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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter – With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear – Single use plastics EU rules marine litter

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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

European Commission – Press release

Single use plastics EU rules marine litter With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items. The new rules are proportionate and tailored to get the best results. This means different measures will be applied to different products. Where alternatives are readily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market.For products without straight-forward alternatives, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption; design and labelling requirements and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers. Together, the new rules will put Europe ahead of the curve on an issue with global implications.

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development said: “This Commission promised to be big on the big issues and leave the rest to Member States. Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem, because plastic waste ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food. Today’s proposals will reduce single use plastics on our supermarket shelves through a range of measures. We will ban some of these items, and substitute them with cleaner alternatives so people can still use their favourite products.”

Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, added: “Plastic can be fantastic, but we need to use it more responsibly. Single use plastics are not a smart economic or environmental choice, and today’s proposals will help business and consumers to move towards sustainable alternatives. This is an opportunity for Europe to lead the way, creating products that the world will demand for decades to come, and extracting more economic value from our precious and limited resources. Our collection target for plastic bottles will also help to generate the necessary volumes for a thriving plastic recycling industry.”

Across the world, plastics make up 85% of marine litter. And plastics are even reaching people’s lungs and dinner tables, with micro-plastics in the air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. Tackling the plastics problem is a must and it can bring new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and job creation.

Companies will be given a competitive edge: having one set of rules for the whole EU market will create a springboard for European companies to develop economies of scale and be more competitive in the booming global marketplace for sustainable products. By setting up re-use systems (such as deposit refund schemes), companies can ensure a stable supply of high quality material. In other cases, the incentive to look for more sustainable solutions can give companies the technological lead over global competitors.

Different measures for different products

After addressing plastic bags in 2015, 72% of Europeans said they have cut down on their use of plastic bags (Eurobarometer). The EU is now turning its attention to the 10 single-use plastic products and fishing gear that together account for 70% of the marine litter in Europe. The new rules will introduce:

Plastic ban in certain products: Where alternatives are readily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market. The ban will apply to plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and sticks for balloons which will all have to be made exclusively from more sustainable materials instead. Single-use drinks containers made with plastic will only be allowed on the market if their caps and lids remain attached;

Consumption reduction targets: Member States will have to reduce the use of plastic food containers and drinks cups. They can do so by setting national reduction targets, making alternative products available at the point of sale, or ensuring that single-use plastic products cannot be provided free of charge;

Obligations for producers: Producers will help cover the costs of waste management and clean-up, as well as awareness raising measures for food containers, packets and wrappers (such as for crisps and sweets), drinks containers and cups, tobacco products with filters (such as cigarette butts), wet wipes, balloons, and lightweight plastic bags. The industry will also be given incentives to develop less polluting alternatives for these products;

Collection targets: Member States will be obliged to collect 90% of single-use plastic drinks bottles by 2025, for example through deposit refund schemes;

Labelling Requirements: Certain products will require a clear and standardised labelling which indicates how waste should be disposed, the negative environmental impact of the product, and the presence of plastics in the products. This will apply to sanitary towels, wet wipes and balloons;

Awareness-raising measures: Member States will be obliged to raise consumers’ awareness about the negative impact of littering of single-use plastics and fishing gear as well as about the available re-use systems and waste management options for all these products.

For fishing gear, which accounts for 27% of all beach litter, the Commission aims to complete the existing policy framework with producer responsibility schemes for fishing gear containing plastic. Producers of plastic fishing gear will be required to cover the costs of waste collection from port reception facilities and its transport and treatment. They will also cover the costs of awareness-raising measures. Details on the new rules for fishing gear are available here.

Next Steps

The Commission’s proposals will now go to the European Parliament and Council for adoption. The Commission urges the other institutions to treat this as a priority file, and to deliver tangible results for Europeans before the elections in May 2019.

To mark the World Environment Day on 5 June, the Commission will also launch an EU-wide awareness-raising campaign to put the spotlight on consumer choice and highlight individual people’s role in combatting plastic pollution and marine litter.

Of course, tackling EU-produced marine litter is only one part of the world-wide picture. But by taking the lead, the European Union will be in a strong position to drive change at the global level – through the G7 and G20 and through the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Background

Today’s initiative delivers on the commitment made in the European Plastics Strategy to tackle wasteful and damaging plastic litter through legislative action, which was welcomed by the European Parliament and Council and by citizens and stakeholders. The measures proposed will contribute to Europe’s transition towards a Circular Economy, and to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU’s climate commitments and industrial policy objectives.

