1,000 km battery – Polyolefins producer details its catalytic pyrolysis process 19-10-2023

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DOMO Chemicals boosts sustainable portfolio and pioneering partnerships at Fakuma 2023

  • DOMO spotlights TECHNYL®’s 70 years of innovation with latest sustainable polyamide offering
  • Premiere of partnerships with MITSUBISHI and MARTOR demonstrate power of collaboration on sustainability journey
  • DOMO commits to double share of sales in circular solutions

Leading engineered materials provider DOMO is presenting groundbreaking polyamide solutions at Fakuma 2023 (Hall B4, Stand 4216). DOMO’s globally renowned TECHNYL® brand celebrates 70 years of innovation in flame and temperature resistance, light-weighting, as well as sustainable polyamide solutions at the booth.

As the owner of the premier sustainable engineered materials brand TECHNYL® 4EARTH®, DOMO will unveil new formulations at Fakuma in collaboration with internationally prominent customers including MITSUBISHI Chemical Group and MARTOR.

DOMO’s latest partnerships further testify the company’s ambition of doubling sustainable sales by 2030.  1,000 km battery

MITSUBISHI’s greener power tools

In the field of power tools and home appliances, a pioneering experimental solution will be announced at Fakuma 2023. It is the result of a joint project between DOMO and MITSUBISHI Chemical Group (MCG), Performance Polymers Division, and consists of the first combination of PA6/TPE that combines excellent adhesion and haptics with sustainability through the use of recycled raw materials and unlimited color choices.

Both TECHNYL® 4EARTH® (PA6) and TEFABLOC™ (TPE-S) have a 30% recycled content matrix.

“We were looking for a recycled polyamide grade able to meet the requirements of the most common power tool colors,” says Fabien Resweber, Sales and Marketing manager, MITSUBISHI Chemical Group / Performance Polymers EMEA. “Customized color is an important part of product design features because it enhances brand recognition with the end consumer. With DOMO we have found the right partner. With their broad portfolio of sustainable polyamides, we have been able to find the right solution that will synergize the value of our new circular TPE compound for two-component injection molding applications with polyamides.”  1,000 km battery

Delphine Huguenot, Commercial Director Engineered Materials, DOMO, embraces the recent partnership with MITSUBISHI: “It’s imperative for us to accompany and empower our customers and partners on our shared ambition to reduce our product carbon footprint. Next to MITSUBISHI, we are proud to have joined forces with MARTOR on the production of sustainable safety knives in the consumer goods segment. Ultimately, we want to double our share of sales in circular solutions by 2030, which includes our leading TECHNYL® 4EARTH® sustainable polyamide.”

MARTOR’s more sustainable safety knives

For MARTOR, a leading maker of premium cutting tools, DOMO’s recycled polyamide solutions will enable it to produce its new ECO line of sustainable safety knives. DOMO’s PA6-based TECHNYL® 4EARTH® materials will be used to mold MARTOR’s new ECO line of safety knives. Already existing models previously developed with prime material will further expand the ECO-series. “Making use of recycled raw materials with certified environmental benefits is a first achievement,” said Sylke Wendt, Head of Product Management at MARTOR. “The next phase will be the reuse of end-of-life knives to become truly circular.”  1,000 km battery

At the booth, DOMO will also present the latest progress of TECHNYL® in the development of drinking and non-drinking water management solutions for PPA replacement in sanitary, heating and home appliances. In addition, visitors can expect breakthrough solutions supporting mobility electrification with newly-launched high voltage, electro-friendly and cooling grades.

Come celebrate DOMO’s significant strides in the chemical sector, setting a precedent for industry sustainability, at Fakuma 2023, Hall B4, Stand 4216. Please also join the DOMO team for a drinks reception on October 18 starting at 5 pm.

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NIO’s 1,000 km battery will soon be across the entire lineup

The company has presented the documentation to adopt 150 kWh semi-solid state batteries on 11 models
Last spring, NIO announced that it was ready to fit its 1,000 km range battery in three of the electric models it produces. The batteries in question, made by the Chinese specialist WeLion, have a capacity of 150 kWh and are equipped with a semi-solid electrolyte.
Today, as reported by the Chinese automotive news site CNEVPost, the Shanghai company has presented all the documentation to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Technology to be able to adopt that type of battery on 11 models.
Available across the entire range
The NIO range is constantly evolving. Leaving aside the EP9 supercar, dating back to 2016, the company initially put two SUVs on the market – the ES8 and the ES6 – and two sedans, the ET5 (also available with a station wagon body) and the ET7. It is now expanding the offer with other SUVs (EC6, ES7, EC7).  1,000 km battery

