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Smart Plastics: focus on high performance polymer materials

Smart Plastics performance polymer materials

RadiciGroup delivers solutions in step with the trends in the automotive industry and the changes in health and safety law.
Performance, safety and lower cost: these are the key words that guide the RadiciGroup Performance Plastics Business Area in the development of new polyamide engineering plastics for automotive applications.

The automotive industry needs versatile high performance products addressing a variety of requirements, but always in conformance with the increasingly more stringent parameters for safety and CO2 emission reduction.
This is RadiciGroup’s motivation for sponsoring Smart Plastics 2018, an event wholly dedicated to high performance polymers and taking place at the highly prestigious Museo Storico Alfa Romeo [Alfa Romeo History Museum] in Arese, Italy.

The Smart Plastics forum is an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas on the state of the art of engineering plastics and composites: their applications, design and processing technologies.

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Shared vision for a sustainable fashion future -From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our environment – Sustainable fashion future

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Shared vision for a sustainable fashion future

Sustainable fashion future From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our environment. In response, Earth Day, which is celebrated on 22 April, will this year focus on providing the information on how to end plastic pollution.

In February, Aquafil, a leading producer of nylon yarn, and H&M joined forces to make sustainable fashion accessible and beautiful through the H&M Conscious Exclusive collection, which for the first time featured pieces made from Econyl yarn, Aquafil’s regenerated nylon made from waste diverted from landfills and oceans.

According to Giulio Bonazzi, President of Aquafil, the collection’s release is the beginning of a long-awaited collaboration between two industry leaders with a shared vision for a more sustainable future.

Are you satisfied with the results of the H&M collaboration?

Giulio Bonazzi: Aquafil is thrilled to have Econyl adopted by H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection. We have been working on this with H&M for more than two years, and it was wonderful to see it come to fruition. We are particularly excited about this partnership because H&M’s fashion is so accessible to the everyday consumer – which is in line with our vision for Econyl.

Are you planning to produce more ranges together?

GB: While we don’t currently have plans for additional ranges, we are eager to see where this collection takes us. The Conscious Exclusive collection has always been an important testing ground for H&M as it allows them to try out the latest sustainable fabrics on a smaller scale. On numerous occasions, they have incorporated them into their regular collections.

Do you think working with well-recognised and mass brands like H&M can help Aquafil spread its message more effectively?

GB: Absolutely. As I mentioned, one of our goals is to make sustainable fashion more accessible to the everyday consumer. H&M is a go-to brand for consumers around the world, and it’s exciting to see them experiment with sustainable fabrics.

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What is the role of consumers and manufacturers in the pursuit of the circular economy?

GB: Collaboration between brands and ingredient manufacturers is key: when we work together, it creates more sustainable options for consumers and a cleaner future. We see both groups becoming more interested in the circular economy – for consumers, that means paying real attention to how their products are made. And for manufactures, it means being open to innovation.

How important is continuing research and innovation in pushing the fashion industry towards sustainability and environmental responsibility?

GB: It is essential that we continue to research and experiment with new technologies and sustainable materials. For example, we’ve partnered with the bio-tech company Genomatica to develop a bio-based nylon ingredient. While research is important, brands also have a responsibility to take action in whatever ways they can now, so progress is not delayed.

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Since we last spoke, Aquafil worked together with various brands to raise awareness about ocean waste, including Stella McCartney, adidas and Speedo USA. How would you evaluate the outcomes of these collaborations?

GB: We are very proud of our work with these brands, each of which is taking a unique approach to sustainability. Both Stella McCartney and adidas incorporated Econyl into their collections, showing the material’s versatility. It can go from luxury to performance-wear just like that.

Beyond incorporating Econyl yarn into their collection, Speedo USA also worked with us to develop a take-back program, sending fabrics scraps leftover from production to be regenerated into Econyl. This is a perfect example of the circular economy in action and is one of the partnerships I’m most proud of.

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Two years ago, Aquafil was met with a growing demand for sustainable products and was focusing on expanding its global supply chain. Are you on track with your growth objectives? 

GB: Absolutely. We continue to see an uptick in brand partnerships ­– in fact, we’ve partnered with more than 200 to date. In terms of our operations, we opened a new carpet recycling plant in Phoenix in 2017 and plan to open another one, likely in Sacramento, in the next few months. This will become another important source of recycled nylon for the Econyl process.

Last year, you and your long-term partner Outerknown released a video to raise awareness about ocean waste and its impact on marine life ahead of Earth Day. Do you have anything planned for this year’s Earth Day?

GB: We don’t have any current plans for Earth Day, but we do always like to use it as a moment in time to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable fashion – and sustainability in every industry. Not to say Earth Day isn’t important, but every day is Earth Day for us!

