misuse of those LCAs for political decision making and calls for substantial improvement of study quality.  Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

The latest ZWE report finds that chemical recycling technologies have been promoted to the public and policymakers as “being environmentally friendly, with claims that they can contribute to reducing environmental and climate impacts from plastic” by referring to such chemical recycling LCA studies.

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-Clariant’s next-generation Tonsil® 9193 FF improves cost efficiency of feedstock pre-treatment

Clariant’s specialty adsorbent is designed for pre-treatment of the full range of bio- and renewable diesel feedstocks

Higher surface area and improved activation adsorb larger molecules in more complex scenarios   Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

Increased adsorbent versatility reduces feedstock limitations and facilitates stable and reliable production processes

Munich, December 15, 2020 – Clariant’s recently launched Tonsil 9193 FF helps to improve the cost performance ratio for the pre-treatment of diverse oil feedstocks. This next-generation adsorbent answers the growing demand for bio- and renewable fuel production with an adaptive solution for the purification of a wide variety of feedstock sources including crop-based oils, animal fats or other waste streams.

Erik Wolski, Global Head of Marketing Purification at Clariant Functional Minerals, commented: “Our customers’ challenge is to remain flexible when sourcing feedstocks without compromising their production processes. Through innovation, Clariant adresses these challenges and constantly develops its purification portfolio to meet the increased requirements of multiple feedstock sourcing.”

Clariant’s next-generation Tonsil® 9193 FF improves cost efficiency of feedstock pre-treatment

-Sealed Air launches food-grade film made using recycled plastic

Sealed Air has developed what it says is the world’s first food-grade soft plastic film containing Certified Circular Resins (CCR). The new CRYOVAC Brand rBDF S10 film is made using up to 30% food-grade CCR, which is certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), said Packagingnews.

Sealed Air has developed what it says is the world’s first food-grade soft plastic film containing Certified Circular Resins (CCR). The new CRYOVAC Brand rBDF S10 film is made using up to 30% food-grade CCR, which is certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC).   Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

According to Seald Air the 21 microns ‘ultra-thin’ barrier is a third lighter than widely used HFFS packs and three times thinner than other thermoformable films. The high gloss finish and transparent clarity of CRYOVAC Brand rBDF S10 is designed to help enhance the appearance of food to drive sales and reduce waste.

Leak-proof closures, hermetic sealing and a protective barrier further minimise waste by safeguarding food integrity and extending shelf-life.

-AMUT Recycling Technology Is Back In Australia

Those were the 2000’s, a few months before the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 take-off, AMUT was handling over to Coca Cola Amatil in New South Wales the first plant in the world for the recycling of PET post-consume bottles, aimed to produce RPET food grade: this is when the application of the so-called RPET “Bottle to Bottle” was developed.

In the last few years, countries like China, and later South-East Asia in general, were banning the “plastic waste” imports, so that nations like Australia had to face difficult tasks, linked to the management of in-house produced plastic wastes, starting from the principle based on Circular Economy.  Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

At the beginning of 2019, three major Australian leaders, active in different markets such as rigid packaging, beverage, waste management, and recycling, started to cooperate putting in common their ideas with the final goal of giving a second life to PET post-consume bottles collected in the various Australian MRF.

AMUT Recycling Technology Is Back In Australia

-Performance Modifier Additives Make Standard Polypropylene Resins Perform Like Premium Grades

Polypropylene (PP) shortages have forced many processors to move to lower grade resins at the cost of lower performance and processability. Milliken’s DeltaMax Performance Modifiers upgrade these materials to enhance impact resistance, melt flow rates, and sustainability through the use of more recycled material.

COVID-19 has disrupted virtually all businesses, but one of the larger impacts has been the roller coaster effect on material prices for plastics processors.

As demand fell initially, prices plunged, but increasing demand this summer for housewares and durable goods combined with supply chain disruptions due to weather events in the US drove prices well above norms for some resins.

In addition, the global demand for various PPE, including masks and hospital gowns, led to a shift in availability for traditional copolymer PP grades which created serious supply shortages.  Petrochemical Automotive PlasticRecycling

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-Beiersdorf to use certified renewable polypropylene from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio

SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry, has announced that Beiersdorf will be using certified renewable polypropylene (PP) from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio of “second generation” bio-based materials in the skincare company’s cosmetics packaging.