The NIO ET5, competitor of the Tesla Model 3
According to local media reports, the request made to the ministry would be formulated to adopt the 150 kWh battery on 11 models. Of these, 2 would be sedans (the ET5 and ET7, in all likelihood) and 9 would be SUVs. Which means that the range will be expanded with the arrival of new cars with this type of bodywork.
An interchangeable battery
If the ministry accepts the request, NIO will then be able to fit its 1,000 km battery on all cars on the market, beating the competition to the punch. The battery with semi-solid state electrolyte was first announced in January 2021, and WeLion started its production in November last year. Starting from the summer it has been fitted on some models of the company, which is adopting it more and more widely.
The NIO ES8: large SUV recently subjected to restyling
An interesting thing about this type of battery is the fact that it is interchangeable with the others proposed by NIO on its electric ones. It has the same dimensions as a traditional pack and the same attachments.  1,000 km battery
NIO, as is known, believes more than anyone in battery swap technology and has put into operation, mainly in China but not only, over 1,000 automated stations for on-the-fly battery changes. At these stations, by paying a special subscription, the company’s customers will be able to replace their battery with the 150 kWh one even for a limited period of time. Maybe for when they need to face a long journey.

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Polyolefins producer details its catalytic pyrolysis process

LyondellBasell says its chemical recycling technology presents environmental benefits over competing pyrolysis processes, particularly because the company can use both the liquid and gas outputs as feedstock for new plastics. 

One of the world’s largest polyolefins producers, LyondellBasell, held a Sept. 26 webinar to showcase MoReTec, which stands for Molecular Recycling Technology. That’s the name of its proprietary chemical recycling technology, which breaks down post-consumer scrap plastics to produce chemicals that are used to make new plastics.

While hyping the benefits of MoReTec, the executives also acknowledged the current-day shortcomings of chemical recycling – which they called “advanced recycling” – in general.

“When we look at the current landscape for advanced recycling, we see it’s in early stage and limited, and it’s faced with higher costs than mechanical recycling.

It’s struggling to reach commercial scale as it goes through its learning curve, and it has lower energy and carbon efficiency,” said Yvonne van der Laan, executive vice president of Circular and Low Carbon Solutions at LyondellBasell.  1,000 km battery

“As LyondellBasell, we recognize these challenges and are tackling them piece by piece with our integrated hub approach that allows us to build scale, reduce operating costs and capture value.”

During the webinar, which was broadcast from LyondellBasell’s R&D Center in Ferrara, Italy, where the company has a semi-industrial-scale MoReTec plant, van der Laan and Jim Seward, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at the company, explained the competitive advantages of the technology, as well as plans to scale it up in Europe and the U.S.  1,000 km battery

Catalyst reduces energy usage

Pyrolysis, which involves heating plastic in the absence of oxygen, breaks polymer chains in plastics to produce gas and liquid fractions, as well as some percentage of solid contaminants. The gas is often burned to produce energy to heat the process. Environmentalists have pointed to that reduced yield and combustion when they criticize pyrolysis as inefficient and polluting.

“Pyrolysis is actually a fairly relatively intensive-energy-using process, but we are applying our long history of catalyst development in this space as well, looking at how we can convert polymers back to monomers,” Seward said in his presentation.

The MoReTec pyrolysis process is able to use the gas fraction to produce new plastics, as well as the liquid, further displacing fossil-based feedstocks, he said. By using its catalyst, MoReTec lowers reaction temperatures, which reduces energy usage, and improves the plastic-to-plastic yield.  1,000 km battery

Seward said that recovering gas for use as feedstock rather than fuel yields Scope 1 greenhouse gas generation benefits, using electrically heated systems and lower temperatures lower Scope 2 emissions, and replacing fossil-based feedstocks with scrap plastic reduces Scope 3 emissions.

“Combining all of this, we believe the pyrolysis feedstock produced from MoReTec has less than 50% of the carbon footprint of fossil-based feedstocks,” Seward said.

He acknowledged that purification of the pyrolysis oil and gas outputs will be required if they make up higher and higher percentages of the feedstock going into the company’s ethylene crackers, where they replace naphtha and natural gas liquids.

“This is an element of our industrialization path,” he said.  1,000 km battery

The crackers then process the inputs into monomers, which are fed to existing polymerization plants to be made into new plastics for use in demanding applications, such as food and healthcare packaging, according to the presentation.

Plans for scaling up 

In terms of scaling up, Seward said LyondellBasell is first looking to build a plant near Cologne, Germany, capable of processing 50,000 tons per year, with a final investment decision on that project likely to come before the end of this year. If approved, that plant would be scheduled to come on-line in 2025.

Then, the company will likely move its attention to a larger MoReTec unit – one capable of producing 100,000 tons per year – at its Houston refinery, he said.

“We anticipate MoReTec units within each of our integrated hubs,” he said.