Today’s Directive builds on existing rules such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and Waste Directives, and complements other measures taken against marine pollution, such as under the Port Reception Facilities Directive, and proposed restrictions on microplastics and oxo-degradable plastics. It follows a similar approach to the successful 2015 Plastic Bags Directive, which was positively received and brought about a rapid shift in consumer behaviour.

The proposed Directive will bring both environmental and economic benefits. The new measures will for example:

avoid the emission of 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent;

avoid environmental damages which would cost the equivalent of €22 billion by 2030;

save consumers a projected €6.5 billion.

Along with the new EU waste rules and targets adopted this month, the new rules will provide the clarity, legal certainty and economies of scale that EU companies need to take the lead in new markets for innovative multi-use alternatives, new materials and better designed products.

In line with Better Regulation requirements, stakeholder consultations and an open public consultation and thorough impact assessments were carried out in preparation of today’s proposal. In the public consultation between December 2017 and February 2018, 95% of respondents agreed that action to tackle single use plastics is both necessary and urgent, and 79% believed that these measures should be taken at EU level in order to be effective. 70% of manufacturers and 80% of brands also replied that action is necessary and urgent.72 % have cut down on their use of plastic bags and 38 % of them over the last year.

For More Information

Questions and Answers: New EU rules on single-use plastics

Proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment & Annex

Impact assessment & Summary

IP/18/3927

Press contacts:

Enrico BRIVIO (+32 2 295 61 72)

Iris PETSA (+32 2 299 33 21)

Tim McPHIE (+ 32 2 295 86 02)

General public inquiries: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 67 89 10 11 or by email

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SK Global Chemical raised June contract price of paraxylene in Asia at USD40 per tonne  – SK Global Chemical (SKGC), one of the largest petrochemical producers in South Korea, raised the contract price of paraxylene for June deliveries to the Asian region by USD40 per ton compared to May – SK Global Chemical June contract price paraxylene Asia

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SK Global Chemical raised June contract price of paraxylene in Asia at USD40 per tonne 

SK Global Chemical June contract price paraxylene Asia  MOSCOW – SK Global Chemical (SKGC), one of the largest petrochemical producers in South Korea, raised the contract price of paraxylene for June deliveries to the Asian region by USD40 per ton compared to May, ICIS sources told the market.

Thus, the company’s paraxylene price contract for June was announced at USD1,080 per tonne, CFR Asia, against the May level of USD1,040 per tonne, CFR Asia.

Earlier, at the end of last week, JX Nippon Oil & Energy announced the June contract price of paraxylene for deliveries to the Asian market at USD1,130 per tonne, CFR Asia, which is USD80 per ton higher compared to the May price.  The company was the first among the largest producers of paraxylene in the Asian region, which announced the contract price of paraxylene for June.

Other major paraxylene producers in Asia are S-Oil, Idemitsu Kosan and ExxonMobil.

Earlier it was noted that the parties involved in agreeing the May contract prices of paraxylene in Asia could not reach an agreement.  Thus, the final price proposals and counter offers were in May at the level of USD950-1,000 per ton.

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

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , the tension in the Russian PET-granulate market continues to increase.  It is expected that in June material prices will reach maximum levels and the shortage of free volumes will be further exacerbated.  From the middle of July, a break in the current trend and the beginning of the process of returning the market to a balance situation.

SK Global Chemical is a division of SK Group, the first Korean oil refinery that has been operating for more than 50 years.  SK Group has more than 70 thousand employees who work in 113 offices around the world.  Its largest enterprises produce mainly petrochemical products.

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Prices of PET in the Gulf countries increased against the backdrop of limited supply – Manufacturers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the countries of the Persian Gulf (GCC) increased their price proposals at the end of last week, as the supply of material in the region remains limited – Prices PET Gulf countries

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Prices of PET in the Gulf countries increased against the backdrop of limited supply 

Prices PET Gulf countriesMOSCOW – Manufacturers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the countries of the Persian Gulf (GCC) increased their price proposals at the end of last week, as the supply of material in the region remains limited, ICIS reported.

In addition, the supply of PET in all world markets is currently also limited due to previous and current reductions in capacity utilization at PET plants, as well as the peak seasonal demand in the downstream market for the production of bottles in anticipation of the summer.

So, the price offers for PET, issued in the Persian Gulf countries, last week were in the range of USD1,440-1,460 per tonne, CFR / DEL GCC, compared to USD1,390-1,425 per tonne, CFR / DEL GCC, a week earlier.