The new packaging products will be introduced in the market in 2021 and replace fossil-based virgin PP.

SABIC’s certified renewable polymers, including various PP and polyethylene (PE) materials, are derived from animal-free and palm oil-free “‘second generation”’ renewable feedstock, such as tall oil waste from the wood pulping process in the paper industry, which is not in direct competition with human food and animal feed production sources.

Beiersdorf to use certified renewable polypropylene from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio

-Arkema announces the divestment of its PMMA business to Trinseo

Arkema announces the proposed divestment of its PMMA business to Trinseo for an enterprise value of €1,137 million.  Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

This project is a new step in the Group’s transformation, and is fully in line with Arkema’s ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player by 2024

The offer values this activity at €1,137 million, i.e. 9.3 times estimated 2020 EBITDA

The project offers great development opportunities for the PMMA business over the long term

Arkema announces the divestment of its PMMA business to Trinseo

-Husky’s NexPET preform solution for multiple applications

Canadian machinery maker Husky Injection Molding Systems has launched its new NexPET system – a midvolume PET preform moulding solution purpose-built to help producers introduce multiple new applications into the market more quickly and cost-effectively.

The NexPET system is engineered to enable bot established and emerging producers be more competitive by better.  Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

For established producers, NexPET delivers a solution to accommodate niche brands or smaller run SKUs. For emerging producers, it enables fast, low-risk entry into markets.

Husky’s NexPET preform solution for multiple applications

-Plastic waste: what’s new is old

Companies doing business in Europe may soon have to ensure their packaging contains a minimum amount of recycled plastic. But getting their hands on quality recycled materials in sufficient quantity is currently difficult.

When it comes to packaging, it seems like using secondary raw materials should be a no-brainer for companies. Rather than having to secure virgin raw materials, having access to the material you’ve already used in your packaging in order to make new packaging would be much easier.  Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

That may be how it should work in theory, but today that’s not how it works in practice. Europe is not recycling enough plastic packaging to meet the demand for secondary raw materials. And that which is being recycled is often prohibitively expensive.

“Recycled PET [Polyethylene terephthalate] is right now two times the cost of virgin PET,” says Gabriel Thoumi, head of the plastics programme at Planet Tracker, a think-tank that has been looking at plastic manufacturing.

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-Multilayer packaging with polyamide can be recycled

The multilayer structures are usually used in food packaging as a protective and preservative solution which helps to avoid the food waste. Despite of these kind of structures are often considered non-recyclable, high quality recycled materials can be obtained from multilayer polyamide packages. In fact, this kind of materials have been validated in the main transformation processes as extrusion and injection.

RELEVANCE OF THE MULTILAYER PACKAGING RECYCABILITY

Today, the multilayer flexible packages are a market trend into the food industry due to their good environmental features and competitive price. Their low weight, due to the small quantity of material needed to manufacture these packages, allow an easy transport. However, a key aspect to consider their use in this application is the recyclability after the use. The recycling of multi-material structures, where several plastics can be found, is a challenge, but it is possible either by traditional or by innovative methods (mechanical recycling, chemical recycling, etc). Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

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-Going Circular: Seize the opportunity in plastic recycling

Thanks to its versatility, plastic has become an indispensable part of our everyday world, offering customized solutions to a wide variety of products, applications and sectors.

However, its popularity 38484and versatility has also created a major global crisis: plastic waste.  Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

According to Pew Charitable Trusts & SYSTEMIQ, mismanaged plastic waste will grow from 91 million metric tons in 2016 to 239 million metric tons by 2040. Plastic waste flows into the oceans are projected to nearly triple by 2040 to 29 million metric tons per year. Even worse, the cumulative amount of plastic stock in the oceans could grow by 450 million metric tons in the next 20 years — with severe impact on biodiversity and human health. At this rate, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the ocean by 2050, according to the United Nations.

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-I’M GREEN™ BIO-BASED & RECYCLED

I’m greenTM bio-based and recycled because I help to optimize the use of natural resources and post-consumer waste. Yes, I can be bio-based and recycled at the same time.  Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

Part bio-based, part recycled: the purest expression of the circular future.

