Chemists Discover Biorenewable Biodegradable Plastic Alternative

Chemists Discover Biorenewable and Biodegradable Plastic Alternative – Chemists Discover Biorenewable Biodegradable Plastic Alternative

Chemists Discover Biorenewable Biodegradable Plastic Alternative

A team of researchers led by Professor of Chemistry Eugene Chen has conducted an extensive study on Biodegradable Plastic Alternative a polymer called bacterial poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) – P3HB. And initial findings about this study suggest that the compound can be used as a substitute for petroleum plastics, especially the ones utilized in major industrial sectors. This study was first described in Nature Communications, last week.Chemists Discover Biorenewable Biodegradable Plastic Alternative

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P3HB us a biomaterial, and is typically produced by bacteria, algae, and other microorganisms. It is mainly used in a few biomedical applications. The compound can be processed in laboratories, but at a very high cost. And in spite of such costs, a very limited volume of the polymer can be produced. Thus, these reasons are causing the use of this polymer material highly impractical in several applications.

While conducting the research, at the initial stages, the team of researchers under Professor Chen used a material called succinate, which is an ester form of succinic acid. This team also includes the relevant research paper’s first author and research scientist, Xiaoyan Tang. The acid is produced through fermentation of glucose. Moreover this substance is placed by the U.S. Department of Energy in the top 12 biomass-derived compounds as a hope for replaced petroleum derived chemicals in future.

Chemical synthesis carried out by the researchers produces P3HB that is similar in performance to bacterial P3HB. However, this technique is faster and offers high potential in terms of large-scale and cost-effective production rates, ultimately to be used for commodity plastic applications. This new method works best with a group of new catalysts, which also have been designed and synthesized. The team has applied for a provisional patent through CSU Ventures for the new technology, as a first step towards production of a polymer alternative to plastic, which is both biodegradable and biorenewable.

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Scientists Find Way Break Biomass 30 Times faster

Scientists Find Way to Break Down Biomass 30 Times faster – Scientists Find Way Break Biomass 30 Times faster

Scientists Find Way Break Biomass 30 Times fasterScientists from Imperial College London have found a method to accelerate the process of breaking down biomass by 30 times.

This will lead to producing biofuels and recycling plastics in a faster, cheaper and in a more environmental friendly way. The scientists found a way to accelerate the bioprocessing of biomass.

Bioprocessing refers to using the biological or metabolical process of living cells. These leaving cells or their components are used to make products like biofuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This bioprocessing is time consuming and expensive.

The scientists modified the glucosidase enzyme which helps to break down complex carbohydrates in biomass (cellulose for instance) into their basic units, glucose. The glucose is fermented to make ethanol, a form of biofuel.

Releasing glucose from cellulose is a very expensive and time consuming process. The technical reasons are that enzymes stop working at temperatures higher than 70 °C or when in contact with industrial solvents like ionic liquids.

The scientists found a technique to make enzyme work in higher temperatures and with ionic liquids.

The findings were published in Nature Chemistry.

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SE Asia PP weak seasonal demand USA China trade tensions

SE Asia PP weak amid seasonal demand lull, US-China trade tensions – SE Asia PP weak seasonal demand USA China trade tensions

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)–Southeast Asia’s polypropylene (PP) prices may come under further pressure in July due to a seasonal lull in demand, with market sentiment bearish amid escalating trade tensions between the US and China.

In the week ended 22 June, spot prices of dutiable PP flat yarn were stable to soft from the previous week at $1,280-1,290/tonne CFR (cost and freight) SE (southeast) Asia, according to ICIS data.

Prices may have peaked at $1,305/tonne CFR SE Asia in mid-June, market players said, following a steady uptrend from late April.

SE Asia PP weak seasonal demand USA China trade tensions

“Demand for PP has historically been week in the third quarter,  a southeast Asia-based trader said.

“Furthermore, the polymers market has lost the support of crude, since crude values haven’t been as strong as before,” the trader said.

At midday, Brent crude was down $1.29/bbl at $74.26/bbl, while US crude declined 24 cents/bbl to $68.34/bbl, following OPEC’s decision to increase output at their meeting on 22 June.SE Asia PP weak seasonal demand USA China trade tensions

Strong upstream crude and naphtha markets had previously provided PP suppliers some leverage to push up their offers.