According to market sources, so far no deals have been made on current price proposals, as buyers resist higher prices.

There are some volumes of material on the market in this region that traders offer at lower prices, because these PET lots were purchased earlier.  However, these volumes of material are limited.

According to the Price Review of ICIS-MRC , the tension in the Russian PET-granulate market continues to increase.  It is expected that in June material prices will reach maximum levels and the shortage of free volumes will be further exacerbated.  From the middle of July, a break in the current trend and the beginning of the process of returning the market to a balance situation.

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Alpla plans to establish a new Rigid Plastic Packaging Plant in Dayton, Ohio – Alpenplastik Lehner Alwin GmbH (ALPLA, Inc.) is a global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for a wide range of consumer products -Alpla Rigid Plastic Packaging Plant Ohio

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Alpla plans to establish a new Rigid Plastic Packaging Plant in Dayton, Ohio

Alpla Rigid Plastic Packaging Plant Ohio Alpenplastik Lehner Alwin GmbH (ALPLA, Inc.) is a global manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for a wide range of consumer products.

Alpla has planned to establish a new plant with approximately $21 million investment in a 154,000 square feet of an existing building which will serve current as well as new customers within Alpla’s growing list of US locations.

The plant located adjacent to the Dayton International Airport in Park 70/75 is scheduled to be producing by April 2019.

Philipp Lehner, Regional Manager of Alpla’s North American operations, said, “We are quite pleased to join the Dayton business community, and look forward to working with local leaders as we build our team and optimally develop plans for growth in the area.”

Alpla collaborated with Northpointe Development for the new location on West National Road, and will soon interact with partners at local technical schools and the State’s workforce development offices.

Alpla is going to offer employment opportunities for process and maintenance technicians, machine operators, packers, forklift drivers, and quality technicians.  Inviting the applications from interested candidates on its website.

Alpla has scheduled interviews and career fairs during June 12-14, 2018 at a site, which will be announced soon.

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German exporters’ confidence weakens on ‘difficult’ global fundamentals – German exporters’ business confidence fell in May, especially in the chemical-intensive automobile sector, on the back of a “difficult global” economic environment – German exporters confidence automobile industry

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German exporters’ confidence weakens on ‘difficult’ global fundamentals

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German exporters confidence automobile industry LONDON (ICIS)–German exporters’ business confidence fell in May, especially in the chemical-intensive automobile sector, on the back of a “difficult global” economic environment, the country’s research institute Ifo said on Monday.

Ifo’s index for export expectations fell in May to 13.6 balance points, from 15.6 points in April.

In May 2017, the index stood at 19.6 balance points and reached a four-year high in July 2017 at 23.7 balance points (see graph).

“The difficult global economic environment is increasingly troubling German exporters. Export expectations in the auto industry were significantly dampened [and] companies expect hardly any growth,” said Clemens Fuest, Ifo’s president.

The pessimism in the automobile industry during the month may also be associated to talk in the US, encouraged by the country’s President Donald Trump, to impose tariffs on EU cars, which are subject to lower tariffs than those US cars entering the 28-country bloc.

The key German automobile industry is a large exporter to the US, and an important employers in the country.

“By contrast, firms in the electrical and mechanical engineering industries anticipate further export growth, although here too optimism has weakened,” added Fuest.

“Food and beverage producers, however, expressed more frequent expectations for improved foreign business.”

A more pessimistic outlook by German exporters follows the publication of lower manufacturing performance during April in the eurozone as a whole, hitting an 18-month low, according to IHS Markit earlier this month.

Germany’s chemical trade group VCI also said on 16 May that the country’s chemicals output, excluding pharmaceuticals, had dropped 2.4% in the first quarter, year on year, as production rates normalised after an unusually strong end to 2017.

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Poland’s Ciech idles trade with Iran, awaits ‘if and when’ US sanctions are re-imposed – Ciech will address the question of whether to continue importing polyolefins from sanction-hit Iran if and when another business opportunity presents itself – Poland Ciech trade Iran USA sanctions

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Poland’s Ciech idles trade with Iran, awaits ‘if and when’ US sanctions are re-imposed

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Poland Ciech trade Iran USA sanctions LONDON (ICIS)–Ciech will address the question of whether to continue importing polyolefins from sanction-hit Iran if and when another business opportunity presents itself, a spokesman for the Polish chemical producer said on Monday.