I’m greenTM bio-based & recycled resins are developed within the Circular Economy concept because they are based on working together with clients, partners, and society. It is partially composed of bio-based plastic made from sugarcane, which captures CO2, one of the primary causes of greenhouse gas. It also contains post-consumer resin made from recycled plastic waste, which is transformed into raw material for new applications in the production chain.

The development of these solutions responds to market trends, while considering important processes, such as the preliminary selection of raw materials, the product’s design, and its return to the production cycle through recycling. The result is innovative: products made from combining raw materials derived from renewable resources with post-consumer resins (PCR) obtained from recycled plastics.

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-TRUSTED EXPERTS. PROVEN MATERIALS. GLOBAL RESOURCES.

We believe in the shared industry mission to create ever-better vehicles for the world.

To contribute, our dedicated, global automotive team focuses on developing and providing the thermoplastic materials and expertise that enable our customers to keep pace with the ever-changing industry landscape and overcome their problems.

Our customers benefit from one of the most experienced, collaborative, and trusted group of automotive specialists of any supplier in the world.

They serve as dedicated advisors and provide the design expertise, advanced engineering analysis, and technical support that can help move our customers from initial concept to finished part, faster.  Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

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-CLEPA Materials Regulations Event will take place online on 4 and 5 May 2021

The automotive industry uses a large number of materials to build vehicles. These materials have evolved greatly over the decades, becoming more sophisticated, better built, and safer. Their use has evolved in parallel with the new automotive manufacturing technologies that now are increasingly using innovative ways.

CLEPA is pleased to bring together worldwide experts to discuss these, and other topics during the Materials Regulation Event. This event is the largest conference on Materials Regulation in Europe and therefore, one of the most eagerly awaited meetings of the industry every year. The upcoming 13th edition will be held online. Organised by CLEPA, along with the support of iPoint, it will take place on 4 and 5 May 2021.

The event is the ideal platform to discuss technical issues related to materials and the most recent legislative developments at European and international level. Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on a global scale, it is incumbent upon us in these crucial times to reflect on the driving forces of Europe’s economy. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

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-Tri-Pack Films to invest Rs9 billion in capacity expansion

Move comes as part of a series of expansion projects the company has undertaken over the past several years

What is up with packaging companies all of a sudden investing in expanding their production capacity? To date: in a notice sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange on December 2, film manufacturer Tri-Pack Films said that its board had approved investment in a new Biaxially Orientated Polypropylene (BOPP) film line. “The investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to ensure it caters to the increased demand of BOPP films in Pakistan,” the company said. Petrochemical CrudeOil PlasticRecycling

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-Agilyx, ExxonMobil form Cyclyx plastic-recycling JV

Agilyx and ExxonMobil have created a joint venture that will recover and sort waste plastic, the chemical recycling company said on Friday.

The joint venture, called Cyclyx International, will develop ways to aggregate and process waste plastics, preparing them for recycling.

Under an agreement signed by the two companies, ExxonMobil will invest $8m for a 25% stake in Cyclyx, Agilyx said.

In return, ExxonMobil will get priortised access to plastic waste for recycling projects that it is developing, Agilyx said. ExxonMobil will also get access to Agilyx’s artificial intelligence platform. The two companies will work together to develop more technologies and techniques.

Agilyx said it will benefit from a royalty on all the feedstock flowing through Cyclyx.

Agilyx, ExxonMobil form Cyclyx plastic-recycling JV

-France’s October chemicals output up 7.3%, nears pre-pandemic level

France’s October production of chemicals and chemical products rose 7.3% month on month, following a 6.1% increase in September, according to the latest data by French statistics agency Insee on Thursday.

Chemical output was nearly back to its pre-coronavirus pandemic level – down just 0.2% from February, the last month before the first wave of the pandemic struck Europe.

Chemicals output growth was well ahead of total average manufacturing output growth, which rose 0.5% and 2.3% in October and September, respectively.

Compared with pre-pandemic levels, manufacturing output is still down 5.0% from February, with transportation equipment down 14.0%, the Insee data showed.