Trading activity is likely to pick up this week, when more market players return from the Eid ul-Fitr holidays, but demand looks set to remain thin.

The Eid ul-Fitr in mid-June marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, with extended holidays in Indonesia, which has a predominantly Muslim population.

In the key China market, prices in both domestic and import markets have been declining as the US’ tariffs on more than 800 Chinese products, including PP and propylene copolymers in primary forms, are due to come into effect on 6 July.

While China is not a major exporter of PP to the US, market players are wary of the brewing trade war between the two biggest economies in the world.

These concerns have sent China’s PP futures market spiraling down last week. On 22 June, the September 2018 PP contract traded at the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) declined by 1.37% from the previous day to CNY8,980/tonne ($1,379/tonne).

“When sentiment in China turns bearish, it’s only a matter of time before southeast Asia is impacted,” a Singapore-based trader said.

Spot offers in southeast Asia were at $1,300/tonne CFR SE Asia and above last week, but were largely limited with Middle Eastern suppliers still mostly away due to the Eid ul-Fitr holidays from mid-June.

Most PP offers were from traders holding July-arrival cargoes and keen to offload the volumes before prices fall any further, while market players in Indonesia and Malaysia were also mostly inactive for the most part of last week due to the Muslim holiday.

In Thailand, demand for finished consumer products was suppressed due to the rainy season, affecting consumption of polymer resins.

In Vietnam, PP cargoes from China were more readily available, as Chinese suppliers turned to the export market to offload some cargoes amid softening domestic prices.

Buyers were not in a hurry to stock up on spot cargoes amid expectations that spot prices may slide in the weeks ahead.SE Asia PP weak seasonal demand USA China trade tensions

($1 = CNY6.51)

Picture: Sacks of rice in the Philippines. Polypropylene (PP) flat yarn is used in making sacks for grains. (Source: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock)

By Leanne Tan
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Asian petrochemicals market outlook aromatics olefins polymers

Asian petrochemicals market outlook, w/c Jun 25 – Asian petrochemicals market outlook aromatics olefins polymers 

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Asian petrochemicals market outlook aromatics olefins polymers The Asian petrochemical markets this week will depend on the impact of environmental regulations tightening in China, plant outages and seasonal lull in demand.

The final antidumping duties effective last week, that would last for five years, could have a mixed impact on benzene and styrene moving forward. Meanwhile, turnaround season for methanol and ethylene are expected to buoy prices this week.Asian petrochemicals market outlook aromatics olefins polymers


For Asian paraxylene, with new shipments from Vietnam and Saudi Arabia due to land in Asia in the weeks ahead, and with major buyers in the market having stayed on the sidelines, the spread between paraxylene and naphtha is expected to remain within the $320-$335/mt range, according to traders. Going into the third quarter, high downstream operating rates amid good margins for purified terephthalic acid makers will ensure that PX demand continues to remain healthy.

China finalized antidumping duties on styrene monomer, effective June 23, for five years, raising duties on imports from US and cutting duties on imports from Taiwan and South Korea. End-users said it was too soon to tell how this would impact the benzene market. For styrene monomer, the higher duties for US-origin styrene implied that it was becoming more difficult to export to China, so US producers would try harder to export to other Asian destinations such as South Korea or Taiwan, market participants said this week. However, despite lower antidumping duty rates, it is unlikely that Korean and Taiwanese exports into China will increase dramatically in the second half of the year, market participants said.

Meanwhile, the CFR Southeast Asia methanol market will continue to experience tight supply and higher offer prices this week, as the region recovers from a slate of plant outages. Malaysia’s Petronas Chemicals experienced an unexpected shutdown at its 1.7 million mt/year No.2 methanol plant at Labuan last Tuesday, and is expected to restart Monday, the company said. Industry sources then expected several more days before full ramp-up of the plant is achieved. The region was already short on supply due to Brunei Methanol Company’s multiple outages recently, and Kaltim Methanol Industri’s low inventories, industry sources said.