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PET Imports To Face Anti-Dumping Duties in the U.S – The imposition of duty is further to trade investigations following petitions filed in September last year by domestic PET manufacturers – PET Imports AntiDumping Duties USA

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PET Imports To Face Anti-Dumping Duties in the U.S
By Paul Ploumis
ScrapMonster Author
The imposition of duty is further to trade investigations following petitions filed in September last year by domestic PET manufacturers.
PET Imports AntiDumping Duties USA

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): As per market report published by leading analyst, citing sources in U.S. Commerce Department, the country is most likely to impose anti-dumping duties on PET imports from five countries. According to Xavier Cronin, the imports of PET from South Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Brazil are likely to face preliminary duties effective May this year. Incidentally, the imports from these five countries had accounted for 42% of all PET imports by the US during the previous year.

The imposition of duty is further to trade investigations following petitions filed in September last year by domestic PET manufacturers including DAK Americas LLC, Indorama Ventures USA Inc., M&G Polymers USA LLC and Nan Ya Plastics Group. The petition had alleged that the PET resins from above five countries are being sold at significantly lower than fair prices, thereby causing material injury to the domestic industry.

According to official U.S. data, the imports of cheaply priced PET resin from the above five countries had recorded tremendous growth during recent years. The imports multiplied by almost four times from 2014 to 2016, growing from 148 million pounds to almost 600 million pounds. The huge volume of imports continued to squeeze the domestic industry, forcing them to reduce the prices, even during the initial half of 2017. This had forced the U.S. PET resin manufacturers to lodge complaint before the Department of Commerce.

The U.S. trade investigations determined that unfair imports from these five countries have severely damaged the domestic industry. The exporters from these five countries will now be required to make cash deposits with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the time of crossing of border.

It must be noted that the US Trade Commission has been collecting anti-dumping duties on imports of PET resin from Canada, China, India and Oman since March 2016.

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These batteries can handle the cold – Lithium-ion batteries based on intercalation compound electrodes exhibit poor performance at temperatures below 0°C. Insufficient ionic conductivity and freezing of the electrolyte are generally seen as the main reasons for the poor performance of rechargeable batteries at low temperatures – Batteries handle cold compound electrodes

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Batteries handle cold compound electrodes Lithium-ion batteries based on intercalation compound electrodes exhibit poor performance at temperatures below 0°C. Insufficient ionic conductivity and freezing of the electrolyte are generally seen as the main reasons for the poor performance of rechargeable batteries at low temperatures. Although several attempts have been made to solve this problem, those attempts involved additional materials that added extra weight, which is detrimental for portable devices.

Now a team from Fudan University (Shanghai, China; www.fudan.edu.cn) has developed an ethyl acetate-based electrolyte that exhibits sufficient ionic conductivity at –70°C. Ethyl acetate was a promising choice due to its low freezing point of –84°C, but the low-temperature performance of ethyl acetate electrolyte had never been investigated previously.

For the electrodes, the team used two organic polymers: a polytriphenylamine (PTPAn) cathode; and a 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (NTCDA)-derived polymide (PNTCDA) anode. Unlike the electrodes used in Li-ion batteries, these organic compounds do not rely on intercalation — the process of integrating ions into the electrodes’ molecular matrix.

The team noted that their battery offers several other advantages. “Compared to the transition-metal-containing electrode materials in conventional Li-ion batteries, organic materials are abundant, inexpensive and environmentally friendly,” says team member Yongyao Xia. He estimates the price of the team’s electrode materials at about one third that of the electrodes in a commercial Li-ion battery.

More work will be required before the new battery can be commercialized, however. The specific energy (energy per unit mass) of the new battery is still low compared with commercial Li-ion batteries, and the assembly process needs to be further improved.

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Sinopec raised April MEG prices in East China by CNY500 per tonne – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, on April 17 raised the selling prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the eastern regions of China by 500 yuan (CNY) or USD80 per ton compared to the March level – Sinopec April MEG prices East China

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Sinopec raised April MEG prices in East China by CNY500 per tonne

Sinopec April MEG prices East China MOSCOW – China China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), the largest oil refining company in Asia, on April 17 raised the selling prices of monoethylene glycol (MEG) in the eastern regions of China by 500 yuan (CNY) or USD80 per ton compared to the March level, ICIS source in the company said.

Thus, now the April prices of the company’s MEG in East China are set at CNY8,500 or USD1,354 per tonne.

Sinopec raised MEG prices in line with an upward price trend in the spot market, the source said.

Thus, spot prices of MEG in China rose this week and on April 17 were in the range CNY8,460-8,620 or USD1,347-1,373 per tonne, ex-tank (ex-tank), compared to CNY8,200-8,480 or USD1 306-1 350 per ton, ex-tank, on the 13th of April.