France’s overall industrial production grew 1.6% in October, from September, driven by energy and utilities – but is still 3.6% below February.

France’s October chemicals output up 7.3%, nears pre-pandemic level

-Iran’s next annual budget eyes oil prices at $40 a barrel

“The revenue sources for the next year’s budget are not finalised yet by the government … Our primary forecast for now is oil at $40 (a barrel),” Ali Rabiei said

Iran’s next annual budget eyes oil prices at $40 a barrel

“The revenue sources for the next year’s budget are not finalised yet by the government … Our primary forecast for now is oil at $40 (a barrel),” Ali Rabiei said

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said he would return to the nuclear pact if Iran resumes compliance.

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-Foreign Ministry: Extension of EU sanctions against Russia signals support for Ukraine in Normandy and Minsk formats

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomed the political decision of the European Council to extend the economic and sectoral sanctions against Russia for the next six months.

“We consider this decision as another strong signal of EU’s support for the efforts of the Ukrainian leadership within the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” reads the statement of the Foreign Ministry.

As Russia has clearly no intentions to follow the full implementation of all Minsk agreements, consolidated political pressure on Russia exerted by the EU in the form of restrictive measures (sanctions) is fundamentally important, the Ministry underscores.

Foreign Ministry: Extension of EU sanctions against Russia signals support for Ukraine in Normandy and Minsk formats

-STADLER opens new test centre in Slovenia focused on plastic sorting and recycling

The new facility will play a dual role as a test centre for customer demonstrations and training, and as an innovation centre housing STADLER’s research and development activities focused on the plastic sorting process. Ideally located within easy reach of two major airports – 60 km from Zagreb 125 km from Ljiubljana – and close to the A2 motorway, it is very accessible to visitors from across the world.

At the new Test and Innovation Centre, STADLER will offer demonstrations of the sorting process – feeding, label removal, ballistic separation, metal separation, non-ferrous metal separation, near-infrared separation with the latest generation NIR technology, and transport with conveyors and screw conveyors. This will help customers make an informed purchase decision, as they will be able to see first-hand the sorting process in the plant designed for them by STADLER. The centre will also provide training for customers, as well as its internal staff.

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-Recover, the Leader in Sustainable Recycled Cotton, Announces New Funding to Scale Operations and Close the Loop on Fashion

Recover is a family-owned company bringing more than 70 years of innovation in the production of sustainable, recycled cotton fiber; STORY3 Capital invests and fuels expansion

Recover™, a leading material sciences company and producer of sustainable, premium recycled cotton fiber and cotton fiber blends, through a strategic partnership with STORY3 Capital, is expanding to meet the surging demand from the global fashion industry. This strategic partnership will accelerate Recover’s efforts to transform the fashion industry by solving one of the world’s biggest environmental issues. STORY3 Capital brings significant investment, resources, and best-in-class operators to achieve Recover’s growth initiatives.

Recover, the Leader in Sustainable Recycled Cotton, Announces New Funding to Scale Operations and Close the Loop on Fashion

-State of play for collected and sorted plastic waste in Europe

The European Commission’s Circular Plastics Alliance has released its new state of play on collecting and sorting. The report looks at the agricultural, automotive, construction, electronic & electric and packaging sectors – bringing together data from more detailed reports already being undertaken in each sector.

The summary serves to identify common challenges across the sectors: the issues of data availability, achieving high collection levels and the sorting of plastic waste are especially prevalent.

The report points to inconsistencies in reporting between member states due to the variation in the methods applied, which leads to not only difficulties in enforcing regulations, but also in carrying out quantitative assessments.

Another highlight of the report is the need to focus on research and development to improve collecting and sorting. This is true across all industries, each of which has its own unique set of challenges that will need to be addressed.

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-Editorial Article: Innovative, unbreakable & leak-proof PET media bottles

Here’s what you should know when choosing the best bottles for your cell culture experiment

Biological and chemical reagents must be properly stored to maintain their purity and integrity of composition. Any decrease in purity can result in contamination and subsequently lead to inaccurate experiments and unusable data. When it comes to storing media or sera for cell culture applications, both polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) come highly recommended. Whilst often grouped together and rather similar in name, PETG is advertised to improve upon the already vaunted break-resistance of PET. Does this claim stack up, and how can you make the best decision for your cell culture storage needs?