Asian ethylene market would likely remain stable this week. Buyers would likely be on the sidelines amid volatile western crude oil futures. On the other hand, sellers were also reluctant to reduce their offers due to limited spot supplies amid ongoing steam cracker turnaround season. Last Friday, the CFR Northeast Asia price for ethylene was stable, hovering at a 2-month high. Asian petrochemicals market outlook aromatics olefins polymers

Meanwhile, the demand in the Chinese mono ethylene glycol market is expected to remain weak this week amid a looming supply glut. The typical lull in demand season which starts from June and last till August, coupled with the arrival of close to 200,000 mt of imported cargoes at east China ports last Friday, bringing the total east China inventory levels to above 800,000 mt, is expected to weigh on buying interest this week. Asian petrochemicals market outlook aromatics olefins polymers


Demand for Asian high density polyethylene is expected to pick up in India during September when manufacturing returns, and ahead of festival buying towards end-Q3. Near-term demand for automobile manufacturing, construction and infrastructure should remain high in H2, but growth would be slower.

Meanwhile, for linear low density polyethylene, the tightening environmental regulations in China might lead to closures and consolidations as the smaller and typically less efficient converters are edged out.

–Shermaine Ang, shermaine.ang@spglobal.com

–Edited by Norazlina Juma’at, norazlina.jumaat@spglobal.com

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BP Inks Deal License Latest PTA Technology Xinfengming

BP Inks Deal to License Latest PTA Technology to Xinfengming – BP Inks Deal License Latest PTA Technology Xinfengming

BP Inks Deal License Latest PTA Technology Xinfengming

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BP has inked an agreement with a subsidiary of Xin Feng Ming Group Co., Ltd. (Xinfengming) – Dushan Energy Ltd., – to license BP’s latest generation purified terephthalic acid (“PTA”) technology.

Dushan Energy will build a unit with a capacity of 2.2 million tons per annum at the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone in Pinghu, Zhejiang province. Recently, the company completed the basic design of the PTA unit and commenced construction on the site. The project is scheduled to come online in the third quarter of 2019.

Besides the above agreement, the parties also inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend strategic cooperation along the polyester raw materials value chain. Xinfengming proposes to employ BP’s technologies for all future PTA and related investments.

The MoU includes Xinfengming’s additional investments in PTA phase II employing BP’s most advanced PTA technologies and related products. Moreover, BP and Xinfengming plan to jointly encourage low-carbon products in China based on the country’s shift toward products with enhanced environmental performance.

The internal comparisons between conventional technology and BP’s latest generation of PTA technology indicate high investment returns, which considerably lower operational and capital costs. BP’s technology has received several government awards from China, courtesy of considerable environmental performance and its popularity since Zhuhai start-up in 2003.BP Inks Deal License Latest PTA Technology Xinfengming

BP’s consistent endeavor to upgrade its technology is witnessed by the introduction of the latest generation PTA technology in Xinfengming’s Zhuhai plant. This reduced GHG emissions by 65%, water discharge by 75% and solid waste disposal by 95% in manufacturing process compared with conventional PTA technology of the 1990s.

The use of the company’s technology is expected to boost the polyester supply chain of Xinfengming.

Price Performance

In the past three months, BP’s shares have gained 13.2% compared with the industry ‘s 8.5% rise.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

BP currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

A few better-ranked players in the same sector are Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY and China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation SNP and CVR Refining, LP CVRR .

Occidental Petroleum is an international oil and gas exploration and production company. It pulled off an average positive earnings surprise of 30.2% in the last four quarters.BP Inks Deal License Latest PTA Technology Xinfengming

Sinopec is one of the largest petroleum and petrochemical companies in Asia. The company delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 492.8% in the last four quarters.

Sugar Land, TX-based CVR Refining is an independent downstream energy partnership with refining and associated logistics properties in the Midcontinent United States. The company delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 7.05% in the last four quarters.

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Hyosung Lifestyle Sustainable Fabrics 2020 Textile Trends Interfeliere Paris

Hyosung Features Lifestyle And Sustainable Fabrics With 2020 Textile Trends At Interfeliere Paris Mode City July 7-9, 2018 – Hyosung Lifestyle Sustainable Fabrics 2020 Textile Trends Interfeliere Paris 

Hyosung Lifestyle Sustainable Fabrics 2020 Textile Trends Interfeliere ParisSEOUL, South Korea  — Hyosung, the global leading textile company with Mipan® nylon, polyester, and creora® spandex, will showcase lifestyle and sustainable fabrics for swimwear, lingerie and activewear including.