The company manages four MEG plants with a total capacity of 1.84 million tons per year.

Earlier it was noted that Sinopec on March 9 lowered the selling prices of MEG in the east of China by CNY500 or USD79 per tonne compared to the previous level – to CNY8,000 or USD1,262 per ton.

MEG is one of the main raw materials for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , the situation on the Russian market of bottled PET changed last week. The sharp depreciation of the ruble against the dollar and the euro, which began on Monday, April 9, led to a rapid increase in the spot prices of injection molded PET granules. Producers react swiftly to the exchange rate fluctuations in connection with the dollar component in the cost of raw components for the production of PET granules.

Sinopec Corp. is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemical companies. Business Sinopec Corp. includes oil and gas exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas, refining, petrochemical production, production of mineral fertilizers and other chemical products. By the volume of oil processing capacities of Sinopec Corp. occupies the second place in the world, the volume of ethylene capacity – the fourth.

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Europe MEG spot prices play catch up after steep Asia gains – European monoethylene glycol (MEG) spot prices are playing catch up to the recent price surges in the Asia market – Europe MEG spot prices

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Europe MEG spot prices play catch up after steep Asia gains

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Europe MEG spot prices

LONDON (ICIS)–European monoethylene glycol (MEG) spot prices are playing catch up to the recent price surges in the Asia market, sources said on Wednesday.

European bulk prices jumped up significantly on Friday after gains in Asia injected some seller confidence back into the market.

In Asia, daily MEG prices increased once again on Wednesday, bringing prices to $1,046-1,066/tonne CFR (cost and freight) China Main Ports.

Since the end of March, weekly Asia figures have soared by triple digits, taking them back to the high levels seen in February.

Meanwhile, over in Europe, bulk MEG activity has increased and prices were assessed at a €45/tonne hike on the low end and a €40/tonne jump at the top end of the range, bringing prices to €805-810/tonne CIF (cost, insurance and freight) NWE (northwest Europe) in the week ending 13 April.

Inventories over the last few months have been rather low due to dampened buying interest but now demand for larger volumes has improved.

Last week, bulk supply tightened and domestic producers were said to be sold out currently.

Bulk offers are being pegged at a higher level this week, reaching heights in the region of €840-860/tonne CIF NWE but so far there has not been any concluded business this week.

Truck MEG pricing levels were failing to respond as quickly as bulk levels, which is typically the case. Typically trucks command a premium over bulk levels.

The tables seem to be turning and traders are now seeing signs of upward movement.

“Finally, truck prices start to catch up slowly,” a trader said on Wednesday.

Lower end prices are disappearing from the market, and sources are pegging the low end around €830/tonne FCA (free carrier) mid-week.

On 13 April, truck spot prices were between €815-835/tonne FCA NWE.

Market sources are keen to see if this upward momentum continues throughout the week, and if the downtrend from March is well and truly in the past.

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MEG is mainly used in the production of polyester fibres, resins and films (around 80% of global consumption), followed by use in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin. It also used as automotive antifreeze.

Pictured: Polyester fibres, a key end market for MEG
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Octals pet resin gives opportunity for export to Canada – Raising the profile of Omani exports worldwide and boosting bilateral trade opportunities between Oman and Canada, Octal one of the sultanate’s principal exporters – Octals pet resin export Canada

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Octals pet resin gives opportunity for export to Canada

Octals pet resin export Canada OTTAWA: Raising the profile of Omani exports worldwide and boosting bilateral trade opportunities between Oman and Canada, Octal one of the sultanate’s principal exporters, joined hands with the Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry to ensure that exports of Omani polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET resin) are uninterrupted to Canada without any additional duties imposed.

The win for Omani industry came in the wake of an inquiry conducted by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal into the effect of dumping and subsidising of PET resin originating in or exported from China, India, Pakistan and Oman on Canadian industry, which resulted in the finding of ‘negligible’.

Octal’s CEO, Nicholas Barakat, said, “Oman has a window of opportunity to accelerate economic growth and stimulate job creation and investment opportunities by continuing to foster a progressive international trade policy,” said. “The ongoing implementation of Oman’s diversification agenda, boosting of exports and investment for the future by nurturing innovation are key elements for Oman to achieve its economic development aspirations.”

Barakat added, “The win for Omani PET resin in the Canadian market is a real testament to Omani manufacturing, its capabilities and most importantly, its promise for the country’s growing exports and international trade, which is increasingly considered the modern engine of prosperity.”

The size of the economy in Oman has been growing steadily and market conditions are stable.

Oman and Canada have a growing trade and investment relationship. Canada’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada classified Oman as a key market for Canadian businesses and investment.

Octal’s reputation as a global leader in PET manufacturing has been driven by its strong dedication to international standards at every stage of production.

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