To meet the growing demand for aqueous solution storage, Corning offers a wide range of its newest PET media bottles. The PET resin used in its manufacturing makes the bottle lightweight, break-resistant, and as transparent as glass.

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-Automotive – impact on chemicals

The automotive industry has an important relationship with the chemicals sector while remaining an instrumental force on the global economy as an employment-intensive sector.

In a fast-changing world, automotive manufacturing is susceptible to unique challenges. While vehicle manufacturers are impacted by material prices, trends impacting the market ripple upstream.

In October the global light vehicle market was marginally up, selling 91m units/year. However, recovery is still some way off, with global output not forecast to reach pre-pandemic global levels until Q4 2021 (Oxford Economics). Countries that have been most successful in containing the virus have had the sharpest rebound in sales. Many European countries re-imposed the national lockdown trigged by a renewed wave of coronavirus and surge in cases. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced that the ‘lockdown light’ will be extended until the 10th January 2021, although it may be subject to revision. As a result, demand could weaken as unemployment rises and working from home increases over the winter.

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Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 Biobased Trend

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Polyestertime
ITEM 07/12/2020 14/12/2020 +/-
Bottle grade PET chips domestic market 5,300 yuan/ton 5,375 yuan/ton +75
Bottle grade PET chips export market 710 $/ton 725 $/ton +15
Filament grade Semidull chips domestic market

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 Biobased

4,600 yuan/ton 4,750 yuan/ton +150
Filament grade Bright chips domestic market 4,625 yuan/ton 4,775 yuan/ton +150
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA domestic market 3,490 yuan/ton 3,590 yuan/ton +100
Pure Terephthalic Acid PTA export market
460 $/ton 470 $/ton +10
Monoethyleneglycol MEG domestic market 3,880 yuan/ton 3,930 yuan/ton +50
Monoethyleneglycol MEG export market 502 $/ton 510 $/ton- +8
Paraxylene PX FOB  Taiwan market 588 $/ton 594 $/ton +6
Paraxylene PX FOB  Korea market 570 $/ton 576 $/ton +6
Paraxylene PX FOB EU market

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 Biobasd

515 $/ton 522 $/ton +7
Polyester filament POY 150D/48F domestic market 5,170 yuan/ton 5,625 yuan/ton
+455
Recycled Polyester filament POY  domestic market 5,350 yuan/ton 5,550 yuan/ton +200
Polyester filament DTY 150D/48 F domestic market 6,900 yuan/ton 7,375 yuan/ton +475
olyester filament FDY 68D24F domestic market 6,350 yuan/ton 6,650 yuan/ton +300
Polyester filament FDY 150D/96F domestic market
Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 Biobased
5,450 yuan/ton 5,800 yuan/ton +350
Polyester staple fiber 1.4D 38mm domestic market 5,650 yuan/ton 5,780 yuan/ton +130
Caprolactam CPL domestic market 11,300 yuan/ton 11,700 yuan/ton
+400
Caprolactam CPL overseas  market 1,430 $/ton 1,450 $/ton +20
Nylon6 chips overseas  market 1,630 $/ton 1,680 $/ton +50
Nylon6 chips conventional spinning domestic  market 12,100 yuan/ton 12,200 yuan/ton +100
Nylon6 chips  high speed spinning domestic  market 12,000 yuan/ton 12,200 yuan/ton +200
Nylon 6.6 chips domestic  market 29,500 yuan/ton 29,500 yuan/ton
Nylon6 Filament POY 86D/24F domestic  market

Petrochemical Naphtha Nylon66 Biobased

14,000 yuan/ton 14,250 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament DTY 70D/24F domestic  market 16,650 yuan/ton 16,900 yuan/ton +250
Nylon6 Filament FDY  70D/24F  domestic  market 14,800 yuan/ton 15,250 yuan/ton +450
Spandex 20D  domestic  market 48,500 yuan/ton 48,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 30D  domestic  market 46,500 yuan/ton 46,500 yuan/ton
Spandex 40D  domestic  market 39,200 yuan/ton 39,200 yuan/ton