Van der Lann said LyondellBasell currently plans to continue operating its Houston refinery until the end of the first quarter of 2025. Before that date, the company will decide on repurposing assets from the refinery to create MoReTec 2 there.  1,000 km battery

Globally, LyondellBasell has a goal of marketing 2 million tons of circular and renewable-based polymers by 2030. They’re sold under the company’s Circular brand portfolio.

Last year, the company sold less than 80,000 tons of Circulen plastics, far short of its goal.


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LyondellBasell Acquires Stake in De Paauw Sustainable Resources

LyondellBasell today announced it has acquired a 50% stake in Rodepa Vastgoed B.V., the holding company of De Paauw Sustainable Resources (“DPSR”). The Dutch plastic waste recycling company is involved in the sourcing, processing and trading of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic packaging waste. DPSR operates production facilities located in Hengelo and Enschede, the Netherlands, with an annual processing capacity equivalent to the amount of plastic packaging waste generated by over 1.7 million Dutch citizens per year.

“Investing in DPSR aligns with our strategy to increase our access to plastic waste feedstock, which supports  our  integrated hub strategy that allows us to build scale and expand our production and offering of CirculenRecover products,” says Yvonne van der Laan, LyondellBasell executive vice president, Circular and Low Carbon Solutions. “Demand for recycled plastics continues to grow as consumers and brand owners ask for sustainable materials.  1,000 km battery

Through this collaboration, we can further expand our CirculenRecover portfolio of mechanically recycled polymers, creating solutions for our customers”.

DPSR was founded in 1956 and has over time built up an extensive network of plastics waste sources. DPSR has grown into a leading recycler in the Benelux region, processing plastic waste into recycled polypropylene (PP) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) materials.

“With a great team of driven employees, we have steadily built our business over the years by responsibly and carefully finding new use for used plastics,” says Roy de Paauw, CEO of DPSR. “I greatly appreciate the cooperation we had with ING CI. I am proud that LyondellBasell is participating in our company and that we are now joining forces to recycle even more plastic waste into high-quality raw material.”  1,000 km battery

LyondellBasell acquired its 50% share from DPSR CEO Roy de Paauw and ING Corporate Investments, the investment branch of the Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation ING Group.

“Our investment in DPSR always fitted perfectly in the sustainable ambitions of ING and over the past years ING Corporate Investments has been able to work together with DPSR’s management team in further professionalizing the organization, expanding its production platform and preparing the company to realize future sustainable growth. We are extremely glad to see DPSR has found a sound new strategic partner in LyondellBasell for entering its next growth phase after all that has been achieved so far,” says Mathijs Henzen, Investment Director at ING Corporate Investments.  1,000 km battery

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Could Stellantis Partner with Chinese Leapmotor for Electric Vehicle Platforms?

Recent reports suggest that Stellantis is edging closer to striking a deal with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Leapmotor to utilize their platforms for electric cars. While Chinese electric cars may pose a challenge to Western automotive giants, they also offer an exciting opportunity for growth and advancement in future vehicle models. Chinese manufacturers boast readily available technologies, including platforms and batteries, which can serve as the foundation for creating new product lines. This line of thinking appears to be gaining traction within Stellantis as well.

According to information from CarNewsChina, Stellantis, under the leadership of Carlos Tavares, is poised to finalize an agreement with Leapmotor, allowing them to license the LEAP 3.0 platform. This platform is designed for both fully electric models and series plug-in hybrids.  1,000 km battery

According to these rumors, Stellantis may also consider becoming a shareholder in Leapmotor, giving them the opportunity to leverage these new technologies initially for the Chinese market and potentially expanding into other countries.

The LEAP 3.0 platform made its debut in July in China and was officially showcased at the 2023 Munich Motor Show in September with the introduction of the Leapmotor C10, a midsize SUV presented by the Chinese startup as its first global model. The C10 can utilize either a fully electric powertrain or an EREV (Extended-Range Electric Vehicle), where the car is primarily driven by an electric motor with thermal unit-powered batteries, resembling the concept seen in the Mazda MX-30 R-EV. It’s more accurately described as a series hybrid.  1,000 km battery

As of now, neither of the involved parties has officially confirmed or denied these rumors. However, it’s worth noting the recent statement from Leapmotor’s CEO, Zhu Jiangming, who stated, “We don’t want to be just an electric car brand but also a supplier of vital technologies for electric vehicles.” Zhu also mentioned ongoing negotiations with two manufacturers, although no names were specified.

If this agreement does come to fruition, Stellantis would be following in the footsteps of Audi and Volkswagen. Audi entered into an agreement with SAIC to utilize the iO Origin platform for electric vehicles in China, while Volkswagen is set to purchase 5% of Xpeng and secure a license to use the Edward platform, serving as the foundation for two upcoming models catering to the Eastern market.  1,000 km batteryCould Stellantis Partner with Chinese Leapmotor for Electric Vehicle Platforms?