The group’s Ciech Trading subsidiary last September announced it was taking deliveries of Iranian polyolefins to be sold on European markets.

However, Ciech Group’s spokesman Miroslaw Kuk told ICIS that the current situation is that the company was not “importing or delivering” either polyolefins or any other product from Iran.

“If and when such plans are in effect, then we will proceed according to the binding international law, especially the regulations regarding cooperation with Iran,” he added.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump withdrew from the multilateral Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Any foreign companies still doing business with Iran, according to specific deadlines to be introduced over the next two to five months, could be hit by secondary sanctions.

The EU, which along with Russia and China is working with Iran to preserve the existing JCPOA, is attempting to devise practical ways to shield European companies from US secondary sanctions.

Ciech Trading’s business deal with Iran saw it import polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) products from three Tehran-based producers, namely Jam Petrochemical Company (JPC), Jam Polypropylene Company (JPPC) and Persian Gulf Petrochemial Industry Commercial Company (PGPICC).

Ciech Trading also has an agreement with the Egyptian Petrochemicals Company (EPC) to import and distribute its suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC).

On May 16, French energy major Total said it will have to pull out of its investments in sanctions-targeted Iran unless it is granted a project waiver by the US with the support of the French and European authorities.

Iran has estimated it needs towards $200bn of investment to revive its rundown oil, gas and petrochemicals sector over the next five years, with towards $40bn needed for the petrochemicals industry alone.

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PACKAGING FORWARD, new communication campaign on the circular economy of plastics materials – Taking advantage of the PLAST 2018 Exhibition, Bandera launches a communication campaign in support of the production model based on technical raw materials capable of being enhanced  and on biological raw materials that can be re-integrated in the environment, availing packaging material manufacturers with a cutting edge extrusion line to run joint trials. – PACKAGING FORWARD circular economy plastics materials

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PACKAGING FORWARD, new communication campaign on the circular economy of plastics materials

PACKAGING FORWARD circular economy plastics materials

Taking advantage of the PLAST 2018 Exhibition, Bandera launches a communication campaign in support of the production model based on technical raw materials capable of being enhanced  and on biological raw materials that can be re-integrated in the environment, availing packaging material manufacturers with a cutting edge extrusion line to run joint trials.

The use of plastics, an essential component of our contemporary economy, has increased by twenty times over the past fifty years and a growing trend of double that value is the forecast for the next twenty years.  The concern grows for sustainability for the industries of the plastics sector, not only from the undeniably important ethical aspect, but also from the practical aspect of sustainability of the plastics sector itself.  In fact, 15% of plastic packaging materials are recycled worldwide, versus the well over 35% of European countries.

A growing Bandera need stemming from this very concern is the wish to manifest to the exterior, through a specific campaign, the actions taken and the efforts spent daily for a long time to present in the direction of sustainability.

In this respect, Bandera’s efforts and actions have moved well beyond laboratory studies. In fact, they have designed and are manufacturing an industrial scale extrusion line dedicated to exploring and studying the productive capabilities of biological materials and of recycled materials, for further refining through specific processes.  The line in question is the Condor Line, which is a flat die extrusion line, equipped with an innovative extrusion coating section.  This will be fully assembled and operating as of September 2018 at the Bandera R&D Centre, the House of Extrusion, at Bandera Headquarters in Busto Arsizio (VA).

This is an extrusion line that Bandera is making available to packaging material manufacturers wanting to work side by side with their R&D team, to test jointly new ideas and applications in the plastics materials processing sector.

“This is no news for Bandera” remarks Dr. Andrea Rigliano, Sales Director at Bandera, “since Bandera has always been a pioneer of innovation, which has been the leading theme throughout the long history of this company, with the development of cutting edge industrial solutions, oriented towards detecting positive market trends well beyond than just fulfilling satisfactorily customer requirements.”

At present, Bandera is re-thinking about the regeneration and new use of the polymers adopted in packaging, with in mind the objective of adapting this industrial sector in order for it to comply with the rules that will apply in the very near future.  This is the challenge of the years to come. Bandera’s research and development activities in such direction focus on reducing the demand for raw materials that are not renewable.  In fact, Bandera operates in favor of a circular economy oriented towards making the most of the materials at each stage of the process, to minimize residues, optimize resources, generate savings and contribute, not only to improve the quality of life for consumers, but also to generate new profits for companies manufacturing packaging materials.

 For further information please contact:  e.proverbio@lbandera.com

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