  • New range of creora® Color+ dyeable spandex with higher power for deeper, darker colors with better compression in new shapewear, bras  and activewear pants
  • New 30/34 denier mipan® Aqua-X cooling, moisture management nylon with creora® fresh spandex for 24/7 performance in sports bras and shapewear
  • New 20/68 denier MIPAN nylon for sensually soft,  featherweight fabrics for intimates
  • Mipan® Regen recycled nylon with creora® highclo™ super chlorine resistant spandex, ideal for swim to gym longevity
  • New collection of creora® eco-soft with dope dyed modal for loungewear and yoga inspired garments
  • New collection of creora® Fresh for multifunctional base layer and shapewear

“As consumers seek multi-functional, comfortable apparel to support their active lifestyles, we continue to partner with global brands and retailers to provide customized innovation in fibers, fabrics and garments,” shared Mike Simko, Globlal  Marketing Director,. “In addition, with sustainability and increased speed to market a minimum expectation, Hyosung helps customers integrate textile trends and fiber innovation through our new fabric development center to create prototype fabrics and garments.”Hyosung Lifestyle Sustainable Fabrics 2020 Textile Trends Interfeliere Paris

Intimate Apparel Trends 2020:


Sensational touch comes to the forefront, delivering luxurious appeal with all-embracing applications using creora® spandex. Compact and precise, there is a sense of opulence from the hand feel, as fabrics with different levels of power caress the body. Color is injected to update delicate basics and to create engineered constructions for unrivaled appeal to the consumer. Ethereal knits are so fine, they effortlessly glide and embrace the skin, with powdery touch for a magical, cosmetic feel for all applications.Hyosung Lifestyle Sustainable Fabrics 2020 Textile Trends Interfeliere Paris

Next Gen

Today’s consumer wants an enhanced silhouette from shapewear with comfort and high levels performance plus an injection of decorative appeal and color. Shapewear is taking its traditional technology teamed with today’s functional yarns and knitting techniques in creating a next generation offering. Clean cut warp knit and anti-roll circular knits provide a smooth finish as VPL is eliminated.  Shape wear is also reaching to new areas, not just designed to briefs, panties and thigh-slimming, butt-lifting shorts, and new engineered bras, with lift, support, and enhanced comfort by eliminating the traditional underwire.Hyosung Lifestyle Sustainable Fabrics 2020 Textile Trends Interfeliere Paris


With an increase in sports, health and wellbeing, the consumer continues to embark on an array of activities, including high level impact to leisurely weekend wear intimates and essential styles for active lifestyles. The classic sports bra is now reaching a new level of delivery, as traditional lingerie techniques merge with performance fibers and fabrics. Pulling from the activewear sector, these yarns deliver moisture management, UV protection, quick dry and superb fit plus comfort level from creora® Fresh anti-odor spandex.

Swimwear trends 2020:


Longevity drives the pro and fitness swimwear market, where creora® highclo™ is the essential super chlorine resistant spandex/elastane. Lightweight circular and warp knits with perfect compact surfaces reduce drag in the water and enhance the swimmer’s performance.  A high level of technicity features, as the fabrics proposed withstand the rigor of pushing through, instead effortlessly glide during swimming. Fabric weights are light, literally second skin in application for an unlimited experience.


A natural inspiration defines this direction, as a natural touch through to nature’s sensational colors feature. Warp and circular knit fabrics reach new levels of touch in matte and bright results. Fabrics take on a patina, subtly glazed with wet look and calendared finishes. Micro brushed surfaces and air textured yarns deliver a strong tactile appeal, subtly sueded through to liquid-like ethereal hands. The natural nuance of this direction leads to a strong sustainable appeal, with recycled REGEN polyester and creora® highclo pushing an eco angle


In homage to the great outdoors, this direction takes on a superbly strong sustainable issue with Mipan regen recycled nylon and Regen recycled polyester with creora spandex. Swimwear features, but this direction is also about the lifestyle experience. The Millennials, eco conscious to the core, want the best they can get to pursue their activities and expect their brands to deliver on a sustainable level. Enjoying ocean pursuits from surfing to supping, the cross over appeal of this direction should be noted in active living collections, as coordinated collections feature, featuring cellulosic that require creora® eco-soft low heat settable spandex that saves energy in production.