Electric cars, Volkswagen stops production, now it’s a black crisis

Black crisis, very black indeed. The future of electric cars is becoming increasingly uncertain, so much so that even Volkswagen is doing an about-face and interrupting production due to an excessive drop in demand. The sector is proving to be too volatile. There are those who claim that the problem is the few charging stations present in our country, but at this point there could be multiple faults.
Stop production
The electric car sector is not taking off, in fact it risks going backwards. In our country there is a strong shortage of charging stations, furthermore the list prices of these cars are still too high for our families. Meanwhile, politics continues to impose limits and pushes towards this sector.  1,000 km battery
The objective is to eliminate the sale of combustion engine cars by 2035. An imposition that risks being unworkable, given that at the moment zero-emission cars continue to have a highly fluctuating market. If we thought that the crisis was limited only to our country, we were very wrong, given that in Germany Volkswagen has decided to stop production. In reality, this was to be expected, given that a sad time ago the German car manufacturer had clearly spoken of an electric crisis. Specifically, the company has stopped production of some zero-emission models. Two factories in the country stop. Specifically, stop the production of Cupra Born and Volkswagen ID.3 as demand has fallen sharply. At the moment, what we know is that the factories will stop for two weeks, limited to the assembly activities (which are also limited) of the two battery-powered models of the Volkswagen Group. Rumors state that at the moment only one assembly line will remain active in order to slow down work. However, the production of the Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 Sportback e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 will continue without changes, at least for the moment. However, we cannot know what will happen after this stop, whether it will be extended or whether production activities will resume.  1,000 km battery
Electric cars in crisis
It is another heavy blow to sustainability. After the debacle of solar cars, with interesting companies admitting the flop and focusing on something else, comes another blow to the green economy which made mobility one of the essential musts for a more eco-sustainable world. And to think that just a few weeks ago we reported on Volvo’s courageous decision to say goodbye to diesel engines by discontinuing their sale starting next year. However, Volkswagen’s decision deserves all the attention it deserves, given that we are talking about a production that represents 70% of its specific sector, that of electric cars, in fact. As we were saying, the reasons can be attributed to the sharp decline in demand for the two models produced by the German company. One wonders why this drastic drop in demand. Even in this case the reasons for the contraction are quite clear. Incentives in Germany for the purchase of electric cars have been significantly reduced and in some cases disappeared completely.
In fact, in the country the incentives intended for private individuals will go from 4,500 to 3,000 euros starting from 1 January 2024. Furthermore, since last September 1st the Government has stopped providing the bonus for the purchase of electric cars. In short, a chain reaction that led to an inevitable decrease in demand from the Germans. This is a significant problem which also has repercussions on the world of work, given that the company has had to cut 296 jobs.  1,000 km battery
Electric cars, Volkswagen stops production, now it's a black crisis

How Coca-Cola is supporting the circular economy

An ambitious sustainable packaging strategy, World Without Waste, was launched in 2018 by The Coca-Cola Company. This strategy aims to create systemic change by focusing on the circular economy for packaging, from how bottles and cans are designed and manufactured to how they’re recycled and reused.

Simply put, World Without Waste is a global sustainable packaging strategy focused on three primary goals: Design, Collect and Partner.  1,000 km battery

The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) has stated that it has a responsibility to help solve the global plastic waste crisis by leveraging its scale and reach across markets to reach its sustainability goals, suppress waste pollution, and reduce its carbon footprint.

“Sustainability is core to our business strategy and focuses on the interconnection between water, packaging, and climate. To realise these goals, we invest in solutions and partnerships across industry, governments, and society.

“By 2030, Coca-Cola’s manufacturing facilities, that we designate as high priority leadership locations, we will reduce, reuse, recycle and replenish the water used in operations in the local correlated watersheds for beneficial social, economic and/or uses by other stakeholders and nature,” says Babongile Mandela, director of public affairs, communication and sustainability at Coca-Cola.  1,000 km battery


In South Africa, Coca-Cola is a member of the PET Recycling Company (Petco), an extended producer responsibility (EPR) organisation for PET, since 2004 to support collection.

The partnership and membership in Petco create economic opportunities by supporting the recycling sector to increase collection efforts and divert packaging waste from landfills.

Petco’s published 2022 Annual Report identifies the collection and recycling rates for the products its members have registered with the organisation.

That includes Coca-Cola.  1,000 km battery

The report shows that 121,369 tonnes of packaging was placed on the market by all Petco members in 2022. Of this, 83,967 tonnes (69%) of post-consumer packaging were collected for recycling, and 79,571 tonnes were recycled – achieving a 66% recycling rate. According to the Waste Pickers Association, South Africa has approximately 90,000 informal waste pickers who play an increasingly important role in waste management.


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