Source: Hyosung Corporation

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Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Pet Market Growth Forecast Analysis

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Market Growth Forecast Analysis by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application to 2025 – Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Pet Market Growth Forecast Analysis 

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Pet Market Growth Forecast Analysis Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Market Research Report 2018 examines the market dynamics, competitive landscape and discusses major trends. The report offers the most up-to-date industry data on the actual and potential Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market situation, and future outlook. The research includes historic data from 2012 to 2018 and forecasts until 2025.

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Market competition bytop manufacturers/players,with Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) sales volume, Price (USD/Unit), revenue (Million USD) and market share for each manufacturer/player; the top players including:Placon, Clear Path Recycling, Verdeco Recycling, Indorama Ventures Public, M.G. Chemicals, PolyQuest, Evergreen Plastics, Libolon, Zhejiang Anshun Pettechs Fiber Co. Ltd, Haiyan Haili Green Fiber Co., Ltd.


This report offers detailed analysis of the Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market size forecasts covering the next five years. This report will also analyze factors that influence demand for the industry, key market trends, and challenges faced by industry participants.Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Pet Market Growth Forecast Analysis

On the basis on theend users/applications, Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate for each application, including:Fiber, Sheet and film, Strapping, Containers Bottle, Others.

On the basis of Product, Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type: Clear, Colored.

Scope of the Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Market report is as follows:

  • To define and segment the market for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet)
  • To analyse and forecast the Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market size share of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet), in terms of value and volume ($)
  • Raw Material Supply and Downstream Consumer Information are provided in Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Industry report.
  • Market forecasts from2018-2025, including market volumes, Value ($), Consumption is provided by regions, by types, and by applications.

Some of the Key Questions Answered in this Report:

  • What will be the marketgrowth rate of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) in 2025?
  • What are thekey factors driving the Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market?
  • Who are theKey Vendors in this Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Industry? What tactical creativities are Key Vendors pursuing for growth of the Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market?
  • What are the opportunities, risk of the Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Industry?
  • What are sales, revenue, and price analysis by regions of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) market?

Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet) Industry report also covers all the regions and countries of the world, which shows a regional development status.Region Segmentation:

  • North America(United States, Canada and Mexico)
  • Europe(Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and Benelux)
  • Asia Pacific(China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
  • Latin America(Brazil, Argentina and Colombia)
  • Middle East and Africa

Finally, the feasibility of new investment projects is assessed, and overall research conclusions are offered.Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Pet Market Growth Forecast Analysis

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Avfuel agreement Gevo sustainable fuels sustainability climate change

Avfuel enters agreement with Gevo on sustainable fuels – Avfuel agreement Gevo sustainable fuels sustainability climate change

Avfuel agreement Gevo sustainable fuels sustainability climate changeAvfuel has progressed its sustainable fuels initiative by entering an agreement with next generation biofuels company Gevo, effective from July 1, 2018.

With the agreement, Avfuel becomes Gevo’s exclusive aviation fuel distributor of the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) portion of Gevo’s renewable hydrocarbon products to business aviation and its entire portfolio of customers.

Craig Sincock, owner, president and CEO of Avfuel, said, “As a leader in the global supply of aviation fuel and services, we have a social responsibility to make sustainable alternative jet fuel a reality in the marketplace.

“Our agreement with Gevo is a notable component in our overall strategy to support our industry’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and enhance sustainability to mitigate its effect on climate change.”Avfuel agreement Gevo sustainable fuels sustainability climate change

For Gevo, the agreement is an important step in its efforts to develop a large-scale hydrocarbon facility that is expected to have production capacity of approximately 10-12 million gallons per year, from which SAJF would be supplied to Avfuel.

Patrick Gruber, CEO at Gevo, said, “We are pleased to have a customer and partner like Avfuel. Avfuel has tremendous reach with 650-plus Avfuel-branded locations and 3,000-plus fueling locations worldwide. We appreciate its vision and leadership in working with us to bring a friendlier and more sustainable fuel to the market place.”

Written by Kirstie Pickering

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